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November 2013

December Classes Not To Be Missed

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If there is ever a time to eat, drink and be merry, it’s the holidays. Next month, COOK is offering a number of great classes to get you into (or out of – depending on you) the holiday spirit. Bring the family or leave them behind and immerse yourself in holiday cooking or don’t. This December there is truly something for everyone at COOK. Here are just a few classes you don’t want to miss!

Sat 12/7, 2pm: Real Cooking for Kids with George Sabatino and His Step-Son Jett
George Sabatino is one of Philly’s hottest young chefs and has received tons of positive press during his stints at Stateside and Morgan’s Pier. But in his opinion, the best press he could receive would come from his own step-son’s food blog, tastysausagesfoodblog.tumblr.com . Eight-year-old Jett’s blog details his dining experiences at restaurants across the city and has become a hit with many Philly chefs and foodies for its good-natured honesty. Have your kids join George and Jett at this class for 7-12 year olds who like to cook and want to make real food. The hands-on menu will be simple, quick and healthy but also fun and tasty and include: pasta salad with cool and crunchy veggies; hand made mini flat breads with a lot of fresh toppings; and Jett’s famous pumpkin whoopie pies with cream cheese filling.

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Cocktail Corner: 3 Recipes To Raise Your Holiday Spirits

We were lucky to have cocktail maven Resa Mueller of Twenty Manning Grill at COOK last Thursday with a trio of seasonal drinks.  She featured produce that is abundant during these chilly months and readily available at your local grocer. Think favorites like sugar pumpkins, figs and Honeycrisp apples — these drinks have it going on!  Click through the jump for recipes that will have you wowing family and friends during upcoming holiday gatherings. Flair bartending is strongly encouraged, though we are not liable for any bodily injuries.

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Laiskonis Goes Lithuanian at COOK

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Lithuanian cuisine remains one of the more undiscovered European cooking traditions, despite the Baltic nation’s strong agrarian history, burgeoning beer reputation and hunting and fishing culture. Luckily, a handful of influential Americans with Lithuanian ties are working to boost awareness in this country. Last week, COOK hosted Michael Laiskonis, former executive pastry chef of Le Bernardin and current creative director of NYC’s Institute of Culinary Education, for an evening of reinterpreted Lithuanian food.

Brought to town by Krista Bard, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania, Laiskonis hosted a two-night dinner series in Philly to commemorate Lithuania taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union. Laiskonis, a Michigan native, has spent the past few years researching and rediscovering his Lithuanian lineage, connecting with family in the country and taking multiple trips there to experience the food first-hand. His five-course menu, which saw him stepping away from his usual pastry-only wheelhouse to tackle savory cooking, as well, showcased traditional Lithuanian flavors in a clever but approachable manner.

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Where To Buy Your Thanksgiving Bird

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we at COOK thought we’d share with you the best places around town for buying that big ol’ bird. You can get a turkey at just about any supermarket these days but we have some suggestions if you’re looking for a better bird this year. Below are a few of our top turkey purveyors – but you better place your orders early so you don’t miss out!

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Recipe: DIY Apple Cranberry Pie

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you may be putting together your menu. And if you’re like us at COOK, you may be trying to think of new ways to spice up your Thanksgiving routine. And while there are endless ways to treat your turkey, what about dessert? This past weekend, Holly Ricciardi of Magpie Artisan Pie Boutique taught our guests how to prepare a welcome alternative to the standard pumpkin or pecan pie–Apple Cranberry Lattice Pie. Below are the surprisingly simple steps to making your own pie, but if you’re feeling less-than-Martha, it’s ok…Magpie is now accepting Thanksgiving orders!

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Video Recap: Restaurant Sneak Peek with Justin Bogle of Avance

Many thanks to the folks over at HyLo Labs who produced this extraordinary video recap of Two-Star Michelin Chef Justin Bogle’s October 10th class at COOK. Sixteen lucky guests sampled the upcoming menu of Avance, which is slated for an early December opening. Bogle, a Philly native, sees Avance as appealing to diners with a taste for exploration and new experiences. It was a remarkable evening and Team COOK is anxiously awaiting a table at Avance.

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