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February 2014

Photo Recap: An Evening of Indian COOKing with Brian Ricci of Kennett

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Team COOK loves us some Brian Ricci. Especially when he cooks Indian. This past Friday was no exception. With back-to-back snowstorms, we had been looking forward to his spicy return to COOK. Guests always wonder how this Kennett chef learned to cook a curry. In addition to working in the kitchen at Django, Supper and Pub & Kitchen, Brian spent many years at Danny Meyer’s famed NYC restaurant, Tabla. Rival Bros. Coffee Co-Owner and former Pub & Kitchen chef Jonathan Adams (aka Jonny Mac) told us that Brian’s Indian cooking was some of the best he’d ever had and that we should invite him for an Indian-themed class. So we did…twice. We’re already looking forward to a third time around.

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COOK Masters Program Guest Blogger: Nancy Lowell

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The COOK Masters Program is a free, instructional cooking series taught by some of the city’s and country’s biggest culinary names, for students who are truly passionate about pursuing a professional career in the restaurant industry.

The third semester of the COOK Masters Program began earlier this month. COOK has once again secured an impressive roster of professional chefs as instructors. Upcoming and past instructors include Michael Solomonov (Zahav, Percy Street Barbecue, Federal Donuts), Jean-Marie Lacroix (Lacroix, Brûlée Catering), Pierre Calmels (Bibou), Nick Elmi (Laurel), Jon Cichon (Lacroix), Georges Perrier, Peter Woolsey (Bistrot La Minette), James Barrett (Metropolitan Bakery), Brian Freedman (Drink Me Magazine), Aimee Olexy (Talula’s Table, Talula’s Garden, Talula’s Daily), Katie Cavuto (Healthy Bites), David Katz (Creekstone Farms) and many more.

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Lily’s March Musts at COOK

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Classes have been selling like hotcakes since the holidays but there are a couple of upcoming classes that I cannot believe haven’t sold out. Personally, I am so excited for the following two classes. So if you like fun, good drink and GREAT food, then might I suggest the following March classes:

Wednesday, March 5, 7pm: An Evening of Organic Wines with Scott Schroeder of South Philly Tap Room and American Sardine Bar and David McDuff of David Bowler Wine
While Scott Schroeder’s two South Philly restaurants, South Philly Tap Room and American Sardine Bar, are known for their impressive beer selections, Chef Scott has recently developed a passion for naturally made wines. Join Scott, the king of the South Philly gastro-pub, when he returns to COOK to prepare an amazing meal paired with naturally made wines provided by David McDuff of David Bowler Wine. David Bowler Wine is a New York based importer and distributor focusing on naturally made, small batch wines from around the world. Working with importers and directly with wineries, it is their mission to present wines of personality and character, wines that reflect something about where they are made and who made them. This is the perfect class for the budding oenophile and more experienced wine lovers alike!

Thursday, March 27, 7pm: Totally Terrific Tiki Time with Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gall of Bar Emmanuelle and Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca of Poi Dog
Sick of the cold weather? Then warm up at COOK’s “one night only” Polynesian oasis. The tiki bar concept – the exotic–themed drinking establishment that served elaborate cocktails, especially rum-based mixed drinks such as the “mai tai” or “Zombie cocktail”, came to popularity in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Tiki bars were aesthetically defined by their Tiki culture décor based upon a romanticized conception of primitive tropical cultures. Join cocktail masters from Northern Liberties’ Bar Emmanuelle, Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal, for their delicious and possibly flaming takes on tiki drinks. Phoebe and Christian will be joined by Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca, owners of the Hawaiian food truck, Poi Dog, who will be whipping up a menu of poke, pupus and more. This is going to be a very special evening!

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