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AWESOME PARTY ALERT: THE 2015 RITTENHOUSE ROW SPRING FESTIVAL PREVIEW PARTY

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On Thursday, April 16, join Rittenhouse Row for the 2015 Spring Festival Preview Party, featuring cuisine from Rittenhouse Row’s best restaurants, cocktails from their best bartenders, informal modeling of Spring trends from Rittenhouse Row member boutiques and salons, and a silent auction with Rittenhouse Row experiences and merchandise.

Participating bars and restaurants include: 1925 Cocktail Lounge, a. Bar, a. Kitchen, Ben & Jerry’s, Butcher and Singer, The Continental Mid-town, The Dandelion, D’Angelo’s Ristorante Italiano and Lounge, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Devon Seafood Grill, The Foodery at Rittenhouse, Lacroix, Ladder 15, Library Bar, Marathon Grill, Melograno, Parc, Qdoba, Ranstead Room, Rouge, Sbraga, Termini Bros. Bakery, Volver, Zama and more.

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Sneak Peek of May at COOK

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Today’s the day! Our May classes go on sale at 2pm. Below is a preview of May’s schedule, so take a look, share with friends and family and then go here promptly at 2pm!

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Sneak Peek of April 2015 at COOK

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Above: Eli Collins of Pub & Kitchen.

This April, signs of spring are all around at COOK. Below is a preview of our April class schedule. Share with friends and family, and be ready to make your purchase TOMORROW AT 2PM!

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Second Annual Philly Wine Week Popping Off March 22-29

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We all know Philly is a great beer-drinking city but it is also a great wine-drinking city worthy of its own weeklong celebration.

Philly Wine Week is a citywide festival of eight days and effervescent nights from March 22-29. Attendees can expect exciting events at some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and other venues (including COOK). Additionally, there will be fun and casual nightly “Wine at Nine” gatherings. A wrap party capping the week is in the works.

As Philly Wine Week heads into its second year, oenophiles and wine enthusiasts of all stripes can look forward to more than double the number of participating bars and restaurants with festive days and nights of wine tastings, talks, pairing dinners, and other spirited events. All events will be posted on PWW website. PWW’s Wine at Nine events held throughout the city at 9pm, foster community and create an opportunity for wine professionals, industry insiders and wine enthusiasts to come together at a new location each night following events.

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Recipe: A Colorful Salad for a Grey Winter’s Day

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During this stretch of single-digit temperatures and salt-streaked sidewalks, we could use a break from the grey. This past weekend, Betsey Gerstein Sterenfeld of Essen returned to COOK and began the meal with a colorful respite from winter. Thank you to Betsey for braving the snow and for sharing the recipe for her delicious winter salad.

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Sneak Peek of March 2015 at COOK

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Above: Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minette and La Peg. Photo by Michael Spain-Smith.

This March, lose an hour, gain some flavor at COOK. We may be in the thick of winter, but with March comes Daylight Savings, the official first day of spring, and so much deliciousness at COOK. Below is a preview of our March class schedule. Share with friends and family, and be ready to make your purchase TOMORROW AT 2PM!

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Kitchen Products of the Future?

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We live in some list-filled times. Top 11 Places to Eat Artisanal Popcorn While Wearing a Sombrero. Top 5 Shades of Purple Lipstick to Apply Before Capoeira Class. Top 8 Influential Cinematic Swine (shoutout to Porky Pig in Space Jam!). And no site produces lists like rabbits produce babies quite like Buzzfeed. One of their latest — 30 Futuristic Kitchen Products You Had No Idea You Needed — really spoke to us here at COOK. After the jump, check out just a few of the ridiculous culinary items we’ll most likely be purchasing for no reason during our next late-night online shopping sesh.

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Recipe Roundup: Two from Brian Ricci of Brick & Mortar

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Brian Ricci is no stranger to COOK. During his position at Kennett, Brian made several eclectic appearances in the COOK kitchen–a Burns Dinner a couple years back (complete with haggis bundle); a curry feast (at the recommendation of Rival Bros.‘ Jonathan Adams, who praised Ricci’s curry, which was a popular staff meal during their shared Pub & Kitchen days); and many more. So when we heard that Brian was to be the chef at the upcoming Brick & Mortar, we jumped at the chance of hosting a restaurant sneak peek event.

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February Classes at COOK…What’s Left?

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Pictured above: Our Emmanuelle Cocktail Series kicks off on February 25 with a focus on Punch

February is an especially exciting month at COOK so we’re not surprised that we’re almost fully booked. However, there is still space available for three fantastic classes; full descriptions are listed below. However, as was the case with our other February offerings, they’re sure to fill up quickly. So what are you waiting for? Enroll today!

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Big Week for Philly Food Scene

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(Pictured above: Tacos at La Calaca Feliz)

In case you are still recovering from the holidays (and really, who isn’t?), this week was a pretty big one for the Philly restaurant community.

Sunday and Monday marked the 2nd annual Philly Chef Conference. The conference, held at Drexel University, is designed “for chefs, by chefs”. The jam-packed, two-day event showcases new and useful ideas and techniques through lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations. And not only did Philly’s FOH and BOH leaders represent big time but so did some major non-Philly players such as Chef Peter Reinhart, James Beard award winning author and internationally renowned expert on bread and baking, and writer Matt Rodbard of Food Republic who came away with these glowing words for the conference and for Chef George Sabatino’s Instagram account.

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