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Low Country COOKing with Valerie Erwin of Geechee Girl Rice Cafe

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While Philly often feels like it has never-ending food options, Low Country cooking (traditionally the foodways of Georgia and South Carolina) may still be foreign to many of us Northerners. Valerie Erwin, formerly of Geechee Girl Rice Cafe, set out to give us a taste last Friday.

Though she too was born and raised in Philly, and never visited the South, she grew up with Low Country-inspired cooking, and, as she tells it, with two great cooks for parents (she remembers her father’s bouillabaisse fondly). Yet her food is approachable and delicious; Low-Country comfort with modern elegance.

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August Classes at COOK…What’s Left?

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Pictured above: Olga Sorzano of Baba’s Brew.

Team COOK is busy planning our September class schedule–stay tuned for a release date. In the meantime, there is still space available in a handful of August classes. Check out full descriptions below and enroll online today!

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Sneak Peek of August of COOK

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Above: Sam Jacobson of the upcoming Stargazy.

Summer school has never been so delicious. This August, there’s something for everyone–from kombucha to donuts, from British pies to Japanese pub fare. Our August classes go on sale TOMORROW, TUESDAY, JULY 7 at 2pm, so here’s the 411. Take a look at the schedule preview below, share with friends and family and then go here promptly at 2pm to purchase your seats!

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Lamb Butchery with Brett Romberg of Mainland Inn

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Alright people, prepare yourselves for this one (and non-meat-eaters, be wary)! We watched a whole lamb butchery this past Sunday, and we’re excited to share it with you. We learned a lot this past weekend, and enjoyed an entire meal of lamb dishes to boot.

Our guest chef for the evening was Brett Romberg, the Chef de Cuisine at Mainland Inn in Harleysville. Mainland Inn is run by farmer Sloane Six, whose farm, Quarry Hill, supplies the produce and meat. To complement the farm-to-table food they serve, all the ingredients used in the restaurant are entirely organic and sustainably sourced. Yes- we said all, even the spirits!

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Real Maine Food With Ben Conniff of Luke’s Lobster

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Food, more often than not, has a story. And, while a meal has a history alone just in how it was cooked, that story can expand to include anything from where you ate it or who you shared it with, to whatever it is that very last bite will always remind you of.

With Real Maine Food (available for purchase at COOK!) Ben Conniff and Luke Holden of Luke’s Lobster compiled the stories and recipes they found in Maine, alongside many of their own, to showcase the story of Maine food. With the book out and the summer just ahead, they took the time to stop and share some of the stories and bites with us.

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A Saturday Brunch in Partnership with The Food Trust and Jason Cichonski

Brunch drinks aplenty at COOK this past weekend.

 

It started a little something like this: June 6th, sixteen participants met up with Jason Cichonski (Ela and The Gaslight) on a sleepy Saturday morning at the Fitler Square Farmer’s Market. COOK worked in partnership with The Food Trust, so we were lucky to meet up with Kalie Wertz and have her walk us through the market. Meeting farmers and learning about their methods and products, we were lucky to learn about the healthy, sustainable methods of food production that are made so accessible to Philadelphians through The Food Trust.

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Sneak Peek of July at COOK

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Above: Scott Schroeder of South Philly Tap Room, American Sardine Bar and the upcoming Hungry Pigeon.

Today’s the day… Our July classes go on sale TODAY at 2pm, so here’s the 411. Take a look at the schedule preview below, share with friends and family and then go here promptly at 2pm to purchase your seats!

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SAVE THE DATE: “Plates for Puentes” is June 11th

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On Thursday, June 11th, several Philadelphia restaurants will be donating a portion of their profits to an organization whose mission is to help the very backbone of the restaurant business: the Latino community.

Many of the individuals who work in area restaurants lack health insurance, have limited education and language training and are desperately seeking the necessary resources to get things we take for granted: annual health check-ups, a visit to the dentist, educational help, and removing language barriers to better understand systems in place. Puentes de Salud is the solution to this problem and they need continuous financial support.

Puentes de Salud is a nonprofit organization providing free health care and educational programs for anyone in need. It has become the “go to” resource for many restaurant employees because of their focus on assisting the city’s Latino immigrant community.

On June 11th, restaurants across the city are being asked to donate a portion of their proceeds from dinner service to this very important cause. There is still time for restaurant owners and chefs who would like to get involved to do so by clicking here. Diners can see which of their favorite restaurants are participating by clicking here.

Puentes de Salud just opened a brand new clinic and community wellness center at 1700 South Street at the end of April. This will no doubt prove to be a truly incredible resource for the restaurant family of Philadelphia, as many restaurant employees will now be able to easily access affordable health and dental care, as well as take advantage of valuable educational programming and community building opportunities.

So come on out on June 11th and help support the Philly restaurant community and the hardworking men and women who are so valuable to this business! Stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter for more info!

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Sneak Peek of June at COOK

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Above: Lou Boquila of Audrey Claire.

It’s about that time… Our June classes go on sale TODAY at 2pm, so you know the drill. Take a look at the schedule preview below, share with friends and family and then go here promptly at 2pm to purchase your seats!

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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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