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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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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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