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Destination Quebec: A Jewish Food and Drink Road trip with Joseph Howard of Abe Fisher and Steve Wood of Luca Restaurant

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Our guests joined us at COOK last night for a delicious and boozy evening with Joseph Howard and Steve Wood as they joined forces to take us on a roadtrip. The duo created six stunning cocktails and five decadent dishes prepared in the spirit of Quebec. Take a look at some photos of the evening!

Our guests were greeted with a Caribou. This traditional warm Canadian beverage was delicious even with yesterday’s unseasonably warm weather. The beverage was comprised of a syrah base with pear eau de vie, walnut liqueur, maple syrup, spices, and garnished with an orange peel.

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To start off our evening, Joe Howard served us grilled oysters with creamed onions, white cheddar, schmaltz bread crumbs, fresh herbs, and caviar. This was paired with Steve’s “Tonique d’ Ouverture” which consisted of Byrhh Grand Quinquina, fino sherry, toasted sesame tonic, and celery soda.

Quebec4Quebec2Joe then demonstrated his process for roasted mushrooms which he then served with bacon jam, herbs, six-minute egg, truffles, and everything spiced bagel. This was served alongside a glass of “Torontian Milk Punch” made with a blend of lemon, pineapple, spices, maple sugar, Jamaican and Trinidadian rums, Canadian Rye whiskey, Fernet Branca, Angostura Bitters, English breakfast tea, and whole milk.

Quebec5Quebec3For the third course, we enjoyed potato latkes plated with duck gravy, foie gras, fried onion, and schmaltz caramelized onion. Steve’s pairing was foie washed dark rum, amontillado sherry, smoked maple syrup, truffle salt, a whole egg and nutmeg.

Quebec6The main event was Duck served with leeks, butternut squash, brown butter, kale , and garlic. To match the richness of this dish, Steve prepared the “Vecchio Amico” which was made with apple brandy, sweet and dry vermouths, Capaletti Vino Aperitivo, Smokey Rabarbaro Amaro, spiced cranberry and bitter orange shrub, smoked saffron, and vanilla bitters.

Quebec7As with any good meal, we ended it with something sweet. Joe served us coffee cake with maple, cinnamon, brown sugar, labne ice cream, and smoked nuts. To go with this, Stebe broke out the blender and whipped up some “Monte and Maple Milkshakes” made with Calvados, Montenegros Amaro, labne and vanilla bean ice cream, maple syrup, whole milk, and maple cotton candy.

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COOKbook Corner: Beat the Winter Doldrums with a Culinary Vacation

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We’re finally entering into the home-stretch of all this cold winter weather. If the gloom has been getting you down, break it up with some fun recipes from around the world. Expanding your culinary repertoire might just be the thing you need to mix it up and escape the monotony. We have plenty of cookbooks to inspire you. Check out our recommendations below!

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Class Recap: Mexico As The Origin of Chocolate with Lucio Palazzo of Loco Pez

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Chef Lucio Palazzo of Loco Pez paid a visit yesterday and, in honor of Valentine’s Day, he delivered a delicious five-course Mexican feast with chocolate. Take a look at what he prepared for us!

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Valentine’s Day Recipe: Chocolate Truffles from Rouge!

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If you’re looking to make a sweet gesture this Valentine’s Day, we have just the thing. Our friends at Rouge provided us with a delicious recipe for the most decadent chocolate truffles and because we love you guys so much, we wanted to share it with you! Look below for the recipe.

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Find the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift at COOK!

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, and here at COOK we have the perfect gifts for your special someone. Stop in and browse through our selection of cookbooks, soaps, candles, and other pantry items to find a unique gift. Take a look below for some of our favorites!

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Sneak Peek of March at COOK

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Photo: Heather Thomason of Primal Supply Meats.

We’re putting the finishing touches on our March schedule, and it’s all that and dim sum! Here’s a sneak peek of what we have coming up. Don’t forget to grab your seats here Monday, February 6th at 2pm.

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COOKbook Corner: Start Prepping for Super Bowl LI with recipes from COOK!

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Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner and whether you’re a fan of the Patriots or the Falcons, one thing will be sure to unify us all next weekend: the food! Get over to COOK and pick up some COOKbooks to inspire your Super Bowl Sunday menu. Check out some of our recommendations below.

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Hightop Table Seating Available for Select February Classes

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Above: Ned Maddock of Broad Table Tavern.

Our February classes sold out quickly, so in case you’re wondering, our March classes will go on sale Monday, February 6 at 2pm. Until then, good news! Due to popular demand, we have released hightop table seating to select February classes. THESE DISCOUNTED SEATS ARE NOT AT THE COUNTER, but the menu and experience are the same.

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COOKbook Corner: Cookbooks to Inspire your Health Transformation in 2017!

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At the end of every year, many of us vow to make healthier choices, especially following a particularly gluttonous holiday season. If you’re just beginning your health journey, we’ve got you covered. Visit us at COOK and explore our shelves for some health-conscious cookbook motivation!

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Class Recap: Cinder-Ale-A Beer Dinner with Chef Jonathan Petruce and Garrett Williams of Cinder

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Jonathan Petruce and General Manager, Garrett Williams, from the newly opened beer and pizza joint, Cinder, stopped by this week to talk about their new spot and to share some of their favorite food and beer with us! Cinder is focused on serving sour beers, ciders, and a variety of those hard-to-find beers along with wood-fired pizza and other fare. Take a look at some of the great food and beer we enjoyed!

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