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Open Stove XLIX: Ned Maddock vs. Yehuda Sichel

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This week, we brought our Open Stove competition back to the COOK kitchen. This month’s contenders were Ned Maddock and Yehuda Sichel. These two talented Philly chefs went head to head to show their chops and create a four course meal with a few challenging ingredients and obstacles along the way.

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Happy National Picnic Month from COOK!

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Among all the various wonderful food holidays, we’ve just discovered that it’s National Picnic month! No one can deny the joys of rallying with friends and family to put together some special dishes and dine in the great outdoors.

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Class Recap: Cooking with the Greek Twins! Frances Vavloukis and Katherine Pardalios

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Our favorite Greek Chef, Frances Vavloukis, returned to the COOK kitchen this week and this time around, she brought a special guest with her- her twin sister Katherine. Katherine has been visiting from Greece and decided to join Frances for a Greek family affair. The duo showed us how to make all the classic Greek dishes we love. Take a look at their incredible menu!

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Bastille Day Weekend Is Almost Here!

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Bastille Day is next weekend which means there’s going to be plenty of cool events for you to check out around Philadelphia. For those not familiar, Bastille Day is a French national holiday to celebrate the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. In France, it’s celebrated much like our own Fourth of July – with parades, family, and plenty of food. If you’re a Francophile looking to celebrate, take a look at some of these events popping up around the city!

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Sneak Peek of August at COOK

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Photo: Lou Boquila of Perla.

We’re putting the finishing touches on our August schedule, but here’s a sneak peek of what we have coming up. Don’t forget to grab your seats here Wednesday, July 5th at 2pm.

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go with Classes at COOK!

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It should come as no surprise that here at COOK, we absolutely love a good meal. For many people, sharing a meal is a way to bond and create lasting memories. Swapping recipes and our own secret tricks to making a delicious dish have become a way to connect with each other long before the days of social media. Food also has the power to transport you and for many, it’s become a way to experience the world. Attending a COOK class is often just like taking a mini-vacation. Throughout the years, our chefs have taken us everywhere from Argentina to Germany and all the way to Thailand. Take a look at where we’ve been so far this month!

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Shift Drink: Cocktails with Southwark

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As an industry worker zipping around on your feet all day, the best part of the day is enjoying a shift drink: a post-work alcoholic beverage to decompress, take a load off, and yes, enjoy a nice buzz before heading home to bed. In this series, we’ll be exploring the many fantastic bar programs of Philadelphia where you can treat yourself after a hard days work.

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The Al Fresco Diner’s Guide for Summer 2017

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Summer is here which means it’s time to catch some sun. We can’t think of any better way to enjoy some fresh air than with a cold beverage and delicious fare from some of Philadelphia’s great bars and restaurants. Take a look at some of our recommendations for al fresco dining this summer.

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Heard, Chef! Seafood Suggestions from George Sabatino of Aldine

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When you’re working in a fast-paced kitchen, communication is key. When the chef gives out directions, there’s no time for conversation. You simply respond with, “Heard, Chef!” In this COOK series, we’ll be bringing you all of the wonderful, tips, tricks, and secrets that we’ve heard during our classes. This month, we’re sharing some great tips for preparing seafood courtesy of George Sabatino of Aldine. During his Seafood Shindig class this week, George prepared five courses of delicious seafood and along the way, he shared tons of tips for making the most of our ingredients. We were particularly impressed with his preparation of shrimp and sardines and we thought we would spread the word!

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Clearance Sale: 50% off our window display items!

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We’re a little late to the spring cleaning game but it’s never too late to hold a sale. Shop at COOK right now and get a 50% discount on our window items. You heard that right. All items in our 20th street windows are currently 50-percent off!

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