Category Archives: Chef News

Recipe: Moqueca de Bahia with Health and Wellness Coach Frances Vavloukis


Health and wellness coach Frances Vavloukis made her third appearance in the COOK kitchen earlier this week, and for those of you who have attended her earlier classes, it was NOT what you would expect. Frances, who has prepared recipes from her Greek heritage in the past, decided to switch it up for an evening with some festive Brazilian cuisine in honor of the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics!

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Recipes: Get Boozy with Stateside Urbancraft Vodka Cocktails


A wonderful, boozy time was had this past Friday with Stateside Urbancraft Vodka Co-Founder Bryan Quigley and Bartender Kyle Diraddo. As we sipped on our drinks, Bryan and Kyle shared details on distilling vodka, crafting cocktails, and more importantly, their soon-to-open Federal Distilling Room – a tasting room where you’ll be able to enjoy delicious Stateside Vodka cocktails. At the end of the evening, they were kind enough to leave us with some recipes from the evening. So if you’re looking to shake things up, look below for some vodka-based cocktail recipes straight from the source!

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COOKbook Corner: Shop Our Seafood Book Selection at COOK!


Ah, summertime! It’s a time for trips to the beach, for outdoor grilling, and enjoying some tasty seafood. If you’re looking for tips and recipes for the perfect crab dip or clam bake, look no further than COOK! Our shelves are currently stocked with some wonderful seafood cookbooks to help you create something special whether it’ s a fresh ceviche or a nicely prepared filet of fish. Take a look at some of our favorites!

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COOKbook Author Series: “Preserving Italy” with Domenica Marchetti


Cookbook author Domenica Marchetti made a visit to the COOK kitchen this week to share some recipes from her newly published book “Preserving Italy” and trust us- you NEED this book! Her book is filled with all you need to know on preserving, curing, and infusing, the Italian way. Take a look at some of the wonderful dishes she made for us.

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Delicious Chocolate Mousse Recipe from Peter Scarola of R2L


Peter Scarola of R2L stopped by our kitchen this weekend to show off his chocolate mousse (and other chocolate desserts) and GUESS WHAT?! He has shared the recipe with us, and now we’re paying it forward. To recreate this rich, decadent dessert, follow along…

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The Art of Phyllo Dough with Frances Vavloukis, Health and Wellness Coach


Frances Vavloukis stopped by our kitchen last Wednesday, March 9th to talk with us about all things Greek.

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Sneak Peek of April at COOK


Above: Bobby Saritsoglou of Opa.

This April, shower yourself with the flavors of spring at COOK! Take a look at the schedule preview below, share with friends and family and then go here promptly TUESDAY, MARCH 8 AT 2PM to purchase your seats!

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Sneak Peek of March at COOK


Above: Yehuda Sichel of Abe Fisher.

Taste a delicious March Madness lineup at COOK! Take a look at the schedule preview below, share with friends and family and then go here promptly THIS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11 AT 2PM to purchase your seats!

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Big Week for Philly Food Scene


(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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November Class Schedule Preview


OK, COOKies:  time to set that calendar reminder for Wednesday at 2PM when we release our November schedule.

Below is a sneak peek of what we have in store next month. Here’s a tip: take a look at the schedule either tonight or tomorrow, then talk to your peoples (husbands, wives, friends, etc) and be ready to go Wednesday afternoon to book your seats.


Sunday November 2 2PM Mochi Madness with Kiki Aranita of Poi Dog (Gluten-Free)

Monday November 3 7PM Koresh Dance Company Presents: The Dancers Diet with Dancer Asya Zlatina and Holistic Health Coach Beth Kaufman of A Mindful Me

Tuesday November 4 7PM French-North African Fare with Paul Lyons of The Good King Tavern

Wednesday November 5 7PM Open Stove IXXX: William Lindsay of Morimoto vs. Phila Lorn of coZara

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