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Delicious Chocolate Mousse Recipe from Peter Scarola of R2L

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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

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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

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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

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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

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(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

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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.

NOVEMBER 2014

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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Take me to the River: The 2014 Audi Feastival (in photos)

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Last Thursday marked the fifth annual FEASTIVAL: the amazing benefit for FringeArts. For five years now, this premier arts festival has joined forces with Philadelphia’s world-class restaurants to present an event described as a “completely delicious and amazing” evening and named “one of the best events in the last decade”. FEASTIVAL celebrates both our artistic and culinary scenes – two great economic engines that push Philadelphia forward. The evening has been hailed as “the cultural event of the year,” “the best party in Philadelphia,” “a party from a different world” and this year was even better!

For the 2014 “helping”, FEASTIVAL moved a few blocks south along the Delaware River transforming Penn’s Landing (Delaware River Waterfront between Chestnut and Market Streets) into a magical, exclusive and chic party for the hottest movers and shakers in Philadelphia’s business, culinary and social scenes. FEASTIVAL continues to unite Philadelphia’s most distinguished chefs and restaurants with featured live performances from some of the world’s most acclaimed artists. Below are some of our (proud sponsor COOK) favorite photos from the night. Hungry for more? Here is the official 2014 Audi FEASTIVAL photo gallery with tons of cool pics with more on the way (so check back periodically).

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An Afternoon with Ferran Adria

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Philadelphia has its share of celebrity chefs, from Jose Garces and Marc Vetri to Jen Carroll and Morimoto. They all deserve a ton of respect and they were all on my list of “chefs I would like to meet” when I came here. But I often wonder is who it is that they consider to be a “celebrity chef”? Who would have Jose Garces saying “wow! I can’t believe I just met _____”.

Well, there is one Chef that I’m sure is on every chef in Philadelphia’s list – and his name is Ferran Adria and if his name or his now closed, Spanish restaurant elBulli doesn’t ring any bells, we are talking about one of the most important figures in the culinary world today!

Recently, your reporter from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy (that’s me) had the pleasure to spend an afternoon following celebrity chef Ferran Adria during his time here at the university.

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Laiskonis Goes Lithuanian at COOK

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Lithuanian cuisine remains one of the more undiscovered European cooking traditions, despite the Baltic nation’s strong agrarian history, burgeoning beer reputation and hunting and fishing culture. Luckily, a handful of influential Americans with Lithuanian ties are working to boost awareness in this country. Last week, COOK hosted Michael Laiskonis, former executive pastry chef of Le Bernardin and current creative director of NYC’s Institute of Culinary Education, for an evening of reinterpreted Lithuanian food.

Brought to town by Krista Bard, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania, Laiskonis hosted a two-night dinner series in Philly to commemorate Lithuania taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union. Laiskonis, a Michigan native, has spent the past few years researching and rediscovering his Lithuanian lineage, connecting with family in the country and taking multiple trips there to experience the food first-hand. His five-course menu, which saw him stepping away from his usual pastry-only wheelhouse to tackle savory cooking, as well, showcased traditional Lithuanian flavors in a clever but approachable manner.

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COOK Restaurant Sneak Peek: coZara

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Last week, COOK was thrilled to host a sneak peek of Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka’s soon-to-open University City restaurant, coZara (meaning “small plates” in Japanese).

Zama has come far in his three-plus years on 19th Street on Rittenhouse Square, and his Zama is one of the city’s go-to spots for sushi. Now,  Zama is on the move with a second restaurant. This December, he is set to open a 140-seat, two-story Japanese restaurant whose menu will include yakitori, noodles and dumplings.

The lucky 16 guests at Zama’s class last week got a special, early taste of the menu which was not only beautiful but delicious as well. Below are the menu as well as photos by Yoni Nimrod for COOK.

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