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Sneak Peek of March 2015 at COOK


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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Sneak Peek of February 2015 at COOK


February is the shortest month of the year, but there will be no skimping at COOK. Next month’s class schedule packs a concentrated but powerful punch with some big names making their first COOK appearances and several popular veterans returning to our kitchen. Below is a preview of February’s schedule, so take a look, share with friends and family and be ready to make your purchase TOMORROW AT 2PM!

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Say ‘Guten Tag’ To These German Holiday Cookies


To borrow from the 1989 Shelley Long cinematic masterpiece that is “Troop Beverly Hills“, “It’s cookie time! It’s cookie time! It’s cookie ti-ime!

And though that catchy, little number was about Girl Scout Cookies, at this time of year, we at COOK are all about Christmas cookies. Tomorrow, Philly’s favorite pastry frau, Jess Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz, gets back behind the counter at COOK to teach 4 traditional German cookie recipes to 16 lucky guests. Two of these recipes (the ones with the best names) are below for your baking pleasure. Pfeffernüsse are tiny spice cookies. Elisen Gingerbread (pictured above) is a baked treat with a twist. Both recipes are courtesy of Jess Nolen.

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COOK’s January Schedule Preview


(Pictured above: Chef Townsend “Tod” Wentz of Townsend)

In two days, COOK will release its January 2015 schedule and there’s something for everyone, including pasta and baby food making, Valentine’s desserts, cocktails, ceviche and more! Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store for the New Year. So check out the schedule below and get ready to be online this Wednesday at 2PM when classes go on sale. (Hint hint: COOK classes and gift certificates make great holiday gifts!)

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What are you waiting for? Awesome November classes still available!


Pictured above: Scott Schroeder of American Sardine Bar and South Philly Tap Room returns to COOK on 11/15

This November, COOK has a bunch of seriously awesome stuff going on – and some of this awesome still has seats available. I’m talking about veteran COOK instructor and holistic health coach, Beth Kaufman, partnering with Koresh Dance Company dancer, Asya Zlatina, for a lesson in professional dancer-worthy fare. Then there is local tea maven, Alexis Siemons, who will be demo’ing some of her inventive and delicious tea-infused recipes. Then we have one of the most unsung chefs in town, Scott Schroeder, back at COOK with a menu showcasing his delicious fare laced with local Tahini brand, Soom Foods. Finally, for you boozebags, we have what will undoubtedly be one of the most useful and fun events of the month: cocktails with Sbraga barkeep, Jesse Cornell. Not convinced? Check out some of November’s not-to-be-missed classes and their descriptions below: 

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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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Gourd Yourself – It’s Squash Season!


It’s pumpkin spice latte freak-out season and we at COOK have a bit of the ol’ seasonal squash bug too. In fact, this time of year gets us so squashy that we scheduled a class this month dedicated entirely to winter squash and there are still a few seats left.

This month’s edition of “Meatless Monday” with Beth Kaufman of A Mindful Me will take place on October 20 and features a 4-course vegetarian feast featuring winter squash in all its glory.  Don’t let the name fool you – winter squash are sneaking their way into grocery stores and farmers markets now as part of the fall harvest. Butternut, Spaghetti, Kabocha, Sweet Dumpling, Buttercup and the very popular Sweet Pumpkin are in season and many will be highlighted on the menu. During class, Beth will share the health-supportive elements of winter squash and how to prepare them so you’re left feeling full and satisfied.

To get you more in the winter squash zone, Bon Appetit just published a piece about cooking squash titled “5 Common Squash Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them”.  May the gourds be with you!

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October High-Top Seating Now Available!

Above: Vetri Ristorante GM Bobby Domenick pours wine for COOK guests seated at our high-tops during a dinner last year.

Sixteen seats. As an intimate demonstration space, that is the typical maximum capacity for our classes and dinners at COOK. We love the environment that creates — it gives our guests the chance to develop a close relationship with the chefs who join us every night to share their delicious expertise with us. But every so often, we’re able to add to the group — and, as a result, amp up the dinner party!

Chef and class style permitting, we sometimes get the opportunity to open up our high-top table seating to COOK guests. Situated in front of the windows along 20th Street, these slightly elevated tables (think stadium seating) are just a few feet from the demo counter. You’re still right up in all the action, with access to the full food and drink experience. And the best part? Each seat is $25 less than the listed class price. We typically add high-tops to the most popular, fast-selling classes to try our best to accommodate demand — meaning these are some hot seats indeed! Check after the jump to find out which October classes will feature discounted high-top seating. Click the class name to get your tix!

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COOK Masters Program Guest Blogger: Nancy Lowell


The COOK Masters Program is a free, instructional cooking series taught by some of the city’s and country’s biggest culinary names, for students who are truly passionate about pursuing a professional career in the restaurant industry.

The third semester of the COOK Masters Program began earlier this month. COOK has once again secured an impressive roster of professional chefs as instructors. Upcoming and past instructors include Michael Solomonov (Zahav, Percy Street Barbecue, Federal Donuts), Jean-Marie Lacroix (Lacroix, Brûlée Catering), Pierre Calmels (Bibou), Nick Elmi (Laurel), Jon Cichon (Lacroix), Georges Perrier, Peter Woolsey (Bistrot La Minette), James Barrett (Metropolitan Bakery), Brian Freedman (Drink Me Magazine), Aimee Olexy (Talula’s Table, Talula’s Garden, Talula’s Daily), Katie Cavuto (Healthy Bites), David Katz (Creekstone Farms) and many more.

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December Classes Not To Be Missed


If there is ever a time to eat, drink and be merry, it’s the holidays. Next month, COOK is offering a number of great classes to get you into (or out of – depending on you) the holiday spirit. Bring the family or leave them behind and immerse yourself in holiday cooking or don’t. This December there is truly something for everyone at COOK. Here are just a few classes you don’t want to miss!

Sat 12/7, 2pm: Real Cooking for Kids with George Sabatino and His Step-Son Jett
George Sabatino is one of Philly’s hottest young chefs and has received tons of positive press during his stints at Stateside and Morgan’s Pier. But in his opinion, the best press he could receive would come from his own step-son’s food blog, . Eight-year-old Jett’s blog details his dining experiences at restaurants across the city and has become a hit with many Philly chefs and foodies for its good-natured honesty. Have your kids join George and Jett at this class for 7-12 year olds who like to cook and want to make real food. The hands-on menu will be simple, quick and healthy but also fun and tasty and include: pasta salad with cool and crunchy veggies; hand made mini flat breads with a lot of fresh toppings; and Jett’s famous pumpkin whoopie pies with cream cheese filling.

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