Category Archives: Class News

Philly Craft Spirits Week Is Coming To COOK!


Prepare to get boozy because the First Annual Philly Craft Spirits Week is just around the corner. The week-long festival celebrates the work of our wonderful local bars and distilleries. Things will be kicking off at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 27th with the Whiskey Fest and Fine Spirits Festival with 12 featured distillers, a variety of cocktail bars, cocktail challenges, and virtual reality tours- what?! We gotta check this out! Don’t think you’ll be able to make it out to Whiskey Fest? Do not fear for the festivities will be running through November 4th.

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Seats Still Available for November Classes at COOK!


Photo: Christina Rando of Mission Taqueria.

Good news, friends! If you thought you missed out on our November class schedule release, you’re in luck because we still have plenty of seats available. Take a look at what we still have left!

Foobooz & Philadelphia Magazine Present Open Stove XLVI: Cruisin’ for a Boozin’ with Resa Mueller and Christina Rando of Mission Taqueria vs. Dominic Carullo and Mike Buonocore of Oyster House

Watch four of Philadelphia’s finest bartenders duke it out against each other for the title of Open Stove Champion! We’ll be putting them to the test with challenging secret ingredients that they’ll have to incorporate into a craft cocktail to be served out to our panel of judges – that’s you! So get your tickets now because this is one you won’t want to miss!

Gobble, Gobble, Bottle, Bottle: Thanksgiving Wines with Jonathan Sauerwald of Urban Earth Wines

Whether you’ll be spending Thanksgiving at home, joining your in-laws, or spending it alone, there is one thing we know for sure, you’re gonna need a good bottle of wine! Join us at COOK to learn more about pairing that delicious Thanksgiving meal with the perfect bottle of wine. And yes, there will be a bit of tasting involved! Perhaps you’ll even be able to impress some of your relatives with your newly gained knowledge.

All About Apples with Gerald Meyers of Meyers Farm Bakery

Need I remind you what the doctors say? Come in to COOK for a lovely fall afternoon with Gerald Myers of Myers Farm Bakery and learn all there is to know about cooking apples from savory to sweet. We’re particularly excited to learn how to make Gerald’s apple tart pies for our own Thanksgiving feasts!

Empanadas for Everyone! with Jezabel Careaga of Jezabel’s Cafe

Returning this November to the COOK kitchen is Jezabel Careaga. Her first empanada class was so delicious that we just needed to have her back for another go! Come in and stuff your face with us as we learn how to make our own empanadas with a seasoned pro. Plus, everyone will be taking home their own handmade empanadas to enjoy at home!

Crazy for Kati Rolls: An Afternoon with Vaishal Soni and Arjun Thakur of Masala Kitchen

Join us for an afternoon feast with Vaishal Soni and Arjun Thakur of Masala Kitchen. The duo will be taking you through several courses of delicious Indian street food including a demo of two styles of Kati rolls. At the end, we’ll finish it all off with some rose and mango lassi. Maybe you’ll even feel inspired to recreate these dishes in your own kitchen!

“Colonial Spirits” with Steve Grasse and Michael Alan of Quaker City Mercantile

Take a journey through time with some old-school cocktails with Steve Grasse and Michael Alan of Quaker City Mercantile. They’ll be mixing up the drinks of our ancestors while talking about their newly released book, “Colonial Spirits.” Don’t worry about writing down the recipes, everyone will be taking home a copy of their book after class!

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Class Recap: A Spoonful of Fall with Spoonful Magazine and Green Meadow Farm


Our friends from Spoonful Magazine and Green Meadow Farm teamed up with Chef Sam Jacobson of Stargazy for a very special event at COOK last week and the menu was something to fall in love with.

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Technical-ly Speaking: Back to School with How-To Sessions at COOK!


Summer is nearing its end and the kids are returning to the classroom – some more begrudgingly than others. While they might not be so amused with the idea, some of us are nostalgic for the opportunity  to get back to the classroom. This September, learn something new with some informative and how-to classes at COOK – enroll online today!

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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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August Classes Still Available at COOK!


Above: Team Herban, returning to COOK August 12.

Happy summer, all! We’re working hard here at COOK to complete our September class roster which is going up on Tuesday, August 9th at 2pm. Mark your calendars because this lineup is looking amazing! In the meantime, are you still making plans for August? If so, we’ve got some open seats for you here at COOK! Take a look below to see what’s still available.

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Class Recap: Bastille Day Dinner at COOK!


France celebrated Bastille Day this Thursday, July 14th, and earlier this week here at COOK, we decided to join the festivities with Kenneth Bush of Bistrot La Minette. Check out the French picnic he prepared for us!

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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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Sneak Peek of August at COOK


Above: George Sabatino of Aldine.

We’re putting the finishing touches on our August class schedule! Take a look at the schedule preview below, share with friends and family and then go here promptly THIS FRIDAY, JULY 8 AT 2PM to purchase your seats!

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