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Lily’s March Musts at COOK

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Classes have been selling like hotcakes since the holidays but there are a couple of upcoming classes that I cannot believe haven’t sold out. Personally, I am so excited for the following two classes. So if you like fun, good drink and GREAT food, then might I suggest the following March classes:

Wednesday, March 5, 7pm: An Evening of Organic Wines with Scott Schroeder of South Philly Tap Room and American Sardine Bar and David McDuff of David Bowler Wine
While Scott Schroeder’s two South Philly restaurants, South Philly Tap Room and American Sardine Bar, are known for their impressive beer selections, Chef Scott has recently developed a passion for naturally made wines. Join Scott, the king of the South Philly gastro-pub, when he returns to COOK to prepare an amazing meal paired with naturally made wines provided by David McDuff of David Bowler Wine. David Bowler Wine is a New York based importer and distributor focusing on naturally made, small batch wines from around the world. Working with importers and directly with wineries, it is their mission to present wines of personality and character, wines that reflect something about where they are made and who made them. This is the perfect class for the budding oenophile and more experienced wine lovers alike!

Thursday, March 27, 7pm: Totally Terrific Tiki Time with Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gall of Bar Emmanuelle and Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca of Poi Dog
Sick of the cold weather? Then warm up at COOK’s “one night only” Polynesian oasis. The tiki bar concept – the exotic–themed drinking establishment that served elaborate cocktails, especially rum-based mixed drinks such as the “mai tai” or “Zombie cocktail”, came to popularity in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Tiki bars were aesthetically defined by their Tiki culture décor based upon a romanticized conception of primitive tropical cultures. Join cocktail masters from Northern Liberties’ Bar Emmanuelle, Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal, for their delicious and possibly flaming takes on tiki drinks. Phoebe and Christian will be joined by Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca, owners of the Hawaiian food truck, Poi Dog, who will be whipping up a menu of poke, pupus and more. This is going to be a very special evening!

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December Classes Not To Be Missed

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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, tastysausagesfoodblog.tumblr.com . 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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Where To Buy Your Thanksgiving Bird

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we at COOK thought we’d share with you the best places around town for buying that big ol’ bird. You can get a turkey at just about any supermarket these days but we have some suggestions if you’re looking for a better bird this year. Below are a few of our top turkey purveyors – but you better place your orders early so you don’t miss out!

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COOK CLASS RECAP: Marshall Green of Jerry’s Bar

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This past Tuesday, COOK was thrilled to welcome for the first time, Marshall Green, Executive Chef of the Northern Liberties eatery, Jerry’s Bar, for a fall feast.

Jerry’s Bar is essentially the perfect neighborhood restaurant. The beautifully renovated space (run by father and daughter William and Christie Proud) has a timeless feel, and everything is done the way it should be. The local, seasonal dishes are always fresh and flavorful, and the brunch menu is arguably the best in town. There are cocktails to match the food – classics and new creations, but never too fussy.

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STARR SERIES: Brilliant Barbecue with James Davidson of Fette Sau

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BBQ lovers, get excited! Fette Sau (German for “fat pig”) is the Fishtown barbecue restaurant specializing in dry-rubbed meats, sourced from small, local farms and smoked in-house. The menu changes daily, with a rotating selection of meats available for purchase by the pound. The sides are kept simple and include burnt end baked beans, broccoli salad, pickles, sauerkraut and potato chips. Fette Sau is also a transplant from Brooklyn by way of partnership between restaurateurs Stephen Starr and Joe Carroll, marking Joe’s first restaurant outside Williamsburg. This August, Fette Sau’s chef, James Davidson, made his COOK debut with a night of exceptionally delicious barbecue!

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New Instructors Coming to COOK in September

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This September, COOK is featuring a number of first-time instructors who are all bringing something new (and delicious) to the table. Here are some of COOK’s not-to-be-missed fall newbies:

Thursday 9/5 7PM Summer Corn Dinner with Jason Hook of H20 Kitchen
Local chef Jason Hook is making his COOK debut by partnering with Blue Moon Acres Farm to present a cornucopia of corn dishes. After years working in the elite kitchens of Alain Ducasse, Jean-Georges, Christian Delouvier and Philip Legendre, Hook has returned to the Berks County region, bringing with him his style of avant-garde fine dining. His H2O Kitchen special tasting events provide a full spectrum experience for local residents, with a taste of both the local and fresh and the international and rare. In September, each of the courses on Hook’s menu will include organic corn from Blue Moon Acres Farm in Pennington, NJ. Other local ingredients will be included on the menu, which also fuses exotic tastes and ingredients. Please note: this class is not vegetarian.

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Roof To Table: An Edible Oasis Atop The Four Seasons Hotel

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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to revisit the rooftop garden of the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. I went about 3 years ago when the “edible landscape” was first installed by my old friend Grace Wicks of Graceful Gardens.

Over the past 3 years, Executive Chef Rafael Gonzalez (who took me up there yesterday) has worked with a new gardening pro to double the garden’s size and capacity. And while we are still weeks out from really seeing major growth up there, there were plenty of signs of a fruitful season to come.

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Boston Chef Barbara Lynch Comes to COOK

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Recently COOK had the great pleasure to host a class led by superstar Boston chef and restaurateur, Barbara Lynch: the brains and spoons behind Boston restaurants including Menton, No.9 Park, The Butcher Shop and B&G Oysters.

Chef Barbara (with the help of sous chef Stephanie Cmar and Elle Jarvis, GM of her COOK-like Boston demonstration kitchen, Stir) served a menu of recipes that can all be found in her cookbook, Stir: Mixing It Up In The Italian Tradition.

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Le Bec Fin 2.0: A Photo Tour

The gang from COOK was so happy to have been included in the “by invitation only” event on Friday night at the newly opened Le Bec Fin. The glamorous and elegant interior has been painstakingly renovated and here are some of our fave shots from the night.
We know the new Le Bec will be a huge hit – and we wish our friends there all the success in the world!

Vive Le Bec Fin!!

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Le Bec Fin 2.0

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When Georges Perrier opened the doors on Walnut Street’s haute cuisine mecca, Le Bec Fin forty years ago, he single-handedly started a restaurant revolution in this city that is still going strong today. Next week, when new owners Nicolas and Fazilet Fanucci re-open the doors of the dining institution to the public, chances are, Le Bec Fin 2.0 will once again change face of dining in Philadelphia.

COOK had the distinct pleasure of being invited to the see the renovated space during the final stages of construction last week. We took a few less-than-Leibowitz-esque pics on our phones but it gives you a sense of the major team effort going on to get the new Le Bec Fin ready for its close-up.

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