Photo: Kiki Aranita of Poi Dog.
We’re putting the finishing touches on our April schedule, but here’s a sneak peek of what we have coming up. Don’t forget to grab your seats here tomorrow, Saturday, March 4th at 2pm.
At COOK, we’re proud to support our local businesses. Visit our pantry and bookshelves to take a look through our fabulous selection of local brands like Side Project Jerky, Green Aisle honeys and syrups, and the Fresh Artists memory game. Take a look at some local items that we’re loving right now!
Our guests joined us at COOK last night for a delicious and boozy evening with Joseph Howard and Steve Wood as they joined forces to take us on a roadtrip. The duo created six stunning cocktails and five decadent dishes prepared in the spirit of Quebec. Take a look at some photos of the evening!
Our guests were greeted with a Caribou. This traditional warm Canadian beverage was delicious even with yesterday’s unseasonably warm weather. The beverage was comprised of a syrah base with pear eau de vie, walnut liqueur, maple syrup, spices, and garnished with an orange peel.
To start off our evening, Joe Howard served us grilled oysters with creamed onions, white cheddar, schmaltz bread crumbs, fresh herbs, and caviar. This was paired with Steve’s “Tonique d’ Ouverture” which consisted of Byrhh Grand Quinquina, fino sherry, toasted sesame tonic, and celery soda.
Joe then demonstrated his process for roasted mushrooms which he then served with bacon jam, herbs, six-minute egg, truffles, and everything spiced bagel. This was served alongside a glass of “Torontian Milk Punch” made with a blend of lemon, pineapple, spices, maple sugar, Jamaican and Trinidadian rums, Canadian Rye whiskey, Fernet Branca, Angostura Bitters, English breakfast tea, and whole milk.
For the third course, we enjoyed potato latkes plated with duck gravy, foie gras, fried onion, and schmaltz caramelized onion. Steve’s pairing was foie washed dark rum, amontillado sherry, smoked maple syrup, truffle salt, a whole egg and nutmeg.
The main event was Duck served with leeks, butternut squash, brown butter, kale , and garlic. To match the richness of this dish, Steve prepared the “Vecchio Amico” which was made with apple brandy, sweet and dry vermouths, Capaletti Vino Aperitivo, Smokey Rabarbaro Amaro, spiced cranberry and bitter orange shrub, smoked saffron, and vanilla bitters.
As with any good meal, we ended it with something sweet. Joe served us coffee cake with maple, cinnamon, brown sugar, labne ice cream, and smoked nuts. To go with this, Stebe broke out the blender and whipped up some “Monte and Maple Milkshakes” made with Calvados, Montenegros Amaro, labne and vanilla bean ice cream, maple syrup, whole milk, and maple cotton candy.
We’re finally entering into the home-stretch of all this cold winter weather. If the gloom has been getting you down, break it up with some fun recipes from around the world. Expanding your culinary repertoire might just be the thing you need to mix it up and escape the monotony. We have plenty of cookbooks to inspire you. Check out our recommendations below!
Chef Lucio Palazzo of Loco Pez paid a visit yesterday and, in honor of Valentine’s Day, he delivered a delicious five-course Mexican feast with chocolate. Take a look at what he prepared for us!
If you’re looking to make a sweet gesture this Valentine’s Day, we have just the thing. Our friends at Rouge provided us with a delicious recipe for the most decadent chocolate truffles and because we love you guys so much, we wanted to share it with you! Look below for the recipe.
Valentine’s Day is coming up, and here at COOK we have the perfect gifts for your special someone. Stop in and browse through our selection of cookbooks, soaps, candles, and other pantry items to find a unique gift. Take a look below for some of our favorites!
Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner and whether you’re a fan of the Patriots or the Falcons, one thing will be sure to unify us all next weekend: the food! Get over to COOK and pick up some COOKbooks to inspire your Super Bowl Sunday menu. Check out some of our recommendations below.
Above: Ned Maddock of Broad Table Tavern.
Our February classes sold out quickly, so in case you’re wondering, our March classes will go on sale Monday, February 6 at 2pm. Until then, good news! Due to popular demand, we have released hightop table seating to select February classes. THESE DISCOUNTED SEATS ARE NOT AT THE COUNTER, but the menu and experience are the same.