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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2016 Audi FEASTIVAL In Pictures


Photos by Iluminada Photography, Theresa Regan, ShotsFired, Katelynn Luczkow and Luis Fernando Rodriguez

We came, we saw, we FEASTIVAL-ed. Rain didn’t stop the 2016 Audi FEASTIVAL where 74 of the city’s top bars and restaurants gathered for the party of the year. On behalf of COOK owner Audrey Claire Taichman, we thank each and every one of this year’s sponsors, bars, restaurants, volunteers and attendees for their generous support for FringeArts, who celebrated their 20th Annual Fringe Fest this year.

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Sneak Peek of November at COOK


Photo: Jezabel Careaga of Jezabel’s Cafe.

This November, gobble ’til you wobble at COOK. We’re putting the finishing touches on our November schedule, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of what we have coming up. Don’t forget to grab your seats TOMORROW, Saturday, October 8th at 2 p.m.

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COOK Pantry: Have Some Fun with The Fresh Artists Memory Game


You might be finding yourself longing to spend some quality time with your kids now that they’re back in school. Why not make the most of your time together by playing some fun, mind-expanding games? More specifically, why not enjoy a few rounds of the Fresh Artists Memory Game?

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Recipe: Fall Harvest Salad From Farmer’s Keep


There’s been a chill in the air the past few days, signalling the official arrival of the fall season. With that in mind, we know you’ll be searching for those great seasonal ingredients to incorporate into your cooking. Joshua Bullock of Farmer’s Keep recently stopped by our kitchen and gave us an easy and delicious recipe for his fall harvest salad that we know you’ll love!

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Seats Still Available: Dessert For Dinner with Angela Ranalli of Le Virtu and Brigantessa


We rescheduled our Dessert for Dinner class with Angela Ranalli, so seats are still available for Tuesday, October 4 at 6pm!

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Class Recap: Awesome Autumn Lunch with Farmer’s Keep!


The weather is slowly but surely cooling off and the COOK crew is getting excited for fall! For this reason, we decided to do lunch with Joshua Bullock of Farmer’s Keep who impressed us with some wonderfully colorful and fresh seasonal ingredients perfect for fall fare.

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Get Your Audi FEASTIVAL Tickets!


Hard to believe, but the party of the year is less than two weeks away: Audi FEASTIVAL! We’ll be there next Thursday, September 29, and as a sponsor, we’re pleased to extend a special offer. Use CookDiscount2016 when purchasing tickets and save 30%. That’s right, 30%!

Co-hosted by Stephen Starr, Michael Solomonov and Audrey Claire Taichman, FEASTIVAL (now in its seventh year) brings together 70+ of Philadelphia’s top restaurants and bars for one night to benefit FringeArts. 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.

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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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