Category Archives: Openings

Now Open: Yards Brewery and Taphouse


Yesterday, Yards Brewing Company opened their new brewpub and production facility at 5th & Spring Garden Streets. Doors opened at 6PM, and Philadelphians flocked to the craft beer heaven. We at COOK are so happy for our friends at Yards, plus we’re excited to see Chef Jim Burke back in action, this time overseeing the culinary side of things at Yards.

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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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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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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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Seats Still Available to “Cook For Your Life” on July 22


There are plenty of seats still available for our July 22nd COOKbook Author Series class with Ann Ogden of Cook For Your Life (CFYL). She will be in the COOK kitchen sharing recipes and talking about her COOKbook, Cook For Your Life: Delicious Nourishing Recipes for Before, During, and After Your Cancer Treatment.

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Shop for Father’s Day at COOK!


Looking for that perfect Father’s Day gift for your old man? Why not shop at COOK! We have a variety of COOKbooks and pantry items that are a great way to show him you care.

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COOK Restaurant Sneak Peek: coZara


Last week, COOK was thrilled to host a sneak peek of Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka’s soon-to-open University City restaurant, coZara (meaning “small plates” in Japanese).

Zama has come far in his three-plus years on 19th Street on Rittenhouse Square, and his Zama is one of the city’s go-to spots for sushi. Now,  Zama is on the move with a second restaurant. This December, he is set to open a 140-seat, two-story Japanese restaurant whose menu will include yakitori, noodles and dumplings.

The lucky 16 guests at Zama’s class last week got a special, early taste of the menu which was not only beautiful but delicious as well. Below are the menu as well as photos by Yoni Nimrod for COOK.

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Will-ing and Able: Chef Chris Kearse’s solo debut

I got to know COOK alum Chris Kearse over the past year through writing this profile of him for Philadelphia City Paper. The Levittown native and former chef of Pumpkin, who’s cooked in some of America’s best kitchens, will be the first to tell you he’s not fond of attention, but his latest accomplishment demands it. This weekend, he opens Will (1911 E. Passyunk Ave.), the 28-year-old’s long-awaited chance to be both chef and owner.

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Opa opens Drury Beer Garden


When normal people redesign parking lots, they plant nondescript trees, designate “Employee of the Month” spots and tweak the angle of space lines by imperceptible degrees. When food-industry people redesign parking lots, they roll in repurposed power cable spool tables, fill beach bins full of iced-down craft cans and agonize over the placement of cornhole boards and ping-pong tables. So went the ramp-up to Drury Beer Garden, which Opa owners George and Vasiliki Tsiouris unveiled late last week in the formerly vacant space behind their mod-Greek bar and restaurant (1311 Sansom St.).

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Second location of Underdogs opening in South Philly

Robert Amar, who’s got quite the food-industry-friendly hit on his hands with the four-month-old Underdogs (132 S. 17th St.), is expanding his wiener reach into South Philly. By late August or early September, he’ll introduce a second location of his hot-dog/sausage restaurant at 1205 S. Ninth St., the long-vacant former home of O Sandwiches. “I’m really keen on being right next to Pat’s and Geno’s,” says Amar, who lives in South Philly. “As much as people like to frown on [them], I don’t know why — I think it’s great. They bring so many people to the city. They are landmark places.”

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