Happy New Year, COOKies!
With our February 2014 schedule posted just moments ago, I thought I’d share a few of the exciting, first-time-to-COOK instructors we have coming up next month. You can sign up for these classes – plus all the others February has to offer – by clicking here.
Saturday, February 15, 7PM
Let The Good Times Roll: A Mardi Gras Celebration with Angie Brown, Creole Chef
Chef Angie Brown started in the restaurant business as a private chef, and has since owned and operated three restaurants in Philadelphia: Mt. Airy Café, Angie Brown’s and Soul. She was also a contestant on NBC’s “Chopping Block” with Michelin-starred chef, Marco Pierre White. Angie is well known for her 30 years as one of the area’s most talented chefs. A graduate of the Restaurant School of Philadelphia, Angie studied cooking extensively in France and was also instrumental in starting Cooking Kids, the first cooking school for children in Chestnut Hill. Join Angie for her COOK debut when she prepares an all-out Mardi Gras feast featuring her renowned jambalaya, gumbo, bread pudding with whiskey praline sauce and more!
Wednesday, February 19, 7PM
Perfect Pasta Making with Mike Traud of Drexel University
Mike Traud is the guy in this town you want to learn pasta making from. Period. Chef Mike, now a professor in the culinary program at Drexel University Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, has been at the helm of the pasta stations at Osteria, Vetri and Zeppoli. Join him for a class in pasta making where he will demo four different pasta types – two with the use of the famous Arcobaleno pasta extruder (every restaurant kitchen who makes fresh pasta has to have one of there). This will not be your nonna’s pasta!
Saturday, February 22, 2PM
Bread Pudding Bonanza with Andreas Petrides of Andro’s Kitchen
In 1998, Andreas Petrides opened his first stall at Reading Terminal Market. After several years there, Andreas opened Andro’s Sweets & Treats in a Rittenhouse Square neighborhood offering all his popular desserts and pastries as well as fine Belgian chocolates and ice cream. One of his most popular and delicious sweet treats… his famous bread pudding. Join Andreas for his COOK debut when he will be demo’ing three different bread puddings: original apple-crusted bread pudding with caramelized apples and golden raisins; chocolate banana bread pudding; and strawberry cheesecake bread pudding combining New York style cheesecake with his original custardy bread pudding served with strawberry sauce. All levels of baking are welcome!
Friday, February 28, 7PM
An Evening with Eli Collins of Pub & Kitchen
For five-plus years now, Pub & Kitchen has been one of the most consistently popular and well-loved Rittenhouse eateries/watering holes. Since this past summer, newly appointed Executive Chef Eli Collins has been steering P&K away from its original English pub mode and toward a more refined style of fare without losing the simple, comforting style the restaurant is known for. Chef Eli, a Scranton native who worked at Daniel Stern’s beloved Gayle and was on the opening team at Pub & Kitchen, honed his skills in New York cooking at the Plaza Hotel and ultimately joining Daniel Boulud’s family of restaurants. Join Eli for his COOK debut when he will show off the food that keeps us foodies coming back for more night after night!