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Wednesday, July 2, 7pm: Foobooz & Philadelphia Magazine Present Open Stove XXVI
Two will enter, but only one will win — so burns the unforgiving flame of the Open Stove! Held once a month, this is a fast-paced and unpredictable competition between two up-and-coming chefs whose names may not yet be well known throughout the Philly dining scene. COOK provides mystery ingredients and we get to watch in wonder as the combatants come up with inventive and cutting-edge dishes on the fly. The best part? YOU get to be the judge! They'll supply the eats, we'll supply the booze and good time — all you need to do is show up and give it to 'em straight!

Price $195.00
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Thursday, July 3, 7pm: Into The Mexican Garden with Lucio Palazzo of Taqueria Feliz
Manayunk’s Taqueria Feliz is a bona fide treasure trove for Mexican food lovers in Philly. Join Chef Lucio Palazzo for a summery dinner featuring produce from his own garden and the farmer's market that will be a lighter approach to Mexican fare. Taqueria Feliz, alongside sister restaurants La Calaca Feliz and Cantina Feliz, have garnered numerous glowing reviews for their contemporary Mexican menus and are all authentic, destination eateries for Mexican food-lovers from across the region.

Price $170.00
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Sunday, July 6, 12pm: Breakfast Pastries with Chad Durkin of Kermit's Bake Shoppe
Imagine if a pizzeria and a bakery had a baby… a place where classic cakes and chocolate-everything fill cases alongside pizza pies topped with pepperoni, sausage and veggies. Because that’s what Kermit’s Bake Shoppe in Graduate Hospital is and does. Join Kermit’s chef, Chad Durkin (a competitor on TLC’s “Next Great Baker”), for an afternoon dedicated to breakfast sweets such as croissants, muffins, scones and cinnamon buns. This will be a breakfast pastry lesson and pastry party for the ages!

Price $75.00
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Tuesday, July 8, 7pm: Private Event

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Wednesday, July 9, 7pm: Private Event

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Thursday, July 10, 7pm: STARR SERIES: The Art of Kaiseki Cuisine with Ben Dayag of Morimoto Restaurant
Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. The term also refers to the collection of skills and techniques that allow the preparation of such meals, and are analogous to Western haute cuisine. Join Morimoto’s Executive Chef Ben Dayag for a modern take on Kaiseki cuisine where he will focus on seasonality and ingredients. In keeping with the top Kaiseki restaurants, Chef Ben will prepare a dinner with a more western approach serving individual, multi-course menus using very local ingredients. Dayag is energized by the many challenges of overseeing STARR Restaurants’ Morimoto, a nationally respected trendsetter in Japanese cuisine and true standard-bearer of the Philadelphia food scene. He is particularly interested in incorporating lively local and seasonal touches to the menu, celebrating the region while maintaining a strong connection with Japanese tradition.

Price $190.00
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Sunday, July 13, 12pm: Superb Summer Sweets with Tova du Plessis of Lacroix
Tova du Plessis joined The Rittenhouse in March 2014 as the hotel Pastry Chef, bringing her unique culinary style to Lacroix. A seasoned chef, Tova was most recently the Pastry Chef at Avance Restaurant and also spent a short time as Sous Chef at Le Ben-Fin as well as Sous Chef at Citron and Rose. Her time spent in the savory kitchen deeply influenced her cooking style in the pastry kitchen. Tova enjoys experimenting with savory flavors in desserts and recognizes the benefit of producing dessert components ‘to taste'. This philosophy allows Tova a certain level of flexibility and spontaneity to her food that is untraditional in the pastry kitchen. Join Tova for her first solo class at COOK for a series of fresh and fruity desserts that are perfect for summer sweet tooths!

Price $70.00
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Monday, July 14, 7pm: Simple Summertime Meatless Monday with Beth Kaufman, Holistic Health Coach
Let’s face it: Americans’ huge consumption of meat is not only not good for our collective, national health but it’s not great for the environment either. So why not start giving “Meatless Mondays” a shot? Come discover how to cook lite, refreshing and meatless for the hot summer months. In the summer heat, the body naturally wants to eat less and “cool off”, so this is the best time to honor that feeling and learn how to cook cooling foods and make it super fun. Join Holistic Heath Coach, Beth Kaufman, when she returns to COOK offering up a menu of simple salads to enjoy all day, easy summer sauces to add flavor not calories and a no-bake dessert that are all refreshing. You don’t have to sacrifice flavor for health and this class is sure to be a hit with vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

Price $135.00
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Tuesday, July 15, 7pm: Jersey Fresh with Georgeann Leaming of Suppa
Time to celebrate the Garden State! Join CHOPPED champion Georgann Leaming of Suppa for an evening dedicated to New Jersey’s farm fresh finest! For her COOK debut, Georgeann will demo and serve a menu consisting of: charred poblano pepper and Jersey corn soup; a salad of Jersey tomatoes, warm feta, organic greens, hand made mini naan; seared sea scallop, sweet cherry & Vidalia onion relish, arugula oil; Jersey peach & SoCo glazed short rib, smashed baked beans, spiced pecans, sweet cornbread; and a strawberry-rhubarb compote served over a honey grilled semolina cake with lemon basil scented whipped cream for dessert. Suppa’s owners Georgeann Leaming and Angelo Polito have created a unique, New American, BYOB dining experience in Northern Liberties and their first event at COOK shouldn’t be missed!

Price $135.00
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Thursday, July 17, 7pm: Private Philadelphia Magazine Event: Wine Pairings for the Griller with Jon Cichon and Justin Timsit of Lacroix

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Friday, July 18, 7pm: Simple Supper Favorites with Chad Durkin of Kermit’s Bake Shoppe
Chef Chad Durkin returns to COOK with a menu highlighting Kermit's Bake Shoppe’s savory and sweet items. Join him when he prepares and demos a menu perfect for dinner at home including: chilled tomato gazpacho; roasted mushroom salad; a selection of hand-drawn pizzas; carrot cake ice cream sandwich intermezzo; and a salted caramel dessert sampler! Chad Durkin (a competitor on TLC’s “Next Great Baker”) has taught many a cooking class and will be joined by owner of Kermit’s, The Sidecar Bar & Grille and Kraftwork, Adam Ritter, for drink pairings.

Price $140.00
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Saturday, July 19, 12pm: Greek and Turkish Desserts with Bonnie Sarana Noll of Vanilya Bakery
It all began with a sweet tooth and a dream. In March of 2007, Bonnie Sarana Noll left the world of finance, packed her bags and headed to the Culinary Institute of America in Poughkeepsie, NY. Having the time of her life and learning the tools to make her dream become a reality, Vanilya Bakery was born in November of 2009. The inspiration for Vanilya is the Turkish translation of the word vanilla, her love of the flavor and the orchid plant it comes from. Join Bonnie for her COOK debut when she will show guests how to prepare three Greco-Turkish delights including: Baklava (layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey; Kourabiedes (traditional Greek cookies covered in powdered sugar); and Kataifi (shredded dough, filled with nuts or cheese).

Price $70.00
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Tuesday, July 22, 7pm: Marinating and Grilling: Indian Style with Rakesh Ramola of Indeblue
Rakesh Ramola, Chef-Owner of Indeblue restaurant with two locations in Collingswood, NJ and Philadelphia, PA, has cooked Indian cuisine in top restaurant and hotel kitchens across the world for over two decades. Combining his technical expertise, culinary heritage and passion, he creates dishes that are at once traditional and modern, pleasing guests and critics alike. Join Chef Rakesh when he returns to COOK for a lesson (and meal) focusing on marinating and grilling with an Indian spin. There will be meat and vegetables demonstrated, along with an Indian summer salad and a new summer craft cocktail Indeblue will be adding to their menu.

Price $165.00
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Wednesday, July 23, 7pm: Modern American Pasta COOKery with Jason Cichonski and Matt Gentile of Ela
Ela, Queen Village’s wildly popular kitchen, is helmed by Top Chef contestant, Jason Cichonski and Matt Gentile. Join this dynamic duo for an evening at COOK when the two young chefs will break down their contemporary approach to American cooking – particularly pasta. But this won’t be your grandma’s “gravy”! Expect stories, demos and modern techniques galore. This is a chance to learn from and eat with two of the city’s most exciting young talents.

Price $180.00
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Thursday, July 24, 7pm: An Italian Picnic with Mike Traud of Drexel University Center for Hospitality & Sport Management
Mike Traud is one guy in this town you want to learn Italian cooking from. Chef Mike, now Director of Hospitality Management and Tourism at Drexel University, worked in the kitchens at Osteria, Vetri and Zeppoli before leaving to join the Drexel culinary team. Join him for an evening of delectable regional dishes sure to leave you saying mangia! Guests can expect an evening reminiscent of an extended summer picnic in Piedmont, Italy where Mike lived and worked. Lambrusco, prosecco and other complimentary Italian wines will be paired.

Price $155.00
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Friday, July 25, 7pm: Summery Sauces with Becca O’Brien of Two Birds Catering and Canning
Becca O’Brien got her start in the kitchen as a child thanks to her grandmother’s Sunday spaghetti dinners, her mom's love of baking and her dad's adventurous cooking. Chef Becca has been cooking professionally, and working in restaurants for over 15 years now. Join Becca when she returns to COOK for an evening of deceptively delicious sauce making. She will begin with a trio of simple summer cookout favorites (BBQ sauce, Cocktail sauce and Satay) and then move on to pesto, alfredo, fresh tomato and more! This is perfect for those who are looking to hone the basics or add to their repertoire!

Price $150.00
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Sunday, July 27, 2pm: STARR SERIES: Nothin’ But Nutella Desserts with Chris Buretta of Continental MidTown
Ahhh, Nutella®. You delicious, chocolate-y, hazelnut spread, you! Nutella®, in its earliest form, was created in the 1940s by Mr. Pietro Ferrero, a pastry maker and founder of the Ferrero company. At the time, there was very little chocolate because cocoa was in short supply due to World War II rationing. So Mr. Ferrero used hazelnuts, which are plentiful in the Piedmont region of Italy to extend the chocolate supply. Join Pastry Chef Chris Buretta of Stephen Starr’s Continental MidTown when he returns to COOK for an afternoon of Nutella® treats! Calling all Nutella® addicts! You better not miss this class!

Price $75.00
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Tuesday, July 29, 7pm: A Beery, Backyard BBQ Bonanza with Brian Lofink and Adam Ritter of The Sidecar Bar & Grille and Kraftwork
Graduate Hospital’s Sidecar and Fishtown’s Kraftwork are Philadelphia bar institutions. Known for their top-notch food and exceptional beer lists, the two bars have become neighborhood staples that draw fans from far beyond their immediate communities. Get to know why when Chef Brian Lofink and owner Adam Ritter make their COOK debut offering guests excellent brews, food and tales of the industry. Guests can expect a menu of grilled corn soup with crab and avocado, a salad of grilled romaine with roasted tomatoes and pickled shrimp, a build-your-own burger slider bar and more. This isn’t going to be your typical backyard BBQ!

Price $155.00
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Thursday, July 31, 7pm: Simple Provençal Cuisine with Kenneth Bush of Bistrot La Minette
Kenneth Bush grew up cooking by his mother’s side. Though he originally intended on training as a chef, he couldn’t turn down his acceptance to Yale University. After graduating Yale in 2001 he managed restaurants in Maryland and Washington DC. In 2009 he moved to Philadelphia and changed his focus to the kitchen. Here in Philly he spent three years with Bistrot La Minette, working his way up from the garde-manger station to the lead sous chef. In 2011 he won the prestigious Questlove Cook Off. In 2012 he left the bistrot to work for Garces Trading Company as a sous chef. In January 2014 he returned to Bistrot La Minette as the Executive Chef. Join newly appointed Executive Chef Kenneth for an evening of simple and replicable Provençal fare including: a tomato salad with mesclun; moules au pistou; lamb shank with ratatouille and olive puree; and almond cakes with brandied fruit and honey ice cream. Can you say ooh la la?

Price $170.00
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Saturday, August 2, 2pm: Knife Skills-101 with Stephen Latona, Culinary Instructor
There are several different ways to use a knife in the kitchen and knowing the difference between dicing and julienning can be a real lifesaver at your next dinner party! Whether you're an experienced cook or not, learning how to use a knife correctly is imperative when it comes to keeping you safe in the kitchen (not to mention – looking like you know what you’re doing). Properly protecting your fingers as you slice and dice and equipping yourself with the right knowledge will go a long way in the kitchen. Join Stephen Latona, culinary instructor and executive chef, for a hands-on knife skills tutorial. Guests will learn different cutting techniques and how to tackle cutting/chopping/dicing/etc some of the most common foods. A full meal will not be served but guests will prepare their own crostini toppings such as pico de gallo.

Price $75.00
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Monday, August 4, 7pm: Rittenhouse Row Culinary Collective Presents: A V Street Sneak Peek with Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby of Vedge
This August 4-7, the Rittenhouse Row Culinary Collective (chaired by Chef Kevin Sbraga) will present a series of exceptional dining events designed to highlight the amazing wealth of culinary talent in the Rittenhouse Square community. And COOK is obviously getting in on the action! Join (vegan) superstar chefs, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby of Vedge, for a sneak peek of their upcoming globally-inspired, vegan, street food bar, V Street. Opening this fall, V Street will be a bar unlike any other in Philadelphia featuring an international, spice-forward, vegan food menu alongside wines, cocktails and beers from around the globe. V Street’s edgy menu will include many items you’ve never heard of before so don’t miss out on Rich and Kate’s special V Street pop-up preview at COOK!

Price $190.00
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Tuesday, August 5, 7pm: Bacon: It’s Not Just For Breakfast Anymore with Laura Frangiosa of the Avenue Delicatessen and Ari Miller of 1732 Meats
Bacon lovers: rejoice! Chef-Proprietress Laura Frangiosa of Landsdowne’s The Avenue Delicatessen is teaming up with friend and pork product purveyor, Ari Miller of 1732 Meats, for an evening dedicated to everyone’s favorite cured pig product: bacon. Laura has created a haven for comforting Italian and Jewish deli fare just outside the city limits. This month, she returns to COOK to prepare a menu of creative, bacon-y foods with Ari on hand to discuss the process and flavor profiles of his bacon that is hugely popular with area chefs.

Price $160.00
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Wednesday, August 6, 7pm: Cypriot Mezze with Konstantinos Pitsillides of Kanella
Cyprus is a country with a rich complex history and a dynamic location in the eastern part of the Mediterranean. The island has been invaded many times throughout history and each invasion brought another layer to the native cuisine. At Kanella, Chef Konstantinos consistently serves a rustic and authentic menu of Greek food with a hint of Turkey, France, Italy, England and the Middle East. Since opening Kanella in 2008, Chef Konstantinos has blended the earthiness of his Cypriot childhood with the refinement that comes from his classic French training. This month at COOK, Chef Konstantinos will prepare a menu of classic Cypriot small plates (the way food is served in Cyprus) rich in flavor and freshness.

Price $170.00
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Thursday, August 7, 7pm: Evening with Spike Mendelsohn of Good Stuff Eatery Hosted by Michael Klein of Philly.com
For Top Chef fans, Spike Mendelsohn is a super star. The former contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef: Chicago” (as well as “Top Chef All-Stars”, “Life After Top Chef”, Food Network’s “Next Iron Chef: All-Stars” and “Next Iron Chef: Redemption”), possesses a highly impressive culinary CV including positions working for internationally renowned chefs Gerard Boyer and Thomas Keller and a degree from the Culinary Institute of America. However, in addition to his TV appearances, Spike’s full time passion remains his restaurants. He opened his first, Good Stuff Eatery in the Capitol Hill section of Washington D.C., to rave reviews and subsequently opened locations in Georgetown, Crystal City, VA and here in Philadelphia in the summer of 2014. Next door to the original Good Stuff Eatery location is Spike’s second concept called We, The Pizza and in the summer of 2013, Spike opened a steak frites restaurant called Béarnaise also on Capitol Hill which was awarded 2-stars from The Washington Post. Spike is looking forward to opening his first ever speakeasy in Summer 2014 as well as two more Good Stuff Eateries. His first cookbook “The Good Stuff Cookbook” features American comfort food classics and favorites that is just right for the home cook. Join him at his COOK debut when he will demo an array of the comfort foods that have made him one of the most recognizable young chefs in America today. Michael Klein, the editor/producer of philly.com/Food, writes about the local restaurant scene in his Inquirer column "Table Talk."

Price $195.00
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Friday, August 8, 7pm: Summer of Pumpkin Beer with Brian Cooke and Andy Farrell of City Tap House
We usually think of pumpkins and pumpkin-flavored food and drink in the fall but beer enthusiasts know that pumpkin beers, considered by some to be the holy grail of craft beer, begin to appear in August. Join City Tap House owner Andy Farrell and chef Brian Cooke for an evening of pumpkin beers and an awesome late-summer meal. Andy will be pouring Southern Tier Pumking, Southern Tier Warlock (pumpkin porter), Timmerman's Pumpkin Lambic and Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin to name a few. In addition to the University City location, the duo are also behind a new City Tap House coming soon to Logan Circle. This is a great event for people who love good beer, good food or just a plain old good time!

Price $165.00
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Saturday, August 9, 12pm: A Tarty Party with Chad Durkin of Kermit's Bake Shoppe
Make your next summer dessert a crowd-pleaser with delicious summer tart. Join Kermit’s Pastry Chef Chad Durkin (a competitor on TLC’s “Next Great Baker”) when he returns to COOK for an afternoon dedicated to the tart. The popular baked good consisting of a filling over a pastry base with an open top is the perfect compliment to any meal – whether filling it with summer fruit or custard. Guests will get a tutorial on three different tarts and learn all about crust, fillings and more. Chad, who is also a culinary instructor, is also a heck of a lot of fun in the kitchen and the perfect teacher for pastry.

Price $70.00
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Tuesday, August 12, 7pm: Celebrating Summer: Di Bruno’s Style with James Liuzza of Di Bruno Bros.
Join Di Bruno Bros. chef James Liuzza, chef Matthew Davis and Cheesemonger Amanda Bernhardt for a night full of seasonal flavor! And, of course, there is going to be plenty of cheese. The Di Bruno’s crew will be bringing their shop of gourmet delights and culinary wonders to COOK, serving up beautifully simple summer dishes. From fresh, sweet, and salty to creamy, crispy, and crunchy — experience the incredible flavors and textures of this exclusive tasting menu. Bring home ideas for show-stopping bites that will have your guests chatting cheese for the rest of the season.

Price $170.00
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Wednesday, August 13, 7pm: A Whiskey Cocktail Dinner with Val Stryjewski of Lloyd Whiskey Bar
At COOK, we love the brown juice! Join chef Val Stryjewski when he returns to COOK with his new crew from Lloyd Whiskey Bar for an evening of whiskey cocktails and perfectly paired, refined gastro-pub fare. If you’ve ever been to Lloyd, the whiskey-centric Fishtown watering hole, you know the food there is as delicious as its whiskey menu is robust. Chef Val, who has previously worked at a. Kitchen and Le Cheri – among others, will be preparing a menu of smoked corn consommé, steak and duck heart tartare, BBQ skate, grilled lamb and more. This is the perfect class for cocktail lovers and whiskey lovers alike!

Price $150.00
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Thursday, August 14, 7pm: Private Event

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Friday, August 15, 7pm: Summertime Pig Roast with Andrew Wood of Russet
Let’s face it: everything that comes from a pig is pretty delicious. And when chef Andrew Wood prepares one, it’s nothing short of transcendent. According to Philadelphia magazine, “Andrew Wood is a pig-whisperer”, worthy of their 2012 Best of Philly® award. The carving and curing expert won a 2010 Best of Philly® nod for his charcuterie program at Fork before opening his own restaurant, Russet, balanced by his partner, wife and pastry chef Kristin. Join chef Andrew at COOK for an evening spent roasting, exploring and indulging in a delicious suckling pig. Andrew will prepare a four-course meal, three dishes of which will be based around the pig, followed by a to-die-for dessert. As you eat, he’ll share the philosophy behind his restaurant and “whole-animal” approach which is something we should all get behind.

Price $170.00
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Tuesday, August 19, 7pm: A Seafood Spectacular with Joncarl Lachman of Noord
Few Philly restaurants have received more positive press in recent months than Chef Joncarl Lachman’s Noord on East Passyunk Avenue. The talented Philly native, who relocated to New York and then Chicago before returning home, is now bringing delicious Nordic flavors to life with his South Philly BYOB. For just over a year now, the darling Dutchman has been successfully combining Dutch and Scandinavian fare into a menu that is truly unique to Philadelphia. Join him when he returns to COOK for a night of all seafood everything. There will be everything from classic smoked fish to new and creative preparations. This will be a seafood lover’s dream!

Price $170.00
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Wednesday, August 20, 7pm: Modern Israeli Cuisine with Michael Solomonov of Zahav
James Beard Foundation and Best of Philly® award winner Michael Solomonov is the Israeli-born superstar chef (and nice guy) whose flagship restaurant Zahav is a true tribute to the smells and tastes of Israel’s culinary heritage. Join chef Michael when he returns to COOK to recreate the globally-influenced small plates and dishes that are the heart and soul of his menu. Michael or “Solo” as he is known in the industry, is also behind the massively popular Federal Donuts, Percy Street Barbecue and the soon-to-open Abe Fisher and Dizen Goff.

Price $200.00
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Thursday, August 21, 7pm: Pasta Making with Arthur Cavaliere of In Riva
Chef Arthur Cavaliere knows a thing or two about Italian food. After all, he is at the helm of East Fall’s eatery In Riva where he turns out delicious, fresh pasta dishes day in and day out. This hands-on class is the chance to learn from one of the best pasta makers in town. Different pasta shapes and sauces will be covered by the Philadelphia-born chef who has been a part of the Philadelphia restaurant scene for nearly 15 years. Chef Artie has run some of the most successful kitchens in Philadelphia and Washington DC--Iron Chef Jose Garces' Amada, Stephen Starr's El Vez and Parc, and Michel Richard's Central Michel Richard. So leave your Atkins Diet at home and come ready to carb load with the best of ‘em!

Price $165.00
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Friday, August 22, 7pm: Farmer’s Market Fare with Scott Schroeder of South Philly Tap Room and American Sardine Bar
Late summer is the peak of our local growing season. Farmers markets and CSAs are flourishing and it’s easy to see why. Join exceptional Twitter-ranter and chef Scott Schroeder of South Philly Tap Room and American Sardine Bar when he returns to COOK for one incredible seasonal meal. Scott will lead guests through a menu of the season’s and farmers market’s most delicious items. A native of Detroit, Scott trained in his hometown under charcuterie expert and award-winning chef, Brian Polcyn. After moving to Philadelphia in 1997, Scott cut his teeth in the kitchen of many famed Philly standards like Brasserie Perrier, Pasión and Jake’s. In his first ‘Chef’ position at Northern Liberties hot-spot Deuce, Schroeder garnered praise and a two-bell review from Craig Laban. And whatever you think about Twitter, he is really one of the best chefs around.

Price $155.00
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Saturday, August 23, 12pm: Peach Pastry Perfection with Peter Scarola of R2L
Join Peter Scarola, pastry chef for Daniel Stern Restaurants since 2008 and at R2L since the opening in January of 2010, for an afternoon of perfectly peachy pastries. Peter will teach guests how to make peach bruschetta with prosciutto, peach and raspberry hand pies and peach and Amaretto sundae. With Peter at the helm of this class (he was recognized last year as a Rising Star Pastry Chef of Philadelphia through starchefs.com – a significant industry honor), you are guaranteed to stay cool and sweet all summer long!

Price $70.00
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Monday, August 25, 7pm: Meatless Monday with Beth Kaufman of A Mindful Me
COOK’s Meatless Monday is going Vegan this month! Come enjoy a night of fresh and seasonal summer vegan delights. Chef & Holistic Health Coach, Beth Kaufman of A Mindful Me, will be cooking up "traditional" summer favorites like fried tomatoes with walnut basil pesto, corn "chowder" and more. Beth will reveal how health-supportive ingredients can be used to energize you and keep you satisfied while not feeling weighed down by heavy ingredients.

Price $140.00
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Tuesday, August 26, 7pm: Global Street Food with Michael Sultan and Carolyn Nguyen of Street Food Philly
It's hard to classify the food served at Street Food Philly, except to describe it all as exceptionally tasty and all made from scratch. From Vietnamese sandwiches, to Thai curry tacos, to Korean fried chicken, this food truck mixes and matches flavors from all sorts of global cuisines. The menu is also seasonal and therefore varies, but they are sure to have something for everyone. Join Michael and Carolyn, the palates behind the great restaurant-on-wheels, when they make their COOK debut and swerve up a sampling of the international street food that makes their truck one of Philly’s finest!

Price $140.00
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Friday, August 29, 1pm: Private Event

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Friday, August 29, 7pm: A Top Tomato Tasting with Alex Garfinkel of AG Catering
Late August is prime tomato season locally. Join chef Alex Garfinkel for a five-course, vegetarian menu focused on the tomato. The nearly ten types of tomato that will be used will all come from Green Zebra Farms in Media, PA. Thej menu will include: a tasting of fresh heirloom tomatoes and a multitude of familiar garnishes; Pan con tomate w/ soft scrambled ‘Garfinkel Family’ Eggs and garden herbs; Fresh rolled Garganelli pasta in rich heirloom tomato sauce, pan roasted wild foraged mushrooms, fried garlic and fresh shaved parmesan; Creamy corn infused polenta w/ pickled strawberries, tomato confit and a fried green tomato; and for dessert, a Persimmon tomato sorbet, vanilla tomato jam and fennel shortbread. This is a tomato lovers dream!

Price $150.00
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Saturday, August 30, 6pm: A Hawaiian Luau with Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca of Poi Dog
A luau is a traditional Hawaiian party or feast that is usually accompanied by entertainment. Come, explore and enjoy some of the traditional foods featured at luaus such as lomi salmon, poke, kalua pig and more! Philadelphia’s Hawaiian food experts, Poi Dog’s Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca will be demo’ing and serving up an authentic and delicious menu representative of this type of traditional Hawaiian gathering. The two own and operate Poi Dog, a Hawaiian food truck that has been embraced by Philly foodies since its opening a few years back. They serve a constantly rotating menu of snacks, plate lunches, musubis, tacos and mochi - weather permitting. This is going to be one heck of an island party. Grass skirts optional.

Price $150.00
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