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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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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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Wednesday, September 3, 7pm: Foobooz & Philadelphia Magazine Present Open Stove XXVII: John Dilliplane of The Treemont vs. John Calvert of R2L
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. This September, it will chefs from two of Philly’s best fine dining restaurants: John Dilliplane of The Treemont and John Calvert of R2L . 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 $200.00
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Friday, September 5, 7pm: Vegan Late Summer Harvest with Rachel Klein of Miss Rachel's Pantry
At her successful South Philly cafe and catering company, Miss Rachel’s Pantry, Rachel Klein creates inspired vegan meals that appeal to everyone regardless of lifestyle. Join the always-sweet Miss Rachel at COOK for a hearty and heartwarming night of vegan eats delicious enough to get everyone smiling, from committed vegans to dedicated meat eaters. And the timing of this class couldn't be better for a veggie-centric menu as the bounty of the late summer harvest will be in full swing. Come. Learn. Eat your veggies!

Price $125.00
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Saturday, September 6, 12pm: Private Event with Sue Puchowitz, Art Instructor

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Sunday, September 7, 6pm: Sensational Sides with Aaron Matzkin of Rotisseur
Are side dishes your favorite part of the meal? Then join owner Aaron Matzkin of Rittenhouse’s Rotisseur for an evening of all sensational sides! Famous for their secret recipe rotisserie chicken, Rotisseur is also hugely popular because of the super side dishes they offer. For his COOK debut, Aaron will prepare a menu of sides including: chilled corn soup, succotash, kimchi, salads and more! Chicken-philes, fear not! He will also serve his delicious rotisserie bird. Rotisseur’s “fast slow food” motto has served them incredibly well over the past few years earning them legions of fans across the city. Who needs a main course anyway?

Price $135.00
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Tuesday, September 9, 7pm: Private Philadelphia Magazine Event with Jason Cichonski of Ela and The Gaslight

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Wednesday, September 10, 7pm: A Rosh Hashanah Celebration with Paul Spangler and Arlene Rotfeld of Shackamaxon Catering
At COOK, you don't have to be Jewish to celebrate the Jewish New Year with a feast. On Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to eat several foods which symbolize the type of year one wishes to have and the focus is on sweet foods, symbolizing the desire to have a sweet year, blessings and abundance. Join Paul Spangler and Arlene Rotfeld of Shackamaxon Catering (they do the food for the Residences at The Ritz Carlton!) for a new spin on traditional Rosh Hashanah eats! Two types of chicken liver will be served (and one is veggie!), plus salmon, challah, kasha varnishkes, kugel, apricots, apple and more! Arlene will also demo a glorious Rosh Hashanah centerpiece.

Price $145.00
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Thursday, September 11, 7pm: Chef’s Tasting Menu with Jorge Chicas of The Red Owl Tavern
Chef Jorge Chicas came to Philadelphia’s Red Owl Tavern following a stream of culinary accomplishments that most notably includes his long tenure and leadership with the dynamic think tank ThinkFoodGroup by José Andrés and as Executive Chef at The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Under Chef Chicas’ watch, The Bazaar earned acclaim such as “Restaurant of the Year” by Esquire, a James Beard nomination for “Best New Restaurant,” GQ’s “Best New Restaurants” and a four-star review by the Los Angeles Times. Join him as we welcome him back to COOK for an evening of amazing food by one of the city’s newest and best culinary talents.

Price $160.00
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Friday, September 12, 7pm: An Evening with Jay Chadwick of Ella’s American Bistro
On a professional level, Jay Chadwick, executive chef of Ella’s American Bistro in Wayne, PA, started his culinary training at 19 when he began his apprenticeship as a butcher. He also had stints working at Georges Perrier’s suburban outpost Georges’, East Passyunk Avenue’s Le Virtu, JG Domestic and Malvern’s Restaurant Alba, as well as time spent in Italy. Join him for his delicious debut at COOK when he prepares and demos a menu consisting of: chicken liver mousse with cognac-soaked cherries, crostini; black bass with bacon-corn hash, cherry tomatoes; duck breast with potato-duck hash, rainbow chard; and fig bread pudding for dessert. This is going to be one incredible meal!

Price $150.00
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Sunday, September 14, 12pm: The Art of Confection Making with Jess Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz
In September, Jess Nolen, Brauhaus Schmitz’s pastry maven, returns to COOK for an afternoon of delicious confections including marshmallows, fudge, brittle, and lollipops. These sweet sugary creations are necessary learning for every home pastry chef or just those with a sweet tooth. Rich in sugar, this class on candy will be too sweet to miss. Jess is also a hoot and a half not to mention a great teacher. Just don’t tell your dentist!

Price $75.00
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Wednesday, September 17, 6:30pm: Private Event

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Friday, September 19, 1pm: Private Event

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Friday, September 19, 5:30pm: Private Event

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Saturday, September 20, 6pm: A Symphony of Chicken Dishes with Michele Haines of Spring Mill Café
Since 1978, Michele Haines and her family have made Conshohocken’s Spring Mill Café an institution. Join Philadelphia’s “grande dame” of French cuisine when she returns to COOK for a meal featuring an array of chicken dishes including: chicken terrine; mole chicken; seared chicken breast Normande; and chicken vol au vent, plus salad and dessert. Michele will be joined by artisan cheesemaker, Stefanie Angstadt of Valley Milkhouse, who will be on hand to talk about the cheeses that Chef Michele will incorporate into her menu.

Price $140.00
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Sunday, September 21, 1pm: Private Event

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Monday, September 22, 7pm: Soups and Stews 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. And though she spent time at Stephen Starr steakhouse, Barclay Prime, she takes vegetable-forward cooking very seriously. Join Becca when she returns to COOK for an evening of soups and stews. With Fall right around the corner, tips, tricks and recipes for soup and stew making are a must. Becca will be demo’ing vichysoisse, creamy tomato dill soup, spicy miso mushroom soup, coq au vin with mashed potatoes and chilled strawberry soup with vanilla ice cream and toasted almonds.

Price $135.00
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Tuesday, September 23, 7pm: A Pasta Primer with Eben Copple of The Yardley Inn
Chef and Kansas native, Eben Copple, has a very impressive restaurant resume. He spent a year under the tutelage of Lidia Bastianich at her Kansas City eatery, Lidia’s. He then moved to the Pittsburgh outpost of Lidia’s before heading to NYC where he worked with superstar Jonathan Waxman at Barbuto. As sous chef there, Copple continued to hone his skills in the art of new Italian cooking, focusing on local, seasonal produce, homemade pastas and house-cured meats. Eben has also worked through a series of notable stages at Five Points and WD50, preparing himself to take on the responsibilities inherent in piloting a kitchen. Join Eben, now executive chef at the beautiful Yardley Inn, for his COOK debut focusing on pasta. His demo will include a fresh pasta, a stuffed pasta, a gnudi, a risotto and a pasta dessert. Mangia!

Price $165.00
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Wednesday, September 24, 12:30pm: Private Event

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Saturday, September 27, 2pm: Awesome Autumn Baking with Lindsey Love of coco love
Baker Lindsey Love returns to COOK with an early fall menu sure to stimulate the senses. Her company, coco love, established in 2010, is a web-based baking company and curated gift-shop for the boutique customer who appreciates gift-giving as an art form. Join Lindsey as she prepares seasonal sweets featuring the warm comfort of spice including chocolate pumpkin seed cake, cardamom panna cotta, and spiced poached pears. This is the perfect way to spend an autumn afternoon.

Price $75.00
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Saturday, September 27, 7pm: Private Event

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Sunday, September 28, 6pm: Spanish Tapas with Alex Garfinkel of AG Catering
Since completing his culinary arts degree at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, Alex has traveled far and wide, undergoing a journey of gastronomical discovery alongside elite chefs on two continents. Alex has worked locally at Le Bec Fin, Lacroix, Morimoto and Amada. He also spent time working in kitchens in Spain and has taught numerous classes and demos along the way. Alex’s stay in Spain makes him more qualified than most to cover the topic of Spanish small plates. His take on tapas will feature seafood, meat and veg all prepared with traditional Spanish flavors and techniques.

Price $140.00
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Monday, September 29, 7pm: Meatless Monday Pub Fare with Beth Kaufman of A Mindful Me
The September edition of Meatless Monday with Beth Kaufman of A Mindful Me will feature vegetarian friendly pub grub with a guilt-free twist. Beth, a chef and holistic health coach, will be cooking up spicy buffalo style seitan, the wedge salad with smoked chickpea bits, tempeh reubens with all the fixings, and peanut butter brownies with caramelized bananas. This class is vegetarian but not vegan.

Price $125.00
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Tuesday, September 30, 7pm: Private Philadelphia Magazine Event with Jeff Froehler of The Capital Grille

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