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Thursday, September 1, 7pm: A Late Summer Night’s Dream with Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minette and La Peg
Not ready to say goodbye to summer? Join Philly Francophile (and thoroughly entertaining jokester) Peter Woolsey when he returns to COOK for one incredible seasonal meal. Peter will lead guests through a sunny days celebration with a menu that includes Tomato Tarte Paysanne and Mesclun Salad; Chilled Pea Soup with Lemon Crème Fraîche; Chicken with Morel Cream with Rice Pilaf; and for dessert, Peach Tart. Peter is an aficionado of the classics, both French and American. While his Bistrot La Minette serves some of the most authentic and delicious French fare in town, La Peg pays homage to casual, regional American cuisine. It’ll be apple and squash season before you know it, but until then, join Peter for one last warm weather feast.

Price $160.00
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Wednesday, September 7, 7pm: Restaurant Sneak Peek: Scarpetta with Jon Oh
LDV Hospitality’s Scarpetta Restaurant at the Rittenhouse promises to bring the signature bold Italian flavors to Philadelphia that it is known for at its Manhattan, Hamptons, Las Vegas and Miami locations. Scarpetta’s employs an understated-yet-elegant approach, creating an experience where guests feel as though they are at a stylish and welcoming dinner party. Continuing its dedication to highlighting seasonal ingredients, Scarpetta’s fifth location will feature Philadelphia’s unique local ingredients with menu items created specifically for this location. In 2008, Scarpetta received a James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant in America as well as a coveted three-star review from The New York Times. Be among the first to welcome Chef Jon Oh to Philadelphia as he provides sixteen lucky guests with a sneak peek of our newest Rittenhouse Square neighbor.

Price $175.00
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Thursday, September 8, 12pm: Private Event

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Friday, September 9, 7pm: A Spoonful of Fall with Krista Pines of Spoonful Magazine and Glenn and Ian Brendle of Green Meadow Farm
Locally acclaimed and beloved Green Meadow Farm is run by a father and son team in Lancaster. Father, Glenn Brendle, and son, Ian Brendle, have seasonally curated nature's bounty at their sustainably run farm. The Brendles' have influenced the Philadelphia food industry in monumental ways, providing restaurants with fresh local produce, meats and dairy. Gracing the cover of Spoonful Magazine's fall issue, themed 'Velvet', the Brendle family lets readers join them for a farm to table culinary journey. Join the Brendles and Krista Pines of Spoonful Magazine as they take you through a farm fresh menu of recipes included in the fall issue: Bistecca alla Florentina using Lancaster-County grass-fed beef; Blistered Kabocha and Squash; Smoked Polenta (learn how to recreate the smokiness and depth of flavor that comes with cooking on coals); and Apple Galette with Burnt Caramel Whipped Cream, an update on the classic apple pie. Guests will receive a copy Spoonful Magazine, an independent, quarterly food publication that celebrates home cooks, local artisans and the art of entertaining.

Price $165.00
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Saturday, September 10, 1pm: Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate! with Joe Green of Affinity Confections
Calling all chocoholics! Join Joe Green of Affinity Confections this September when he returns for a dessert demo showcasing the mighty cocoa bean. Guests will explore the subtleties of chocolate varieties and learn how complementary flavors enhance the flavor of chocolate. But the best part, as always, is eating. Joe will serve three chocolate creations: Espresso Tart (shortbread crust with a chocolate filling topped with espresso ganache, coffee caramel and an espresso bean); Chocolate Bordeaux Cupcake (chocolate cupcake topped with a mocha mousse finished with chocolate shavings); and a Chocolate Bar (chocolate brownie bar topped with a freshly ground cinnamon and cocoa mix). While working on his Entrepreneurship Major at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, Joe interned at the renowned Night Kitchen Bakery in Chestnut Hill. With sixteen years of baking experience under his belt, Joe Launched Affinity Confections in 2014. Affinity creates seasonally inspired confections using premium all-natural ingredients.

Price $80.00
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Sunday, September 11, 2PM: COOKbook Author Series: Knife Skills with Jeffrey Elliot of Culinary Relations and Author of “The Zwilling J. A. Henckels Complete Book of Knife Skills”
Jeffrey Elliot literally wrote the book on knife skills. Co-author of the highly acclaimed Zwilling J. A. Henckels Complete Book of Knife Skills, Elliot returns to COOK this month with a hands-on class that every home cook needs. Elliot will show attendees how to dice, brunoise, julienne, mince, chop, chiffonade, plus how to make batons, rolling cuts and more*. Elliot is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He was Director of Culinary Relations for Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Demeyere and Staub, as well as the Executive Chef of Zwilling J.A. Henckels USA. Elliot has a degree from the Culinary Institute of America and has cooked at prestigious restaurants such as Le Cirque, and Le Bernardin in New York. Currently he is the president of Culinary Relations, a full service marketing agency. Jeffrey has co-authored two cookbooks including the Complete Guide to Sushi and Sashimi. *Please note that no food will be served during this class.

Price $110.00
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Tuesday, September 13, 7pm: Foobooz & Philadelphia Magazine Present Open Stove XLV: Sydney Hanick of Will vs. Ryan LaFrance of Southwark
Two will enter, but only one will win — so burns the unforgiving flame of the Open Stove! Held every other month, this is a fast-paced and unpredictable competition between two chefs whose names may not yet be well known throughout the Philly dining scene. In January, watch as Sydney Hanick of Will battles Ryan LaFrance of Southwark. COOK will provide mystery ingredients* and guests 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! *Please note that due to the nature of this cooking competition, dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated.

Price $200.00
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Wednesday, September 14, 6pm: Vegan Cheese-101 with Rachel Klein of Miss Rachel’s Pantry
If you think going vegan means giving up cheese, think again. Rachel Klein, owner of South Philly cafe, market, and catering company Miss Rachel’s Pantry, returns to COOK for a wine and cheese party, vegan style! The always-charming Miss Rachel will demo and serve three dairy-free cheese selections: nigella seed ricotta with salt-roasted golden beets and basil oil; pecan-crusted port cheese spread with soft pretzels; and a rosemary and thyme cashew cheese wheel with brandy-maple-walnut glaze. And it’s not a wine and cheese party without the wine, so we’ll also be pouring some vegan-friendly bottles!

Price $100.00
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Thursday, September 15, 7pm: Private Philadelphia Magazine Event with Bobby Saritsoglou of Opa

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Friday, September 16, 7pm: Private Event

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Saturday, September 17, 12pm: Awesome Autumn Lunch with Josh Bullock of Farmer’s Keep
Philadelphia is experiencing a boom in healthy, fast-casual spots, and among Center City’s farm-to-city eating establishments is Farmer’s Keep. Focusing on healthy, creative cuisine that caters to all diets, Chef Joshua Bullock’s daily menu is entirely allergen-free (gluten free, dairy free, egg free, peanut free, tree nut free, shellfish free) and promotes the importance of local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Join Joshua for a seasonal lunch consisting of Fall Harvest Salad with mixed greens, sweet potato, pumpkin seeds and cranberries in a sesame miso vinaigrette; Bacon Candied Brussel Sprouts with maple roast pork belly; Brown Sugar Skirt Steak with roast pumpkin purée and garlic sautéed kale; and for dessert, Cherry Oatmeal Cookies. Guests will also enjoy a glass of wine to accompany this fantastically fall lunch.

Price $90.00
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Sunday, September 18, 1pm: Matcha-101 with Alexis Siemons of teaspoons & petals
Matcha, a Japanese green tea powder that is steeped in tradition, has become the new secret ingredient in trendy culinary creations. Alexis Siemons, tea consultant/writer and founder of teaspoons & petals, returns to COOK to teach you everything you need to know about the vibrant matcha green tea. The afternoon will start off on the right foot with a sparkling matcha lemonade cocktail! Then, guests will learn how to craft a ceremonial bowl with the traditional tools before shaking up the steep into modern juice sips and iced mint coconut lattes. Listen to the story behind this tea that's rich in history, all while learning tea tips and matcha pairing techniques. Beyond the sips, Alexis will share sweet and savory matcha recipes, featuring sweet matcha krispie bites, savory matcha goat cheese and citrus crostini and mini matcha custard pies. Plus, guests will take home matcha samples to use in the comfort of their own kitchens!

Price $70.00
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Wednesday, September 21, 7pm: Eating India with Chef Brian Ricci of Nifty Spreads
Chef Brian Ricci has worked and trained across the country, including graduating with honors from the world-class French Culinary Institute in New York City, and at Philadelphia’s Django, Supper, Pub & Kitchen and most recently Brick & Mortar. But Indian cooking is a real passion for the veteran chef who spent many years working in the kitchen of Danny Meyer’s famed NYC restaurant, Tabla. There, Chef Brian worked to perfect Indian specialties with aplomb. This September, enjoy an Indian feast prepared by Brian that includes channa-cashew-coconut salad (with chilis, ginger, mint chutney and dried fruit); stir fry chiles, tomato, paneer and black onion seed; yogurt and curry leaf marinated chicken thighs cooked Tandoor style; and Indian Doughnuts (palm sugar, raisin, pistachio, coconut). This is the perfect class for people looking to make South Asian fare in their own homes.

Price $150.00
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Thursday, September 22, 7pm: Private Event

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Friday, September 23, 7pm: The Argentine Family Table with Jezabel Careaga and Jesus Careaga
There’s a little slice of Argentina in Philadelphia’s Fitler Square neighborhood, and it’s called Jezabel’s. Operated by Argentine expat Jezabel Careaga, Jezabel’s delivers the tastes of Argentina from her childhood, while fusing global tastes and flavors in uniquely delicious ways. For Jezabel, food is family – her cooking is an evolution of recipes she prepared as a child with her grandmother, mother and aunt. This September, COOK serves as an honorary family table as Jezabel is joined by her brother Jesus who will be visiting from Argentina. The brother and sister duo will prepare an Argentine spread featuring Berenjenas al Escabeche con Ricotta y Pan de Campo (pickled preserved eggplant with whipped ricotta on rustic bread); Papas Estrelladas con Salsa Criolla y Boquerones (grilled potatoes with salsa criolla and white anchovies); Vacio con Ensalada y Queso de Cabra (grilled flap steak with beet, orange, red onion and arugula salad topped with goat feta); Postre de Vainilla con Duraznos y Almendras (vanilla pudding with roasted peaches and almond cracker). So connect with your inner gaucho and come hungry!

Price $165.00
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Saturday, September 24, 3pm: Cheers to Oktoberfest Beers with Meredith Rebar and Garrett Lee Williams of Home Brewed Events
Dust off your lederhosen and your dirndls – and say gutentag to Oktoberfest at COOK! Celebrate the world’s largest beer festival as Meredith Rebar and Garrett Lee Williams of Home Brewed Events bring a stein-ful of the famous fest to COOK this September. During this evening session, guests will learn the background on Oktoberfest and sample several Oktoberfestbiers, such as Sly Fox Oktoberfest, Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest and Ayinger Oktoberfest. Garrett and Meredith will even brew an Oktoberfest-style beer for guests to take home at a later date. Beer lovers shouldn’t miss this! Light bites will be served to accompany the beers.

Price $85.00
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Sunday, September 25, 6pm: An Evening with Keith Ahern of Broad Table Tavern
The Inn at Swarthmore’s on-site restaurant Broad Table Tavern offers seasonally inspired menus showcasing locally sourced ingredients and regional artisan products. Executive Chef Keith Ahern upbringing in a large Italian family planted the seeds for his love of food. Early in his cooking career, Keith migrated to South Carolina where the unique flavors and techniques of Low Country cuisine became the foundation for Chef Ahern’s evolving culinary style. Before coming to Swarthmore, Ahern put in time at The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, one of the first true farm to table restaurants, as well as the renowned Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia. For his COOK debut, Keith has prepared a menu that highlights the flavors of fall: salt roasted beets with red beet meringue, barley “dirt’, mustard greens, and farmers cheese; scallop crudo with apple, winter radish, shiso, espelette; agnolotti with ricotta, sage, butternut, braised rabbit; pork tenderloin with crispy brussels sprouts, hay smoked sweet potato, and bourbon pork jus; and chocolate semifreddo with chocolate powder, chocolate tuile, chocolate caramel, and white chocolate.

Price $150.00
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Monday, September 26, 7pm: Latin Seafood Dinner with Ted Torres of COA Catering
With a resume that includes El Vez, Alma de Cuba and Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar, it’s safe to say that Ted Torres is passionate about Latin cuisine. After over ten years of working in the traditional restaurant industry, Chef Torres appeared on the Food Network program Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell, competing against three other chefs for a job at an established Latin restaurant in New York City, Victor's Cafe. Ultimately, Chef Torres decided to decline the position and pursue his long term dream of creating his own company – COA Catering. For his first COOK class, Chef Torres is serving up seafood, Latin-style, with a menu of Ecuadorian Shrimp Ceviche (charred tomato chili citrus sauce, avocado espuma, spiced corn); Corn and Crab Croquettes (yucca, plantain masa, peppers, onions and cilantro, finished with an aji amarillo emulsion); Pargo a la Plancha (seared red snapper, arroz verde, enchilada sauce); and for dessert, Coconut Flan (with toasted coconut and rum macerated strawberries). This will be a seafood lover’s dream!

Price $145.00
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Tuesday, September 27, 7pm: Private Event

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Wednesday, September 28, 6pm: The World Is Not Enough: Secret Agent Wines with Jill Weber of Jet Wine Bar
The world is not enough! But until Mars is terra-formed, secret agents are scouring the globe for unusual and – above all – tasty wines. Jill Weber, the Wining Archaeologist and owner of Jet Wine Bar, Rex 1516, and Café Ynez, will share finds from Dr. (Vi)No, Colonel Rosé Klebb and more. Jill has spent the last two decades working in the field as an archaeologist in Syria, Turkey, Oman, Iraq, Armenia and Italy. Her travels have provided her with a bounty of knowledge of atypical grapes from off-the-beaten-path winemaking regions. From this knowledge, Jet Wine Bar was born. Join us as we explore the world, one bottle at a time. Please note that a full dinner will not be served, but Jet Wine Bar will provide light bites from their new fall menu to accompany the wine selections.

Price $100.00
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Saturday, October 1, 6pm: A Seafood Stunner with Ned Maddock of XIX
Pennsylvania native Ned Maddock began his cooking career several working with several James Beard award-winning chefs in Chicago including Top Chef Stephanie Izard. Locally, Ned’s experience landed him a spot in the Vetri Family restaurant group as Executive Sous Chef at Amis Trattoria, followed by a post as Executive Sous Chef at Lo Spiedo. At the acclaimed XIX, located on the 19th floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue, Ned is adding his own signature cooking style to the seasonal menu and bringing in simple ingredients and strong flavors. Ned will make his COOK debut this October with a seafood feast that includes a Seafood Tasting (oysters, middle neck clams, poached shrimp and crab salad); smoked PA Lake Trout with Apple, Bacon and Rye Crackers; Squid Ink Fettuccine with Crab and Spicy Tomato; and Skuna Bay Salmon with Curried Squash, Kohlrabi and Coconut Milk. This one is sure to please the pescatarian in all of us!

Price $170.00
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Sunday, October 2, 6pm: The Thrill of Brazil with Joseph Howard of Abe Fisher and Steve Wood of Luca Restaurant
If the Rio Summer Games left you wanting more Brazil in your life, you’re in luck. Joseph Howard of Michael Solomonov’s Abe Fisher recently wowed our guests with a Portuguese dinner, so it was only natural for us to ask him back for an evening of traditional Brazilian fare: Pao de Queijo (Brazil’s iconic cheese bread); Pastel (seasoned ground meat with green olives and deep fried); Crudo com Pimentas e Ervas Frescas (raw fish crudo with chiles and fresh herbs); Moqueca de Baiana (seafood based stew with shrimp, tomatoes, bell peppers, herbs and coconut rice); Frango Grelhado com Cenoura (grilled marinated chicken with carrot); and for dessert, Quindim (egg custard with coconut and fresh fruit). Plus, Steve Wood, Beverage Director of Luca Restaurant in Lancaster, PA, will be shaking up some Brazilian cocktails for evening to get you in the spirit of things!

Price $165.00
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Monday, October 3, 7pm: National Pasta Month Series: The Pasta-bilities are Endless with Andrew Wood of Russet
Chef Andrew Wood of Russet returns to COOK for a fresh pasta making class that is not to be missed by gluten enthusiasts and/or pasta lovers. Housed in an 1877 brick townhouse near Broad Street’s theaters, Russet features a daily changing Italian and French-inspired menu. Chef-Owners Andrew and Kristin Wood create simple and honest dishes that highlight the natural flavors of the food. Guests will be taught how to make pasta dough and how to roll a variety of pasta shapes. Sounds like a good time, but the real payoff in going to such a class is in eating the pasta. After the demo, Andrew will take all of the pasta made by the class and cook a dinner for the group, which will also include house-cured charcuterie and more. Mangia! Mangia!

Price $170.00
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Tuesday, October 4, 6pm: Dessert for Dinner with Angela Ranalli of Le Virtu and Brigantessa
There are some who ask, “What’s for dinner?” And then there are those who ask, “What’s for dessert?” If you belong to the latter group of sweet-toothed individuals, this is the class for you. No salad, no soup, just straight up dessert for dinner. Celebrated pastry chef Angela Ranalli from East Passyunk’s Le Virtu and Brigantessa returns to COOK for an evening of sweet AND savory desserts including Chocolate Torrone Semifreddo Bon Bon; Serpentone (apple, raisin and walnut filled soft biscotti, vanilla rum ricotta, maraschino cherry); Nutella Arancini (arborio rice fritters with a warm nutella center, rolled in sugar and sea salt, raspberry sauce); Torta di Ulivo (grilled olive oil cake, roasted grapes, rosemary infused extra virgin olive oil, toasted pine nuts, mascarpone); and Torta Caprese al Affumicato (flourless almond and smoked chocolate cake, chocolate cayenne gelato, candied almonds). Italian wines will accompany the meal. You’ll be joined by 15 fellow dessert lovers, so there’s no shame in your game for one night!


Price $115.00
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Wednesday, October 5, 7pm: An Apple a Day with Beth Kaufman Strauss of Grateful Plate
Come October, everything will be coming up apples. So if you’re looking to expand your apple-cabulary beyond apple pie (not there’s anything wrong with that!), this is the class for you.  Join veteran COOKing instructor and holistic health coach, Beth Kaufman Strauss of meal delivery service, Grateful Plate, for a multi-course, vegetarian menu that pays tribute to the mighty apple. Her menu will feature: Celery Root Apple Soup topped with Crispy Shallots; Honeycrisp Bruschetta with Brussels Sprouts & Pecans over Brie Toast; Seared Tofu "Scallops" with Apple Confit; and Apple and Pear Empanadas with Spicy Chocolate Chipping Sauce. This class will surely keep the doctor away! Recipes will be provided.

Price $140.00
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Thursday, October 6, 6pm: Private Event

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Friday, October 7, 7pm: COOKbook Author Series: “Whole Cooking and Nutrition” with Registered Dietitian and Cookbook Author Katie Cavuto
Katie Cavuto's mission is to use her unique background as a chef and registered dietitian to teach others how easy it can be to live a healthy lifestyle – without sacrificing flavor. Her goal is to inspire people to fall in love with food the way she has. Katie is also the dietitian for the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Flyers and was one of 10 finalists on Season 5 of The Next Food Network Star. Join Cavuto when she returns to COOK to prepare wholesome AND delicious dishes from her hot-off-the-press cookbook Whole Cooking and Nutrition: An Everyday Superfoods Approach to Planning, Cooking, and Eating with Diabetes, which introduces home cooks to 75 nutrient-rich, disease-fighting ingredients every cook should have. Katie’s October menu includes Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cashews and Pears; Chipotle Honey Sweet Potato Soup; Maple and Mustard Salmon with Citrus Farro, Roasted Beets and Poppy Seeds; Turkey and Lentil Bolognese; and Cool Weather Cobbler for dessert. Each guest will receive a copy of the cookbook.

Price $150.00
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Tuesday, October 11, 7pm: National Pasta Month Series: To Dream The Im-Pasta-ble Dream with Chris Tavares of Davio’s
Davio’s Philadelphia’s Executive Chef Chris Tavares knows pasta. He has to. The Center City institution arguably serves more pasta in this town than anyone and they like to keep it fresh and change up their menu seasonally. Join Chef Chris for a night of decadent carb-loading when he will demo a menu including: Roasted Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese Chive Crostini; Pumpkin Mezzaluna with Gorgonzola Piccante, Sage and Brown Butter; Hand-Rolled Potato Gnocchi with Organic Mushrooms, Basil and White Truffle Oil; Tagliatelle Bolognese with Braised Veal, Beef, Pork and Tomato Sauce; Warm Chocolate Cake with Amarena Cherries and Vanilla Gelato. Get ready to carb load with the best of ‘em!

Price $165.00
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Wednesday, October 12, 9:30am: Private Event

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Thursday, October 13, 6pm: Riesling Is The Reason with Ashley Costanzo of Vintage Imports
In the wine world, Riesling is on the rise. While Riesling has a devoted following among high-end wine connoisseurs, it is currently trending among those who are looking for something, well, a little different. Riesling has taken (literally) root outside of Germany and Alsace, the two regions which are most closely identified with Riesling; in the U.S. alone, Riesling is thriving in California, Washington and the Finger Lakes. This October, Ashley Costanzo of local importer and distributor Vintage Imports will showcase the spectrum of Riesling – from the dry, bright and acidic varieties to the sweeter varieties with notes of tropical fruit, honey and spices. Ashley will be pouring the following five Rieslings: Trefethen "Dry" Riesling (Oak Noll, Napa, 2014); Zinck Riesling (Alsace, 2013); Trisaetum "Dry Coast Range" Riesling (Yamhill Carlton, Willamette Valley, 2014); Lucashof "Kabinett Forster Bischofsgarten" Riesling (Forst, Pfalz, 2014); and St Urbans Hof "Spatlese Piesporter Goldtröpfchen" Riesling, Piesport, Mosel, 2013). Please note that no full dinner will be served, but there will be light bites.

Price $90.00
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Friday, October 14, 1pm: Private Event with Andrew Wood of Russet

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Saturday, October 15, 7pm: Private Event with Brian Ricci

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Tuesday, October 18, 7pm: Private Philadelphia Magazine Event

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Wednesday, October 19, 7pm: Private Event

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Thursday, October 20, 7pm: Private Event with Carolyn Nguyen and Michael Sultan of Revolution Taco

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Saturday, October 22, 6pm: National Pasta Month Series: Mac ‘n Cheese Please with Marti and Pamela Lieberman of Mac Mart
What’s National Pasta Month without mac ‘n cheese, the deliciously decadent, quintessential comfort food? So for this class, we went to who else – Mac Mart. Marti and Pamela Lieberman’s mac-focused food truck developed a devoted following, catering to Forbes, Starr Events, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia 76ers, Wawa CEO and Executive team and more. Inevitably the sisters opened their flagship brick and mortar shop in Rittenhouse in the spring of 2016, and already there are talks of expanding. If you, like us, think of mac ‘n cheese as the star and not a side, join us for a mac-tastic menu of House Salad with Homemade "Pam Pam's Buttermilk Ranch" Dressing; Creamy Mushroom & Herb Chicken Soup; Miniature Meatloaves; a Mac Mart Mac 'n Cheese Sampler (jalapeno popper dip; classic Mart’s mac; heart attack Mac with caramelized onions & crispy bacon; and creamy ‘shroom and herb chicken mac); and for dessert, a Truffle Assortment (Cookies 'n Cream, Peanut Butter Cookie and Strawberry Shortcake Truffle).

Price $150.00
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Sunday, October 23, 12pm: It Takes a Village: Brunching with Woody DeCasere of One Village Coffee and Ron Silverberg of Hawthorne’s Cafe
Like another one of COOK’s favorite beverages – beer - coffee has officially gone craft, and one of our local favorites is One Village Coffee. Join Woody DeCasere of One Village for a caffeinated crash course on the roasting process and how to properly prepare the perfect cup of joe using a variety of brewing methods. Woody will pour four of One Village’s signature brews(including a coffee cocktail) and will be joined by Ron Silverberg, Executive Chef of the popular brunch spot,  Hawthorne’s Cafe. And just as Woody knows coffee, Ron knows brunch. Prior to returning to his hometown to work at Ela and a.kitchen, he worked in several San Francisco kitchens, including Mission Beach Cafe, known for their brunch service. Ron will prepare a four-course brunch menu to accompany Woody’s brews: Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes with Golden Raisins, Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Pecans; Crab Cake Benedict with Brioche, Poached Egg and Chipotle Hollandaise; Breakfast Fettuccine with Pancetta, Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Peppers and Aged Provolone; and French Toast Bites with Mixed Berries and Spiced Maple Syrup. This is going to be one heck of a brunch!

Price $110.00
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Monday, October 24, 7pm: An Evening with Scott Anderson of Elements and Mistral
In 2008, Chef Scott Anderson, along with business partner, Stephen Distler, opened Elements, bringing to the Princeton restaurant scene a new dining experience. Seamlessly blending together progressive modernist cooking techniques with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Anderson tantalizes taste buds with his trademark “Interpretive-American” cuisine that ultimately draws out the purest flavors of each individual ingredient. Anderson works with local farms and butchers in farming, foraging, curing and fermenting ingredients, transforming classic dishes into something completely new. A Jersey native, Anderson spent part of his youth in Japan and after returning to the Garden State worked at Craig Shelton’s Ryland Inn. In 2010, Anderson and Distler opened Mistral, which features smaller plates that empower guests to create their own tasting menus. In 2013 and 2014, the James Beard Foundation named Anderson as a semi-finalist for Best Mid-Atlantic Chef. Anderson’s COOK debut menu includes: Smoked Sturgeon with Beets, Caviar, Apple and Horseradish; Live Scallops with Preserved Meyer Lemon, Persimmon and Fall Squash; Lamb with Shiitake, Kunik and Carrot; and for dessert, Apple, Sassafras, Cider and Hazelnut.

Price $170.00
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Tuesday, October 25, 7pm: Double Dutch: Breakfast for Dinner with Lee Styer, Kevin Watters and Joncarl Lachman of The Dutch
To Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig Laban, Fourth Street is now “Breakfast Street.” Joining Breakfast Street’s Cafe La Maude, Honey’s and Hungry Pigeon is The Dutch, where owners Joncarl Lachman (of Noord and Neuf) and Lee Styer (of Fond) put Dutch AND Pennsylvania Dutch spins on breakfast favorites. Following a late-night, boozy omelette-making competition between Lachman and Styer, the two leapt at the opportunity to occupy the space formerly occupied by Fouth & Cross. Located in Pennsport, the double Dutch breakfast and lunch eatery offers a whimsical approach to breakfast basics, which is reflected in their October COOK menu. While Lachman (aka the Darling Dutchman) will be your host with the most for the evening, Styer along with Kevin Watters will be COOKing up Lobster Hollandaise with Sunny Egg English Muffin; Flat Iron Steak and Potato Hash with Peppers and Onions; Kielbasa and Seasonal Vegetable Quiche with Salad; and Buttermilk Waffle with Seasonal Fruit and Vanilla Whipped Cream.

Price $165.00
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Wednesday, October 26, 7pm: National Pasta Month Series: It’s All Greek Pasta To Me! with Frances Vavloukis
Italians aren’t the only ones who have a way with pasta. The ancient Greeks had a kind of primitive pasta preparation called laganum. And so for National Pasta Month, we’re including a Greek pasta night, featuring one of our most charming instructors – health and wellness coach Frances Vavloukis. Frances will serve a Greek spread fit for a Big Fat Greek family: Greek Salad; Pastitsio (a Greek style pasta and beef lasagna but she will be offering a vegetarian version as well); Moussaka (a Greek style eggplant, potato and beef lasagna); and Koulouryia (Greek twisted butter cookies). Over the years Frances has perfected her pastitsio, a labor intensive dish that starts with a rich beef ragu simmered in red wine and spiked with cinnamon. An additional sauce of cheesy Béchamel is enriched with egg yolks and sprinkled with nutmeg. These sauces are then layered between stacks of long ziti noodles and baked into a complex casserole, which, if you can resist, is even better the day after it is prepared. Recipes will be provided.

Price $140.00
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Thursday, October 27, 7pm: An Evening with Rory Baatz of Ocean Prime
Ocean Prime is a modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell specializing in incredible seafood and prime steaks. Executive Chef Rory Baatz, a Scottsdale Le Cordon Blue College of Culinary Arts graduate, began his career traveling the world as a private chef, with high profile clientele including heads of state. Rory first entered the Ocean Prime family in their Troy, Michigan location before arriving in Philadelphia. According to Rory, what he loves most about Ocean Prime is the opportunity to work with the best possible ingredients to create unique and inspired dishes. Join Rory for a surf AND turf feast consisting of Oysters on the Half Shell served on crushed ice with lemon, cocktail sauce and horseradish; Jumbo Sea Scallops and Slow Braised Short Ribs; Prime New York Strip with Au Poivre and Jalapeno Au Gratin; and Crème Brûlée with Fresh Berries. This will be one PRIME party!

Price $155.00
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Friday, October 28, 7pm: Beef Bourguignon with Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minette
Back by popular demand! COOK’s favorite Francophile chef is back for an encore performance of his extraordinaire Beef Bourguignon. The French classic made famous and accessible to Americans by Julia Child in Mastering the Art of French Cooking is the perfect dish to learn for cozy cool weather nights. Join Chef Woolsey as he demonstrates what it takes to make the perfect French stew. The meat. The wine. The pearl onions. We think Julia would approve. Recipes will be provided.

Price $175.00
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Saturday, October 29, 6pm: Braise The Roof with Nick Macri of La Divisa Meats
Come October, it’ll get a little chilly out there. So let’s go braise-y. Chef-turned-butcher-shop owner, Nick Macri of Reading Terminal Market’s La Divisa Meats, returns to COOK for an evening devoted to the low-and-slow art of braising! In addition to a Braising 101 lesson, @MeatManMacri will serve guests a stick-to-your-ribs menu consisting of: Beef Shank Salad with Chilies and Peanuts; Fennel, Birchrun Blue Cheese and Pomegranate; Cavatelli with Lamb Shoulder Ragout, Garlic, and Valley Shepherd Pepato Cheese; Pork Coppa with Cabbage, Apples and Mustard Seed; and Pears with Mulled Wine and Polenta Budino for dessert. Before opening his own charcuterie-butcher shop, Macri worked at such iconic Philly restaurants as Southwark and Osteria. Calling all carnivores – don’t miss out!

Price $160.00
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Sunday, October 30, 2pm: Autumn Harvest Desserts with Peter Scarola of R2L
Apples, pears and pumpkin – these are a few of our favorite fall things. Join Peter Scarola, pastry chef for Daniel Stern’s R2L since the opening in January of 2010, for an autumnal afternoon of baking. Peter will demo 3 desserts: Apple Brown Butter Cake; Roasted Pears with Ginger Snaps; and Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Blondies. With Peter at the helm (he was recognized this year as a Rising Star Pastry Chef of Philadelphia through starchefs.com – a significant industry honor), you are definitely in good hands. Recipes will be provided.

Price $85.00
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