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Wednesday, July 1, 6pm: Wine Goblet Painting with Sue Puchowitz, Art Instructor
Looking for something different than Center City Sips? Join veteran art instructor Sue Puchowitz for an artsy evening of wine goblet painting (and a little wine drinking). Sue will lead guests in the painting of two wine glasses per person. Learn one stroke painting, the use of different kinds of paintbrushes and their individual techniques. Get creative with great inspirational examples, a little flick of a brush and a sip or two. We are using bake on paints that are food safe and washable. So bring a friend and make it a play date! All supplies will be provided, as will wine and light bites.

Price $60.00
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Thursday, July 2, 12pm: Private Event with Lou Boquila of Audrey Claire

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Tuesday, July 7, 7pm: STARR Series: A La Brasa: Methods and Techniques of the Latin American Grill with Yun Fuentes of Alma de Cuba
You may not know Chef Yun Fuentes by name but you have most likely eaten his sophisticated food at any number of Philadelphia’s top restaurants over the past several years. Now helming the kitchen at the venerable Alma de Cuba, Chef Yun is taking Latin American cuisine at this Philly institution in exciting new directions. Join Chef Yun when he returns to COOK for a menu showcasing Latin American grilling methods and techniques including: Picadera (small bites) of burnt tomato with avocado and sardines al escabeche toasts; skewers of chorizo con papas and chicken with smoked pineapple; Humitas (similar to tamales) of roasted corn, huitlacoche and queso casero; Red snapper steamed in banana leaf, served with mashed green plantain and consommé; Grilled skirt steak, butifarra, morcilla and mollejas, served with chimichurri and papas al la chapa; and queso asado with dulce de fruta bomba for dessert.

Price $185.00
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Wednesday, July 8, 6pm: Private Event with Nick Elmi of Laurel

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Thursday, July 9, 7pm: COOKbook Author Series: Sunday Pasta with Edwin Garrubbo
Edwin Garrubbo has been studying, cooking, searching for and thinking about La Cucina Italiana for as long as he can remember. He cooks a wide range of Italian dishes, but loves his pasta most of all. He visits restaurants, cooking schools, markets, and food artisans across Italy and wherever Italians practice their craft. He is a citizen of both the United States and Italy. In his new book, Sunday Pasta: A Year Around the Table with Family and Friends, Edwin provides 54+ seasonal and delicious pasta recipes and includes expert wine pairings and gorgeous photography. Join this certified pasta enthusiast at a special demo when he will prepare a menu of: Linguine al limone; Fusilli with tuna and cherry tomatoes; Spaghetti alla checca (uncooked tomato sauce); and Orecchiette con ceci (chickpea and pancetta). Each guest will receive a copy of the book that also provides fresh insights into key Italian ingredients, a guide to pasta shapes, and an Italian food glossary.

Price $175.00
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Friday, July 10, 7pm: COOK Restaurant Sneak Peek: Hungry Pigeon with Scott Schroeder and Pat O’Malley
Fabric Row in Queen Village will soon be home to one of the year’s most highly anticipated new restaurants, Hungry Pigeon. COOK is pleased to host a preview with chefs Scott Schroeder of American Sardine Bar and South Philly Tap Room, and his old friend and former colleague, Pat O’Malley, of NYC’s Balthazar Bakery. The two have a long history of working together, beginning at the wildly successful ¡Pasion! Restaurant. Though working in different cities for the past ten years, they have remained close friends and Hungry Pigeon is a project a long time in the making. Join the two talented friends and chefs for a preview of this exciting, casual, American addition to Philadelphia’s restaurant scene that will not be another mac and cheese and burger joint. Or another beer bar, for that matter.

Price $170.00
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Sunday, July 12, 4pm: Summer Cocktail and Cheese Pairings with Keith Raimondi of Townsend and Rocco Rainone of Di Bruno Bros.
Two of our favorite C words are cocktails and cheese. And though people often associate eating cheese with drinking wine, cocktails are also the perfect compliment to wash down some gooey, cheesey goodness. Join veteran bartender Keith Raimondi of Townsend as he leads guests on a cocktail and cheese pairing adventure alongside his friend and celebrated cheesemonger Rocco Rainone of Di Bruno Bros. The duo will discuss and demo a menu of five fresh, summery cocktails and select five cheeses to pair with them. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from these two leaders in their respective fields at this special celebration of curds and drinks.

Price $125.00
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Wednesday, July 15, 7pm: Private Philadelphia Magazine Event

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Thursday, July 16, 6pm: Craft Cocktails with Resa Mueller of Twenty Manning Grill and Bar Emmanuelle and Maura Gallagher of Art In The Age
Philadelphia-based Art in the Age isn't your typical spirits company. Their four brands - ROOT, RHUBARB, SAGE and SNAP - are anything but typical but that’s a very good thing. The locally-founded line of 80-proof organic, craft spirits takes its inspiration from American history. Join local bartender extraordinaire, Resa Mueller, alongside Art in the Age’s Maura Gallagher, for an evening of awesome cocktails celebrating summer and these special, local spirits. Learn tricks of the trade as Resa crafts unique twists on classic cocktails with these delightfully different libations. Resa currently pours alcohol at nationally-renowned Emmanuelle and manages the cocktail program at locally-loved Twenty Manning Grill. In 2014, she was recognized as one of Zagat's 30-Under-30 in the Philadelphia food scene for her commitment that spans multiple food and beverage outlets. Maura hails from the mean streets of Cape May County, NJ, and is the Sales Manager for Art in the Age. She spreads the love for this Philly-based brand throughout Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Baltimore and Washington DC and has been in the spirits business for over 6 years.

Price $95.00
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Friday, July 17, 7pm: Modern Low Country COOKing with Valerie Erwin of Geechee Girl Rice Cafe
It’s been just a few months since Chef Valerie Erwin closed the doors for good at Germantown Avenue’s much-beloved Geechee Girl Rice Cafe, which in its 12 years had a significant, lasting impact on the food scene in Philadelphia. COOK is thrilled to welcome Chef Valerie for a evening of modern low country cooking. “Low country” refers to the foodways of Georgia and South Carolina’s low country where rice is the staple food, and Chef Valerie’s cooking pays tribute to the traditional foods of the American south and to the millions of rice eaters around the world. Join the celebrated local chef for a flavorful menu of: Cucumber noodles with buttermilk tzaztiki and hot smoked salmon; Warm okra and corn salad, tomato vinaigrette, crumbled bacon; Pan seared scallops, yellow grits "risotto", collard-almond pesto; and “Calla” or sweet rice beignets with fresh peaches for dessert. Don’t miss this special evening!

Price $155.00
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Saturday, July 18, 4pm: The Rise of Gluten Free Beers with Meredith Rebar and Garrett Lee Williams of Home Brewed Events
People don’t often associate good beer with gluten free beer but gluten free beer doesn't have to be bland—it can even be great! Brewers do not want to deny anyone the pleasure of a cold beer. The result is gluten-free brews as flavorful as anything found in the craft-beer aisle. Join Meredith Rebar and Garrett Lee Williams of Home Brewed Events for a lesson in gluten free beer making and ingredients and enjoy a sampling of some of the best gluten free beers and ciders from American craft breweries. Guests will also get to watch as Meredith and Garrett brew a gluten free beer during class that will be available to take home a few weeks later. Light, gluten free refreshments will be served during this class.

Price $90.00
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Sunday, July 19, 1pm: Hands-on Filipino-Hawaiian Snacks with Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca of Poi Dog Snack Shop
The foods of the Philippines and Hawaii draw on many of the same culinary influences - mixing Asian and western flavors and preparations but creating something wholly unto themselves. Join Philly’s favorite Hawaiian food truck operators, Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca of Poi Dog Snack Shop, when they return to COOK for an afternoon of Filipino-Hawaiian snack making. This hands-on class will include the making of: one fresh lumpia and one fried lumpia (which are similar to spring rolls); Longanisa sausage musubi (uncased Filipino sausage in Hawaiian snack form using sushi rice and wrapped in nori); and more!

Price $110.00
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Tuesday, July 21, 7pm: Tomato Time with Laura Frangiosa and Maureen Stoebenau of The Avenue Delicatessen
Not much beats a good, fresh, local tomato in the summertime! Join chefs and veteran COOK instructors Laura Frangiosa and Maureen Stoebenau of Lansdowne’s The Avenue Delicatessen for an evening celebrating America’s favorite garden vegetable. The Avenue beautifully marries the two great American deli traditions (Jewish and Italian) in modern, creative, and delicious ways that go far beyond typical deli fare. Join the ladies of The Avenue for a top tomato tasting that will include: a tiny michelada with spicy shrimp; bacon fat foccacia, handmade ricotta and Benton’s bacon, cherry tomatoes; heirloom tomato terrine with ramp oil;  swordfish skewers, corn puree and fried green tomato; and a tomato tart with parmesan ice cream. Tomato lovers shouldn’t miss this sensational summer event!

Price $155.00
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Wednesday, July 22, 7pm: STARR Series: South of the Border with Kevin Taylor of El Vez
A New Jersey native of Irish and German descent, Kevin Taylor doesn’t sound like he’d be the scion of a Tex-Mex culinary family. But he’s been learning about nuances of south-of-the-border cuisine from birth, thanks to his parents’ long-running Los Amigos restaurants in South Jersey and Atlantic City. Now, as executive chef of El Vez, he has the stage to share his passion — for ingredients, technique, tradition and innovation — with a fun-loving but sophisticated crowd. Join Chef Kevin at COOK for a delicious Mexican menu of: Guacamole featuring summer charred corn, black truffle and huitlacoche with squash blossom vinaigrette; Red snapper crudo with avocado, dashi, Seville orange, oregano and crispy garlic; Homemade tortillas with mole-rubbed lamb loin, toreado rajas, fennel yogurt and rosemary; and Tres Leche with toasted meringue and fruit ceviche.

Price $175.00
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Thursday, July 23, 7pm: COOK Restaurant Sneak Peek: Restaurant Neuf Preview with Joncarl Lachman of Noord
Over several centuries, traders, travelers, invaders, migrants and immigrants all have influenced the cuisine of North Africa. The countries that make up the region share several of their own similar dishes and ingredients yet French and Mediterranean cooking influences abound. Noord’s Joncarl Lachman, Philly’s darling Dutch chef, returns to COOK for an evening of North African-inspired fare that doubles as a preview of the menu of his soon-to-open Restaurant Neuf in the Italian Market. Join him at COOK when he tests out four inspired dishes. This will be a special chance to get a preview of what promises to be one of 2015’s most talked about new restaurants.

Price $175.00
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Friday, July 24, 7pm: Vegetarian Mediterranean Cuisine with Beth Kaufman Strauss of A Grateful Plate
Join chef, veteran COOK instructor and Holistic Health Coach, Beth Kaufman Strauss of Grateful Plate, for a night of delicious vegetarian Mediterranean cuisine.  Enjoy the many flavors and ingredients that make Mediterranean cooking so tasty and learn how to prepare these dishes at home.  Beth’s menu will include: Mezza Platter with Hummus topped with Fried Mushrooms & Grilled Za'atar Pita, Beet Salad, Hemp Seed Tabbouleh; Grilled Halloumi Salad with Watermelon, Charred Tomatoes, over Arugula with Mint Basil Vinaigrette;  Eggplant Stuffed with Falafel with Tahini Tomato Sauce & Cucumber Feta Salad; and Baklava Pouches with Lavender Honey for dessert. Beth has taught numerous classes at COOK. Her classes are a great place to really learn how to make food that not only tastes good but is good for you as well.

Price $140.00
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Saturday, July 25, 6pm: A Taste of Tel Aviv with Ari Miller of Food Underground
Food Underground, under the creative direction of chef Ari Miller, specializes in recreating the restaurant experience in the intimacy of the private home. Chef Miller’s culinary roots began during a decade spent in Israel where he was the dining reviewer for The Jerusalem Post. He transitioned into the professional kitchen where he learned the culinary traditions of Eastern European, North Africa, and the Middle East. Upon returning to his native Philadelphia, he worked at Percy St BBQ and concluded his career on the line at the celebrated High Street on Market. Chef Ari founded Food Underground along with banker­come­cook Gary Burner, where both live out their culinary passions and dreams on a plate, served to you. Join Ari when he makes his COOK debut with a menu of dishes inspired by his time in Tel Aviv including: housemade pretzel bite, roasted cherry tomato, seared haloumi, pepperoni; watermelon and raw shrimp, arak, mint, preserved lemon, and bird chili schug; cured sardine bruschetta olives, pistachio, purslane mallorca ­ sumac and Bulgarian feta stuffed long hot; sabih gyuniku, Arabic salad, mint tahina, crispy potatoes, Iraqi egg, cilantro, parsley; chicken hearts and lamb fat, green hummus, fresh laffa; and more! This is going to be one special evening of inventive Israeli dishes and the stories behind them.

Price $170.00
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Sunday, July 26, 5pm: Pork Belly Party with Nick Macri of La Divisa Meats
Bacon is fine but pork belly is a pig's greatest culinary gift. Join butcher extraordinaire and chef, Nick Macri of Reading Terminal Market’s La Divisa Meats, for a lesson in all things belly of the beast related. Nick will discuss how to shop for, store and most importantly, prepare and eat different dishes showcasing the beautiful, flavorful belly. His menu will include: grilled peaches and pork belly salad; spaghetti carbonara; roasted pork belly with ratatouille; ribs with a side of esquites and more! Nick has taught classes across the city, won cooking competitions, worked in some of Philly’s top kitchens, and most recently, he took over the Border Springs Farm stand at Reading Terminal Market to realize his dream of having his own meatfilled storefront. He is perhaps best known, however, for his ability to grow a mighty fine beard!

Price $170.00
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Tuesday, July 28, 7pm: Vegan BBQ with Christina Martin and Christopher Dougherty
The summer BBQ season doesn’t have to be bad for you! Join plant-based diet proponents and culinary instructors Christina Martin and Christopher Dougherty for a vegan menu of: grilled watermelon salad; root vegetable chips with BBQ seasoning; slow cooked BBQ jackfruit sliders with potato salad, grilled asparagus and truffle aioli; and strawberry shortcake. Christina has degrees in both business and culinary arts. She has worked in the kitchens of Blackfish, Village Belle and Vedge restaurants. She also enjoys teaching and was a culinary instructor at JNA Institute of Culinary Arts. Christopher is a graduate of Montgomery County Community College Culinary Arts program. He worked at Revel in Atlantic City and Blackfish restaurant in Conshohocken before helping to open the much celebrated Ulivo in South Philly.

Price $135.00
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Wednesday, July 29, 7pm: The Modern Supper Club with Ken Wallace and Jesse Cornell of Vesper
For decades, the Vesper Club was a Mad Men-y, ol'-boy private dining club tucked away on a Center City back street. Tastes changed, members died off, smoking was banned, and it was booted from its home on Sydenham Street (near 15th and Locust Streets) pending the building's sale in late 2012. In April of this year, the building was brought back as a swank, supper club-style restaurant open to the public with nightly dancing and a downstairs bar that bans cell phones. The menu boasts continental small plates (primarily), a raw bar and 5 classic yet refined entrees. Vesper also houses one of the best cocktail programs in the city - thanks to beloved, local bartender, Jesse Cornell. Join Jesse, and Chef Ken Wallace, for an evening that celebrates a bygone era. Chef Ken, who hails from Cork City, Ireland, is a French trained chef who has worked in a number of Michelin rated hotels and restaurants in Europe. His resume includes Thornton’s in Dublin (2 Michelin Star), Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin (2 Michelin Star), and The Fat Duck in London (3 Michelin Star) - to name a few. Chef Ken’s passion lies with the sea, and he loves to prepare specialty seafood dishes for his guests. At COOK, guests can expect a thorough sampling of Vesper’s menu including scallops, lamb and mackerel plus seasonal bites and accompanying drinks.

Price $155.00
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Thursday, July 30, 7pm: Summer in Provence with Kenneth Bush of Bistrot La Minette
French gastronomy in Provence is very distinctive from the rest of French cuisine. A Mediterranean influence brings recipes replete with garlic, tomatoes, fresh herbs and seafood. Because of the mountainous country, without herds of dairy cattle, Provencal cooking uses very little milk and the sauces are not rich and heavy. Join Kenneth Bush, Executive Chef of Bistrot La Minette, when he returns to COOK to showcase a menu of Provencal dishes featuring direct and uncomplicated flavors, including: sardines with ratatouille; mussels with pistou and so much more! Chef Kenneth 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 and super cool “Questlove Cook Off”. In 2012, he left the Bistrot to work for Garces Trading Company as a sous chef before returning to Bistrot as the Executive Chef in January 2014.

Price $180.00
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Friday, July 31, 12pm: COOK Restaurant Sneak Peek: Herban Preview with Kalefe Wright, Amir Fardshisheh and Chris Paul of Herban
Want to try something new and delicious on your lunch hour and also learn a thing or two? This special, one-hour, daytime event will provide a sneak peek of the highly anticipated restaurant coming to University City this fall, Herban. Riding high on the the success of the dinnertime delivery service they operated last year, the Herban team is opening their first store at 36th & Market Streets in a matter of months. Get a preview of the menu and learn how easily they make nutrient-rich food taste delicious! Herban’s goal is to serve the most flavorful, healthy meals around. The menu is based on customizable ‘homestyle’ plates, featuring American gourmet recipes made from natural ingredients and seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices. Head Chef, Chris Paul, focuses on clean cooking and sustainability. The Drexel alum who’s worked at Lacroix, Parc, Stephen Starr Events and Chifa, among others, will be serving guests a menu of: Roasted Plantain Chips & Guacamole; Spruce Salad, Organic Kale, Ginger Balsamic, Feta Cheese; Grilled Jerk Chicken with Himalayan Red Rice, Quinoa & Cheese; Roasted Salmon w/Basil Pesto, Spaghetti Squash and Roasted Brussels Sprouts; plus a sampling of their famous house sauces and more. This is a great chance to try something that University City residents will be raving about come autumn!

Price $35.00
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