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Tuesday, March 3, 7pm: High Steaks with John Strintzinger of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
Meat lovers, rejoice! COOK is pleased to welcome Executive Chef John Strintzinger of Philadelphia’s highest grossing steakhouse, Del Frisco’s, for an evening of meaty classics! John takes prime cuts of beef to new heights, with his expertly crafted dishes in the heart of Center City. He has worked in the region for nearly 20 years. For nearly a decade, he honed his craft in Del Frisco’s sister concept, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, in Wilmington, Delaware. He then moved over to Del Frisco’s. Join him for his COOK debut when he prepares a menu of: Crab Cake with a Cajun Lobster Sauce; Arugula and Kale salad with Goat Cheese and Shallot Vinaigrette; 8 oz Filet Mignon with Garlic Butter; sides of Lobster Macaroni & Cheese and Shaved Brussel Sprouts; and assorted mini desserts.

Price $180.00
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Wednesday, March 4, 7pm: Foobooz & Philadelphia Magazine Present Open Stove XXXV
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 chefs whose names may not yet be well known throughout the Philly dining scene. 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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Thursday, March 5, 7pm: A Taste of Normandy with Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minette and La Peg
Due to popular demand, we have released hightop table seating to this previously sold-out class. THESE DISCOUNTED SEATS ARE NOT AT THE COUNTER, but the menu and experience are the same. Get ready to say ooh la la – Normandy style! Join Proprietor of Bistrot La Minette and La Peg, Chef Peter Woolsey, for a delicious and authentic evening of traditional Norman fare. The Normandy region of northwest France is home to some of France’s most celebrated culinary offerings and Peter will showcase several at this special class. Peter spent many years living in France and working in Parisian restaurant kitchens. It was there that his dream to create a restaurant in his native Philadelphia that showcased his love of the authentic bistrot experience was born. His menus at COOK and at the restaurant feature some of the most genuine and delicious French fare in town. Neither foodies nor Francophiles should miss this!

Price $170.00
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Friday, March 6, 7pm: Taco Time with Carolyn Nguyen and Michael Sultan 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 always have something for everyone. Join Michael Sultan and Carolyn Nguyen, the palates behind the great restaurant-on-wheels, when they return to COOK with a sneak peek of their upcoming, to-be-named, taco joint near Rittenhouse Square. These two know tacos and this class will be a taco lover’s dream!

Price $165.00
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Tuesday, March 10, 7pm: An Evening with Jorge Chicas of The Red Owl Tavern
Due to popular demand, we have released hightop table seating to this previously sold-out class. THESE DISCOUNTED SEATS ARE NOT AT THE COUNTER, but the menu and experience are the same. 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 Chef Jorge when he returns to COOK with a menu inspired by the upcoming spring season that features new items from Red Owl Tavern's menu.

Price $150.00
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Wednesday, March 11, 6pm: Bar Emmanuelle Series: Fortified Wine Cocktails with Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal of Bar Emmanuelle
Local concocters of concoctions, Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal of Northern Liberties Bar Emmanuelle, return to COOK for the second  in a new series of specialized cocktail classes. The second session will focus on fortified wines (think Port, Sherry, Madeira, etc) in mixed drinking. The journey will take us from the mid-19th century’s Martinez cocktail via the secret histories behind some of the most successful drinks of the last two centuries, and up to the present day with a zesty original preparation. Class will also feature light fare crafted lovingly by Valley Shepherd Creamery in the form of the proverbial “Free Lunch” (the nineteenth-century practice in bars of offering salty snacks in order to entice drinking customers). Star cheesemongers Zeke Furgeson and Rebecca Foxman of Valley Shepherd will be on hand to comment and clarify on their curdery and curdsmanship. It will no doubt prove to be a very stirring evening! Please note that a full dinner will not be served.

Price $100.00
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Thursday, March 12, 7pm: SPAMalot with Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca of Poi Dog Snack Shop and Jillian Encarnacion and Resa Mueller of Twenty Manning Grill
SPAM®, glorious SPAM®! You may have never eaten SPAM® but you have probably heard of it. SPAM® is a brand of canned meat product first introduced in 1937 that gained popularity worldwide after its use during World War II. And boy, is it popular with chefs at the moment! SPAM® is supremely common in the cooking of Hawaii and some Asian countries such as China and the Philippines and is considered a delicacy by many. Join Kiki and Chris of the Hawaiian-inspired Poi Dog Snack Shop when they are joined by drinkmakers extraordinaire, Jillian and Resa of Twenty Manning Grill for an evening that pays homage to the great canned meat. The food menu will include SPAM® Andagi (Okinawan donuts), Katsu SPAM® Musubi (deep fried SPAM® cutlet with Guava Katsu sauce) and more! Trust us: both the food and drinks at this class will be awesome so don’t knock it til you try it!

Price $135.00
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Friday, March 13, 7pm: Japanese Home COOKery with Atsuko Boyd of Jeffrey A. Miller Catering
After over a decade in the business world, Atsuko Boyd combined her traditions, industry training, international travel experiences and a MBA into a passionate pursuit of culinary excellence after graduating from NYC’s Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). A nationally selected chef for the Cannes Film Festival in 2007, Atsuko founded the Stamford, Connecticut-based FoodStudio: a boutique culinary events business serving New York through Fairfield County, recognized for its signature style of bold, fresh, and creative flavors from around the world. Since moving to Philadelphia, she has worked for Jeffrey A. Miller catering, providing the Philly catering institution with authentic Japanese cooking ideas and inspiration. Join Atsuko (and her sous chef/mother) for her first COOK class when she will prepare a hearty winter meal paired with Japanese sake. Her menu will include: Littleneck Clam Broth; Simmered Daikon Radish with Pork and Miso Sauce; Shiso Pork Katsu; and Spinach with Miso-Mustard Dressing. This is a rare opportunity to learn about Japanese home cooking and shouldn’t be missed!

Price $165.00
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Saturday, March 14, 6pm: A Vegetarian St. Patrick’s Day Feast with Beth Kaufman Strauss of A Mindful Me
When you think of St. Patrick’s Day food, you think corned beef, cabbage and potatoes, whiskey, and lots of green. Well here is your chance to experience all of those wonderful flavors, vegetarian style!  Join Holistic Health Coach, Beth Kaufman Strauss of A Mindful Me, for a delicious vegetarian St. Patrick’s Day feast. Celebrate the luck of the Irish with Emerald Isle-inspired dishes including: Green Spinach Soup with Whiskey Crème; Arugula Salad with Orange Ale Vinaigrette; Vegetarian Shepherds Pie; and Chocolate Whiskey Cake. You don’t need to be Irish (or a vegetarian) to thoroughly enjoy this class! Recipes will be provided.

Price $145.00
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Sunday, March 15, 6pm: Pasta Perfection with Andrew Wood of Russet
Mangia! Mangia! 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. Guests will be taught how to make pasta dough (Andrew grinds his own flour for all his pasta at Russet) and how to roll a variety of pasta shapes. Sounds like a good time but the real positive 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. Situated in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood near Broad Street’s theaters, Russet is housed in an 1877 brick townhouse. Russet features a daily changing Italian and French-inspired menu using the finest local and seasonal ingredients. Chef-Owners Andrew and Kristin Wood create simple and honest dishes that highlight the natural flavors of the food.

Price $180.00
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Monday, March 16, 7pm: An Evening with Nicholas Elmi of Laurel
Bravo TV’s Top Chef Season 11 winner, Nicholas Elmi, has worked at some of the top rated French restaurants on the east coast, including Guy Savoy (Paris), Le Bec Fin, Union Pacific, Oceana and Lutece. Nicholas has built a solid French repertoire that is constantly updated with influences from his travels as well as his upbringing in New England. In the fall of 2013, Nicholas opened French/American restaurant, Laurel, on East Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia -- the city he has called home for nearly 15 years -- with a focus on sustainability and simplicity. Laurel BYOB has garnered non-stop local and national praise from media and diners alike. And getting a table at the tiny restaurant is still a challenge. This intimate evening with one of Philadelphia’s most renown chefs isn’t one to be missed!

Price $215.00
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Wednesday, March 18, 7pm: A Passover Celebration with Paul Spangler and Arlene Rotfeld of Shackamaxon/My Caterer
Join Chef Paul Spangler and Arlene Rotfeld of catering powerhouse Shackamaxon Catering (they do the food for the Residences at The Ritz Carlton and The National Museum of American Jewish History!) for a Passover meal with a twist. In addition to Paul’s exciting take on Passover classics such as chopped liver, the menu will consist of: chicken roulade rolled and stuffed with apricots; brisket; and tzimmes. During dinner, Arlene will demonstrate how to create a tasteful, herbaceous Passover centerpiece. So if you’re interested in spicing up your own Passover Seder this year or you’re just curious about Passover cuisine, this class will be a ton of fun! Please note that the meat served during this class will be Kosher though the COOK kitchen is not.

Price $155.00
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Thursday, March 19, 7pm: Private Philadelphia Magazine Event with Jon Cichon of Lacroix

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Saturday, March 21, 4pm: Belgian Beer Study with Meredith Rebar and Garrett Lee Williams of Home Brewed Events
Belgium is arguably the most important country in history of beer brewing. Starting with monks in the Middle Ages, beer in Belgium now varies from pale lager to lambic beer and Flemish red, craft beer and more. There are approximately 180 breweries in the country ranging from international giants to microbreweries. During this afternoon session at COOK with local beer-based education event planners, Meredith Rebar and Garrett Lee Williams of Home Brewed Events, will discuss the history of Belgian beer, a sampling of different Belgian beer styles including one Abbey, and Garrett and Meredith will even brew a Belgian beer for guests.  Please note that a full dinner will not be served but there will be some light bites.

Price $100.00
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Tuesday, March 24, 7pm: Cuisine of the Jewish Diaspora with Yehuda Sichel of Abe Fisher
Abe Fisher, the latest addition to Philly’s dynamic restaurant scene from the palates who brought us Zahav and Federal Donuts (among others), has not stopped getting accolades since opening late last year - and for good reason. Named among its “Best New Restaurants” by Travel & Leisure last month, Abe Fisher and Chef Yehuda Sichel are exploring the far-flung culinary influences of the Jewish diaspora in a totally fun and inventive way. Chef Yehuda returns to COOK this March with a sampling of Abe Fisher-y food that will be delicious and traif (ie NOT Kosher). Chef Yehuda is a veteran sous-chef of Zahav, and he has also cooked at Grace in Los Angeles, and Rae and Brasserie Perrier in Philadelphia. He is a  graduate of the Jerusalem School of Kosher Culinary Arts in Israel and was named one of Zagat’s “30 Under 30” last year.

Price $195.00
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Thursday, March 26, 7pm: Seasonal Seafood Feast with Aldo Lamberti of Aldo Lamberti's Family of Restaurants and Chalie Schmidt of OIC
Restaurateur Aldo Lamberti has been operating Italian eateries in Philadelphia and South Jersey for over 25 years. Join the proprietor of such institutions as Caffe Aldo Lamberti in Cherry Hill and Positano Coast in Society Hill, when he is joined by veteran cooking instructor and chef, Chalie Schmidt, who teaches at the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) - an award-winning hospitality job training program - for an evening of sumptuous seafood. The menu of raw, barely touched, and gently cooked seafood will include: Scallop Crudo, Pancetta, Red Onion, Apple, Lemon and Orange Glaze; Octopus Two Ways; Grilled Swordfish Paillard, Lobster Nage, Roasted Pearl Onions; and Whole Roasted Fish, Aqua Pazza, Roasted Potatoes and Parsnips.

Price $175.00
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Friday, March 27, 6pm: Rumming Around with Sara Justice of The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.
Born in the 17th century, rum is going through something of a rum-surgence these days, with brands emerging from Connecticut to St. Croix, Australia to Trinidad. And with warm weather just around the corner, let’s raise a glass to Spring with the centuries-old, Caribbean nectar made from sugarcane. Join the newly appointed Head Bartender of The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company (that’s a cocktail bar here in town), Sara Justice, who was recently named one of “10 Rising Star Mixologists” by Food & Wine magazine, for an island-hopping, rum-drinking good time! Sara will be demo’ing and discussing four cocktails including the classic Daiquiri, the Queen's Park Swizzle (basically the granddaddy of the Mojito), and the Darkness on the Edge of Town (this is a Franklin Mortgage drink that is a twist on a classic Vieux Carre).  Please note that a full dinner will not be served but there will be some light bites.

Price $100.00
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Saturday, March 28, 5pm: World-Class Wines at Bargain Prices with Michael Steinberger, Wine Columnist and Author
Mike Steinberger is the wine writer for Men’s Journal. Previously, he was the longtime wine columnist for Slate. He has been called “one of the greatest wine writers in the world.” A James Beard Journalism Award winner, he is the author of two books: Au Revoir to All That: Food, Wine, and the End of France, and The Wine Savant: A Guide to the New Wine Culture. Join Mike when he comes to COOK for a tasting devoted to one of his favorite themes: drinking world-class wines on a budget. Some of the finest wines can be had for less than $25 a bottle. It will be an eye-opening afternoon of fantastic wines and spirited conversation. Please note that a full dinner will not be served but there will be some light bites.

Price $100.00
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Sunday, March 29, 2pm: Juice Your Way Into Spring with Kimberly Berger of Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies
COOK is pleased to welcome back the knowledgeable and enthusiastic Kimberly Berger, Regional Director of Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies for an afternoon that is all about jump starting your diet to get you in shape for summer. Juicing is a great way to “reset” your body and mind to get you back on track after a cold winter. Kimberly will cover the basics of integrating juicing into your lifestyle and understanding its numerous benefits while providing a sampling of healthy juices using a variety of fruits and vegetables for the seasons ahead, including: Gentle Greens Juice (Fresh Pears with Italian Parsley, Kale, Apple, & Cucumber); Mojito Melon Juice (Fresh, Chopped Mint with Watermelon, Cantaloupe & Cucumber); Parsley Grape Shot; Wheat Grass Shot + Cucumber Chaser;mRefreshingly Green Smoothie  (Apples, Spinach, Cucumber, Pineapples, Peaches & Raw Honey made with Non-Fat Yogurt or Dairy Free); and Spa-berry Lemonade Smoothie (Papaya, Cucumber, Strawberries combined with Lemons & Raw Honey made with Non-Fat Yogurt or Dairy Free).

Price $75.00
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Tuesday, March 31, 7pm: An Evening with Christopher Kearse of Will
Chef Christopher Kearse attended the Restaurant School in Philadelphia and graduated valedictorian in his class. He has worked in an impressive array of Michelin-starred restaurant kitchens across the country including Charlie Trotter’s (2 Michelin stars), alongside Laurant Gras at Tru (3 Michelin stars), Grant Achatz at Alinea (3 Michelin stars), and briefly with Thomas Keller and Cory Lee at the French Laundry. In 2008, Chris returned to Philadelphia to work at Lacroix, and from there, held positions in the kitchens of Blackfish and Pumpkin before opening Will, a contemporary French BYOB, in the heart of South Philly on East Passyunk Avenue. Chef Chris believes that a dining experience should be entertainment. From the ambiance and interaction with the staff to surprising new textures and flavors on a plate, this philosophy on food is rooted in the idea of familiar flavors done differently. Join him when he returns to COOK for an evening of inventive, beautiful dishes, showcasing an array of unusual and delicate mushrooms such as morels, truffles, maitakes and more! This class will not be vegetarian however.

Price $190.00
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