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Wednesday, June 1, 7pm: Use Your Noodle: Handmade Pasta 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 $170.00
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Thursday, June 2, 6pm: That’s The Spirit: A Taste of Tamworth Distilling With Dan Hamm of a.bar and Maura Gallagher and Karrisa Olsen of Tamworth Distilling
You’re probably familiar with the concept of farm-to-table but what about farm-to-bottle? Tamworth Distilling and Mercantile, a small-batch, farm-to-bottle distillery located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, aims to literally go where no distiller has gone before. Tamworth’s location is central to their farm-to-bottle mission. Its water comes from the Ossipee Aquifer, grain and other produce is sourced from farms within a 150 mile radius as often as possible, and a variety of botanicals are foraged in the local forests or grown in the distillery’s own gardens. Like the New England Transcendentalists before it, it's setting out into nature to build community, inspiration, and experimentation. This June, join Dan Hamm, Bar Manager of Rittenhouse Square’s a.bar for an evening of craft cocktails that feature a selection of Tamworth spirits: Tamworth Garden Apiary Gin, Tamworth Garden Flora Gin, Art in the Age Chicory Root Vodka, Art in the Age Black Trumpet Blueberry, and Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser Tamarind Cordial. Please note that no full dinner will be served, but there will be light bites.

Price $100.00
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Friday, June 3, 7pm: Alotta Ricotta with Frank Olivieri of Pat’s King of Steaks
Among the many appeals of the iconic Pat’s King of Steaks in South Philly is its current, third-generation owner Frank Olivieri Jr, who began working at Pat’s at the age of 11. Frank’s charm is well-known to Pat’s loyalists, but his culinary background may come as a surprise. As a teenager, Frank was a devoted Francophile with his eyes on the esteemed Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Through a series of events, his family convinced him to remain at home helping the family business, but Frank eventually did attend the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. And so there are certainly more tricks up Frank’s sleeve than the signature “whiz wit” sandwich. We’re delighted to welcome Frank back to COOK for an evening devoted to ricotta, the creamy Italian cheese we all know and love. Frank will first demonstrate how to make ricotta in your own kitchen and then he’ll serve four courses that make use of this versatile Italian staple: bruschetta with ricotta, roasted pepper, basil and olive oil; arugula, cherry tomato, and spring pea salad on a creamy ricotta base; spinach ricotta gnudi with ricotta meatballs (baked spinach ricotta balls with fresh tomato sauce); and whipped sweet ricotta cheese with a hint of lemon served with macerated berries.

Price $175.00
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Saturday, June 4, 1pm: Easy and Elegant Afternoon Tea with Lindsey Love of coco love™ Pairings
Afternoon tea is a tradition enjoyed around the world. Lindsey Love, owner of coco love™ Pairings, created tea and cookie pairings to simplify and demystify the art of tea for the busy American lifestyle. Lindsey’s culinary journey began in 2010 when she was a baker providing sweet treats to local cafes. Wanting to share her baked creations with a larger audience, she worked with a tea expert to choose the perfect tea to compliment her unique shortbread cookies. Join us for an introduction to the art of tea and cookie pairings, as well as pairing tea with cheese and chocolate. Lindsey will also share her go-to recipes for an easy and elegant afternoon tea including fresh fruit mini pavlova, ricotta tea tartine, and a tea-infused cocktail. In addition to recipes, guests will take home one of her tea and cookie pairings.

Price $70.00
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Sunday, June 5, 1pm: Empanada Making with Jezabel Careaga of Jezabel’s Cafe
Looking to up your Hot Pocket game? Meet the empanada, the stuffed pastry baked or fried that you can find throughout Latin America. Empanadas, while they may be found by different names in such far-flung places as India and the Philippines, are most closely associated with Argentina. Lucky for you, there’s a little slice of Argentina in Philadelphia’s Fitler Square neighborhood – Jezabel’s, operated by Argentine expat Jezabel Careaga. At Jezabel’s, Careaga strives to deliver the tastes of Argentina from her childhood, while fusing global tastes and flavors in uniquely delicious ways. Inspired by the bakers in her family— her grandmother Julia, mother Aurelia, and aunt Sara – her pastries are an evolution of recipes she prepared as a child. For her COOK debut, Jezabel will lead guests in a hands-on empanada lesson followed by a lunch of spinach and roasted mushroom empanadas, beef empanadas served with chimichurri, and for dessert, alfajores. Guests will take home their own empanada creations, just so you don’t have to reach for that Hot Pocket next time you’re craving a snack.

Price $80.00
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Wednesday, June 8, 7pm: Private Philadelphia Magazine Event with Jon Cichon of Lacroix

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Thursday, June 9, 6pm: Jeffers Drops Acid…Knowledge – A Philly Beer Week Event with Jeffers Richardson of Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Get ready to embark on a mind-bending journey into the world of wild beers as Jeffers Richardson of Firestone Walker Brewing Company drops acid…acid knowledge, that is. For nearly two decades, Firestone Walker, located in Paso Robles, California, has been producing its tried-and-true flagship pale ales, IPAs and stouts. But in the last several years, things have gotten a little funky. Barrelworks, Firestone Walker’s experimental wild beer program and public tasting room, is overseen by barrelmeister Jeffers Richardson. Firestone Walker has been sending batches of beer 100 miles away to their Buellton facility to undergo secondary fermentation in barrels previously used for wine production, resulting in sour, funky delicacies. This June, join Jeffers as he delves into the differences between pH and total (or titratable) acidity as well as the sensory relationship between smell and taste. Different concentrations of acetic, citric and lactic acids are tasted, enabling you to discover the signature characteristics of each. Along the way, you learn how each of these acids shapes flavor, mouthfeel and overall perception. Guests will enjoy five Firestone Walker brews: Luponic Distortion, Opal, Agrestic, Bretta Rose and Subaba. Please note that no full dinner will be served, but there will be light bites.

Price $100.00
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Friday, June 10, 12pm: Private Event with Nick Macri of La Divisa Meats

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Saturday, June 11, 1pm: Summer Lunchin’ with Joshua 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 a Green Goddess Salad with mixed greens, baby spinach, chives, cucumber, zucchini, green apples, green grapes in a citrus honey vinaigrette; Thai Curry Quinoa with golden raisins, cilantro, carrots, snow peas, and satay chicken; Kale Pesto Salmon over Zucchini Pasta tossed in a pesto primavera with oven cured tomatoes and garlic spinach. Guests will receive a surprise takeaway dessert.

Price $85.00
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Monday, June 13, 6pm: Private Event with Becca O’Brien of Two Birds Catering & Canning

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Tuesday, June 14, 7pm: Restaurant Sneak Peak: Ambra with Chris D’Ambro
Chris D’Ambro and Marina De Oliveira are on a roll. When the couple opened the revamped Queen Village mainstay Southwark just this past February, they didn’t stop there. Now they are putting the final touches on Ambra – right next door to Southwark! Ambra will be an Italian American wine bar, with a menu based on popular Italian flavors and traditions, executed in a fun yet refined style. Be among the first to get a taste of Ambra when Chris returns to COOK for a preview tasting menu of branzino crudo with tomato vinaigrette, basil and black olive; burrata with marinated beets, pistachio and herbs; smoked tagliatelle "cacio e pepe" with squash blossoms; squab "marsala" with chanterelles; and panna cotta with strawberries.

Price $165.00
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Wednesday, June 15, 7pm: Gin It to Win It: A Historical Cocktail Dinner with Laura Frangiosa of The Avenue Delicatessen and Thomas Posey, The Book Slinger
Tom Posey is a man after our own hearts. He loves cooking, cocktails and books. And after 20 years in the restaurant industry as a bartender, he’s managed to combine those passions, earning the moniker ‘The Book Slinger.’ As a full-time inventory distribution specialist for Bauman Rare Books, Tom comes across rare and eclectic cookbook and cocktail titles, and while some of these titles may not be a fit for Bauman’s catalogue, he adds them to his own personal stash that he sells via his Instagram account (@the_book_slinger). This June, Tom is pairing up with COOK veteran Laura Frangiosa of The Avenue Delicatessen for a nostalgic gin cocktail dinner inspired by two of James Beard’s cookbooks: Hors d'Oeuvres and Canapes and Menus for Entertaining. Eat (and drink!) your way through these two titles with a pairing menu consisting of Salt and Pepper Waffle Chips with Caviar Dip; French 75 (gin, lemon, sugar, champagne) paired with Horns of Plenty, Caesar Deviled Eggs (with fig, blk pepper butter, country ham); Negroni (gin, Campari, sweet vermouth) paired with a Trio of Tea Sandwiches (smoked salmon and cucumber, roquefort & pear, apricot almond chicken salad); The Last Word (gin, maraschino, green chartreuse, lime) paired with Grilled Lamb Chop, Duxelle Quiche, Frisee and Dried Plum Tomato Salad; and finally The Aviation (gin, Creme de Violette, maraschino, lemon) paired with Crepes Suzette. Vintage cocktail attire optional.

Price $160.00
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Saturday, June 18, 6pm: Stick ‘Em Up! A Celebration of Meats on Sticks with Nick Macri of La Divisa Meats
If you think kebabs and corn dogs when you hear ‘summer,’ you’ll want to join us for this one! Butcher and chef Nick Macri (AKA Meat Man Macri) of Reading Terminal Market’s stellar charcuterie purveyor/butcher shop, La Divisa Meats, returns to COOK for an evening of meats on sticks. Nick sources from wholly sustainable and primarily local farms for all his meat needs and you’ll taste the difference. Nick will demo and serve corn dogs with coleslaw; pork spiedini with lemon roasted potatoes; soy glazed beef short rib with cucumber salad; lamb kefta with couscous and yogurt. And sticking with the theme for dessert...fudge pops!

Price $150.00
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Sunday, June 19, 4pm: Cheers to Dad! Boozy Father’s Day Drinks with Jesse Cornell of Whetstone and SkyGarten
This Father’s Day, skip the socks and ties and get the dad in your life what he really wants: a good stiff drink! Join celebrated local bartender, Jesse Cornell of Whetstone and the soon-to-open SkyGarten for a “happy hour” featuring four drinks for dad:  Bijou (gin, green chartreuse, sweet vermouth), Favorite Things (rye, cynar, Lairds, maraschino), Oaxaca Old Fashioned (reposado tequila, mezcal, chocolate mole bitters, agave syrup), and Scofflaw (rye, dry vermouth, fresh lemon juice, grenadine). Jesse was named as one of “9 Under-the-Radar Bartenders You Need to Know in Philly” by Zagat and “Best Bartender” by Philadelphia Magazine. Please note that no full dinner will be served, but there will be light bites.

Price $100.00
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Monday, June 20, 12pm: Private Event with Robin Admana and Sandy Trinh of Foolish Waffles

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Tuesday, June 21, 7pm: Cookbook Author Series: VITAMANIA with Catherine Price and Beth Kaufman Strauss of Grateful Plate
So you think you understand vitamins and nutrition? Think again! Join Grateful Plate's Beth Kaufman Strauss and Catherine Price, award-winning author of VITAMANIA: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food, for a delicIously nutritious evening that will forever change your approach to healthy eating. We'll explore the fascinating history of vitamins (and how it affects us every time we go to the grocery store), learn practical tips for how to make healthy eating stress-free, and get an intriguing glimpse at the future of nutrition—all while enjoying a delicious, vitamin-inspired four-course meal of Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Citrus Soup; Smoked Trout and Horseradish Dill Bruschetta on Pumpernickel; Pecan Crusted Cod with Yogurt Remoulade, Sweet Potato Salad and Garlic Greens; and Chocolate Mousse with Mixed Berry Compote. Bring your appetite and your curiosity!

Price $140.00
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Wednesday, June 22, 7pm: An Evening with Guillermo Pernot, Chef-Partner of Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Two-time James Beard Award Winner Guillermo Pernot is credited for introducing Nuevo Latino cuisine to Philadelphia.  While owner of ¡Pasion! Earning accolades from Gourmet, Philadelphia Magazine and Fodor’s, Pernot was also named Esquire’s “Chef of the Year.” Pernot joined Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar as the top toque in the Fall of 2006.  As Chef-Partner, Pernot is responsible for maintaining the quality, taste and authenticity of Cuba Libre’s cuisine at all locations (Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlantic City, Orlando) as the company expands its concept across America.  His menus envision what Cuba’s cuisine would be like today, if it had continued to flourish beyond the golden era of the 1950s. Join Pernot for a colorful and flavorful menu: a ceviche duo of Baja Bay scallops with blackened tomatillo truffle sauce and Ecuadorian shrimp with popcorn; pear wood smoked mackerel, avocado and bergamot vinaigrette; Nicaraguan salad of heirloom tomatoes, beets, cabbage and chicharrones; West Indies-style lobster with curry and mango lobster and coconut rice; and drunken Cuban buñuelos with star anise-cinnamon syrup. Join us as we welcome a local living legend to COOK for his first time!

Price $185.00
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Thursday, June 23, 6pm: Private Event with Nick Macri of La Divisa Meats

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Sunday, June 26, 12pm: Eating Armenia with Fimy Ishkhanian and Ara Ishkhanian of Apricot Stone
Chef Fimy Ishkhanian learned her craft from the best teacher of all, her mother. Growing up in Aleppo, Syria Chef Fimy followed closely as her mom prepared meals for family dinners and gatherings. Chef Fimy moved to the United States in 1981, and after working in several kitchens perfecting her cuisine, she opened her flagship Fimy's Kitchen location in the Albrecth's Farmer's Market on the Main Line in 1993 and in 1995 a second location. Fimy’s latest location, Apricot Stone, is located in Liberties Walk in Northern Liberties and specialized in traditional  Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Armenian dishes. This June Fimy will make her COOK debut and demonstrate a three-course menu of vegan stuffed grape leaves and cheese boreg; Armenian Manti; and chicken kebab with hummus, fattoush salad and rice pilaf.

Price $110.00
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Tuesday, June 28, 5pm: Private Event

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Wednesday, June 29, 7pm: Straight Chillin’: Ceviche Dinner with Lucio Palazzo of Loco Pez
Ceviche is a hugely popular dish in South America with Incan origins. The basic ingredient is raw fish, cut into bite-size pieces and marinated in the juice of an acidic fruit (such as lime), salt, and seasonings (usually chile peppers). Join Mex-Italian super chef Lucio Palazzo of Loco Pez as he returns to COOK for a chill evening of unique interpretations of ceviche. Fishtown’s Loco Pez is a beloved bar and taqueria inspired by the street foods of Southern California, mainland Mexico and the Baja Peninsula. A member of the opening team at Zahav, Chef Palazzo was invited by Michael Solomonov to helm Xochitl, his long time Mexican venture, and so began Palazzo’s love affair with Mexican cuisine. Palazzo went on to work at Tim Spinner’s La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount and Taqueria Feliz in Manayunk prior to joining Loco Pez. With Loco Pez opening a second location in the Graduate Hospital area, Palazzo continues to explore the regional specialties of our southern neighbor. Palazzo’s ceviche dinner will include razor clam ceviche with cherry tomatoes, coconut, thai curry and basil; beet and scallop aguachile with chiltepin chile, watermelon and mexican tarragon; fluke tostada with uni, avocado, peanuts and carrot; coctel campechano with shrimp, octopus, oysters, cherrystone clams, clamato, avocado, cucumber and chamoy; langosta en recado negro with lobster in charred chile sauce, fresh tortillas and chives; and for dessert raspado de mezcal, a combination of mezcal ice and raspberries. Dios mío, this is gonna be good!

Price $160.00
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Thursday, June 30, 7pm: Private Event

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Friday, July 1, 7pm: An Evening with Jason Shelley of Ocean Prime Philadelphia
Ocean Prime is a modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell specializing in incredible seafood and prime steaks. Pittsburg native Jason Shelley was the opening Executive Chef of Ocean Prime Orlando before relocating to Atlanta to lead the team there before returning to his home state as Executive Chef at Ocean Prime Philadelphia. This July, Shelley makes his COOK debut with a surf AND turf feast consisting of truffle popcorn (fresh popcorn with truffle oil and herbs); ricotta panzanella (heirloom tomato, arugula, red onion, sherry vinaigrette and ciabatta); sea scallops with parmesan risotto, English Peas and citrus vinaigrette; NY strip served with duxelles and bearnaise; and for dessert, chocolate mousse served with chocolate cake, fresh berries and raspberry sauce. This will be one PRIME party!

Price $165.00
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Wednesday, July 6, 7pm: Foobooz & Philadelphia Magazine Present Open Stove XLIV: Malik Ali of Restaurant Neuf vs. Bryan Tanczak of Bardot Cafe
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 July, watch as Malik Ali of Restaurant Neuf battles Bryan Tanczak of Bardot Cafe. 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, July 7, 7pm: COOKbook Author Series: “Preserving Italy” with Cookbook Author Domenica Marchetti
Ask any American what preserve means in kitchen lingo, and they’ll immediately think of typically-American fruit jams and kosher dill pickles. But preserving as a cooking method is a popular and sometimes necessary technique in culinary cultures worldwide. Case in point: Italy. With marinated artichokes in olive oil, classic giardiniera, and, of course, the late-summer tradition of putting up tomato sauce, home cooks have been preserving the abundant bounty of seasonal produce for centuries. In her latest cookbook Preserving Italy: Canning, Curing, Infusing, and Bottling Italian Flavors and Traditions, food journalist and cooking instructor Domenica Marchetti shares recipes handed down through her family. This July, join Domenica for a rustic Italian menu that makes creative use of various preserved items: Crostini with Sweet and Sour Peppers and Mozzarella; Homemade Chitarra Noodles with Fresh Tomato Sauce; Tuna Tagliata; and Favorite Jam Crostata. Guests will receive a copy of Preserving Italy so you can savor jarred treasures all year long.

Price $165.00
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Saturday, July 9, 1pm: Pastry Brunch with Molly Barg and Laura Carnecchia of Day by Day
Since 1981, Day by Day, located at 21st and Sansom Streets, has been serving fresh lunch and brunch to the local community one ''regular'' at a time. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig Laban first visited Day by Day fourteen years after it’s opening and remarked, “It's one of those - 'why did I wait so long?' moments... the room was totally packed with regulars, and I can see why.” Among the spot’s many appeals are its housemade baked goods, so we’re delighted to welcome Molly Barg and Laura Carnecchia of Day by Day for a baked brunch bonanza that features two muffins (blueberry-lavender; sundried tomato, goat cheese, and herb), two scones (black sesame-orange; cheddar-jalapeño); and two tarts (peach turnover; spinach and baked egg tart). Guests will receive recipes for the basic muffin, scone and tart base and will learn how to modify them according to taste and season. If you’re a devoted carb and gluten enthusiast, this one’s sure to please!

Price $70.00
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Tuesday, July 12, 7pm: Pre-Bastille Day Celebration with Kenneth Bush of Bistrot La Minette
Bienvenue, Francophiles! Executive Chef of Bistrot La Minette, Kenneth Bush returns to COOK to prepare a French picnic in honor of Bastille Day. But this ain’t your sandwich-and-potato-salad picnic. Enjoy a lavish spread of Potage Saint Germain (pea soup with crisped French ham, crème fraîche and mint); Assiette de Legumes (a trio of vegetable salads); Cochonailles (assortment of French charcuterie); Poulet Rôti (mustard roasted chicken, haricot vert, gratin de pâtes); and Terrine de Mousse au Chocolat (chocolate mousse “terrine” with fresh berries, candied hazelnuts and sorbet). Bistrot La Minette features some of the most authentic and delicious French fare in town, so get ready to say ooh la la!

Price $185.00
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Wednesday, July 13, 6pm: COOKbook Author Series: The Thousand Dollar Dinner with Author Becky Diamond, Adam Diltz of Johnny Brenda’s and Vicki Miller of VinoCity Events
The Thousand Dollar Dinner by Becky Diamond tells the unique story of an 1851 culinary challenge between Philadelphia restaurateur James Parkinson and the Delmonico family of New York. Following a decadent meal at Delmonico’s hosted by fifteen wealthy New Yorkers to “astonish our Quaker City friends,” a group of Philadelphians invited their NYC hosts down to Philadelphia in order to return the favor and uphold the honor of their own city. The result was a luxurious seventeen-course feast, complete with rare wines and liquors. (You’ll be delighted to know that the New Yorkers declared their Philadelphia challengers victorious!) The historic meal helped usher in the era of grand banquets of the Gilded Age, which elevated American culinary arts to rival those of Europe. Becky Diamond will be on hand at COOK this July to give historical context and anecdotes to the meal, which will be partially re-created by Adam Diltz of Johnny Brenda’s, with beverage pairings provided by Vicki Miller of VinoCity Events. Guests will enjoy a condensed version of the historic menu with nine pairings: Oysters (paired with Sauternes); Turtle Soup (paired with Cognac); Striped Bass à la Chambord (paired with Riesling); Turkey Galantine (paired with Amontillado Sherry); Vol au Vent à la Financière (paired with Côtes du Rhône Rosé); Braised Pigeon with Sauce Madère (paired with Beaujolais Cru); Roast Lamb with Peas and Mint (paired with sparkling Riesling); Gateau à la Parisienne (paired with Madeira); and Champagne Frappe à la Glacé (paired with Cava). History buffs and food lovers alike are invited to commemorate this deliciously historic occasion! Guests will receive a copy of The Thousand Dollar Dinner.

Price $190.00
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Thursday, July 14, 7pm: Private Philadelphia Magazine Event

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Friday, July 15, 6pm: An Adventure in Amaro with Francesco Amadeo of Don Ciccio & Figli and Tony Jones of CBL Wine Co.
"Amaro," which means "bitter" in Italian, is a broad category of Italian bitter-sweet herbal liqueurs.  Other nations including Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, and France produce their own local versions, but while Western Europe has enjoyed amaro for centuries, only recently has American interest in amaro bloomed. Enter Don Ciccio & Figli. In 2012, owner Francesco Amadeo, who grew up on the Amalfi Coast, launched his line of liqueurs in Washington DC, a line that now includes several amaro varieties. Don Ciccio’s artisanal liqueurs are steeped in tradition, offering a glimpse of the past with a nod to the future. This July, Francesco will co-host an adventure in amaro with colleague Tony Jones of CBL Wine Company, offering a flight of Don Ciccio’s amari (Cinque Aperitivo, Luna Amara, Amaro Don Ferne, Amaro Donna Rosa, Amaro delle Sirene and Amaro delle Sirene Special Edition) as well as four cocktails that highlight the amari: DC Negroni (Breuckelen Distilling Glorious Gin, Cinque Aperitivo, sweet vermouth, lemon twist), Last Call (Letherbee Gin, Cinque Aperitivo, Luna Amara, Don Ciccio Nocino, orange twist), Rye Bandit (Nahmias et Fils Legs Diamond Rye Whiskey, Amaro delle Sirene, Luna Amara, orange twist) and Ferné Julep (Breuckelen Distilling 77 Local Rye and Corn Whiskey, Don Ferné, soda and mint). Please note that no full dinner will be served, but there will be light bites.

Price $90.00
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Saturday, July 16, 4pm: COOKbook Author Series: “The New Cocktail Hour” with Tenaya Darlington, Catherine Manning and Stefanie Angstadt of Valley Milkhouse Creamery
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. Tenaya Darlington, aka Madame Fromage, is the co-author of The New Cocktail Hour, which includes vintage and modern cocktail recipes, pairing recommendations with everything from pizza to oysters, and advice for hosting your own cocktail party. Tenaya will be joined by Catherine Manning, USBG Philadelphia Chapter President, as well as Stefanie Angstadt of Valley Milkhouse Creamery. The trio will lead guests on a cocktail and cheese adventure including a Stratosphere Cocktail paired with fromage blanc, honey, and edible flowers; Bijou paired with Clover fromage blanc rolled in herbes de Provence; French 75 paired with Thistle, Witchgrass and Blue Bell cheeses; and a Flutterby Lassi made with Absinthe Verte and Valley Milkhouse Yogurt. Guests will receive a copy of The New Cocktail Hour, which is sure to become their go-to how-to for cocktail hour!

Price $110.00
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Sunday, July 17, 6pm: Summer Nights with Tim Lanza and Keith Krajewski of Marigold Kitchen
Marigold Kitchen is an upscale BYOB offering an avant-garde, New American tasting menu in a traditional, Victorian home in West Philly. Voted #10 of “The 50 Best Restaurants” in 2015 by Philadelphia Magazine, Marigold’s chefs Tim Lanza and Keith Krajewski are returning to COOK for an evening that promises to be some of the most inventive and delicious food you’ll have all summer. Join Tim and Keith for a creative menu that celebrates summer with dishes such as: mushroom toast with pickled enoki and micro wasabi sprouts; chilled Chinese flank steak and marinated cucumber with cashews; ramp ravioli in a white wine beurre with blistered cherry tomatoes and mint; sous vide of pork tenderloin with vidalia-peach marmalade, mustard seeds, charred zucchini, seared foie gras and pork head jus. And dessert? It’s a surprise.

Price $185.00
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Tuesday, July 19, 7pm: Wine Dinner with Jon Cichon and Sommelier Justin Timsit of Lacroix
Who is the best sommelier in New York City? According to a recent national contest put on by the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, it’s Justin Timsit of Philadelphia’s Lacroix, who took home the grand prize after completing an online quiz, a blind tasting, a written exam, a service demonstration AND a grilling by a judging panel on obscure Austrian wine facts. According to Justin, "It was fun to beat New York at their own game." Riding high after his victory, Justin will lead 16 very lucky guests on a wine pairing menu along with Lacroix Executive Chef Jon Cichon. At Lacroix, Chef Cichon is known for his ability to create progressive flavor combinations that never fail to surprise and delight Lacroix’s guests – a talent he will no doubt be bringing with him to COOK for an evening of perfect pairings!

Price $200.00
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Wednesday, July 20, 7pm: Grill It, Dip It, Serve It… Thai-style with Moon Krapugthong of Chabaa Thai Bistro and Binto Market & Cafe
We’re smack in the middle of grilling season, so if you’re looking to add bright new flavors to your backyard repertoire, this is the class for you. Moon Krapugthong of the soon-to-reopen Chabaa Thai Bistro in Manayunk and the upcoming Binto Market & Cafe, returns to COOK for a an evening of Thai-rrific grilling. This class will cover the key steps in the preparation of four very popular Thai grill dishes. Guests will learn how to make sweet and tangy Thai BBQ glaze, an overnight marinade, herb rub and more. Best of Philly® winner Krapugthong’s menu includes BBQ pork skewers with steamed sticky rice, Thai sweet chili and garlic dipping sauce; herb-rubbed beef with pine nuts, watercress, fresh mint, beet, lotus root salad and chili-lime dressing; chicken satay on bamboo skewers with cold cucumber salad and peanut sauce; red curry cuck with pineapple, cherry tomatoes, grilled eggplant and fresh basil;  and for a cool ending, coconut ice cream with Thai iced tea.

Price $160.00
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Thursday, July 21, 7pm: Private Event

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Friday, July 22, 7pm: COOKbook Author Series: “Cook for Your Life: Delicious, Nourishing Recipes for Before, During, And After Your Cancer Treatment” with Ann Ogden and Chelsea Fisher
Cook for Your Life is a one-of-a-kind cookbook for those whose lives are touched by cancer, organized by the patient’s needs. Two-time cancer survivor Ann Ogden Gaffney discovered during her months of treatment for breast cancer that she was able to find powerful relief for her symptoms through cooking. Realizing that other patients and families could benefit from the skills and techniques she’d learned, she began to offer advice, recipes, and free classes to fellow patients. In 2007, her non-profit organization Cook for Your Life was born. Its programs have received funding from the National Institutes of Health and have been embraced by medical institutions at Columbia University, Mount Sinai, American Cancer Society and more. Cook for Your Life aims to empower patients and families to cook their way back to health. Ogden is joined by Chelsea Fisher, Cook for Your Life’s Director of Marketing, for a vegetable-based, gluten free menu that features a duo of salads (herby bean salad and carrot ribbon salad); tomato upside-down cake; summer sautée and a green salad with almond vinaigrette; and honey roasted plums with plain Greek yogurt. A copy of Cook for Your Life is included in the class.

Price $135.00
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Saturday, July 23, 6pm: Summer in New England with Michael Rouleau of Sbraga
With fresh bounty from the sea and local farms, food and summer go hand in hand in New England. Michael Rouleau of Sbraga is coming to COOK to show off the best of the season, New England-style. A New England native, Rouleau is Chef de Cuisine at Sbraga, and he promises a delicious menu of seasonal favorites such as marinated mussels with tomato and sweet corn; Rhode Island style calamari with garlic butter and chilis; Connecticut lobster roll with salt and vinegar potatoes; crispy pork shank with "baked beans," brown bread and fennel; and fried dough with wild blueberries and ice cream. So bring your love of simple, delicious summertime fare and a healthy appetite for this special summertime feast!

Price $170.00
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Tuesday, July 26, 6pm: Hands-On Cookery with Becca O’Brien of Two Birds Catering and Robin Admana of Foolish Waffles
Looking to spice things up in the kitchen? This one’s for you! Veteran COOKing instructors Becca O’Brien of Two Birds Catering and Robin Admana of Foolish Waffles (Philadelphia Magazine’s 2014 Best of Philly winner for Street Food Snacks!) are pairing up for a hands-on, Mexican-themed class. Following chips and guacamole, guests will roll up their sleeves and help prepare a fiesta of chicken tinga tostadas served with refried beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, crema, cilantro, queso fresco and lime; mahi-mahi ceviche with fresh fried tortilla chips and grilled pineapple salsa; grilled shrimp, chicken or chorizo enchiladas verdes y rojas with grilled corn, rice, beans, lettuce and pico de gallo; and, of course, flan with whipped cream and berries. Dios mío, this is gonna be good!

Price $165.00
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Wednesday, July 27, 6pm: Wine Wars with Mitch Skwer of The Wine Merchant and Jonathan Sauerwald of Urban Earth Wines
If you’re a fan of our popular Open Stove competitions, you’ll love Wine Wars! This July, two wine aficionados, Mitch Skwer of The Wine Merchant and Jonathan Sauerwald of Urban Earth Wines, will go head-to-head for a competitive night of wine and cheese pairings. Guests will sample four pre-selected cheeses which are then paired with wines selected by both Skwer and Sauerwald, who will each bring one sparkling, one rosé, one white and one red. And there’s a twist: there is an Allies vs. Axis theme for the evening, with Sauerwald selecting wines from the WWII Allied Forces (USA, Britain, France, USSR, Australia, Belgium, Greece, Netherlands, South Africa, to name a few) and Skwer representing the Axis Powers (Germany, Italy, Japan, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria). The best part? YOU get to be the judge!

Price $90.00
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Thursday, July 28, 6pm: Cliveden House at COOK: State-of- the-Art Mid-Century Cocktails & Canapés with Phoebe Esmon, Christian Gaal and Justin Lingl of Root Catering
Cliveden House, the Germantown mansion once owned and occupied by seven generations of the Chew family, has a rich and bloody history, surviving the Battle of Germantown during the Revolutionary War and a near-catastrophic fire. Time marched on and eventually the Chews donated the house in 1972 to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, who offers public tours of the historic six-acre oasis. One of Cliveden’s surprising quirks is its complete mid-century kitchen, an attempt by the Chews to modernize the house. It is this kitchen that is the inspiration for our cocktails and canapés class. What happens when ‘50s modernity meets 21st-century tastes and techniques? Find out when Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal (formerly of Bar Emmanuelle and current co-owners of Spirit Animal Beverage Solutions LLC and RePast) are joined by Justin Lingl (chef-owner of Root Catering Company) for an evening of updated atomic-age cocktails and finger foods. Their collaborative menu includes The Polydactyl Cocktail, inspired by the Tom Collins and the Hemingway Daiquiri, and The Monroe Doctrine, inspired by a classic Daiquiri, paired with Valley Shepherd cheese fondue with seasonal vegetable accompaniments; white rum, lime and gooseberry cordial paired with sugarcane pork belly skewers with gooseberry agrodolce; The Gibsonson, inspired by a classic Gibson, paired with smoked salmon mousse with one-minute rye brioche and pickled carrot “caviar”; The Multi-Tool, inspired by a classic screwdriver, paired with “Sherry Elegance,” a sherry and cream mold. Bring your retro appetite AND your best period wardrobe if you so desire!

Price $95.00
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Friday, July 29, 7pm: Vegetarian Moroccan Cookery with Beth Kaufman Strauss of Grateful Plate
Join Holistic Health Coach and veteran COOKing instructor Beth Kaufman Strauss of Grateful Plate for a wonderful night that is sure to transport you to the casbah! Moroccan cookery, a combination of Mediterranean, Arabic, Andalusian and Berber cuisines, is known for its subtle spices and intriguing flavour combinations. Since Morocco produces a wide variety of Mediterranean fruits and vegetables and even some tropical ones, its cuisine is a perfect match for the vegetarian home cook. Join Beth as she demonstrates the preparation of summer squash salad with preserved lemon dressing; roasted cauliflower with dates and saffron over couscous and topped with almonds; grilled cumin carrots over spiced lentils with green harissa; and baklava with orange blossom syrup and mint tea. Recipes will be provided, ya habibi!

Price $140.00
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Saturday, July 30, 7pm: Private Event

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Sunday, July 31, 1pm: COOKbook Author Series: “Pierogi Love: New Takes on An Old World Comfort Food” with Casey Barber
COOK is pleased to welcome back COOKbook author, Casey Barber, for an afternoon of pierogis, both savory and sweet! Barber’s latest book Pierogi Love, is a tasty tribute to the Eastern European staple by taking a familiar wrapping and stuffing it with a host of unconventional, innovative, and decidedly non-traditional fillings. Join Barber for an afternoon of not-your-babcia’s pierogis: corn chowder pierogies; Philly cheesesteak pierogies with provolone cheese sauce; blueberry-lime pierogies; and lemon ricotta pierogies with honeyed brown butter. Guests will receive a copy of Pierogi Love.

Price $95.00
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