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Sunday, May 1, 2pm: Cocoa Loco: Chocolate Desserts with Peter Scarola of R2L
Chocolate: What more is there to say? Join celebrated Pastry Chef and veteran COOKing instructor, Peter Scarola of R2L, for a dessert demo showcasing three decadent chocolate creations: Chocolate Soufflé, Chocolate Mousse, and Milk Chocolate Cremeux. Chef Scarola has been Pastry Chef for Daniel Stern Restaurants since 2008 and at R2L since the opening in January of 2010. With Chef Scarola at the helm of this class (he was recognized recently as a Rising Star Pastry Chef of Philadelphia through starchefs.com – a significant industry honor), no chocoholic should miss this special event! Recipes will be provided

Price $85.00
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Tuesday, May 3, 7pm: Private Event

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Wednesday, May 4, 7pm: Foobooz & Philadelphia Magazine Present Open Stove XLIII: Joseph Howard of Abe Fisher vs. Felias Peralta of Marigold Kitchen
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 May, watch as Joseph Howard of Abe Fisher battles Felias Peralta of Marigold Kitchen. 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, May 5, 7pm: Cinco De Mayo with Carolyn Nguyen and Michael Sultan of Revolution Taco
Grab your finest sombrero and vamonos to COOK for a Cinco de Mayo event that is sure to be caliente! (We know, our Spanish sucks!) Revolution Taco is the fast casual concept of Carolyn Nguyen and Michael Sultan, owners of Street Food Philly and Taco Mondo. With a classically trained chef approach, they use the taco shell as a vehicle to create unique global flavors. Their Cinco de Mayo fiesta will include: guacamole with charred corn and cotija cheese and chips; seafood tostada; red snapper fish tacos on corn tortillas with chimichurri, white onion, shaved radish and red cabbage; grilled flank steak tacos on grilled flour tortillas with salsa verde, salsa roja, charred scallion and twice cooked baby potatoes; and for dessert, churros with mango guava sauce, tres leches sauce and cayenne chocolate sauce. Plus, they’ll serve up a refreshing strawberry mint agua fresca. This one is a taco lover’s dream!

Price $160.00
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Friday, May 6, 7pm: A Taste of Thailand with Martin Amada of Easy Thai Chef
Lovers of Thai food, rejoice! Chef Martin Amada has the experience to make your tastebuds want to “Thai one on”! Martin visited Bangkok in 1994 and tasted Thai cuisine for the first time. He was instantly hooked – so much so that Martin spent the next two decades in Thailand. In 1999 Martin met master chef Roongfa Sringam, and together they co-founded the Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts, which has not only introduced Thai cooking to thousands of visitors, but has taught the nuances of the cuisine to professional chefs from 5 continents and over 35 countries. Martin returned to his native New Jersey in 2015 to create the Easy Thai Chef line of fresh Thai cooking kits. He believes the only people who don't love authentic Thai food are those who haven't tried it, so join Martin this May for a delicious menu of Thai staples, including fried spring rolls; green chicken curry; Tom Yum soup; and glass noodle salad with prawns. It will be Thai-riffic!

Price $150.00
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Sunday, May 8, 2pm: Pucker Up! Mother’s Day Lemon Desserts with Joe Green of Affinity Confections
Treat the mom in your life to an afternoon of sweet treats that showcase the humble lemon in all its sweet-tart glory! 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. For his COOK debut, Joe will prepare three lemon-loaded desserts: yellow cake with lemon buttercream; poppyseed shortbread cookies with lemon curd or lemon sugar; and blueberries with lemon whipped cream served over panna cotta. This is the perfect Mother’s Day gift... or just come for some baking knowhow so you can impress her the next time she asks you to bring dessert.

Price $85.00
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Tuesday, May 10, 7pm: Starr Series: Steakhouse Classics with Jeff Froehler of Butcher and Singer
Calling all carnivores! Join Jeff Froehler of Butcher and Singer, Stephen Starr’s homage to the steakhouses of old Hollywood, for an evening of classic steakhouse staples: Waldorf Salad; Lobster Newburg; Beef Wellington; and Lemon Icebox Cake. Froehler’s post at Butcher and Singer is not his first time at the steakhouse rodeo. Jeff has a long history with Starr and steaks, leading the kitchens at Barclay Prime, as well as Starr’s Steak 954 in Ft. Lauderdale. If you’re a meat eater, this is the class for you — steaks are high, so take a gamble and join us for this prime party!

Price $185.00
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Wednesday, May 11, 7pm: Being Benelux with Joncarl Lachman of Noord and Neuf
Benelux, by definition, refers to the politico-economic union of three neighbouring states in central-western Europe: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. The three nations hold a special place in the heart of Joncarl Lachman, Chef-Owner of Neuf and East Passyunk’s Noord, which pays tribute to Northern European cuisine. For Lachman, Noord was a figurative and literal return to his roots, departing Chicago for his native Philadelphia to open what is now a beloved eetcafé, serving the Benelux cookery that he grew up on. This May, Lachman returns to COOK to share his culinary heritage with dishes like Maastruichts Zuurvelees and Barley Soup (Limburg style vinegar braised beef in a broth with barley, wild mushroom and vegetables); Belgian Ale Steamed Mussels; Konijn Buxelles on Hete Bliksem (rabbit leg slow cooked with red wine, brown sugar, prunes, over a mash of potatoes, apples, kale and golden raisins); and Almond Vla with Chocolate Bark (traditional almond pudding accompanied by dark and white chocolate bark with toasted almonds). Join us and you’ll understand why we commonly refer to Lachman as the Darling Dutchman!

Price $175.00
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Thursday, May 12, 7pm: Private Event

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Friday, May 13, 7pm: Gone Fishin’ with Christine Fischer of Beez Neez Cafe
Do you like to eat seafood but not like to cook it at home? Then this is the class for you! Join Christine Fischer of Beez Neez Cafe for a class that will wipe away any fears you have about cooking seafood at home. Christine will demonstrate the techniques of cooking different types of fish and show different preparations that will be quick and easy for home cooks to replicate. Christine’s menu this May  includes grilled shrimp with citrus dressing served on a  crostini; summer salad with crab meat, cranberries, almonds, green apples, arugula and gorgonzola with homemade vinaigrette; baked fresh cod with a light white wine sauce, tomato and olive served with Spanish rice and garlic and olive oil string beans; and, for dessert, homemade limoncello cake. Go fish!

Price $150.00
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Saturday, May 14, 12pm: Private Event

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Saturday, May 14, 7pm: Private Event with Nick Macri of La Divisa Meats

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Sunday, May 15, 12pm: Big Ol’ Brunch with Kris Serviss of The Blue Duck
The Blue Duck is a New American BYO restaurant located in the heart of Northeast Philadelphia that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a focus on fresh, approachable food that has the familiarity of home cooking. Co-Owner/Executive Chef Kris Serviss offers a playful twist on traditional classics, and brunch is no exception. Kris returns to COOK this May to showcase his personal takes on brunch favorites: pork roll and cheese egg rolls with Taylor pork roll, Cooper American cheese, scrambled eggs and Sriracha ketchup; chilaquiles with corn tortillas, shredded chicken, fried egg, salsa morita and Cooper American cheese; country duck sausage biscuit with ground duck and sage breakfast patty, smoked gouda and egg on a duck fat biscuit; and Fruity Pebbles French toast with fresh berries and whipped cream. Plus, it wouldn’t be brunch without Bloody Marys and Mimosas!

Price $115.00
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Tuesday, May 17, 7pm: Private Philadelphia Magazine Event with Nick Macri of La Divisa Meats

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Tuesday, May 17, 12pm: Private Event

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Wednesday, May 18, 5:30pm: Private Event with Becca O’Brien of Two Birds Catering & Canning

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Thursday, May 19, 7pm: Pizza and Beer with Rosemarie Certo and Sasha Certo-Ware of Dock Street Brewery
Pizza and beer have more in common than being delicious indulgences. They are both end products of yeast-induced fermentation. They are also specialties of award-winning Dock Street Brewery, a true revolutionary in the national craft-beer scene — they were preaching from the micro-brew gospel long before America's current wave of ice-cold interest, and they continue to be a major force in the industry today. Dock Street’s unfiltered, unpasteurized brews are complemented by an impressive lineup of hand-tossed wood-fired pizzas. This May, join President and Founder Rosemarie Certo and Brewer Sasha Certo-Ware for a hands-on pizza making class while sampling Dock Street beer selections. Guests will enjoy charcuterie, olives and fried mozzarella with marinara while Team Dock Street demonstrates pizza dough preparation. Prior to preparing their own personalized pizzas, guests will enjoy two of Dock Street’s signature pies: Flammenkuche (with crème fraiche, caramelized onion, apple-wood smoked bacon, gruyere, fresh herbs) and Margherita (with plum tomato, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil). Throughout the class, Rosemarie will discuss the importance of yeast and the process of fermentation. And to wrap things up: beer floats for dessert. This class is a must for pizza and beer enthusiasts alike!

Price $150.00
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Friday, May 20, 6pm: Digging up Springtime Wines with Jill Weber of Jet Wine Bar
When it comes to wine, every bottle has a story. And Jill Weber, Owner of South Street West’s Jet Wine Bar, has plenty of them to tell. Prior opening Jet, Rex 1516 and Cafe Ynez, 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. Jill has dug up some exciting wine varieties to share with us this May and will tell the tales behind Montalbera Grignolino d’Asti, Italy; Elicio Rosé Ventoux, France; Nals Margreid Müller Thurgau, Alto Adige, Italy; Cremisan Cellars “Star of Bethlehem” Baladi, West Bank, and Galen Glen Grüner Veltliner, Lehigh Valley, PA. Join us as we explore the world, one bottle at a time. Please note that a full dinner will not be served.

Price $100.00
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Saturday, May 21, 2pm: COOKbook Author Series: "Bien Cuit" with Chef Zachary Golper
Bien cuit is a phrase the French often use to describe the darkest, crunchiest loaves, baked to the point of perfection. Baker extraordinaire Zachary Golper’s aptly-named Bien Cuit is located in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn and offers a unique and varied selection of breads and pastries that reflect both his training and personal vision. In 2011 it was named as Best New Bakery by The Village Voice and earned high praise from The New York Times, New York Magazine, Food and Wine, and Saveur. Bon Appetit also selected Bien Cuit’s baguette as one of the top ten in America. Golper has been nominated for two Best Baker awards by the James Beard Foundation. In 2015, he published his first cookbook, Bien Cuit: The Art of Bread. This May, Golper returns to Philadelphia for his COOK debut – previously, he re-invented the bread program for George Perrier’s landmark Philadelphia restaurant, Le Bec Fin. Golper will demo three selections from his Bien Cuit repertoire: Sun-Dried Tomato Mini Baguettes, Late-Harvest Carrot Rolls and Sourdough Buckwheat Bread. Guest will receive a copy of the Golper’s cookbook.

Price $125.00
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Sunday, May 22, 3pm: 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 The 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 just-released Complete Guide to Sushi and Sashimi. *Please note that no food will be served during this class.

Price $125.00
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Tuesday, May 24, 7pm: Cocktail Dinner with Chris D’Ambro, Marina De Oliveira and Jarrod Williams of Southwark
Southwark, the cozy Queen Village gem, has been given a second life. Original owners Kip and Sheri Waide opened Southwark nearly a decade ago and quickly earned a reputation as a locavore pioneer with a "Slow Food"-inspired menu and classic cocktails. In 2015, Kip and Sheri sold Southwark to two industry veterans – Chef Chris D’Ambro and front-of-the-house pro (and D’Ambro’s fiance) Marina De Oliveira. If you’ve had a chance to visit the revamped Southwark, you know that D’Ambro and De Oliveira have extended the namesake’s legacy. At the ripe age of 19, D'Ambro began his cooking career at Vetri and went on to work in the kitchens at Savona, Columbus Inn, Talula's Table and Talula's Garden, which is where he met De Oliveira, who then went on to help open the popular Fountain Porter off of East Passyunk Avenue. The couple’s menu is organized by snacks, appetizers, pastas, entrees and desserts, and for their COOK menu, they’re sticking to that format: for snacks, chicken liver mousse with rhubarb marmalade; green garbanzo “hummus” with fennel cracker; and beef tartare, egg yolk, fresh horseradish and salt and pepper chips; an appetizer of asparagus and ramp custard with crispy poached egg and spring vegetables; a pasta course of spaghetti with monkfish picatta; an entree of confit veal breast with glazed sweetbreads, cauliflower and fava beans; and for dessert D’Ambro’s grandmother’s chocolate cake with salted caramel ice cream. Plus, cocktails will be provided by Southwark bartender Jarrod Williams, who has worked behind the bar at Lucky’s Last Chance in Manayunk, Red Owl Tavern, Parts and Labor in Baltimore and Eat The Rich in Washington, D.C.

Price $165.00
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Wednesday, May 25, 7pm: A Taste of Greece with Frances Vavloukis, Health and Wellness Coach
If you know the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding!, well Frances Vavloukis lives it! Her cooking is inspired by her father’s Macedonian heritage and by her mother’s treasured recipes from the Island of Mykonos! Frances, who has worked as a caterer, pastry chef, and culinary director, returns to COOK for a Protomayia (May Day) celebration, traditionally a day enjoying the outdoors. Her Protomayia menu of Greek greats includes keftedes (Greek meatballs) with tzatziki (Greek yogurt mixed with garlic, dill and shredded cucumber); horiatki salata with red tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, red onion tossed in Greek olive oil and sprinkled with authentic Greek oregano; souvlaki, an assortment of grilled chicken and grilled vegetables kebobs; pita bread and kourambethes, white powdered butter cookies!  Stin Iyiamas! To our health!

Price $145.00
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Thursday, May 26, 7pm: Destination Beach Vacation with Laura Frangiosa and Maureen Stoebenau of The Avenue Delicatessen
If you’re a summer lover, Memorial Day can’t come soon enough. To get a head start, join chefs and veteran COOK instructors Laura Frangiosa and Maureen Stoebenau of Lansdowne’s The Avenue Delicatessen for an evening inspired by the beachy flavors of Florida, Jamaica, Mexico and beyond. The duo’s beach-hopping menu features tuna ceviche with citrus, jalapeño, herbs, jicama, avocado and plantain chip; tamarind pork skewers with green papaya salad, toasted peanuts and crispy shallots; jerk chicken wings with pineapple glaze, grilled pineapple and black bean salsa; red curry crispy soft shell crab with coconut rice, spicy red curry and vegetables; and, yes,  Key Lime pie with graham cracker crust, creamy key lime filling and whipped cream. This one is a shore thing!

Price $150.00
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Saturday, May 28, 12pm: Private Event with Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minette and La Peg

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Tuesday, May 31, 6pm: Pickle-Making Perfection with Liz Traison, Food Educator and Health Coach
Summer is just around the corner. And if you want to extend it, pickling is the way to go. Liz Traison is a is a food educator, health coach, and fermentation enthusiast inspired by the all-natural gut-healing powers of the combination of produce, salt and time. Join Liz for a hands-on crash course on pickling. Enjoy cooked snacks (kimchi pancakes, lactofermented ketchup and sauerkraut cake bites), raw snacks (sauerkraut salad, pickled veggies and kimchi, and a kimchi bloody mary. Plus, guests will take home jars of their own pickled creations. This is a great class for beginners!

Price $100.00
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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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Tuesday, June 7, 12pm: Private Event with Brian Ricci of Brick & Mortar

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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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Friday, June 17, 7pm: Private Event with Martin Amada of Easy Thai

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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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