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Tuesday, August 2, 7pm: Starr Series: Chef’s Day Off with Jeff Froehler of Butcher & Singer
COOK guests often ask chefs, “So, on your night off what do you cook?” To which chefs often respond with a list of items that sound just as delicious and decadent as their restaurant menu. Join Jeff Froehler of Butcher & Singer, Stephen Starr’s homage to the steakhouses of old Hollywood, for a menu of his personal night off go-to’s: hamachi and tuna crudo with wasabi pea puree, radish, ponzu and beets; heirloom panzanella salad with avocado, cucumber, fresh mozzarella and croutons; market fresh fish with orange carrot ginger jus, baby bok choy and crispy wonton; and for dessert, strawberry shortcake. Prior to his post at Butcher &  Singer, Jeff already had 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 looking for something different (and maybe something to add to your own “at home” rotation), this is the class for you!

Price $160.00
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Wednesday, August 3, 7pm: Summer’s Bounty with Joncarl Lachman of Noord, Neuf and The Dutch
COOK veteran Joncarl Lachman returns to COOK for a celebration of all things summer – fresh seafood, corn, tomatoes and more! With the opening of his third South Philly restaurant The Dutch, Joncarl continues to charm diners with approachable yet worldly cuisine. Lachman is known for keeping things seasonal and fresh at Neuf, his French-North African bistro, at the beloved Noord, the northern European BYOB in the heart of East Passyunk’s restaurant row, and now at The Dutch, his casual breakfast and lunch spot in Pennsport co-owned by Chef Lee Styer of Fond. Join Joncarl for a menu of cantaloupe gazpacho with sour cream and mint; low country boil with shrimp, clams, smoked sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes, old bay and parsley; heirloom tomatoes with seared diver scallops with caviar, basil vinaigrette and baby lettuces; and for dessert, Dutch Almond Buttercake with advocaat, fresh raspberries, whipped cream. Autumn will be here before you know it, so now’s your chance to bask in summer’s bounty!

Price $160.00
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Thursday, August 4, 7pm: Portuguese, Please with Joseph Howard of Abe Fisher
While the flavors of Portugal may be familiar to those who live in the not-too-distant East Coast cities of Providence, Boston and New York City (the three largest Portuguese American communities in the US), they are relatively hard to come by in the City of Brotherly Love. Due to the trade routes of Portugal’s previously expansive empire, its cuisine is both influenced by and influential upon the lands to which they traveled – Brazil, India, southern Africa and even Japan, to name a few. This August, Joseph Howard of Michael Solomonov’s Abe Fisher will prepare a dinner of traditional Portuguese favorites: Balinhos de Bacalhav (salted cod fritters); Acorda Aleutejana (soup with freshly baked bread, six minute egg, fresh herbs); Piexe Grelhado Combatatas Cozidas e Cebolinhas (grilled fish with boiled potatoes, spring onions, olive oil,lemon juice, fresh herbs); Jarret de Cordeiro com Feijao Preto e Molho de Reducao da Propria Cane con Cebolas Caramelizadas (lamb shank with black beans and a caramelized onion lamb jus); and for dessert, a deconstructed flan.

Price $160.00
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Friday, August 5, 6pm: Living La Vida Vodka with Bryan Quigley and Kyle DiRaddo of Stateside Urbancraft Vodka
For as long as they can remember, Philadelphia-natives Matt and Bryan Quigley have had the entrepreneurial spirit. Whether it was selling baseball cards or shoveling snow, the Quigley brothers have always known they wanted to be in business together.  So when Matt approached Bryan three years ago and asked “Do you want to start a vodka company,” Bryan’s response could only be one thing: “Yup”.  And with that, Stateside Urbancraft Vodka was born. From humble, basement origins and a sitcom-worthy series of trials and errors, Stateside can now be found in over 40 state stores in and around Philadelphia as well as over 100 bars and restaurants. Today, Stateside is produced in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood at Federal Distilling, a 4,500 square foot distillery space attached to a 1,000 sq. foot tasting room known as the Federal Distilling Room. FDR will soon be providing the neighborhood with a place to not only enjoy unique libations, but also a destination to watch the distilling process in action. Join Bryan Quigley and bartender Kyle DiRaddo for an evening of Stateside Urbancraft Vodka cocktails including The Collie Man (vodka, simple syrup, lemon, basil and club soda); The Walk of Shame (vodka, orange liqueur, grapefruit, orange bitters, champagne and orange peel); The Cleanse (vodka, cucumber simple syrup, lemon and mint); and The Cat’s Pajamas (vodka, orange liqueur, Lillet and orange bitters). Cocktail recipes will be provided. Please note that no full dinner will be served, but there will be light bites.

Price $90.00
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Wednesday, August 10, 7pm: A Taste of Rio with Frances Vavloukis, Health and Wellness Coach
We're always excited about the Summer Olympics, and this year is no exception since they are being held in Brazil, a country known for the sandy beaches of Rio de Janeiro, bikinis and Speedos (or lack thereof)!  Frances Vavloukis, who has worked as a caterer, pastry chef, and culinary director, returns to COOK for celebration of summer, Rio style, with a menu of tilapia fish croquettes served with tomato, olives and cilantro; shrimp pastries; kale, avocado, hearts of palm and mango salad; moqueca de bahia (cod simmered in coconut milk, fresh herbs and served with cilantro-lime rice); and an Olympic torch-worthy sweet finale of crepes de leche. And to get in the spirit of things, sip on a caipirinha, the national cocktail of Brazil. Let the Games begin!

Price $145.00
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Thursday, August 11, 7pm: Summer Seafood Shack with Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minette and La Peg
When you think Peter Woolsey, you likely think French. And while the owner of Bistrot La Minette does indeed know classic French bistrot fare, you may not know he can make a mean lobster roll. This summer, Woolsey has set up a seafood shack outside La Peg, his American brasserie located inside the FringeArts headquarters across from the Race Street Pier. The shack’s casual menu is inspired by Woolsey’s childhood summers on the picture-postcard-perfect coast of Maine. Before summer’s over, enjoy a menu of New England roadside favorites: New England clam chowder with Benton’s bacon and cherrystone clams; garden salad with house ranch dressing; lobster roll served with house made chips and grilled corn with smoked paprika and lime butter; and for dessert, what else, strawberry shortcake. Woolsey is one of the most charismatic and entertaining COOK regulars, so this one is not to be missed!

Price $160.00
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Friday, August 12, 12PM: Hearty And Healthy with Amir Fardshisheh, Chris Paul and Kalefe Wright of Herban Quality Eats
Want to try something new and delicious on your lunch hour and also learn a thing or two? This special, one-hour, daytime event is the perfect one for you. Riding high on the the success of the dinnertime delivery service they operated last year, the Herban team recently opened their first store at 36th and Market Street. Herban’s goal is to serve the most flavorful, healthy meals around. The menu is based on customizable ‘homestyle’ plates, featuring American gourmet recipes made from natural ingredients and seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices. Head Chef, Chris Paul, focuses on clean cooking and sustainability. The Drexel alum who’s worked at Lacroix, Parc, Stephen Starr Events and Chifa, among others, will be serving guests at COOK a menu of: roasted plantain chips and oregano hummus; Heritage Farm mixed greens, tahini dressing, shaved radish and multigrain croutons; grilled top sirloin and sesame roasted salmon with basil pesto with seasonal vegetable sides; and organic yogurt parfait. This is a great chance to try something that University City residents have been enjoying for months!

Price $65.00
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Saturday, August 13, 7PM: Private Event

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Sunday, August 14, 1PM: Breaking Bread Together with Kelly Anne Davis, Culinary Instructor (For Kids!)
Have your kids expressed an interest in baking? Then bring them to COOK as Culinary Instructor Kelly Anne Davis leads a fun-filled afternoon, preparing tamales, bao and soft pretzels. Recipes will be provided so that kids can continue the baking fun on their own! A single ticket to this class admits one child along with an adult/parent. Recommended for children of ages 6 and up.

Price $45.00
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Tuesday, August 16, 7PM: Urban Barbecue with Justin Holden and Guillermo Pozos of Village Whiskey
Love a backyard barbecue but don’t have a backyard? Or just can’t bear the heat? Or just looking for some summer soiree inspiration? Village Whiskey’s got your back. This August, join Chef Guillermo Pozos and General Manager Justin Holden of Jose Garces’ burger and bourbon spot Village Whiskey for a summer-in-the-city style barbecue. Their menu will feature classic American cookout fare with a twist and can all be done easily indoors: deviled eggs; pickled watermelon and rhubarb with whipped ricotta and toasted sourdough; Village Burger with gruyere, black truffle aioli, pickled red onion, sauce au poivre; duck fat French fries; and Baked Alaska. Team Village Whiskey will also be serving a festive welcome cocktail, the Commodore, consisting of bourbon, lime, demerara syrup, orange bitters and a mezcal rinse.

Price $180.00
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Wednesday, August 17, 6PM: Eastern Promises: A Celebration of Balkan Wines with Ilya Shchukin of Vinum USA and Tony Tony Jones of CBL Wine Co.
The Balkans have, along with Greece, the longest winemaking history in Europe that pre-dates even the Roman Empire. The perfect climatic conditions and the hands-on care of traditional winemaking result in wines that are top-quality and world class. Ilya Shchukin of Vinum USA, a leader in imported Balkan wines, is pairing up with colleague Tony Jones of CBL Wine Company for a tasting of this lesser-known wine region. Ilya and Tony will lead guests on a tasting that includes two whites – Roxanich Malvazijica Malvasia 2013 (Istria, Croatia) and Turasan Emir 2015 (Cappadocia, Turkey) – and three reds – Povardarie Vranec 2013 (Povardarie, Macedonia), Kobal Blaufrankisch 2013 (Podravje, Slovenia) and Zlatan Crljenak 2010 aka the original zinfandel (Dalmatia, Croatia). Please note that no full dinner will be served, but there will be light bites.

Price $85.00
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Thursday, August 18, 7PM: Private Philadelphia Magazine Event with Andrew Wood of Russet

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Saturday, August 20, 6PM: Vegetarian Picnic Dinner with Zach Breeding, Clinical Dietitian and Chef
Zach Breeding started working in food service at the age of 13. He attained a degree at The Restaurant School in Philadelphia in 2007 and since then, he’s been busy: he started a private catering company; worked for restaurants and hotels around the country; conducted numerous cooking classes in Philadelphia, New York City, and Baltimore; and he attained a Master's Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from NYU and is now a registered, licensed dietitian. Now Zach is bringing his well-rounded cooking ethos back to COOK for a vegetarian picnic party. Guests will be treated to a lesson and menu of: roasted cherry tomatoes with grilled corn and edamame; grilled balsamic tofu with pesto quinoa salad; veggie chorizo and potato tacos with pickled radish and queso fresco served with black bean salad; and grilled peaches à la mode with salted caramel and pistachios. Recipes will be provided.

Price $145.00
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Sunday, August 21, 2PM: Seasonal Fruit Pie with Jennifer Sokoloff of Vernick Food + Drink
Jennifer Sokoloff fell in love with pastry after graduating with a BFA in Acting in New York City. She landed a job as a pastry cook at Eleven Madison Park and then went on to work at Le Cirque. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2004, she has held positions at both the Four Seasons and eventually 1862 by Martin Hamann at the Union League of Philadelphia. Since joining Vernick Food + Drink in 2013, Sokoloff ’s expert baking skills have resulted in comfort-driven desserts that highlight the best ingredients and flavors of the seasons. So who better to return to COOK to demonstrate a seasonal fruit pie? In addition to gaining some pie-making tips and tricks from one of Philly’s top pastry chefs, guests will each enjoy an individual-sized pie to enjoy. Pie oh my!

Price $65.00
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Tuesday, August 23, 7pm: An Evening with George Sabatino of Aldine
Chef George Sabatino has been a key fixture in acclaimed kitchens all around the city, working at such hotspots as Fork, Barbuzzo and Stateside before opening Aldine with his wife Jennifer. At their Rittenhouse eatery, Chef George is known for taking no shortcuts, creating artfully composed plates that highlight house made ingredients. If you follow Aldine on social media, you’re familiar with the labor and love that he imparts upon each individual component of his dishes. One such area that George has been experimenting with lately is dairy, producing house made butter, cultured butter, yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese and kefir. This August, George returns to COOK for a dinner that makes use of all the delicious dairy that he’s been whipping up lately. He will cover both the preparation of the individual dairy components and how they are then used in creative ways as garnishes, spreads, sauces, fillings and more. We’re “fired up,” to use one of Chef George’s preferred expressions, to welcome him back to COOK!

Price $175.00
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Wednesday, August 24, 7pm: Southern Supper with Adam and Shelly Zensinger of June Allan
Jersey native Adam Zensinger is best known to Philadelphians for his time spent as Chef de Cuisine of Amada followed by his post at Lemon Hill. Prior to his time in Philadelphia kitchens, Chef Zensinger attended Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta and spent eight years living in the south, where he developed a true affinity for southern culinary culture. In 2015, Zensinger and his wife Shelly, a fellow Philly restaurant veteran, founded June Allan, a catering business specializing in family-style Lowcountry cuisine. June Allan aims to honor classic technique with the soulful, regional flavors of the South that Adam came to know and love. Join Adam and Shelly as they give summer the southern treatment with a menu of cornbread with whipped honey butter; chilled peach soup with whipped ricotta toast and benne seeds; grilled gulf prawns with stone ground grits and herb butter; black pepper smoked brisket with creamed corn; and ripe summer berries with rose granita, and almond cookie crumble. Ya’ll don’t want to miss this one!

Price $160.00
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Thursday, August 25, 7pm: Pasta Party with Frank Olivieri of Pat’s King of Steaks
To Pat’s King of Steaks devotees, third-generation owner Frank Olivieri’s charm is well-known, 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. Following his last COOK appearance, he asked if he could return for a South Philly, family-style pasta dinner, and well, we thought it a no-brainer. And so we invite you to a summer evening of carb-loading as Frank prepares a menu of fried polenta with sweet sausage, white beans and rosemary; farfalle pasta salad with mozzarella, heirloom cherry tomatoes, basil and grilled artichokes topped with Sicilian olive oil; drunken pasta with wild boar ragu; and – yes, pasta for dessert! – agnolotti filled with mascarpone topped with a chocolate hazelnut sauce. Mangia! Mangia!

Price $160.00
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Friday, August 26, 7pm: COOKbook Author Series: Summer in India with Rupen Rao of Rupen’s
It’s time for an Indian Summer...summer in India, that is! This August, Washington D.C. resident, and Mumbai native, Rupen Rao, returns to COOK for an evening of regional Indian summer specialties. Rao, who has a line of cookbooks and spice blends, has made it his mission to take classic Indian cooking and adapt it to our day-to-day lifestyle here in the United States. Rupen’s cross-country menu includes Baingan Chokha (charred eggplant mash with garlic naan, East India); Machchi Balchao (spiced tuna cooked in banana leaves, West India); tandoori chicken (North India) with lemon rice (South India); and for dessert, an eggless mango ice cream (North India). Guests will receive a copy of Rupen’s second cookbook Indian Cooking: Popular Restaurant Dishes.

Price $150.00
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Saturday, August 27, 1pm: COOKbook Author Series: North Indian vs South Indian with Rupen Rao of Rupen’s
This month, Washington D.C. resident, and Mumbai native, Rupen Rao, returns for an exploration of Northern and Southern Indian cuisine. Rupen’s line of cookbooks and spice blends help home cooks prepare Indian food at home without the hassle of finding exotic ingredients. For his lunch class, Rao will explain the differences between Northern and Southern Indian styles of cooking and ingredients and will demo a menu of ground lamb kebabs (South Indian); saffron and raisin pulao (North Indian); Patrani Machchi (chutney spiced fish cooked in banana leaves, South Indian); and for dessert, mango halwa with vanilla ice cream (Central India). Guests will receive a copy of Rupen’s second cookbook Indian Cooking: Popular Restaurant Dishes.

Price $100.00
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Sunday, August 28, 2pm: Challah Making with Carly Zimmerman of Challah for Hunger
Challah for Hunger brings people together to bake and sell challah bread to raise money and awareness for social justice. Their network of 78 chapters around the world engages 3,500 volunteers annually. Their volunteers, who are college students, come together as a community, bake bread, learn about hunger in their community and abroad, and sell the bread to raise funds for charities fighting hunger. Join Challah for Hunger’s Carly Zimmerman at COOK when she will demo three different, delicious challahs that usher in the not-too-distant arrival of autumn, and with it, Rosh Hashanah (just around the corner!): traditional whole wheat round challah, apple cinnamon challah and brown sugar challah with pomegranate glaze. This is the perfect class for the novice bread baker or those looking to expand their baking repertoire. Guests will get to sample all 3 challahs during class.

Price $75.00
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Tuesday, August 30, 7pm: An Evening with Carolyn Nguyen and Michael Sultan of 33rd Street Hospitality
You may know Carolyn Nguyen and Michael Sultan from their popular food trucks – Street Food Philly, Say Cheese Philadelphia, and Taco Mondo – and their brick and mortar Revolution Taco near Rittenhouse Square. This August COOK invites you to sample their latest creation, 33rd Street Hospitality Catering, which aims to meet growing demands by the public to have menus from the three trucks and Revolution Taco at private events and public festivals. 33rd Street’s menus are as eclectic, reflecting the diverse offerings of Carolyn and Michael’s other businesses. The pair’s eclectic approach is reflected in their COOK menu this August which includes smoked salmon tartar on house-made potato chip; Vietnamese grilled pork lettuce wrap; lobster bouillabaisse with grilled toast and saffron aioli; raviolo al uovo with chive truffle potato, egg yolk, parmesan tuile and local corn; osso buco with white bean ragu, bone marrow butter toast and shaved artichoke salad with preserved lemon vinaigrette; and bourbon caramel peach pie with cinnamon ice cream for dessert.

Price $160.00
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Wednesday, August 31, 7pm: Private Event with Becca O’Brien of Two Birds Catering & Canning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, September 16, 7pm: Private Event

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

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

Price $70.00
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Tuesday, September 20, 6pm: Dessert for Dinner with Angela Ranalli of Le Virtu and Brigantessa
There are some who ask, “What’s for dinner?” And then there are those who ask, “What’s for dessert?” If you belong to the latter group of sweet-toothed individuals, this is the class for you. No salad, no soup, just straight up dessert for dinner. Celebrated pastry chef Angela Ranalli from East Passyunk’s Le Virtu and Brigantessa returns to COOK for an evening of sweet AND savory desserts including Chocolate Torrone Semifreddo Bon Bon; Serpentone (apple, raisin and walnut filled soft biscotti, vanilla rum ricotta, maraschino cherry); Nutella Arancini (arborio rice fritters with a warm nutella center, rolled in sugar and sea salt, raspberry sauce); Torta di Ulivo (grilled olive oil cake, roasted grapes, rosemary infused extra virgin olive oil, toasted pine nuts, mascarpone); and Torta Caprese al Affumicato (flourless almond and smoked chocolate cake, chocolate cayenne gelato, candied almonds). Italian wines will accompany the meal. You’ll be joined by 15 fellow dessert lovers, so there’s no shame in your game for one night!


Price $115.00
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Wednesday, September 21, 7pm: Eating India with Chef Brian Ricci of Nifty Spreads
Chef Brian Ricci has worked and trained across the country, including graduating with honors from the world-class French Culinary Institute in New York City, and at Philadelphia’s Django, Supper, Pub & Kitchen and most recently Brick & Mortar. But Indian cooking is a real passion for the veteran chef who spent many years working in the kitchen of Danny Meyer’s famed NYC restaurant, Tabla. There, Chef Brian worked to perfect Indian specialties with aplomb. This September, enjoy an Indian feast prepared by Brian that includes channa-cashew-coconut salad (with chilis, ginger, mint chutney and dried fruit); stir fry chiles, tomato, paneer and black onion seed; yogurt and curry leaf marinated chicken thighs cooked Tandoor style; and Indian Doughnuts (palm sugar, raisin, pistachio, coconut). This is the perfect class for people looking to make South Asian fare in their own homes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price $100.00
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