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Saturday, July 6, 3pm: Grains Used In Unique Ways with Meredith Rebar of Home Brewed Events
Saturday, July 6, 3pm: Grains Used In Unique Ways with Meredith Rebar of Home Brewed Events
When it comes to brewing beer and distilling liquor, sure, there’s a lot of complex chemistry, but the process honestly starts with some pretty basic ingredients. Namely: grains. Rye, wheat, spelt and barley are four humble pantry items that are the building blocks of our booze. Meredith Rebar of Home Brewed Events heads to COOK this July to sing the praises of those four great grains. For each grain, Meredith will serve a beer, a cocktail and a local, artisanal food that makes use of the same staple: for rye, Evil Genius Seasonal Release, Kinsey Rye and beetroot bread from Lost Bread Co. with cheese; for wheat, Love City Saison, Manatawny Still Works Honey Whiskey and a TBD item from Lost Bread Co; for spelt, Tired Hands Seasonal Release, a Bluecoat Gin cocktail with homemade spelt syrup and a TBD item from Lost Bread Co; and for barley, Yards Love Imperial Stout, Tough Broad Malt Whiskey and special malted chocolates from Shane's Confectionery. Please note that a full dinner will not be served but there will be some light bites.

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Sunday, July 7, 12pm: Brunch In The Big Easy with Laura Frangiosa of Forsythia
Sunday, July 7, 12pm: Brunch In The Big Easy with Laura Frangiosa of Forsythia
Laissez les bons temps rouler and give brunch the Bourbon Street treatment this July. Laura Frangiosa, pastry chef for Chris Kearse’s upcoming Forsythia, returns to COOK for a brunch in New Orleans, a place near and dear to her heart. Pick up some tips and tricks as Laura and gets us in the spirit of things with a festive spread including kale, shiitake and scamorza frittata; shrimp and grits with andouille gravy; and bananas foster pain perdu. It’s a Fat Sunday celebration, ya’ll!

Price $110.00
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Tuesday, July 9, 7pm: Private Philadelphia Magazine Event with Michael Vincent Ferreri of Res Ipsa
Tuesday, July 9, 7pm: Private Philadelphia Magazine Event with Michael Vincent Ferreri of Res Ipsa

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Wednesday, July 10, 6pm: Summer Nights: Vegan Happy Hour Delights with Rachel Klein of Miss Rachel’s Pantry
Wednesday, July 10, 6pm: Summer Nights: Vegan Happy Hour Delights with Rachel Klein of Miss Rachel’s Pantry
Bikini season and eating lighter go hand in hand! This is the perfect class for plant-based selections that will satisfy all of your guests at your next scrumptious summer soiree at the shore (try and say that three times after happy hour)! At her successful South Philly cafe and catering company, Miss Rachel’s Pantry, Rachel Klein creates vegan meals that appeal to everyone regardless of lifestyle. Join the always-sweet Miss Rachel at COOK for a festive happy hour of artichoke crab stuffed pasta in herbed butter broth; corn and heirloom tomato chowder with hearts of palm ceviche; and mâche and frisée salad, trumpet mushroom calamari, lemon-dill dressing. And what’s happy hour without some booze? We’ll be serving a selection of vegan-friendly wines. Enjoy the shore, hold the traffic!

Price $115.00
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Friday, July 12, 7pm: Summer in Jordan with Samar Lazzari of Stoa Takeaway
Friday, July 12, 7pm: Summer in Jordan with Samar Lazzari of Stoa Takeaway
Looking to add some new flavors into your summertime cooking repertoire? Enter: Samar Lazzari of Stoa Takeaway, now in operation and open to the public in South Philly’s Bok Building. Join Samar for a TGIF summer supper inspired by the Levant land of Jordan: summertime mezze of olives, pickles and hummus; mixed melon salad with fresh mint and Bulgarian sheep’s milk feta; musakhan flatbreads topped with caramelized sumac onions and dry rubbed grilled chicken, served with a cucumber, fresh herb and yogurt salad; and a booza sundae with mastic and vanilla infused ice cream with candied berry-thyme jam and salty candied pistachios. Surprise the guests at your next summer gathering with a taste of Jordan!

Price $150.00
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Saturday, July 13, 1pm: Indian Street Food with Chetna Macwan of Spice Culture Cooking
Saturday, July 13, 1pm: Indian Street Food with Chetna Macwan of Spice Culture Cooking
When one visits another country, one of the most memorable aspects of the trip is the food, and the best way to fully experience an area is by eating like a local. Street food is often the most authentic and delicious food to try, and Indian street food is no exception. There are so many different cultural influences on Indian Food. In addition to that the Portuguese, the Persians and the British made important contributions to the Indian culinary panorama. Indian cuisine is also augmented by the influence of varied religions. Indian food has been influenced by various foreign occupants and invaders – Portuguese, Persians and British, to name just three – so what better place to taste some history than on the streets of India. Chef Chetna, founder of Spice Culture Cooking, will be sharing some of her favorite local and fusion-style Indian street foods this July at COOK. Chetna aims to inspire home cooks to create dishes outside their comfort zone. Chetna’s menu includes a Hariyali chicken taco with a garlic chutney and seasoned yogurt sauce (Indian style herb chicken in an Indian style taco); vegetarian Bombay frankie (Indian version of a veggie wrap that is a quintessential street food item); bhel chaat (a sweet and savory crunchy salad with mixed veggies, chutneys, puffed rice and noodles); jalebi (cardamom and saffron infused type of funnel cake) with a masala chai and nankhatai (pistachio and cardamom shortbread biscuits). Plus, enjoy an Indian-inspired bourbon cocktail, perfect for a hot summer day. Recipes will be provided, in addition to a special gift very commonly found on the streets of India.

Price $100.00
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Monday, July 15, 7pm: Taste of Asia: Summer Series with Todd Lean of Pod
Monday, July 15, 7pm: Taste of Asia: Summer Series with Todd Lean of Pod
Stephen Starr’s Pod in University City helped introduce contemporary Asian cuisine to Philadelphians. Join Pod’s Executive Chef, Todd Lean, when he returns to COOK for a Japanese seafood-focused menu featuring sunomono with mozuku seaweed, cucumber, unagi; takoyaki with shaved bonito, ponzu and kewpie mayo; uni toast with jumbo lump crab and uni served on Japanese milk-bread toast; slow-roasted tomato and miso spinach chilled ramen; a sashimi course of Japanese kanpachi, heirloom tomato, green strawberry and yuzu kosho vinaigrette;  an exotic chirashi bowl of seasonal fish over sushi rice; and a selection of mochi for dessert. Bonus: enjoy a strawberry shiso sake margarita, in addition to wine and sake. This is going to be one spectacular meal!

Price $180.00
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Tuesday, July 16, 7pm: Maryland-Style Seafood Feast Michael Sultan of 33rd Street Hospitality
Tuesday, July 16, 7pm: Maryland-Style Seafood Feast Michael Sultan of 33rd Street Hospitality
When you think shore seafood, your mind probably heads straight down the shore – the Jersey shore, that is. But some would argue that the Garden State doesn’t have anything on our southern neighbor Maryland when it comes to seafood. Let’s be honest, Maryland is synonymous with crabs, so this July, Maryland-raised Michael Sultan is proud to share the treasures of the Chesapeake Bay. Michael Sultan is the force behind three popular food trucks – Street Food Philly, Say Cheese Philadelphia, and Taco Mondo. This July COOK invites you to a seafood feast, Maryland-style, courtesy of his 33rd Street Hospitality Catering, which aims to meet growing demands by the public to have menus from the three trucks. Enjoy oysters raw and fried; Maryland seafood chowder; crab cake with succotash and remoulade; marlin fish tacos with battered fish, slaw, pickled jalapeños; and strawberry shortcake.

Price $165.00
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Wednesday, July 17, 7pm: An Evening with Chris Tavares of Davio’s
Wednesday, July 17, 7pm: An Evening with Chris Tavares of Davio’s
Davio’s Philadelphia’s Executive Chef Chris Tavares knows pasta. He has to. The Center City institution arguably serves more pasta in this town than anyone and they like to keep it fresh and change up their menu seasonally. Join Chef Chris for a night of carb-loading when he will demo a menu including: Philly cheesesteak spring rolls; hand-rolled potato gnocchi, organic mushrooms, basil, white truffle oil; tagliatelle Bolognese, braised Veal, beef, pork, tomato sauce; and for dessert, warm chocolate cake with amarena cherries, vanilla gelato. Mangia! Mangia!

Price $150.00
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Thursday, July 18, 7pm: Soul Food Feast with Malik Ali of South
Thursday, July 18, 7pm: Soul Food Feast with Malik Ali of South
Soul food is a loose term used to describe regional cuisine traditionally prepared and eaten by African Americans of the Southern United States. And while the cuisine may not be the best for our waistlines, it is downright, downhome comfort food. Join Malik Ali of the southern food haven South for a soulful, rib-sticking supper including short rib mac and cheese with five cheeses, bbq sauce, crispy onions; “yammin shrimp” with blackened shrimp, braised kale, sweet potato mash; Mom’s fried chicken with lima beans, butter herbed rice, brown sugar cornbread; chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, cocoa crumble. Prior to his post at SOUTH, Malik worked at Joncarl Lachman’s Noord and Neuf, Lachman’s and Lee Styer’s The Dutch, followed by The Blue Duck and The Ugly Duckling. Honored by Zagat as a finalist for their 30 Under 30 list, Malik is indeed one to watch!

Price $160.00
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Friday, July 19, 12pm: Private Event with Nick Macri
Friday, July 19, 12pm: Private Event with Nick Macri

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Saturday, July 20, 6pm: Cookbook Author Dinner: “The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook” with Tracey Medeiros
Saturday, July 20, 6pm: Cookbook Author Dinner: “The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook” with Tracey Medeiros
The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook honors the state's mission to connect with its local organic farmlands and the farmers who nurture and care for them. The book celebrates the region's esteemed organic food producers, farmers, cheesemakers, dairy farmers, and the chefs who partner with them to create delicious, innovative, organic, and non-GMO recipes. Author Tracey Medeiros is a graduate of the Culinary Arts program at Johnson and Wales University and has written several cookbooks focusing on that focus on New England regional cuisine and the sustainability movement. Tracey’s July menu features recipes from her cookbook (and her home state): arugula, fig and goat cheese salad with orange vinaigrette; bruschetta with garlic scape kale pesto; Vermont beef short ribs over hakurei turnip puree, topped with chimichurri sauce; and blueberry-almond sour cream cake. If you can’t make it up to New England this summer, no worries – it’s coming to you! Each guest will receive a copy of “The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook.”

Price $155.00
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Sunday, July 21, 1pm: Milk Money: Dairy-Based Desserts with Sara May and Laura Sutter
Sunday, July 21, 1pm: Milk Money: Dairy-Based Desserts with Sara May and Laura Sutter
This one is all about delicious dairy. Rather than ubiquitous background ingredients, butter, milk and cheese are the stars of the show. Join pastry chef Sara May and American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional Laura Sutter for an afternoon of dairy-based desserts, including caramel popcorn with bleu cheese; apricot almond posset icebox cake with sheep's milk cheese; buttered toast popsicles with a brown butter swirl; goat's milk cheesecake with a chocolate-blueberry crust, served with a berry-cardamom compote. Moooove over Jello pudding, these desserts are cream of the crop!

Price $90.00
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Tuesday, July 23, 7pm: Summer Flavors From Our Mother’s Home Town of Mykonos with Frances Vavloukis and Katerina Vavloukis Pardalios
Tuesday, July 23, 7pm: Summer Flavors From Our Mother’s Home Town of Mykonos with Frances Vavloukis and Katerina Vavloukis Pardalios
If you know the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, well, Frances Vavloukis, a Philadelphia-based health and wellness coach, and her sister Katherine Pardalios lived it. The Greek twins reunite every year and create a Greek feast that no one can deny, and this year, you’re invited! You'll love the stories and recipes of their mother, Eleni Triandefilo Vavloukis, as she grew up living in Mykonos with her 10 brothers and sisters. The Greek twins’ menu features dishes passed down in their family for generations but with modern twists: a mezze plate, followed by garides saganaki (shrimp in a skillet with feta and tomatoes) and spanakopita grilled cheese; omo kolokythaki, tomato kai koukounari (shaved raw zucchini and tomato salad); kota kai kreas meze me meli kai baharika (sautéed beef and chicken with leeks and honey) and gigabytes ston fourno me psimenos skordo kai tomatoes (giant beans baked with roasted garlic and tomatoes); and Greek banana split yogurt parfait with sesame brittle and honey. Frances always makes COOK guests feel like family, but hey, don’t take our word for it. Ask Frances Vavloukis where to get amazing Greek food in Philly and she’ll answer, “My house!” Recipes will be provided.

Price $160.00
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Wednesday, July 24, 6pm: Private Event with Jim Burke
Wednesday, July 24, 6pm: Private Event with Jim Burke

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Thursday, July 25, 6pm: Private Event with Kenneth Bush of Bistrot La Minette
Thursday, July 25, 6pm: Private Event with Kenneth Bush of Bistrot La Minette

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Friday, July 26, 6pm: Cookbook Author Happy Hour: “Epic Vegan” with Dustin Harder
Friday, July 26, 6pm: Cookbook Author Happy Hour: “Epic Vegan” with Dustin Harder
Are you into playing with your food? Dustin Harder’s cookbook Epic Vegan does just that, encouraging home cooks to think outside of the box. Dustin, host and creator of the original vegan travel culinary series The Vegan Roadie, offers a step-by-step guide to creating timeless comfort foods that are over-the-top delicious, and always plant-based. Epic Vegan is essentially a choose-your-own-adventure approach for you to become a kitchen warrior in your own home, your own way. For this happy hour format class, enjoy an appetizer of everything buffalo cauliflower bites while Dustin prepares the components for your main course: bacon macaroni and cheese BBQ blue burger. Playing with your food has never been more fun… or more epic! Each guest will receive a copy of “Epic Vegan.”

Price $115.00
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Saturday, July 27, 1pm: Russian Sweets with Anastasia Gordievsky of Avalee Chocolate
Saturday, July 27, 1pm: Russian Sweets with Anastasia Gordievsky of Avalee Chocolate
Born and raised in Ukraine, chocolatier and certified baker Anastasia Gordievsky attended The French Pastry School in Chicago and graduated with Diploma l'Art de la Patisserie. Working with professional chocolatiers, cake artists and pastry chefs, Anastasia gained experience in restaurants, shops and hotels before opening Avalee Chocolate, a modern cake and dessert studio located in West Chester. This July, Anastasia makes her COOK debut, sharing desserts from her homeland: double chocolate and strawberry summer mousse dessert; Russian “zeffir” aka marshmallow; and medovik, a Russian honey cake. Priyatnogo appetita!

Price $85.00
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Sunday, July 28, 1pm: Setting The Bar: Creating Summer Dessert Bars with Joe Green of Affinity Confections
Sunday, July 28, 1pm: Setting The Bar: Creating Summer Dessert Bars with Joe Green of Affinity Confections
We love a good bar – and a dessert bar is no exception. Join Joe Green of Affinity Confections this July when he returns for an afternoon dedicated to creating dessert bars from scratch – what better dessert to feature fresh seasonal ingredients with bold flavors! 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. Joe will serve (and demo components of) three bars: raspberry crumb bar (shortbread crust with a fresh raspberry filling topped with a freshly ground cinnamon crumb topping); lemon bar (pistachio shortbread crust topped with a fresh lemon filling finished with confectioners sugar); and a chocolate bar (shortbread crust brushed with a chocolate ganache filled with a chocolate pastry cream, topped with a seasonal fruit garnish).

Price $85.00
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Monday, July 29, 7pm: Breakfast For Dinner with Joncarl Lachman of Noord and Winkel
Monday, July 29, 7pm: Breakfast For Dinner with Joncarl Lachman of Noord and Winkel
Fun fact: When Joncarl Lachman was in the planning stages of Noord, his beloved East Passyunk BYOB that features Northern European fare, he wanted to call it Winkel. Five years later, Lachman opened a restaurant by the name of, yes, Winkel. Located in the former More Than Just Ice Cream space at 11th and Locust Streets, Winkel, which means ‘little shop’ in Dutch, serves breakfast (all day!) and lunch with hints of Dutch inspiration, including some “greatest hits” dishes both from Lachman’s Neuf days and his Chicago eatery days. And while, yes, there are eggs and pancakes, this isn’t your humdrum diner fare. Joncarl continues to expand palates with exciting new flavors, and his July breakfast-for-dinner themed COOK appearance is sure to do just that. Join us, and you’ll understand why we commonly refer to Joncarl as the Darling Dutchman!

Price $160.00
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Tuesday, July 30, 7pm: Vinos De Espana with Gary Burner of Moonfish and David Robinson of Artisan’s Cellar
Tuesday, July 30, 7pm: Vinos De Espana with Gary Burner of Moonfish and David Robinson of Artisan’s Cellar
When it comes to wine, few nations can rival both the diversity AND the bang-for-your-buck value of Spain. Since Spain is essentially a peninsula, the climate varies from region to region, which contributes to the wide range of wines that are produced. Unlike France or Italy, where estates are rooted in centuries-old traditions, Spanish producers are still seeking out new terroirs, using new techniques and technologies on grape varieties that have been pushed aside by commercial varieties. But don’t take our word for it! Join David Robinson of wine distributor Artisan’s Cellar and Gary Burner of social and supper club Moonfish for a wine pairing dinner through Spain: a selection of pintxos (boquerones, olive and piquillo tapenade, crispy morcilla, cured egg yolk, guindilla peppers), paired with Vía de la Plata, Cava Brut Rosado (NV); stuffed calamari with bayonne ham, salsa verde and littlenecks, paired with Bodegas Albamar, Albarino Rias Baixas DO (2017); chicken basquaise with espelette, potato and pipérade, paired with Ulibarri Artzaiak, Penedès Artzai Bizkaiko Txakolina (2016); a cheese course of Etxegarai, Ossau Iraty and Garrotxa, paired with Bodegas Robles, Montilla-Moriles Piedra Luenga Oloroso (NV); and gateau basque with lemon buttermilk custard and cerise noir, paired with DeMuller Iris Durado Vermouth (NV).

Price $170.00
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Wednesday, July 31, 7pm: Summer Pork-Nic with Nick Macri and Ben Plotkin of Brooklyn Brewery
Wednesday, July 31, 7pm: Summer Pork-Nic with Nick Macri and Ben Plotkin of Brooklyn Brewery
Nick Macri has been our go-to chef for our “Wine and Swine” pairing dinners. This July, we’re mixing things up with a pork and beer pairing dinner. On the pork side is, of course, Nick Macri, who has taught classes across the city, won cooking competitions, and worked in some of Philly’s top kitchens, including Osteria and Southwark. On the beer side of things: Ben Plotkin, local representative for Brooklyn Brewery. Following a welcome beer of Bel Air Sour, enjoy a four course pairing dinner including tomato and bacon tart, paired with Summer Ale; rillettes and quick pickled summer vegetables, paired with Sorachi Ace Saison; shaved pork loin, Brooklyn Lager mustard, roasted corn and red bliss potato salad, paired with Defender IPA; and tiramisu, paired with Black Chocolate Stout.

Price $165.00
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Thursday, August 1, 7pm: Summer in Tuscany with Paul Cullen and Claudia Baudo
Thursday, August 1, 7pm: Summer in Tuscany with Paul Cullen and Claudia Baudo
With summer winding down, there’s time for one last trip… and a vacation under the Tuscan sun sounds like heaven, right? While we fully encourage an ACTUAL trip, a Tuscan night at COOK will hit the spot nonetheless. Tuscan food focuses on fresh, high-quality ingredients that are prepared in a rustic manner that preserves and highlights the cultivation of the ingredients. Your Tuscan tour guides: Paul Cullen, former Bad Company bassist turned personal chef and sommelier, and Claudia Baudo, Founder of Smackaroons, artisanal coconut delights made here in Philadelphia. While touring Europe with Bad Company, Paul fell in love with fine wine, exquisitely prepared food and the culture that surrounds both. Years passed and Paul became a certified level sommelier, and he revisited the classic Italian recipes he learned from his grandmother and mother. He deepened his love — and knowledge — of Italian cuisine during visits to Italy, where he cooked with the local chefs, sipped with winemakers while strolling the vineyards and performed with Italian musicians. Paul brought all of these passions together in 2013 when he started an in-home dining service in the Rehoboth Beach area. Take in Tuscany with a rustic menu that includes a Tuscan crostini trio (grilled artichoke arugula / cannellini bean and roasted garlic / chicken liver pâté); rustic panzanella insalata (heirloom tomato and grilled ciabatta bread salad); grilled wild boar chops with polenta parmigiano sage muffins; and torta Toscana con fragole (Tuscan cake with strawberries). Mangia! Mangia!

Price $170.00
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Saturday, August 3, 3pm: Local Cheese Please! with Kealan O’Donnel of Whole Foods
Saturday, August 3, 3pm: Local Cheese Please! with Kealan O’Donnel of Whole Foods
Wisconsin, mish-consin… Philadelphia is literally surrounded by cheese country. And we’re not talking Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Local artisan producers in our area have put the area on the map nationally and internationally in the world of cheesemaking. Kealan O’Donnel, the cheese buyer at Philadelphia’s Center City Whole Foods, returns to COOK this August for a tasting of local cheeses and accompaniments, all from within 100 miles of Philadelphia: Cherry Grove Farm Butter Cup Brie, served with William Heritage peaches and William Heritage Sparkling wine; Yellow Springs Farm Cloud Nine soft ripened goat cheese, served with Green Meadow Farm pears and 1732 Meats guanciale; and Farm at Doe Run St. Malachi Reserve Gouda, served with LFF apples and sweet mustard. Plus, in keeping with the local theme, enjoy a selection of breads from Philadelphia’s own Machine Shop Boulangerie. Say cheeeeese!

Price $105.00
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Sunday, August 4, 12pm: Indian Biryani and Raita with Rupen Rao of Rupen’s
Sunday, August 4, 12pm: Indian Biryani and Raita with Rupen Rao of Rupen’s
Be it north or be it south India, during summer the entire nation shares a common goal when it comes to food – beat the heat! Coconut, seafood, yogurt and cold desserts are everywhere, and a good smoked biryani (a layered meat and rice dish) is a perfect entrée with a cooling accompaniment of raita (a yogurt and cucumber condiment). This August, Washington D.C. resident, and Mumbai native Rupen Rao treats 16 lucky COOK guests to a proper Indian biryani lunch menu of mango lassi; coconut cilantro chutney fish cooked in banana leaves; chicken biryani with cucumber vegetable raita; and rose petal rice pudding. Rao, who has a line of cookbooks, spice blends and simmering sauces, has made it his mission to take classic Indian cooking and adapt it to our day-to-day lifestyle here in the United States. Guests will receive a copy of Rupen’s second cookbook “Indian Cooking: Popular Restaurant Dishes.” Recipes will be provided.

Price $125.00
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Tuesday, August 6, 5pm: Private Event with Michael Sultan of 33rd Street Hospitality
Tuesday, August 6, 5pm: Private Event with Michael Sultan of 33rd Street Hospitality

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Wednesday, August 7, 7pm: Private Event
Wednesday, August 7, 7pm: Private Event

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Thursday, August 8, 6pm: Rosé Around The World with Ashley Costanzo of Vintage Imports
Thursday, August 8, 6pm: Rosé Around The World with Ashley Costanzo of Vintage Imports
Life isn’t all diamonds and rosé, but it should be. Join Ashley Costanzo of local importer and distributor Vintage Imports for an evening dedicated to the perfectly pink potable that we love the most. Dry rosé (not to be confused with White Zinfandel) from around the world will be explored, discovered and, of course, tasted at this oenophile’s dream class – and it’s the perfect way to celebrate summer. Ashley’s pink picks include Lucashof Rosé Trocken, Pfalz, Germany 2018; Lamoreaux Landing "Dry" Rosé, Finger Lakes, NY 2018; Basciano Rosato, Tuscany (Sangiovese) Italy 2018; Cune Rosado, Rioja Alta, Rioja (Tempranillo) Spain 2018; Château des Ferrages "Roumery" Rosé, Cotes de Provence, Provence France 2018; and Illahe Rosé, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2018. Please note that no full dinner will be served, but there will be light bites.

Price $120.00
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Saturday, August 10, 6pm: Restaurant Sneak Peek: Forsythia with Chris Kearse
Saturday, August 10, 6pm: Restaurant Sneak Peek: Forsythia with Chris Kearse
When one door closes, another door opens. Such is the case when Chris Kearse closed Will, his beloved, contemporary French BYOB in the heart of South Philly on East Passyunk Avenue. Kearse’s next venture, Forsythia, is opening soon in the former Capofitto space in Old City and will feature modern French fare, as well as a full bar. A  graduate (and class valedictorian!) of the Restaurant School in Philadelphia, Kearse has worked in an impressive array of Michelin-starred restaurant kitchens across the country including Charlie Trotter’s (2 Michelin stars), alongside Laurant Gras at Tru (3 Michelin stars), Grant Achatz at Alinea (3 Michelin stars), and briefly with Thomas Keller and Cory Lee at the French Laundry. In 2008, Chris returned to Philadelphia to work at Lacroix, and from there, held positions in the kitchens of Blackfish and Pumpkin before opening Will. Chef Chris believes that a dining experience should be entertainment. Join him when he returns to COOK for an exclusive preview of Forsythia with a menu of melon and tomato salad with burrata; mussels escabeche , smoked paprika, garlic flowers, pickled uni; whole roasted hen is the woods with smoke ricotta, madeira, summer herbs; cacio e pepe with pink peppercorns; and kettle corn crème brûlée.

Price $170.00
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Sunday, August 11, 1pm: La Dolce Vita: Gelato Making with Aurora Wold of Aurora Grace Chocolates
Sunday, August 11, 1pm: La Dolce Vita: Gelato Making with Aurora Wold of Aurora Grace Chocolates
If you scream for ice cream, have we got a class for you! Pastry chef Aurora Wold is heading to COOK for an afternoon of gelato, the rich, decadent Italiano ice cream. Following a surprise savory snack upon arrival, guests will enjoy a crash course on frozen treats while Aurora serves three freshly-churned chilled desserts: strawberry gelato, seasonal sorbet and chocolate brownie swirl. Aurora’s resume is an impressive one to say the very least, having served as a pastry chef at multiple Michelin Star restaurants in New York City, including Eleven Madison Park, Jean Georges and The Musket Room. After relocating to Philadelphia, she served as the pastry chef for Tod Wentz’s restaurants Townsend and A Mano immediately prior to establishing Aurora Grace Chocolates, which now has a brick and mortar location on Fifth Street between South and Lombard. And while Aurora is known for beautiful, hand-painted chocolates, her dessert boutique has so much more to offer – pastries, candies and, yes, frozen treats. August is the hottest month on the calendar, so it’s the perfect time to chill out at COOK!

Price $85.00
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Tuesday, August 13, 7pm: Private Philadelphia Magazine Event with Damon Menapace of Le Virtu
Tuesday, August 13, 7pm: Private Philadelphia Magazine Event with Damon Menapace of Le Virtu

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Wednesday, August 14, 7pm: An Evening with Kurt Evans of Booker’s
Wednesday, August 14, 7pm: An Evening with Kurt Evans of Booker’s
Booker’s Restaurant & Bar, the upscale Southern food spot in West Philly’s Cedar Park neighborhood, has a new chef in the kitchen – Kurt Evans, former sous chef at South, founder of the End Mass Incarceration Dinners and a co-founder of Cooks for the Culture. Kurt’s new menu is a modern take on Southern cuisine, using seasonal ingredients and contemporary techniques for classic dishes. Booker’s name is a reference both to the common African American surname and Booker Wright, a Black server at a whites-only restaurant in 1960’s Mississippi who appears in the 1966 documentary Mississipi: A Self-Portrait. A resident of Cedar Park, Kurt is proud to be part of a restaurant that is deeply committed to its geographic and cultural community. Join us for Kurt’s second COOK appearance as he prepares crawfish tartlet with spicy heirloom tomatoes, corn and basil; charred summer zucchini with whipped goat cheese and sunflower seed crisp; grilled whiting with succotash, fried okra and smoked corn sabayon; and an ice cream sandwich with cornmeal cookie, blueberry ice cream and lavender crème anglaise.

Price $155.00
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Thursday, August 15, 7pm: Italian Wine Dinner with Chris D’Ambro and Jamie Rubin of Ambra
Thursday, August 15, 7pm: Italian Wine Dinner with Chris D’Ambro and Jamie Rubin of Ambra
With three restaurants (Southwark, Ambra, Olly) and a fourth (GiGi's) on the way, Chris D’Ambro and Marina De Oliveira have truly put down roots in Queen Village. Located right next door to their first venture Southwark, Ambra’s prix fixe menu is based on popular Italian flavors and traditions, executed in a fun yet refined style. 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. Joining Chris at COOK for an Italian wine pairing dinner is Ambra’s General Manager and Sommelier Jamie Rubin, a Level 3 Advanced Sommelier from the Court of Master Soms, the highest level before "Master.” Jamie will provide spectacular wine pairings for Chris’s menu of Chester County heirloom tomatoes; vitello tonnato (veal with tuna sauce); spaghetti and crabs; maiale al latte (milk-braised pork); and saffron peach.

Price $175.00
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Saturday, August 17, 1pm: Island Time: Taiwanese and Japanese Eats with Judy Ni of Baology and Kiki Aranita of Poi Dog
Saturday, August 17, 1pm: Island Time: Taiwanese and Japanese Eats with Judy Ni of Baology and Kiki Aranita of Poi Dog
This August, islands will collide when Judy Ni of Taiwanese street food spot Baology and Kiki Aranita of Hawaiian eatery Poi Dog join forces for one double-your-pleasure afternoon. Join Kiki and Judy for a mash-up of snacks from their island upbringings. As part of their Hawaii-meets-Taiwan pop-up series Wild Bunny, Judy and Kiki will demo and serve up pancit lumpia with Korean vinegar dipping sauce; ahi poke with shoyu pearls on fried wonton chips; cream puffs with passion fruit whipped cream; and Japanese cheesecake with seasonal jam. Oh, and did we mention a cocktail? Enjoy a passion orange guava mint cocktail with Ocean Vodka.

Price $90.00
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Sunday, August 18, 1pm: Vegan Summer Sweets with Christina Martin of Cooking To Nourish
Sunday, August 18, 1pm: Vegan Summer Sweets with Christina Martin of Cooking To Nourish
Join Philadelphia-based vegan chef and healthy food advocate Christina Martin for a vegan dessert demo sure to please everyone, regardless of dietary lifestyle. While working toward her culinary degree, Christina had the opportunity to work in the kitchens of Blackfish, Village Belle and Vedge. She seeks to share her love for cooking through educating with a focus on teaching the basics of healthy and locally sustainable cooking. Christina returns to COOK for an afternoon of plant-based, sunny weather sweets including grilled peaches and cream; berry tart; apple galette; and pineapple upside down cake. Recipes will be provided.

Price $80.00
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Monday, August 19, 7pm: Peak Summer Produce with Ian Moroney of Pumpkin and David Zaback of Z Food Farm
Monday, August 19, 7pm: Peak Summer Produce with Ian Moroney of Pumpkin and David Zaback of Z Food Farm
For over 15 years Ian Moroney and Hillary Bor of Pumpkin have brought honest New American cuisine to the table. Their daily changing menu focuses on seasonality, sustainability and provenance. Pumpkin is dedicated to serving the freshest local ingredients available, including the beautiful produce from David Zaback’s Z Food Farm, a small organic farm located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Z Food Farm offers a CSA pickup in the Rittenhouse Farmers Market, so this is the perfect opportunity to sample the goods if you have been considering joining a CSA! Now is the time to enjoy peak summer produce, so join Ian and David for a delicious and fresh summer supper. Please note that the menu is TBD depending on what is available from Z Food Farm, but this is not a vegetarian menu.

Price $170.00
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Tuesday, August 20, 7pm: Private Event with Joey Baldino of Zeppoli and Palizzi Social Club
Tuesday, August 20, 7pm: Private Event with Joey Baldino of Zeppoli and Palizzi Social Club

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Thursday, August 22, 7pm: Soul Food with Malik Ali
Thursday, August 22, 7pm: Soul Food with Malik Ali
Soul food is a loose term used to describe regional cuisine traditionally prepared and eaten by African Americans of the Southern United States. And while the cuisine may not be the best for our waistlines, it is downright, downhome comfort food. Join Malik Ali for a soulful, rib-sticking supper including watermelon salad with heirloom tomato, red onion, arugula and balsamic; brisket mac and cheese with brown gravy and crispy onion; Mom’s fried chicken with garlic mash, creamed spinach and honey hot sauce; and Mississippi mud cake with toasted walnuts, marshmallow and chocolate sauce. Most recently in the kitchen at SOUTH, Malik previously worked at Joncarl Lachman’s Noord and Neuf, Lachman’s and Lee Styer’s The Dutch, followed by The Blue Duck and The Ugly Duckling. Honored by Zagat as a finalist for their 30 Under 30 list, Malik is indeed one to watch!

Price $160.00
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Friday, August 23, 7pm: The Argentine Family Table with Jezabel Careaga of Jezabel’s
Friday, August 23, 7pm: The Argentine Family Table with Jezabel Careaga of Jezabel’s
There’s a little slice of Argentina in West Philly, 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 August, COOK serves as an honorary family table as Jezabel prepares an Argentine spread featuring picada Argentina with olives, mortadella, ricotta salata, toasted marcona almonds and home-made bread, served family style; empanadas de carne con llajua (deep fried beef empanadas with tomato sauce; entraña con salsa criolla y vegetales (skirt steak with roasted veggies); and for dessert, flan. So connect with your inner gaucho and come hungry!

Price $155.00
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Sunday, August 25, 12pm: Pasta Makes Perfect with Scott Megill
Sunday, August 25, 12pm: Pasta Makes Perfect with Scott Megill
Calling all gluten enthusiasts! Scott Megill’s August lunch menu is entirely devoted to something we all know and love: pasta! Enjoy three courses of carb-loading comfort, plus dessert: roasted vegetable lasagna with shishitos and cherry tomatoes; lobster and corn raviolo with sunflower pesto; herb in-lay pasta with heirloom tomato and lamb ragu; blueberry almond semifreddo. A Jersey native, Scott holds degrees from Widener University and Culinary Institute of America in Napa. Following a stint at Napa Valley at Ubuntu where he worked with Chef Jeremy Fox, Megill returned to the East Coast, working in kitchens at Supper, Styer’s Garden Café, Talula’s Table and Talula’s Daily, where he earned 3 bells from Philadelphia Inquirer critic Craig Laban. Trust us, this won’t be your grandma’s “gravy” so don’t miss this one!

Price $120.00
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Monday, August 26, 7pm: Cooking With (And Drinking!) Russian River Beers with Brian Ricci of Philabundance
Monday, August 26, 7pm: Cooking With (And Drinking!) Russian River Beers with Brian Ricci of Philabundance
If you consider yourself a beer enthusiast, you are familiar with the practically cult-like following that Russian River Brewing has developed. Russian River owners Natalie Cilurzo and Vinnie Cilurzo recently led a class this June, and we’ve decided to keep the Russian River flowing this August when Chef Brian Ricci of Philabundance returns to COOK. Ricci’s diverse cooking career began at NYC restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Indian-inspired Tabla. After moving to Philadelphia, Ricci held positions at Django, Supper, Pub & Kitchen, Kennett and Brick & Mortar, earning nods from Esquire and Travel & Leisure. Following a surprise welcome Russian River beer, enjoy a four-course dinner in which each plate uses the paired beer as an ingredient: beer brined boneless chicken thighs with chili maple glaze, paired with STS Pilsner; roast porchetta marinated in ale, fresh herbs and garlic, paired with Blind Pig IPA; grilled tri tip with sour ale  chimichurri, smoked paprika potatoes and chilled tomato salad, paired with Temptation Sour Blonde Ale; chamomile cake with Pliny The Elder buttercream, paired with, you guessed it, Pliny the Elder. Don’t miss this beer lover’s dream!

Price $170.00
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Tuesday, August 27, 7pm: Tomato Dinner with Joncarl Lachman of Noord and Winkel
Tuesday, August 27, 7pm: Tomato Dinner with Joncarl Lachman of Noord and Winkel
We eat them all year long and in so many different ways, but summer is really the time to get your tomato fix! COOK veteran Joncarl Lachman of Noord and Winkel will be serving a menu entirely devoted to the almighty tomato. Lachman, aka the Darling Dutchman, is the chef-owner of the beloved Noord, a charming northern European BYOB in the heart of East Passyunk’s restaurant row, and Winkel, his new Dutch-inspired breakfast/lunch spot at 12th and Locust Streets. Seasonally speaking, autumn will be here before you know it, so now’s your chance to bask in summer’s vegetable-that-is-really-a-fruit bounty! Please note that this class is not vegetarian.

Price $170.00
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Wednesday, August 28, 7pm: Restaurant Sneak Peek: Sor Ynez with Lucio Palazzo
Wednesday, August 28, 7pm: Restaurant Sneak Peek: Sor Ynez with Lucio Palazzo
Sojourn Restaurant Group owners Jill Weber and Evan Malone, the team behind Rex 1516, Jet Wine Bar and Cafe Ynez, are expanding. In addition to Jet Wine Bar opening an outdoor wine garden and Rex relocating up South Street to the former Royal Theater, Sojourn is expanding to the Kensington neighborhood with a sister restaurant to Cafe Ynez: Sor Ynez. To help oversee the expansions and new venture, Sojourn has brought in Lucio Palazzo to serve as Culinary Director.  A member of the opening team at Zahav, Lucio was invited by Michael Solomonov to helm Xochitl, his longtime 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. While Sor Ynez is slated for a winter 2020 opening, Lucio is returning to COOK to offer a sneak peek of the menu’s traditional and modern Mexican fare, which promises to be VERY vegetarian/vegan friendly: aguachile negro mixto with traditional garnishes; quesadillas of huitlacoche and squash blossoms, freshly pulled quesillo and guacamole; ggplant barbacoa taco with nopales and rustic tomato salsa; tilefish wrapped in fig leaves with recado blanco, coconut rice and Yucatecan red onions; sweet corn tamal with pineapple sorbet, macadamia nuts and hibiscus caramel. Dios mío, this is gonna be good!

Price $175.00
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Thursday, August 29, 6pm: How To Throw An Elegant Yet Easy Happy Hour with Brian Oliveira and Brian Mattera of Happy Hour Hospitality
Thursday, August 29, 6pm: How To Throw An Elegant Yet Easy Happy Hour with Brian Oliveira and Brian Mattera of Happy Hour Hospitality
Happy Hour Hospitality is a creative culinary concept founded by Brian Oliveira and Brian Mattera, who, with a combined 25+ years of restaurant experience, have done it all – from dishwasher to line cook, bartender and chef, and even restaurant owner. Happy Hour Hospitality offers a variety of dining experiences, including drop-off and full-service catering, cooking classes and private dining. ‘Happy hour’ is literally their name, so Oliveira and Mattera are making their COOK debut to share tips on how to plan and prepare your own happy hour with ease so that you can actually enjoy your gathering with your guests. Following a cocktail (cuz it’s not a happy hour without that, right?), the duo will walk you through the building of a snack board (theirs includes spiced bar nuts, marinated olives, seasoned popcorn and quick pickles) and finally demo and serve a selection of small bites: gilda, a traditional Basque pinxto of green olive, anchovy and picked green pepper; Spanish tortilla of seasoned potato, onion and egg with a roasted red pepper relish; croque bites, a broiled ham and cheese sandwich topped with chopped soft boiled egg and herbs; and seared scallop with peach chimichurri. Please note that to accompany the small bites, we’ll be pouring a selection of wines.

Price $125.00
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Friday, August 30, 12pm: Middle Eastern Fish and Farmers’ Market with Samar Lazzari of Stoa Takeaway
Friday, August 30, 12pm: Middle Eastern Fish and Farmers’ Market with Samar Lazzari of Stoa Takeaway
Samar Lazzari is the force behind Stoa Takeaway, now in operation and open to the public in South Philly’s Bok Building. Stoa’s Middle Eastern-focused menu changes weekly, depending on what Samar picks up at the farmers market. If you are a fish and farmers market fan like Samar but are looking for some inspiration – or if you’re just looking for a fantastic lunch to kick off your Labor Day weekend – this one’s for you! Samar’s lunch spread includes samkeh nayieh, a citrusy crudo of Northern red snapper, Greek oregano and Jordanian olive oil; shawarma spice grilled shrimp with Jersey tomato and parsley tabbouleh; cod sayadiyah, an aromatic basmati rice dish with warm cod, topped with caramelized onions, brown butter almonds and local summer herb tahini cream; and stone fruit sfouf, a traditional Lebanese semolina cake with lemon and late summer stone fruit.

Price $100.00
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