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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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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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Tuesday, September 3, 7pm: Classic Parisian Café Cuisine with Kenneth Bush of Bistrot La Minette and Gabi
Tuesday, September 3, 7pm: Classic Parisian Café Cuisine with Kenneth Bush of Bistrot La Minette and Gabi
Kenneth Bush, Executive Chef of the très Frenchie Bistrot La Minette, has paired up with Minette owner Peter Woolsey for Gabi, an all-day 1940’s Parisian Art Deco diner of sorts. Housed in the ground floor of the Hanover North Broad apartment building at Broad and Callowhill Streets, Gabi will feature casual French classics. Though Kenneth originally intended on training as a chef, he couldn’t turn down his acceptance to Yale University. After graduating Yale in 2001, he managed restaurants in Maryland and Washington DC. In 2009, he moved to Philadelphia and changed his focus to the kitchen. Here in Philly, he spent three years with Bistrot La Minette, working his way up from the garde-manger station to the lead Sous Chef. In 2011, he won the prestigious and super cool “Questlove Cook Off.” In 2012, he left the Bistrot to work for Garces Trading Company as a sous chef before returning to Bistrot as the Executive Chef in January 2014. This September join Kenneth for a meal that is sure to transport you to the cafés of Paris.  Ooh la la, indeed!

Price $170.00
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Thursday, September 5, 7pm: Soul Food with Malik Ali
Thursday, September 5, 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 seafood salad with shrimp, crab,  green and cornbread crostini; fried whiting with herb butter rice, sautéed spinach and plum gastrique; lamb chops with mac and cheese, candied yams and BBQ gravy; and strawberry shortcake bread pudding with shortcake crumble, macerated strawberries and cream cheese frosting. Prior to his most recent post at the southern food haven 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, September 6, 6pm: Cocktail Chic with Daniel Kulisek of  Loews Hotel and Ann Marie Miller of Moët Hennessy
Friday, September 6, 6pm: Cocktail Chic with Daniel Kulisek of Loews Hotel and Ann Marie Miller of Moët Hennessy
Join Loews Hotel Beverage Manager Daniel Kulisek and Ann Marie Miller of Moët Hennessy for a happy hour of hand crafted cocktails. Pick up some cocktail recipes, tips and tricks as Ann Marie and Dan shake and stir up four creative cocktails: We’ve Only Just Begun (Belvedere Vodka, peach, lavender, lemon, bubbles); Superstar (Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or, Chartreuse, blueberry herb syrup, dandelion bitters, bubbles); Rainy Days and Mondays (Volcán Tequila, Aperol, blackberry, basil, pineapple, bubbles); Goodbye to Love (Hennessy VSOP, Cynar, demerara, lemon, egg white, cassis). Please note that no full dinner will be served, but there will be light bites.

Price $110.00
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Saturday, September 7, 12pm: Late Summer Lunch with Scott Megill
Saturday, September 7, 12pm: Late Summer Lunch with Scott Megill
Want one last celebration of all things summer? We’re here for it… and so is veteran COOKing instructor Scott Megill. Scott has worked in celebrated kitchens including Supper, Styer’s Garden Café, Talula’s Table and Talula’s Daily, where he earned 3 bells from Philadelphia Inquirer critic Craig Laban, and most recently Grace Winery. Wherever he goes, Scott focuses on local, seasonal, farm-to-table fare and his September appearance at COOK is no exception. Join us for a late summer lunch menu of cauliflower fritters with chickpea, vadouvan and ginger lime yogurt; chicken roulade with squash, tomato and corn; short rib with mushroom risotto and eggplant agrodolce; and for dessert, peach berry buckle with buttermilk ice cream.

Price $115.00
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Tuesday, September 10, 7pm: Private Philadelphia Magazine Event with Shane Solomon of Pizzeria Stella
Tuesday, September 10, 7pm: Private Philadelphia Magazine Event with Shane Solomon of Pizzeria Stella

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Wednesday, September 11, 7pm: An Evening with John Rodriguez of Mission Taqueria
Wednesday, September 11, 7pm: An Evening with John Rodriguez of Mission Taqueria
Grab your sombrero ‘cuz it’s taco time! Mission Taqueria is the stylish upstairs sister restaurant and beer garden of Philly favorite Oyster House. Chef John Rodriguez’s menu is an homage to the taquerias of Mexico City with a menu of salsas, mole and, yes, tacos. For John’s September COOK appearance, he will prepare a festive menu of chicharron with black bean dip; grilled melon salad, cucumbers, red onion, watercress, cilantro, peanut mustard salsa macha; sweet potato tetela with cashew mole, pumpkin seeds, radish and cilantro; carne asada taco, avocado salsa, roasted onion relish, cotija cheese; and peach flan for dessert. And don’t you worry – there will be margaritas to get the fiesta started!

Price $170.00
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Thursday, September 12, 7pm: Dessert for Dinner with Robert Toland of Terrain
Thursday, September 12, 7pm: Dessert for Dinner with Robert Toland of Terrain
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. Terrain Pastry Chef Robert Toland returns to COOK for a decadent dessert dinner. Philly native Toland’s interest in pastry came from the idea of combining art and food, as he was born into a family of cooks and artists. The alum of Parc, Oyster House, Bar Ferdinand and Stateside fulfills triple roles at Terrain, the Glen Mills lifestyle-garden mecca: pastry chef, special event chef and baking instructor. So, you’re in good hands for one sweet evening of delicious dessert demos. While there will be savory hors d’oeuvres (tuna hand rolls and grilled chicken yakitori), the star of the show is dessert: rice pudding with horchata and cinnamon brioche toast; citrus fruit salad with meyer lemon sorbet, lime, pomelo, pine nut, yogurt, olive oil and yuzu kosho; sweet corn gelato with watermelon granita and shiso syrup; dark chocolate cake with milk chocolate mousse, oat streusel, chocolate hazelnut “aioli” and mint; and mignardises. You’ll be joined by 15 fellow dessert lovers, so there’s no shame in your game for one night!

Price $145.00
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Friday, September 13, 6pm: Georgian Wine Happy Hour with Lisa Granik and Tony Jones of CBL Wines
Friday, September 13, 6pm: Georgian Wine Happy Hour with Lisa Granik and Tony Jones of CBL Wines
Georgian wines may be tongue twisters, but trust us, they’re palate pleasers. Home to more than 500 grape varieties, the former Soviet Republic has a rich history of winemaking dating back to 6,000 B.C., making it the site of more than 8,000 vintages. And while our Georgian imports are not on the level of France and Italy, demand is growing as consumers seek out more adventurous varietals. Join Lisa Granik and Tony Jones of CBL Wine Company for a tasting tour of this lesser-known wine region. Selections include Alapiani Chinuri Qvevri  2017, Vine Ponto Khikhvi Qvevri 2017, Makashvili Rkatsiteli Qvevri 2017, Tchotiashvili Kisi Qvevri 2015, Vartsikhe Marani Aladasturi Qvevri 2017, Doqi Saperavi 2017. Please note that no full dinner will be served, but there will be light bites.

Price $100.00
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Saturday, September 14, 6pm: Mid-Autumn Festival with Judy Ni and Andy Tessier of Baology
Saturday, September 14, 6pm: Mid-Autumn Festival with Judy Ni and Andy Tessier of Baology
The Mid-Autumn Festival (aka Moon Festival) is the second grandest festival in China after the Chinese New Year. The annual occasion brings families together to celebrate the moon when it is at its roundest and brightest. The holiday is a thanksgiving of sorts, for nature’s abundance and for joyful reunions with loved ones. Join Judy Ni and Andy Tessier of Baology for a full moon feast of traditional festival staples: five-spiced cured and smoked Jail Island salmon; savory mooncakes; roasted duck; sticky rice with BBQ pork and lotus root; Asian pear tart. Plus, Team Baology will be serving a starfruit and persimmon cocktails to get you in the spirit of things. Located at 18th Street and JFK Boulevard, Baology showcases Taiwanese street food, with a focus on fresh, high quality ingredients. While working at the farm-to-table Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Judy eventually crossed paths with her now husband Andy, who was working for Daniel Boulud. The couple relocated to Philadelphia, where they helped run Chef Josh Lawler’s beloved BYOB The Farm & Fisherman. The emphasis on sustainability and seasonality that they picked up at both restaurants is now at play at Baology.

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Monday, September 16, 7pm: An Evening with Bobby Saritsoglou of Stina Pizzeria
Monday, September 16, 7pm: An Evening with Bobby Saritsoglou of Stina Pizzeria
A Philly native with familial roots in Greece, Chef Saritsoglou learned to cook beside his relatives at a very young age. His passion and curiosity led him to travel throughout Europe learning the flavors and techniques of German, Italian and French cuisine and finally back to Greece where he worked at Michelin-starred Varoulko in Athens. Chef Saritsoglou returned stateside in 2001, cooking in well-regarded kitchens in East Hampton, eventually making his way back to Philadelphia, cooking at Santucci’s, Opa and Will BYOB. Bobby recently opened his own Stina, named after his wife Christina, co-founder of Philly AIDS Thrift. Located just a block off West Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia’s Newbold neighborhood, Stina features an imported Italian wood fire oven and an approachable Mediterranean menu of mezze, pizzas, pastas and more. Bobby is no stranger to COOK, but we’re particularly delighted to welcome him back for his September appearance as a chef-OWNER. Join Bobby as he prepares a Mediterranean menu of charred dolmades (stuffed grape leaves with ground beef and harissa); borek (with kashkaval cheese, sesame, flowers, herbs and honey); sheftalia (lamb, sumac onion salad, charred tomato orzo); and bougatsa (vanilla custard with caramelized banana).

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Tuesday, September 17, 7pm: An Evening with Chris D’Ambro of Olly
Tuesday, September 17, 7pm: An Evening with Chris D’Ambro of Olly
Philadelphia’s Queen Village is having a moment. Two forces behind the neighborhood’s restaurant renaissance are Chris D’Ambro and Marina de Oliveira, the couple who first gave new life to Queen Village mainstay Southwark, followed by its adjacent sister restaurant Ambra. The duo recently opened their third restaurant Olly, and are already working on their fourth, Gigi Pizza, which is a pizzeria annex of sorts to Olly. Located on the corner of 5th and Bainbridge streets in the former Whetstone Tavern space, Olly is an extension of the ethos that Chris and Marina become known for – seasonal ingredients that are locally sourced – but served in a neighborhood-friendly setting. The menu combines classic comfort food – from fried chicken to lasagna – with veggie-forward dishes like charred broccoli caesar, mushroom carpaccio and green goddess panzanella. At the ripe age of 19, Chris 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 Marina, who then went on to help open the popular Fountain Porter off of East Passyunk Avenue. Chris and Marina are busy, to say the VERY least, but we’re delighted that Chris can return to COOK for a taste of Olly!

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Wednesday, September 18, 7pm: Wine Dinner with Damon Menapace of Le Virtù and Mitch Skwer of Vintage Imports
Wednesday, September 18, 7pm: Wine Dinner with Damon Menapace of Le Virtù and Mitch Skwer of Vintage Imports
COOK’s go-to wine guy Mitch Skwer of Vintage Imports has transported COOK guests to many a nation via his popular wine pairing dinners – Italy, Basque Country, Israel, Argentina, to name a few. This September, he’s all over the map, literally, with a globe-trotting wine pairing dinner, along with Damon Menapace of East Passyunk’s Abruzzo-focused Le Virtù. Damon’s kitchen pedigree is strong, having spent time at Marc Vetri’s Osteria and Alla Spina, as well as Kensington Quarters, where he became known for sourcing from dedicated farmers and producers. Join Mitch and Damon for a wine pairing menu that knows no borders: chilled mussels with soffritto and paprika, paired with Ulacia Blanco Txakolina 2017; Alsatian pizza with caramelized onion and bacon, paired with St. Urbans Hof QBA Riesling 2018; orecchiette with spicy sausage, peperoncino and bitter greens, paired with Marco Salustri Ciligiolo 2016; beef tri-tip with corn, tomato and avocado, paired with Truchard Syrah 2017; and for dessert, apple pie.

Price $175.00
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Thursday, September 19, 6pm: Private Event with Scott Megill
Thursday, September 19, 6pm: Private Event with Scott Megill

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Friday, September 20, 7pm: Private Event with Laura Frangiosa of Forsythia
Friday, September 20, 7pm: Private Event with Laura Frangiosa of Forsythia

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Saturday, September 21, 7pm: Private Event with Todd Lean of Pod
Saturday, September 21, 7pm: Private Event with Todd Lean of Pod

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Sunday, September 22, 12pm: Food For The Gods: Vegetarian Indian Lunch with Rupen Rao of Rupen’s
Sunday, September 22, 12pm: Food For The Gods: Vegetarian Indian Lunch with Rupen Rao of Rupen’s
Hinduism is a polytheistic faith. There are different gods, goddesses and different kinds of food habits for each one of them. There is no such thing as one ideal Hindu meal. One of the fundamentals in Hinduism is diversity, and therefore there are diverse meals in Hinduism based on regionality, history and traditional eating habits. There are vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians, as male gods are offered vegetarian items whereas some goddesses are offered fish and meat. In this class, Rupen will demonstrate and serve a traditional vegetarian Hindu meal that is offered to Lord Vishnu, the supreme lord who maintains the universe and all its beings: sauteed greens (sookhi subzi); split pigeon peas (varan) served with white basmati rice, topped with ghee (ghee bhaat); a medley of bounty, including milk, yogurt, honey, sugar and ghee (panchamrit); black chickpeas with fried bread (chana puri); and semolina pudding (halwa). Rao, who has a line of cookbooks 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. Each guest will receive a copy of Rao’s “Ayurveda Cookbook,” a vegetarian Indian cookbook based on the principles of Ayurveda, the traditional Indian holistic science of living. Recipes will be provided.

Price $120.00
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Monday, September 23, 7pm: An Evening with Chad Rosenthal of The Lucky Well
Monday, September 23, 7pm: An Evening with Chad Rosenthal of The Lucky Well
The Lucky Well, located in Ambler, is operated by Food Network Star and restaurateur Chad Rosenthal. While The Lucky Well specializes in Memphis-style BBQ, there is so much more: creative, seasonal comfort food, a top-shelf whiskey bar and a live blues lounge. The Lucky Well has struck a chord, with two current locations and two more in the works – one in Philly’s developing Spring Arts District. A self taught chef who has been in the kitchen since age five, Chad found his calling in the world of barbecue, having won a series of competitions and events over the last 15 years. Most recently Chad was cast on Season 9 of Food Network Star and returned as a fan favorite in Season 10. He was a finalist on Chopped Grill Masters Napa and is currently in development on several new TV concepts. Join Chad this September when he’ll prepare a spectacular southern supper: a "sausage and cheese plate" of pit smoked then flash fried sausage, Brine Street pickle spears, pepperoncini, warm BBQ sauce, aged yellow New York cheddar and dry rub; warm cornbread with honey butter; cucumber and fresh herbs with pickled peaches, spiced pine nuts and peach vinaigrette; a "surf and turf" course with big bone smoked beef rib, pan fried salmon bellies, grilled English peas, pickled mustard seeds and garlic dill butter; and butter cake with smoked, sugary, syrupy bananas. Ya’ll are gonna love it!

Price $160.00
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Tuesday, September 24, 7pm: COOKbook Author Dinner: "Honey & Co. At Home" with Itamar Srulovich & Sarit Packer
Tuesday, September 24, 7pm: COOKbook Author Dinner: "Honey & Co. At Home" with Itamar Srulovich & Sarit Packer
Brought to you by the award-winning chefs behind the Honey & Co. empire in London, Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich’s Honey & Co. At Home presents simple and delicious Middle Eastern dishes that are easy to make and a pleasure to serve. From breads to bakes, salads to sweets, there is something for everyone in this celebration of Middle Eastern cooking. Both born in Israel, husband and wife team Itamar and Sarit relocated to London, where they eventually worked together at Ottolenghi. After opening Ottolenghi’s Nopi in Soho as executive chef, Sarit set up Honey & Co. with Itamar in 2012. We are delighted to welcome Itamar and Sarit for their COOK debut, when they will share recipes from their hot-off-the-press cookbook: harissa and goat cheese buns; silky aubergine green dip along with chickpea, roasted red pepper, kalamata olives, roasted tomato, cumin and sesame flatbread; lamb chops with rocket, figs and walnuts; and tahini cake with lemon and white chocolate. Each guest will receive a copy of “Honey & Co. At Home.”

Price $165.00
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Wednesday, September 25, 6pm: Private Event with Scott Megill
Wednesday, September 25, 6pm: Private Event with Scott Megill

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Saturday, September 28, 1pm: Modern Mexican with Monica Mannion
Saturday, September 28, 1pm: Modern Mexican with Monica Mannion
Monica Mannion’s cooking trajectory is a full circle. Born in Mexico City, she attended the Cambridge Cookery School in the UK and found herself living in Shanghai, where she became the private chef for a Mexican diplomat. Monica’s connection to Mexican cuisine is deeply personal, and it’s her mission to expose her audience to the wide diversity of her homeland’s cooking, beyond the ubiquitous Tex Mex and Texicali fare that we all know. Monica’s COOK debut this June was a smashing success and we immediately booked her for September, when she will prepare a modern Mexican lunch: white peach and mint margaritas, followed by ensalada Mexicana de papa y Labneh (Mexican potato salad with labneh); albondigas de pavo en chile morita con farro (turkey meatballs in chile morita with a side of farro); budin de elote con salsa de piñon (Mexican corn cake with a creamy pine nut sauce).

Price $95.00
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Monday, September 30, 7pm: You Ain’t Much If You Ain’t Dutch: Old School Dutch Dinner with Joncarl Lachman of Noord and Winkel
Monday, September 30, 7pm: You Ain’t Much If You Ain’t Dutch: Old School Dutch Dinner with Joncarl Lachman of Noord and Winkel
Time goes by when you’re having smørrebrød. It’s hard to believe, but it’s been six delicious years since Joncarl Lachman and Bob Moysan moved back to Philadelphia from Chicago to open Noord. The beloved East Passyunk BYOB menu showcases Nordic flavors, combining Dutch and Scandinavian fare that is truly unique to Philadelphia. At Noord and the new breakfast/lunch spot Winkel, Joncarl aims to make guests feel as if they are dining at a friend’s or family member’s house rather than at a formal restaurant. With jovial service, generous portions and an absence of pretense, Joncarl’s cooking is home cooking with finesse. Join us for a tasting menu of what Joncarl knows best – old school Dutch fare – including zaanse mosterdsoep (traditional Dutch mustard soup); gouda kaasbord with pear compote and boerenjongens (aged gouda, pear compote, boozy raisins); konijn in het zuur (rabbit in the acid); botterkoek met slagroom (traditional Dutch almond butter cake with vanilla whipped cream). If you don’t already, you’ll soon understand why Lachman is also known as the Darling Dutchman!

Price $165.00
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