Sneak Preview: COOK’s January Schedule

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Tickets for COOK’s January classes will be going on sale on Wednesday at 2pm. And do you know what that means? It means you can still get yours in plenty of time to give them as surprise Christmas presents. Because, seriously? Who wouldn’t love to spend a night at a Foobooz Open Stove competition, drinking shots and getting stuffed full of weird things made with Doritos and SPAM, prepared under stress by some of the most talented chefs in the city?

Or, if you’re looking for something a bit quieter, there are also classes being offered by the likes of Josh Lawler and Townsend Wentz, but I can guarantee that neither of them are going to be cooking with SPAM…

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Sneak Preview: December At COOK

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It’s that time again, folks. Time for the cleverest among you to make your plans for snagging the best classes coming up next month at COOK.

I mean, sure, you should definitely snag your spots early for our next Foobooz Open Stove Night (because it’s going to be awesome, that’s why), but there’s a whole bunch of other cool stuff happening, too. So check out the full schedule below, and then be in front of your computers tomorrow at 2pm because that’s when ticketing will go live on COOK’s website.

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Sneak Preview: COOK’s November Schedule

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So here we are again. Time to get out the calendar and make plans for the next month at COOK. And just for you Foobooz fans, we’re letting you take a look at the schedule early (it goes live tomorrow at 2pm) so you can decide now on what classes you want to fight for during tomorrow’s rush to register.

Coming over to visit us for November’s Foobooz Open Stove night is always a good idea (the last one was just a wonderful drunky, brunchy mess in the best possible way), but there’s plenty of other stuff happening in November, too.

So without further ado…

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Sneak Preview: COOK’s October Schedule

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It’s that time again. Time for all you clever grubniks to get an early, sneak peek at what’s coming up at COOK in October.

I mean, beyond Open Stove, of course. We’ll be doing that again on the 1st and it’s shaping up to be a Sidecar vs. Kraftwork duel to the death. And after that there’s Thai tacos, Iranian street food, lambs and clams and craft beer and Italian small plates. It’s looking like a pretty good month, and since tickets will be going on sale on Tuesday at 2pm, this ought to give you a nice jump on the competition.

Check out the full schedule after the jump.

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About Last Night: Booze, Lentils, Booze and Booze

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The title may be misleading—last night’s event wasn’t all about booze. It was, as always, an impressive showdown between two extremely talented chefs. They came prepared, for sure; they came excited, no doubt; they cooked us a phenomenal meal. But while they were doing their thing behind the line, the alcohol was working its magic on the guests–mostly in the form of wine, tequila and an icy bottle of Grey Goose which (mysteriously…) didn’t last the night.

In the end and to say the least, we had a great time at Open Stove XXVII. But behind the line, one team had a better time than the other, so let’s recap and see how it all went down.

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Sneak Preview: August At COOK

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It’s that time again–August classes are about to open up for sale at COOK and we’re here with your sneak preview.

Here’s the thing, though. Because of some last-minute tinkering with the schedule, it wasn’t finalized until about an hour ago. And everything is going up for sale at 2pm TODAY. So if you’re of a mind to get in on some of this month’s Spike Mendelsohn and Michael Solomonov action, you’re going to have to make your mind up quick.

So without further ado, here’s what you’re looking at for August at COOK.

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Sneak Preview: COOK’s July Schedule

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July at COOK starts with yet another installment of our Foobooz Open Stove series and then brings in the big guns. Ela, Lacroix, Bistrot La Minette, Kermit’s Bake Shoppe, Morimoto–all representing. And that’s just the start.

Check out the full schedule after the jump. And remember: Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 2pm and have a tendency to go quickly. So if you see something you like, buy in early. You won’t regret it.

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Hey, We’re Famous! Open Stove Night In Conde Nast Traveler

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Photo courtesy Conde Nast Traveler

Okay, so really, it’s the crew at COOK who are getting the love from Conde Nast Traveler–scoring the first spot in a list of “Where To Cook With Famous Chefs”. But still, our very own Foobooz Open Stove Nights get called out by name (and as the unsavory spectacles of drunkenness and iniquity they truly are), so that’s something, right?

We’ll just be sitting here by the phone waiting for Hollywood to call…

Where To Cook With Famous Chefs On Your Next Trip [Conde Nast Traveler]

All Open Stove coverage [f8b8z]

About Last Night: Pork Hearts And Awesome Sauce

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Two of my favorite places to eat in Philadelphia competed Monday night at our 23rd Foobooz Open Stove event. It was a knife fight between Cheu Noodle Bar’s sous chef, Chad Smith, and Will BYOB’s sous chef, Craig Russell. I asked Chad before we began if he was going to be doing anything Asian-inspired, or rather, Cheu-esque. And the soft spoken chef looked up, said “nope,” and went back to his prep. I walked over to the other side, where Craig was furiously assembling his amuse bouche, and I observed, “This doesn’t look very ‘Will.'” to which he responded, “You won’t see a single shaved vegetable on our plates tonight.” Now this, obviously, was not a dig at Chris Kearse. He just wanted to make sure the world knew that this was his food, done his way. The same went for Chad: this wasn’t going to be an extension of Ben Puchowitz‘s stylethis was going to be all Chad.

So it began–Open Stove XXIII, a battle between two powerhouse restaurants in a restaurant obsessed city, with food by sous chefs who may be as talented as they come. And if you missed being there for the actual event, don’t worry. We have pictures–which don’t taste quite as good as the food that was served at COOK, but are the next best thing.

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