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

Photo courtesy Conde Nast Traveler

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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Sneak Preview: May Classes At COOK

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A first chance to taste the menu at George Sabatino‘s upcoming Aldine, fancy sugar cookies, a night of Italian wine and food with Joe Cicala from Le Virtu, a chance to see what Jeremy Nolen is cooking up for his new American restaurant, Whetstone, AND another installment of our drunken culinary showdown series, Foobooz Open Stove? Those are just a few of the classes COOK has on the books for May, and tickets to all of them are going on sale tomorrow at 2pm.

So you know what to do. Check out the sneak peek of all the available classes below. Plan your attack. And then be at the COOK website right at 2pm to make sure you get the classes you want.

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Recapping Open Stove XXII: Happy Almost St. Patrick’s Day

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Open Stove XXII
was on Monday night, and like most of our Open Stove events, the guests got drunk. Not just because of the beer and wine, but because of the shots of Jameson tossed both into the food and down the throats of the patrons and chefs. It was a crazy night of Irish kitchen shenanigans, all in the spirit of St. Patty’s Day. Because we’re well into March, aren’t we? And it just seemed like the right time to start celebrating.
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