Sneak Preview: COOK’s August Schedule


While “school” and “summer” don’t exactly go hand in hand, classes at COOK are never anything less than fun (or less than delicious, for that matter). So to keep you in the loop, we’re bringing you August’s lineup a little early. This way, you can  hopefully snag one of the choice spots as you plan your next month’s nights out.

The class schedule rolls out for registration tomorrow at 2 PM, and as always, the classes will go quickly. This month will host everything from a preview of Stargazy (British comfort food and baked goods, which we wrote about this morning) and a summer in Provence dinner from Michele Haines of the Spring Mill Cafe, to classes focusing seafood, fermented beverages, dumplings and donuts.

See something you like? Our advice is to act fast. Best of luck and happy eating!
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Sneak Preview: July Classes at Cook


Hey, speaking of COOK

Act fast because tickets for July classes go on sale at today at 2 pm. If your idea of a good night includes cooking with Yun Fuentes (Alma de Cuba), Nick Macri (La Divisa Meats), or Valerie Erwin (formerly Gee Chee Girl) then make your plans now and be sitting in front of your computer at 2pm today.

As usual, there is a full schedule of great food, including restaurant previews of Hungry Pigeon, Restaurant Neuf and  Herban Quality Eats. Check out the full list after the jump.

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About Last Night: The One Where No One Saw Strange Brew, But At Least We Had Tiny Sombreros


Thinking caps that guests wore for trivia rounds, and Jason wore for fun.

It is imperative that you do the following tonight: crack open a beer, introduce your backside to the couch, and put on Strange Brew. Do not pass go.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about last Wednesday. The event was Open Stove XXXIX, themed (you could say loosely) around Beer Week, steak houses, and a little bit of Fireball. And teeny, tiny sombreros.

In what is turning into a recurrent nightmare for Jason during the trivia portion of our Open Stove events, no one had seen Strange Brew (recall the Barfly incident). Prepared for disappointment this time, however, we came armed with thinking caps and more than enough alcohol to ensure that even those who hadn’t seen the movie would, by the end of the night, almost believe they had.

Click through for all the laughter, tears and tiny hats. Yeah, we have pictures. Lots and lots of pictures.

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Sneak Preview: June Classes At Cook


It’s kinda short notice this month, but tickets for June classes at COOK are going to be released today at 2pm, so if you’re looking to hang out for a night with Jason Cichonski, Luke Palladino, George Sabatino, the crew from Marigold or, you know, us on one of our now-legendary Open Stove Nights, you’re gonna have to be quick.

As always, we’re here to help you out. The full schedule of classes is below. So make your plans, pick your days, and be on the COOK website at 2pm today to get your tickets.

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Sneak Preview: May At COOK

shh-class-in-sessionYes, it’s that time again. COOK’s May class schedule is being released today, and as we always do,we’re offering you an early look at what’s coming so that you can make your plans (and get in there to make your purchases) before tickets for all the best classes sell out.

Tickets go on sale at 2pm today. So check out the schedule below and be ready to start clicking when the clock strikes.

COOK May class schedule

About Last Night: What Do You Mean You People Have Never Seen Barfly?


No, seriously. It is a great goddamn movie–probably the single drinkiest film ever, and features a young Mickey Rourke (before he became a poster child for plastic surgery gone wrong) playing Charles Bukowski, in a movie written by Charles Bukowski. And what’s more, it has a serious Philly connection: Bukowski spent three years living, working, drinking and getting his teeth punched out here before writing the screenplay, and used his time in our fair city as the basis for all the action that happens in the film. The L.A. bar in which most of the film takes place? Based on a place where Bukowski drank at 17th and Fairmount.

And what stunned me last night was that during the trivia portion of last night’s all-cocktails Open Stove battle at COOK, I asked for a show of hands from the crowd.

“How many of you here have seen Barfly?” I asked.

No hands went up.

“What about the bartenders. You guys have seen Barfly, right?”

No hands went up.  The only two people in the entire place who’d ever seen it were me and Art.

So much for the trivia…

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Sneak Preview: April At COOK


It’s that time again–time for us to give you a sneak peek at what’s coming up at COOK, and time for you to use this information in order to get a jump on everyone else out there when it comes to buying your tickets.

And this month, you’re going to need all the help you can get because COOK has some big events coming up–from a Bacon Fest to Joe Beddia teaching a pizza class to a very rare Bartender Battle for our 36th Open Stove night. Check out the description of that one:

Once a month, COOK hosts a fast-paced and unpredictable competition between two chefs, known as Open Stove. COOK provides mystery ingredients and guests get to watch in wonder as the combatants come up with inventive and cutting-edge dishes on the fly. In April, we’re switching out the chefs for bartenders and making it all about cocktails. But the premise is the same: bartenders will have to come up with cocktails for guests to enjoy made from spirits and secret ingredients they didn’t see coming. The best part? YOU get to be the judge! April’s competition features four of Philly’s best booze professionals including Sara Justice (The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.), Brian Kane (Zahav/Abe Fisher), Keith Raimondi (Townsend) and Vincent Stipo (a. bar/a. kitchen). This is gonna give new meaning to the term barroom brawl. Local craft distillery Manatawny Still Works is generously sponsoring the event. Please note: light bites will be served but not a full dinner.

Anyway, you can check out the full schedule below. And since tickets are going on sale today at 2pm, make your plans quickly and be ready to start clicking when the clock strikes two.

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Open Stove 35: When Mise En Scene Becomes Mise En Place


We could have given them liver and a nice glass of Chianti to see what dishes they’d come up with, but Adam Ratmoko and Sean Korcal had it made from the start.

The theme of the 35th edition of Open Stove at COOK was “Celebrate the Movies”, a nod to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia Flower Show. And when I say “a nod” I mean a direct rip-off, in the most flattering way possible.

Honestly, can you blame us? The contenders for the evening basically wrote the theme themselves. On one side of the stove, Adam Ratmoko was assisted by Joe McConnell, both representing team Strangelove’s which shares a name with Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film. On the other side, Sean Korcal took lead, assisted by last month’s Open Stove contender, Geno Betz, both from Bardot Cafe, itself named for French film ingenue, Brigitte Bardot.

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Sneak Preview: COOK’s March Schedule


Along with Open Stove XXXV, COOK has a lot to offer this March, including a glimpse of warmer weather with Sipping on Springtime Wines with Michael Steinberger and Juice Your Way Into Spring with Kimberly Berger. So if you are longing for this frigid winter to end (or just struggling to think of a last minute Valentine’s Day gift), be ready at your computers tomorrow at 2 pm when tickets go on sale.

Here’s a sneak peak of COOK’s March calendar:

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