About Last Night: South Street East Neighborhood Pop-Up At Cook

All snaps courtesy photographic kitchen ninja, Yoni Nimroad

Last night was a total sausage-fest.

And, really, how could it have been anything different? Bringing together the neighbors from the South Street East restaurant ‘hood meant we were talking about Jeremy Nolen from Brauhaus Schmitz, Keith Garabedian from Hot Diggity, Mitch Prensky from Supper and Erin O’Shea from Percy Street BBQ–two of whom showed up to showcase their wieners (and other tube-shaped meats), one of whom killed it with some very non-tube-shaped ducks and one of whom brought ice cream and cookies and caramel sauce fit to send everyone in the crowd into the sweet, sweet blackness of a full-on diabetic coma.

It was another great night–quieter than some of our other Foobooz classes, but also more educational, more civil, more DIY with every chef pitching in to help out his or her neighbors in a totally unlikely ballet of hands and knives and pepper-grinders, and just full of some of the most amazing plates that anyone in Philadelphia was eating that night. No one brought their B-game to Cook. No one slacked off or froze up under the spotlight’s glare. And, of course, no one left sober–least of all me.

Here’s how it all shook out, in photo form.

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Distant Early Warning: Foobooz Events At Cook

Those of you who have managed to get tickets for either our Foobooz Neighborhood Pop-Up events or our Foobooz Open Stove Nights at Cook know that three things are pretty much guaranteed:

1) There will be plenty to drink

2) You will eat like no one else in the city on the night you attend

3) Someone will probably cry before the night is done

All of the events we’ve done so far have been awesome–bizarre parties full of tequila shots and foie gras, ramen, donuts and dirty jokes. The video above? That’s pretty indicative of how these nights shake out. And the only complaint we’ve had so far is that these things often sell out so quick that newbies never get a shot at tickets. Our next Neighborhood Pop-Up, for example? South Street East (which will bring together Brauhaus Schmitz, Percy Street BBQ, Supper and Hot Diggety for one night of meaty gluttony), and tickets are already gone. Ditto our next Zahav-vs.-Lacroix Open Stove Night. But for those who are still looking to get in on the fun, I have a solution…

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Sneak Preview: June At Cook

Yes, it’s that time again. The June schedule at cook is going up tomorrow at 2pm, but because you are wise and well-connected Foobooz readers, you get an early sneak-peek so that you can be all ready when registration begins. As we’ve warned you before, the best classes sell out FAST, so you need to be prepared when clicky-clicky time comes.

So what is looking good in June? Well let me tell you about a little thing called Philly Beer Week

Check out the June schedule

Sneak Preview: May At Cook

Yes, it’s that time again, folks. Time for you wise Foobooz readers to get your sneak peek at the upcoming class schedule at Cook. Registration for May classes will start tomorrow (Friday) at 2pm, and as those of you who’ve already been through this process a couple times know, the best classes sell out fast.

Which is why we want you to be ready right when the gun goes off. And in order to be ready, you need to know what you’re looking for–so you can go straight to the dates you want and go clickety-clickety faster than all your other, less-well-informed food nerds.

So, without further ado, may I present the best of May’s schedule at Cook…
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About Last Night: A Food Truck Pop-Up At Cook (With Pictures!)

There are three things that need to be said right up front about last night’s Foobooz Neighborhood Pop-Up at Cook.

Thing 1: We should do a food truck pop-up every month because, apparently, working entirely from a truck that could be quickly overturned by an angry mob turned insane by bland tacos or bad cupcakes makes a person into a fast cook, a skillful talker and a person who cooks cheeseburgers or roti like their lives depended on it.

Thing 2: Speaking of roti, I could eat the Trinidadian roti from Mini Trini at every meal, every day for a month and not feel like I was missing out on anything at all. As a matter of fact, I would feel bad for the rest of you chumps who only got to eat caviar, lobster tails and pie all day.

Thing 3: Next time I have to leave one of these events early, I’m making the guy doing dessert go first.

Oh, and one more. Apparently, if you can steal borrow a good enough bottle of vodka from under the counter, virtually any drink you mix will cause a group of strangers to think that you are a gifted bartender–even when, if fact, you are just a food writer who happened to tend a little bar at swingers parties in the basement of a Chinese restaurant a hundred years ago. But I digress…

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Cook’s April Schedule: A Sneak Preview

A new month means a new schedule of classes at Cook. As always, we have your sneak peek–this time two whole days before the class list goes live on Wednesday, March 7th, at the Cook website. So take a look, see what’s coming up and then, come Wednesday, be sitting by your computer early because these classes seem to be selling out faster and faster every month.

What’s New, What’s Cool and Who’ll Be Dropping By

Fishtown Pop-Up At Cook, In Pictures

 

The Italians invented foie gras. The Italians taught the Chinese everything they know about cooking. Cooking is all about love, but if you don’t like chicken livers you should just stab yourself in the leg.

This is just a tiny piece of the kitchen wisdom offered up by Peter McAndrews when he and his posse–including Nate Baynes, Jerry Blavat (yeah, that one), and a quiet, mysterious fella called Doc Razor–stepped behind the line at Cook for our Fishtown pop-up on Wednesday night. It was weird. It was wild. And yes, we have pictures.

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Sneak Preview: Cook’s March Schedule

It’s the beginning of a new month, and what does that mean? A new Cook schedule is being released. On Monday, February 6, the new class list will go live on the Cook website but, as always, we are here with an early look so you can plan your assault before the rest of the city knows what’s happening.

For starters, Foobooz is organizing another Neighborhood Pop-Up. Our East Passyunk version went swimmingly last month. For February, we organized a Fishtown pop-up (scheduled for the 15th) with Loco Pez, Paesano’s, the Pickled Heron and Whipped Bake Shop all coming together for one night of magic (and booze). That one sold out in less than an hour. For March, we decided that what would be awesome would be to bring some of the city’s best food trucks indoors for one night only–sticking their chefs behind Cook’s stoves to do their best work in a kitchen with no wheels–as a celebration of the power and diversity of our “Wheeled Neighborhood.” That one is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, so if you’re down with the truck food (and like the thought of eating from a bunch of them all in one night, without waiting or worrying about getting snowed on), be ready to register fast come Monday. If the past is any indicator, this one will probably sell out fast, too.

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Sneak Preview: Cook’s March Schedule

It’s the beginning of a new month, and what does that mean? A new Cook schedule is being released. On Monday, February 6, the new class list will go live on the Cook website but, as always, we are here with an early look so you can plan your assault before the rest of the city knows what’s happening.

For starters, Foobooz is organizing another Neighborhood Pop-Up. Our East Passyunk version went swimmingly last month. For February, we organized a Fishtown pop-up (scheduled for the 15th) with Loco Pez, Paesano’s, the Pickled Heron and Whipped Bake Shop all coming together for one night of magic (and booze). That one sold out in less than an hour. For March, we decided that what would be awesome would be to bring some of the city’s best food trucks indoors for one night only–sticking their chefs behind Cook’s stoves to do their best work in a kitchen with no wheels–as a celebration of the power and diversity of our “Wheeled Neighborhood.” That one is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, so if you’re down with the truck food (and like the thought of eating from a bunch of them all in one night, without waiting or worrying about getting snowed on), be ready to register fast come Monday. If the past is any indicator, this one will probably sell out fast, too.

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