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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Make Your Holidays Bright at The Cook's Warehouse

I have my reservations for John Besh and can't wait to meet him!  I hope to see you there!


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In this week's edition:

Brookhaven - Jura-Capresso Super-automatics
Decatur - Le Creuset FHA
East Cobb - John Besh
Midtown - USA Pans
The Holidays Are Here!

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Brookhaven - Jura-Capresso Super-automatics

Super-automatic coffee machines - it's like having a coffee shop barista with the touch of a button.  Check out the latest and greatest machines, the ENA9 and J9 by Jura Capresso.  Also check out a super deal on the ENA3.  Stop by this Saturday from 3-5 p.m. and see for yourself how "super" these machines are!

Decatur - Le Creuset FHA
Decatur Wine Festival
This week, we're featuring a staff favorite, Le Creuset Forged Hard Anodized Non-stick cookware. The Le Creuset name is known for quality and these are no exception. They're non-stick, oven safe, dishwasher safe and they're some handsome pans. Plus, they can put a mean sear on a thick juicy steak. Stop by from 3 to 5 p.m. and witness the Forged Hard Anodized experience. See why we think they're a kitchen essential! The wines for this week are some of our staff selections.

East Cobb - John Besh

Soda Stream 

Join us in welcoming acclaimed chef and cookbook author John Besh for a tasting and signing of his latest cookbook My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking.  Please register online for this free signing event, and join us from noon until 2pm to meet John. You won't want to miss this!

Midtown - USA Pans
Now is the time to begin your holiday baking or to give the perfect gift for the baker in your family! We are featuring our USA Pans this weekend. Made in the USA, this bake ware is designed for the home cook even though it has many of the same features as industrial baking pans: constructed of aluminized steel, selected metal thicknesses for even heat distribution, additional strength and warp prevention with steel wires in the rim construction, AMERICOAT® Plus environmentally friendly non-stick coating that does not contain PTFEs or PFOAs, and unique to USA Pans, the corrugated surface. Come by to see why Shirley Corriher, two time James Beard award winner and Atlanta resident, LOVES these pans.
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From the Cooking School: The Holidays Are Here!


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Don Hackett
Everyone loves the sound of a cork popping from a bottle of bubbly! Nothing announces a celebration better. So what's the difference between a champagne and sparkling wine? And why are some so expensive? Join Certified Specialist of Wine and Senior Wine Educator, Don Hackett, for a fun and informative evening, as he enlightens on the world of sparkling wines. From the different methods of making sparkling wine to the different sparkling wine producing regions around the world, this class is a must for every wine lover.


East Cobb
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Gloria Smiley
The Feast of the Seven Fishes (festa dei sette pesci), celebrated on Christmas Eve, is believed to have originated in Southern Italy and is now a known tradition in many parts of Italy as well as in many Italian-American homes. The meal typically consists of seven different seafood dishes - join Chef Gloria Smiley to prepare and then indulge in this elaborate banquet from the sea:
  • Quennelle with Beurre Blanc
  • Cioppino (Italian fish soup/stew with shellfish and fin fish)
  • Trout cooked in Salt Crust
  • Mahi Mahi with Basil Butter
  • Shrimp a la Greque
  • Oyster Stew - Savannah Style
  • Scallops Baumaniere
Gloria will impart her vast knowledge of seafood as she shares this festive meal, perfect for a family holiday celebration.


10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Doris Koplin
Have you conquered your fear of yeast and are ready to expand your bread baking repertoire? Chef Doris Koplin is here to share everything she knows: from the proper tools and techniques to foolproof recipes, you will learn it all. Join Doris in the kitchen to create:
  • her infamous braided Cinnamon-Raisin Fruited Challah, decorated with fruited sugar glaze
  • Danish Pastries
  • Pissaladiere (a pizza like dish from the south of France)
  • Crispy Thin Biscuits
  • homemade butter, perfect for spreading on your bread when it's piping hot from the oven!   
Learn how to entice your family and friends with the smells of fresh baked breads coming from your kitchen. This class sells out - be sure to sign up early!

East Cobb
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Janet Zimmerman & Dave Scantland
During the busy holiday season, brunch can be the perfect way to entertain. It's easy to fall back on the same old standbys, but why stick with boring when you can cook this elegant seasonal menu? Join Dave and Janet in the kitchen and learn how to make:
  • Crab Cakes with Poached Eggs and Creole Hollandaise
  • a scrumptious side of Roasted Potatoes
  • a subtle and delicious Grapefruit and Avocado Salad
  • spectacular Almond and Browned Butter Cake with Caramel Apple Compote and Brandied Whipped Cream   
While you eat, you'll also enjoy a classic champagne cocktail - and what could be better than that?


6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Doris Koplin
Today's session is all about gifts from the heart - gifts that also happen to be from the kitchen. Doris has put together this assortment of gift ideas that you can make and then share with your friends and loved ones. Join her in the kitchen to prepare:
  • "Boozy" Banana Bread
  • Mom's Roasted Pecans
  • Decadent Chocolate Chip Chocolate Hershey Bar Cake
  • Cheddar Cheese "Drops"
  • Lemon Cheesecake
  • delicious Everything Cookies
We'll also talk about packaging and presentation options so that your gift looks as good as it will taste.

Upcoming Book Signing Events:


Tune in Friday night to see Chef John Besh on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon", and then come to the East Cobb store on Saturday to meet him in person!

East Cobb
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
John Besh

Renowned chef and James Beard awardwinner John Besh invites us into his home and shows us how we can put good, fresh, healthy food on the table for our families every day. In My Family Table, the Iron Chef champion makes a case for the importance of home-cooked meals. "If I can help make a difference by cooking simply and sharing what I love to cook, I can possibly help us all use our passions and skills to make our lives better at almost every meal." From organizing your kitchen and stocking your pantry to demystifying fish cookery, John Besh shares his favorite recipes he cooks with his family every day. Master recipes Risotto of Almost Anything and Creamy Any Vegetable Soup show you how to make the food without worrying about having the right ingredients or mastering complicated techniques. Filled with mouthwatering photographs of each recipe as well as showing John in his kitchen with his wife and four sons, My Family Table captures the spontaneity, intimacy, and fun of home-cooking and will inspire the nation back to the family table. John Besh is an acclaimed chef who grew up in South Louisiana and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. Food and Wine named him one of the Top 10 Best New Chefs in America in 1999. Besh owns and operates four New Orleans restaurants and has published numerous cookbooks.  
  This is a free event, but please RSVP online if you will attend so that we can plan accordingly.


NEW DATE!  Hugh Acheson book signing at East Cobb rescheduled to later date:

Hugh Acheson
**This book signing, originally scheduled from 6 - 8 PM on 12/5/2011 will now take place on Sunday, December 18 from 2 - 4 PM**
East Cobb

Hugh Acheson's A NEW TURN IN THE SOUTH: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen (Clarkson Potter, October 18, 2011) marks the exciting debut collection of new Southern cuisine from one of America's most dynamic and innovative chefs. Known to diners in the South and beyond for his original and inspired French-influenced Southern flavor combinations, Hugh Acheson, a native of Ottawa, Canada, has been recognized by everyone from Food & Wine to the James Beard Foundation as one of the most inventive authorities on new Southern cooking. His dishes and food philosophy featured at his restaurants Five and Ten, The National, Gosford Wine, and Empire State South-all in Georgia-are now offered for the first time in a cookbook. In these recipes, Acheson manages to seamlessly incorporate the French technique of his earlier culinary career with Southern ingredients and global influences. The result is the very definition of new Southern cooking. Filled with more than 120 mouthwatering recipes and anecdotal headnotes, plus 100 color photographs and line drawings, as well as plenty of kitchen tips, shortcuts, and plain old-fashioned know-how, A NEW TURN IN THE SOUTH is an essential addition to any home cook's library. Hugh Acheson is the chef/partner of the Athens, Georgia, restaurants Five and Ten and The National, as well as Gosford Wine and the Atlanta restaurant Empire State South. He is a four-time James Beard nominee for Best Chef Southeast and was named Best Chef by Food & Wine. His restaurant Five and Ten was named by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as the best Atlanta restaurant. Hugh has also been in Bon Appétit, Garden & Gun, the New York Times, and Gourmet and competed in Bravo's Top Chef Masters, Season 3. He lives in Athens, Georgia with his wife and two children. 

This is a free event, but please RSVP online if you will attend so that we can plan accordingly.
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Call us and plan the perfect private cooking party for your staff, clients, friends, or family! Make any class from our schedule a private, choose from a list of preset menus, or we will customize the menu just for your group.  We'll take care of all the details so you don't have to and no worries about cleaning the kitchen after a fun party - we take care of that too!

Contact our Cooking School Director, Wendy Allen via email or by phone at 404-492-9015 to schedule your special event today. We're looking forward to making your party a huge success!

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