On the Menu: Cool Culinary Events

Here’s a quick post highlighting two upcoming culinary events. I’m going to be a little slow getting started here, but I don’t want to leave you hanging. I’ve got a few more tucked away in my e-mail files, so keep coming back and feel free to e-mail details about your experiences if you attend these events. And if you know of an event, please email me information on that as well.

To kick off 2008, Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House in West Chester, is launching a monthly wine dinner series, the first of which is this Tuesday, Jan. 15. Yes, oysters are on the menu, as are crab cakes and other savory bites. For a peek at the menu and more details, check out thelatestdish.wordpress.com. Cost is $40 per person (doesn’t include tax or gratuity).

If you’re looking for some new dishes to throw into your repertoire, check out Viking Cooking School’s 2008 calendar. Coming up is a guest appearance by Diane Phillips, author of the James Beard-nominated cookbook, Perfect Party Food (Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6:30-9 p.m.; $59.) Along with showing off her latest culinary work, You’ve Got it Made: Simply Delicious Meals to Make Now and Bake Later, featuring family-friendly do-ahead dishes, Phillips will demonstrate several recipes. On the menu: prosciutto palmiers (artichoke nibblers), chicken Florentine, Asian braised short ribs, Provençal corn casserole, artichoke Parmesan rice and mini chocolate pecan tarts. Viking’s classes tend to book quickly, and making reservations via the website is far more expedient. Go to vikingcookingschool.com. The Viking Culinary Center is located in Bryn Mawr near Staples, Cosi, Smith Brothers and the old Dunkin Donuts.

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Coming soon: Margaret Kuo cooks at the James Beard Foundation; a sneak peek at Eric Ripert’s new restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton; Kim Strengari, Marianne Gere and chef Ralph Pallarino, the trio behind Conshohocken’s Bella Luna Pizza Kitchen.

Stay tuned—and well-fed.

Ciao!

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