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Penn Cooks

Penn Cooks LogoIn recognition of the diverse student population we have on campus, Dining wanted to provide opportunities to feature Cuisines and Chefs from a variety of locations, backgrounds, and cultures. Working with the Chaplain’s office and VPUL, Penn Dining is launching a new program this year called Penn Cooks – Culture, Community, and Cuisine.

Our chefs will work with recipes chosen from iconic cookbooks, suggested by local or Penn-affiliated chefs or submitted by students to develop special menu items which will be featured throughout our cafes. During the Academic Year, each of our residential dining locations will feature a dish or dishes by including them as special menu options, at made-to-order expo stations, as part of Quaker Kitchen chef demos or in other innovative incorporations.


Celebrate LGBTQ History Month with Chef Liz Alpern

Picture of Chef Liz AlpernPenn Dining is looking forward to welcoming Chef Liz Alpern back as our LGBTQ History Month Guest Chef for our second year of Penn Cooks.  Although we cannot celebrate with her on campus, she will be joining us for three Instagram Live events the week of October 19th. Chef Alpern is the founder of Queer Soup Night and co-author of The Gefilte Manifesto.

Monday, October 19: Dinner Instagram Live Chat
As an introduction to the series of events and the Penn Community, Chef Alpern will speak with a student from the Penn LGBT Center.

Tuesday, October 20: Lunch Instagram Live Cooking Demo
Chef Alpern will share one of her favorite recipes via Instagram Live while discussing Queer Soup Night with a student from the Penn LGBT Center.

Wednesday, October 21: Lunch Instagram Live Chef Discussion
Penn Dining Chef Stephen Green will be joined by Chef Alpern to discuss her culinary career and passion while she shares another recipe inspired by her cookbook, The Gefilte Manifesto.

Thursday, October 22: Dinner at 1920 Commons
This week's virtual events will culminate with Penn Dining showcasing some of Chef Alpern's soup recipes from The Gefilte Manifesto at 1920 Commons during dinner.

We look forward to joining us for this series of events.  Be sure to follow @PennDining so you don't miss what's coming up!

Celebrate Black History Month with Food Network Star Aaron McCargo Jr.

Cover of Aaron McCargo Jr.s CookbookPenn Cooks is thrilled to bring Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. to campus on February 18th during dinner at 1920 Commons! We’ll be serving up recipes from his cookbook, Simply Done, Well Done, at 1920 Commons, Hill House, King’s Court English House, Lauder College House, and Falk at Penn Hillel.

Aaron competed on, and won, Season 4 of Food Network’s The Next Food Network Star, beating out thousands of hopefuls to win the ultimate culinary prize; his own Food Network show. With a very big personality and passion for big, bold flavor, Aaron’s show Big Daddy’s House premiered in August 2008 and ran for several seasons.

Featuring the big, bold flavors Aaron showcases on Big Daddy’s House, Simply Done, Well Done is a mouthwatering collection of Aaron’s favorite recipes that are sure to satisfy every member of the family. To accompany the book, Aaron also created his signature line of spices.

Giving back to his community has always been at the forefront for Aaron, and he has donated his time to non-profit organizations such as Share Our Strength and served as the 2009 Spokesperson for its Great American Dine Out campaign to help end childhood hunger. In 2011, Aaron created his own charity Play to Win which focuses on at-risk young men and helps to instill core values to increase graduation rates and enrich their paths to becoming productive citizens.


Celebrate Black History Month with Recipes from Our Staff

Penn Cooks Presents The Penn Family Cookbook in celebration of Black History Month


This week at dinner we’ll be featuring family-favorite recipes from our staff curated cookbook, The Penn Family Cookbook. Contributing chefs are Melvin Ballard, Carla Crawford, Carolyn Curtis, Deborah Day, Lashanda Dicks-Joyner, Dawn Dixon, Sharrlene Ferrell, Nydia Grant, Duran Hall, Desiree Harris, Tracey Matthews, Brian Walcott, and Michelle Wilcox.

2/10 @ 1920 Commons

2/11 @ Hill House & Lauder College House,

2/12 @ King’s Court English House

2/13 @ Falk at Penn Hillel

A digital version of the Penn Family Cookbook can be found here.

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Recipes from Andrea Nguyen, Nicole Ponseca, Miguel Trinidad, Peter Meehan, and David Chang

Cover of cookbook Vietnamese Food Any Day by Andrea Nguyen Cover of cookbook I am Filipino and This is how we cook by Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad Cover of cookbook Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan

Join Penn Dining on Tuesday, January 28th during Dinner to celebrate Lunar New Year.
The Penn Lions will be performing at all locations, starting at 1920 Commons at 6:15pm.

Photo of Henry Chow Meet and greet with Sang Kee Duck House General Manager, Henry Chow at Kings Court English College House from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Henry serves at General Manager of Sang Kee Peking Duck House, a family owned Chinatown restaurant specializing in Hong Kong Style BBQ and Cantonese stir-fry.  This year is the 40th anniversary of the business, making Sang Kee one of the longest-standing restaurants in Chinatown owned and operated by the same family. Henry also founded and serves at head coach of the Pennsylvania Dragon Boat Club, which was recently selected to represent the United States at the 2020 Dragon Boat World Championships in France.

As a Penn alum, he was a founding member of the Penn Lions which were established in 2007.  In Spring of 2010, the Penn Lions won the Ivy League Championship at the East Coast Intercollegiate Lion Dance Competition.  In 2012, they organized the Second Annual East Coast Intercollegiate Lion Dance Competition and hosted seven different troupes.  Since then the Penn Lions have won the 2013 and 2016 East Coast Intercollegiate Lion Dance titles and hosted the 2014 and the 2017 competitions.

Prior to joining his family's business, Henry was an early employee of Uber Eats, working as a Restaurant Operations Manager in Philadelphia and New York City.

Vietnamese Food Any Day by Andrea Nguyen

Andrea Nguyen is an award-winning author, editor, teacher and consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Vietnam, she came to the United States at the age of six. Her first book publication was "Trip to Freedom," a short children's book on how her family came to America. Andrea's food writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Lucky Peach, Saveur, Rachel Ray Everyday, Sunset, and Cooking Light, where she has been a columnist since fall 2017.

I am a Filipino and This is How We Cook by Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad

Nicole Ponseca is the founder and creative director of Maharlika and Jeepney restaurants in New York City. A native of San Diego, Ponseca moved to New York to pursue a career in advertising but found her true calling upon discovering a lack of authentic Filipino food in the city and deciding to do something about it. Together with Chef Miguel Trinidad, she opened Maharlika in 2011 and Jeepney one year later. Find her on Instagram @nicoleponseca.

It was a three month stay in the Philippines in 2007 when Miguel Trinidad fell in love with the cuisine of the small archipelago nation, with its Malay, Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese influences that would serve as the inspiration for his first restaurant. Teaming up with Lola co-workers Nicole Ponseca and Enzo Lim, he launched Maharlika, a modern Filipino restaurant. The success of Maharlika pushed this yellow cab born, Dominican-raised chef to the forefront of Filipino cuisine in New York, garnering rave reviews from The New York Times and the Huffington Post. On the success of Maharlika, he opened Jeepney, a Filipino gastropub in 2012.

Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan

David Chang is an American restaurateur, author, and television personality. He is the founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, which includes Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Milk Bar, and Momofuku Ko in New York City; Momofuku Seiōbo in Sydney; Momofuku Noodle Bar and Kojin in Toronto; and Momofuku CCDC in Washington, DC. In 2009, Momofuku Ko was awarded two Michelin stars, which it has retained each year since. In 2018, Chang created, produced, and starred in a Netflix original series called Ugly Delicious.

Peter Meehan is the editor and cofounder of Lucky Peach. A former columnist for the New York Times, he is also the coauthor of numerous cookbooks including the New York Times bestselling Momofuku and The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion and Cooking Manual. He lives in New York.


Penn Dining Hosts Alumna Jordan Zucker at Hill House

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Join Penn Dining in welcoming Jordan Zucker to Hill House on December 3, 2019 at 5:00pm to 7:30pm. Jordan and the Penn Dining culinary team will be showcasing a variety of her recipes from her cookbook, as well as raffling off a cookbook at all residential dining cafes.

Jordan Zucker is an accomplished writer, actor, host, cook, entertainer, and Penn graduate ‘97. She loves to creatively incorporate meals into every type of celebration (and who can’t find at least one reason to celebrate a day…). She has shared her expertise as a guest star on Food Network’s Grill It! with Bobby Flay, and has entertained audiences as “Lisa the intern” on NBC’s Scrubs. She continues to educate, engage, empower, and entertain through her own comedic sports series, Girls Guide to Sports, which she writes, hosts, and produces. She combined her love of football and food in her “Monday Night Matchup Menus” series, creating meals each week based on the teams playing in Monday Night Football. She has expanded into cooking for other sports on the Girls Guide website. Jordan attends live music concerts religiously and keeps abreast of current gems and classic legends in the music world. Here, she combines three of her biggest passions, food, wine, and music, to bring you her first book.


Celebrate Penn's Annual Harvest Dinner with Recipes from Carrie Havranek

Penn Cooks celebrates our Annual Harvest Dinner with Recipes from Carrie Havranek's cookbook Tasting Pennsylvania.

Join the Penn Dining team for our annual Harvest Dinner featuring recipes from Carrie Havranek's cookbook Tasting Pennsylvania: Favorite Recipes from the Keystone State. On Thursday, November 21 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at 1920 Commons, Hill House, English House, Lauder College House, and Falk Kosher Dining.

Don't forget to enter to win a copy of the cookbook!  Displays will be available at all residential dining cafes.

As a child and young adult, Carrie Havranek spent time in Lancaster County, Philadelphia, and up and down the river towns along the Delaware River, so it was no surprise when her journalism career started with an internship at Rodale, in Emmaus. She will go out of her way for fresh, local food. Her writing has appeared in Edible Philly, the Kitchn, and Lucky Peach among other places. She works as an associate editor at Simply Recipes, where she develops, edits, and writes recipes. Carrie lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with her twin boys and two cats.


Celebrate Diwali with
Recipes from Madhur Jaffrey and Priya Krishna

Penn Dining celebrates Diwali with recipes from Madhur Jaffrey and Priya Krishna

Penn Dining celebrates Diwali in partnership with the Penn Hindu & Jain Association at Hill House on Monday, October 28 from 5pm-9pm.

Celebrate with us and join us in enjoying dishes from Madhur Jaffrey's cookbook Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking and Priya Krishna's cookbook Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family.

Madhur Jaffrey is an Indian-born actress, food and travel writer, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing Indian cuisine to the western hemisphere with her debut cookbook, An Invitation to Indian Cooking (1973), which was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Cookbook Hall of Fame in 2006. She has written over a dozen cookbooks and appeared on several related television programmes, the most notable of which was Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cookery, which premiered in the UK in 1982. She is the food consultant at Dawat, considered by many food critics to be among the best Indian restaurants in New York City.

Priya Krishna is a food writer who contributes to The New York Times, The New Yorker, Bon Appétit, and more. She lives in New York City; her mom, Ritu, lives in Dallas.  Indian-ish is food writer Priya Krishna’s loving tribute to her mom’s “Indian-ish” cooking—a trove of one-of-a-kind Indian-American hybrids that are easy to make, clever, practical, and packed with flavor. Think Roti Pizza, Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar, Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Green Pea Chutney, and and Malaysian Ramen.

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