Another experiment successfully completed! For #56, we paid a visit to Seagrape, Michelle Bernstein's restaurant in the Thompson Miami Beach hotel, where hotel executive sous chef Jason Schaan and restaurant chef de cuisine Tony Velazquez played host to 26 of us guinea pigs. Befitting the Mid-Century Modern style of the restaurant, the dinner they put together was a little modern and a little classical all at once.
You can see all the pictures – in all their varieties of bad lighting situations – in this Cobaya Seagrape flickr set, and we'll update here when recaps are posted. Here's the menu for the evening:
Maine Lobster Toast
salted butter, shaved radish, trout caviar
Masami Wagyu Beef Belly Tartare
chorizo, quail egg, bearnaise sabayon
l'explorateur and shaved lardo
Sparkling Rosé of Gamay, Grandin, Nuit St. Georges
tonnato, bottarga, rye toast
hand-rolled garganelli, venus clams, manila clams, salsify, uni butter
Domaine Lupin Roussette de Savoie, Frangy
Whole Roasted Foie Gras
vadouvan spiced pumpkin jam and house brioche
La Tour "Vielles Vignes" Banyuls, Roussillon
Crispy Potato Wrapped Fluke
burgundy black truffle, artichoke barigoule, calabrian chili roe
Domaine Joseph Voillot Bourgogne Rouge, Volnay
Colorado Lamb Chop
fall legumes, lamb sweetbreads, potato gnocchi, roasted bone jus
August Clape "Vin de Amie," Northern Rhone
Pie and Ice Cream
A big thank you to chefs Schaan and Velazquez, to wine director Zach Gossard for some really outstanding pairings, to GM Jorge Anaya-Lopez for everything he does, to Michelle for giving her guys the freedom and guidance to do this dinner, and as always most of all, to the guinea pigs whose interest and support make these kind of events possible.
Also, a reminder: our pre-pre-sale of tickets to our second dinner with the South Beach Wine and Food Festival coming up in February (featuring Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods, Carlo Mirarchi of Blanca, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal, and Alex Chang of Miami's Vagabond), is over, but the "official" pre-sale is now on-line at the SOBEWFF website. There are still a limited number of seats available; if you'd like to join us on February 25, 2016, use your MasterCard to purchase seats here.