Saturday, December 20, 2014

experiment #46 - Cobaya Diego at La Mar

Experiment #46 is in the books! This time around, we took a trip to Peru by way of Brickell Key, with Chef Diego Oka of Gaston Acurio's La Mar restaurant, where we had a perfect night out on the balcony overlooking Brickell and downtown Miami. You can see pictures here in this Cobaya Diego flickr set, and we'll update when recaps are posted. Here's the menu Diego put together for us:

Scallop, Uni and Ikura Tiradito with Rocoto Leche de Tigre

Purple Potato Causa with Seared Tuna and Green Mango Chalaca Sauce

Smoked Crispy Sweetbreads with Aji Amarillo Potato Puree, Crispy Potatoes, Soft Egg and Chimichurri

Nigerian Prawn with Lobster Chupe, Quinoa Achupado, Fava Bean Air and Huacatay Sauce

Lobster Ceviche with Hot Leche De Tigre Broth and Crispy Yucca

Whole Fish Nikei with Soft Shell Crabs and Broccoli Rabe

Fried Rice with BBQ Pork Belly and Raw Egg

Peruvian Chocolate Mousse with Crispy Quinoa and Lucuma Bombe

A big thank you to Diego and all of his team at La Mar, and as always most of all, to the guinea pigs whose interest and support make these events possible.

Friday, December 5, 2014

experiment #46 - 12.17.14

Greetings, Guinea Pigs - it's time for another experiment. I know everyone is distracted by Basel madness, but we've got a quick turnaround time on this one, so please pay attention to the deadlines.

Quick Details:
Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Price: $120 (inclusive of tax & tip)
Start time: probably 7:30ish

We will be doing a drawing for seats from all requests received over the first 48 hours, with additional requests filled, if possible, in the order they're received.

Please send an email to request seats using the "contact the underground" link on this page, and let us know how many you're requesting.

You will be advised by Tuesday December 9 if your request has been confirmed. You'll then need to book your seats by 5pm on Thursday December 11, or we may need to release the seats to the waitlist to ensure all spots are filled. Please note the tight schedule: please make your request quickly, and if you get a spot, please book quickly.

We have VERY limited seating for this one, and while we try to accommodate everyone who is interested, that is usually not possible - most events are filled very quickly. Due to space limitations, we will limit people to 2 spots per request, though if you're interested in more let us know and your request will be added to the waitlist.

When your seat request has been confirmed, please book it using the PayPal link which will be set up on this page. Please do not book unless and until you've received a confirmation. When you do receive the confirmation, please book your seats through PayPal promptly. There will be a short window of time to book before seats need to be released back to the waitlist to make sure they're filled.

There should be a la carte beverages available for purchase on site and BYOB should be OK too; there will also likely be a pairing option available, we will confirm when details are released.

Confirmed and paid-up attendees will receive an e-mail the day before the event, confirming the location and other details.

A brief, but important, refresher course on the whole Cobaya thing: there is no "menu". There are no choices. You'll be eating what the chef chooses to make for the night. If you have food related allergies, strict dietary requirements, religious restrictions; are salt sensitive, vegetarian, pescatarian, or vegan; don't like your meat cooked medium rare, or are pregnant: this meal is probably not for you. Do not expect white-glove service. Don't ask for your sauce on the side. Just come and enjoy.

Plus some legalese: please note that if you're requesting a spot, you understand that any food or beverages you consume are at your own risk, that you voluntarily assume any and all risks, known and unknown, and voluntarily release the organizers of the event from any claims, including personal injury and wrongful death, resulting in any manner from your participation in this event, whether caused by negligence or otherwise. Hopefully it won't come to that.

Look forward to seeing you there. As always, thank you for your support.


experiment #46 - choose pairing?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

cobaya sobe update and more

Dear Guinea Pigs:

An update and follow-up on a couple events noted here or on the mailing list during the past couple weeks:

Scott Anderson Dinner (10.20.14):

On Monday October 20, 2014 at 7pm, Scott Anderson of Elements restaurant will be cooking with chefs Conor Hanlon of the Dutch (Experiment #42) and Jeremiah Bullfrog (Experiment #19, Experiment #2, 2.5, plus countless assists along the way). Elements is a bit off the radar, in Princeton New Jersey, but incredibly highly regarded by those who have been - enough so to get listed in Opinionated About Dining's Top 20 US Restaurants list. To get an idea of Scott's style, I urge you to read this ChuckEats post or this one from DocSconz. When I heard he was looking to do a dinner down here, I was glad to help set it up. The Dutch is graciously hosting the dinner, and seats are $200 all in (including tax & tip). The link to buy seats is here (first come first served), I hope you'll come:

Cobaya SoBe (2.20.15):

We announced a couple weeks ago that we'll be teaming up with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival for a dinner at the fest next February. It's not completely Cobaya-style, as the chefs and location are already announced, but it's a great list: Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods and our guest at Experiment #21; offal and charcuterie maven Chris Cosentino (of San Francisco's Porcellino and Boccalone); Makoto Okuwa, chef of Bal Harbour's Makoto (and a Cobaya alum from Experiment #32); and local hero Michael Schwartz of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, with the gorgeous new PĂ©rez Art Museum as our venue.

We had a limited block of seats for Cobaya members for which we ran a lottery, and we know many more people requested seats than we had available. Here's another chance: more seats are being sold through the SOBEWFF website starting this Monday October 6, 2014 at 9am. Unfortunately, the pre-sale price for Cobaya members is no longer available, so the spots through the website will be $350 - but we think it will be one of the premier events of the festival and surely the biggest lineup of heavy hitters we've ever put together. The dinner will be Friday February 20, 2015 at 7pm, and the link to buy seats is here:

Seats are limited for both of these events so we encourage you to move quickly. Thanks, as always, for your interest.