Saturday, May 7, 2016

friends of cobaya alerts: may 2016

We try not to flood your feed with extraneous information, but we do like to periodically bring to your attention events that may be of interest, particularly when they involve Cobaya alumni. Here are several coming up:

Fat Ham Pizzeria | May 17: Chef Michael Schwartz (Cobaya #49) brings back Philadelphia's Kevin Sbraga for another pop-up at Harry's Pizzeria. Book here.

Ordi-nette Dinner | May 17: Chef Daniel Serfer (Cobaya #36) of Mignonette brings in  Chef Vandy Vanderwarker of Charleston's The Ordinary Oyster Hall for a 4-course $85 dinner collaborative dinner. Email to reserve.

Quality Meats + Taquiza BBQ | May 19: Patrick Rebholz of Quality Meats (Cobaya #54) teams up with Steve Santana of Taquiza (Cobaya #2 and many more) for a collaborative BBQ dinner, the centerpiece of which will be a whole Florida-raised red wattle smoked pig, served with stacks of Taquiza tortillas. $60pp + tax and tip, call 305-340-3333 to reserve.

OBIES Taste of South Florida | May 20:  Michael Schwartz and many more including Justin Flit and Matt Depante of Proof Pizza and Pasta (Cobaya #48) will be at this Orange Bowl charitable event raising money for Make-A-Wish, Special Olympics and the Orange Bowl Leadership Acadamy.  Get tickets here.

Aubergine @ Alter | May 24: Brad Kilgore (Cobaya #21) continues his collaborations at Alter with great chefs from around the world, this time bringing in Justin Cogley and Ron Mendoza from Aubergine in Carmel, California. Book here.

Duck Duck Goose | June 4: Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog (Cobaya #2, 19, 50) expands the idea of his P.I.G. events to poultry with "Duck Duck Goose." Lots of Cobaya alumni will be flipping birds, including Brad Kilgore, Patrick Rebholz, and Aaron Brooks of Edge Steak (Cobaya #25, 55), plus many more. Book here.

Monday, April 11, 2016

experiment #61 - Cobaya 27 with Chef Jimmy Lebron

Another experiment in the books! This time, we headed over to 27 Restaurant in the Freehand Hotel on Miami Beach (also home to the great Broken Shaker bar, and host to Experiment #29 with Chef Brandon Baltzley) to let Chef Jimmy Lebron and crew do their thing. You can see pictures from the dinner in this Cobaya #61 at 27 Restaurant flickr set), and read recaps at Food For Thought and The Chowfather. Here's the menu Chef Lebron put together, along with cocktail pairings from bar manager Randy Perez.


Malawach, Uni Butter, Za'atar

Bombay Gin Complimented with Fresh Florida Citrus, Preserved Grapefruit and Jasmine Rice Reduction

Fresh From Florida

Whole Black Belly Rose Escabeche
Mangrove Snapper, Tangerine, Loquat, Chartreuse
Middleneck Clams, Leche de Tigre, Salsa Criolla
Little River Papaya Salad, Halloumi, Thai Chili

Treviano Lugana "Terre Molin" 2014 / Italia


Ethiopian Injera
Timatim, Wats, Gomen

Rittenhouse Bottled in Bond Rye, Combined with Meletti Amaro, Slowly Dripped through Thai Tea, Hazelnut, Cinnamon, Clove, Fresh Cranberry Hibiscus

Family Meal

Pekin Korean Duck
27 Banchan, Bok Choy Kimchee, Garden Lettuce
Confit Mole Conejo
Salsas, Ensaladas y Tortillas

Old Forester Bourbon and Homemade Coke


Baklava, Rugelach, Tea Cookies
Nana Preserved Lemon Tea

Manzanilla La Gitana Sherry Stirred with Aperol, Montanaro Bianco, Cassis Liqueur and Lemon Bitters

A big thank you to Chef Lebron, sous chef Sasha Ullman, bar manager Randy Perez, the Broken Shaker masterminds Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta, the whole crew over at 27 Restaurant (and at Bar Lab's new bar, The Anderson, where a few of us had a post-Cobaya nightcap), and as always most of all, to the guinea pigs whose interest and support makes these kind of events possible.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

friends of cobaya alerts: april 2016

We try not to flood your feed with extraneous information, but we do like to periodically bring to your attention events that may be of interest, particularly when they involve Cobaya alumni, and especially if we can help you get a discount. There happen to be several coming up:

Cochon 555 | April 3: The epic porcine festival – five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers – is back in town. This year's participants include Alex Chang of the Vagabond (Cobaya #53 and 59) and Diego Oka of La Mar (Cobaya #46), along with Michael Fiorello of Beachcraft, Xavier Torres of Drunken Dragon, and Anthony LePape of the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. Also taking part are Richard Hales of Sakaya Kitchen and BlackBrick (Cobaya #5, 11) and Jose Mendin of Pubbelly (Cobaya #37). Leading up to the main event, there's also a Late Night Asian Speakeasy at Phuc Yea on April 1, and a Chef's Course Dinner with several guest chefs at Beachraft on April 2.

Use this link to get discounted tickets ($20 off general admission, $30 off VIP).

Michelle Bernstein 10th Anniversary Dinner | April 6: Local hero Michelle Bernstein (Cobaya #12, 56) will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Michy's (n/k/a Cena by Michy) with a five-course dinner featuring several alumni as guest chefs, including Timon Balloo (Cobaya #41) as well as Lindsay Autry, Berenice de Araujo, Jason Schaan and Sarah Sipe, with wines by Allegra Angelo and cocktails by Julio Cabrera.

If you didn't get in to Cobaya #61 on the same night, get seats at this Michy's dinner here.

Flavorwalla Pizzeria | April 12: Michael Schwartz (Cobaya #49) plays host to New York chef Floyd Cardoz at Harry's Pizzeria for an Indian-inspired version of his ongoing guest chef pop-up dinners.

Book here.

StarChefs South Florida Rising Stars | April 13: The 2016 StarChefs Rising Stars tasting and awards ceremony will feature a few Cobaya alumni – Alex Chang, Diego Oka and Brad Kilgore (Cobaya #21), as well as Jimmy Everett (Valentino Cucina Italiana), Niven Patel (Michael's Genuine), Phuket Thongsodchareondee (Cake Thai Kitchen), and Cesar Zapata (The Federal).

Get tickets here, and use the code RSBLOG to get a 10% discount.

Whole Steer Weekend @ Quality Meats | April 14-16: For three days, Patrick Rebholz of Quality Meats (Cobaya #54) will be cooking an entire steer with guest chef Negro Piattoni, who's worked at Bar Tartine and Francis Mallmann's Garzon. Thursday is BBQ night, Friday is a family style dinner, an Saturday is a formal dinner.

Tickets for each night are available here.

As a side note: if you're really opposed to getting these kinds of updates, let us know. We don't expect to do so more frequently than once every month or so.