Tuesday, February 15, 2011

experiment #10 - CobayIdeas in Food - 2/26

Good morning, guinea pigs! It's time for another experiment, this one a little more special than usual.

Saturday, February 26, 2011. Price will be $105 (all inclusive). BYOB. Start time probably 8pm.

In a break from the usual routine, we're lifting the cloak a bit and letting you know who will be our chef for the evening. If you're an avid follower of contemporary cooking discussions, you will probably already be familiar with Aki Kamozawa and Alex Talbot, the couple behind Ideas in Food. Ideas in Food is a culinary consulting business, it's a blog, and it's now a book as well: Ideas in Food: Great Recipes and Why They Work. Alex and Aki are relentlessly creative and their ideas are a frequent source of inspiration to other chefs. A quick browse of the blog will give a good idea of some of the things they're up to, and their recently released book has also gotten national attention, including in the NY Times.

So Alex will be in Miami and cooking a Cobaya dinner, with some assistance from the gastroPod. And we're pretty excited.

Otherwise, the drill is the same as always: please send an email to request seats, and let me know how many you're requesting (you can use the "contact the underground" link at the top right of this page). By Friday February 18 you will be advised if the request has been confirmed. We have limited seating and while we try to accomodate everyone who is interested, that is usually not possible - most events are filled very quickly.

We will also hold back a few seats for a "lottery," to be conducted on Friday Feb. 18, for those folks who do not compulsively check their emails.

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, as we are working on a tight schedule and will start filling waitlist seats on Tuesday February 22.

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.

Confirmed and paid-up attendees will receive an e-mail on Friday February 25, confirming the location and other details.

As always, thank you for your interest.

Cobaya Ideas in Food Dinner 2/26 ($105/seat)