Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cobaya 31 - Area 31 with Chef E. Michael Reidt

Another experiment successfully concluded, this one with Chef E. Michael Reidt of Area 31 restaurant in the Epic Hotel in downtown Miami. Recap to follow is now up at Food For Thought and from The Chowfather. My pictures are in this Cobaya 31 flickr set; there's more here from jsdonn, and another nice recap from one of our guests (also a cook at a nearby restaurant) at Lady of the Knife.

Here's the menu:

Amuse Bouche
Heirloom Tomatoes, Peaches, Flowering Basil
Roederer NV Brut Premier

Cobia Ceviche
Pressed Avocado, Puffed Rice, Granny Smith Apple, Red Pepper Sorbet
Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2010

Foie Gras "Fluff"
Smoked Peach, Crispy Basil Sponge, Pineapple, Tamarind Gastrique
"Cobaya Cocktail"

Maine Lobster, Green Asparagus, Grapefruit, Vanilla Turnips
Luca Chardonnay 2007

Diver Scallop
Crab, Farro, Chorizo, English Peas, Coconut Broth
Turkey Flats Rose 2008

Sous Vide Duck
Confit Pork Belly, Carrot, Curry, Pistachio
Bell Syrah 2007

Dark Chocolate
Truffles, Dehydrated Mousse, Yogurt, Cherry Sorbet
Lindeman's Framboise Lambic

Thanks once again to all of our guinea pigs, to Chef Reidt for putting together a great dinner, and also to Megan Ratti, general manager at Area 31, who was such a pleasure to work with and did a great job helping coordinate our event.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Cobaya Experiment #13 - Monday June 13, 2011

Quick Details:
Date: Monday, June 13, 2011.
Price: $85pp, $105pp with wine pairing (inclusive of tax & tip).
Start time: Likely 7:30pm.

Sorry once again for the short notice! We will do a similar routine as last time, with a drawing for seats from all requests received before midnight this Tuesday June 7, 2011, and additional requests filled, if possible, in the order they're received.

The drill is the same as always: please send an email to request seats (you can use the "contact the underground" link to the right). You will be advised by Wednesday June 8 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.

When your seat request has been confirmed, please book it using the PayPal link which will be set up on the Cobaya website. 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.

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 June 11, 2011, confirming the location and other details.

As always, thank you for your interest.


Cobaya 6/13/11