Saturday, February 27, 2016

experiment #59 - Cobaya SoBeWFF 2016 with Chefs Alex Chang, Andrew Zimmern, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Carlo Mirarchi

A year ago, we "took our talents to South Beach" for the first time, teaming up with the South Beach Wine and Food Festival to put on a dinner together. That one worked out pretty well, so we did it again this year. We were able to score another great lineup of chefs: Alex Chang of the Vagabond was our host, Andrew Zimmern made a repeat visit, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal, Son of a Gun and an ever-expanding list of new restaurants came over from Los Angeles, and Carlo Mirarchi of Blanca and Roberta's came down from Brooklyn.

It was a great night, in a great place, with some great food, and nice wines from the Bodegas Lustau portfolio. A big thank you Lee Schrager for his support, and for letting these dinners keep a little Cobaya edge to them; to all of his crew at SOBEWFF for the incredible amount of work that goes into putting on this and the million other events they have going on during the festival; to Dominique Shiekman at The Workshop Collective for being an invaluable liaison; to Alex Chang and the entire team at the Vagabond for everything they did to make this happen; to all of the chefs and their crews; and as always most of all, to the guinea pigs who come out and support these events.

(A side note: we have an upcoming event on March 8 which was originally posted as Experiment #59. We're not very good at counting. SOBEWFF was  #59, the upcoming event is actually #60. Sorry for any confusion).

Here's the night's menu:


Shaved Ribeye, Black Sapote, Burnt Eggplant and Nasturtium
Snap Peas with Leek Oil and Goat's Milk
Alex Chang

Oyster Vichyssoise, Island Creek Oysters
Andrew Zimmern

Hamachi Taco, Fish Sauce Vinaigrette, Peanut and Avocado
Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook

Viña Herminia Viura 2014
Lustau Amontillado Los Arcos
Lustau Manzanilla Papirusa

Kissing the Gunners Daughter
Lustau Manzanilla Sherry, Pimm's No. 1, simple syrup, lemon juice, topped with grapefruit soda garnished with mint bouquet, cucumber, raspberry, blackberry and strawberry


Cucumber Variation with Cherry Tomato, Za'atar and Pickled Ramp Ranch
Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook
Marquês de Irun Rueda 2014

Vitello Tonnato
Andrew Zimmern
Viña Herminia Rosado 2014

Suckling Pig marinated in Condensed Milk, Green Papaya and Preserved Marigold Salad
Alex Chang
Viña Herminia Rioja Reserva 2009


Coconut, Meyer Lemon, Poppy Seed and Celery
Carlo Mirarchi
Lustau Moscatel Emilin

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