We took some time off, but WE'RE BACK. Experiment #71 took place Monday night at Chef Michael Beltran's restaurant Ariete in Coconut Grove, hosted forty of us for a white-tablecloth, eight-course, classically inspired dinner. You can read a full recap at Food For Thought and see all the pictures in this Cobaya Ariete flickr set. Here's what was on the menu:
Cocktail "El Sueno"
Pineapple, dark rum, Pavan, prosecco
herb butter, truffle butter
stone crab beggars purses, cherries and chicken liver, tostone smoked fish rilletes
Quintero Farms egg, malanga, sugar cane, herb, caviar
foie gras and eel, confit plum, white bread
oxtail, carrot, zucchini, bone marrow, consommé
heirloom tomato confit, ravioli of tomato and salt cod
roasted stone fruit and sauce Diane
honey, apple, frangipane
Tibetan tea, Ya'an city, Meng Ding Mountain
As always, a big thank you to Chef Beltran, for finally pulling off so successfully a dinner that's been a long time coming, to all of his crew in the kitchen and front of house at Ariete, to JoJo Tea for a nice nightcap, and as always, to all of the guinea pigs whose interest and support make these events possible.