Monday, October 26, 2009

Cobaya Underground Dinner #2, 2.5

Many thanks to Chef Jeremiah and all of his crew, to The Factory Interactive for providing such a great venue, and to all the guinea pigs who came out Saturday and Sunday night for a couple of great dinners.


My comments and thoughts and several pictures are now up on Food For Thought Miami; you can see the complete set of pictures in this flickr set, and Jacob Katel of Miami New Times got some great shots Saturday night that are now up on the Short Order blog. Here's a nice write-up at Mango & Lime of the Sunday night dinner, and another write-up here at Blind Tastes from Blind Mind. Plus this awesome video shot on Saturday night by video artist James Painter Belvin:

For those interested in future dinners, they will be announced here and you can also join the Cobaya - Gourmet Guinea Pigs Google group and you'll get notice by email when new events are announced.

pork belly

The Saturday menu:

Greek Salad
Tomato Water, Compressed Cucumbers, Feta Stuffed Olives, Hendrick's Gin
Local Stone Crabs
Mustard Emulsion, Crab Consommé, Meyer Lemon Oil
An Ode to Autumn:
Pumpkin Burrata Dumpling
Braised Pork Belly, 63c Egg
Halibut Like a Reuben
Rye Streusel, Pastrami Dashi
72 Hour Shorties
Braised Short Ribs, Parsnips, Big Zin Redux
Coffee & Donuts
Krispy Kreme Flan

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Repeat Experiment

An experiment is of very limited value if the results can not be replicated.

On account of the rather vibrant response, we will be conducting a second Cobaya dinner experiment with Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog on Sunday October 25 and can make 12 seats available. I would like to initially open this up to those people who asked to be waitlisted for the 10/24 dinner, and then after 24 hours fill any remaining seats.

Before volunteering as a guinea pig, some information you should know: there is no "menu". Price for this dinner is $75 all inclusive. It is BYOB. 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, or religious restrictions, are salt sensitive, vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, don't like your meat cooked medium rare, or 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.

If you'd like in on the 10/25 dinner, email me at contact the underground and tell me how many seats you would like. If you receive a confirmation that seats are still available, you will then need to pay via the PayPal link given below. DO NOT PAY for seats unless you have received a confirmation. People who asked to be waitlisted for 10/24 will have first priority until midnight Wednesday, when it will be opened up to everyone else (but if you're interested please let me know and on Thursday, any available seats will be filled first come first serve).

Thanks again for your interest.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

the secret is out

UrbanDaddy ran a blurb on our little dinner thang. The response is overwhelming my inbox!

All seats for the 10/24 dinner have been filled, but I will keep track of a waitlist and will let people know, first come first serve, if seats free up. Please, DO NOT click on the PayPal link below unless you have a confirmed RSVP.

For those of you who have asked about future events, they will be announced on this website and also on the Cobaya - Gourmet Guinea Pigs Google group (formerly known as the Miami Chowdown Google group). If you join the group, you will receive emails when new events are announced.

Thanks to all for your interest!

By the way, I know this website/blog is completely goofy looking. I just changed the template, no idea if it's an improvement.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cobaya Dinner #2 - October 24

Wow, that was quick. All but 1 of the 20 seats for the second Cobaya dinner are already taken. It's going to be a fun one, with Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog, personal chef to Rick Ross, in the kitchen. You can learn a little more about him in this New Times interview, but you can possibly get an even better idea of his cooking from his Twitter feed.

Location and exact time will be provided to confirmed RSVPs in advance, but in the meantime, anyone who has a confirmed RSVP should please book their seats using the form below. Once the seats are completely filled, I will be keeping a wait list. Any reservations not booked by midnight this Friday October 9, 2009 will be released to the waitlist.

If you would like to be on the waiting list, please email me at contact the underground and I'll let you know if seats free up. Please only pay through the PayPal form below if you have a confirmed RSVP. Thanks!

How Many?

Monday, October 5, 2009

10/24 - the experiment continues

Attention guinea pigs: the experiment continues. The next Cobaya underground dinner will be Saturday October 24. Attendance is limited to 20. Cost will be $75 all-inclusive. All other deets are on a need to know basis.

If you want in, please RSVP by email: "contact the underground" and let me know for how many people, up to 4 per RSVP. If for some reason that link isn't working, it's miamichowdown [at] gmail [dot] com.