Sunday, July 28, 2013

experiment #34 - DB Cobaya Moderne with Chef Matthieu Godard

Cobaya Experiment #34 brought forty guinea pigs to DB Bistro Moderne this past Tuesday to see what Chef Matthieu Godard and crew are cooking at this Miami outpost of the Daniel Boulud empire. You can see pictures above or in this "DB Cobaya Moderne" flickr set; a recap will follow shortly and read a recap at Food For Thought. Here is the menu they put together for us:

Flavors of the Mediterranean

Assiette Charcuterie Share Boards

Serrano Wrapped Swordfish
Caponata, Saffron Tomato Vinaigrette, Baby Zucchini

Albert Mann Riesling "Cuvée Albert" 2009

Hickory Smoked Duck Breast
Ginger Caramelized Apricot, Confit Pinenut Pastilla

Matarromerra Ribero del Duero Crianza 2008

Peach Empanada with Thai Basil Ice Cream

Black Forest Cake
Pistachio Biscuit, Chocolate Cremeux, White Chocolate Soft Ganache, Poached Cherries, Pistachio Ice Cream

Madeleines and Canelés

This was surely one of the most elegant Cobaya events we've ever had. Many thanks to Chef Godard, Pastry Chef Jerome Maure, and all the crew in the kitchen and front of house at DB for hosting one of our events; and most of all, to all of the guinea pigs whose interest and support makes these experiments possible.

Monday, July 8, 2013

experiment #34 - 7/23/13

It's been a quiet summer for us so far, but it's time for another experiment!

Quick Details:
Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Price: $100 (inclusive of tax & tip); optional $25 pairing
Start time: likely 7:00-7:30pm

We will be doing a drawing for seats from all requests received over the first 48 hours, with additional requests filled, if possible, in the order they're received.

Please send an email to request seats using the "contact the underground" link to your right, and let us know how many you're requesting.

You will be advised by Friday July 12 if your request has been confirmed. You'll then need to book your seats by noon on Tuesday July 16, or we may need to release them to the waitlist to ensure all spots are filled.

We have limited seating and while we try to accommodate everyone who is interested, that is usually not possible - most events are filled very quickly. We will need to limit seat requests to 2 per person - if you'd like more, let us know and we'll keep track of a "wish list" and fill if possible.

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. There will be a short window of time to book before seats need to be released back to the waitlist to make sure they're filled.

BYOB should be OK, though we encourage you to consider the pairing option.

Confirmed and paid-up attendees will receive an e-mail the day before the event, confirming the location and other details.

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.

Plus some legalese: please note that if you're requesting a spot, you understand that any food or beverages you consume are at your own risk, that you voluntarily assume any and all risks, known and unknown, and voluntarily release the organizers of the event from any claims, including personal injury and wrongful death, resulting in any manner from your participation in this event, whether caused by negligence or otherwise. Hopefully it won't come to that.

Look forward to seeing you there. As always, thank you for your support.


experiment #34 - choose pairing?