Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"Friends of Cobaya" Alert: SOBEWFF tickets, BBQ Beatz & Brew

A couple items that may be of interest to you guinea pigs:

1.24.15: BBQ. Beatz. & Brew @ gastroPod

Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog is back with the gastroPod 2.0, a kitchen built into a shiny shipping container, and he's throwing a party in Wynwood on Saturday January 24. Whole lamb BBQ, live music, and beer, all for $25. Get tickets at gastropodmiamitickets.com. To see pictures from a couple recent gastroPod visits, check out this gastroPod 2.0 flickr set.

2.19.15 SOBEWFF tickets (and discount!)

We announced a couple months ago that we were teaming up with the Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival to put on a dinner during this year's festival. That event sold out very quickly - but there are still several other dinners that look great and for which spots are still available. Better yet, the folks at SOBEWFF have passed along a nice discount code for Cobaya members to use and get a 25%+ discount. Here are the dinners, all on Thursday, February 19 (scroll down for the discount code):

Best of the Northwest Dinner hosted by Tom Douglas - Tom Douglas is one of the godfathers of Pacific Northwest cuisine. I still have very fond memories of a dinner I had years ago at his Dahlia Lounge in Seattle; since then he's opened more than a dozen restaurants around Seattle. He'll be showing what's special about the region's food - along with wines from Washington State's Ste. Michelle winery - at an intimate dinner at 1826 Restaurant and Lounge on South Beach.

Southern Divinity Dinners hosted by Frank Stitt and Kyle Knall - Frank Stitt is another name you should know, someone who was a couple decades ahead of the curve on the renewed interest in Southern food. He picked up the Beard Foundation "Best Chef in the Southeast" award in 2001 for his work at Highlands Bar and Grill, and ten years later was inducted into its "Who's Who of Food and Beverage." Kyle Knall is another Birmingham native who made his way to NYC, and now runs the kitchen at Maysville after having spent a few years at Gramercy Tavern (Maysville got a very nice New York Times review last year). They'll be cooking a Southern-themed dinner together at - where else? South Beach's Yardbird.

Retro Feast Dinner hosted by Ben Ford, Ashley Christensen and Jonathan Lane - I don't mean to dismiss the other chefs involved - Ben Ford is highly regarded for his cooking at Ford's Filling Station in LA, and Jonathan Lane has been getting raves for his elegantly classical cooking at the Traymore here in Miami - but the name that really jumps out at me here is Ashley Christensen. I've actually tried to figure out reasons to go to Raleigh, NC so I could visit Poole's Diner. Now she'll be coming here instead to cook a dinner with Ford and Lane at Traymore's home base, the Metropolitan by COMO hotel.

If you didn't get into our SOBEWFF Cobaya dinner, one of these dinners would be an awfully good consolation prize; and even if you did get in, it could be the perfect warm-up for the night before.

To get the discounted $185 price (usually $250), use the code "COBAYA15" when you purchase seats through the website (www.sobefest.com) or by calling the box office at 877-762-3933. A reminder, ALL proceeds from the Festival benefit the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at FIU, so you get to dine for a good cause too!

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