Saturday, August 24, 2019

cobaya experiment #78 - Cobaya Isabela with Chef José Ramirez-Ruiz

Cobaya Isabela with Chef Jose Ramirez-Ruiz

Another experiment successfully completed! Number 78 was with chef José Ramirez-Ruiz, formerly of Semilla restaurant in Brooklyn, where he earned a Michelin star, a two-star New York Times review, a four-star Eater review, and inclusion in everyone's best new restaurants lists when it opened in 2015. Fortunately for us, Ramirez-Ruiz is in Miami now, and working on opening a restaurant - to be called Isabela - that will focus on "local flora and fauna."

He gave us a preview with our dinner at Little River Miami, a multi-purpose space in Little Haiti / Little River. You can read a longer recap at Food For Thought, and see more pictures in this Cobaya Isabela flickr set. Here was the lineup (with links to pictures):

A big thank you to Chef Ramirez-Ruiz, to all of his crew who made it a great night for everyone, to Little River Miami for providing the space, to Madre Selva for providing all the lush greenery, and as always most all, to the guinea pigs whose interest and support make these events possible.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

cobaya experiment #79 - 09.04.19

Greetings Guinea Pigs – it's time for another experiment!

Quick Details:
Date: 09.04.19 (Wednesday)
Price: $98 (inclusive of tax and tip)
Start time: 7:00pm

We will be doing a drawing for seats from all requests received over the first 48 hours. Please get your requests in quickly, and if you get a spot, please book it quickly.

To request spots, please send an email to and let us know how many you're requesting.

You will be advised by Monday August 26 if your request has been confirmed. You'll then need to book your seats by 5pm on Wednesday August 28, or we will need to release the seats to the wait list to ensure all spots are filled. Note the tight schedule: please make your request quickly, and if you get a spot, please book quickly.

We have limited seating available, and while we try to accommodate everyone who is interested, that is usually not possible - most events fill up fast. Due to space limitations, we will limit people to 2 spots per request, though if you're interested in more let us know and your request will be added to the waitlist.

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.

There will be an optional $46.50 beverage pairing; a la carte beverages will also be available. We're still checking on BYOB (please confirm in advance).

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 #79 - choose # and pairing