Monday, January 21, 2019

Ama-kase with Chef Brad Kilgore at Kaido



Omakase
(Japanese: お任せ) is a Japanese phrase
that means "I'll leave it up to you"
(from Japanese "to entrust" (任せる makaseru)


Ama-kase
a multi-course culinary tour of the senses,
through the mind of
Chef Brad Kilgore...


now serving | limited availability


786.409.5591


TOCK Reservations Link

I've had 3 great visits so far and already booked an Ama-Kase!! No doubt that these will be must do dinners. Check out my Instagram Feed if you want to see some photos of what they are doing food and cocktail wise.  See you there!!





KAIDO


Design District Shops
151 NE 41st Street Unit 217
Miami, FL 33137


786-409-5591
info@kilgoreculinary.com

HOURS OF OPERATION

Dinner
Tuesday to Sunday
7 pm – 11pm
Closed Mondays

Friday, January 11, 2019

Ice Cream with Love 1/12 & 1/13 at Bal Harbour Shops







            Benefitting Holtz Children’s Hospital
January 12 & 13, 2019 · 1 – 5 PM · Bal Harbour Shops




Jackson Health Foundation, South Florida’s charity of choice, has partnered with Bal Harbour Shops to host Ice Cream We Love, a fun-filled weekend featuring a curated lineup of delicious ice cream vendors from around the U.S., to benefit Holtz Children’s Hospital, one of the largest children’s hospitals in the southeast United States.

Ice Cream We Love honors the legacy and philanthropy of Stanley Whitman, the founder of Bal Harbour Shops, whose favorite dessert was ice cream. Mr. Whitman is a longtime supporter of Holtz Children’s Hospital and his generosity has helped to save the lives of children throughout South Florida. In 2018, the event’s inaugural year, over 700 people attended over the two-day weekend, to support Holtz Children’s Hospital. Get the scoop and join us in 2019 to make miracles happen for patients at Holtz Children’s Hospital.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Cobaya Norman V @ Three






Cobaya #74 went down a few months ago and yes this post is embarrassingly overdue.  Partly because I've had some unfortunate personal issues that have thwarted my ability to write about my love and enjoyment of food.  But in all sincerity, I really wasn't up to the challenge of writing about a local legend.   

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Yes, it took us 74 underground and experimental dinners in Miami and just over 9 years to get the "founding father of new world cuisine" into the Cobaya kitchen.  

Cobaya dinners just happen.  A call or email  from a chef.  A random text from a PR rep and bam! A fantastic dinner is on the horizon.  Truth be told, Norman has been on the top of our list since we started this fun little experiment.  Timing is always key and we just never made it happen while he was running Tuyo with his long- time right-hand man, chef Jeffrey Brana and a rising star chef, Michael Beltran who entered the Cobaya Kitchen earlier this year.  But when he opened Three in Wynwood, we knew the time had come.  And it was truly an honor to have him cook for us.

I know when you ask local food fans about Norman the first words out of their mouths are usually legend and godfather of Miami cuisine.  But I think more importantly he was a pioneer, a chef with vision and a mentor to countless chefs.  Many of which have gone on to achieve success and fame on their own.  Most, if not all would probably give Norman credit, praise and thanks for guiding them through his exhausting kitchens and onto a culinary path of success.  

I actually started to write my recap of the delicious dinner the next day.  Writer's block set in.  How can my amateur writing do proper justice for someone so important to the Miami food scene?  He's not only witnessed its birth and growth but has continued to live it and still impressively remains at the forefront of this evolving and amazing food scene.  

As a result, I decided to reach out to chefs who could better explain his influence on not only the community as a whole but to them as well.  

What impact has Norman had on the local food scene?

Chef Michael Beltran, Ariete:

"Norman was doing this before everyone else was. Ask Teena's Pride who her first customers were and I bet she would say Norman was one of the first ones. He paved the way for chefs like myself to express ourself the way we do. That is quite the impact because if you look around the culinary scene in Miami is booming and a lot of that has to do with NVA." 

How has he influenced you personally as a chef?

Chef Beltran:

"I owe a whole lot to Norman, on a personal level when he offered me a job the second time I was in a really tough spot in my life and that job in a lot of ways saved my career. 

As a chef when it comes to food he helped me out of my shell. He challenged me to do more. He pushed me to another level, from how to cook to the books I read. He was a big influence in my life. These are just some of the reasons I am very thankful that he not only is a mentor but a friend."


Chef Nina Compton, Compare Lapin & Bywater American Bistro in New Orleans:

"Chef Norman inspired me so much. He opened my eyes, using humble ingredients that I had grown up with in the Caribbean and elevating them on the plate. On top of that, he is a genuinely caring man."


For Cobaya, Norman and his talented team at Three delivered a creative and delicious meal from start to finish.  Yes, Chef Brana was in the house as was his current chef de cuisine Juan Garrido along with Pastry Chef, Mame Sow.  Service was top notch and the wine pairing was thoughtful and enjoyable.  

If you haven't been to Three in Wynwood, I highly recommend paying them a visit.  Go sit at the kitchen counter where you have a front row seat to watch and interact with the hardworking and talented chefs. 

On a side note, Norman runs a cooking school adjacent to the restaurant called In The Kitchen with Norman which I am looking forward to visiting.  

As always, huge thanks to the Guinea Pig Nation for your continued interest, patience and support.  See you soon!




Chilled Lobster "Vuelve a la Vida", mezcal, avocado, jicama salad
Segura Viudas, Brut Rosé Cava, Spain


Barbeque'd Green Asparagus, smoked benne seed, summer lettuces, preserved citrus
Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko, Santorini, Greece







Wood-Grilled Foie Gras Shawarma, pineapple al pastor, shishito kosho yogurt
Seresin Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand




Yellowedge Grouper Cooked in Seaweed, miso baked turnips, meyer lemon bonito butter
Granbazan Rias Baixas Albariño, Spain




Slow-Roasted Heritage Chicken: Hainanese Chicken Rice



Super Chicken Arepa, grilled corn butter, guasacaca
Brooks Willamette Winery Pinot Noir, Oregon






Tree of Life, baobab mousse, hibiscus curd, yogurt cake, honey-lavender cream
La Spinetta Moscato, Italy

The Guanaja, devil's food cake, guanaja cremeux, milk espuma, roasted white chocolate ice cream (missed the shot)
Morellino di Scansano, Sangiovese, Italy


50 NW 24th St
Miami, FL 33127
Wynwood 





Wednesday, October 24, 2018

PIG 9 Pork is Good 11/4/18



PIG 9 Pork is Good
Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

P.I.G. (Pork Is Good), now in its 9th year, is the creation of Jeremiah Bullfrog.

SPECIAL MUSICAL GUESTS: DJ le Spam, Lumin, Cosmo Baker, and a special live performance by
Marc Rebillet

Come find out why this is called the #1 party in Miami of the year!

PIG 9 Chef Line up
Steve Santana - Taquiza
James Strine - Buccan WPB
Jake Rojas - Tallulah’s Taquiera Providence RI
Brian Mullins - Ms Cheezious
Josh Gripper - The Dutch MB
Roel Alcudia - Mandolin
Clark Bowen - Boulud Sud Miami
Tim Lipman - Culinary Cafe & The Parched Pig WPB
Jeremiah Bullfrog - Square Pie City
Babe Froman - Babe’s Meat Counter
Jose Mendin - Pubbelly
Karla Hoyos- Bazaar
Scott Linquist - Coyo Taco
Alex Meyer & Luciana Giangrandi - La Pollita
Danny Ramirez - The Westchester
Valerie Chang - Itamae
Alexander Powell - Market at the EDITION
Alberto Cabrera - Marabu
Niven Patel - Ghee
Andrew Zarzosa - Yuzu
Cake - Cake Thai
Tom Bils + Joshua Gonzalez - Mama’s Boys
Cleophus “Chef Ophus” Hethington - Ębí Chop Bar
Sanguich de Miami - Daniel Figueredo and Rosa Romero
Alissa Frice - Frice Cream
Chase Rodriquez - Sabal coffee
Featured Mixologist: David Cedeno- mini bar at Urbanica


Tickets range from $54 to $93 and can be purchased HERE


Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 Northeast 59th Terrace
Miami, FL 33137

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Sunday Supper - Korean BBQ at Three Wynwood 9/9/18




Three
50 NW 24th Street,
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 748-4540

Monday - Closed

Tuesday & Wednesday                               Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Thursday                                                      Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm      

Friday                                                           Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Saturday                                                      Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Sunday                                                        Brunch 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

HAPPY HOUR Tues - Sat 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Game of Somms II at Bourbon Steak 8/29/18



Yes!!!  Game of Somms is back!  I attended the last battle between Bourbon Steak and Stripsteak  and it was a fantastic dinner thanks to Chef Gabe Fenton and his talented crew.  But the pairings were fantastic too and it was a real fun and friendly battle. 

This will be a really fun night for wine lovers plus one of the best chefs in town.  Oh and some of the best somms around pouring their best stuff.  

See you there!