Cobaya experiment 56 went down at Michelle Bernstein's Seagrape restaurant located at the Thompson hotel on Miami Beach. 26 guinea pigs were treated to a terrific night thanks to Jason Schaan, executive sous chef at the Thompson along with the recently promoted chef de cuisine of Seagrape, Tony Velazquez and their kitchen team.
This was the second foray into the Cobaya Kitchen for both chefs. Jason assisted Michelle at Cobaya 12 and Tony assisted Paula DaSilva at Cobaya 27. Wine director Zach Gossard is another Cobaya veteran. He was responsible for the impressive pairing at Cobaya 45 with Danny Grant at the now defunct Restaurant 1826. As expected, he delivered another outstanding pairing which was a steal at $35. Don't sleep the pairings guinea pigs.
The front of the house was in the hands of another Cobaya vet, general manager Jorge Anaya-Lopez who always brings a touch of class to the table.
I've always been interested in doing a solo Cobaya with Jason because he's on the short list of underrated talents in Miami. He's been cooking with Michelle for over ten years dating back to Azul and was her chef de cuisine at Michy's. As Biggie would say "if you don't know now you know...."
Tony is on the rise and has previously worked under Kerry Simon, Alessandro Stratta, Bradley Ogden and Joachim Splichal.
We did not eat or drink any seagrapes but the night was littered with a plethora of my favorite things highlighted by fantastic whole roasted foie gras. Pastry chef Richard Vaughn ended the night on a sugar high with his coconut and plum pies.
Big thanks to the entire Seagrape and Thompson team for an enjoyable night and to all the guinea pigs for your continued interest and support.
Calm before the guinea pig storm...
l'explorateur and shaved lardo
Masami Wagyu Beef Belly Tartare
chorizo, quail egg, bearnaise sabayon
Maine Lobster Toast
salted butter, shaved radish, trout caviar
The terrific trio of snacks
Sparkling Rose of Gamay, Grandin, Nuits Saint Georges
tonnato, bottarga, rye toast
hand-rolled garganelli, venus clams, manila clams, salsify, uni butter
Domaine Lupin Roussette de Savoie, Frangy
Whole Roasted Foie Gras
vadouvan spiced pumpkin jam and house brioche
Crispy Potato Wrapped Fluke
burgundy black truffle, artichoke barigoule, calabrian chili roe
Domaine Joseph Voillot Bourgogne Rouge, Volnay
Colorado Lamb Chop
fall legumes, lamb sweetbreads, potato gnocchi, roasted bone jus
August Clape "Vin de Amie," Northern Rhone
Blood Orange Sorbet Intermezzo
Coconut Cream Pie
Plum & Raisin Pie
A sweet ending to a delight full night.
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