Saturday, May 18, 2019

Cochon 555 Miami 5/19/19


Tis the season!  Cochon 555 is back in Miami on May 19, 2019.   The Biltmore Hotel will play host this year and I'm sure that the competition will be tough as always.  

At the heart of all Cochon555 events lies a culinary competition of five local chefs each presenting one whole, heritage breed pig to promote local family farming. Think of a 40-course gourmet tasting menu taken standing up. Spend Sunday afternoon feasting on 1500 pounds of heritage breed pork and ethically sourced foods during our signature three-hour experience. A portion of all sales will benefit our sister charity Piggy Bank.

General Admission is our signature three-hour experience filled with culinary wonderment! Feast on culinary creations, enjoy endless rounds of beverages -- and vote for your favorite bite of the day. From farm-to-table to Michelin star - all participating chefs share one core value: they source locally. If you like tasty pig, Cochon555 buys 1500 pounds of the "best breeds" from farmers doing it the "right way" and we serve up an intimate experience for 450 guests (you do the math).

Splurge on the VIP area and get an extra hour of extravagance. Get up close to the chefs and farmers who made it all happen, without waiting in line. Chefs will serve a preview of two dishes during VIP, enjoy exclusive access to the Punch Kings (whole bottle tequila punch competition featuring top barkeeps), and sip allocated wines and spirits that don’t last the entire event.

This year’s competing chefs include Jorgie Ramos of BARLEY, Karla Hoyos of The Bazaar by Jose Andrés, Fernando Desa of Goya, Daniel Bouza of PokéBao and Jimmy Lebron of 27 Restaurant & Bar. 

This year’s fourteen notable judges include a lineup of local luminaries such as Chef Brad Kilgore of Alter, Chef Aaron Brooks of Edge Steakhouse, Gio Gutierrez of ChatChow TV, Chef Jose Mendin of La Placita, as well as the headline all-star butcher, Andres Barrientos of Miami Smokers and of course ME!!!



Sunday, May 12, 2019

Cobaya Le Zoo Makoto

video courtesy of Wolfpak Images

Cobaya Experiment #75 was a collaboration from two spots that I highly enjoy visiting, Le Zoo and Makoto which are both owned by restaurateur Stephen Starr and located at the luxurious Bal Harbour Shops.

The guinea pigs were seated at one long table almost connecting the two restaurants inside the mall and directly over their koi pond. Chef Julian Baker from Le Zoo and Chef Anthony Micari prepared a menu that highlighted Le Zoo's French fare and Makoto's Japanese side.

The flavor combinations worked well together and their execution was spot on. The cocktail and wine parings were great too. Stephen Starr's Executive Pastry Chef, Sarah Magoon, ended the evening with a delicious dessert.

Big thanks to Julian for making sure this dinner went down and to the entire team at Le Zoo and Makoto for a fun night in a great setting and most importantly great food.

And thanks to the Guinea Pig Nation for your continued interest and support. Stay tuned for some great upcoming 

Toro Niçoise
toro zuke, pickled haricots verts, szechuan egg yolk, kabocha tempura, niçoise olive

Tokyo 75
armagnac, yuzu, champagne, absinthe spray

Japanese Bouillabaisse
aka miso, fumet, tsukiji market fish, saffron aioli, rice puff
Chardonnay, Louis Latour, "Grand Ardeche," Ardeche, FR 2015

Cervena Red Venison Loin
cauliflower purée and roasted, lardo, belgian endive, juniper jus
Hitachino Nest White Ale

Duck Confit Kabayakirobata royal trumpets, grilled garlic, beurre noisette
Pinot Noir, Domaine Danjean-Berthoux, "La Plante," Givry 1er cru, Burgundy FR 2015

Dark Chocolate Cremeuxyuzu, banana, sesame
mezcal and champagne