Cobaya Miami Experiment #79 was a return to the scene of a wonderful Cobaya dinner with legendary Miami chef, Norman Van Aken at Three restaurant located in Wynwood. Norman is unfortunately no longer affiliated with Three but the menu and kitchen is still in the fantastic hands of one of my favorite local chefs, Jeffrey Brana and his cutting edge team.
We happily returned to Three for another Cobaya dinner because it was with a talented visiting chef, Ari Taymor from Little Prince in Santa Monica, California. Ari is a former James Beard rising star nominated chef who previously owned the popular Los Angeles spot Alma which won best new restaurant in America in 2013 by bon appétit. Ari is known for his flavorful vegetable forward dishes. For Cobaya, he hit us with a well rounded menu full of great flavors and perfectly executed dishes. It was truly fantastic dinner form start to finish.
Ari and Jeffrey happily expediting for the guinea pigs.
with braised bacon and smoked potato
Raventos I Blanc, Conca del Riu Anoia Brut 2014, Textures de Pedra, Penedes Spain
melon, cucumber and burrata with pink peppercorn vinaigrette
Domaine Huet, Vouvray Moelleux Clos du Bourg 2018, Loire Valley, France
with heirloom tomatoes and a sauce made from the bones
Alphonse Mellot, La Moussiere, Sancerre 2017, Loire Valley, France
with black garlic, fingerlings and frisée
Federico Orsi, Vigneto San Vito Vigna del Grotto 2016, Emilia Romagna, Italy
from Jamison Farm with cilanto and black vinegar chimichurri
Moccagatta, Barbaresco 2014, Piedmont, Italy
with almond scented cream and plum sherbet
Cruse Wine & Co., Ricci Vineyard St. Laurent 2018, California, United States
As always a huge thank you to the guinea pig nation for your continued interest and support. The demand far outweighs the available seats and we genuinely hate that aspect of hosting these dinners.
And of course, a huge thank you to Chef Taymor, and Chef Brana along with at Three executive chef Brian Vaughn, pastry chef Karla Hernandez and sommelier Jean-Baptiste Barre for some great pours. And thanks to co-owners Candace Walsh and Susan Buckley for your continued support of Cobaya and the local dining scene.