Everyone is usually all blah, blah, Miami this, or Miami that. All right, we get it, Miami has a lot going on in terms of arts, cultural, and culinary events.
However, when it comes to great chefs, Broward and Palm Beach Counties have some all star talent on our home-team roster; so much so, in fact, that a few are making appearances at the much-loved Miami Beach spot Tongue & Cheek.
As the first night of the three part Kitchen Collaboration series, Sundy House's Lindsay Autry joined Jamie DeRosa in the kitchen for a joint-effort multi-course meal.
DeRosa and Autry came up with a final menu after more than two months of sharing ideas through email and phone calls.
"By the end we had about 20 pages of notes with so many revisions we ran out of different colors for the document," said DeRosa with a laugh. "With everything else going on between us, we were still finalizing plans this morning. It was a lot of work, but it was fun."
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For $75 per person with a $25 paired wine flight option, guests were treated to an impressive and somewhat exotic menu as well as a chance to meet and mingle with the conspiring chefs.
The menu included:
Welcome reception of snacks and signature cocktail -- Centennial Kumquat Old Fashioned
Escarole, flavors of celery, Cypress Creek tome, Black Mission figs, smoked walnuts
Sous vide albacore tuna, yogurt semifredo, cockles, spiced pear dashi
Crispy fried pork porchon, centennial kumquat, pumpkin seed, mostarda
Goat milk gnocchi, octopus bolognese, uni + bottarga
Rabbit lapin à la moutarde, carrot, sunflower seed risotto, marshmallow
Red banana mousse "cake" with chocolate soil and garden citrus; matcha tea ice cream with lemon balm, sorrel and coastal huckleberries. Followed by a plate of mignardises.
The next collaboration takes place on Thursday, October 17, with Buccan's Clay Conley followed by the final event on Wednesday, November 20 with Paula DaSilva who recently took the reigns at her old stomping ground 3030 Ocean -- DaSilva spent a number of years working under Dean Max and even appeared on Hell's Kitchen during her tenure at 3030.
For tickets or more information visit Tickets are available at tandcmiami.brownpapertickets.com.
Update: Friday, September 27, 9:30 a.m. For those of you who missed out, Tongue & Cheek will be offering the following dishes from the collaboration on its Miami Spice menu until Monday, September 30:
· Chilled Tuna, Yoghurt Semifredo, Puffed Rice, Spiced Pear Dashi
· Crispy Fried Pork Torchon, Grilled Fig, Pumpkin Seed, Mostarda
· Escarole, Celery, Sweet Grass Tomme, Gala Apples, Smoked Walnuts
· Ricotta Gnocchi, Octopus Bolognese, Uni + Bottarga
· Rabbit "à la Moutarde", Carrot, Sunflower Seed Risotto, Marshmallow
Tongue & Cheek is located at 431 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. Call 305-704-2900, or visit tandcmiami.com.
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