August 6, 2014
"The “Battle of the Caja China” took place last night under misty skies in the beautiful garden setting of The Grove at W South Beach, where The Dutch is located.
This was the last in this summer's July Bourbon, Beer & 'Cue series, in which Chef de Cuisine Conor Hanlon of The Dutch pairs up with local guest chefs to offer different takes on barbeque. Past events have paired Chef Conor with Chef Jamie DeRosa of Tongue & Cheek, Chef Bradley Kilgore from J&G Grill, Levi Raines of The Dutch and James Seyba of Freehand/Broken Shaker. ( MIAbites: It's July...time for BBQ, Bourbon and Beer at The Dutch! )
For this final event, Chef Hanlon was joined by Jeremiah Bullfrog of Gastropod and Aaron Brooks of EDGE Steak and Bar. Even The Dutch owner/chef Andrew Carmellini could be spotted moving from station to station ensuring that the chefs had everything they needed and letting them soak up the limelight...a true testament of his dedication to his Miami Beach location.
Each chef prepared a different protein in the Caja China, as well as a variety of delicious side dishes, and the results were stellar! The chefs' talents and personal approaches to the task shone through. Chef Conor served Moroccan spiced lamb; Chef Jeremiah worked with almost every part of the pig, including a five-foot long porchetta; and Chef Aaron cooked a leg and belly of beef. It took some discipline to leave room for dessert, but it paid off, with Rocky Road Sundaes and all the trimmings."
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