Buck’s Goes Poolside for the Summer, Beginning with Biscayne Bay Brewing Co.

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This Thursday, July 2 we are diving head first into summer with our first Buck’s Beer Garden Poolside at The Raliegh Hotel Miami Beach! We’re kicking it off with Biscayne Bay Brewing Company and their divinely refreshing drafts. We’ve also added a few pool games, so bring your swim suit!

Biscayne Bay Brewing Co. is located in Doral, where they have a 15 barrel brew house, which means they can brew about 465 gallons of frothy amber goodness at one time. The BBBC owners have a background in politics as well as a deep love of beer, when they traveled the country and noticed craft breweries popping up every where, they decided to set up shop at home. The Doral brew house officially opened in August 2014 and they are planning to open a tap room in the next few months. I spoke with Tito, brand ambassador at BBBC, who said the brewers really make his job easy. “The beers speak for themselves. A great brewer is like a great chef! There are so many different types of yeast, hops and grains and BBBC brewers know how to make the most of them. It’s incredible what they can do.”

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Find BBBC on tap at Buck’s and at the hotel all month, check out the line up:

1513 Golden ale
Miami pale ale
Biscayne Bay Saison
La Colada Porter
Double nine IPA
Pequeña habana pilsner

The Double Nine is a Rocky Mountain Pale Ale “so big, so bold” BBBC boasts, “it deserves its own snifter.” A nod to 18th Century ship imbibers, this IPA does not mess around. Striking a balance between a malty foundation and grapefruit finish, this is the ideal poolside brew. Using a variety of hops BBBC brings us a beer with “a pungent citrus-driven hop infusion.” And… we’re sold! See you this Thursday and again on July 16, poolside!

Quick Buck’s recap: The beer garden is on every first and third Thursday of the month from 6PM – 10PM, The Raleigh brings its iconic backyard Oasis to life for locals and visitors, with local craft brews, Genuine Food, lawn games and much more!  There is no cover charge to attend.Guests have the flexibility with an a la carte, “pay-as-you-go” format purchasing tickets at a booth for food, beer and wine (one ticket equals $1).  The Raleigh will offer a special valet rate with Buck’s cashier validation of $5 per car, subject to availability. A different local brewery is featured monthly and will serve 12 ounce pours of a selection of beer for 5 tickets ($5); Michael’s Genuine® Home Brew for 5 tickets ($5); wine by the glass is also available for 5 tickets ($5); and full bar available for more tickets.  All food items are less than 10 tickets ($10) and served from concession-style stations. Savory items include, a soft pretzel, sausage with toppings, Tuna sandwich, Veggie Sandwich and burgers with an assortment of toppings and sides of warm German potato salad and bacon and savoy-celery root slaw. For the sweeter side, DIY s’more kits with are ready to roast on at the firepit.  Lawn games include ping pong, corn hole and giant Jenga.

Cheers and see you Thursday at 6pm!

Join Amy and Harry’s for July’s OMG! Dinner & a Movie

O Cinema Wynwood and Harry’s Pizzeria reunite to celebrate AMY, the new documentary chronicling the career and life of Amy Winehouse, for our OMG! Dinner & A Movie series on July 9. A once-in-a-generation talent, Winehouse captivated us with her unforgettable voice. A jazz artist in the truest sense, she sang about her experience and struggles with raw honesty. The film, directed by Asif Kapadia, features previously unheard tracks and archival footage of Amy in her element. We’ve been humming the soundtrack for weeks, and absolutely cannot wait to see this film!

Doors open at 6pm and the movie starts at 7. General admission tickets are $40 and VIP tickets are $55 (the VIP tickets come with a signed copy of Chef’s cookbook Michael’s Genuine Food.)  Tickets are now LIVE and can purchased through O Cinema, here!  Chef de Cuisine Daniel Ramirez wrote a menu fit for a Queen, see below!

Fennel and radish salad with preserved lemon vinaigrette
Sunday roast with braised beef
Roasted summer vegetables with parmesan
Mashed potatoes and Yorkshire pudding
Banoffee pie (a traditional English pie made with banana, cream and toffee)
And a special movie snack of home made spiced corn nuts!

Summer at The Cypress Room Shines in The Beverage Book

Cool off from Miami’s heat with something new and refreshing at our elegant American dining room and bar in the Design District!  Beginning today, The Beverage Book at The Cypress Room features six new cocktails from Aperitifs and Classics to Specialty Housemade. Also, for the first time the restaurant offers nightly-changing cocktail and spirits pairings for its 5-course Tasting Menu in a “Bartender’s Choice,” available for $40 additional, plus tax and gratuity.

Inspired by the classics and summer in the Magic City, TGHG Beverage Director Ryan Goodspeed reimagines old school cocktails through a modern American lens.  Pouring into vintage bar books and cocktails lists from as early as 1895, Goodspeed can usually find a home for a new idea he’s had or a new ingredient he’d like to feature.

“The beverage program at The Cypress Room is unabashedly spirit driven and careful calculation goes into each drink,” says Mr. Goodspeed.  “Cypress cocktails have a depth and texture to them. They are well-mannered, but get straight to the point!”

Beginning with light and refreshing Aperitifs (11), Four Rosés blushes with Chef Schwartz’s favorite, featuring rosé wine, Lillet rosé, Dillon’s gin-based rosé liqueur, rosebud and hibiscus flower water and a lemon twist. Lonely Negroni combines Miller’s Westborne gin, Campari, Aperol, JuJube syrup, lemon and orange peel. Classics (12) add a Whiskey Sour with WhistlePig rye, Cardamaro, lemon, simple syrup, egg whites and orange bitters, and Singapore Sling shakes Fords gin, Cherry Herring, Cointreau, Benedictine, pineapple, lime, angostura and a maraschino cherry. Specialty Housemade (14) includes Brewster highlighting the final harvest of the lychee season with vodka or gin, simple syrup, lime and cilantro. And every summer needs an anthem, so for Cypress it comes in the form of Summer’s Soda, a clear-as-a-summer’s-day elixir packing a punch with Highwest Silver Rye, Dolin Blanc, lemon, and lemongrass-lavender-chamomile syrup.

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Christian and Ryan, a meeting of the beverage minds over the TCR bar.

Cocktail and spirits pairings at The Cypress Room change nightly based on the 5-course tasting menu of the evening. Each day before dinner service our chefs review the dishes with Bartender Christian Carnevale and General Manager Amanda Su who perform some improvisational magic exercising their smarts and a little creative license for good measure.

Christian says, “The guests at The Cypress Room are looking to see what we can do. They are genuinely interested in what they’re drinking – whether it’s from a wine glass or a highball. They want to test our knowledge. These pairings give us an opportunity to converse with the Tasting Menu, show off what we can do and get creative! Our focus is on guest experience, everything is thought of beforehand, needs are anticipated and tailored to you.”

And if you were to ask Ryan, what makes a good cocktail? He’d say, “if you keep going back for more!” And we sure will, see you at The Cypress Room!  What will be your summer cocktail go-to at The Cypress Room? Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @thecypressroom and tag us on your next visit. New summer hours offer dinner Monday through Thursday, 6-10pm and Friday and Saturday 6pm-12am. The restaurant is closed Sundays.

The Cypress Room is located at 3620 Northeast Second Avenue in Miami’s Design District. Reservations recommended by calling 305.520.5197 or emailing reservations@thecypressroom.com. For more information, including current menus, please visit thecypressroom.com.

A Curtain Call for Cayman

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After 5 years bringing fresh, simple, pure to the Cayman Islands, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink’s Grand Cayman outpost will be closing later this summer, with its final service on Sunday, August 30.

“It’s never easy to close the book on a project you feel genuinely proud of, but it’s time to move on,” says Schwartz. “I’m honored by the support we have received over the years in Cayman and from our partners at Camana Bay. It feels good knowing that the legacy of slow food will continue long past the departure of Michael’s Genuine. As for The Genuine Hospitality Group, we will focus our attention on growing the core business from Miami.”

It’s been an amazing ride, and we have learned so much from the island and made so many memories in the process, sharing the best of Cayman with our friends from the States!  Just click the Cayman Correspondence category and countless examples flood back.  Not soon after opening the restaurant in June of 2010, Michael received recognition in the New York Times as one of four world-renowned chefs bringing their outposts to the Caribbean, casting the Cayman Islands into the spotlight as a growing culinary destination in its own right. Through the restaurant’s renewed commitment to sourcing from local farmers, serving seasonal ingredients, and putting the invasive lionfish on the menu – chef Thomas Tennant’s passion project that made waves across the island and beyond, locals were drawn into the town center of Camana Bay for a new, genuine taste of the island.

The neighborhood bistro became a favorite in the community, winning the Cayman Islands Tourism Association’s Cayman’s Favourite Restaurant award 4 out of 5 years, most recently this February. Its Happy Hour exposed Grand Cayman to new craft spirits and cocktails, beer, and wine and celebrated its own distillery and brewery. Michael’s Genuine co-founded Slow Food Day with Slow Food South Sound, an annual event in its fourth year forging relationships with farmers and chefs across the island that catalyzed the addition of a weekly Farmer’s Market to Camana Bay providing further stimulus to the island’s agricultural economy.

“Michael’s Genuine has been an important part of establishing Camana Bay as the place to be for food enthusiasts in the Cayman Islands, and we appreciate all that Michael and the team have done to strengthen Grand Cayman’s culinary community,” said Jackie Doak, Chief Operating Officer of Dart Realty, the developer of Camana Bay. “This fall we look forward to introducing a new family-friendly pizza and pasta restaurant which will be operated by a group of local restauranteurs, bringing a new experience to Camana Bay’s already diverse offerings from a dozen restaurants, cafés and eateries.”

The restaurant will remain active in its last summer and offers fans myriad opportunities to savor a last taste – or several! On July 4 at 7:00 p.m., the Rum & Q brings rum tasting stations, rum cocktails, desserts, BBQ and more to the Crescent Lawn at Camana Bay for $68 CI all inclusive. The restaurant’s annual Genuine Summer promotion will run the length of August offering three-course prix fixe menus with choices for lunch and dinner at CI$23 and CI$39, respectively. Through August 30, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink Grand Cayman will operate regular business hours, open Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday to Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., serving its All-Day and Dessert menus, as well as its celebrated brunch on Sundays from 11:00am to 3:00 p.m. Happy Hour features drink specials Monday to Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For reservations please call 345.640.6433. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is located at Suite 4103, 47 Forum Lane Canella Court, Camana Bay, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

For more Cayman memories, please visit our Flickr album.

 

All The Genuine’s a Stage with TGHG Events

It’s summer, and we’re ready to help you party. Enjoy Michael Schwartz’s restaurants for your next event. The Genuine Hospitality Group Director of Special Events Lindsay Guidos will plan it — on or off site.  She’ll even make you pretty menus (^^) and send you samples to view as you’re figuring things out!  Email her at lindsay@thegenuinehospitalitygroup.com or call 203.313.4503. James Beard Award-winning food & hospitality, customizable prix-fixe menus for all occasions, and fully-staffed experiences with decor… amazing!  You can flood your smartphone right now with beautiful captures from past events by using the hashtag #TGHGevents on Instagram.

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Book an event with The Cypress Room by July 31 and receive a champagne toast for your party!  Our intimate dining room shines from the first glass of wine and amuse bouche to dessert, petit fours, and everything in-between. We can help craft your Cypress experience from a simple, elegant evening to a magical affair to remember.  The restaurant can accommodate seated dinner parties up to 45 guests, or reception-style up to 75 guests. The Beverage Book’s 124 wines and classic cocktails and spirits selection are at your disposal.

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MG_HP_e blast tile_escabeche3Michael’s Genuine offers fresh, simple, pure food and drink at home or on the road.  The restaurant can offer festivities for up to 150 guests as a buyout or separately in its bar room (18 seated or 35 standing cocktail party), main dining room (60), or outside patio (68.)  We event have a Brunch prix fixe party menu available with the special treats we do on Sundays made for your guests!

HP_HP_e blast tileHarry’s Pizzeria is all about fun and parties are no exception.  Michael’s casual neighborhood joint seats lunch or dinner parties for 40 inside, or 20 additional outdoors.  It’s a perfect fit for happy hour gatherings, pizza parties, bachelor parties, and more!  Menu options include snacks, salads, pizza and entrées from the wood-burning oven.

CHEERS TO AN EVENTFUL SUMMER!  We can help.

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