[Recipe] Oven Roasted Gold Bar Squash with Arubella Cheese, Prosciutto & Soft Herbs

Gold bars ahead!

“Quality is never an accident,” chef recently scribbled on his office closet door.  When we speak of what quality and its companion, creativity, mean in a kitchen or to dish creation specifically, out of the box thinking, big ideas and originality come to mind.  But would it take some of the magic away if what is really at play is much more grounded?  That instead of some high falutin divination, it’s a process — not unlike recipe-writing itself — that is detailed in every way.  I am starting to see it as an algorithm based on timing: what is seasonal, what is available and what is the context.  This produces the best creativity, and when the chefs nail it, it falls into focus.  A dish becomes instructive and expressive of the approach.  The why is in the how.

Words to stand by, and for, at The Genuine Hospitality Group.

Take Oven Roasted Gold Bar Squash with Arubella Cheese & Prosciutto, little bundles of the perfect, simple bite and part of the first course of next Wednesday’s Rancher Appreciation Supper at Harry’s Pizzeria® in the Design District.  As culinary assistant Megan Hess explains, “This dish is an opportunity to highlight three ingredients that each work to add something to the equation. The squash is something seasonal and fresh. Belgioioso’s Arubella cheese – think Taleggio – shows up all over the menu at Harry’s, from pizza to salad, so we wanted to rethink its potential and uses.  And the prosciutto, while we would be happy eating it out of the package, is something we don’t get to use everyday in the restaurant nor as an ingredient in a dish. It works great here to wrap it all together.”

Enjoy our calculations in your home kitchen, but first get a taste of the gold standard by purchasing tickets here!

Oven Roasted Gold Bar Squash with Arubella Cheese, Prosciutto & Soft Herbs

Serves 4 as an appetizer

10-12 baby squash, preferably Gold Bar
1 cup shredded Arabella cheese
½ pound sliced Niman Ranch prosciutto
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt & freshly cracked black pepper to taste
1/4 cup picked parsley
1/4 cup picked cilantro
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Cut each squash lengthwise. Sandwich some cheese in between the zucchini halves, pressing and shaping to secure. Wrap each bundle with a piece of prosciutto. Place each stuffed squash on a sheet tray about an inch apart, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and prosciutto has lightly crisped. Toss parsley, cilantro, lemon and olive oil in a bowl. Present squash family-style on a platter topped with soft herbs and serve immediately.

Michael Joins Chefs Ryan Hardy & Mike Anthony for an Intimate Dinner at New York City Wine & Food Festival

Three favorites, all at once. OMG!

Only bummer is we can’t all fly up for this.  Michael is pumped to reunite with esteemed chefs and friends Michael Anthony and Ryan Hardy for their first dinner all together on Thursday, October 12th from 7-10PM at Chef’s Club in NYC (275 Mulberry Street between Jersey and East Houston Streets).  The occasion is the New York City Wine & Food Festival, the country’s biggest food event of the year, aside from its sister on South Beach, of course!  This year the festivities run from October 12-15 celebrating 10 years, just like Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink. We think this calls for a ridiculously delicious dinner that only these guys can throw down.  Be there when the magic happens to make the menu below. We think you’re seeing it here for the first time!  Grab your tickets here to join these talented, giving guys in the festival’s effort to raise $1 million to fight childhood hunger with charity partners Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry and Food Bank for New York City.

RECEPTION
Lamb Tartare on Rye Toast with fried capers, Calabrian chile & pecorino
Michael Schwartz

Hazelnut Frico & Quince Mostarda
Ryan Hardy

Smoked Trout and Pickled Onions
Michael Anthony

Roasted Tomato and Pickled Pepper Tartelettes
Michael Anthony

DINNER
Royal Red Shrimp Crudo with coconut milk, lime, Thai basil & puffed rice
Michael Schwartz

Open Ravioli of Beef and Carrots
Michael Anthony

Cider Roasted Suckling Pig with heirloom beans & crispy skin
Ryan Hardy

Chocolate Cremoso with toasted sourdough, hazelnut praline, olive oil & sea salt
Michael Schwartz

After Irma Pizza Relief | Harry’s Pizzeria® Pledges Pies for First Responders

We all are feeling a little Irma-frayed right now.  As Chef wrote in an email to staff a few days ago: As we reach for a sense of normalcy, it’s hard not to think about what’s most important in our lives. We are grateful for what we have and who we have to share it with.

Before the storm hit, we put together a great dinner with people we respect and enjoy hanging out with: the folks at Niman Ranch like farmer advocate and founding family farmer Sarah Willis, helping us put ingredients raised with care on our menus at Harry’s Pizzeria®.  THE SHOW WILL GO ON!

Gold bars ahead!

Chef Bradley Herron put the Rancher Appreciation Supper menu in my inbox mere days before the storm hit as we were all distracted in preparation mode.  As things come back into focus, we are excited to share an air conditioned evening with friends and a comforting taste of normalcy next Wednesday, September 27 at Harry’s in the Miami Design District.

Each ticket purchased HERE equals a pizza for our extended family in the community, beginning with Coconut Grove’s City of Miami Station 8 Firehouse. With your support, we’ll deliver the motherlode as lunch (or more!!!) next week — a small way we can say thanks for keeping us safe and expediting the herculean task of literally lifting one of our neighborhoods up out of the muck.

Cheers to first responder teams everywhere making it all ok. Coming together just makes everything a little – in fact a lot – better.  So does saying YES to helping those who are helping us, even if it means dropping what you are doing or dealing with at the time.  It’s what genuine hospitality is all about.

Rancher Appreciation Supper | Menu

Snacks
Warm Gougeres stuffed with taleggio
Rosemary Popcorn
Vegetable Crudite with jade dressing, bagna cauda, romesco sauce

First
Marinated Tuscan Kale with celery, quinoa, apple, pumpkin seeds
Wood Oven Roasted Gold Bar Squash with proscuitto, arubella cheese, soft herbs

Second
Slow Roasted Beef Rib with fingerling potatoes, charred escarole, horseradish
Smoked Pork Neck shaved fennel, calabrian chili, preserved meyer lemon

Dessert
Ginger Pavlova candied turmeric, lemongrass, mango, lime

[UPDATED] All Smiles, No (Significant) Damage & See You Tomorrow at MGFD, ella pop café, Harry’s Pizzeria Downtown Dadeland

As of Thursday, September 14:

Harry’s Pizzeria in Coconut Grove is back online and opened at 4pm!

As of Wednesday, September 13:
We are currently preparing to reopen with regular business hours ASAP as follows:

OPEN TODAY
HARRY’S PIZZERIA® Downtown Dadeland and Miami Design District 
MICHAEL’S GENUINE® FOOD & DRINK
ELLA POP CAFE

OPEN FRIDAY
FI’LIA BY MICHAEL SCHWARTZ

We will advise as soon as HARRY’S PIZZERIA® Coconut Grove is back online, as it’s currently dealing with power issues.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND STAY SAFE IN YOUR RETURNS AND RECOVERY!

TGHG executive chef Bradley Herron’s breakfast treat this morning for Senior Director of Human Resources and Administration Charles Bell. Lucky.

Sous chef Randy prepping for tomorrow’s reopening.

We are extremely lucky. Such is the sentiment you’ll probably find expressed from Miamians the city over today. Despite challenges with power and downed foliage and the occasional complication associated with water damage, our restaurants and teams are in great shape sustaining virtually zero damage and preparing to reopen tomorrow pending rounding up staff and power. Here is the latest from the home front:

MGFD, ella and Harry’s in Downtown Dadeland will be open tomorrow business as usual and with regular hours. Please visit their websites or Google for quick access to accurate hours, location, contact, menus and more.

We are out of power at Harry’s in Coconut Grove and the Miami Design District (where the only losses are a stolen smoker from our chain gated back lot (looters cut the fence), ripped awnings, and blown away planters. FPL estimates Grove power will be restored by the 17th. We are holding out for sooner (being that it’s also my neighborhood!)  Word on Fi’lia coming soon, and despite a collapsed crane on the Paraiso Bay property, Amara is all systems go on schedule with what appears to be no damage or backtracks to construction.

Cheers y’all. I’m working remotely from my brother’s apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn currently until Thursday with my cat Kittie.  Per usual, updates here and on all our social feeds. Hope everyone is ok and wishing all a swift return and recovery.

Hurricane Irma Update: Our Restaurants Are Open Today, September 6

3:25 PM UPDATE – Harry’s Pizzeria’s Design District location will be closed tomorrow, Thursday September 7.

WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS AS USUAL AT ALL CHEF MICHAEL SCHWARTZ RESTAURANTS TODAY, WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 6.

HARRY’S PIZZERIA® DESIGN DISTRICT AND COCONUT GROVE LOCATIONS WILL ALSO BE OPEN TOMORROW, THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 7, CLOSING AT 9PM. THEY WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 8 THROUGH MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11, PENDING RE-OPENING TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 12.

HARRY’S PIZZERIA® DOWNTOWN DADELAND, FI’LIA BY MICHAEL SCHWARTZ, MICHAEL’S GENUINE® FOOD & DRINK AND ELLA POP CAFE WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 7 THROUGH MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11, PENDING RE-OPENING TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 12.

The fastest and easiest way to get accurate updates in real time is to visit our restaurants’ social media handles where status will be listed as soon as it comes in, on Instagram Story, as well as the most recent posts on Facebook and Twitter feeds. You can also find the same information aggregated for your convenience posted at thegenuinekitchen.com.

@michaelsgenuine
@filiarestaurant
@harryspizzeria
@ellapopmiami

THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE!
Safety first, please.