[UPDATED EVEN MORE] Country Music Television Artists of the Year Sing for Their Supper

The view flying into Nashville, TN.

UPDATE: The event was a great success!  Made some new friends and put out some killer food.  All photos are now up from our trip here.  CMT has posted video from behind-the-scenes here.  AOL Slashfood’s post is here, and Esquire here. We can’t wait to get back to Nashville again, and hope to welcome the gracious folks we met in the world of country to our home in Miami soon.

This Friday (Dec. 3) at 8/7c., Country Music Television (CMT) will air its Artists of the Year Awards, a night of performances and tributes – your basic awards show fare celebrating country music’s best of 2010. Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, the Zac Brown Band, Kid Rock, Maroon 5 (performing a cover of Taylor Swift’s Mine,) and friends will all be there.

Ready for a rub-down, Michael's brined brisket dries out in the walk-in at our catering facility the Chef's Market.

As if the field wasn’t dreamy enough, Kevin Costner will host as Michael joins fellow James Beard Award-winning chefs RJ Cooper (defeated on Iron Chef America last night, but in the most noble of fashions to newcomer Marc Forgione) and John Currence to present the star-studded event’s dinner.

Tomorrow night the broadcast will be taped, and we arrived in Nashville today to begin prepping bourbon barrel bung-smoked brisket for Michael’s course. Tonya from CMT had been holding onto the bungs for us for a couple weeks now.  She just had to brag on our last conference call that her office took on the pleasant scent of Eau du Maker’s Mark!  We were all jealous.

Make it at home with the following recipe, and stay tuned for photos and video as I document the trip’s proceedings.

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Have a Happy Thanksgiving with Pumpkin Stuffing

"Pumpkin stuffing, pumpkin stuffing!"

For all you procrastinators out there (you know who you are!) here’s a really tasty Pumpkin Panade — er, stuffing — recipe for your Turkey Day feast which we served yesterday to 30 fifth graders at Michael’s Chefs Move to Schools partner, Phillis Wheatley Elementary.  That’s now 3 dishes that have been 86’ed by Ms. Rivero’s adventurous eaters.  It was the first, however, that was spontaneously rapped, one ingredient at a time!

Our multi-talented intern Renata captured the whole performance on film, posted here on the Michael’s Genuine YouTube channel. For images of the visit, see our Flickr set.

We were very proud and sent them home with a print out of the recipe and a flyer for their parents on the December 8 opening of Roots in the City Farmers Market.  16 kids will join us for the festivities and sell portions of their still-to-be-determined submission to the USDA’s Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge with a little help from Michael and his food cart.

Remember, the Miami restaurant is closed today.  Have a happy, healthy, and tasty holiday!

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Hello My Name Is… Jackie Sayet, Brand Manager

Typical moment behind the lens, carrying too many things at once!

Hi again!  I have to admit that it feels a little odd to participate in “Hello my name is…”, since I created this column to get to know some of the folks at MGFD whom we don’t usually get to hear from.  And those who follow The Genuine Kitchen probably could stand to hear from me a little less!!!  But in the interest of having something for my link in the About the Team section of our website other than the contact page of this blog, here it goes… Continue reading

First Lady Michelle Obama: “Let’s Move! Salad Bars to Schools!”

Mom in Chief Michelle Obama introduces chefs Michael Schwartz and Michelle Bernstein; the two participate in the White House's Chefs Move to Schools program and were chosen to show fifth graders from Riverside Elementary how to make the best of their new salad bar.

“You know you can eat those, right?” Michael quipped, referring to the edible centerpieces from Teena’s Pride Farm decorating Riverside Elementary’s cafeteria tables yesterday.  The room erupted in excitement, as 120 fifth graders tried whole, raw baby patty pan squashes, chives, sungold and colorful grape tomatoes, basil, flat leaf parsley, cucumber, whole heirloom tomatoes, and bell peppers while they patiently waited their turn to join Michael and chef Michelle Bernstein for a lesson in how to build a tasty healthy salad from their brand new salad bar.

First Lady Michelle Obama, radiant in a tangerine pant suit, lovingly addressed the wide-eyed bunch to announce that they were the first school in the country to get one;  6,000 units will be donated to school cafeterias across the country as part of the Salad Bars Move to Schools program.  Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative fights childhood obesity, and includes efforts like this that promote increased availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in school meals, school gardens, and community partnerships.

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Knaus Berry Farm’s Staff Meal and Other Magical Revelations on a Serious Eating Adventure

Michael and Ed sharing a frita moment.

We have Ed Levine to thank for a reason to be tourists in our own town.  As the editor and publisher of James Beard Award-winning Serious Eats, Ed was down from New York City yesterday to consume some last bites of tasty research for his upcoming Serious Eats book, and asked Michael and I to play tour guides.  Based on some direction that touched on breakfast, Cuban sandwiches, and street food, we built a route that took us through the Redland agricultural district of Homestead, as well as Little Havana, the cultural heart of our city along Calle Ocho. It went something like this:

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