Two for Lunch Today: Porchetta Sandwich and Warm Apple & Buttermik Bread Pudding

Director of operations Charles Bell and Chef de cuisine Bradley Herron conduct preshift as chef Manny Sulbaran explains today's savory lunch specials. General manager Kristi Zeituoni takes copious notes!

It’s time for your periodic dose of pre-lunch shift eye candy. Pork and pudding today :)  More shots, including today’s soup and what was going on in the kitchen when I popped in late this morning, right this way.

Housemade Palmetto Creek Farm Porchetta with cilantro & kumquat-fennel slaw on toasted ciabatta

Warm Apple & Buttermilk Bread Pudding with oatmeal streusel, apple-rhubarb conserve, rhubarb sorbet & sweet cream

Fresh, Local Produce. For Everyone.

Noon at Roots in the City today. Business as usual in Maggi's Garden picking kale, but far from it across 10th Street at the market plot.

Dear The Genuine Kitchen readers,

You may have heard about Roots in the City Farmer’s Market facing closure under code enforcement from the City of Miami and the demonstration on the grounds today at noon hosted by Dr. Marvin Dunn, our partner in this urban green market.  The Liberty City Farmers Market suffered a similar fate a few weeks ago.

We believe the City has demonstrated support by allowing our farmers market to get off the ground last spring with a temporary ‘special events’ permit, the only such clearance available to markets like ours.  For the first time in South Florida, food stamps were accepted at an urban farmers market and their value doubled towards the purchase of locally grown produce.  As a result, great things happened in Overtown, and our local family farmers we support at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink had an incentive to sell their product to those who need it most.

We would warmly welcome the type of code change that will allow small farmers markets the opportunity to bring locally grown foods into food desert communities like Overtown and Liberty City, and all Miami neighborhoods for that matter, to the benefit of community members who appreciate affordable access to healthier food choices.

We appreciate your continued support of this project and are positive about its future.

Love,

Michael, Michel, Jackie, and the Wholesome Wave/Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink teams

Hello My Name Is… Todd Webster, Sous Chef

I know Todd as the meat man, so you can imagine he’s a pretty big deal at MGFD…  or anywhere for that matter!  There’s rarely a time I venture into the back of the house when Todd’s not there working his tail off, and he’s always patient with my curiosity about what he’s making.  Whether rolling up housemade pancetta, curing and smoking bacon twice weekly in our parking lot cabinet, or breaking down gorgeous Fudge Farms pork chops as pictured above, he’s carved out an important place for himself in the kitchen and is a wealth of butchering knowledge. Of course, that’s not all he is.  I’ve been looking forward to this Q&A for a while now. Please enjoy learning more about Todd, too, below. Continue reading

Tweet Talk with MGFD Sommelier @ericlarkee

Eric's Twitter profile picture. Nice label, but why?

Richard “@yobetts” Betts, master sommelier and Tweeter extraordinaire, may not have gotten his wish of @michaelswhine, but we got ours.

News flash! Sommelier Eric Larkee is now on Twitter @ericlarkee.  That’s great news for you, since you can now access the spontaneous transmissions of his ginormous wine brain and download them in real time into your thirsty noggin.  To aid in the comprehension and application of these intermittent bursts of ripe (and free!) enophilic knowledge, we thought it would be helpful to hand pick a few of Eric’s latest ruminations and have him decode them here.  Drink up and follow him (and the interesting people with whom he’s Tweeting) for more. Continue reading

Locust Projects Love for Hedy (Plus, the MGFD Food Cart Rides Again!)

We always jump at the chance to do events with our neighborhood art cooperative, Locust Projects. They’re just so darn cool, and we like to feel like a little rubs off on us with each visit.  Remember this encounter with Cuban artist Leyden Rodriguez Casanova‘s rolling hills of Pink Carpet, no doubt inspired by one of Bar Manager Ryan Goodspeed’s strawberry-basil caipirinhas and Michael’s conversation and recipe demonstration with winemaker and LP benefactor Dennis Scholl?  I know Paula from Mango & Lime does; she caught it on video! Or what about the time our bartender Nicholas Arehart donated an original artwork to LP’s 2010 Smash & Grab Fall Fundraiser?  The MGFD food cart rolled out for that event with its best sandwich yet, Bourbon-Pear Barbecue Brisket & Spicy Mustard Slaw.

Well, we have great news. You again have the opportunity to indulge in a little of LP’s artistic expression — and with our culinary artists, to boot! Continue reading