Bienvenidos a Miami, Summer of Riesling. Heard That!

Woah. Last night was as grand as a grand entrance can get, as 30 packed The Gallery room to be educated and elevated by El Grieco and Larkee on the finer, funner  (word check please, Paul!) points of summer’s most versatile grape. Trockenbeerenauslese thanks to Marco, Michael, Bradley, Hedy, and the entire MGFD kitchen for the bang-up job on dinner, and front of the house on a most smooth and enjoyable service. Click left for the menu, and the Riesling continues to flow all summer in Miami and New York by the glass and bottle.  Visit Summer of Riesling’s website to find out more.  Oh, and right this way for how it all went down in pictures.

Our Pint-Sized Sweet Half ♥ NYC

Watch out NYC. Hedy's back, with feta, apples, salted caramel sauce and more!

Hedy loves New York, and New York loves Hedy! Our executive pastry chef has been shuttling back and forth these days shooting her expert contribution to Unique Sweets on Cooking Channel, and has five freshly-baked episodes airing in July starting this Sunday (also her birthday!)  To top it all off, Hedy will be holding down the MGFD fort at the New York City Wine & Food Festival this fall, at two killer-sounding, first-time events — Red Rooster Dinner with Marcus Samuelsson, Andrea Reusing & Hedy Goldsmith (Thursday, September 29) where she’ll serve family-style Granny Smith Apple + Feta Crostadas with Pints of Black Licorice, Crème Fraiche and Fig-Pistachio Ice Creams, Roasted White Chocolate Crumbles, and Salted Caramel Sauce and FRIED Hosted by Tyler Florence (Friday, September 30) where Individual Peanut Butter Pies in an Oreo-Pretzel Crumb Crust served with Bacon Peanut Brittle will no doubt steal the show [Take me, take me!]  She’s in amazing company for both — Blue Ribbon Restaurants, City Grocery’s John Currence, Dévi’s Suvir Saran, Lantern Restaurant’s Andrea Reusing, and our very own Michelle Bernstein, among others. Tickets are now available at the NYCWFF website (linked above, respectively.)  Support Hedy and your belly’s best interest.  Do it for me, if not for yourself!  See below for the Unique Sweets July line-up. Continue reading

#GenuineCayman in Photos

Chef Thomas surveys Patrick Panton's spread at the weekly Camana Bay Farmers Market for greens, soursop, eggplant, and more.

Margie found indian cucumbers at Wednesday's market and may try growing them next season at her Homestead farm.

Happy Birthday to Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink Grand Cayman which turned one on Thursday, June 16.  To mark this milestone, a quick update on some things we’re working on which I experienced first-hand when Michael and I were on-island this past week.  Our continued effort to work with local farmers and their product has manifested in a TV pilot called Genuine Cayman which we shot with producer Emma Gladstone for local station Cayman 27.  Hosted by Michael, each episode will take viewers out into the field to source a particular ingredient and meet the people behind it, culminating in the kitchen with a recipe using that ingredient. Bee Heaven Farm’s Margie Pikarsky came down again, continuing her Farmer Exchange and consultation on Camana Bay’s chefs’ garden project.  She also foraged just-about-ripe-for-drying dates from the decorative palms in front our restaurant in the The Crescent, and chef Thomas is figuring out how to work with them. It is going to be a big harvest if Michael can get the nets he wants! Continue reading

#OMGdinnermovie

Coming to a theater near you...

Oh my god!  Dinner & a Movie. What a concept?

Yes, it’s been done before, but never like this!  The creative folks at O, Cinema, our new neighbors, have invited us to come play at their art house movie theater, and we couldn’t be more excited to accept. Next Tuesday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m. things get rolling at 90 NW 29th Street in Wynwood with the hilarious The Life of Reilly accompanied by a menu from your friends at Michael’s Genuine.  Also, leading up to the premiere, we’re collecting what makes you OMG on Twitter, so let us know with hashtag #OMGdinnermovie.  Your submission may just show up during pre-show entertainment.  It’s one night only, so act quick to get a genuine, well-rounded meal in your belly — even your kernel fix in Hedy’s homemade popcorn bread pudding — for the price of a commercial theater’s snack combo.  Find the just-released menu from our kitchen below and link here to book tickets on O’s website. For $30 more, you get Michael’s cookbook, and he’ll be there to sign it. We’ll have the TV dinner, er film, trays waiting!

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Land Crabs Ahoy!

Land crabs like eating mangos. Who knew?

Michael and I are on-island shooting a TV pilot called Genuine Cayman for a local station and meeting with farmer Margie Pikarsky who is flying down again from Mee-ami for the second time to work on our chefs garden project at Camana Bay. All the while chef Thomas is prepping for Saturday’s third farm-to-table dinner with Slow Food Grand Cayman — now featuring land crabs (see Cirilo’s picking skills in action to the left!)

Thomas went crabbing a couple of weeks ago with Peter Pollack (Monique from Cayman Sea Salt’s husband) to the north side of the island off of Queen’s Road.

“We got 45. You beat them to hole… Cover it with a stick so they can’t get in,” Thomas explains.  “You have to clean them for a week by feeding them mango pits and skins. It makes them sweet. We keep them in cages at the chefs garden site.”

Thomas says he got Spider (the dark walk-climbers) and Gift (the ones with the lighter shell) crabs, although we haven’t been able to confirm that with Wikipedia. HA!

More on Genuine Cayman later…