What’s Cooking: Our End-of-Year Events

FriendsWithYou got crafty in our bathroom last month. Now they're opening up a can in the main dining room, just in time for Art Basel.

It’s time to freshen up our events page, and let you know where for the rest of the year you can find our food and talent when they’re not at our restaurants.  And then things really get interesting in 2012, in the Caymans and Miami.  Can we say food festival madness?  Here’s our race to the 2011 finish, below.

DASH’s Taste of Design Fundraiser (Friday, November 11):  Harry’s Pizzeria does its first off-site event tonight in the neighborhood at the Moore Building, and since no one’s got more balls than us, we will be serving Meatballs and Sauce! (Or as Hedy, Ellie, and I say… bawwwwls and sawwwce!) 7:00 p.m.,  4040 Northeast 2nd Ave, $100/person & $1000/table tickets for sale online.

Schwartzboom at Miami Book Fair International (Sunday, November 20):  It’s Michael’s first book fair event!  The chef/author will share his debut cookbook, MICHAEL’S GENUINE FOOD, in a session with Mary Zamore (The Scared Table) and Cheryl Tan (A Tiger in the Kitchen). They each will speak or read from their book for 15-20 minutes, followed by and audience Q & A and book signing. 3:00 p.m., The Pavilion, Free

Prune Pizzeria (Sunday, November 20):  It’s playtime! Part of the fun of having a new home is the housewarming, so we was invited some chef friends to come cook at Harry’s Pizzeria. Kicking things off in the grandest of fashions, with the grandest of guests, is chef/author Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune restaurant in New York City.  Miami will meet Prune Pizzeria for the first time as the venue transforms into an intimate dining room set for Sunday Supper celebrating Blood, Bones & Butter, Gabrielle’s new memoir that she’ll be in town promoting at the Miami Book Fair International. Ever since Gabrielle dined at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in the spring, we have been itching to collaborate in some way. Well the time is now! Enjoy four courses, beer/wine pairings, and take home a signed copy of Blood, Bones & Butter.  7:30 p.m., 3918 North Miami Avenue, $155 all-inclusive/person tickets for sale online

Genuine Art Basel (Thursday, December 1 to Sunday, December 4):  We love and are inspired by creatives.  We are surrounded by them in Miami’s Design District, and whenever we have a chance at collaboration, we lunge as if it were the last, brown sugar-slicked crumb of sticky toffee pudding left on Earth.  Upcoming installations in time for Art Basel by FriendsWithYou for@harryspizzeria and Miami visual artist Jason Hedges for @MGFD_MIA have us particularly jazzed. Come by to see how what we do in turn inspires them! Opening hours, 3918 North Miami Avenue (Harry’s) and 130 Northeast 40th Street (MGFD,) Free 

Hedy at Lemon:NYC (Tuesday December 6): Answering the call of sweet duty, executive pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith represented us in Los Angeles on for L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and now travels to NYC for its version! Alex’s, a national non-profit committed to finding a cure for all childhood cancers, has successfully created a culinary roadshow of sorts, traveling the country each year to fundraise by popping up events in select cities thanks to host chefs who embrace the cause. Michael attended for the first time in Philly over the summer on the invitation of hometown friend Marc Vetri.  A first time event for The Big Apple, Lemon: NYC will feature more than 25 of the country’s top chefs building a one of a kind 4-course, family-style meal. In addition to amazing food and drinks, guests will be treated to a special ballet performance. 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Industria Super Studio above Barbuto at 775 Washington St., $1000/person tickets available online

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: Beach Bash with Chef Michael Schwartz (Friday, December 9):  Michael’s brings some of the best bites from his cookbook to the festival’s opening event, including crispy sweet-and-spicy pork belly with kimchi & crushed peanuts, kingfish escabeche with avocado, and chargrilled leg of lamb, with Greek farro salad, French feta & salsa verde. 7:00 p.m., The Four Seasons Resort at 2800 South Ocean Boulevard, $150/person tickets available online

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: An Evening with John Mariani- How Italian Food Conquered the World (Saturday, December 10):  The evening’s host is columnist John Mariani, who has spent the last 35 years searching out the “Best New Restaurants of the Year” for Esquire magazine. You’ll take home his new book, “How Italian Food Conquered the World,” which delivers authentic recipes and a view into the rise of Italian culinary culture. In addition to Michael, the evening will also highlight dishes from David Burke (David Burke Kitchen, David Burke Townhouse), Scott Conant (Scarpetta), John DeLucie (formerly of popular NYC restaurant Waverly Inn and currently executive chef of The Lion) and The Breakers’ Jeff Simms. 7:00 p.m., The Breakers at 1 South County Road, $250/person tickets available online

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