[UPDATED] On Your Bucket List: Schwartz Delivers a Heated High Five from Harry’s Tomorrow!

Update: We have a winner!  Er, a few winners!  See Harryspizzeria.com for details.

This Saturday, April 28 there will be high fives all around!  When the Heat begin their NBA playoff run at 3:30 p.m. against the Knicks, Harry’s Pizzeria will tune its TV to game #1 on ABC and begin offering buckets of ice-cold Miller High Life.  $10 gets you five 12-ounce bottles ($2.50/each a la carte.)  Heat game on TV means high fives in your bucket. The High Five promotion will run until the championships, of course…

To kick things off, chef Michael Schwartz wants to High Five you at home and is holding a game of his own on Twitter to choose the lucky winner.

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Slowly but Surely, USDA Comes to South Florida’s Table

Flanked by her peers including Bee Heaven's Margie Pikarsky and GROW's Thi Squire, Farmer Teena Borek, owner of Teena's Pride in Homestead made sure USDA Under Secretary Edward Avalos heard the voices of South Florida's produce farmers yesterday, with a smile of course!

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being invited by organizer Renee Frigo Graeff, local entrepreneur (founder of Lucini Italia) and president of Slow Food Miami, to have a stage with the President of the United States flanked by female peers in South Florida’s food industry.  Ok, it was physically once removed, but hopefully no less impactful.

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Announcing Harry’s Chef Pop No. 5: Tickets Now Live for SBRAGA Pizzeria with Top Chef Kevin Sbraga

Michael manning his scrapple booth in Philly last summer, getting by with a little help from trusty assistant Kevin Sbraga at chef Marc Vetri's annual fundraiser for Alex's Lemonade Stand.

#WINNING.  We’re sure that’s what Kevin Sbraga tweeted in September of 2010, long before Charlie’s tiger blood meltdown, when he won Season 7 of primetime cable television’s most popular cooking competition show, Top Chef.  Since then, coveted title in tow, he’s been sharpening his 140-character wit preparing for the next big challenge — taking over one of Tweetnemesis @chefmschwartz’s restaurants.  Pack your knives and ready your zingers, Kevin…  Tickets are now live here for SBRAGA Pizzeria! Bienvenidos a Mee-a-mee. Continue reading

[VIDEO] Genuine Cayman with Chef Michael Schwartz Comes to Cayman 27, Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Beginning tomorrow, we’re on-air, on-island!  Genuine Cayman with Chef Michael Schwartz is Michael’s all-new TV Series airing exclusively on local station Cayman 27 sharing the stories of the islands’ farmers and enjoying their ingredients in the kitchen.

The six episode season premieres tomorrow, Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m., with the Slow Food Episode and explores the origin of island ingredients, the people behind them, and how they can come to life in the kitchen in fresh, simple, and pure recipes.  Look for Eggs, Lionfish, Pizza, Pork, and Snapper in the weeks to come.  Check your local listings for the program schedule.

The series is produced and directed by co-creator Emma Gladstone, of Switched On Productions, and was developed exclusively for Cayman 27 with the support of Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and Camana Bay.

Tomorrow's "Slow Food" episode features guest chef Sara Mair of Ortanique at Camana Bay, at February's Slow Food Day tasting at The Farmers Market at The Grounds in Lower Valley.

“I think as viewers, our diners will get a kick out of going out into the field with me in Genuine Cayman,” Michael explains.  “It’s a great complement to what Thomas and the staff can share with people inside the restaurant. I’m thrilled with how clearly and vividly we are bringing to life the process we go through day in and day out at the restaurant to put together seasonal menus that respect both the ingredients and small producers!”

If you aren’t living in Cayman or visiting the island, do not fear!  We’ll make behind-the-scenes photos and clips, as well as recipes and interviews with guest chefs from the episodes, available here on the blog so you can follow along each week.  Just search the Genuine Cayman category.  Here’s a sneak peak at the show to get things rolling!

Goodspeed’s Royal Rock, Plus Saturday’s Farm-to-Table Dinner Menu

A Pimm's Cup fit for the queen.

Beverage manager Ryan Goodspeed is on the rocks – I mean rock – for a week checking in on the bar at our Grand Cayman restaurant.  As such, it is flowing with new drinks like the Cuba Libre, a highball of housemade cola, Bacardi 8 year over ice and lime wheel garnish.  The Housemade Cola has also been well received by kids and moms!

Perhaps what I am most excited for is the Pimm’s Royal Cup, featuring Ryan’s own Pimms #1, a regal mix of equal parts Dubonnet, Canton, sweet Vermouth, dry Vermouth, Campari, Broker’s Gin, and simple syrup.  Add that to a highball glass and top with sparkling wine, and cucumber, orange and pear slices.  Golly gee Ryan, please bring this to Miami with my Slow Gin Fizz?

All that, and he’s got a batch of limoncello working.  Smart thinking. It’ll be ready next time Chef is down!

Ryan at home base in Miami, on my favorite - beer duty.

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