Throwing Back to Our Top Instagrams of the Year

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After scouring through all of our postings since last January from @MGFD_MIA, @TheCypressRoom, and @HarrysPizzeria, we have selected three pictures (one from each restaurant) that soared to heights that their fellow postings could only dream of reaching.  Each one of these pictures broke the 100 “like” mark, a feat that’s pretty difficult to achieve unless you happen to have an Instagram account solely dedicated to puppies and kittens – or you are a superstar.  Luckily for us everyone in Genuine Land is a superstar – including all of our amazing customers — without you guys none of these awesome photos would be possible. Now without further ado, here are the winners!

From Harry’s we have a Miami staple – tostones w herb garlic butter

At Michael’s it was a lamb and chorizo burger w/ caramelized onions, fontina, and arugula on brioche

And at The Cypress Room a gorgeous cheese plate reigned supreme – Valdeón (Spain) Cow & Goat, assertive with creamy caramel notes, one of our favorite blues. 11 o’clock: Brillat-Savarin (France) Cow’s milk, mushroomy, Triple Cream, silky texture, clean on the palate. 1 o’clock: 24-mo. Parmigiano Reggiano (Italy) raw Cow’s milk, firm texture, sweet & nutty. Served with fruit compote, candied walnuts, artisanal honey, and pickled cherries

Now, on a personal note, this post is one of my final assignments for The Genuine Hospitality Group.  I am leaving lovely Genuineland and moving on to a new job at Endlessly Organic, an organic produce buying club serving the south Florida area.  Interning here for the past 6 months has been an amazing experience.  I would love to run through and thank everyone; however, that would take multiple postings and this is the only one I’ve got!  So to every member of the Genuine team, thank you for being so kind and welcoming to me during my time here and I wish each and everyone one of you the best for the upcoming new year and for each and every one after that.

I do want to give a special shout out to the two raddest boss ladies around though, Jackie and Ellie.  The two of them took me from an Instagram virgin to a full-fledged maestro when it comes to the art of capturing the perfect soup and/or sandwich moment.  More importantly though, they provided me with a wealth of knowledge about branding and marketing that I will carry with me throughout the entirety of my working life.  It is readily apparent to me, that they are the best in the Miami dining scene game and on top of that they create a work environment full of laughs, smiles, and quirky catch phrases, something every workplace should strive for.  Thanks for making this a most memorable experience and keep on keeping on ladies.

Adios Genuineland!!!

The New Year’s Eve, Special.

NYE 2014 4 course menu2013. What a year. Two new restaurants, three others, each growing into their own skin. Our baby brew, now in tidy smaller packages. Farm-to-Ship on the high seas, from one cruise liner to two. And above it all, a team to rival all teams.  This New Year’s Eve is, in a word,  special. So let’s celebrate. Hope you will, with us!

Restaurant Michael Schwartz at The Raleigh:  Two prix fixe seatings (no a la carte service,) first from 6-8:30 p.m. including 3 courses for $100 per person (tax and 18% gratuity not included) and second from 9-9:30 p.m. including four courses for $150 per person (tax and 18% gratuity not included) for NYE.  Open New Year’s Day, regular hours.

The Cypress Room: A la carte menu, as well as its 3 course ($49, $69 with wine) and 5 course ($95, $155 with wine) tasting menus from 5:30 p.m. until midnight with a complimentary champagne toast for NYE.  Closed New Year’s Day lunch, open from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for New Year’s Day dinner.

Harry’s Pizzeria: A la carte menu, open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight for NYE. New Year’s Day open regular hours 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink:  A la carte menu, open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight for NYE. New Year’s Day closed for lunch, open regular hours for dinner from 5:30-11:00 p.m.

Last Minute Holiday Shopping: Get ‘er Done the Genuine Way!


Thanks to our favorite trademark attorney Mark Stein for his annual  bundle of chocolate holiday joy we look forward to receiving each year (especially Chef!!!)

Our The Genuine Hospitality Group restaurants and e-shop look forward to conveniently fulfilling all of your eleventh hour gifting needs, in this last week until the presents are opened!

Visit Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Harry’s Pizzeria, The Cypress Room and our online store at for genuine items to make cooking, dining, and gifting easy and delicious:

The Genuine Hospitality Group Gift Card
Accepted at our three Miami Design District restaurants, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Harry’s Pizzeria, and The Cypress Room.

Hedley & Bennett Aprons new!
Available in brown and red, as worn by our servers at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami. Our aprons are built to last and handmade in Los Angeles from beginning to end using everything from American canvas, Japanese selvage denim to European linens. And they look great too!

2014 Genuine Events
Give the gift of an experience to remember.  If you enjoyed this year’s Harry’s Pizzeria event line-up, wait until you see how we are kicking off 2014 at each and everyone one of our Design District restaurants.  On sale now are Toro Pizzeria, Eating Italy in Miami, Lincoln Pizzeria, and The Gramercy Room. Your support of our events not only makes them possible but GREAT.

Genuine Cookbooks
Chef/owner Michael Schwartz’s MICHAEL’S GENUINE FOOD: Down-to-Earth Cooking for People Who Love to Eat
Executive pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith’s BAKING OUT LOUD: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors

Free shipping for orders over $75!
Tax-free shipping out of state!
American Express, Visa and MasterCard accepted!
Please consult our posted holiday shipping deadlines when placing orders online!

Wishing you a very happy holiday season from all of us at The Genuine Hospitality Group (especially our e-shop elves Ellie & Kim!)

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Teas the Season to be Fancy

With the balmy Palm Beach sea breeze, silver candelabras, and our pinkies up, we debuted The Longest Night this weekend at Saturday night’s Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival chef’s after party, The Cypress Room High Tea. Starting tomorrow, our winter tea cocktail will be available at the restaurant.  Beginning with Hendrick’s gin and Gunsmoke green tea, Beverage Director Ryan Goodspeed added the flavors of St. Germain, cardamom, lavender, lemongrass, tarragon, lemon and honey to create the delicate flavor of this drink. Served cold for two in a bone china teapot it is the perfect after dinner cocktail, or before. After all, it is the season to be fancy.

[VIDEO] Down the Rabbit Hole at Harry’s Pizzeria & The Cypress Room

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Today’s blog post isn’t about press coverage, it’s about a press outlet, one sparkling beacon in our fragmented mediaverse worth taking a moment to contemplate.  Old media.  New media.  Social media.  It’s a dust storm of content out there and to make sense of it all sometimes seems senseless.  Makes you want to run and hide even. So lets tumble into The Rabbit Hole, a diamond in the rough which is swinging the content pendulum back to the happy place where it should be.

Rabbit Hole Magazine just has that effect, to slip into its looking glass is to enter an amplified world. It is a rare vision of reality where it is not the gossip or the news that matters, but the passion and the personalities that drive the evolution and innovation of culture.

Earlier this fall, thanks to creative entrepreneur Anne Owen, The Rabbit Hole producer Kelsey Kreiling and her team flew down from Chicago to spend some time with the genuine team, filming Ryan Goodspeed doing what he does best at The Cypress Room (Clover Club) and the chefs at Harry’s Pizzeria doing its Monday Daily Dinner Special (Roasted Chicken with Salsa Verde and Fennel.)  The recipes come to life like no other demo segments we’ve ever seen or could have imagined.  Take a ride, below. After all, it’s the journey, not the destination, that truly matters.