From Miami to Grand Cayman, It’s Slow Food Season in Genuineland

The secret to good food is good food as Michael says. So too is the DNA of Slow Food, the international non-profit that began in Italy in 1986 and now calls even the Caribbean home, like we do.  It’s a cause we love to support year round.  Following January’s Ark of Taste event at the Kampong for which The Cypress Room cooked a meal around the Everglades Tomato, we have two more annual fundraiser favorites coming up – Grand Cayman’s  Slow Food Day and the Snail of Approval for the first time at The Raleigh on South Beach.

SFD14Slow Food Day 2014 | Third Annual Celebration of Eating Local in Grand Cayman welcomes James Beard Award-winning chef Andrea Reusing
Saturday, April 12, 10am-12pm (Farmers Market Tasting – Camana Bay Town Centre,) 7pm (Slow Food Dinner – The Crescent at Camana Bay)
We are proud to join Camana Bay, Slow Food South Sound and local farmers and chefs to celebrate Cayman’s home-grown food scene with the 3rd Annual Slow Food Day on Saturday 12 April. Founded and hosted by Michael and the team at our island restaurant, this showcase for local ingredients and the people who bring them to life will start with a community farmers market featuring culinary demonstrations and tastings at Camana Bay. The festivities will continue into the evening with an alfresco Slow Food Dinner featuring a special visiting chef.  After two amazing years with equally amazing guests in Jonathan Waxman (2012) and Hugh Acheson (2013), 2014 is no exception as fellow James Beard Award winner Andrea Reusing joins the restaurants of Camana Bay on the Town’s waterfront Crescent for a family style cookout.  We had a blast with Andrea in 2012 at our Farm-to-Table Brunch at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival where she incorporated product from Teena’s Pride and Wild Ocean Seafood into Black Rice and Cape Canaveral Shellfish Stew with Royal Red Shrimp, Octopus, Dashi and Pea Shoots (there was a Coconut Panna Cotta, Passion Fruit Caramel and Candied Coconut, too!) Suffice to say our tummys have been grumbling for another opportunity to hang out, cook great food and make people happy together.  Boy, did we find it!  Her Slow Food Dinner dish is Callaloo & Coconut-Grilled Snapper with long beans, charred tomato, chiles, basil, and ours will be Roasted Goat & Wood Roasted Pumpkin Salad with long beans, hearts of palm, quinoa, scallion, herbs, parsley vinaigrette courtesy our very own special ops chef Thomas Tennant.  Can’t wait to see what the other restaurants have in store!  For tickets and more information, click here!

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Friday, April 25, Tasting Party (7-10pm) or VIP Ticket (includes after-party until 12am)
1775 Collins Avenue, South Beach
Slow Food Miami, the local 100% volunteer non-profit dedicated to “planting a fresher future for our children” (who’s not onboard with that?) announces its 3rd annual Snail of Approval Tasting Party! Michael was honored with the Miami convivium’s first Snail in 2010, for his work at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.  It’s great to see more and more local businesses recognized for their work to support homegrown food. Harry’s Pizzeria was recognized last year, and this year The Cypress Room and Restaurant Michael Schwartz join the ranks.  This evening of good, fair food with Louis Aguirre of WSVN 7’s Deco Drive and Michael as honorary ambassador offers a taste of Miami’s farm-to-table best with bites from this year’s nominees, hand-crafted cocktails courtesy of 2012 Snail of Approval Award Winner GREY GOOSE Vodka, specialty wines provided by Stellar Wines, Michael’s Genuine Home Brew courtesy of Royal Caribbean International and our new Michael’s Genuine Pub, non-alcoholic refreshments from Whole Foods Market – South Beach, and the iconic Miami Beach setting of The Raleigh Hotel’s fabulous poolside venue. Main event tickets ($85) and limited VIP tickets ($165) can be purchased here and proceeds will benefit Slow Food Miami’s Edible Garden Program.