The Big 2015 Picture | A Genuine Instagram Year in Review

Falafel with tahini sauce & pickled red onion

This year’s top earner was a Michael’s Genuine classic, just as it should be. One of my all time favorites, falafel with tahini sauce & pickled red onion!

It was a great year in food and drink at The Genuine Hospitality Group! Please enjoy what you voted our top dishes in 2015 according to likes, thanks to #2015bestnine and a little extra investigative elbow grease.  What did we learn?  Pasta  (#mgfdpasta) as a Michael’s Genuine menu category attracts the most consistent likes above 200, with the majority of posts occurring after 6PM. While the #elladailydonut takes the cake at our Palm Court café, Michael’s Triple Threat Avocado Toast, @breville-pressed panini specials, and um, ROSÉ!, are all Palm Court perfect.   Porterhouse and onion soup are feeling the love at Cypress Tavern… and cocktails in coupes courtesy Head Bartender @DavidFerree.  Harry’s Pizzeria’s most popular posting day is Wednesday, meat-topped pizza reigns supreme, a side of cuteness is always welcome, and drumroll please… #HPDesignDistrict takes the win for most popular post of the year with a Bacon, Caramelized Onion, Ricotta, Mozzarella and Fontina special pie!  See you in 2016!


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Harry's Pizzeria

Harry’s Pizzeria


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Cypress Tavern

Cypress Tavern

Qué Pasa Amanda? Get Your Fill, One Genuine Sip at a Time on #WineWednesday


Amanda in her element!

In a food(porn)-obsessed social media matrix, pizza, pasta and donuts are guaranteed wins when it comes to curating a popular Instagram feed.  So when I check in every Wednesday evening to see Amanda Fraga aka @quepasamanda‘s newest “Wine Wednesday” post raking in the likes, it whets my whistle. This gal takes a mean pasta photo, but damn, she knows how to get people excited about wine!

Today is one of those Wine Wednesdays, when our sommelier highlights a bottle from our #mgfdwine liston the Michael’s Genuine Instagram feed and why you should be drinking it, just as we start to get thirsty.   We love this for three reasons — first, we are exposed to wines we might not have otherwise known about.  Second, it’s just the right pour of wine knowledge – more than a sound bite and less than a novel.  Third, and most important, a narrative develops.  Here what appears on the surface to be a product in a labeled bottle is transformed into a character in a narrative that has made a journey to complete the arc of its story on your table.  If you can’t be on the vineyard, a good bard is a proxy certainly worth toasting.  For us, that’s Fraga.  Enjoy our always up-to-the-minute wine list available through here.  We recap some of our favorite storyteller’s latest chapters below, with her new installment going live later via @michaelsgenuine.

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 10.56.55 AMIt’s bubble season! With holiday celebrations and the excitement of having the family together we gravitate to sparkling wines for the beginning and even duration of our meals. When I look for a sparkling wine the first thing I look for is that it be made in the “champagne method,” secondly that it is estate bottled and lastly, that I can buy more than one bottle.  Iron Horse is all of the above and more. With aromas of peach, brioche and raspberry and a gentle mouth feel, the Wedding Cuveé pairs stunningly with chicken, pork, complex sauces, friends and family. (By the bottle $65)

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Many people (including myself when I started drinking wine) only know about Beaujolais Nouveau, a wine that is released quickly after harvest on the third Thursday of every November. The best Beaujolais, in my opinion, is released the following year, or two, from harvest and are from one of the region’s 10 named crus. Both cru and Nouveau are made from the same grape, Gamay. The biggest difference is that Nouveau is made from flat land vineyards using carbonic maceration, which brings out its fruit flavors without tannin, and crus are made in a traditional age-worthy method from prime vineyards.  Clos de la Roillette, in the village of Fleurie, has been producing wines since the 1960s by the Coudert family. Fleurie, one of the 10 crus, is known for its distinct floral notes (as you can tell in its name, fleur=flower). The 2014 vintage is drinking incredible now with black cherry, earth and violet aromas. Plum, spice, soft tannins and bright acidity on the palate. (By the glass $14/By the bottle $56)

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 10.59.20 AM“I had the staff involved for #WineWednesday this week by giving them a “blind.” A blind is when someone is given a wine without seeing the label, or knowing what it is and where it is from. It allows people to judge the wine on its characteristics and quality versus producer, grape and region. Staff loved the complexity of the wine starting from its nose; they got notes of green melon and spice, and minerality on the palate. David and Diana Lett of Eyrie (EYE-ree) Vineyards were the first proplr to plant Pinot Gris in America, in 1965. Since then, the Eyrie philosophy has stayed the same, “to interfere as little as possible with the processes of nature.” In addition, all wines are estate-grown and produced. (By the bottle $45)

Always a Reason to Indulge! Cypress Tavern’s Bottomless Brunch on Saturday, February 20

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A morning in Chef's kitchen, shooting for Indulge magazine's food issue.

A morning in Chef’s kitchen, making breakfast for a feature in Indulge magazine’s Food Issue.

Join James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz and Miami Herald’s Indulge magazine to celebrate the release of its Food Issue with a special Saturday Bottomless Brunch at Cypress Tavern!   One of Miami’s favorite Sunday pastimes now extends to Saturday every weekend at Cypress Tavern, our American Grill & Cocktail Bar in Miami’s Design District.  At his first-ever brunch event, Schwartz goes behind the line with The Genuine Hospitality Group executive chef Bradley Herron and Cypress Tavern chef de cuisine Max Makowski to cook favorites from the restaurant’s Weekend Brunch menu, with several new dishes and cocktails for the occasion. Indulge with Schwartz! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

$79 plus tax and gratuity includes:
~ Family-style prix fixe menu of 3 courses, each including multiple items
*Fresh, raw salads
*Savory dishes
*Breakfast sweets
~ A choice of two new bottomless cocktails created specifically for the event by Cypress Tavern Head Bartender David Ferree and The Genuine Hospitality Group Wine Director Eric Larkee (Sparkling or Bloody Mary)
~ Indulgent goody bag curated by Indulge magazine

NOTE:  Seating is limited and not communal. Book ticket(s) at the available desired time slot and you will be seated with your party!!!

Free Genuine Gift Card Countdown to Christmas | Shop the Deal Online Until 12/24!

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Last minute shopping comes with perks when the Genuine Elves are shipping your order!  Just a little reminder that for $100 spend in The Genuine Hospitality Group gift cards online at, a $20 card is automatically added to your cart,  no coupon necessary and free shipping (mind our deadlines, please!)  Consider it inspiration for you and yours to explore all the genuine that Michael Schwartz has to offer at the following restaurants in Miami’s Design District and Coconut Grove: MICHAEL’S GENUINE® FOOD & DRINK fresh simple pure, CYPRESS TAVERN American Grill & Cocktail Bar, and HARRY’S PIZZERIA® neighborhood American pizzeria.  Looking for a great corporate gift?  Email to inquire about our bulk rates!

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