Cypress Tavern’s Tastemaker Cocktail Hour Begins Tuesday March 1

IMG_1129 (2)To celebrate tomorrow’s launch of Tavern Tastemakers with Michael’s episode, Setting the Schwartz Table at Tavern begins a Tastemaker Cocktail Hour where for the first two hours of service weekdays ~ 6-8PM Tuesday-Friday ~ cocktails featured in our new video interview series are available for $10.  On Tuesdays when new episodes debut, we’ll have a host join us from Miami’s food and beverage community, a tastemaker in their own right.  For tomorrow’s first TCH, Pernod Ricard’s Nelson Giacometti toasts the Tavern with Michael’s Irish Whiskey Sour featuring Yellow Spot Whiskey, lemon, Trockenbeerenauslese and egg white.

Live at tomorrow.

Live at tomorrow.

Of what you could categorize as a sommelier’s twist on this classic cocktail, The Genuine Hospitality Group beverage mentor Eric Larkee says, “It works because we add a balanced sweetness not just sugary sweetness from a simple syrup.  We use a sweet wine, with notes of caramely richness and spice that add another layer of complexity to the cocktail.”  Trockenbeerenauslese refers to the sweetness level, which is probably most familiar to us as a Riesling index, but this wine is a blend of Welschreisling and Chardonnay grapes from a producer Larkee frequents, Kracher.  So like making muffins with apple juice or beet instead of granulated sugar, this cocktail has just something a little extra special to take it to Tastemaker status.  It is for Chef, after all! Cheers.

[Recipe] Greek Yoghurt Pound Cake

Greek Yoghurt Poundcake

Baking is a science, so we leave improvisation to the professionals to avoid a rubbery, inedible result.

Take the traditional Pound Cake.  It’s just that — one pound each of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar.  With a batter dense and decadent in its simplicity of ratio, this time-tested result of American Southern cookery is a classic not to be messed with.  Right?

Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink Pastry Chef MJ Garcia dared to differ with an alternative, calculated and with a spoonful of family inspiration.  And it seems to have struck a chord.  When Greek Yoghurt Pound Cake appeared in the Sunday Brunch Sweets section yesterday, it immediately received praise on Instagram and a recipe request.  We were curious, too.

“I wanted to make something fresh and fruity, then I remembered my oldest sister does a similar cake for breakfast in Spain.” MJ explains.  “The recipe is super rich and super moist, what a pound cake is all about. The switch from butter to oil makes a huge difference and the addition of the pumpkin seeds, coconut and cranberry not only makes it taste great but makes for a very colorful plate.”

Enjoy this cake for breakfast, brunch or a late afternoon treat with your 305 cafecito.  This recipe requires the full fat yoghurt — not 0% or 2% — so don’t let the dairy aisle confound you!

Greek Yoghurt Pound Cake

1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup sugar
The zest of 1 lemon
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla purée or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup of (full fat) Greek yoghurt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Pre-heat oven to 325° F.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. Over a piece of wax paper, rub the sugar and lemon zest to extract all the essential oils of the lemon.  In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment on medium to high speed, mix the lemon zested sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy.  Remove the mixing bowl from the stand and fold in the Greek yoghurt using a rubber spatula.  Once it has come together, fold in all your dry ingredients just until fully incorporated, being careful not to over mix.  Then fold in the vegetable oil.  Pour the cake batter into a greased and floured loaf pan and sprinkle the topping in a generous layer.  Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick to the center comes out clean.

Cheers to a First Season | Introducing Tavern Tastemakers with Ocean Drive


The Schwartz table, set last night for the Tavern Tastemakers launch party.

The tavern has long played that important role in a community, a welcoming place known to stir a good chat and bring people together over a meal.   One of the things we’re most proud of here in Miami is the electricity of our lifestyle. That can’t stop, won’t stop attitude is contagious, inspiring new ideas and creating opportunities for change.  This is where culture lives.  In The Genuine Hospitality Group‘s home base of the Design District, this unstoppable collaborative spirit surrounds us, and a passion for craft, not just in Michael’s kitchens or behind the bar, is alive and percolating in our dining rooms.  It’s time to participate through a new lens and explore the vibrant narrative of our city through conversations with good company — our guests.

In an innovative new media partnership with Ocean Drive Magazine, we are excited to announce Tavern Tastemakers, an online video series featuring one-on-one interviews with the people at the forefront of Miami’s popular culture.  Hosted by Editor in Chief Jared Shapiro at Cypress Tavern, webisodes roll out on Tuesdays beginning March 1 at

Ocean Drive is thrilled to partner with Michael Schwartz to intertwine his vision for groundbreaking culinary experiences with the tastemakers of Miami to continue to innovate Miami’s foothold as a global city for art, fashion, design and media.” says Shapiro.

In the premiere episode, Setting the Schwartz Table, the Chef talks staying power in the competitive restaurant business, how Miami’s food scene has evolved and what’s new in the Design District.  Forthcoming episodes feature Andrea Minski, Telemundo host, mother, and creator of the digital platform Mujer Balance, Bernardo Fort-Brescia, a founding principal of Arquitectonica, Style maven and Wilhelmina model Kasey Ashcraft, music mogul Emilio Estefan and world-renowned visual artist and Miami Beach native Michele Oka Doner.

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Andrea Minski and Jared having a good laugh over Yellowfin Tuna Nicoise and Skuna Bay Salmon.


Series sponsor Cadillac at last night’s reception at Cypress Tavern’s 195 underpass lot.

“Pulling the series together has been a great experience, especially collaborating with Jared and the team at Ocean Drive on shoots. It’s always a fun surprise seeing what made the final product – and knowing what hit the cutting room floor,” says Schwartz.

The 3-month series runs from March 1 until May 31 and is underwritten by Cadillac, the official vehicle of The Genuine Hospitality Group, and Pernod Ricard. Ocean Drive and Chef hosted a private dinner party at Cypress Tavern last night to celebrate the series kickoff with its collaborators.  As part of the program, each Tastemaker will have a special cocktail crafted in their honor and rolled out as a special in the restaurant to mark the airing of new episodes. For content including behind the scenes footage, what Tastemakers enjoyed at the table, and special events and offers related to the series, please visit and follow #taverntastemakers on social media.


[TICKET GIVEAWAY!] Hang with Schwartz & Friends at the Cadillac Championship

MS4513_Cadillac_2016_VinoCheckbookInsert_FINALThe World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship has announced a new food and wine event at this year’s tournament taking place March 3-6 at the Trump National Doral, and Schwartz has your hookup!

After tournament play ends on Friday, March 4, Michael hosts guest chefs, Bradley Kilgore (Alter), Jeremy Ford (Matador Room), Timon Balloo (Sugarcane Raw Bar), Jeremiah Bullfrog (Gastropod) and Aaron Brooks (Edge Steak and Bar) at Vino in the Village where each will prepare a dish to pair with William Hill Estate Wine, the official wine of the PGA TOUR. Ticket holders can enjoy the indoor and outdoor atmosphere of the Blue Monster Village right on the course, Jazz in the air and Miami’s top celebrity chef talent.

Beginning now and thanks to our partners at Cadillac, you have a chance to win our #GenuineCadillac package — a pair of tickets to Escalade Lounge and Vino in the Village.  Simply follow @chefmschwartz’s Instagram account, tag who you want to take here and the winner will be DMed this Sunday, February 21 at 5pm.  Stay tuned for more ticket giveaways to come on Chef’s restaurant feeds beginning Monday. Now all we need to do is set the chefs up with a nice caddy gig!

Located at the exciting and popular 16th green, the Escalade Lounge is the place to be on tournament week, with an outdoor patio overlooking 16 green, No. 3 tee and No. 2 green. Escalade Lounge ticket holders can be shuttled to and from the Trump Doral Clubhouse in 2016 Cadillac Escalades as part of their VIP service… Valued at $300 (price exclusive of applicable tax and fees.)  Vino in the Village will begin with a cocktail hour and registration at 6:30 p.m., in the Blue Monster Village next to the first tee. Only limited quantities of tickets are available with package options that start at $265. For more information on the Vino in the Village or the Cadillac Championship, please visit or call the tournament office at 305-513-4653.

President’s Day Weekend 411 | Biscayne Based Boat Show & Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2/11-15


Two major annual events hit South Florida this weekend, beginning TODAY. With Harry’s Pizzeria in Coconut Grove open regular business hours, we are all in it together, so here’s what we want to know… so you’re in the know! Big tip – these two events SHARE A TICKET. Purchase it here (“Combo Ticket”) and use the Water Taxi mapped below to easily see both.

Miami_Transportation_MapMIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW: Due to renovations of the Miami Beach Convention Center, the nucleus of activity this year is Miami Marine Stadium and Virginia Key.  Premier Day: Thursday, February 11, 10 am– 6 pm Show Days: Friday, February 12—Sunday, February 14, 10 am–8 pm ; Monday, February 15, 10 am–6 pm.  Expect more heavy traffic than usual for those Coconut Grove and Brickell-bound.   Additionally, Strictly Sail® Miami will remain at Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace. Strictly Sail will be open from 10am–6pm daily.




COCONUT GROVE ARTS FESTIVAL: Our friends and comrades at the Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association hold the 53rd annual event we all love.  Due to the requirements necessary to set up for the Festival, there will be the following road closures beginning Friday, February 12 according to the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District (thank you for being so organized and communicative!):

  • South Bayshore Drive from Mary Street to SW 27th Avenue and SW 27th Avenue between Tigertail and South Bayshore Drive at 1:00 p.m.
  • South Bayshore Drive from Chart House Road to Mary Street, Pan American Drive from South Bayshore to Chart House Road at 3:00 p.m.

These streets will remain closed until approximately 11:00 p.m. on Monday, February 15. There will be detours set up by the Miami Police Department to facilitate smooth traffic flow during the Festival. These detours will be primarily located on South Bayshore Drive at Aviation Avenue and Tigertail between Aviation Avenue and SW 27th Avenue. LED message boards will be located on Main Highway and South Bayshore Drive several days prior to the Festival alerting motorists to the street closures.  Enjoy a new Green Mobility Network bike valet located at the intersection of Grand Ave. and McFarlane, across the street from Harry’s!

Get around smart, stay fueled up with brussels sprouts and stracciatella salad, and buy art.  ENJOY A BEAUTIFUL PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND IN MIAMI!

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