Ladies First | Cypress Tavern’s Jazz Brunch Debuts Mother’s Day


Hanger Steak is wood grilled and served with fingerling potato and ramp hash, and topped with a fried egg.


Marcus Grant on drums leads the trio.

It’s all that Jazz, and then some at Cypress Tavern.  Michael’s American Grill & Cocktail Bar is setting a new standard celebrating Mom with a Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch from 11am-3pm on Sunday, May 8. Live music by the “Mutes & Roots” Jazz Trio will accompany a set menu including 3 courses each, with multiple dishes per course to share.  The restaurant’s a la carte menu will also be available, as well as an optional bottomless Bloody Mary or sparkling cocktail supplement.  Sunday’s festivities kick off a weekly Saturday Jazz Brunch beginning the following weekend, on May 14.  Reservations are always recommended at or 305.520.5197.

The Marcus Grant “Mutes & Roots” Jazz Trio includes Ken Ge (bass), Nick Benitez (trumpet), and leader Marcus Grant (drums), who hails from the University of Miami Frost School of Music.  Sunday’s Mother’s Day menu is subject to change as follows. Celebrate the special ladies in our lives that do it all for their families each and every day of the year, and deserve it all.

Lobster Avocado Toast
Citrus-Endive Salad – pistachio, aged goat cheese

Crab Benedict – dill hollandaise
Grilled Hanger Steak – fingerling potato & ramp hash, fried egg
Wild Mushroom Rice Cake – herb aioli, shaved summer truffle, fried egg

Kulfi – confit citrus, pistachio
French toast – fig compote, pistachio, crème fraîche

Executive Chef Michael Schwartz
Chef de Cuisine Max Makowski
$49.00 plus tax and gratuity per person (half price for children under 12)
Endless Bloody Marys or sparkling cocktail – $20 additional


Kit + Ace Speaker Series Welcomes Michael & Managing Partner Sunil Bhatt in Coconut Grove 4/26

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Kit and Ace is an emerging Canadian apparel brand known for its machine-washable “Technical Cashmere” streetwear, made for people living full contact lifestyles.   The brand also strives to engage in innovative endeavors and be inspired by design in all forms that is “future-focused, problem seeking and problem solving.” I’d say we can relate!

KA’s Coconut Grove location is next store to Harry’s Pizzeria®, and we’ve had a hankering to collaborate ever since it opened, shortly after us in November.   For its first speaker series,  KA taps into The Genuine Hospitality Group’s braintrust inviting Michael and managing partner Sunil Bhatt for a talk moderated — care of special Schwartz request — by entrepreneur and champion of local arts and culture Dennis Scholl.

KA’s Speaker Series features local entrepreneurs at the forefront of innovation in their fields to explore how they got started, their company’s approach, keys to success, and future plans.  Join us to celebrate growth in the neighborhood we both call home, and beyond, and enjoy complimentary craft beers from Harry’s.

Date: April 26,2016
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Kit and Ace – Coconut Grove
3401 Main Highway, Coconut Grove/FL 33133

Chef and Cadillac Invite You to a Genuine Driving Experience

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Tasteful ImpressionsAs the official vehicle of The Genuine Hospitality Group, Cadillac is presenting a unique driving experience exclusive to guests of Michael’s flagship Design District restaurant. Beginning Friday, April 22 and for a limited time only, guests of Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights will have an opportunity to test drive at their preferred local Cadillac dealer and as a thank you for participation, choose from among two Genuine gifts to be enjoyed at The Genuine Hospitality Group of restaurants, compliments of Cadillac.

Chef_ATS-V (1)After something sweet to finish the meal from Pastry Chef MJ Garcia, guests will receive a unique code to access Cadillac’s Tasteful Impressions: Genuine Drive Experience web portal where they can complete a few simple steps to sign up and elect their desired gift to be redeemed upon completion of a test drive before June 13, 2016. Participants may choose from special Cadillac Tasting Menu for two which Chef has customized at his American Grill & Cocktail bar, Cypress Tavern, including four courses and choice of a tableside cocktail, glass of wine or beer; or a $150 The Genuine Hospitality Group Gift Card good for use at Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink, Harry’s Pizzeria® and Cypress Tavern.

IMG_9919“I’m excited our guests will have the opportunity to experience the cars that I’ve gotten to know pretty well over the past few months and have enjoyed driving. And there’s always more to learn!” Chef says. “What’s really great is that Cadillac has created a simple way to make this happen, and for our valued guests to get to know us a little better, too, in the process – from where it began at Michael’s Genuine to our greater family of restaurants in Miami!”

The relationship between iconic luxury automaker and the celebrated chef began in November 2015, as Cadillac’s Road To Table event rolled into town with Saveur magazine for a private culinary experience at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. Follow #GenuineCadillac @chefmschwartz and @michaelsgenuine for the latest news and activities.

Tasteful Impressions: Genuine Drive Experience kicks off a lead up to our annual trip to California where, since 2012, Chef, Tamara, Larkee and I have traveled each year to blend a private label wine with dear friend and winemaker Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat. Lua Rossa, named after daughter Lulu Schwartz who does the label art, will be in its fourth blend when it’s conceived from May 11-13 with an Escalade charting a course for culinary adventures from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara and back again. Follow along at #LuaRossa for the travelogue, and stay tuned for more ways you can enjoy the fruits of our labor here in Miami!


Banding Together at Harry’s to Support Young Musicians Unite’s Spring Concert on 5/14

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Both locations of Harry’s Pizzeria (Design District pictured) are representing Young Musicians Unite with its amazing concert poster!

We like getting behind young talent, especially when it’s in the family.  After a successful FAM Night performance at Harry’s Pizzeria in Coconut Grove, Harry Schwartz is back with his band Arrowhead, this time for Young Musicians Unite’s annual spring concert… and tickets are live now here!

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As always, 100% of concert net proceeds will continue to fund Young Musicians Unite’s two free after-school programs, at The Young Men’s Prep Academy and The Overtown Youth Center, and will also enable the organization to expand into a third program at Jose De Diego Middle School.   The new program will include a 15-20 student “Rock Ensemble,” a concept created in the early 1970s by the late Douglas Burris’ of Miami Beach Senior high, which continues to this day.

The event, held Saturday May 14, in The Gleason Room — Backstage at The Filmore, will showcase performances by student rock bands, Jazz combos, and guitar ensembles from across Miami-Dade County.  Student ensembles are looking forward to showcasing their talent and efforts of their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

A pair of tickets to a concert as hot as our oven!

A pair of tickets to a concert as hot as our oven!

Beginning today, courtesy of Chef Michael, you have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show!  Simply follow @harryspizzeria’s Instagram account, tag whom you would like to take as your guest, and THE Harry will choose a winner.  You have until this Sunday 4/24 at noon to enter, and the winner will be DMed shortly after by @harryspizzeria.  Check out his feed too, @harrythedrummer, to see what will sway him your way. [Hint: emoji use is encouraged!]

On the day of the concert, doors open at 7:00 pm; performance starts promptly at 7:30 pm. Ensembles scheduled to perform include, Arrowhead, Redwood Trip, YMP Jazz Combo, and YMP & OYC Guitar Ensemble.

Emilio Estefan, Cypress Tavern Brunch, and the American Dream

Emilio Estefan will be the first to tell you he is living the American dream, and loving it. He made a name for himself with Miami Sound Machine as a musician, and he has since become a producer shaping the sound of a vast amount of the Latin American music here in America. He came to this country as a teenager from Cuba and has a unique passion to define what the new Latino is in this changing country of ours, and he has proved that he has what it takes to do so. With 19 Grammy’s, TV, Film, a best-selling author credit and his latest venture, the Broadway musical On Your Feet!, all under his belt Emilio has earned his place at our table as a Tavern Tastemaker.

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Toast Emilio tonight, with his cocktail at a special price of $10.

In today’s Tavern Tastemakers episodeOcean Drive Magazine Editor in Chief Jared Shapiro learns just why Emilio loves Miami so much, hint: it’s not just the sports teams. And we learn why it is that Miami loves the Estefans so much, and it’s not just his sense of humor, though it was all smiles as they sat down to brunch at Cypress Tavern. “Remember,” he says, “the more you drink the better you sound.”

Emilio is as much an ambassador of music as he is of Latin America. He is a renaissance man of the entertainment world, and with each piece of work that he puts his stamp upon he is trying to distinguish each unique culture from one another and blend them together at the same time. It is no easy task but as he puts it, “I can say, very respectfully, that I understand both the Latino and Anglo cultures. I know how they feel and what moves them and it is working in that gap that has enabled me to create my body of work.” No where is that job more important than in Miami. But like all things, Miami needs love too, and Emilio has that to provide as well. He speaks kindly of Michael Schwartz and the restaurants saying that “people who love Miami always support people doing things in Miami.” On the brunch food he adds, “the taste is amazing.” He should know, a tried and true Miami restaurant owner himself. Speaking of Miami now he says, “I’m so proud.” And we are too.