At Michael’s Genuine, the city’s annual Miami Spice restaurant promotion is about doing it right, or not doing it at all. It’s what we’ve come to expect Michael to harp on each summer as it approaches, and we’re glad he does. The reminder serves a few purposes. For the kitchen, it’s a call to action for the chefs — they better understand why we participate and have seasoned guide rails to kick off the process in the right way. The opportunity forces the kitchen to work within a formula that encourages critical thinking on everything from cross utilization of product to how to incorporate seasonal ingredients that are available and abundant. The objective is to offer guests a great value, something they want to eat that isn’t just a prix fixe thrown together from what’s on the menu already, and a reason to come back to try something new with weekly changes. Chef de Cuisine Tim Piazza and Pastry Chef MJ Garcia have heard the call loud and clear.
“It’s important we create a well-balanced offering, not phone it in,” Michael explains. “We look closely at what makes the most sense to execute with the greatest benefit to our guests. Sometimes having a structure like this can be a great tool for smart creativity. If we do it right, Spice can be a platform to introduce new dishes to our regular menus.”
MGFD will offer Miami Spice Lunch ($23) and Dinner ($39) including a choice of Appetizer, Entrée and Dessert Sunday through Thursday from August 1 to September 30. In addition to the 3-courses included in Miami Spice, the restaurant will also run a selection of dishes from its regular menu as optional supplements at special prices. The Genuine Hospitality Group Beverage Manager and Sommelier Amanda Fraga will feature a cocktail for $10, with accessible wines highlighted from the wine list for convenience on the back of the Spice menu. Pricing is not inclusive of tax and gratuity, and menus will change regularly throughout the two months to fully embrace the program the genuine way.
Our initial menus are above, but when we go live Tuesday, August 1, they will be available and updated as weekly changes are made at michaelsgenuine.com.