Niman Ranch and Harry’s Pizzeria® Double Down on Ingredients Raised with Care

Food we can feel good about is what it’s all about.  Today we are announcing a commitment to just that at Harry’s Pizzeria®, by sourcing meat raised sustainably and humanely in partnership with industry-leader Niman Ranch. As of this summer, all locations of Michael’s genuine brand of thoughtfully-made, better pizza exclusively feature responsibly-sourced beef and pork products from Niman Ranch on the menu in pizza toppings including hot soppressata, shredded pulled pork shoulder, braised short rib, meatballs and bacon, as well as beef sirloin as an entrée. It just tastes better this way.

“Harry’s is about much more than pizza,” Chef explains. “We are committed to building community and a genuine experience for our guests, and this is a perfect way for us to check all those boxes. It feels good to support independent American family farmers who raise their livestock without antibiotics or added hormones. Not only can we stand behind a product that is top quality and tastes amazing, but we’re able to work with a supplier that shares our passion for doing the right thing.”

You’re bacon me crazy.

A special snack, Short Rib Bomba with fontina and arugula, will be available at all locations for $7 from Tuesday, September 5 until Saturday, September 30.

To celebrate the introduction, Niman Ranch’s family farmer advocate, Sarah Willis, will co-host a family-style dinner with Chef Schwartz at the original Harry’s Pizzeria in the Miami Design District on Wednesday, September 27 at 7 pm, the restaurant’s 6th anniversary. Tickets are live for Harry’s Rancher Appreciation Dinner as of this morning through for $89 all-inclusive for a welcome cocktail, 3-course menu, and beverage including unlimited tap beer and two wines poured by the bottle all night. The menu will be announced soon.

With more than 40 years as an industry leader, Niman Ranch is a community of more than 720 independent family farmers and ranchers who raise livestock traditionally, humanely and sustainably to deliver the finest-tasting meat. All Niman Ranch pork, beef, lamb and prepared products are certified under the Certified Humane® program and available nationwide at both food service and retail locations.

Over the years, our chefs have enjoyed working with the product.  We can recall many dishes showing up at Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink with lamb especially like Niman Ranch Lamb Flatbread with preserved meyer lemon, hummus, harissa, pine nuts, golden raisins, and French feta and Lamb Stuffed Eggplant wood roasted and topped with local heirloom tomato, greek yogurt, and pistachios. Niman Ranch beef made our then restaurant in Grand Cayman’s burger one of the most sought after menu items on island.  Michael has also traveled to Iowa for its annual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner to celebrate the good folks raising good product with a meal by adoring chefs.

“We are proud to have Niman Ranch showcased on Harry’s delicious pizza,” Niman Ranch general manager Jeff Tripician says. “The folks at Harry’s, under the vision of Chef Schwartz, serve up terrific dishes that are a perfect pairing for our meat, not to mention our company values. We’re proud to be associated and a part of such a progressive chef-centered enterprise that cares deeply about where their food comes from.”

Named one of the top 25 pizzerias in America by Food & Wine Magazine, Chef Schwartz’s Neighborhood American Pizzeria will add restaurants in Miami Beach, Aventura and Sunrise, FL as well as its first out of state locations in Cleveland and Atlanta as part of its expansion to 20 restaurants by 2020 and Niman Ranch is a key component to getting there in the right way.  Come along for the ride.  Follow @harryspizzeria and visit for what’s on the menu.

Your Spiny Lobster Passport is the Harry’s Pizzeria® Special Pizza Next Week

Next time check your lobster’s passport to fully appreciate where it comes from. Florida lobster season as regulated commercially and recreationally by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and spans August to March, allowing for spawning in the off months.  The crustacean itself is actually Panulirus argus or “spiny lobster”.  Characteristic for its abundant tail (meat!) and very long, thick, spiny antennae, the spiny lobster and its clawed doppelganger the true Maine lobster aren’t as related as you might think.  In fact, Caribbean lobster is more accurate than Florida, which really refers to the regulatory season itself and the jurisdiction of fisheries.

“Oh they’re walkers,” fisherman George Figueroa explained on the phone this morning. “Lobster will walk hundreds of miles, from Mexico, you name it. Sometimes the traps are empty in the Keys and Bahamas, and then they’re full all of a sudden, so those were probably in Cuba.”

This begins to make a lot of sense when you consider the fossil record of spiny lobsters has been extended by the discovery in 1995 of a 110-million-year-old fossil near El Espiñal in Chiapas, Mexico.

George explains that lobsters generally look for habitats to hide, whether it’s a reef or something artificial. Divers will tend to catch them in the first month.  Then as they do their walks at night, searching for food, fishermen lay traps in a desolate area so the trap then becomes the habitat — often baiting it with a lobster to make it more inviting for these social, pack travelers. The 2017-18 season is starting kind of weak, and they’ve been hauling several hundred pounds a week. Come January and February, supply will taper off.

We always are looking to feature ingredients at their freshest, and spiny lobster is one of those seasonal moments we look forward to each year.  Chef de Cuisine Tim Piazza has be working it into the Michael’s Genuine® menu in a number of ways, from daily pasta specials to raw bar.  But when Michael shot an email out last week that he was thinking a lobster pizza for Harry’s, we knew we needed to make it happen!  TGHG executive Chef Bradley Herron jumped on it, from vacation no less, getting his troops together to source product, recipe test and ultimately implement a plan to launch in all three locations.  Chefs Max Makowski, Megan Hess and Dillion Wolff are championing the effort to make it happen, working with our commissary kitchen to process 100 pounds or about 150 tails including cutting the shell, cooking sous vide in butter and thyme, and getting to the Harry’s kitchen managers complete with recipe cards and training for a smooth consistent introduction.  Making changes to menus gets more challenging as we grow, so this process is essential to ensure the end game lives up to the initial intention.

Enjoy a taste of the result as Harry’s Pizzeria celebrates the start of the season in Florida Lobster Pizza with braised leeks, Calabrian chiles, fontina and scallions as next week’s special pie.  It will run Monday, August 21 to Sunday, August 27 at all three locations for $21.  How’s that for an exercise in knowing where your food comes from?  Watch as the chefs test a couple versions yesterday on @harryspizzeria here, and get those juices flowing.  George’s Trigger Seafood in another astonishing turn of events has added an Instagram account, so be sure to show him some love too as you enjoy the fruits of his labor!

Genuine Marketing Fall Internship

Summer is about to end, and we could not be more energized for the busy season ahead, full of exciting programming and restaurant openings.  The vacation may be over but the Genuine adventure is just getting warmed up!

We are looking for a college, graduate student or recent graduate passionate about restaurants and marketing. The position will lead projects and have a big impact on our business. Specific work could include assisting the marketing staff on the launch of new restaurants across various Genuine brands; developing social media strategy and content and social metric tracking; working on local store marketing efforts for existing restaurants and formulating elements of a corporate social responsibility strategy.  Email Joel White with your resume and a cover letter to apply!

· start date: week of September 5th
· ability to work 20 hours a week for 12-16 weeks
· available to work on-site at The Genuine Hospitality Group offices in the Design District
· great communication skills, including writing
· self-motivated worker
· ability to develop content for blog and social media including photography and verbiage
· loves food and is a great team player
· meticulous with details and works well under pressure
· social media savvy
· Abode/Indesign knowledge a plus

· weekly paycheck and/or college credit
· parking expenses covered
· Lunch when at work and restaurant gift cards

A slice of Harry’s Pizzeria® for Miami Beach

1680 Meridian Avenue and Michael Schwartz (credit: The Real Deal)

More Harry’s, more fun!  As reported by The Real Deal yesterday afternoon, we’re excited about our next signed lease in our neighborhood American pizzeria brand’s expansion — especially since it’s in the Schwartz family backyard on the Beach!  Located at 1680 Meridian Avenue, the space is ground level and will include outdoor seating, just like we like it!  At 2,500 square feet, Miami Beach will join our current three locations, in the Miami Design District, Coconut Grove and at Downtown Dadeland, as well as announced restaurants in Aventura, Sunrise, Atlanta and Cleveland.  Opening is slated in our timeline for fall 2018.  For news and updates, follow #HPMiamiBeach.  And check out our biggest Marra Forni rotator pizza oven yet at 7,100 pounds, which was delivered at the crack of dawn to our forthcoming Aventura Mall location this morning, here.

Amara at Paraiso Now Hiring General Manager

On the heels of announcing Amara at Paraiso, Michael is seeking a genuine leader to build a team, open and run his first waterfront restaurant.  This extremely important full-time General Manager position will report to Chef Schwartz and the Director of Operations with delegated authority and will receive an annual compensation of $90,000 to $120,000 with benefits offered. We are currently accepting applications through Ziprecruiter here, including full job and benefits description. We are laser focused on growing The Genuine Hospitality Group with great people that make our restaurants what they are and, most importantly, why they are.