Next Week is The Bee’s Knees!

Thirsty Thursday is the Bee’s Knees, so we have an announcement! Next week The Genuine Hospitality Group is joining Caledonia Spirits in their annual Bee’s Knees Week promotion encouraging creative cocktails in support of bee education. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Amara at Paraiso, and Tigertail + Mary will each feature their own spin on a Bee’s Knees cocktail – traditionally made with gin, lemon, and honey. They will also feature a special dish to be paired with the cocktail, where honey’s the star – of course. Check it out next week only, September 23rd to 29th!  No wonder the expression came to mean “the height of excellence”, popular in the U.S. in the 1920s, along with “the cat’s whiskers”… or meow!

So why now?  Established in 2017, Bee’s Knees Week has collectively donated over $31,000 nationally to non-profit bee and pollinator organizations. The Bee Cause Project is an organization “working to help inspire the next generation of beekeepers and environmental stewards by installing beehives in local schools and organizations.”

You might be saying, what’s all this buzz about bee’s? Why are bees so important? Well, as a big player in pollination, the bee affects the entire balance of our ecosystem. Recently, bee populations have declined rapidly due to threats such as pesticides, mites, and colony collapse disorder. According to Bee Informed, 45.2% of honeybee colonies were lost last year. TGHG is doing our part to help! During Bee’s Knees week, $1 of each cocktail ($12 across all restaurants) benefits The Bee Cause Project. Keep reading to learn more about the special cocktails and dishes buzzing next week, and follow the fun nationwide on social media at #beeskneesweek.

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

Cocktail: Bee Keeper Barr Hill Gin, saffron-infused honey, lemon (Jorge Hernandez, Head Bartender) 
Dish: Honey Glazed Wings calabrian chili agrodolce (Dillion Wolff, Chef de Cuisine) Also available during Happy Hour!

Amara at Paraiso

Cocktail: Tarragon with the Wind Barr Hill Gin, tarragon, green chile, honey (Billy Yoder, Bar Manager)
Dish: Fried Queso Blanco honey sherry vinaigrette, aleppo pepper, lemon, fresh herbs, watermelon radish (Michael Paley, Executive Chef) 
Also available during Happy Hour!

Tigertail and Mary

 

 




Cocktail: Miss Beehavior  Barr Hill Gin, shiso-honey, lemon (Jonathan Cano and Austin Conway, Head Bartenders)
Dish: Peach + Speck Pizza taleggio, sofrito, hot honey (Stephen Ullrich, Executive Chef)

 

 

Music to Our Mouths! Miami Beach Pop Festival Announces Pop Mercado Food Vendor Line-Up

The Miami Beach Pop Festival takes over our beautiful South Beach shore  the weekend of November 8-10, and music isn’t the only enticing line-up in store!  Announcing producers and culinary host Michael Schwartz are excited to announce Pop Mercado, because when we throw a party we take the food game to the next level!  All your favorites and our friends are invited!

“In my restaurants it’s always been about sourcing close to home and connecting with our community on many levels — inspiration included,” says Schwartz. “We’ve never been shy about expressing bold flavors in this city, and the opportunity to reconnect with what we love about living here reminds us of how lucky we are — music and culture in perfect harmony, especially with this one of a kind lineup!”

From Azucar Ice Cream, to Panther Coffee, to our own Harry’s Pizzeria and office party fave Coyo Taco, Pop Mercado aims to showcase the diversity of Miami’s history and iconic food offerings. Each vendor will showcase their signature dishes at the festival, truly creating “a food festival experience right on the sands of South Beach,” according to Miami Beach Pop Festival.

As we eagerly wait the mouthwatering menu, we’ll be rolling out a taste of what’s to come on social media, so stay tuned!  Culinary partners include: Azucar Ice Cream, Blackbrick by Chef Richard Hales, Chug’s Diner, Coyo Taco, El Bagel, Harry’s Pizzeria, Pincho, Miami Smokers, Paletas Morelia, Panther Coffee, Hippie Dips, Efe’s Greek Food, The Fruit Stand, Gogo Empanadas, Greedy Little Pig, Guaca-go, Island Noodles, Lucky Slushy, Pie Daddy, Pop Queen, Red The Steakhouse South Beach, Surf N Soul Grill, Thai BBQ, and Wakamolli.  Miami Beach Pop Festival will be held on the shore of South Beach between 5th and 10th Streets, adjacent to Lummus Park and Ocean Drive. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

New Late Night Happy Hour is Last Call for Genuine Burgers!

The Juicy Schwartzy Burger – $25 at both Miami and Cleveland locations available all day on Wednesday, September 18 (National Cheeseburger Day)

It’s no secret we love a great cheeseburger at MGFD.  We’ve lost track of how many lists and rankings there are corroborating this, but one thing is for sure… the people have spoken and we’re giving them what they want.  Double meat and a whole lot more! National Cheeseburger Day kicks off the following new ways to enjoy burger favorites in Miami and Cleveland, beginning Wednesday, September 18:

LETTING THE GOOD JUICE ROLL FOR NATIONAL CHEESEBURGER DAY: Enjoy a special cheeseburger all day long inspired by Chef’s love of juice in all its forms. The Juicy Schwartzy will be available at lunch and dinner in Miami and Cleveland for $25 and features our house made pastrami, thousand island dressing, pickled red cabbage and melty gruyere sandwiched between a butter-griddled brioche roll.  Yum! This burger is all about the meat, 3 oz. of beautifully brined beef brisket sizzling on the searing-hot griddle beside an 8 oz. house ground black angus patty (50/50 brisket and chuck).

LAST CALL, MIAMI! Last two hours before close? Take a juicy bite out of it!  Enjoy an all new late night happy hour celebrating our favorite burgers. Monday – Thursday guests can join us at the bar from 9-11PM for the restaurant’s signature Genuine Bacon Cheeseburger as well as a rotating special burger only available during the Last Call window. Purchase includes Happy Hour pricing on drinks (1/2 off cocktails, wine and beer)!

WINE DOWN CLEVELAND: Wine Wednesday the juicy way! All guests dining at the restaurant on Wednesdays now enjoy half price bottles from our wine list all day long. The Genuine Burger and a Wednesday-only rotating special burger, beginning with the Juicy Schwartzy, come with happy hour pricing on drinks at the bar from 4:30PM until close!

 

A Friday Morning Trip to the Genuine Commissary, in Numbers

It was my first time at the commissary, and I was in for a treat. As I finished my drive and parked my car outside, right “next to the Empanada place”, the sun was beginning to rise. When I walked in I saw a bustling hive of early rising folks. Everyone is working to complete the prep list of the day before Jean brings the van to whisk everything away and deliver it to the restaurants. Billie Eilish plays in the background. Let’s break down my time here into numbers:

10 people working here. Each with their own task for the day. There’s Myrtille Quillien, head pastry chef for Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Amara at Paraiso and Ella Pop Café. Then Yesenia, her assistant and master donut maker, a dealbreaker for Myrtille when she transitioned in her new promotion from Amara, their former home. CJ is the commissary manager, handles savory production and makes sure all orders are accounted for. Micheline and Nancy work on short rib and pig ears, while Marie is on the fryer for potato chips. Joceline washes dishes, while Stacy and Alex roll out cinnamon rolls and make coconut cake filling. Lastly, Jean loads up the van and makes the rounds dropping off the goodies to each restaurant. Each unique. Each essential to the process working right.

9 things I can see being made when I walk in. Cinnamon rolls, financiers, quiches, coconut cake, mayonnaise, pig ears, short rib, donuts, and potato chips. The days list doesn’t end there though! Many more items are made throughout the day.

8 steps to the coconut cake. 1- Bake the cakes 2-Cut them into sheets for stacking 3- Lay down the first sheet, brush with syrup 4- add frosting to each layer 5- repeat with all of the layers 6- frost the whole cake 7-cover in coconut flakes 8- torch the coconut flakes. This cake is a dessert at Amara and is sometimes featured in Ella’s pastry display.

7 am call time. I am not a morning person, so you can imagine my sentiments. But these are baker’s hours. Myrtille gets here around 5 and is a self-proclaimed early-bird. She went to bed at 8 pm the night before!

6 colors of Fruity Pebbles. Yesenia spent hours at home separating the colors of the cereal in order to make a special rainbow donut. Then, she meticulously places them to create a beautiful and cheery design. Painstakingly perfect, just like the rainbow that appeared in the sky as we left later!

5 people help load the truck around 8. The definition of genuine teamwork! From the meditative state of getting through the morning prep list, the energy shifts into high gear as the morning’s haul is rushed into the van, quickly tallied with any missing items handed off in a flurry as Jean steps on the gas to make his delivery rounds. Phew! Everyone takes a small break before prepping for the next day.

4 trays of eggs in the Combi oven for mayonnaise, dialed in with a recipe that ensures perfect every time with zero breakage! Fun fact: we make our own mayo. Not so we can write “house made” on the menu (we don’t) but because it tastes better, is extremely cost efficient and is easy to make!

3 stops for Jean to make in the van: Michael’s Genuine, Ella Pop Café, and Amara at Paraiso. Everything is delivered fresh daily!

2 perfectly zested lemons by Myrtille. As she was stirring her almond Financier dough and folding in the fragrant flecks, I looked over to see two of the most perfectly zested lemons I’ve ever seen in my life! Myrtille was taught by a woman who spent hours zesting oranges to make orange sugar. All white pith, no sweet peel to be found, nor wasted.  “It’s my special technique!” she exclaimed.

1 cup of French Press coffee. After the Commissary’s espresso machine was taken for to Tigertail + Mary, Myrtille took matters into her own hands and brought her mini French Press when Culinary Director Bradley’s idea of Mr. Coffee didn’t sit well. Good coffee is a must when your alarm goes off at 4:30 in the morning!