Bienvenidos Versailles Cubano Pizza!

It’s a community thing. But who gets the croqueta is each friend for themself!

Are you picking up what we’re putting down?  If it’s a croqueta on your Versailles Cubano Pizza then you have the right idea!  So does Chef Schwartz.

It’s love at first bite as Michael makes Miami’s most iconic sandwich open-faced for a limited time only featuring Versailles house roasted pork and glazed ham, bread and butter pickles, mustard sauce, fontina and gruyère cheeses, and finished with a Versailles croqueta!  From Monday, January 14 until Valentine’s Thursday, February 14, find this pie in the sky collab as a special at all South Florida locations of Harry’s Pizzeria and Genuine Pizza for $16.  It’s the first time this local legend has done a collaborative pizza highlighting one of their specialty menu items, so we are especially honored and excited to have this unique opportunity… and to share it with all of you!

Since 1971 the original Calle Ocho location of Versailles, the world’s most famous Cuban restaurant, has been a cornerstone of the Little Havana neighborhood and a community gathering place for conversation whether over a cafecito or its famous Cuban sandwich, “El Cubano”.   Almost 50 years later, this culinary icon has achieved ubiquitous global recognition as a symbol of Miami’s diverse cultural identity and the unique food traditions that have developed as a result.

Click to watch how it’s made, to the tunes of Palo!

“I’ve been a fan of Versailles since moving to Miami in the early ‘90s and as a chef I have a keen appreciation for the Valls family’s commitment to keeping it simple, doing things right, and bringing the community together,” Michael says. “We love to get creative with topping combinations on our pizzas, and taking this one for a spin is a long time coming! We are so grateful to everyone at Versailles for not only entrusting us with these unique ingredients, but their genuine enthusiasm in having fun with the formula. We think the result tastes pretty great and is something we can all gather around and share – if there’s any left!”

Inspired by this memorable combination hot-pressed inside fluffy, crispy Cuban bread, Chef Schwartz is sourcing the roast pork and glazed ham from the Versailles kitchen to honor the original recipe. With layers of mustard sauce, bread and butter pickles, and the combination of fontina and gruyère cheeses to balance melt and flavor, each pie is also topped with one of its famous, mouthwatering croquetas to break open and enjoy with each slice.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Harry’s Pizzeria and Genuine Pizza on this fun and delicious collaboration,” says Versailles owner Nicole Valls. “Our family is a huge admirer of Chef Schwartz and all he has done for the Miami food scene, and we are excited to have everyone taste this new spin on Miami’s iconic dish.”

Beginning Monday, January 14 through Thursday, February 14, the Versailles Cubano Pizza will be available all day long for $16 during regular business hours for dine in, takeout and delivery at all South Florida locations of the James Beard Award-winner’s casual pizza restaurant, including Miami Design District, Downtown Dadeland, Coconut Grove and Aventura Mall. For the restaurant nearest you visit genuinepizza.com/locations.

With whom would you like to share a Cubano Pizza? Let us know by joining the conversation on social media #genuinecubano and follow along for giveaway news, events and more @chefmschwartz, @harryspizzeria, @genuinepizza and @versaillesmiami.

Culinary Director Brad Herron with Harry’s Pizzeria Design District kitchen manager Homer Perez.  Big thanks to these guys for making test pizzas during a busy lunch service. Getting it done, per usual!

Genuine Grams | Share Your Favorite Memories & Dishes with #MGFD10

When we look back over the years, and all the menus, there are some things that just stand out as seminally Genuine.  Opening Michael’s Genuine® Pub in 2014 was a great exercise for us to define it. The rows of grilled chicken wings with creamy cucumbers cueing up with thick cut potato chips and pan fried onion dip during training were a clue.  Those dishes that had stuck with us over the years, they were what we wanted to share with a new audience. Then consider the sourcing, and the spontaneity that makes a kitchen an MGFD kitchen, all the important hands that touch the ingredients every step of the way until they land in yours.  And then there’s Chef.

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Waxy and Michael at the original Harry’s Pizzeria in the Miami Design District for his 2012 pop up.

Michael Schwartz is the consummate chef. He is calm, creative, funny and incredibly perceptive. He totally understands what his customers want to eat, and I imagine he probably really cooks the dishes he wants to eat. His style is eclectic, modern with a look back to wood oven cookery, wood grilling and exciting, rustic flavors. His eponymous Michael’s Genuine is exactly that, an homage to the great lexicon of recipes and culinary ideas that make Michael, well, Michael. 

Jonathan Waxman, James Beard Award-winning chef/owner Barbuto (NYC), Waxman’s (San Francisco), Adelle’s (Nashville), and Jam’s (NYC)

As we approach March 13, we’re asking friends and colleagues of Michael’s to share their feelings about what Genuine means to them, and we’re asking you to do the same by sharing your favorite genuine dishes of all time on Instagram and tagging #MGFD10. We will regram them on @michaelsgenuine. It’s all about sharing the love. As we archive dive here and pull some favorites from our opening menus to share at the restaurant in the coming weeks, do the same on your feed as we will on ours.

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Reminder we will be closed for dinner (open for lunch until 3pm!) at Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink on Thursday, February 23 as we welcome Jonathan and Marc Vetri for a sold out dinner to celebrate 10 Genuine Years with Chef Michael. If you’re not attending this or another South Beach Wine & Food Festival festivity, our restaurants in the hood and outside it will be open including Harry’s Pizzeria (Miami Design District and Coconut Grove), Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz (Brickell), and Cypress Tavern (Miami Design District).  Ella Pop Café (Miami Design District) until 7pm.

[VIDEO] A 2016 Holiday Message of Genuine Merriment

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That’s because we hit pause (and PLAY!) to celebrate our people and thank our extended family for joining us in the memory making that was 2016. Enjoy these familiar faces and relish the genuine merriment that virtual yearbook maker Jessica Anderson has prepared for us with steadfast and thoughtful plentitude.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and yummy holiday from all of us at Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink, Harry’s Pizzeria®, Cypress Tavern, ella, Michael Schwartz Events and The Genuine Hospitality Group.

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Model Behavior with Some Lobster and a Cherry on Top

Kasey Ashcraft is living the dream. The one on the postcard of Miami Beach. Or maybe she’s on the post card of Miami Beach.  She is nothing short of picture perfect and has had her picture taken on a whole lot of beaches, but still calls ours home. This sun kissed Wilhelmina model turned Miami local is a Tavern Tastemaker and sat down with her friend, Ocean Drive Magazine Editor in Chief Jared Shapiro, and a tasty table of Cypress Tavern brunch dishes to talk about why we all want to live in Miami and how exactly she made that dream come true.  There was lobster, of course, because Kasey is from Maryland and “seafood is a big deal.” We know a thing or two about that!  Watch here.

They toasted with a scotch and prosecco cocktail that Cypress Tavern lead bartender David Ferree created. The “Take Me Out” is Chivas Regal 12 Year with sparkling wine and house brandied cherries. An unlikely combo even for Kasey, she said, “I didn’t think I was going to like it because I don’t like cherries or either of those things. But I love it. I never stay and finish drinks, but I’m finishing it.” Come taste for yourself tonight at our Cypress Tavern cocktail hour from 6-8pm with Amanda Fraga, the Genuine Hospitality Group Beverage Manager and Sommelier as we toast Kasey Ashcraft at the end of another day in the sun.

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

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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 oceandrive.com/taverntastemakers.

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.

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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 oceandrive.com/taverntastemakers and follow #taverntastemakers on social media.

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