If you’ve been to Israel, breakfast has taken on a whole new meaning — and has likely never been the same again! Whether strolling the markets with the aromas of exotic spices filling the air and the smells of freshly-baked boreka pastries, or surveying the bread of an epic buffet with honey dripping from its comb and juicy rainbow of salatim, it’s impossible to not be forever intoxicated by the memory. Sensory overload! For those forever spellbound and newcomers to this experience, we have the cure. What’s better than Israeli breakfast? Israeli BRUNCH! It is with mouths watered that we announce Michael will host American food writer and author Adeena Sussman for a special brunch on Saturday, October 26 to celebrate the release of her newest cookbook, Sababa! In Hebrew, Sababa means everything is awesome. This sentiment permeates the Tel Aviv expat’s home kitchen and the approach to recipes she shares in the book… Expect extra special flavor and energy from this weekend must-do! Click here for event tickets!
Most mornings you can find Sussman making her way through the bustling stalls of Shuk HaCarmel, her local market, abundant with irresistible fresh ingredients and tempting snacks — juicy ripe figs and cherries, locally made halvah, delectable cheeses and olives, and the most addictive street food in the world, from crunchy falafel drizzled with colorful condiments like pickled mango chutney called amba and Yemenite green hot sauce full of coriander and parsley called shug, to off-the-boat fish tossed with seasonal fruit and fresh herbs. In Sababa, Sussman brings this culinary wonderland to life with 125 authentic yet easy recipes that put a fresh spin on the amazing variety of a cuisine forged by Jewish and Arabic residents alike, from more than 100 lands, who make Israel their home.
The experience will begin with an author talk moderated by friend and South Beach Wine & Food Festival founder Lee Schrager while a welcome sparkling drink and assorted snacks are passed. Later, the brunch will take over for a delicious family-style meal including three courses straight from the pages of Sababa. All of this is included in the $75 ticket as well as tax, gratuity, and a signed copy of the book. There will also be additional beverage options available a la carte. Seating is first come first serve in the main dining room of Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink.
For tickets click here, and stay tuned for the full menu coming soon!
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)
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!
The end of July means Miami gears up for the best time of the year to be a restaurant guest – Miami Spice! This year, from August 1st to September 30th, Chef Michael Schwartz and company serve up four times the fun: Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink, Amara at Paraiso, Tigertail + Mary, and Traymore by Michael Schwartz at the Como Metropolitan Miami Beach, making this the biggest Genuine Spice participation to date! From ever-changing new menu items, to cocktails and wine, 3-course prix fixe menus will roll out at each restaurant for lunch and dinner, as well as our favorite bonus: supplements from our regular menus offered at special prices exclusively for Spice diners. Keep reading to learn about some highlights from each menu!
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (Miami Design District) and Executive Chef Dillion Wolff kick off lunch with Appetizers like Wild Boar Sugo Toast with whipped ricotta and basil on grilled sourdough bread. Entrées include dishes such as Open Blue Cobia Tacos with avocado crema, cabbage slaw, and crispy hominy on a flour tortilla. Dinner starts with Appetizers like Smoked Fish Dip with housemade pickles and fried saltines, and follows with Entrées such as Grilled Lamb Leg with yogurt marinated tabouleh, herbs, and jus. For both lunch and dinner, complement your meal with our Supplements– dishes from our regular menu such as a Truffle Pizza with porcini fondu, roasted wild mushrooms, fontina, taleggio, and thyme. Finish off with Desserts like a Mango Tarte Tatin with rosemary-honey ice cream. To keep up with menu changes or make a reservation, click here.
Lunch is Monday-Thursday for $23, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Dinner is Monday-Thursday for $39, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
Smoked Fish Dip
A short drive away, Amara at Paraiso (Downtown Miami/Brickell Area) and Executive Chef Michael Paley maintain the fresh approach to bold Latin American flavors with their Miami Spice menu. For lunch, start with an Appetizer of Rock Shrimp Ceviche with avocado, lime, tajin, and totopos; next, pick from our three Entrées including a Quinoa Salad with sweet plantains, toasted cashews, baby heirloom tomato pork belly, and aji panca crema. Joining us for dinner? Have an Appetizer of Heirloom Bean Spread with sesame, sugar snap peas, and serrano chile corn flour cracker and choose an Entrée of Grilled Local Fish with crispy chimi potatoes, salsa verde, and grilled lemon. For both lunch and dinner, finish your meal with a Chocolate Flan with dulce de leche, cashews, and cocoa nibs. Or, choose our Arroz con Leche with Panela, buñuelo, and mango. To keep up with menu changes or make a reservation, click here.
Lunch is Monday-Friday for $23, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Dinner is Sunday-Thursday for $39, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
Arroz con Leche
As bohemian neighborhood restaurant Tigertail and Mary (Coconut Grove) celebrates its first Miami Spice, Executive Chef Stephen Ullrich’s menu stays true to the restaurants local and vegetable-focused menu. For lunch, choose an Appetizer of Roasted Okra with crispy leeks and tomatillo and an Entrée such as the Garganelli pasta with broccoli pesto and peperoncino. Dinner starts with Appetizers like the Coddled Egg with lobster and mushrooms. Choose an Entrée such as the Charred Hangar Steak with escarole, crispy shallots, and Calabrian chimichurri. For both lunch and dinner, complement your meal with our Supplements– dishes from our regular menu such as a Steak Tartare with smoked egg aioli, potato chips, and chives, or the fan-favorite Rock Shrimp Pizza with manchego cheese, chorizo, and escarole. Finish off with Desserts like a Chocolate Brownie Bomb with milk chocolate mousse and roasted banana gelato. To keep up with menu changes or make a reservation, click here.
Lunch is Monday-Friday for $23, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Dinner is Sunday-Thursday for $39, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
Last but certainly not least, Traymore by Michael Schwartz at Como Metropolitan Miami Beach (Mid-Beach) has Miami Spice Menus that reflect its Pan-Asian flavors and use of seasonal ingredients. Lunch kicks off with Appetizers including Crispy Duck Wings with a black pepper-soy glaze, carrots, and celery. Choose an Entrée such as the Steamed Main Blue Mussels with coconut, ginger, green sambal, purple basil, and black rice. Come time for dinner, our Appetizers feature dishes such as a Pork Belly Steamed Bun with togarashi aioli, cucumber, and pickled onions and our Entrées include choices like Wok Charred Bavette with chili fried brocolini, black rice, and miso butter. For both lunch and dinner, finish your meal with a Curry Banana Bread with chocolate crumbs, rum sauce, and house-made vanilla ice cream. To keep up with menu changes or make a reservation, click here.
Lunch is Monday-Sunday for $23, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Dinner is Monday-Sunday for $39, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
For more information about Miami Spice, visit the official page here and be sure to follow our unique hashtag #genuinemiamispice to discover these dishes and more on Instagram! Our menus will change regularly to make sure you can try something new with each visit. We will see you soon!
When you’re moving so fast it’s important to take a moment to stop, step back and appreciate what you have. Today one of those moments presents itself, and we’re making a point to celebrate. A week from today, Michael’s flagship turns 12 and with this milestone another opportunity for growth as Dillion Wolff steps into the role of chef de cuisine of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami. The perspective of a dozen years is important, giving new meaning to what this position means, especially as we ready our new location in Cleveland.
Dillion, with whom we spoke last summer, follows in the footsteps of not just Chef but a long line of talented cooks that have led this formidable kitchen and gone on to do and create great things of their own. If you’ve dined with us since January, you’ve already enjoyed a taste of Dillion’s understated but notable influence — walking the precarious but rewarding line of honoring the approach and making it all his own.
Last night’s cobia collar special, a perfect example of a genuine dish with contrast of color, temperature and texture.
Congratulations to Dillion on the well deserved promotion — he’s worked hard under the mentorship of the position’s original alumnus, TGHG culinary director Bradley Herron, having a hand in virtually every piece of business under the TGHG umbrella from Michael Schwartz Catering to the Genuine Pizza cookbook, and we can’t wait for what’s in store.
Join us next Wednesday, March 13 to raise a glass to the next chapter and the people inside and out that have contributed to MGFD’s success and form its extended family. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. enjoy an extra long 12-hour happy hour with half off cocktails, wines by the glass and beer, as well as snacks. From 4:30-7:30 p.m., our regular happy hour, we’re pouring a complimentary first glass of sparkling for all guests! Cheers to #MGFD12.
Dillion working the Lynx Grill at the Genuine Pizza cookbook shoot last May.