It’s a Genuine Truffle Week White Out!

White truffle season is here, and we need at least a week to celebrate. Don’t you?!  We are showering these special slivers at lunch and dinner on pizza, pasta and more from October 14-19, with Italian wine specials to boot. Enjoy 6-8 new wines by the glass from Piedmont, showcasing producers and varietals from the region where these seasonal buried treasures grow, like Arneis from Roero and Nebbiolo from Barolo and Barbaresco.

The Genuine White Truffle Nite dinner kicks it all off with Urbani Truffles and Marchesi Antinori at our first white truffle dinner at Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink on Monday, October 14 at 7PM!  Indulge in this northern Italian specialty now in season with an explosion of delicate flavor in 4 courses paired with the wine that suits it from heralded producer Marchesi Antinori. The main course arrives with 2 older vintages of single vineyard “Bussia” Barolo. $350 includes tax, gratuity, the following menu and a truffle gift from Urbani to take home!  Click here for tickets.

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Reception with 4 Canapés and Wine
FIRST – Braised and Chilled Celery Hearts, soft egg, anchovy-white truffle vinaigrette ~ Grechetto Blend, Castello Della Sala “Giovanni Della Sala” Orvieto, Italy

SECOND – Gemeli with Rabbit Sugo, caramelized shallot, fresh white truffles ~ Sangiovese, Pian delle Vigne Rosso, Montalcino, Italy

THIRD – Boneless Osso Bucco, grilled porcini, wilted escarole, white truffle fondue ~ Nebbiolo, Prunotto “Bussia” Barolo, Italy

FOURTH – Olive Oil Cake, roasted figs, hazelnuts, truffle whipped ricotta ~ Amaro selection complimentary

According to Urbani Truffles, the earliest record of the delicacy is from 23-79 AD Ancient Europe. And it’s no wonder these buried treasures have been prized for so long. Their pungent and earthy flavor cannot be mistaken, and is the perfect pairing for every dish in our Genuine White Truffle Dinner. Take the journey with us!

 

Everything is Awesome Because Sababa is Coming to Michael’s Genuine

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!

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.

It Takes Two to Mango | Tigertail + Mary and The Salty Donut Make Summer Sweet in Coconut Grove with Collab Croughnut

This weekend, it gets salty in the sweetest of ways at our lush neighborhood retreat in Miami’s oldest bayside village.  Join Chef Michael Schwartz for exciting and delicious activities to celebrate mango season in Coconut Grove. Click below for the scoop… because you’re invited!

CARRIE MANGO TREE DEDICATION:  Saturday, July 13 at 11am
It takes a village! Join Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell, Chef Michael Schwartz, The Kampong Director Craig Morell, our Park Grove friends and award-winning food writer, Miami native and mango enthusiast Victoria Pesce Elliott for a short and sweet ceremony honoring the National Tropical Botanical Garden that calls Coconut Grove home with a tree we can all stand behind.  Learn more about our new addition to the front lawn here!

IT’S GETTING CROUGHNUTS IN HERE: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14 from 8am to 3pm
Michael’s Croughnut collab with our friends at The Salty Donut is too yummy to miss! Not to mention, grammable. Check out what happened when Miami’s beloved James Beard Award-winning chef mashed up with the city’s favorite artisanal donut shoppe!  Watch a winning recipe come together behind the scenes on The Salty Donut’s IG. Friday’s donuts are on us! Limit one per guest, while supplies last.

You may have figured out we love an illustration or two especially art inspired by our surroundings, so we are especially excited to share in the mango fun with another local plant-obsessed friend of the Genuine family, Jessica “Pooka” Suarez. Enjoy her original Carrie Mango design gracing limited edition high quality stickers this weekend.  Each special Croughnut comes with one special sticker, a treat for our guests while supplies last!

Eat Venezuelan Arepas on Thursday, June 20 at Amara at Paraiso for #WorldRefugeeDay

A big part of what it means to live in Miami is that home and homeland aren’t one and the same.  We are a city of transplants acutely aware of the power of food culture to create a sense of belonging and serve as a conduit for understanding each other’s differences — a source of hope and connection.  It is in this spirit at Amara at Paraiso where we celebrate the many flavors of Latin America that we enthusiastically join Andrew Zimmern’s Coalition of Culinary Thought Leaders and inaugural World Refugee Day restaurant fundraiser on Thursday, June 20… with Venezuela Arepas!

Andrew visited Amara last summer for an episode of the Zimmern List and enjoyed Chef’s fresh approach to many of the iconic Latin American dishes that have found their way to Miami thanks to refugees and immigrants alike.  As the crisis in Venezuela hits particularly close to home, we felt it was high time to celebrate one of its delicious specialties on the menu.  100% of the proceeds of Amara’s arepa specials on June 20th during lunch AND dinner will go to International Rescue Committee’s efforts to respond to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.

Unlike its neighbor Colombia, which incorporates mozzarella-style cheese directly into the masa or white cornmeal-based dough, Venezuela is known for splitting and stuffing its arepas with anything from simple ‘queso de mano’ or cheese of the hand, a fresh creamy-tasting mozzarella-like cheese, to the decadent avocado-chicken mixture called Reina Pepiada.  Chef Paley will offer three varieties each for $10 and available as a sampler for $28 including, Guayanés Cheese with fried plantain and avocado, Grilled Queso Blanco with chorizo, jalapeño and salsa criolla, and Pulled Chicken with grilled scallion and avocado dressing.

Managers Jason and Mirna can’t get enough arepa time!

On World Refugee Day, we will learn the official count of displaced people around the world from the United Nations. Says Andrew, “Sharing food is an incredibly unifying and intimate experience– it brings people together, inspires conversation and celebrates the diversity of all cultures– that makes the spaces we break bread in perfect for drawing attention to issues that often go unacknowledged.  Refugees and immigrants have made the biggest impact on America through food.  This day is about more than one heartbreaking statistic. It’s about the human stories and potential behind those numbers and spotlighting the contributions refugees can make when we embrace and welcome them into our communities.”

For more information visit rescue.org and follow Amara at Paraiso on IG where we will post a video of Chef Paley’s arepa-making adventures later this week!  What’s your favorite arepa filling?