Introducing Tigertail + Mary: Lush Neighborhood Retreat for Relaxed American Cooking Opens May 2019 in Coconut Grove

Coming Soon: An oasis devoted to vegetable-forward food and the easy village lifestyle of Miami’s oldest bohemian neighborhood on Biscayne Bay

Since announcing the project some four years ago with Park Grove co-developers Terra and Related Group, we are excited to share today the details on our newest restaurant, coming to Coconut Grove in May — Tigertail + Mary!  Following Harry’s Pizzeria’s successful 2015 debut, Chef’s second in Miami’s oldest village on Biscayne Bay is a lush neighborhood retreat for fresh, vegetable-forward American cooking, inspired by the Grove’s one-of-a-kind bohemian lifestyle, easy energy, and textured tropical landscape. For Michael, good food begins with great product, and here the menu will celebrate this notion’s ultimate expression – vegetables – as well as other fresh, thoughtfully-sourced proteins, like local seafood and meat from animals raised with care.  To get to know the restaurant and the neighborhood as opening approaches, follow @tigertailandmary on Instagram, Facebook and visit our new landing page at tigertailandmary.com.

Patio! Landscaping hasn’t fully begun but we have designs on one of our favorite Miami backyard and front lawn treasures — mango trees!

“Coconut Grove feels good I think because it doesn’t try too hard to be something. It is consistently, 100 percent itself, full of good energy and honesty. Food should be this way, too,” he explains. “We’ve always embraced this notion as a restaurant group, and as we’ve grown, it has become an extremely important lens that defines our Genuine approach in each new space we inhabit. For us it’s about food that is unhindered in its sincerity to the ingredient and the way we want guests to feel welcome when they join us. Being in the Grove in many ways reminds us of what we aspire to be, and creating this restaurant and the dining experience has been an affirmation of our commitment to know ourselves better and be who we are. We’re having fun making good food and making a place our neighbors can feel good calling home.”

Hero signage concept from Ribbit, a long time collaborator responsible for our flagship neon signage at Michael’s Genuine.

Tigertail + Mary’s space and design by longtime Schwartz-collaborators Grove-based Arquitectonica and Meyer Davis Studio (NYC) is informed by its natural surroundings, embedded at the intersection the North Grove’s two main streets and fronted by a new corner park next to Terra and Related Group’s Park Grove entrance. The restaurant offers seating for 120, including bar, main dining room, private dining room and outdoor patio. Biscayne bay breezes, marina sails and palms dotting the coastline are the backdrop, while the front lawn opens up to a thicket of neighborhood streets and homes set within a densely layered colorful tropical canopy. A winding pathway entrance is embraced by foliage drawing guests in. Textured fabrics and natural materials in the design develop the relaxed feeling of the outside environment in the dining room, and the open kitchen with hearth and charcoal grill conjures a welcoming feeling.

Always working.

The restaurant opens in mid-May and will offer breakfast bakery items from its walk-up café with seating at tables in the park, lunch, dinner and brunch. Valet parking will be available in addition to metered street and nearby garage. Look for reservations to open in early May. Walk-ins always welcome. Menus coming soon!

We are busy and looking for amazing people to help us grow in the right ways.  Please visit tigertailandmary.com where positions will be posted to apply, or email jobs@thegenuinehospitalitygroup.com with your resume for ongoing opportunities and openings.  The Genuine Hospitality Group currently operates 9 restaurants including four locations of our pizzeria brand, Genuine Pizza®/Harry’s Pizzeria®, light and airy ella pop café in the Miami Design District and several branching from our fine dining roots at now 12 year old Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in the Miami Design District: Amara at Paraiso, quintessential Miami restaurant with waterfront dining and fresh approach to bold Latin American flavor, fresh, bold Pacific Rim flavors at Traymore by Michael Schwartz at COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach, honest Italian at Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz at SLS Baha Mar in Nassau, The Bahamas, and a second location of flagship Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Cleveland at The Van Aken District of Shaker Heights opening April 8, 2019. Chef’s second cookbook, Genuine Pizza: Better Pizza at Home is due out May 14, 2019 with Abrams Books.

Toasting 12 Years with 12 Hours: We’re Extra Happy for MGFD’s Birthday on Wednesday, March 13

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.

Traymore by Michael Schwartz Opens in March, a Miami Beach Hideaway for a Fresh Taste of the Exotic

 

Cocktail testing

We are excited to announce that Traymore by Michael Schwartz will open in March with our partners at COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach.  Exploring the lighter, brighter side of South East Asia and the Pacific tropics, Chef’s new menu finds vibrant flavor and energy at the intersection of bold umami and delicate, natural freshness. Guests will experience a redesign of the main dining room, terrace and inner beach path-fronted garden, with lunch, dinner and a new bar program to start.

“I have always been drawn to the bold, bright flavors and ingredients of this part of the world and am inspired by the sense of harmony core to what the COMO brand of hospitality and healthy, delicious food is all about,” Michael says.  “For me, a restaurant is always about the entire experience not just the food and that was really important as we thought about what we wanted this place to become. The bar program channels this balance and brings it all together.”

Raw Bar items like Royal Red Shrimp coconut milk, lime, Thai basil, crispy rice; shareable, vegetable-driven small plates under ‘Market Table’ such as Scarlet Turnips with bottarga, white miso; Appetizers like Beef Carpaccio with heart of palm, kohlrabi, peanuts, burnt lime vinaigrette. Entrees include Wok Charred Wild Salmon four sprout salad, toasted pumpkin seeds, soy lime vinaigrette and sides like Stir Fried Thai Eggplant Curry. Finally, indulgent flavor-packed desserts including Black Sesame Pound Cake with coconut cream, marinated papaya, toasted sesame seed.

 

Schwartz has collaborated with longtime partners at award-winning design firm Meyer Davis Studio – designers of Amara at Paraiso and the forthcoming restaurant at Park Grove – to refresh the space, celebrating its art deco past and the integrity of existing design elements.  The Genuine Hospitality Group will oversee food and beverage throughout the property including in-room dining service and the pool area.  Brunch will shortly follow.

“Miami Beach will always be about the scene, but in this particular location on Mid-Beach we wanted to work with this idea of how losing yourself in good energy can be just as invigorating,” Michael continues. “It’s still a largely unexplored stretch, which is definitely part of the draw.  Tapping into the beach as the original getaway destination it will always be and making that more accessible to locals. It can be that for them, too. Especially!”

COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach is located at 2445 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 33140. For more information visit traymoremiamibeach.com and follow the new restaurant and bar for updates on opening including events and menu, on Instagram @traymoremiamibeach.

Bienvenidos Basel: Our Private Arty & Everyone’s Invited

At French Farms on November 20, with farmer Chris French, farmer Michael Borek and new MGFD chef de cuisine Jorge Olarte.

Meet Olarte as he explores The Redland and connects the dots with local farmers in our video field report, coming soon.

To be a restaurant when Art Basel comes to town is a curious thing that might need a little framing.  Miami Art Week is the jolt of season officially arriving in Miami, the one that whispered sweet nothings in November and now wants to put a ring on it and elope ASAP.  Shotgun wedding. We want to make art and make merry, and do, but it has to be at our game so everyone else can play theirs. It’s also the official arrival of a season of another sort — the growing and harvesting of the bulk of the coming year’s produce threading the Michael’s Genuine menu.  So it’s a time of extreme creativity and intensity inside and importantly outside the restaurant — to take the precious time you probably don’t have to learn what’s out there, connect with the farmers new and old growing the product and figure it all out while being slammed with the most traffic we’ll see in a week period all year.  Did I mention there’s a new chef leading the kitchen?

Your post-Basel Week cure-all: Harry Schwartz’s Sweet & Spicy Wings. Look for them at Michael’s Genuine beginning Monday, December 10.

A strategy is in order and everyone must be aligned, from operations to marketing.  This week, we must stay the course. We focus on our own little party taking shape, and take it to the breaking point, that place between humming like a well-oiled machine and everything going down in flames, crash and burn. Because that’s what we do as genuine hospitality people.  Every service is a party.  Playing the loom, weaving the experience just so, trying to minimize the snags so it we can achieve the impossible — making it seem effortless.  It’s the game we love, that we forever chase and we wouldn’t have any other way. This is the week it unfurls in marvelous display. Game on!

As we push ourselves to share what we do in new and immersive ways, look for more video documents of our process. We think they work a little harder to highlight our dynamic team and what drives our culture.  This week we have two on deck: our 2018/19 Homestead growing season report with chef de cuisine Jorge Olarte and Harry Schwartz dialing in his wings recipe at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.  Home-tested and now restaurant-ready, Sweet & Spicy Wood Oven Roasted Chicken Wings with cucumber yogurt dipping sauce is your post-Art Basel cure-all beginning Monday, December 10.  Proceeds go to Young Musicians Unite, and we can all rejoice in wings’ return to the menu with a personal twist, crafted by someone who is truly passionate about his favorite food. Maybe they’ll even stick around a little longer!  Videos will hit social media and the blog this week as you execute your strategy for navigating it. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Or maybe, DO!

 

Niman Ranch Asks Chef Bradley Herron Some Questions. We Are All Ears.

Brad with Chef in Iowa in September, getting the Niman Ranch slow roasted pork shoulder ready.

Although the word chef isn’t in his title, Bradley Herron embodies what it means to be a cook at The Genuine Hospitality Group. Our Director of Culinary began as line cook at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in 2009 and now oversees all the chefs and menus in the company’s 10 restaurants and Michael Schwartz Events catering.

His role is multi-faceted and providing continuity and oversight of sourcing is key — from dry and paper goods to perishable product, including a constant re-evaluation of how we can do better on quality and cost while serving Michael’s vision and culture.  It’s a tall order.  Part of this process is cultivating longstanding relationships with suppliers like Niman Ranch.  In follow up to September’s visit to Iowa for the Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner, the team posted an interview with Brad we wanted to share here — a small but important way we can recognize the person behind hard work and dedication not always visible but essential to the function and spirit of our kitchens and hospitality at the table.  We appreciate how Brad to clearly explains why things are done in certain ways versus others.  Most importantly, we count on him for his pragmatic insight on what it means to be creative as a cook — and a photo bomb or two, especially when he’s the subject!

Q&A With Chef Bradley Herron
from The Niman Ranch Blog

Q: Where did you grow up?
Southern California

Q: What inspired you to become a chef?
It’s my only career choice. I started when I was 14 and liked the way things work in the restaurant – High energy, fast pace, different every day. So, when I was a senior in high school, I had three restaurant jobs and decided to go to culinary school at the California Le Cordon Bleu to become a chef.

At Osteria in Philly, celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Q: How did you hear about Niman Ranch?
Back in southern California, my first restaurant job used Niman Ranch beef and pork. When I came to Miami, it was a name that everyone knew and it resonated with customers. When you get product from Niman it’s always great.

Q: What inspired you to care about sustainably and humanely raised beef, pork and lamb and, in turn, support family farmers?
It’s the right move and kind of the norm now. It’s about our children and our children’s children. It’s easier to do now because there is a lot more awareness, especially in California. But the quality is better and you feel better about it because it’s something you believe in while helping farmers.

2010, Slow Food Miami’s Ark of Taste Dinner

Q: Do your customers care about where you source your ingredients? Why do you think this is the case?
Yes and no. We brought Niman Ranch into one of the cruise ships we consult for and no one seemed to care. In Miami at Michael’s Genuine, our farm to table restaurants, people ask. Our reputation is built on transparent sourcing and people trust us more. If you are in California, everyone asks!

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten?
I get asked that question often, but I don’t have that scripted yet. We’ve been on an 80% growth rate for the last few years and opening a lot more restaurants. I see myself being in a similar environment doing similar things. For me, if I don’t like something, I’m going to change it and do something else. But I like what I’m doing and I’m going to keep doing that.

Cooking in the back of ella for a pop up dinner in 2015.

Q: What is your most memorable experience with a Niman Ranch product?
It was recent. It was when I went to the hog farmer appreciation dinner in Des Moines. I went with Chef Michael Schwartz, and at the end of the dinner, I spoke in front of everyone – all 600 people, about the importance of what the farmers do and how they raise their animals with such care and compassion. The farm tour was great and I have a lot of special memories from that weekend.

2016, getting ready to open Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz in Miami.

Q: What person would you most like to cook for?
My grandma Nana, who is no longer around. When I was young, she was always there with me cooking. I was probably around three to four years old and I have memories of her and the food we made together.

Q: What did you have for dinner last night?
It was Monday, so every Monday, religiously, I have a whole roasted chicken with sweet potatoes and a salad. It’s a staple to start the work week and it’s good to have roast chicken in the fridge. My wife doesn’t cook so I set her up with a big batch of things like brown rice or roasted vegetables on Monday night. She can fend for herself when I’m in the restaurant all week.

Q: What is your favorite kitchen equipment or gadget?
The iPhone. There are so many ways that the iPhone has revolutionized cooking and everything in general. It’s an important tool nowadays. If you think about every dilemma you have in the kitchen, the iPhone can solve it. For me, if someone tells me to cook something that I’ve never cooked, I usually Google it and if you watch enough videos, you can be pretty good at cooking something the first time.

At Michael’s Genuine as TGHG executive chef.

Q: Are there any foods you don’t like?
Poorly made food. Anything can be good, but if something is poorly made, it’s always going to be bad.

Q: What do you love most about your job as a chef?
It’s hard to pick just one. I guess, being where I am now, I have a lot of younger, next generation cooks and chefs coming through the ranks. Teaching them and showing them the ropes is probably the most rewarding thing. We operate 10-11 restaurants and will open five more in the next six months, I’ve probably opened 22-23 restaurants in the last nine years. So, there are a lot of chefs and cooks that I work with. It’s a pretty cool thing to teach someone something and be able to look back and say, “I helped them do that.”

Q: If you were to open a new restaurant, what style of food would you pick?
Simple foods that change daily.

Q: If you weren’t a chef, what would you do for a living?
A farmer however cooking is all I know and all I want to do, so that’s hard.

Q: Most embarrassing cooking moment?
When I was first starting out, I think I was 15, I got a real restaurant job in a hotel with real chefs. One had me break down lobsters and asked if I knew how to do it. I didn’t, so he showed me in like 12 seconds, then he gave me 20 of them. He came back after 3 hours and I was still on the second one and it was completely butchered and a huge mess. That would probably be my most embarrassing cooking moment.