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!


[UPDATED] Directing Traffic: Accessing Genuine Restaurants During Art Basel Week

Miami Dade Art Express

UPDATE: New free shuttle with a stop in Miami’s Design District on NE 1st Avenue between 38th and 39th Streets announced today by Miami-Dade County. Thanks!

Beep beep!  Believe it or not, Art Basel is one week away.  This year it’s not so much the quantity of events materializing around town, but more so the sheer amount of sources telling you how to sort through it all that can be cause for duress during Art Week in Miami.  Even if you have recommendations from a trusted outlet, what to choose?  We were excited to see the New York Times highlight a less familiar neighborhood for the art world, Little Haiti.  Mentioned in yesterday’s piece, 100+ Degrees in the Shade, a survey of South Florida art also with pop up galleries in the storefronts surrounding Harry’s Pizzeria between 39th and 40th Streets on North Miami Avenue.  Did you know this is also a stop on the free Miami Trolley’s Biscayne Loop?

With our The Genuine Hospitality Group pin dropped at the nexus of Art Week activity that is the Design District, how you get where you are going is just as important as where you are going, if you want to arrive period — much less on time.  We are in it to win it and did some leg work for you on how to get to and from our restaurants. Here’s what we know now and the critical shuttle maps we could find (some not so easily!) online.  We’ll continue to share (and receive, please) more tips through social media as new intelligence becomes available.  Good news for Grovites… Harry’s Pizzeria Coconut Grove should be a little more accessible, too!

Miami Trolley Art Shuttle

DWNTWN Art Shuttle (special).

Art Basel Shuttle Routes

Miami Beach’s Art Week (special) shuttle.


Miami Trolley’s (special) Art Basel Miami Week shuttle


Miami Trolley’s Biscayne Line (regular service) has at stop at Harry’s Pizzeria!

IF YOU ARE ON MIAMI BEACH:  Route 1 of the Art Week Free Shuttle Service courtesy City of Miami Beach could be for you. We like the idea of getting on at 41st Street and Royal Palm Avenue, the Shell Station intersection.  It will let off and pick up on 36th Street at Buena Vista Avenue aka NE 1st Avenue, the Midtown Target store’s intersection and two blocks west of Cypress Tavern.  Uber there from home or have a friend drop you and hop on.  Street parking should also be relatively available without any major shows in the vicinity unlike the Convention Center stop.  Frequency is appox. every 30 minutes.

IF YOU ARE ON THE MAINLAND:  The DWNTWN Art Shuttle and Art Basel Week Miami Trolley are two special services available next week.  Routes intersect at NE 29th Street and 1st Ave at the base of Midtown.  Unfortunately the Miami Trolley App is no longer listed on the App Store, but you can track arrival times on its website here.   For the most comprehensive transportation overview we could find, including public options like shuttles, bike and ride sharing services, Metro Bus/Mover/Rail, and parking garage and lot information, visit Tropicult.  We hear the Miami Beach loop will fast track on the shoulder.