Summertime. And the Garden is Solarized.

IMG_0532Yesterday was a great day for solarizing.  The rain poured all morning soaking the soil, then the sun came out giving us the better part of the day to get the Phillis Wheatley Elementary Edible School Garden weeded and covered for the long hot summer. And their tasty reward for getting down and dirty in the snail, centipede and bug filled soil: the Science Club came to Harry’s Pizzeria to enjoy the last of their harvest!  Long green eggplant, Thai basil, callaloo, green zebra and other heirloom tomato varieties all topped pies that the fifth graders got to learn about making. See here for the full flickr set.  IMG_0476

BIG THANK YOU’s to Margie Pikarsky of Bee Haven Farm who has donated her time, energy and seemingly endless knowledge to the 2013-14 Phillis Wheatley Edible School Garden, as well as Nicole who came from the farm to help, Harry’s chefs Manuel Sulbaran and Steve Martin, Harry Schwartz who came to play, Phillis Wheatley Elementary Science Coach Kelly Garcia and Math Coach Myriam Ordaz, and chef Bill Telepan who helped us raise the funds for next years garden!

Have a great summer everyone!

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Announcing Harry’s Chef Pop No. 14: Telepan Pizzeria with Bill Telepan

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Bill Telepan is a great chef, but putting out killer food for the New York dining elite at his upper west side restaurant isn’t the only thing that makes him tick.  When we heard about his work with Chefs Move to Schools, a White House initiative to get better food in the cafeteria and educate youth on the importance of eating fresh and healthfully, it became clear that this chef is driven by a greater purpose. His commitment to the cause inspired us to get involved with our public school system down here in Miami, and we can’t thank him enough for that.  Now we get to reap the rewards because he has agreed to come cook for us at Harry’s.  One look at his website, and it’s no surprise what inspires his cuisine: seasonal ingredients. Bill will have plenty to work with in March here in sunny South Florida!

Chefs Move to Schools Event at The White House - Washington, D.C

Telepan is the executive chef of Wellness in the Schools non-profit in New York City, which hopes to create “healthier places to learn.” Here he is harvesting veggies in the White House garden with our January popper, Paul Kahan!

We are excited to announce that tickets are live as of this morning for Telepan Pizzeria, and this time the gift is giving back to the community and a cause close to both our hearts!  After esteemed visiting guests Gabrielle Hamilton, Jonathan Waxman, Marc Vetri, Jonathon Sawyer, Kevin Sbraga, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Paul Grieco, Chris Hastings, Hugh Acheson, Andrew Carmellini, Mindy Segal, Paul Kahan, and soon to be April Bloomfield, Michael invites Bill Telepan to take over Harry’s Pizzeria on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Seating is first come, first served for this sweet and savory family-style meal!  Making new friends is encouraged and easy when you’ve got a welcome cocktail in hand with hors d’oeuvre, four courses, free-flowing wines by The Genuine Hospitality Group sommelier and Wine Director Eric Larkee and our tap beers including Michael’s Genuine Home Brew at your disposal. Go home with a special gift too from our students at Phillis Wheatley Elementary, since each seat at the event equals a seedling, guaranteeing its school garden will be planted for the 2013-14 school year.  All that and tax and gratuity are included in the ticket price of $150.

To recap the drill… Harry’s chef pop-up dinners occur about once a month, each time with a new chef in Harry’s kitchen doing a special menu from their cookbook, their restaurant, or sometimes something different. We close to regular business for these intimate evenings. They are relaxed and convivial, with a family-style meal unfolding at communal tables. Seating is first come first served. Menu is subject to change and doors open at 7:00 p.m. sharp. Tickets are exclusively sold online for the pop-up series through harryspizzeria.com/fun where our current schedule is posted with photos from past events.

Thanks for your support of this series… We hope to see you at Telepan Pizzeria!