Make a Fall Evening in the Miami Design District with Music & Michael’s Genuine®

Compliments to the chef.  And of the Miami Design District!  As we head into a new season here in South Florida, our menu at Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink experiences a little more than daily changes.  Chef de Cuisine Tim Piazza is working in everything from Butternut and Delicata squash, to Honeycrisp apples and Brussels Sprouts and building new dishes around them.  With weekly complimentary concerts in Palm Court, now is the time to get a taste of autumn and make a night of it in the neighborhood.

The Miami Design District kicks off its Performance Series Presented by Knight Foundation this Friday, October 13 with Latin Grammy Nominated and Billboard Latin Music Award Winners, Il Volo.  MGFD gets in the spirit with Coco Loco  ($10) coconut water, rum, pineapple, housemade grenadine, lime and Luxardo, served out of its freshly tapped, green coconut.  Just look for the coconut-strewn bar in front of Ella, where you can also find a selection of wine, beer, water and yes, fresh coconut water, too.  See the schedule posted here, and look forward to a new act each week (Fridays, 6PM, Palm Court 140 NE 39th Street), with the Miami Symphony Orchestra back monthly.  Street, Palm Court Garage and Valet Parking available.   Here are how the leaves fall on the menu (new cocktails at the MGFD bar with Beverage Manager Amanda Fraga and desserts by pastry chef MJ Garcia will be covered in separate posts over the next week!):

Braised Rabbit Leg with roasted cipollini onion, bacon, mustard, whole wheat crepe

“The funny thing is, of course, we live in Miami so it still feels like summer outside but we want to feel the change despite that,” says Piazza.  “The goal is to create dishes that are full of all those ingredients and flavors we love this time of year, but that aren’t too rich or heavy handed.  This what we do best in a nutshell — balance.”

In that case, he’s struck it.  Wood Oven Roasted Sweet Potato becomes a salad with the addition of sprouted lentils, pretty tokyo turnips, peppery upland cress, and the nutty acid of tahini sauce.  A dusting of Aleppo chile gives it that zesty pop. We all look forward to apples turning up, and the pick of the grove for the chefs is the Honeycrisp for its perfect harmony of sweet and tart.  Piazza highlights its crunchy texture tossing it shaved with aromatic fennel in Apple & Fennel Salad, red onion, sunflower seeds, radish, quinoa, greens, goat cheese and mustard vinaigrette.  Luscious Skirt Steak hits refresh with celery, almonds, dates, horseradish crema and sherry.  Click here for a reservation or call 305.573.5550.

 

You Musicians Rock! Join Harry’s Pizzeria® in Support of Free Music Programming for Students in Overtown & Wynwood

Band Director and Young Musicians Unite Founder Sammy Gonzalez in action, sharing his passion for music with the future musicians of the world.

On Saturday, we’re selling tickets for YMU’s annual fundraiser… the Spring Concert! Stop by to donate through your purchase.

This Saturday, April 1, Harry’s Pizzeria in Coconut Grove will host live music sets by Arrowhead and Avalanche, middle and high school rock bands that are the talented engines driving the work of Young Musicians Unite.  This Miami-based non profit revitalizes music programs in South Florida’s underserved communities one school at a time, giving students a voice through music.  Partner bands like drummer Harry Schwartz’s Arrowhead take the time to play side by side shows with YMU’s students, raise funds through performances like this Saturday’s at Harry’s, and even help with peer to peer mentoring in our after-school programs. Attending performances is how we can close the giving loop!

Find Harry and the YMU crew on the sidewalk just west of Harry’s outdoor seating area in Coconut Grove, next to Kit + Ace, from 6-9PM during the neighborhood’s Fashion + Art + Music series  season finale, returning on first Saturdays beginning in October.  Swing by to dine inside, alfresco or at the counter and enjoy the live music.  Band Director and organization founder Sammy Gonzalez will have a table set up outside where you can donate as well as purchase tickets for its annual Spring Concert at The Gleason Room, backstage at the Fillmore on Saturday, May 20.  This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for YMU and a not-to-miss show, to boot!

Founded in 2013, Young Musicians Unite collaborates with schools that have limited or no music programs.  In 2017, YMU is uniting young musicians in the Wynwood and Overtown community and raise awareness about the importance of music education, providing solutions with high profiled educators and free comprehensive music programming.   Since 2013, YMU has been dedicated to providing free in-school and after school music programs to South Florida’s youth. Under the leadership of Sammy Gonzalez, YMU engages youth from at-risk communities with limited or non-existent music programs. Depending on their individual school, students who participate in YMU become members of a Classical Guitar ensemble, a Jazz ensemble, or a Student Rock Band. The YMU program ensures that students learn the fundamentals of music including theory, reading, songwriting, competition, and performance. Classes are led by qualified professional teachers, and aided by peer to peer mentors and visiting guest musicians. Without exception, all of the equipment, music, performance and teaching fees are waived. YMU have 85+ students currently enrolled in programming and have serviced 210+ students over the years.  We’re groupies, for sure.