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.

Pizza My Valentine at Genuine Pizza®!

Make the most romantic night of the year fun and delicious with a pizza-making experience with your special someone. Or bring the whole family! Learn how to shape perfect pies and enjoy a meal along the way.  On Valentine’s Day!

Thursday, February 14 from 7-9 pm at our Aventura Mall location bring the kids, friends, a date, you name it — we have the fun covered. TICKETS ARE NOW LIVE HERE!

Make your own pizzas, with toppings just the way you want them with a Pizza Kit to take home to make it easy to practice what you learned in your kitchen.

$29 includes
4 Courses
Assorted Snacks — Salads — Make-Your-Own Pizza — Heart Shaped Chocolate Chunk Cookies & Strawberry Chocolate Panna Cotta
Take home pizza making kit with recipe and ingredients.

Tax & gratuity not included.
Wine, beer, sangria and full beverage menu available for purchase on consumption. Bottles of Rose and Prosecco will be 1/2 price with event purchase.

Nothing says love like pizza!

Valentine’s Class Menu

SNACKS, served family style
polenta fries
spicy ketchup
chicken wings
agrodolce, rosemary crema

SALAD, served family style
escarole caesar
lemon, anchovy, bread crumbs
brussels sprouts & burrata
dressing

PIZZA, served individually w/ number system
make your own!
assorted toppings

DESSERT, served individually
chocolate-strawberry panna cotta and heart shaped chocolate chunk cookies

All sales are final.

Give Miami (Kale Pizza!) Day is Thursday, November 15

This time last year, Michael and Wellness in the Schools partnered with Broward County Food & Nutrition Services to introduce his Kale Pizza to the cafeteria, engaging its cooks in 10 Broward schools to train on the recipe and other new scratch-cooked dishes. With Kale Pizza set to officially launch on the line on December 3 (YES!), we are celebrating with activities to support the cause on Give Miami Day, Thursday, November 15, the largest city-wide annual day of fundraising.  Genuine Pizza will host students from McNicol Middle Magnet & STEM School in Hollywood for a pizza-making class.  Flagship Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink will also feature the Kale Pizza all day as a lunch and dinner special, with proceeds donated to Wellness in the Schools.

Chef leading a “Right on Target” cooking class last year benefitting Wellness in the Schools.

“When giving back tastes good too you know you’re doing something right and Wellness in the Schools has nailed the formula!” says Chef Schwartz. “We have so much fun working with the team locally and our Wellness in the Schools chef Leonor Azpurua. Seeing actual progress happen is not only rewarding but inspiring for me and my team at The Genuine Hospitality Group. The hard work is happening in cafeterias on a daily basis, so the little bit we can do to reach the kids by getting their hands doughy in our classroom makes it all worth it!”

Kale Pizza has been a longtime popular menu item at Harry’s Pizzeria, our original South Florida pizza joint and is now enjoyed daily at all five locations including Genuine Pizza in Aventura and Atlanta. Supporters can get involved by visiting wellnessintheschools.com where they can donate as part of Give Miami Day.

“I am blown away by the passion and dedication Chef Leonor has taken with our school and how much of an inspiration she is for the kids,” says Principal Gurreonero from McNicol Middle School. “It’s only the second year of the program, but Wellness in the Schools has earned great respect from their schools, and we’re so grateful to be involved.”

Follow along the journey behind the scenes on Instagram at @wellnessintheschools, @genuinepizza, @harryspizzeria@michaelsgenuine and @chefmschwartz, and #givemiamikalepizza.

So Happy Together: Margherita Meets Margarita — and a New Full Bar — at Genuine Pizza Atlanta

You know it’s going to be a good week when Monday means more than one kind of Margy is in the picture.  We are excited to now offer a refreshing line up of cocktails at Genuine Pizza Atlanta!  After the successful introduction of Sangria this summer, it was only a matter of time before the first of our pizzerias got a full bar program going to complement this wine-based favorite.  Michael collaborated with director of pizza operations Paolo Bazzani — bar manager emeritus of Michael’s Genuine Pub on Quantum of the Seas — on a simple yet well rounded list inspired by the drinks section of his forthcoming pizza cookbook.  The result? A down-to-earth selection that checks all your thirsty boxes, each for $12.

BULLETPROOF MANHATTAN

Michael’s original cocktail at MGFD is as satisfying as it gets, with a touch of class.

Four Roses Bourbon known for its balance and quality meets rosemary-cherry syrup and fresh lemon to cut the sweetness and rein it in just enough.

A rosemary sprig to spear cherry jewels makes it special.

WATERMELON SPRITZ

This is a  twist on the classic aperif we like for winding down the evening or perking up a lunch date.

Aperol joins St. Germain elderflower liqueur, juicy watermelon and fizzy prosecco.

Goes by “Cabarete” at Michael’s Genuine® and is a kicked up alternative to our sangria — and just as refreshing!

SPICY RITA

Nothing hits the spot and says festive like a margarita.  Jose Cuervo Silver, grapefruit and muddled jalapeño shaken over ice with a spicy rim that keeps you going back for more.

Especially yummy with a Margherita pie and polenta fries.

Or put a Spicy Pepperoni pizza in check by matching two bold favorites for a taste explosion.

THE DOCTOR

We love a good beer cocktail, especially when gin is involved.

Whether a full on prescription or a direct order, Boodles Gin, apple juice and Dr. Robot sour beer cures all that ales you and then some.

Nice to drink local, and try something new, too.  Enjoy, then chase with a Dr. Robot.

GENUINE MULE

Absolut vodka, lime and ginger beer just tastes better in a fancy copper mug!

From Pizza Class To Food Festivals, Be Party To These Upcoming Genuine Events

Even the most typical of dinner services at our restaurants can feel like a party. The energy of the environment and surprises from any number of variables affect a dining experience — something as simple as a new bottle of Riesling on the list or the arrival stone crabs to the raw bar — are what keep us in this business and you coming back for more.  When we can collaborate with people inside and outside our organization that make it extra special, that’s cause for extraordinary celebration. Here are three such opportunities!  As Michael heads to #NYCWFF this weekend to cook with Dan Kluger, get a jump start on the action coming to a genuine restaurant near you. Tickets are a click away below, until they’re not!

Florence in the genuine house.

MICHAEL’S GENUINE® FOOD & DRINK – South Beach Wine & Food Festival presents Dinner Hosted by Tyler Florence and Michael Schwartz – Thursday, February 21, 7-10PM  [TICKETS HERE]
The South Florida favorite known for putting Miami’s fashionable Design District neighborhood on the culinary map lights up with the force behind successful California restaurants Wayfare Tavern, El Paseo and Tyler Florence Rotisserie & Wine. He may be a fan-favorite Food Network personality known for the hit series The Great Food Truck Race and cookbook author but we know Tyler as a Chef first — and one who cooks pretty much the ultimate of everything.  We can’t wait to see what this collab produces, an East and West Coast explosion of flavor accompanied by wines from the Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits portfolio.

AMARA AT PARAISO –South Beach Wine & Food Festival presents Dinner Hosted by Greg & Gabrielle Denton and Michael Schwartz -Friday, February 22, 7-10PM  [SOLD OUT]
It’s no surprise that South Florida favorite Chef Michael Schwartz’s new Amara at Paraiso in Edgewater is the most buzzed about new waterfront restaurant in town. This James Beard Award-winning chef has created an oasis that embraces the dynamic energy of the Magic City and serves up bold Latin American flavors that pay homage to the city’s diverse culture. He’s joined by the James Beard Award-winning husband and wife chef duo Greg and Gabrielle Denton, the grilling cookbook authors and force behind the much buzzed about Argentinean grill Ox and newly opened Bistro Agnes in Portland, OR. Enjoy this cross-country melding of flavors, accompanied by perfectly paired wines from the Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits portfolio, in the heart of downtown Miami.

GENUINE PIZZA Pizza-Making Class & Dinner (Aventura Mall) – Thursday, October 25, 7-9PM  [TICKETS HERE]
A fun night out with the family is about more than just gathering around the table. Get your hands doughy and eat your pizza too! Everyone’s happy on third Thursdays, when Chef Michael Schwartz’s casual pizza restaurant holds a monthly pizza-making experience to teach you how to shape perfect pies with a meal along the way.  Hosted by pizza trainer Blair Anderson at our Aventura Mall location, bring the kids, friends, a date, you name it — we have the fun covered.  Make your own pizzas, with toppings just the way you want them with a Pizza Kit to take home to make it easy to practice what you learned in your kitchen.  $29 includes 4 Courses, Assorted Snacks — Salads — Make-Your-Own Pizza — Panna Cotta and a take-home pizza making kit with recipe and ingredients.  Tax & gratuity not included. Wine, beer, sangria and full beverage menu available for purchase on consumption.