Everything is Awesome Because Sababa is Coming to Michael’s Genuine

If you’ve been to Israel, breakfast has taken on a whole new meaning — and has likely never been the same again!  Whether strolling the markets with the aromas of exotic spices filling the air and the smells of freshly-baked boreka pastries, or surveying the bread of an epic buffet with honey dripping from its comb and juicy rainbow of salatim, it’s impossible to not be forever intoxicated by the memory. Sensory overload!  For those forever spellbound and newcomers to this experience, we have the cure. What’s better than Israeli breakfast? Israeli BRUNCH!  It is with mouths watered that we announce Michael will host American food writer and author Adeena Sussman for a special brunch on Saturday, October 26 to celebrate the release of her newest cookbook, Sababa!  In Hebrew, Sababa means everything is awesome. This sentiment permeates the Tel Aviv expat’s home kitchen and the approach to recipes she shares in the book… Expect extra special flavor and energy from this weekend must-do!  Click here for event tickets!

Most mornings you can find Sussman making her way through the bustling stalls of Shuk HaCarmel, her local market, abundant with irresistible fresh ingredients and tempting snacks — juicy ripe figs and cherries, locally made halvah, delectable cheeses and olives, and the most addictive street food in the world, from crunchy falafel drizzled with colorful condiments like pickled mango chutney called amba and Yemenite green hot sauce full of coriander and parsley called shug, to off-the-boat fish tossed with seasonal fruit and fresh herbs. In Sababa, Sussman brings this culinary wonderland to life with 125 authentic yet easy recipes that put a fresh spin on the amazing variety of a cuisine forged by Jewish and Arabic residents alike, from more than 100 lands, who make Israel their home.

The experience will begin with an author talk moderated by friend and South Beach Wine & Food Festival founder Lee Schrager while a welcome sparkling drink and assorted snacks are passed. Later, the brunch will take over for a delicious family-style meal including three courses straight from the pages of Sababa. All of this is included in the $75 ticket as well as tax, gratuity, and a signed copy of the book. There will also be additional beverage options available a la carte. Seating is first come first serve in the main dining room of Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink.

For tickets click here, and stay tuned for the full menu coming soon!

OMG! Israeli Picnic & a Movie | Genuine Summer Series Spotlight

Winner winner, chicken soup dinner.  Are you ready to OMG! over a cultural, spiritual and culinary journey with James Beard Award-winning chef and cookbook author Michael Solomonov as your guide?  We certainly are.  Be inspired to pick up a book, a fork, or better yet a plane ticket as you experience the Israel you never knew existed through the eyes of people passionate to share its beautifully complicated identity through food In Search of Israeli Cuisine, directed by documentarian Roger Sherman.  Release is super limited, so OMG! Picnic & A Movie is your chance to catch it, Friday, July 8 from 6-9PM in the Miami Design District (tickets here include dinner and the film!)

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A nostalgic summer-time twist on the OMG! Dinner & a Movie experience that began at O Cinema in Wynwood in 2011 with Michael’s Genuine and Harry’s Pizzeria, this next level sunset screening comes to Palm Court with a picnic-style meal conjuring the film’s theme by TGHG executive chef Bradley Herron.  Grab a TV dinner tray and dig into three food stations including house-made pita bread with hummus, marinated vegetables, Israeli salad and tabbouleh; kefte sandwiches with yogurt sauce and cilantro on a potato bun; and chicken & grilled vegetable kebabs with parsley sauce and pickled onions.  There may even be recipe cameo from Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, Solomonov and partner Steven Cook’s now James Beard Award-winning cookbook.  New for this OMG! edition are beverage concessions, a signature Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink bottled cocktail, rosé, and beer, all included in the ticket price. There’s a movie snack, too, of course — Brad’s Israeli-spiced popcorn to satisfy sweet and salty theater cravings and ensure there are no growling tummies during the screening!

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Israel wasn’t really on Roger’s radar, at least not as a destination for a food documentary, when he first traveled there in 2010.  Like many American impressions, hummus and falafel were all that came to mind.  But after an initial trip, the vibrant restaurant scene, modern approach to agriculture and rich convergence of global culinary traditions revealed themselves as a story that needed to be told.  In 2013 his crew filmed at over 100 locations all over Israel.

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You definitely want to follow Israeli Cuisine on Instagram, for behind the scenes images and commentary. It’s frequently updated and a great source of information and eye candy.

The country has 350 boutique wineries that are gaining international acclaim.  It produces distinctive cheeses that you’d find in France or Italy. Most important Roger discovered the people of Israel and the remarkable, diverse backgrounds coming together at the table – Moroccan, Persian, Lebanese, French, Italian, and Russian – Jewish, Arab, Palestinian, Christian, and Druze, kosher and non-kosher, secular and religious.  Home cooks are preserving their grandmothers’ recipes and dynamic chefs are updating them.  It also became clear that most people he met in the United States didn’t know much about Israelis either, and were surprised at what Roger discovered.

The clincher to make the film was most people didn’t have a clue what was going on in the culinary scene of Israel. “People laughed when I told them Israel has one of the most dynamic food cultures in the world,” Roger said. He makes films to surprise and delight. Here was the perfect subject with an enormous potential audience.

We are surprised and delighted to be able to cook up this special experience for you.  Join us!

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