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!

 

Hungry for Art Basel Week? Get a First Taste of Amara at Paraiso at Our Pop Up Restaurant

  

As Miami Art Week arrives in Miami, so does your ticket to chef-restaurateur Michael Schwartz’s quintessential Miami restaurant.

Join Michael and the restaurant team as we temporarily pop up Amara at Paraiso for four nights of dinner service before it opens in January!  Seatings are available on the half hour from 7-9:30 p.m. from Wednesday, December 6 to Saturday, December 9 on-site at Paraiso Bay (3101 NE 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33137). Guests will enjoy an Amara experience served family style including snacks and cocktails for their table followed by 4 courses, as well as a selection of wine, beer and other beverages for $189 all in.  Grab your table now by purchasing tickets here — we are now booking parties of 1 on up and the price at checkout includes everything (3% Resy booking fee off the base, as well as tax, gratuity, and valet parking). BATUKE, a Brazilian band that mixes rhythms such as Funk from the 70’s with Afro Samba, Brazilian Big Band, Batucada, Soul, and R&B, will be performing live at the pop up each night. Seating is not communal; you will be seated with your party. For parties of 7 or above, email reservations@amaraatparaiso.com to secure your tickets.

Inspired by its idyllic bayside setting, Amara at Paraiso brings together bold Latin American flavors, coastal ingredients and South Florida’s diversity of food culture to create the quintessential Miami dining experience from environment to cuisine to vibe.  Revel in the dynamic energy, local ingredients, and natural beauty of Biscayne Bay that defines what living in Miami is all about, and at the best time to enjoy it!

Art Fare | UberEATS Delivers Miami Art Week to You with Lulu Schwartz

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Can you name them all?

UberEATS is bringing Miami Art Week to your door with limited edition cups designed by emerging local artist Lua Luisa Schwartz.  Get yours when you open the UberEATS app from Thursday, December 1  until Saturday, December 3 and order from any of the partner restaurants for this activity: Harry’s Pizzeria®, Bodega, DIRT, Moshi Moshi and Novecento.  Visit its Art Week HQ here for their fair map and pick up location guide.

If the last name sounds familiar, it should.  Ms. Schwartz is the daughter of Michael and Tamara and when UberEATS reached out with a request for Harry’s to hook up with a homegrown artist, she jumped on it with a playful pattern that dances Miami on a cup.

“I wanted to use fruits, and these specific ones, because I feel it is a big part of the daily life and culture in Miami,” she explains. “Local fruits with bright colors and lively character remind us of our tropical roots.”

The original!

The original! Made from acrylic paint and pen.

This Miami Beach native (16,) is a third year visual arts student at New World School of the Arts. She has always wanted to create art and was encouraged by her parents from a young age to embrace it. Inspired by her environment, Ms. Schwartz says of her work “There are certain ideas that I have associated with symbols, and since my artwork is often a thread of a concept I am interested in at the time, they are recurring.” Motifs materializing across newcuppng-1media rather than focusing on one in particular give her work a transformative, fluid quality free from boundaries. As she has developed her style, Ms. Schwartz has shifted importance from aesthetically-pleasing, to conceptually stimulating.

Quantities are limited to the first 100 orders per day.  So get on it! And visit Lulu’s website for her current portfolio of work. Her guide to Art Week?  It’s to the point — see the important stuff and don’t try to do to it all.  “I usually go to the big ones, Art Basel obviously.  Scope, Context… and also Untitled also has some cool stuff.”

Eat Your Art Out with this Shake Shack x Harry’s Pizzeria Menu Collab

Calling all starving artists!  Fuel your art-going hunger next week as creatives across the globe descend on Miami for our cultural enjoyment with a little collaborative work of our own.  Join Shake Shack® and Harry’s Pizzeria® from Monday, November 28th to Sunday, December 4th as we swap some of our most popular menu items for reimagined, limited edition offerings available exclusively in South Florida.

shake-shack-x-harrys-540x540-1024x1024Harry’s Shorty Burger ($6.89), available at Shake Shack’s Coral Gables (1450 S Dixie Hwy) and Miami Beach (1111 Lincoln Rd) locations, will feature all the toppings of Harry’s signature Short Rib Pizza – juicy slow roasted beef short rib, caramelized onions, arugula and gruyère cheese – all stacked on Shake Shack’s 100% all-natural, antibiotic-free Angus beef burger.

The Shack-cago Pizza ($17.00), available at Harry’s Pizzeria’s Coconut Grove (2996 McFarlane Rd) and Design District (3918 N Miami Ave) locations, will feature the classic flavors of Shake Shack’s Shack-cago Dog® with a fire-roasted Vienna beef hot dog, mustard-mornay cheese sauce, sport peppers, pickles, tomatoes and onions all tied together with fontina cheese and Harry’s tender, blistered pizza crust.

“We’ve never collaborated with a restaurant in this way, and we’re so psyched to be doing it with Harry’s Pizzeria,” said Mark Rosati, Shake Shack Culinary Director.

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Speechless Harry’s Coconut Grove Chef Danny Ramirez with Erik Hugley (back right) at the Coral Gables Shack over the summer, testing out a few of Chef and Mark’s ideas for the Harry’s menu item.

What began as a festive chat at Chef’s House Party over February’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival quickly escalated into action.  Mark was game immediately and the ideas percolated over email. He flew down over the summer to experiment — the decision made itself.

Presenting the goods.

Presenting the goods.

“Chef Michael and I both share an appreciation for the artistic and whimsical elements of food,” he continues.   “So it’s only appropriate to debut this menu swap during the biggest week for art – and the busiest of the year – in Miami.”

It’s been a great experience for Michael and the team on a few levels — the obvious being getting to create in the kitchen, the best and most fun part of being a chef!  And as a growing restaurant group, with the expansion of Harry’s in particular, these kinds of opportunities to learn from respected brands like Shake Shack are key for us to become better as we grow.  And you get to reap the delicious rewards.  Join us next week!

Can't miss it.

Can’t miss it.