Art Basel in Miami Beach Introduces Michael’s Genuine® Botanical Garden Cafe as Official Cafe for 2019 Fair

A selection of bowls offer something satisfying for everyone no matter what your yen.

Iconic, simple, delicious MGFD — creamy stracciatella with freshly in season heirloom tomatoes.

Miami Art Week just got more delicious! Art Basel in Miami Beach’s official cafe across from the Miami Beach Convention Center will be helmed this year by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schwartz for the first time, introducing the Michael’s Genuine Botanical Garden Cafe!

Located inside the Miami Beach Botanical Garden (2000 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139), the new cafe will offer a menu including freshly-made sandwiches, salads, bowls, wood-fired pizzas made-to-order and dessert, as well as beverages including wine and beer. It will be open to the public Tuesday, December 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 4 through Saturday, December 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., offering grab and go, counter service and table seating in the garden. Michael’s presence in the garden expands to events as its preferred catering vendor, offering food, beverage, production and design for private gatherings within the venue. For available dates, contact Michael Schwartz Catering Director of Events, Lindsay Guidos at (203) 313-4503 and!

“We are excited for the opportunity to offer fair goers a delicious, crowd-pleasing menu that checks all the boxes on a busy week of events and exhibitions. There’s something for everybody,” says Schwartz. “We chose items with simplicity and quality in mind, drawing on our experience running the Design Miami Café for many years and favorites that our fast-growing event business, Michael Schwartz Catering offers at Ella Pop, our cafe in the Miami Design District. Tried, true and fit for the occasion – and our wood-fired pizza from Harry’s Pizzeria’s mobile oven is along for the ride!”

Charcuterie & Cheese Board is always better with wine!

The menu begins with SNACKS like Charcuterie Board ($15) with prosciutto, salami, chorizo, dijon mustard, cornichons and baguette, Cheese Board ($12) with manchego, caña de cabra, fontina, fig jam and baguette, a mix of the two Boards ($22), Eggplant Caponata ($9) with rosemary focaccia and Stracciatella ($22) with heirloom tomatoes, basil, extra-virgin olive oil, fleur de sel. SANDWICHES are crowd pleasers like Roasted Turkey ($16) with aged cheddar, heirloom tomato, lettuce and herb mayo on multigrain, Avocado Toast ($15) with olive oil and sea salt on multigrain, Caprese ($16) with pesto, heirloom tomato and mozzarella on baguette, served with chips or salad. SALADS are well-rounded and flavor-packed like Kale Caesar ($15) with lemon, anchovy, parmesan and garlic breadcrumbs, and Antipasti ($18) with provolone, fennel salami, bitter greens, green olives, pepperoncini and zesty Italian dressing. Each can add chicken (+$6) or salmon (+$8). BOWLS are composed to satisfy including Tuna Poke ($24), Roasted Vegetables & Hummus ($19) and Chicken & Shredded Cabbage ($21), all built with quinoa, wild rice, farro, avocado, sprouts, cucumber, radish, and seeds.

Who doesn’t always have a constant pizza craving?

The mobile wood oven will offer a perfect cross section of freshly stretched and fired 10” PIZZAS to order including vegetarian options like Margherita ($12) with mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil and Mushroom Truffle ($25) with porcini-truffle crema, mushrooms, taleggio, fontina, thyme, as well as bold options like Harry’s Pizzeria’s signature Short Rib ($17) with gruyère, caramelized onion and arugula and Spicy Pepperoni ($14) with tomato sauce, chili oil, fontina, mozzarella and arugula. DESSERT includes Chocolate Chunk Cookie ($4) and Chocolate Custard ($9) with soft cream and hazelnuts.

For the full menu and updates, follow @michaelsgenuine and #MGFDCafe on social media.


[UPDATED] Directing Traffic: Accessing Genuine Restaurants During Art Basel Week

Miami Dade Art Express

UPDATE: New free shuttle with a stop in Miami’s Design District on NE 1st Avenue between 38th and 39th Streets announced today by Miami-Dade County. Thanks!

Beep beep!  Believe it or not, Art Basel is one week away.  This year it’s not so much the quantity of events materializing around town, but more so the sheer amount of sources telling you how to sort through it all that can be cause for duress during Art Week in Miami.  Even if you have recommendations from a trusted outlet, what to choose?  We were excited to see the New York Times highlight a less familiar neighborhood for the art world, Little Haiti.  Mentioned in yesterday’s piece, 100+ Degrees in the Shade, a survey of South Florida art also with pop up galleries in the storefronts surrounding Harry’s Pizzeria between 39th and 40th Streets on North Miami Avenue.  Did you know this is also a stop on the free Miami Trolley’s Biscayne Loop?

With our The Genuine Hospitality Group pin dropped at the nexus of Art Week activity that is the Design District, how you get where you are going is just as important as where you are going, if you want to arrive period — much less on time.  We are in it to win it and did some leg work for you on how to get to and from our restaurants. Here’s what we know now and the critical shuttle maps we could find (some not so easily!) online.  We’ll continue to share (and receive, please) more tips through social media as new intelligence becomes available.  Good news for Grovites… Harry’s Pizzeria Coconut Grove should be a little more accessible, too!

Miami Trolley Art Shuttle

DWNTWN Art Shuttle (special).

Art Basel Shuttle Routes

Miami Beach’s Art Week (special) shuttle.


Miami Trolley’s (special) Art Basel Miami Week shuttle


Miami Trolley’s Biscayne Line (regular service) has at stop at Harry’s Pizzeria!

IF YOU ARE ON MIAMI BEACH:  Route 1 of the Art Week Free Shuttle Service courtesy City of Miami Beach could be for you. We like the idea of getting on at 41st Street and Royal Palm Avenue, the Shell Station intersection.  It will let off and pick up on 36th Street at Buena Vista Avenue aka NE 1st Avenue, the Midtown Target store’s intersection and two blocks west of Cypress Tavern.  Uber there from home or have a friend drop you and hop on.  Street parking should also be relatively available without any major shows in the vicinity unlike the Convention Center stop.  Frequency is appox. every 30 minutes.

IF YOU ARE ON THE MAINLAND:  The DWNTWN Art Shuttle and Art Basel Week Miami Trolley are two special services available next week.  Routes intersect at NE 29th Street and 1st Ave at the base of Midtown.  Unfortunately the Miami Trolley App is no longer listed on the App Store, but you can track arrival times on its website here.   For the most comprehensive transportation overview we could find, including public options like shuttles, bike and ride sharing services, Metro Bus/Mover/Rail, and parking garage and lot information, visit Tropicult.  We hear the Miami Beach loop will fast track on the shoulder.