AMARA’S FIRST FEASTGIVING WEEKEND! Miami’s Quintessential Waterfront Restaurant Opens to Fête Thanksgiving with a View

Amara at Paraiso’s first Feastgiving Weekend welcomes friends, family and visitors looking for a place to call home for the first marquee holiday of the season, including Thanksgiving dinner bookended by an all eve happy hour and all long weekend Champagne brunch with Veuve Clicquot “Yellow Label” specials!

Thursday’s Feastgiving Dinner menu will be offered la carte and includes Amara favorites from cheesy yuca puffs and empanadas, to Florida Stone Crabs and raw bar platters. Highlights include memorable Thanksgiving Specialties like Whole Roasted Heritage Black Turkey from longtime Schwartz favorite Joyce Farms, Fried Turkey Wings with sweet & sour aji chile sauce, scallion, toasted sesame, and grilled lime, as well as Grilled 3 Lb. Maine Lobster with pumpkin seed butter and grilled lemon, and Whole Roasted Calabaza Squash filled with creamy calabaza rice, wild mushrooms, coconut pesto, and lime. Toast with festive, day drinking Thanksgiving Cocktails for $14 like Nina with rosé, strawberry-infused Gin, lemon and Pampelmousse, Pinta with Tempranillo, blackberry, Carpano Bianco and elderflower, and Santa Maria with spiced Rum, apple cider, cinnamon and rosemary honey.  Click here for the full menu and visit us as follows:

All Thanksgiving Eve Happy Hour: Wednesday 11/27 from 5:30PM to close
Feastgiving Dinner: Thursday 11/28 from 2 to 8PM
All Long Weekend Champagne Brunch: Black Friday, 11/29 to Sunday, 12/1 from 11AM to 3PM

See you at Amara at Paraiso (3101 NE 7th Avenue, Miami, FL 33137) and visit amaraatparaiso.com to make a reservation or call (305) 702-5528/ reservations@amaraatparaiso.com.

 

Feeling Stone Crabby? Pound It Special Beginning Monday at MGFD with 1/2 Off ALL Wine Bottles!

Miami born/raised
captain waterman, union longshoreman and wholesale seafood dealer Jay Burns knows what’s up! Fresh from the traps crab for Chef Michael Schwartz, first!

It’s time to get cracking South Florida! Stonies are back and so is our season opener special at Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink.

To celebrate the arrival of one of this season’s most anticipated, delectable and special local ingredients, your first pound of Florida Stone Crabs from Monday, October 21 to Monday, November 4 come with 1/2 price wines bottles! Choose any — ANY — bottle of wine on The Genuine Hospitality Group Head Sommelier Amanda Fraga’s exciting, dynamic and mouth watering list!  All bottles are fair game, available at lunch, afternoon, dinner and brunch, all two weeks long!   From sparkling to creamy, it all pairs as far as we are concerned, with meat hunks of rich unadorned crab… Or, gild that lily with dips of clarified butter or classic mustard sauce with a spray of lemon.

Handsy with the crab at Amara. Enjoy with aji mustard sauce, lemon and lime!

Pop in and join us on a Design District stroll for afternoon menu or happy hour, or book a reservation for lunch dinner or brunch in advance at reservations@michaelsgenuine.com or 305.573.5550. From sparkling to red and all the rosé in between, treat yo’ self to the best of the season haul from our favorite fishermen!

If you’re in the mood for a waterfront view with your claws, or fancy a tropical neighborhood stroll post feast, remember Amara at Paraiso and Tigertail + Mary will be full stocked and ready with large, jumbo and colossal stone crabs for you no matter where you decide to settle in this season. Or better yet, make the genuine rounds!

Curious about what goes down on the water? Watch our video from last year’s first of the season catch with fisherman Jorge Figueroa.

 

 

It’s a Genuine Truffle Week White Out!

White truffle season is here, and we need at least a week to celebrate. Don’t you?!  We are showering these special slivers at lunch and dinner on pizza, pasta and more from October 14-19, with Italian wine specials to boot. Enjoy 6-8 new wines by the glass from Piedmont, showcasing producers and varietals from the region where these seasonal buried treasures grow, like Arneis from Roero and Nebbiolo from Barolo and Barbaresco.

The Genuine White Truffle Nite dinner kicks it all off with Urbani Truffles and Marchesi Antinori at our first white truffle dinner at Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink on Monday, October 14 at 7PM!  Indulge in this northern Italian specialty now in season with an explosion of delicate flavor in 4 courses paired with the wine that suits it from heralded producer Marchesi Antinori. The main course arrives with 2 older vintages of single vineyard “Bussia” Barolo. $350 includes tax, gratuity, the following menu and a truffle gift from Urbani to take home!  Click here for tickets.

GENUINE WHITE TRUFFLE NITE | MENU

Reception with 4 Canapés and Wine
FIRST – Braised and Chilled Celery Hearts, soft egg, anchovy-white truffle vinaigrette ~ Grechetto Blend, Castello Della Sala “Giovanni Della Sala” Orvieto, Italy

SECOND – Gemeli with Rabbit Sugo, caramelized shallot, fresh white truffles ~ Sangiovese, Pian delle Vigne Rosso, Montalcino, Italy

THIRD – Boneless Osso Bucco, grilled porcini, wilted escarole, white truffle fondue ~ Nebbiolo, Prunotto “Bussia” Barolo, Italy

FOURTH – Olive Oil Cake, roasted figs, hazelnuts, truffle whipped ricotta ~ Amaro selection complimentary

According to Urbani Truffles, the earliest record of the delicacy is from 23-79 AD Ancient Europe. And it’s no wonder these buried treasures have been prized for so long. Their pungent and earthy flavor cannot be mistaken, and is the perfect pairing for every dish in our Genuine White Truffle Dinner. Take the journey with us!

 

It Takes Two to Mango | Tigertail + Mary and The Salty Donut Make Summer Sweet in Coconut Grove with Collab Croughnut

This weekend, it gets salty in the sweetest of ways at our lush neighborhood retreat in Miami’s oldest bayside village.  Join Chef Michael Schwartz for exciting and delicious activities to celebrate mango season in Coconut Grove. Click below for the scoop… because you’re invited!

CARRIE MANGO TREE DEDICATION:  Saturday, July 13 at 11am
It takes a village! Join Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell, Chef Michael Schwartz, The Kampong Director Craig Morell, our Park Grove friends and award-winning food writer, Miami native and mango enthusiast Victoria Pesce Elliott for a short and sweet ceremony honoring the National Tropical Botanical Garden that calls Coconut Grove home with a tree we can all stand behind.  Learn more about our new addition to the front lawn here!

IT’S GETTING CROUGHNUTS IN HERE: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14 from 8am to 3pm
Michael’s Croughnut collab with our friends at The Salty Donut is too yummy to miss! Not to mention, grammable. Check out what happened when Miami’s beloved James Beard Award-winning chef mashed up with the city’s favorite artisanal donut shoppe!  Watch a winning recipe come together behind the scenes on The Salty Donut’s IG. Friday’s donuts are on us! Limit one per guest, while supplies last.

You may have figured out we love an illustration or two especially art inspired by our surroundings, so we are especially excited to share in the mango fun with another local plant-obsessed friend of the Genuine family, Jessica “Pooka” Suarez. Enjoy her original Carrie Mango design gracing limited edition high quality stickers this weekend.  Each special Croughnut comes with one special sticker, a treat for our guests while supplies last!

Eat Venezuelan Arepas on Thursday, June 20 at Amara at Paraiso for #WorldRefugeeDay

A big part of what it means to live in Miami is that home and homeland aren’t one and the same.  We are a city of transplants acutely aware of the power of food culture to create a sense of belonging and serve as a conduit for understanding each other’s differences — a source of hope and connection.  It is in this spirit at Amara at Paraiso where we celebrate the many flavors of Latin America that we enthusiastically join Andrew Zimmern’s Coalition of Culinary Thought Leaders and inaugural World Refugee Day restaurant fundraiser on Thursday, June 20… with Venezuela Arepas!

Andrew visited Amara last summer for an episode of the Zimmern List and enjoyed Chef’s fresh approach to many of the iconic Latin American dishes that have found their way to Miami thanks to refugees and immigrants alike.  As the crisis in Venezuela hits particularly close to home, we felt it was high time to celebrate one of its delicious specialties on the menu.  100% of the proceeds of Amara’s arepa specials on June 20th during lunch AND dinner will go to International Rescue Committee’s efforts to respond to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.

Unlike its neighbor Colombia, which incorporates mozzarella-style cheese directly into the masa or white cornmeal-based dough, Venezuela is known for splitting and stuffing its arepas with anything from simple ‘queso de mano’ or cheese of the hand, a fresh creamy-tasting mozzarella-like cheese, to the decadent avocado-chicken mixture called Reina Pepiada.  Chef Paley will offer three varieties each for $10 and available as a sampler for $28 including, Guayanés Cheese with fried plantain and avocado, Grilled Queso Blanco with chorizo, jalapeño and salsa criolla, and Pulled Chicken with grilled scallion and avocado dressing.

Managers Jason and Mirna can’t get enough arepa time!

On World Refugee Day, we will learn the official count of displaced people around the world from the United Nations. Says Andrew, “Sharing food is an incredibly unifying and intimate experience– it brings people together, inspires conversation and celebrates the diversity of all cultures– that makes the spaces we break bread in perfect for drawing attention to issues that often go unacknowledged.  Refugees and immigrants have made the biggest impact on America through food.  This day is about more than one heartbreaking statistic. It’s about the human stories and potential behind those numbers and spotlighting the contributions refugees can make when we embrace and welcome them into our communities.”

For more information visit rescue.org and follow Amara at Paraiso on IG where we will post a video of Chef Paley’s arepa-making adventures later this week!  What’s your favorite arepa filling?