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.

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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!

 

New Late Night Happy Hour is Last Call for Genuine Burgers!

The Juicy Schwartzy Burger – $25 at both Miami and Cleveland locations available all day on Wednesday, September 18 (National Cheeseburger Day)

It’s no secret we love a great cheeseburger at MGFD.  We’ve lost track of how many lists and rankings there are corroborating this, but one thing is for sure… the people have spoken and we’re giving them what they want.  Double meat and a whole lot more! National Cheeseburger Day kicks off the following new ways to enjoy burger favorites in Miami and Cleveland, beginning Wednesday, September 18:

LETTING THE GOOD JUICE ROLL FOR NATIONAL CHEESEBURGER DAY: Enjoy a special cheeseburger all day long inspired by Chef’s love of juice in all its forms. The Juicy Schwartzy will be available at lunch and dinner in Miami and Cleveland for $25 and features our house made pastrami, thousand island dressing, pickled red cabbage and melty gruyere sandwiched between a butter-griddled brioche roll.  Yum! This burger is all about the meat, 3 oz. of beautifully brined beef brisket sizzling on the searing-hot griddle beside an 8 oz. house ground black angus patty (50/50 brisket and chuck).

LAST CALL, MIAMI! Last two hours before close? Take a juicy bite out of it!  Enjoy an all new late night happy hour celebrating our favorite burgers. Monday – Thursday guests can join us at the bar from 9-11PM for the restaurant’s signature Genuine Bacon Cheeseburger as well as a rotating special burger only available during the Last Call window. Purchase includes Happy Hour pricing on drinks (1/2 off cocktails, wine and beer)!

WINE DOWN CLEVELAND: Wine Wednesday the juicy way! All guests dining at the restaurant on Wednesdays now enjoy half price bottles from our wine list all day long. The Genuine Burger and a Wednesday-only rotating special burger, beginning with the Juicy Schwartzy, come with happy hour pricing on drinks at the bar from 4:30PM until close!

 

Michael’s Genuine® Cleveland Launches Sunday Brunch on Mother’s Day, May 12

We take brunch seriously.  Seriously fun!  It’s hard to imagine that in October we will celebrate 10 years of brunch service at our flagship restaurant in Miami.  Our favorite weekend pastime at Michael’s Genuine launched a year and a half after opening.  Chef took his time figuring it out, but he knew what he didn’t want — Sunday wasn’t going to be a line of glowing red lamps.  After a whirlwind of planning, our busiest service yet shifted into gear on October 25, 2009 and hasn’t let up since.  Now it’s time for Cleveland to join the party, with chef de cuisine Vinnie Cimino in the driver’s seat, and we aren’t wasting any time greasing the wheels.  Expect the unexpected, beginning Mother’s Day Sunday, May 12!  Click the menu below for a preview.

“Brunch is my favorite meal of the week and always an opportunity to go for it, so why not make food to order and bring the buffet to guests at the table,” says Michael. “It’s a marathon service for the kitchen, but we are better for it and can have some fun making a new menu each week.  The challenge keeps things dialed in — thinking of new ways to approach things and to utilize ingredients.  It’s interesting for Cleveland, because we kind of know what we are doing now with this format. We are really excited to share something we have grown to love with Cleveland and see how they respond!”

Beginning this Sunday, 10:30am – 2:30pm, enjoy our weekly Brunch service including savory and sweet small plates, and special Brunch cocktails like our signature Kimchi Bloody Mary with vodka, kimchi and skewered rock shrimp — the best!  For a look back at our OG Brunch, five years in, click here.  To make a reservation, visit our website.

 

Toasting 12 Years with 12 Hours: We’re Extra Happy for MGFD’s Birthday on Wednesday, March 13

When you’re moving so fast it’s important to take a moment to stop, step back and appreciate what you have. Today one of those moments presents itself, and we’re making a point to celebrate.  A week from today, Michael’s flagship turns 12 and with this milestone another opportunity for growth as Dillion Wolff steps into the role of chef de cuisine of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami. The perspective of a dozen years is important, giving new meaning to what this position means, especially as we ready our new location in Cleveland.

Dillion, with whom we spoke last summer, follows in the footsteps of not just Chef but a long line of talented cooks that have led this formidable kitchen and gone on to do and create great things of their own.  If you’ve dined with us since January, you’ve already enjoyed a taste of Dillion’s understated but notable influence — walking the precarious but rewarding line of honoring the approach and making it all his own.

Last night’s cobia collar special, a perfect example of a genuine dish with contrast of color, temperature and texture.

Congratulations to Dillion on the well deserved promotion — he’s worked hard under the mentorship of the position’s original alumnus, TGHG culinary director Bradley Herron, having a hand in virtually every piece of business under the TGHG umbrella from Michael Schwartz Catering to the Genuine Pizza cookbook, and we can’t wait for what’s in store.

Join us next Wednesday, March 13 to raise a glass to the next chapter and the people inside and out that have contributed to MGFD’s success and form its extended family. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. enjoy an extra long 12-hour happy hour with half off cocktails, wines by the glass and beer, as well as snacks. From 4:30-7:30 p.m., our regular happy hour, we’re pouring a complimentary first glass of sparkling for all guests! Cheers to #MGFD12.

Dillion working the Lynx Grill at the Genuine Pizza cookbook shoot last May.

Niman Ranch Asks Chef Bradley Herron Some Questions. We Are All Ears.

Brad with Chef in Iowa in September, getting the Niman Ranch slow roasted pork shoulder ready.

Although the word chef isn’t in his title, Bradley Herron embodies what it means to be a cook at The Genuine Hospitality Group. Our Director of Culinary began as line cook at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in 2009 and now oversees all the chefs and menus in the company’s 10 restaurants and Michael Schwartz Events catering.

His role is multi-faceted and providing continuity and oversight of sourcing is key — from dry and paper goods to perishable product, including a constant re-evaluation of how we can do better on quality and cost while serving Michael’s vision and culture.  It’s a tall order.  Part of this process is cultivating longstanding relationships with suppliers like Niman Ranch.  In follow up to September’s visit to Iowa for the Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner, the team posted an interview with Brad we wanted to share here — a small but important way we can recognize the person behind hard work and dedication not always visible but essential to the function and spirit of our kitchens and hospitality at the table.  We appreciate how Brad to clearly explains why things are done in certain ways versus others.  Most importantly, we count on him for his pragmatic insight on what it means to be creative as a cook — and a photo bomb or two, especially when he’s the subject!

Q&A With Chef Bradley Herron
from The Niman Ranch Blog

Q: Where did you grow up?
Southern California

Q: What inspired you to become a chef?
It’s my only career choice. I started when I was 14 and liked the way things work in the restaurant – High energy, fast pace, different every day. So, when I was a senior in high school, I had three restaurant jobs and decided to go to culinary school at the California Le Cordon Bleu to become a chef.

At Osteria in Philly, celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Q: How did you hear about Niman Ranch?
Back in southern California, my first restaurant job used Niman Ranch beef and pork. When I came to Miami, it was a name that everyone knew and it resonated with customers. When you get product from Niman it’s always great.

Q: What inspired you to care about sustainably and humanely raised beef, pork and lamb and, in turn, support family farmers?
It’s the right move and kind of the norm now. It’s about our children and our children’s children. It’s easier to do now because there is a lot more awareness, especially in California. But the quality is better and you feel better about it because it’s something you believe in while helping farmers.

2010, Slow Food Miami’s Ark of Taste Dinner

Q: Do your customers care about where you source your ingredients? Why do you think this is the case?
Yes and no. We brought Niman Ranch into one of the cruise ships we consult for and no one seemed to care. In Miami at Michael’s Genuine, our farm to table restaurants, people ask. Our reputation is built on transparent sourcing and people trust us more. If you are in California, everyone asks!

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten?
I get asked that question often, but I don’t have that scripted yet. We’ve been on an 80% growth rate for the last few years and opening a lot more restaurants. I see myself being in a similar environment doing similar things. For me, if I don’t like something, I’m going to change it and do something else. But I like what I’m doing and I’m going to keep doing that.

Cooking in the back of ella for a pop up dinner in 2015.

Q: What is your most memorable experience with a Niman Ranch product?
It was recent. It was when I went to the hog farmer appreciation dinner in Des Moines. I went with Chef Michael Schwartz, and at the end of the dinner, I spoke in front of everyone – all 600 people, about the importance of what the farmers do and how they raise their animals with such care and compassion. The farm tour was great and I have a lot of special memories from that weekend.

2016, getting ready to open Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz in Miami.

Q: What person would you most like to cook for?
My grandma Nana, who is no longer around. When I was young, she was always there with me cooking. I was probably around three to four years old and I have memories of her and the food we made together.

Q: What did you have for dinner last night?
It was Monday, so every Monday, religiously, I have a whole roasted chicken with sweet potatoes and a salad. It’s a staple to start the work week and it’s good to have roast chicken in the fridge. My wife doesn’t cook so I set her up with a big batch of things like brown rice or roasted vegetables on Monday night. She can fend for herself when I’m in the restaurant all week.

Q: What is your favorite kitchen equipment or gadget?
The iPhone. There are so many ways that the iPhone has revolutionized cooking and everything in general. It’s an important tool nowadays. If you think about every dilemma you have in the kitchen, the iPhone can solve it. For me, if someone tells me to cook something that I’ve never cooked, I usually Google it and if you watch enough videos, you can be pretty good at cooking something the first time.

At Michael’s Genuine as TGHG executive chef.

Q: Are there any foods you don’t like?
Poorly made food. Anything can be good, but if something is poorly made, it’s always going to be bad.

Q: What do you love most about your job as a chef?
It’s hard to pick just one. I guess, being where I am now, I have a lot of younger, next generation cooks and chefs coming through the ranks. Teaching them and showing them the ropes is probably the most rewarding thing. We operate 10-11 restaurants and will open five more in the next six months, I’ve probably opened 22-23 restaurants in the last nine years. So, there are a lot of chefs and cooks that I work with. It’s a pretty cool thing to teach someone something and be able to look back and say, “I helped them do that.”

Q: If you were to open a new restaurant, what style of food would you pick?
Simple foods that change daily.

Q: If you weren’t a chef, what would you do for a living?
A farmer however cooking is all I know and all I want to do, so that’s hard.

Q: Most embarrassing cooking moment?
When I was first starting out, I think I was 15, I got a real restaurant job in a hotel with real chefs. One had me break down lobsters and asked if I knew how to do it. I didn’t, so he showed me in like 12 seconds, then he gave me 20 of them. He came back after 3 hours and I was still on the second one and it was completely butchered and a huge mess. That would probably be my most embarrassing cooking moment.