Upping Our Events Game for the Summer Return of OMG! Dinner & a Movie

When the timing is just right, it’s everything. With our catering and private parties business rocking out new and tasty ways to enjoy the best of what our chefs are capable of, we are reengaging with old friends at O Cinema for a summer of food and film brought to you by Michael Schwartz Events!

OMG! DINNER & A MOVIE makes a triumphant return to with a line up of summer screenings, each highlighting one of our favorite cooking stations and menus!  Join us for three special evenings celebrating terrific food and film. As always, you can expect a high quality experience in a relaxed atmosphere- all taking place on-site at O Cinema’s Wynwood theater.  Dinners are all served starting at 6 pm in old school cafeteria trays where you’ll be able to eat in your seats with the films getting underway at 7 pm. Tickets are $55 at the links below include the full experience — a meal of five different menu items served with soda or water and the film.  As always there will be beer or wine available for purchase!

JUNE EDITION – Wed, June 28
THE FILM: I AM THE BLUES
THE MENU: BBQ PIT SMOKER
Tickets

SNACKS
CLASSIC DEVILED EGGS
SMOKED FISH DIP  celery, radish, saltines

SALAD
WATERMELON  shaved red onion, radish, feta, mint, lime

ENTREES
BBQ CHICKEN
SMOKED & PULLED PORK SHOULDER

SIDES
BUTTERMILK BISCUITS
COLESLAW
POTATO SALAD

DESSERT
BANANA CREAM PIE

MOVIE SNACK
BBQ SPICED POPCORN

Take an atmospheric and immersive musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and the moonshine-soaked barbeques of North Mississippi Hill Country.

A favorite of the film festival circuit and making its Florida Premiere at this special event, I Am The Blues takes audiences into the world of the African American blues legends, many in their 80s, still making music and sharing stories in the Deep South.

From sunny front porches to spirited church halls, the last of the ‘blues devils’ including Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Lazy Lester and Little Freddie King share their songs and a spellbinding oral history. Capturing the distinctive landscapes and romantic spirit of the South with an expert lens, director Daniel Cross follows the Mississippi River past Graceland, past Muscle Shoals, and into the beating heart of the blues.

JULY EDITION – Thurs, July 27
THE FILM: LANDLINE
THE MENU: MOBILE WOOD OVEN
Tickets

SNACKS
POLENTA FRIES  spicy ketchup
MEATBALLS IN SAUCE  piave vecchio

SALAD
ORANGE & RADISH  greens, shaved fennel, green olives, parmigiano

MAINS
WOOD OVEN ROASTED CHICKEN WINGS  agrodolce, rosemary crema
MARGHERITA PIZZA  mozzarella, tomato sauce, basil
MUSHROOM PIZZA  porcini, cremini, fontina, taleggio, thyme
SLOW ROASTED PORK PIZZA  fig, grilled onion, fontina, arugula

DESSERT
CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIE

MOVIE SNACK
PARMIGIANO POPCORN

The Manhattan of 1995: a land without cell phones, but abundant in CD listening stations, bar smoke, and family dysfunction. Enter the Jacobs. Eldest daughter Dana’s looming marriage to straight-laced Ben prompts a willful dive into her wild side, while her younger sister, Ali, is still in high school but leads a covert life of sex, drugs, and clubbing. After discovering love letters penned by their father, the sisters try to expose his apparent affair while keeping it from their all-too-composed mother.

Gillian Robespierre’s follow-up to Obvious Child reprises her talent for subversive comedy and explores how family bonds grow sturdier through lying, cheating, and strife. Compelled by the emotional snarl of people’s poor choices, Landline relishes in the dark humor of life’s low points while basking in ’90s nostalgia. A hit at Sundance and starring Jenny Slate, John Turturro, and Edie Falco, Landline is an honest, observant portrait of sibling rivalry stumbling awkwardly toward friendship, and of children realizing that parents are people too, there’s no attempt at concealing the indulgences and insecurities of its characters-all of which make them endearing and human.

AUGUST EDITION – Thurs, Aug 24
THE MENU: LA CAJA CHINA
THE FILM: TBD

SNACKS
WHITE GAZPACHO  smoked almonds
MEDIA NOCHE  ham, pork, swiss, pickles

SALAD
ARUGULA  shaved red onion, radish, french feta, lemon

ENTREE
ROASTED WHOLE PIG  mojo & roasted chiles

SIDES
Black Beans
Saffron Rice
Tostones

DESSERT
TRES LECHES

MOVIE SNACK
CALLE OCHO POPCORN

 

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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Miami Design District x Genuine Summer Series | 3 Months, 3 Events, 3 Genuine Ways to Play in Palm Court

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Friday Night Lights: Palm Court shines with three special events that will have you warming up to the season.

Welcome to our celebration of summer in the neighborhood.  The Miami Design District and Chef Michael Schwartz present a Genuine Summer Series, welcoming an exciting line up of events to Palm Court with food from Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, presented by Lynx Grills and Wines of Germany.  Tickets are now available to all events, including discounted bundle of three, at the links below:

Season Pass [PURCHASE] 
A bundled package for all three events at a discounted price of $200 ( 15% off regular price).  Guests who purchase this ticket will automatically be added to each event guest list for check-in at the door.

WOG_SummerofRiesling_LogoSundown Grillout [PURCHASE]
Friday, June 10  from  6-9pm 
$85, plus tax and gratuity
– An outdoor feast off the grill in Palm Court featuring pairings by the Wines of Germany to highlight one of our favorite annual rituals… Summer of Riesling!
– Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour with passed bites and sekt Riesling, followed by a 3-course seated dinner at farm-style tables under the palms.
– Chefs will put the meal out from cooking stations including rotisserie grills, asado flattop and pizza oven.
– Live music from Marcus Grant “Mutes & Roots” Jazz Trio.

PASSED HORS D’OEUVRES

– ricotta crostini – apricot thyme jam
– crispy shortrib – romesco, duchilly hazelnuts
– slow roasted pork pizza – fig, grilled onion, fontina, arugula
– wood-grilled florida shrimp – dill aioli
– local fish ceviche
– classic deviled eggs

2014 Blue Fish Original Dry Riesling, Pfalz

FIRST
Florida Mangos
torn herbs, bean sprouts, peanuts, nuoc cham vinaigrette, fried onions

2013 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett, Mosel

SECOND, served family style
Rotisserie Leg of Lamb
new potatoes, preserved meyer lemon, salsa verde, watercress
and served with merguez lamb sausage, pickled red onions, cucumbers, yogurt

2012 August Kesseler “N” Pinot Noir, Rheingau

DESSERT
Grilled Peaches
crème fraiche, florida honey, pistachios, thyme

NV Dr. L Sparkling Riesling, Mosel

OMG! LOGOOMG! Picnic & a Movie [PURCHASE]
Friday, July 8 from 6-9pm
$65, plus tax
– A next level outdoor dining and screening experience in the Miami Design District by the folks who brought you OMG! Dinner and a Movie, O Cinema and Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
– 3 MGFD food stations serving housemade pita bread with hummus, marinated vegetables, Israeli salad and tabouleh; kefte sandwiches with yogurt sauce and cilantro on a potato bun; and chicken & grilled vegetable kebabs with parsley sauce and pickled onions
– Packaged movie snack of Israeli-Spiced Popcorn to satisfy your sweet and salty theater cravings
– Beverage concession with MGFD special bottled cocktail, rosé, beer, water
– Movie beginning at sundown

Genuine Beer Court [PURCHASE]
Friday, August 12 from 6-9pm
$55, plus tax
– Our favorite local breweries pour brews befitting the season at the first ever beer court in the Miami Design District
– 3 MGFD food stations including sausage & onion hoagie with dijon mustard & sauerkraut; broccoli rabe pizza with chiles & garlic; mini burgers with secret sauce, shredded lettuce, extra cheese!
– Housemade chex mix
– Lawn games and giveaways

All menus are subject to change.

[RECIPE] Check Mate! Chocolate Chess Pie

It was seriously too good not to share. Last night we OMG’d at O Cinema for the last time this summer thanks to an incredible performance by Harry’s Pizzeria chef de cuisine Daniel Ramirez. The menu was a piece of Michigan food history like hand-held pasty pies  — akin to empanadas closer to home — made into pot pie for family style service.   When Danny mentioned this to Devin, a pastry cook at MGFD, duck fat crust was born.

I was on dessert duty again, this time parchment liner-free (thanks Chef!) and had the self control-rattling task of portioning out MGFD pastry chef Amy Kalinowski’s decadent chocolate chess pie. I knew things would get messy based on past experience with two sheet trays of Banoffee, so this time crema was going to be dolloped to plate.  A triumph!  Chess pie is actually chest pie. Like pies you can stack in a chest for safe keeping.  It’s a southern thing, a piece of food culture that lost the t over time.

Luckily for us here, a guest returned from the theater with a request.  Seconds?  No, a slice of altruism!  She inquired about the recipe, a sweet ending to the meal she will produce this weekend for some very lucky home-bound summer campers.  So here you have it: Danny’s adaptation of Amy’s dessert (with her approval of course!) currently on the menu at MGFD, for your home kitchen.  After a summer at the mess hall, this might actually be dangerous.  Proceed at your own risk!

OMG’d Chocolate Chess Pie

Yields 2, 12-inch pies

2 1/2 cups butter, melted
3 cups semi-sweet dark chocolate, melted
25 ounces evaporated milk
10 whole eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla paste (or 1 vanilla bean)
2 tablespoons coffee extract
5.5 cups of sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
2 packs Oreo cookies
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 pound melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla, and coffee extract for 2-3 minutes on medium speed until incorporated.  In a separate bowl sift the dry ingredients.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk to incorporate. Set aside in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap while you make the crust. Pulverize the oreos in a food processor, like bread crumb size and in a large bowl mix with flour and melted butter by hand until the consistency of wet sand.  Spray pie tins with lots of pam coating. Press the oreo crust into the pans. Make sure it’s nice and tight, and even thickness, about 1/2 inch throughout.  Pour in the batter to fill. It doesn’t rise so do be scared to fill your pans to the level you want. Bake for 30-45 minutes. It should be firm with slight wiggle to it.  Let cool on a rack for about a hour.  Enjoy topped with whipped cream and berries, vanilla ice cream or simply powdered sugar for chocolate heaven. Any way you slice it, you can’t go wrong!

Segel, Eisenberg, Schwartz: OMG! It’s The End of the Tour with Harry’s Pizzeria

The-End-of-the-Tour-poster-courtesy-A24Tickets are NOW LIVE for our last OMG! event of the summer with O Cinema Wynwood!

THE END OF THE TOUR tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter & novelist David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest.

As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties – but it’s never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, written following Wallace’s 2008 suicide. Both Segel and Eisenberg reveal great depths of emotion in their performances and the film is directed with humor and tenderness by Sundance vet James Ponsoldt from Pulitzer- Prize winner Donald Margulies’ insightful and heartbreaking screenplay.

See you at O on Thursday, August 13!  Dinner is served when doors open at 6PM, and the film begins at 7PM.  General Admission is $40 and  VIP Tickets include a copy of “Michael’s Genuine Food” cookbook plus priority seating for $55 (Priority seating is also made available to O CINEMA Members.) Chef de cuisine Danny OMG Ramirez has the following menu cooking… You won’t want to miss this one!

Peach and Arugula Salad
parmigiano and shallot vinaigrette

Michigan Pasty Pot Pie
pork and beef

Braised Cabbage
grain mustard and pickled onions

Rice Pilaf

Chocolate Chess Pie
crema

Popcorn Trail Mix
pretzels and chocolate