OMG! Picnic & an Escalade, a Genuine Summer Roadtrip Giveaway!

OMG_Picnic & an Escalade Square

You know we have an appetite for adventure here at The Genuine Hospitality Group, especially when it’s the culinary kind.  Now, in honor of our Summer Series with the Miami Design District and national road trip season, we’ve put together a killer raffle package for guests of OMG! Picnic & a Movie on Friday, July 8 courtesy of our friends at Cadillac, The Official Vehicle of The Genuine Hospitality Group.

omg-check-stuffers-062316 backChef has included all the essentials — a tasty picnic basket from ella pop café and case of Lua Rossa, blended each year with winemaker Jim Clendenen on our annual California road trip.  Chart a staycation in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area and gather some good company to join because there will be room…  Cadillac is throwing in an Escalade loaner for a week (7 consecutive days)!  Your chance to win is simple.  Join us at the event by purchasing a ticket at, camp out in Palm Court from 6-7:30pm for dinner off the Lynx grills inspired by the cuisine of Chef Mike Solomonov’s homeland (a dish from his cookbook will also make a cameo!) and then cross your fingers. We’ll draw a winner from the hat just before our screening of In Search of Israeli Cuisine begins at 8pm. The vehicle will be delivered at a mutually agreed upon date and time, and based on availability.  For full terms and conditions, click here.

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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[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!

OMG! This is gonna be DOPE.

Don’t call it a come back! Harry’s Pizzeria® and O Cinema Wynwood are rejoining forces to bring you OMG! Dinner and A Movie two weeks from today, Thursday, June 18 (a day before it’s released in theaters!) The movie is DOPE, no.. really.. it’s called DOPE and received rave reviews at Sundance Film Festival this year. The film is a punk-comedy surrounding the lives of Los Angeles high school seniors, self proclaimed geeks, who are happily stuck in a 1990s hip hop day dream. A chance encounter with a nefarious A$AP Rocky lands them in a peculiar situation that forces them to become — let’s call them entrepreneurs.  Plus, it’s executive produced by one of our favorite Design District enthusiasts Pharrell Williams.  Really people, what more could you want?

Doors open at 6pm and the movie starts at 7. General admission tickets are $40 and VIP tickets are $55 (the VIP tickets come with a signed copy of Chef’s cookbook Michael’s Genuine Food.)  Tickets are now LIVE and can purchased through O Cinema, here!  Chef de Cuisine Daniel Ramirez is a 90s hip hop junkie himself and after watching the trailer could not have been more stoked to write this menu. Taking inspiration from NWA’s beverage of choice and LA’s iconic backdrop, here’s what Danny came up with:

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with preserved lemon and crispy lentils
Mango Salad with mixed greens, shaved vegetables, champagne vinaigrette
“OE” Braised Chicken with white rice
Doughnut bread pudding (Inglewood! you know, home of Randy’s Donuts!)
Surprise packaged movie snack!

While you wait.. allow me to reintroduce myself.. my name is DOPE!

OMG! is a Feast for the Eyes with Bert Stern & Harry’s Pizzeria at O Cinema

bert_stern_original_madman_xlgWe are getting in the movie mood as the Miami International Film Festival gets underway this week, and what could be better than more of where that came from right in our own backyard. All the time.

O Cinema, Wynwood’s home for independent film, has been our amazing partner in the OMG! Dinner & a Movie Series since Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink came to play once a month with a delicious meal and a fantastic movie over the summer of 2011.

Since 2012, Harry’s Pizzeria has been the lucky member of  Team Genuine celebrating the independent spirit with fresh and fun buffet meals to match the incredible movies O Cinema lines up for us each and every time.

On Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m., we delve into the world of genius photographer Bert Stern and see how he shaped American advertising and contemporary photography wtih his startling images of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton, Twiggy and countless others. Photography and food.  Two of our loves…. What could be better really?  Because he will never do the same menu twice, on your TV dinner plate will be another family-style meal from Harry’s Pizzeria chef de cuisine Manny Sulbaran and of course ridonkulous desserts from our 2013 James Beard Outstanding Pastry semifinalist Hedy Goldsmith.  Ok, so yeah, it did get a little better!  Find the menu and tickets at this link, and see you out there!