Rancho Patel Pizzeria | Indian Night Pops at Harry’s with Chef Niven Patel

Finally, a delicious Indian dinner is coming to Harry’s Pizzeria.  We are excited to announce that chef de cuisine Niven Patel of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is taking over Michael’s neighborhood American pizzeria in the Design District on Tuesday, December 15 at 7pm for Rancho Patel Pizzeria.  TICKETS ARE NOW LIVE HERE!

Niven manning his post at Michael's Genuine.

Niven manning his post at Michael’s Genuine.

Responsible for the kitchen at Michael’s flagship restaurant going on 3 years, Niven is a genuine chef at heart.  His approach to Rancho Patel Pizzeria is to share his uniquely fresh take on authentic Indian cuisine from his home in Homestead and family traditions. The menu will be released closer to the event.  Trust that each dish will pack that special pop with exotic spices and preparations!  A tour through his Instagram only scratches the surface, but will certainly whet your palate, like this homemade roti factory with wife Shivani that happened last night.  As the chef says… it never gets old.

Welcome cocktail, passed snacks, four courses including dessert, beverage pairings and tax and gratuity, and that special brand of Niven hospitality are included for $110.  What a pre-holiday treat!!!

A pursuit for knowledge was the stimulus and continues to be the driving force behind Chef Niven’s career. Patel’s first glimpse into the restaurant world was during culinary school, and he was hooked. “I was cooking and working in restaurants the whole time during college”. But his passion for cooking came much earlier on, he says, “I have been cooking all my life. I used to make my menus as a child and let my family order, and then I went into the kitchen to cook whatever they wanted.”

From Miami to Cayman and back again, now deepening his connection with the land and its bounty at Rancho Patel and in Homestead at large foraging its small farms, it’s time to celebrate what we crave most about Niven’s kitchen.  His passion and curiosity is infectious, with the whole restaurant lighting up when his own harvest turns up on the menu.  For young cooks dreaming of one day becoming a chef, Patel offers some words of wisdom, cultivated over his many years of due diligence, “Be inquisitive. Every time there is something you don’t know, research it, look it up”. Clearly the success of the highly disciplined Niven proves that the chef is guided by his own advice.

Bella Italia! Michael’s New ella after 3 Menu on Thursday 10.8

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Bravissimo!  With two dinner services under their belts at our Design District pop up cafe, Michael Schwartz and wine director Eric Larkee are at it again. Have they learned everything or nothing at all?   On Thursday, October 8 they throw caution to the wind with a new menu, shared here for the first time.  Looks like we will get a taste of La Dolce Vita alla Schwartz!

Click the banner above for tickets. There are a few seats left at new time slots available in the 8PM hour!  Price is $75 plus tax and gratuity for an amuse and 4 courses paired with wines, and the company of a James Beard Award-winning chef as your very own short order cook.  It’s a steal!  Follow #ellaafter on Instagram for a feed of our last two evenings in Palm Court!  See you there two weeks from today.

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Nom Nom, ella after

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We are seeing double this summer!   The team at TGHG is working hard to get Harry’s 2 open in Coconut Grove and looking forward to popping James Beard Award-winning Philadelphia via Israel (and regularly back and forth!) chef Mike Solomonov there on Monday, November 9 to celebrate his new cookbook, ZAHAV: A World of Israeli Cooking. Make a new house a home, right?

In the meantime, we are excited to have another genuine event to share with you close to home in the Design District with our fearless leader doing the cooking.  Michael Schwartz is making dinner at ella on Thursday, July 30!

Ella_after_menu_6.15Chef’s light and airy café, now open in Palm Court in Miami’s Design District, will remain open late on Thursday, July 30 for ella after, a prix fixe dinner of 4 set courses with wine pairings for $75, excluding tax and gratuity. The event will be set up inside with communal seating and is available exclusively through advance tickets now live HERE (and via ellapop.me/ellaafter) in the following 2-hour time slots: 7pm, 7:15pm, 7:30, 9pm, 9:15pm, 9:30pm.  For this event there are no substitutions and all sales are final as seating is very limited.  Please be on-time — after 15 minutes seats will be forfeited.  The day of the event the café’ will be open for breakfast and lunch, but will close slightly early to prepare for ella after.

ella is nestled in Palm Court, a beautiful sun-drenched plaza in Miami’s Design District.  The café’s address is 140 NE 39th Street, unit 136, Miami, FL 33137 and is open Monday to Saturday from 9am – 7pm serving breakfast, lunch and early evening bites, with beverages including juice and soda, Panther Coffee, beer and wine.  ella offers takeout and accepts all major credit cards. ella is  now offering half off spritzes, sangria, beer and wine from 5-7 p.m.!  

In addition to street parking, the Design District offers valet from $5 located at the entrance to Palm Court on 39th Street in between NE 1st and NE 2nd Ave and the Palm Court Parking Garage is open from 9 am to 9pm Monday-Saturday and 11am – 7pm on Sunday, $3 for the first 4 hours, $6 for 4-6 hours, and $25 for 6+ hours, with the entrance located on NE 38th St.

Connect with ella on social media @ellapopmiami or reach our team at 786.534.8177 and ellapopmiami@gmail.com.


Smokin’ Hot Local Brews: Harry’s BBQ Night Pops Again!

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It’s about time to roll out the ole smoker again, as Harry’s Pizzeria welcomes Wynwood Brewing Co. for a night of beer and BBQ in Miami’s Design District on Tuesday, May 19th beginning at 6:30pm! After popping up its first BBQ night back in August with Athens, GA’s Terrapin Beer Co., Michael Schwartz’s casual neighborhood joint is pairing up with Miami’s own Wynwood Brewing Co., as well as chef Leonardo Maurelli, an Alabama-based chef who has known Michael since the beginning of Michael’s Genuine Home Brew’s story.  Tickets are now live HERE for BBQ Night in Pizzaland!

“We don’t know what the menu is yet which is always part of the fun, but we will be playing off of the classic flavors of smoky, tangy BBQ,” explains Wynwood’s assistant brewer David Rodriquez, who you may recognize as the beard behind the jockey box from March’s Buck’s Beer Garden events. “Pop’s Porter is a dark, medium bodied beer with coffee and chocolate notes that pair well with the deep, rich smoke you get from a rub. Wynwood IPA and Magic City American Pale Ale both have a nice bitterness that also plays well off spice.”


Bucking the Trend: Dave doing his bearded brewer thing at Buck’s Beer Garden’s inaugural event at The Raleigh South Beach on March 5. Our last April event is this Thursday with Funky Buddha Brewery.

When it opened its doors in 2011, Wynwood Brewing Co. was the first craft production facility in Miami, soon receiving recognition on the national stage.  In 2014, Pop’s Porter took home a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, akin to the James Beard Foundation Awards for the craft beer industry — huge for Miami and its emerging craft brewing community which no doubt got a jolt from this coup.  Wynwood’s mission has a familiar ring to us at The Genuine Hospitality Group, to bring “fresh, delicious, and creative beers” to South Floridians.  May and June bring a big milestone, David shares.  Wynwood will take their beer beyond growlers at the Tap Room and begin bottling La Rubia and Pop’s Porter in a limited addition 22-ounce format. Harry’s always seems to have at least one Wynwood style on its 4-tap system, and its bottling gives us more flexibility in terms of what we can offer from its portfolio in the future.

“For me, pale ales are the way to go when it comes to BBQ,” David continues.  “They have the perfect balance of caramel maltiness and bitterness.”

So what of the BBQ… We are excited to welcome chef Leonardo Maurelli of Central in Montgomery, Alabama who was there when Michael was introduced to Back Forty Beer Company at a 2011 Auburn University event for tornado relief.  A native of the Republic of Panama, Leonardo shares his unique multicultural take on traditional southern dishes and cuisine. We know he will bring the BBQ mojo on a collaborative menu with Harry’s own chef de cuisine Daniel Ramirez!
Tickets are $68 and include it all — an indoor and outdoor stationed menu of BBQ, sides and dessert, all you care to drink Wynwood beer (special treatments, too!) from our counter, tax and gratuity. We love mixing it up at Harry’s Pizzeria and can’t wait to start the summer off with some BBQ!



Rise & Shine with Ella

Palms LogoOn April 1, The Genuine Hospitality Group will open ella, a cafe popping up in the Design District’s Palm Court located at 140 NE 39th Street, Space 136. The cafe is named for Michael Schwartz’s eldest daughter Ella, who is collaborating on the project from operations to its look and creative, and will be the chef’s first venue on Miami’s mainland open early for breakfast.  Ella will serve a menu of breakfast, lunch and late afternoon food and drink, as well as daily chalkboard specials. There will be indoor counter seating for 10, outdoor seating beneath umbrella shaded tables for up to 40, and takeout.  Hours of operation at opening will be Monday-Saturday 9am-7pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm.  Ella will accept all major credit cards. In addition to street parking, the Design District offers valet from $5 located at the entrance to Palm Court on 39th Street in between NE 1st and NE 2nd Ave and the Palm Court Parking Garage is open from 9 am to 9pm Monday-Saturday and 11am – 7pm on Sunday, $3 for the first 4 hours, $6 for 4-6 hours, and $25 for 6+ hours, with the entrance located on NE 38th St. The cafe will be starkly designed, with a chalkboard menu wall to the back and lots of light washing through its two story window facade. Art from Craig Robins’s personal collection will grace the southern wall, and outside, white herb planters will dot the outdoor seating area, with rosemary terra cotta pots gracing its tables. For more information, please visit ellapop.me and Instagram and Twitter @ellapopmiami. Now hiring for barista, front-of-house, cashier and kitchen. Email resumes to ellapopmiami@gmail.com.