Michael Schwartz

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    November 18, 2014

    Boisterous Brunchers Can't Bog Down Miami Chefs

    A 50-pound pig is pumped full of brine for four days and then -- around midnight on a Saturday -- placed in a large wooden box just behind the Four Seasons Hotel in Brickell. The box is closed, covered in hot charcoal, and left for hours beneath a tent that's shrouded by foliage. Around dawn, two co ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Scaring Up a Good Time

    This weekend is supposed to give us a break in temperatures, with fall-like evenings. In other words, it's a boo-tiful time to scare up a few guys and ghouls and enjoy Halloween and Day of the Dead festivities around town. Miami is filled with fiendish delights from costume parties to brunches. ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    11 Restaurants We're Looking Forward to in 2014

    It happens every year. The minute your hangover subsides from New Year's eve, it's already July. With half of the year gone, we decided to look forward to some of the restaurants that are coming up -- mostly in the fall. We're not listing restaurants that don't have a 2014 opening date, which is wh ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    Slow Foods Miami Snail of Approval Awards: Huahua's, Edge Steak & Bar Have Best Bites

    It was a beautiful, balmy evening at the Raleigh Hotel, as hundreds of fans of slow food and renowned chefs gathered poolside for Slow Food Miami's 2014 Snail of Approval Awards party. Nineteen of South Florida's best restaurants and shops, each committed to providing food from the most local sourc ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    Michael Schwartz To Open Michael's Genuine Pub?

    Michael Schwartz, the man behind Michael's Genuine Home Brew, Michael's Genuine Food and Drink and Harry's Pizzeria, may have another project on the horizon, Michael's Genuine Pub. No announcement from Schwartz was made regarding a pub, however a trademark for a Michael's Genuine Pub was filed by ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    Slow Food Miami's Ark of Taste: Michael Schwartz Takes on the Everglades Tomato

    In Miami, much like the rest of this country, most people have no clue where their food comes from. Slow Food, an international non-for-profit organization that combats the standardization of taste and culture brought on by the popularization of fast food, is looking to change that. "Any time you c ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    In 2013, Miami's Food Scene Finally Blossomed

    The time has come: Miami is finally a fine-food town. The signs are everywhere. The 305 is home to coffee roasters, supper clubs, a ramen house, and a northern Thai restaurant. Sourdough bread is a thing. The word "local" is sprinkled on menus like pepper on steak. The city's beverage scene, once r ... More >>

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    October 4, 2013

    Top Ten Influential Figures in Miami Dining

    This isn't a popularity contest. This is about influence. These people have shaped our city's dining scene. They operate fabled restaurants, mentor budding chefs, grow organic vegetables, and roast the best damn coffee in town. What follows is a list of the top ten influential figures in Miami din ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    Michael Schwartz at Best Buy? Do Big Things With Small Appliances!

    Want silky-smooth deviled eggs? Begin with a blender. Chef Michael Schwartz of Michael's Genuine Food and Drink is showing off his blended-deviled-egg technique along with the many uses of small kitchen appliances this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Best Buy store in Aventura. The event is part ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    The Cypress Room Makes Bon Appetit's 50 Best New Restaurants List

    Bon Appetit has just released its 50 Best New Restaurant nominees and Florida's only nod comes as absolutely no surprise. The Cypress Room, chef Michael Schwartz' restaurant that calls to mind the sophisticated supper clubs of yesteryear, was named one of the magazine's nominees for the top spot of ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Niven Patel Takes Over Michael's Genuine Food & Drink; Bradley Herron Promoted

    Changes abound at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, the flagship restaurant by James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz. Bradley Herron, formerly chef de cuisine at the Design District staple, now serves as executive chef for the Genuine Hospitality Group -- a brand that includes Harry's Pizze ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    March 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    The term "March Madness" applied to the restaurant scene in Miami in March. Several heavily anticipated venues by some heavy hitters arrived:Jeffrey Chodorow of China Grill Management has opened Biscayne Tavern at the b2 hotel in Downtown Miami. Though the restaurant is still in its "soft opening" p ... More >>

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    January 1, 2013

    December 2012 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    The last month of the new year saw a lot of anticipated 2012 restaurants opening under the wire. Ralph Pagano's Alba at Sole On The Ocean provides classic Italian cuisine and fresh seafood with a panoramic ocean view to the northernmost parts of Miami and Miami Beach. Although the official opening i ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    Michael's Genuine Food & Drink Café at Design Miami: The Head Honchos are Running the Show

    It was 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon and there was a long, winding line at Design Miami. The line, however, wasn't exactly where you'd expect. It wasn't by the entrance, or by the stunning Glithero Perrier-Jouet installation. And it wasn't by the ladies' bathroom, either. This line was at Michael S ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    Michael's Genuine Food & Drink Renovates Kitchen, Set to Close For a Week

    In anticipation of the fall and winter season, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink will close for a week to undergo some renovations.The restaurant will close on Monday, September 17 and reopen on Monday, September 24. In that week, Michael's Genuine will undergo kitchen and upstairs office renovatio ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Michael's Genuine Home Brew: Draft vs. Bottle

    When Michael Schwartz announced he would be putting his name to a brew, I was excited to be the first kid on the block to try some. After all, Schwartz is at his best when working with simple, honest flavors and ingredients, and what's simpler or more honest (and satisfying) than a good beer?The cla ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    Schwartz, Carmellini, and Other Chefs Force-Feed Readers With Weak Foie Gras Logic

    "Certainly a sort of industrial use of creatures, so that geese are fed in such a way as to produce as large a liver as possible, or hens live so packed together that they become just caricatures of birds, this degrading of living creatures to a commodity seems to me in fact to contradict the relati ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    36. Rock Shrimp Pizza at Harry's Pizzeria

    It's that time of year when we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2012 issue in June. Until then, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. If you have any nominations of your own, please send them to Rock Shrimp Pizza at Harry's PizzeriaHarry ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    From Backyard to Table: Williams-Sonoma Now Sells Chicken Coops and Edible Gardens

    Williams-SonomaForget farm to table. Backyard to table is the next big thing. If you ever thought the car ride from the farmer's market to your dining table was too long, then I have great news. Williams-Sonoma announced last week it would sell chicken coops, beehives, edible gardens and even D ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Michael Schwartz's Farm to Table: Lack of Vegan Food Crushes Dreams

    ​The phrase "farm to table" to me implies lush green produce being wrenched from the ground, maybe run under a garden hose, and then plopped onto your waiting plate.Apparently, I need to consult my rural dictionary, because what happened to the locally sourced and fresh fruits and veggies between ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Sam Gorenstein Leaving BLT Steak To Join Forces With Michael Schwartz

    Is there more to this story than meats the eye?​Is there a chef-leaving-South-Beach-steakhouse epidemic going on or what? First Ralph Pagano announced that he was leaving STK Miami, then days later we learn that Daniel Ganem is on his way from Kane Steakhouse, and now Sam Gorenstein has informed S ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Second Career Ideas For 10 Miami Chefs

    ​With the news that former Pacific Time chef/owner Jonathan Eismann is now a realtor, it seemed like an opportune time to reflect upon potential second careers for other local chefs. After all, we know that the restaurant biz is a bitch, and dining establishments don't last forever, and...well, le ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Food Reigns at The First Annual Soul Fest Weekend at The Stage

    We agree!​We technically live in the South, but the food resembles more a Latin American country than a Confederate state. Suggestions for great fried green tomatoes and collard greens usually always lead to cricket sounds. Thankfully, you can hold off your Southern food pangs and that road trip y ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Frank Jeannetti Dishes About Just How Organic Essensia Is

    Jeannetti gets up close and personal with his food.​Yesterday, we chatted with the guy we affectionately referred to as Chef Green Jeans, Essensia's Frank Jeannetti. Click here to read the first part of this interview.You claim your restaurant is organic but, really, with the incredibly high cost ... More >>

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    November 30, 2010

    Michael's Genuine Cookbook: Another Sneak Peek

    Michael's Genuine Food & Drink​Chef Michael Schwartz's cookbook isn't due out for a couple of months but, to coincide with Art Basel, the restaurant is showing a behind-the-scenes look at what went into putting the book together. A short film, produced by the book's photographer, Ben Fink, wil ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Herald Doesn't Know Nada About Midtown

    Courtesy of Marc Averette via Wikimedia Commons​The Herald's Sunday article about Midtown's growth mentioned the opening or planned opening of multiple restaurants. Turns out at least two of the reports are questionable.

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    June 9, 2010

    Michael's Genuine Food Cart's Menu For Saturday

    Michael's Genuine food cart is hitting the Design District again this weekend. This month the menu has a decidedly Asian flair to it. James Beard Award winner and Michael's Genuine proprietor Michael Schwartz will be serving banh mi with house-cured pork, pickled vegetables, torn herbs and sambal ai ... More >>

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    December 30, 2008

    Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

    Get ready as Short Order takes you behind the line and into the kitchens of some of Miami's top restaurants. Today we visit Michael's Genuine Food and Drink in the Design District. Listen for the random quotes from the kitchen in this exclusive photodocumentary that gives you a one hour glimpse into ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008

    Dinner on a Farm

    Courtesy of Paradise Farms Organic The autumn season is rolling in, a time when crisp humidity fills the Florida air and we can almost smell the pumpkins and squashes and other odorless vegetables growing bountifully on our farms. It is a time when crunchy apples fall from trees -- presumably somew ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 14, 2008

    Bottled Water Gets the Boot

    As containers and costs mount, tap water is the rule in eateries.

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    December 27, 2007

    The Year in Dining

    2007 might go down as pivotal for Miami gastronomy.

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    November 29, 2007
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    November 29, 2007

    Paradise Found

    Dinner in Paradise, a monthly series of charity-driven feasts at Paradise Farms in Homestead, inaugurates its third season this Sunday, December 2nd. Paradise proprietor Gabriele Marewski and Michael Schwartz co-founded the event, which is set outdoors on the farm. “There is something very special ... More >>

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    May 10, 2007

    Chew the Right Thing

    Michael's contemporary food comes from the heart, not the haute

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    February 23, 2006

    Tin Chefs

    The disconnect between a culinary student's white-collar dreams and the restaurant world's blue-collar reality

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    December 18, 2003

    Inspiration, Activity at Every Turn

    Exciting new restaurants are transforming the taste trip north of Miami-Dade.

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    July 31, 2003

    Side Dish

    Douglas Rodriguez to helm at the old 5061 space

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    February 6, 2003

    Changing Rooms

    Where, oh where have all the chefs gone?

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    January 16, 2003

    Pacific Atlantic

    Chef Michael Schwartz jumps ship to Atlantic, but doesn't dock long

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    November 14, 2002

    Left of the Corporate Center

    News Alert: Chefs say working for The Man sets them free

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    September 19, 2002

    Moving On

    Celeb chefs are giving the old house the heave-ho and getting cooking elsewhere

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    May 23, 2002

    Do the Shuffle

    A number of famous South Beach chefs have ditched their dance partners

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    November 15, 2001

    Miamian Beauty

    Naked breasts and rose petals in the name of WTC relief

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    June 14, 2001

    The Sweet Fruit of Hard Labor

    Living the lychee life

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    May 3, 2001
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    July 20, 2000


    Designs That Kill

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    January 13, 2000

    Side Dish

    Take her to B.E.D.

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    February 5, 1992

    The Old Man and the CD

    Spec's Records patriarch Martin Spector may be 86 years old, but when a used-CD store opened next door to his flagship location, he took the gloves off. Literally.

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