In honor of their three-year anniversary, the owners of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink are celebrating with a gourmet street pushcart. This epicurean food conveyance debuts on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the Design District. Look for chef/owner Michael Schwartz and his amazing pastry chef, Hedy Goldsmith, to be operating the MGFD cart, along with students from Johnson & Wales. They will be located at NE 40th Street and First Avenue during the neighborhood's monthly Art Walk.
Michael's steely pushcart won't be hawking the usual hot dogs and burgers. Instead, the offerings are decidedly foodie-friendly with Hedy's kasha knishes, thick cut potato chips, homemade sausage sandwich and buttered popcorn ice cream. Condiments are just as glorious (and complimentary), such as homemade local cabbage slaw, pickles and hot sauce. Wash it all down with fresh local strawberry-basil soda. Better yet, the prices are wallet-friendly, with nothing over $6. (They only accept cash, so break out those singles.)
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"We've been playing with the idea of street vending for some time," says Schwartz. "It's a great way to test new items and connect with customers outside of the restaurant. We challenged ourselves to do it the genuine way, with everything made fresh yet easily transportable. I'm excited with the result and looking forward to hitting the street."
We advise that you get there early because they will be only serving 100 portions of each dish. You can track the cart and its weekly whereabouts at www.thegenuinekitchen.com/vending.
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
130 NE 40th St., Miami