James Beard Foundation Award Winning Chef Owner Michael Schwartz opened Michael's Genuine in Miami's Design District in 2007. He opened an outpost in the Grand Cayman Islands in 2010 the same year he won JBFA Best Chef South and then Harry's Pizzeria in 20011. Along with restaurants in the two largest cruise ships in the world, Royal Caribbean's Oasis and Allure, he opened three new restaurants this year - 150 Central Park in the Allure, Restaurant Michael Schwartz in the Raleigh Hotel on South Beach and The Cypress Room.
We dined here with several ICCA Board Members the night before our board meeting at the ICCA 11th Annual Summit. It was a fabulous meal and a treat to order so many items with such a large group. Highlights include the 4.5 pound Whole Wood Roasted Snapper, Dry Aged Bone-In Ribeye and Wood Roasted Double Yolk Farm Egg.
The wine list was equally awesome with a large listing of Champaign, Rose and Pinot varieties. We began with an Austrian Sohm Kracher Gruener Veltliner, Turley Edna Valley Roussanne, Spanish Villa de Corullon and finally a Monthelie Grand Vin de Bourgnone. The restaurants is quaint and forged new territory when it opened in the design district neighborhood. The area is now undergoing a great renovation and restoration becoming one of the new hot spots for restaurant dining. Chef Schwartz also lead one of our ICCA Culinary Road Trips during the Summit and was a panelist along with Michelle Bernstein. You owe it to yourself to visit at least one of his restaurants the next time you are in Miami.