Friday, April 8, 2011

James Beard Award-Winning Chef Michael Schwartz Holds Cooking Demo/Book Signing At The Biltmore

Chef Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz, the executive chef/owner of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in the Miami Design District and Grand Cayman, will preside over an interactive cooking demonstration showcasing easy but elegant recipes taken from his debut cookbook, Michael's Genuine Food: Down-to-Earth Cooking for People Who Love to Eat. The event takes place Saturday, April 9 from noon-2 p.m. at the historic Biltmore Hotel.

Guests will sip Deutz Champagne while whipping up a splendid lunch at their tables led by Chef Schwartz, who will show guests how to prepare a deliciously nutty fregola risotto with shrimp, roasted corn and melted leeks to start. The main course will be light and healthy with a flavorful pan-roasted striped bass and Tunisian chickpea salad.  For dessert, guests will enjoy milk chocolate cremoso with espresso parfait – one of the chef’s most popular desserts at the restaurant. Immediately following the luncheon, Schwartz will sign copies of his cookbook, also available for purchase on-site.

The Interactive Culinary Demonstration & Deutz Luncheon on Saturday, April 9 takes place from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Biltmore Hotel located at 1200 Anastasia Avenue in Coral Gables in the Country Club Ballroom. Cellar Club Members are $52 and non-members and resort guests are $65 per person. Space is limited; reservations are required: call 305-913-3203 or go online to

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, located at 130 NE 40th Street in Miami’s Design District, is open Monday through Friday for lunch and seven days a week for dinner.  Happy Hour, featuring half price cocktails, wine and beer, takes place Monday through Friday from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm and Sunday brunch is offered from 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Reservations are recommended at 305-573-5550. All major credit cards accepted; ample metered parking available as well as Design District-sponsored $3 valet service.   For more information, please visit the website at or the blog at  Michael’s Genuine is also on Twitter at @MGFD_MIA.

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