Michael Schwartz, the James Beard award-winning chef restaurateur behind Genuine Hospitality Group, is unveiling projects left and right these days. After opening several hits on mainland Miami, including Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and Amara at Paraiso, the tastemaker expanded to Miami Beach with Traymore by Michael Schwartz at Como Metropolitan boutique hotel. Its menu travels to southeast Asia, a wise choice on his part considering his hotel partner has deep ties there. He whips out the wok to char wild salmon accompanied by four-sprout salad with toasted pumpkin seeds in soy lime vinaigrette. Pad Thai-inspired lime and peanuts put a twist on traditional beef carpaccio. Classic pound cake also gets an exotic makeover through black sesame seeds, marinated papaya and coconut cream. The dining room is one of his prettiest, too, being housed in a meticulously restored art-deco property. He expanded his literary empire as well. Books & Books’ Coconut Grove location celebrates the release of his latest cookbook, “Genuine Pizza: Better Pizza at Home,” with a dinner party at his nearby Harry’s Pizzeria (2996 McFarlane Road) on May 21. Attendees receive a signed copy of the book, family-style meal with appetizers, salads, pizzas and entrées, and a steady flow of cocktails, wine and beer. Reserve here.
booksandbooks.com. thegenuinekitchen.com. 2445 Collins Avenue; 305.695.3600; traymoremiamibeach.com