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With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of summer, the season of picnics and barbecues is upon us. To celebrate, this June through August the Miami Design District and Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink are partnering on a three-event summer series that celebrates the season by reimagining a few of our favorite classic outdoor pastimes for a truly ‘Genuine’ experience. 

"I love cooking outside and am super excited to break out the grills in Palm Court," said Michael Schwartz, owner and executive chef of Michael's Genuine. "Grilling is one of my favorite ways to cook and add deep layers of flavor to fresh ingredients.  We're approaching the menu and how the food's coming out a little differently for each event, so there will be plenty of new things to try and ways to enjoy summer outside in the District."

Mark your calendars, because you won’t want to miss these tasty events.

Sundown Grillout – Friday, June 10 | 6-9PM | $85, plus tax and gratuity
No hot dogs here! The Sundown Grillout takes barbecuing to the next level with an outdoor feast straight off the Lynx Grill, featuring pairings by Wines of Germany focusing mainly on Riesling varietals. First up, a cocktail hour with delicious passed apps followed by a three-course seated dinner at farm-style tables right in Palm Court. Enjoy live music from the Marcus Grant “Mutes & Roots” Jazz Trio while you dine.

Passed Bites – Crispy Shortrib romanesco, duchilly hazelnuts; Slow Roasted Pork Pizza, fig, grilled onion, fontina, arugula; Wood-Grilled Florida Shrimp dill aioli; and Ricotta Crostini apricot thyme jam alongside Local Fish Ceviche and Classic Deviled Eggs. 

Paired with Robert Weil Riesling Sekt Brut 2012

First Course – Florida Mangos with torn herbs, bean sprouts, peanuts, nuoc cham vinaigrette, and fried onions.

Paired with Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett, Mosel 2013 and a Blue Fish "Original" Riesling, Pfalz 2014

Second Course – Rotisserie Leg of Lamb served family style with new potatoes, preserved meyer lemon, salsa verde, watercress along with merguez lamb sausage, pickled red onions, cucumbers, and yogurt.

Paired with August Kesseler "N" Pinot Noir, Rheingau 2012

Dessert Course – Grilled Peaches with crème fraiche, Florida honey, pistachios, and thyme.  

OMG! Picnic & A Movie – Friday, July 8 | 6-9PM | $65, plus tax
Dinner and a movie? Done. MGFD will partner with O Cinema on a sunset screening of the documentary film, Search for Israeli Cuisine, directed by Richard Sherman with guide Mike Solomonov, James Beard Award-winning chef and author. The film will be accompanied by an al fresco picnic, featuring Mediterranean inspired bites.

Three food stations will serve House-made Pita Bread with hummus, marinated vegetables, Israeli salad and tabbouleh; Kefte Sandwiches with yogurt sauce and cilantro on a potato bun; and Chicken & Grilled Vegetable Kebabs with parsley sauce and pickled onions.

During the movie, enjoy a snack of Israeli-Spiced Popcorn for an elevated take on your favorite sweet and salty theater cravings. Sip libations including a signature Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink bottled cocktail, rosé, and beer.

Genuine Beer Court – Friday, August 12 | 6-9PM | $55, plus tax
The brews will be flowing in the Design District when it debuts its first-ever beer garden. Mix and mingle with other guests, enjoy the lawn games and house-made chex mix, while sipping on a wide variety of our favorite local beers.

Three food stations will serve Sausage & Onion Hoagies with Dijon mustard and sauerkraut; Broccoli Rabe Pizza with chiles and garlic; and Mini Burgers with secret sauce, shredded lettuce and extra cheese.

Score tickets online in advance here or on-site the day of event, subject to availability. Interested in all three events? Discounted bundle packages are available for $200. Guests who purchase the bundled ticket will automatically be added to each event’s guest list for check-in at the door.

Genuine Summer Series will be held on the second Friday of each month, June through August 2016, 6- 9 p.m. All events are 21 and up and take place in Palm Court at 140 NE 39th Street. Complimentary parking is available at Palm Court Garage located on NE 38th Street between NE 1st Avenue and NE 2nd Avenue.

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