Thank you to The Genuine Hospitality Group's Brand Coordinator, Tess Gostfrand, for permission to share with MIAbites readers her blog entry on Harry's Pizzeria visit to Knaus Berry Farm in Homestead. The original article can be found here on their blog, The Genuine Kitchen (Est. 2009,) chronicling the fresh, simple, and pure cuisine, cocktails and beer of chef/restaurateur Michael Schwartz.
Harry’s Pizzeria, in Miami’s Design District, is celebrating the official first weekends of spring as Knaus Berry Farm showers us with produce and more! Chef de cuisine Danny Ramirez took his back of house crew on a field trip to one of our favorite places in Homestead one day last week to harvest tomatoes, zucchini, scallions, strawberries, and greens to highlight on Harry’s regular menu.
Knaus Berry Farms has been family owned and operated for over 55 years.
Danny has been going to KBF since he was about 5 years old, but this was his first look behind the scenes. Danny says, “I never thought I would ever be in their elusive Back of House. I didn’t realize how many acres they have. They grow a lot more than those delicious strawberries. As a chef, being able to expose my guys, young cooks, Chris Cantu and Miller Celestino, to what real, good food is was so rewarding. They got a chance to see what really drives me and all our chefs at TGHG.”
They spent the morning harvesting in the fields with Herby. Herby runs the field and Thomas Blocher, who runs operations, Danny explains, “I grew up with KBF strawberries and sticky buns and having a chance to meet their team and see the entire operation was like coming full circle. And as a local guy trying to make and leave a mark on my city this is what it’s all about, foraging these relationships and sustaining them so that my kids and their kids can see and taste South Florida for what it is.”
Visit Harry’s in the Design District to partake in the fun and welcome a new season in South Florida! There is always a special on the menu and something sticky in the dessert section, too, and we bet you can guess what it is! A special thanks to head Baker Thomas Blocher for the treats (always!) and the idea.
We are very excited for these fresh dishes and can’t wait for you to try them, see you soon! For more information about local farms and the bounty they provide local Miami restaurants and consumers, and the wonderful Farm to Kitchen, who acts as the bridge between the farms and the restaurants, read Tess's complete Field Report here.
3918 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Knaus Berry Farm is open from November only to Mid-April so get yourself there over the next couple weeks!
15980 SW 248 Street
Homestead, FL 33031
305 247 0688