Why Beard House Chef Michael Fiorelli Wants to Have Dinner With Eric Ripert

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As the driving force behind his Manhattan Beach–based restaurant, Love & Salt, chef Michael Fiorelli exudes California cool with respectable seriousness when it comes to cooking classic Italian cuisine. Fiorelli was in New York City last month for his James Beard dinner, and we chatted with the acclaimed chef about his favorite restaurant in the city, what he thinks the Big Apple is missing, and why he wants to grab dinner with Eric Ripert... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: October 16, 2015


As domestic demand for coffee grows in Africa, Starbucks has decided to enter the market. [Quartz


Saru Jayaraman, a 2015 JBF Leadership award recipient, weighs in on tipping in restaurants. [NYT


Bringing big box stores into food deserts may not improve consumer habits. [NPR


Coke or Pepsi yogurt? Both soda titans are vying for a stake in Chobani. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 31, 2015


Our deep, abiding love of waffles may be older than the Acropolis: ancient Greeks may have been firing up the iron centuries ago. [Lancaster Online


These homemade fruit roll-ups just might make your child the most popular kid in the cafeteria. [Food52


The leftover water from a can of chickpeas can make delicious buttercream frosting. [CakeSpy


California’s drought has cost the state 21,000 jobs this year. [... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: July 31, 2015


Crisis in the culinary world: extreme heat, fruit flies, and bacteria threaten our olive oil supply. [NY Daily News]


You can say goodbye to complimentary glasses of water in California restaurants. [Grist]


Trips to the farmers' market will be stress-free thanks to GrowNYC Greenmarket’s new app. [MF]

Boston supports sustainability with a new permanent, year-round, local food market. [Boston]... Read more >

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What We're Reading: May 28, 2015


Discover why all burrata is mozzarella, but not all mozzarella is burrata. [The Kitchn


Are we all contributing to California’s drought by eating produce grown there? [Food Politics


Around the world in 16 breakfasts. [Food52


The surprising parallels between Brazilian and American Southern cooking. [... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: May 1, 2015


Pepsi may be ditching the aspartame in its diet soda, but simply swapping one artificial sweetener for another doesn’t address larger health concerns. [Mother Jones


A Maryland fast casual chain is proving that kids and parents will choose healthy options if they’re easy to order. [NPR


This California chef is dealing with the drought by cleaning his dishes with compressed air. [CBS


Pharmaceutical companies are... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: April 10, 2015


An argument against making almonds the drought scapegoat. [Grist


A new Youtube app targeted at kids is airing commercials that wouldn’t be allowed on children’s television. [WaPo


In the wake of consumer water restrictions, California farmers insist they’ve started to cut back on their water usage. [NPR


A Big Mac a day keeps the doctor nearby: the Physicians... Read more >

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What We're Reading: January 5, 2015


In China’s replica of Paris, no one eats French food. [MUNCHIES


Salvage Supperclub hopes to shift attitudes on food waste by offering dinners in a dumpster. [Civil Eats


From Negronis to “Frankendesserts,” the Kitchn examines the food trends of 2014. [The Kitchn


The egg industry is scrambling to comply with new California cage regulations. [NPR


A ranking of health foods to help motivate your New Year’s resolutions. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: December 29, 2014


Popping bottles in the ice, like a blizzard: a history of Champagne in hip hop. [FWF


The meat industry is pushing Congress to reverse a new country-of-origin labeling law. [Star Tribune


Get your almond butter now: California’s limited water supply may threaten future nut production. [NYT


MicroGreens, a new cooking initiative in Washington, D.C., aims to get kids to teach their parents healthy habits and recipes. [Civil Eats]... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: November 7, 2014


What’s in your take-out box? The FDA is working with major companies to phase out potentially dangerous chemical compounds that are used to make many cardboard food packaging grease-proof. [Civil Eats]


The US Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on “biodegradable” and “compostable” bags that actually aren’t. [Grist]


Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver takes on the sugar hiding in your food. #ShowUsYourPeanuts [Slate]


What this week’s election means for the food movement across the country: soda taxes, GMO labeling, minimum wage laws, and more. [... Read more >

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