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

Photo by Andrea Bricco


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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On the Menu: Week of October 19


Here’s what’s coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:


Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 P.M.

Tampa’s Cuban-Spanish Heritage

At her highly personal Edison, chef and Tampa native Jeannie Pierola pays tribute to her Spanish and Cuban roots and wields modernist techniques behind the stove. This one-of-a-kind Beard House dinner will showcase her forward-thinking spin on indigenous Tampa cuisine.


Thursday, October 22, 7:00 P.M.

Italian-Inspired California Soul

The name says it all: at Love & Salt, Southern California’s beach fare mecca, extra care and a pinch of seasoning make the high-quality ingredients shine. The deft hands of chef Michael Fiorelli ensure that the restaurant lives up to that philosophy, drawing crowds and rave... Read more >

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On the Menu: September 26 through October 2

Beard House dining room Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, September 26, 6:00 P.M. JBF Greens: Brooklyn Cooks For one night only we’re bring the best of Brooklyn to the Beard House. Join us for a special multi-course menu prepared by the chefs, wine experts, butchers, ice cream makers, and bakers that make Brooklyn the city’s most creative food borough. Tuesday, September 28, 7:00 P.M. Las Vegas Luxury Known for setting new standards for luxury in Las Vegas, Steve Wynn has outdone himself with his latest property, Encore. Join the talented chefs from Wynn’s empire for a meal that will span the culinary stratosphere, from innovative pan-Asian to Sinatra-inspired modern Italian. Tuesday, September 28, 7:00 P.M.

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