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Manhattan Beach Chefs Represent at The Taste

Sep 04, 2016 03:40PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Burrata heirloom tomato toast from Manhattan House

Manhattan Beach has made its mark on the Los Angeles culinary scene, making the beach city a destination for diners from across the metropolitan region. This weekend, a handful of Manhattan Beach chefs headed to Los Angeles to serve up some of their most popular dishes at the LA Times' The Taste festival at Paramount Studios.

On hand Friday night for the opening night dinner were Chef David LeFevre of MB Post, Fishing With Dynamite, and The Arthur J; and Chef Michael Fiorelli of Love & Salt.

LeFevre served "The Elvis" - his popular dessert of chocolate pudding, peanut butter mousse, brulee'd banana, and bacon brittle - which he calls "a wonderful mess."

Fiorelli grilled up the "Downlow Burger," a burger with two beef patties topped with aged promontory cheddar, caramelized onions, housemade pickles, and tomato aioli on a brioche bun. The Downlow Burger is a hidden special featured on the late-night menu at Love & Salt.

On Saturday for the "Field to Fork" event, Chef Diana Stavaridis of Manhattan House rolled out her burrata and heirloom tomato toast on housemade bread with sungold cherry tomatoes and basil.

Stavaridis has been working with Manhattan Beach elementary schools to design menu items around fresh vegetables harvested from their school gardens. She said that the "Field to Fork" was one of the guiding principles in her menu design, and continues to receive a positive reception at the restaurant. "People really do appreciate where their food comes from," she said.

The Taste is the LA Times' annual festival celebrating Southern California’s culinary scene. Hosted by The Times food staff and acclaimed chefs and bartenders, The Taste transforms the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot into the ultimate epicurean pop-up and block party over Labor Day weekend. Each of the five events include unlimited tastings from the city’s best kitchens and a variety of wine, spirits and seasonal cocktails.

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