Announcing Harry’s Chef Pop No. 23: The Ordinary Pizzeria with James Beard Award Winner Mike Lata

MikeLata Headshot.Gately WIlliamsIt’s time for another announcement!  With last week’s three knockout off-festival events in the bag (The Gramercy Room photos coming soon here), we are proud and titillated to announce tickets are now live here for our next chef pop up, Tuesday, April 8… THE ORDINARY PIZZERIA!

After esteemed visiting guests Gabrielle Hamilton, Jonathan Waxman, Marc Vetri, Jonathon Sawyer, Kevin Sbraga, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Paul Grieco, Chris Hastings, Hugh Acheson, Andrew Carmellini, Mindy Segal, Paul Kahan, April Bloomfield, Bill Telepan, Joey Campanaro, Jeff Michaud, Matthew Accarrino, Michael Solomonov, Ben Ford, and John Currence, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette, and Jenn Louis, Michael is thrilled to welcome James Beard Award-winning chef Mike Lata to take over Harry’s Pizzeria on Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 PM and we are expecting extraordinary things from The Ordinary Pizzeria.

Trust us, he’s fun. The whole package. Many of us including me have dined at his flagship restaurant FIG in Charleston, SC, which he opened in 2003 with Partner Adam Nemirow.  It was not surprisingly just nominated for a 2014 Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Service.  Michael has cooked with Mike at the Charleston Wine & Food Festival, and we’ve spent some quality time most recently in Palm Beach at its festival this past December.

In December 2012, Lata and Nemirow opened The Ordinary, a classic oyster bar and seafood hall in Charleston’s Upper King district, to much local and national acclaim. The James Beard Foundation has nominated The Ordinary as Best New Restaurant in 2013, and GQ, Esquire and Bon Appétit also named it one of the best restaurants of the year.

A native New Englander, Mike started his culinary career at an early age, working in kitchens in Boston, New Orleans, Atlanta and France before landing in Charleston in 1998. Mike is a hands-on, self-taught chef who continues to delight making the most basic things delicious, creating food that is bright, uncomplicated and understated. His longstanding and outspoken commitment to support local farmers, fishermen and purveyors has cemented his position as a notable champion for Charleston’s flourishing culinary renaissance. Mike is an active member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, co-founder of the Charleston Slow Food convivium, and the Official Charleston Representative for the Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau.

When he’s not in the kitchen, Mike can be found hitting the links, riding his prized Ducati motorcycles, or enjoying life with his wife, Emilee, and their son, Henry.

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