DINNER ON THE FARM – Brooklyn Brewery MASH Tour at Blackberry Meadows

This week ‘Burgh Vivant doffs the tuxedo and martinis on a trip to Blackberry Meadows Farm for DINNER ON THE FARM, part of Brooklyn Brewery’s MASH Tour and a festive roster of events in Pittsburgh June 21st through 28th 2014. Host Brian Edward and Lonnie The Theatre Lady indulge in a feast prepared in collaboration with Chef Andrew Gerson (Brooklyn Brewery), Chef Justin Severino (Cure), and Mike Poiarkoff (Vinegar Hill House), with live music by Union Rye, fresher-than-fresh edibles by local artisans Wild Purveyors, and of course, the fine beers of Brooklyn Brewery. See two of your favorite ‘Burgh Vivants making friends with nature, their road-trip mishaps, and all under the watchful eye of… Jackie Kennedy?? Continue reading “DINNER ON THE FARM – Brooklyn Brewery MASH Tour at Blackberry Meadows”

JACKIE COLLINS – Novelist

Twenty nine-time New York Times best selling novelist Jackie Collins calls in for cocktail hour to dish on her latest venture, The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook. The woman who Louis Malle described as a “raunchy moralist” shares how to make a Jackie Collins Cocktail, her fond memories of Pittsburgh, and more!  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview in audio podcast to learn more about “Lucky” in the kitchen, and Joan Collins most revealing film role!  Continue reading “JACKIE COLLINS – Novelist”

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TONI HAGGERTY – Manager, Primanti Bros., Strip District

HEADLINE: “Cirque du Soleil invades Primanti’s!”  At the world-famous Primanti Bros. restaurant in the Strip District, manager Toni Haggerty has become nearly as well known as the signature french fry and cole slaw topped sandwiches she creates.  But what happens when the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s VEREKAI takes over her kitchen?  Watch as host Brian Edward and Lonnie The Theatre Lady enjoy a classic Primanti’s sandwich, rub bare elbows with Cirque performers, and try to determine whether they’re overdressed or underdressed for the occasion!  And once you’ve heard the inside scoop from Toni’s 40 year+ history with the restaurant, be sure to visit Primanti Bros.’ original location (since 1933) in the Strip District, open 24 hours! Continue reading “TONI HAGGERTY – Manager, Primanti Bros., Strip District”

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Lidia’s Italy Pittsburgh and Wigle Whiskey join forces for pairing dinner

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On Tuesday March 25, 2014 Lidia’s Italy Pittsburgh will present a 4-course Wigle Whiskey Pairing Dinner with their Strip District neighbors, Wigle Whiskey. Executive Chef Jeremy Voytish has prepared a menu featuring classic Italian dishes to be paired with the many nuances of various locally distilled whiskeys.

WATCH/LISTEN: ‘Burgh Vivant’s interview with Executive Chef of Lidia’s Italy Pittsburgh, Jeremy Voytish.

Reservations required. $48 per person plus taxes and gratuities. 

Antipasti:  Gorgonzola stuffed Arancine with shaved Proscuitto San Danielle, extra virgin olive oil.  PAIRING: Ginever – Double Barrel Negroni

Primi:  Bucatini all’Amatriciana, bucatini pasta, crushed tomatoes, smoked bacon.  PAIRING: Wheat – Aged, Neat

Secondo:  Grilled Lamb Scottadito, spinach and herb spaetzel, whiskey balsamic reduction.  PAIRING: Rye – Aged, Rocks

Dolci:  Sicilian Cassata Cake, Landlocked rum soaked cake, sweet ricotta & pistachio crema, chocolate rum pastry cream, candied orange.  PAIRING: Rum – Hot Rum Cider

Reservations may be made by calling 412.552.0150

WATCH/LISTEN: ‘Burgh Vivant’s interview with chef, restauranteur, and author Lidia Bastianich.

 

GARRETT OLIVER – Brewmaster, Brooklyn Brewery

During GoodTaste! Pittsburgh’s 2014 Brew n’ Chew event, the Steel City was visited by world renowned Brewmaster Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery.  ‘Burgh Vivant host Brian Edward swaps his martini for a pint and sits down with the man he’s dubbed “The King of Beer” to find out how Pittsburgh rates as a “beer town,” and just how one ascends to the throne of “Brewmaster!”  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete unedited interview in audio podcast to hear about Brooklyn Brewery’s new Swedish venture, how Pittsburgh and Brooklyn may be sister cities, and the meaning of the Oliverian term “pre-sad.”  And check out ‘Burgh Vivant’s visit to GoodTaste! Pittsburgh’s 2014 Brew n’ Chew HERE.

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CARNEVALE comes to Lidia’s Italy Pittsburgh

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Lidia’s Italy, located at 1400 Smallman Street in the Strip District, will host a special dinner on Tuesday, March 11 at 6pm to celebrate the traditional Italian “Carnevale” festival.

Also known as Mardi Gras, the festival is celebrated in Italy and elsewhere around the world before Easter, as a final party prior to Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. In Italy, the celebration features parades, masquerade balls, music and parties. Festivities can last for several weeks before the official Carnevale date. The amount of grandeur and splendor of the festivities depended on a good harvest, famine or plague.

Masks are also an important part of the Carnevale tradition in Italy, especially in Venice. At Lidia’s, attendees will be given masks to celebrate the dinner in authentic style. Carnevale is a farewell celebration, a time to get it out of your system, so to speak, hiding behind the masks that have become a symbol of the Venetian Carnevale. It is always a time to indulge in culinary delights.

WATCH/LISTEN: ‘Burgh Vivant’s interview with chef, restauranteur, and author Lidia Bastianich.

In Venice and throughout Italy little soft fired pastries are served. In Venice these are called bugie or little lies, that are consumed behind the masks of anonymity. These sweet treats have different names throughout Italy, called chiacchiere in Milan, crostoli in Friuli or cenci in Tuscany.

For the Carnevale dinner, executive chef Jeremy Voytish will prepare a special 5-course menu including:

Antipasti:  Pasta sfoglia con salsicce e pancetta (Ricotta and flour pastry stuffed with house-made sausage, pancetta and Montasio cheese) & Carpaccio con rucola e Grana Padano (Beef carpaccio with wild arugula and shaved Grana Padano)

Primi: Scampetti con polenta (Stone ground white corn polenta, sweet shrimps, EVOO)

Pasta:  Bucatini all’Amatriciana (Bucatini pasta with a crushed tomatoes, garlic, and house cured pancetta)

Secondo: Vitello Saltimbocca (Veal cutlet, prosciutto, sage, brown butter)

Dolci:  Frittelle di mele alla vaniglia (Crispy apple fritters with vanilla)

WATCH/LISTEN: ‘Burgh Vivant’s interview with Executive Chef of Lidia’s Italy Pittsburgh, Jeremy Voytish.

Seats for the dinner are $60 per person, with an option of wine pairing for an additional $25 dollars. For more information or to reserve a ticket please contact 412-552-0150 or visit www.lidias-pittsburgh.com

Heather Cramer, Owner – OLIVE & MARLOWE

“All About EVOO”:  OLIVE & MARLOWE is not only Pittsburgh’s premiere olive oil shop, but an experience and education for the senses.  Owner Heather Cramer introduces host Brian Edward to the vast world of olive oil – its numerous varieties, unusual uses, and even how to get it out of a neck tie!  Witness a sampling of Vanilla Bean infused olive oil, which Heather highly recommends on… ice cream?  And if its good enough for Ben & Jerry’s, its good enough for cocktails, as into the martini it goes!  And speaking of which, listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete interview in audio podcast for more on olive oil cocktails, “food fraud” in the seedy underworld of the olive oil industry, and how this unique East Liberty shop got its start (and its name!). Continue reading “Heather Cramer, Owner – OLIVE & MARLOWE”

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Preview – First Season Menu 2014, LIDIA’S ITALY PITTSBURGH

LIDIA’S ITALY PITTSBURGH provided a feast for the senses last week with the premiere of its FIRST SEASON MENU 2014 – the first season being spring.  And hey, who isn’t optimistic that it will be here soon?  But for sumptuous flavors that comfort in the cold and give a nod to warmer times ahead you needn’t wait.  Hosts Brian and Lonnie take you through the tantalizing tasting while debating their favorites.  Burrata?  You betcha.  The menu boasts a variety of choices sure to suit any palette, and it’s finished off with a cannoli (just like Eli Wallach in The Godfather part III).  What could be better?  Only more!  Listen to “The Full Martini” – the complete unedited episode in audio podcast for more delicious details, and sample the FIRST SEASON menu for yourself at LIDIA’S PITTSBURGH today!  Let us know YOUR favorites! Continue reading “Preview – First Season Menu 2014, LIDIA’S ITALY PITTSBURGH”

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Lidia’s Pittsburgh offers special couples cooking class

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and just in time for Valentine’s Day

PITTSBURGH, PA (January 27, 2014) – Looking to spend some quality, romantic time with your Valentine? How about a couples-only cooking class, learning to make mouth-watering dishes together, directly from one of the most acclaimed chefs in the city?

On Saturday, February 8, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Lidia’s-Pittsburgh executive chef Jeremy Voytish will host a 2-hour Couples Cooking Class at the restaurant (1400 Smallman Street) teaching couples how to make romantic and delicious dishes that they can then prepare together in their own homes.

The Couples Cooking Class will begin at 3pm in the restaurant’s loft. Couples will learn how to make these easy-to-prepare dishes:

· Three Cheese Honey Crostini

· Belgian Endive, Apple and Walnut Salad

· Chocolate Ravioli with Sage Butter and Crumbled Pistachios

· Chocolate Hazelnut Espresso Mouse, Toasted Hazelnuts

After the hands-on class, couples will then enjoy a 5-course dinner at Lidia’s-Pittsburgh as prepared by Chef Voytish and showcasing the recipes from the class along with a delicious Bistecca alla Pizzaiola served with white corn polenta.

“Cooking together can be a great way for couples to connect and to really enjoy each other’s company,” said Chef Voytish. “These dishes are not only easy to prepare and delicious, but each one of them has a romantic twist.”

Space for the Couples Cooking Class is limited and reservations are required. The price is $95 per person for demo and dinner. Tax and gratuity are additional. For more information or to reserve, please call 412.552.0150 or email privatedining@lidias-pittsburgh.com

For more information on Lidia’s-Pittsburgh, please visit www.lidias-pittsburgh.com