Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Mag's Best-Ofs Include Tessaro's, Pamela's

IN THE NEWS: Pittsburgh magazine's Best of 2007 readers picks include: Bruster's, Ice Cream; Sonoma Grille, Wine List; The Harris Grill, Outdoor Dining; Ruth's Chris Steak House, Fine Dining; Tessaro's, Hamburger; Primanti Brothers, Lunch Spot; Blue Horse Coffee, Coffee Shop; Pamela's, Breakfast Spot; and Prantle's Bakery, Bakery. ... The magazine's Deborah McDonald reviews The Cafe at the Frick (7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze, 412-371-0600. pittsburghmagazine.com ... The Post-Gazette's Bob Batz Jr. reports on a memorial tribute to Joe Chiodo, who for five decades ran Chiodo's Tavern in Homestead, to be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at the historic Pump House at The Waterfront, Munhall. Chiodo died Aug. 26 at age 89. For more details, call 412-381-0882. ... Munch visits Grill 747 (1502 East Carson St., South Side. 412-381-2072). ... Elwin Green examines the summer closing of The Mighty Dog hot dog and sandwich shop off Frankstown Road. post-gazette.com ... The Tribune-Review's Mark Houser reviews Del's Bar & Ristorante DelPizzo (4428 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield, 412-683-1448), while Michael Machosky considers Remedy (5121 Butler St., Lawrenceville, 412-781-6771), and Kellie Gormley reviews Little Athens of Sewickley (518 Locust Place, 412-741-1230). pittsburghlive.com ... City Paper's Angelique Bamburg and Jason Roth review Tomato Pie Cafe (885 East Ingomar Road, Allison Park. 412-364-6622), while Colleen Van Tassell considers Kretchmar's Bakery (664 Third St., Beaver. 724-774-2324, www.kbakery.com). pittsburghcitypaper.ws

Zagat Buzz reports that to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the James Beard Foundation is hosting a series of food festivals and special dinners in 20 cities nationwide. The events kick off on September 18th in New York with a lavish menu inspired by Beard at Four Seasons. The celebrations continue the next week with elaborate dinners cooked by first-rate toques in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Short Hills, NJ and Washington, DC. All of the events are unique, with different chef lineups and dining formats ranging from gala dinners to walk-around tastings, so check the individual city pages for details. Though prices for the dinners vary, all of them will be followed up on September 29th with special events at local Williams-Sonoma stores where chefs will be offering cooking demos, book signings, specialty food tastings and kids' educational activities free of charge. For more information about the event, logon to www.jbftasteamerica.com. zagat.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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