Eat Up, Party Down

Come hang out with us and a bevy of Pittsburgh's top chefs at the Best Restaurants Party at Heinz Field.

Photo by Laura Petrilla

Catch 'Star Chef' Severino on Monday
Justin Severino already had a luminous culinary career when he officially opened his first restaurant, Cure, late last year. “Coming to work every day where everything looks, sounds and tastes the way I want it to be, and having the love and passion for what I do, it’s hard for customers not to appreciate that,” says Severino, our 2013 Star Chef.
He’s been in the regional and national spotlight recently, with a nomination from Bon Appetit for operating one of its “50 Best New Restaurants” of 2012. Severino continues to receive attention because he maintains solid relationships with local farms, butchers and cures meats in-house, and continuously shares ideas with fellow culinarians.

Because he has cooked in kitchens on the West Coast and previously owned a butcher shop, he is an example for young chefs and an expert on charcuterie. His process yields food that showcases traditional farming and cooking methods, as well as creative, interesting flavor combinations.

Read our Best Restaurants feature for the full scoop on Cure and this year’s hottest eateries. And catch Severino at the Best Restaurants Party, held Monday at Heinz Field.

(Cure, 5336 Butler St., Lawrenceville;
— Valentina, PM Restaurant Critic

Ina Garten serves as chair at Sewickley fundraiser
Ina Garten, best-selling author and host of Food Network show “Barefoot Contessa,” will be in Pittsburgh Saturday for the annual Hamptons in the Heights celebration. Garten is serving as the honorary chairperson for the event at the Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley Heights.

The Hamptons in the Heights embraces all the glories of summer —  fresh air, food, gardens and the gathering of the community —  to benefit the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Inspired by the Hamptons communities in New York, the shindig’s agenda includes elegant cocktails, live entertainment, dinner, an auction and croquet on the lawn. Indoor and outdoor spaces come to life to support one of the nation’s largest botanic gardens.

(The Hamptons in the Heights, Allegheny Country Club, 250 Country Club Road, Sewickley; Saturday at 7 p.m.; contact Kitty Vagley at 412/444-4464,;
— Abby Maddigan, PM Editorial Intern

Head to Washington County for discounted all-clad items
Local foodies, pay attention: The bi-annual All-Clad sale is taking place right now. In Washington County, the fairgrounds have been converted into a makeshift storefront filled with pots, pans and more from the popular cookware brand. Loyal patrons know they can save quite a bit at this event, so most folks will load up on supplies. Good news: Credit cards will be accepted. Looks like you can even get holiday shopping done early this year; surely there’s an aspiring chef in your life who needs a new saute pan.

(All-Clad Factory Outlet Sale, Washington Fairgrounds, 2151 N. Main St., Washington; today and tomorrow;
— Kristina Martin, PM Associate Editor

Fresh goods abound at Strip District Saturday Market
A few weeks ago, locals brought back Farmers @ Firehouse, which offers lots of colorful fruits and veggies. Going strong for 10 years, this Saturday market attracts droves of folks in search of farm-fresh goods; purveyors, bakers and farmers visit from all over the region. Bring a few totes and some cash, and plan to have a cooking marathon after your visit. There’s so much good stuff for sale that you’ll be inspired to buy everything.
(Farmers @ Firehouse, 2216 Penn Ave., Strip District; tomorrow from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.;
— KM

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