PittGirl discoverers the amazing work of Pittsburgh artist Kathryn Carr ... and also, bacon salt.
I recently attended Pittsburgh Magazine's Best Restaurants party at Heinz Field, where I was exposed to foods I hadn't yet tasted, restaurants I hadn't yet patronized, chefs I hadn't yet met, and most importantly … bacon salt.
Bacon salt! Tamari rimmed a bloody mary with bacon salt and changed my life. How did I survive before bacon salt? What sorts of things can I smother with bacon salt? Would it be unhealthy to just eat bacon salt with a spoon? A straw? Would I die and go to heaven if I put bacon salt on a fried egg? Would that necessarily be a bad thing?
As you can see, my bacon horizons have been expanded.
In addition to bacon salt, I learned that Cioppino makes a key lime pie with a macadamia nut crust that I'll never forget, that the chef at Osteria 2350 has a house-made meatball in pork confit sauce that was easily the best meatball I've ever had in my life (even though I have no idea what a confit is), and that Erie Brewing's Railbender Ale is just really good craft beer.
Another discovery? The amazing work of Pittsburgh-born artist Kathryn Carr, who taught herself the detailed and painstaking craft of the German paper-cutting art Scherenschnitte.
You can visit her website for a sampling of her beautiful, whimsical pieces that often have storybook themes such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red Riding Hood. At the Best Restaurants party, up for auction was this fantastic 8 x 10 Pittsburgh-themed print that started a bidding war unseen on the other wonderful auction items:
I wish I could tell you that you could go online and purchase this piece, but the nature of her painstaking and time-consuming work doesn't really lend itself to mass production. You can however get this Pittsburgh-themed cut on a greeting card at several stores around town (visit her site to see which stores):
Wouldn't that make a great Father's Day card?
And marvel at the emotion that is brought out with this 13×13 piece called "Cycling Over Pittsburgh."
She does custom work and you can visit her website for that information and to see where she'll be showing her work in the coming months. Her next appearance is at the I Made It Market from July 13-15.
Now I'm going to email her and see about a custom piece that shows me punting a pigeon to high heaven. That's whimsical, right?