Notion Relocating to the East End

Plus, Monday jazz at Park Bruges and cookie classes at Sweetwater Center in Sewickley.

notion photo by Laura Petrilla

Racicot intends to move notion elsewhere; open new eatery in its space

For Dave Racicot, seasoned chef and owner of notion, taking a leap of faith seemed logical. After opening the doors to his Oakmont eatery one year ago, he decided it was time to make a change: notion will relocate to the East End, and, in turn, Racicot will prepare its space for its successor, a community restaurant.

While that's great, there's a bit of sad news: After Dec. 17, loyal patrons will have to wait 'til May 2012 to once again try Racicot's incredible creations—notion is favored for the unique preparation styles and flavor combinations like beets with crispy yogurt, grapefruit and black currant (pictured, photo by Laura Petrilla). Obviously, this is not goodbye—Racicot will shine at the new eatery, 314 Pasta & Prime, and again at notion upon its anticipated opening in East Liberty. Best wishes to Racicot and his team!

(314 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont. Service through Dec. 17: Tues.-Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat., 5-10 p.m. Info: 412/828-7777,
-Kristina Martin, PM Associate Editor


On Monday, Park Bruges will turn into jazz club

With all the hustle and bustle that comes with the holiday season, most people are looking for a reprieve from the constant deal-hunting, decorating and gift wrapping. If your idea of relaxing is enjoying some great local food and jazz music then Bruges Jazz Mondays might just be the break for you.

The monthly event was conceived by Park Bruges owner Jesse Seager and local musician Hill Jordan as a way to celebrate jazz year-round. Slide Worldwide, the eatery's house band, is led by Jordan and headlines each month, with a variety of special musical guests.

“This the third one we've done,” says Seager. “We pretty much transform into the neighborhood jazz club.”

Jazz, however, is just one draw of the event: A special, ever-changing menu is offered during each Jazz Monday, with December’s lineup including dishes like gumbo, homemade potato chips with Maytag blue-cheese dip and mussels in a diablo tomato sauce. Clearly, you're going to need something to wash down all the tasty grub, so be sure to take advantage of the beer specials, too. Bruges Jazz Mondays are held the first Monday of every month and December’s is just around the corner.

(Jazz Mondays at Park Bruges, 5801 Bryant St., Highland Park. Mon., Dec. 5; doors open at 6:30 p.m. No cover. Info: 412/661-3334,  
-Rob McCoy, PM Editorial Intern


Learn how to whip up perfect cookies at Sweetwater

This holiday season, don’t waste your time scrubbing dough off the wall or hoping that your burnt cookie trays can be salvaged. The answer to your cookie-baking troubles is Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley. Head over for any one of the classes, like the annual Holiday Cookies class that'll take place the evening of Dec. 13. Taught by trained chef Stephanie Finn, you are sure to have fun and learn something, regardless of your culinary background. “What’s important to me is that each student goes home with an improved ability to interpret and alter their favorite recipes,” Finn says. In addition to baking four different kinds of cookies, you'll have a chance to decorate, while also receiving tips on packaging the goodies as gifts—that is if you don’t eat them all yourself.

(Sweetwater Center for the Arts, 200 Broad St., Sewickley. Sat., Dec. 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Pre-registration required: $50 members, $65 nonmembers; BYOB. Info:

-Nicholas Rushe, PM Marketing Intern

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