Rock the Vote

Help local chef Kevin Sousa win Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chef honor.

Kevin Sousa (right) works on the line at Salt of the Earth, Garfield.

Photo by Laura Petrilla

Help Sousa win Food & Wine's People's Best New Chef honor
The bits of recognition keep coming for chef Kevin Sousa: On Monday, Food & Wine opened up the voting period for its People's Best New Chef program; among the 10 finalists (of 100 total) in the Mid-Atlantic category was Sousa. He's listed with a number of gifted chefs from Philly and D.C. — so the inclusion alone is a huge honor for the nationally celebrated guy who brought us Salt of the Earth, Union Pig & Chicken, Station Street, Harvard & Highland — and later this year, Magarac.

Want to cast your ballot? Do so by Monday, as results will be announced Tuesday.

Steer and Wheel enters food-truck movement
It's nice to see the demand for our local food trucks continue to increase — so much so that others are inspired to get involved (and, you know, feed us). On Monday, the Steer and Wheel truck will roll out for the first time, making its debut at 4 p.m. in Braddock (on Braddock Avenue).
The drool-worthy lineup lists more than 20 burger varieties (in patty options like beef, veggie and turkey), but a minimum of six will be offered on any given day. And of course, there are perfectly crispy fries, served plain or creatively seasoned.

Follow the truck's activity on Twitter, and check out the menu if you've got a hankering for some real-deal burgers (and fries).

See green at Double Tapped
Tomorrow's the day everyone becomes temporarily Irish, as they celebrate St. Patrick's Day by heading downtown for the parade (and visit local watering holes, pubs and classic spots after to grab some green grub and libations). But why not start a new tradition?
At Double Tapped, held tomorrow at Bar Marco, five bands will play during the five-hour stretch. And there will be plenty of food and drinks (including beer from Brew Gentlemen) — and people to meet. Even better: There's an after-party at Fukuda, where Japanese eats will be served … in Little Italy … on a day celebrating the Irish. Only in Pittsburgh.

(Double Tapped at Bar Marco, 2216 Penn Ave., Strip District, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $10 entry fee, $5 per food and drink item; after party from 4-9 p.m. at Fukuda, 4770 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield;

Visit Bryant Street for full foodie experience
We know it's still cold outside, but you can't hibernate forever. Here's a brief weekend dining play-by-play in Highland Park (hope you're hungry!).
First, grab starters at E2, chef Kate Romane’s first solo project. While the menu changes often, you really can’t pick a bad “OMG” item (as in, “Ohmygosh — I’m so hungry!”); among winning choices are the white beans and the Gorgonzola mess, served with housemade focaccia.

Venture across the street to Smiling Banana Leaf for sublime Thai fare; classics include green curry, cashew chicken or (of course) pad Thai.

If you're searching for sweets, pop in Park Bruges and try one of chef Susie Treon's expertly made desserts, like the caramel-apple tart.

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