Food http://wesa.fm en Meatballs a la Carte with Melissa McCart http://wesa.fm/post/meatballs-la-carte-melissa-mccart <p>As the polar vortex and extreme cold begin to wane, what’s new in the world of Pittsburgh dining?</p><p>Food contributor and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette food writer Melissa McCart discusses how comfort foods are making a comeback at restaurants in Pittsburgh because of this cold season.</p><p>Comfort food, homemade meatballs in particular, have been very popular this winter. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:15:55 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25496 at http://wesa.fm Meatballs a la Carte with Melissa McCart Vegan Pittsburgh Wants To Help You Find Your Next Meal http://wesa.fm/post/vegan-pittsburgh-wants-help-you-find-your-next-meal <p>Pittsburgh’s reputation as a meat and potatoes kind of town is changing. As more diverse cuisine becomes popular, even the most old-school mom-and-pop sandwich shops are expanding their menu options for all dietary needs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Vegan Pittsburgh is a project of Voices for Animals that is making it easier for people looking for vegan food to connect with options by way of a website and decals in restaurant windows.</span></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:26:22 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24985 at http://wesa.fm Vegan Pittsburgh Wants To Help You Find Your Next Meal Thanksgiving & Hanukkah Traditions Converge with Thanksgivukkah http://wesa.fm/post/thanksgiving-hanukkah-traditions-converge-thanksgivukkah <p>This year we will experience a once in a lifetime convergence of holidays. Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah occur on the same day.</p><p>In celebration of what she calls a "Jewish-American mashup," Dana Reichman Gitell, a native of Squirrel Hill, has popularized the term “Thanksgivukkah” <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Thanksgivukkah">online</a>.</p><p>She says most people are tickled by the playful cultural juxtaposition of imagery that can be found on sites like <a href="http://www.moderntribe.com/judaica/thanksgivukkah">Modern Tribe</a>. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 20460 at http://wesa.fm Thanksgiving & Hanukkah Traditions Converge with Thanksgivukkah Pittsburgh's Homestyle Cuisine are Coming into Season http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-homestyle-cuisine-are-coming-season <p>All over the country there has been a resurgence in down-home, comfort foods, especially heading into the winter months. In Pittsburgh home-style meals have never gone out of style and these days regional cuisines are being translated by and for Pittsburgh diners.</p><p>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette restaurant critic <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/more/life/dining/">Melissa McCart</a> notes that Pittsburgh takes great pride in their home-style meals and picked up on another restaurant trend, single concept restaurants. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:11:17 +0000 Nick Frost 18748 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Homestyle Cuisine are Coming into Season Smorgasburgh to Showcase Pittsburgh's Foodie Scene http://wesa.fm/post/smorgasburgh-showcase-pittsburghs-foodie-scene <p>The free beer from <a href="http://portabeer.com/">PortaBeer</a> should be enough to draw a crowd out to the premiere installment of <a href="http://www.yelp.com/events/pittsburgh-smorgasburgh">Smorgasburgh</a>, but it’s the food that will take center stage.</p><p><a href="http://pittsburgh.urbanistguide.com/">Urbanist</a> editor Michael McAllister and local startup investor Kit Mueller are launching Pittsburgh’s first pop-up all food (and beer) flea market on Saturday.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:07:51 +0000 Liz Reid 16710 at http://wesa.fm What's on the Menu for Fall Dining in Pittsburgh? http://wesa.fm/post/whats-menu-fall-dining-pittsburgh <p>If this week’s weather has put you in the mood for Autumnal spices and rich-flavorful comfort foods, you’re in luck. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette restaurant critic <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/more/life/dining/">Melissa McCart</a> says in the coming weeks, roughly&nbsp; 20 new restaurants will be opening in the Pittsburgh area.</p><p>"We're seeing a lot of casual fare. But then again we're also seeing casual small plates with more refined details," says McCart. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:53:48 +0000 Heather McClain 16775 at http://wesa.fm What's on the Menu for Fall Dining in Pittsburgh? Preserving the Harvest, Beyond Canning http://wesa.fm/post/preserving-harvest-beyond-canning <p>Food contributor, Rhonda Schuldt of <a href="http://www.localgoodness.com">LocalGoodness.com</a> knows a number of ways for you to preserve your harvest this time of year. She shares some simple methods which go beyond the process of canning. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:16:10 +0000 Heather McClain 16514 at http://wesa.fm Preserving the Harvest, Beyond Canning A Wide Variety of Authentic Mexican Restaurants for Pittsburghers http://wesa.fm/post/wide-variety-authentic-mexican-restaurants-pittsburghers <p class="p1">Even though the Steel City is hundreds of miles away from the southern border, Pittsburgh has recently seen a rise in restaurants offering authentic Mexican cuisine. The new establishments are finding Pittsburghers to be eager customers.</p><p class="p1">One such customer is food critic <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/more/life/dining/">Melissa McCart</a>. A fan of Mexican food, McCart says these authentic restaurants have brought an increased variety of regional flavors.&nbsp; McCart points to how Pittsburgh has begun to approach a Tex-Mex favorite: the taco.</p><p class="p1">“Six years ago you might not have seen a tongue taco or a chorizo taco, but now you can find them at four or five different places,” says McCart.</p><p class="p1">Although the number of restaurants has been rising, McCart says the important trend is the variety of styles and approaches within the cuisine. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:29:14 +0000 Reid Carter 15366 at http://wesa.fm A Wide Variety of Authentic Mexican Restaurants for Pittsburghers Exhibit Highlights the Role of Food in American Slavery http://wesa.fm/post/exhibit-highlights-role-food-american-slavery <p>Two Pittsburgh institutions are teaming up to show the importance of food in African American slavery.</p><p>The Heinz History Center, along with Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, is hosting “Beyond the Big House Kitchen: A Culinary History of American Slavery,” a demonstration showcasing how African American slaves were able to cook and eat on the run.</p><p>Sarah Rooney, community programs manager for the Heinz History Center, said the exhibit will show the everyday struggles of freedom seekers.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:12:25 +0000 Michael Lynch 13719 at http://wesa.fm Kitchen Conversations with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Food Section and Joey Fatone http://wesa.fm/post/kitchen-conversations-pittsburgh-post-gazette-food-section-and-joey-fatone <p></p><p>We recently teamed up with food writer, <strong>Gretchen McKay</strong>, dining critic <strong>Melissa McCart</strong> and food editor <strong>Bob Batz Jr.</strong>, the folks behind the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/"><strong>Food Section</strong></a> and <strong><a href="http://www.pgplate.com/">PG Plate</a></strong> for a discussion on outdoor cooking trends.</p><p>And just in time for Father's Day, pop music singer, dancer, father and <a href="http://livewellnetwork.com/My-Family-Recipe-Rocks/8432939">cooking show host</a>, Joey Fatone was recently in town for the <a href="http://www.pittsburghclo.org/">Pittsburgh CLO</a> production of <em>42nd Street</em>. So Gretchen made him a classic Pittsburgh dish with a twist in the Post-Gazette Outdoor Test Kitchen. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 02:49:18 +0000 Heather McClain 11333 at http://wesa.fm Kitchen Conversations with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Food Section and Joey Fatone