Summer Restaurant Week 2013 is just two days away! And what better way to celebrate than with a fabulous food-sampling soiree at Pittsburgh’s own National Aviary. (That’s right, we’re home to not just any old aviary, but THE National Aviary! Think about that for a minute, Cleveland and Philly!)
At the Kick-Off Party, there were fourteen different RW-participating restaurants passing out goodies, in addition to a full selection of wine, beer, and cocktails. DJ Digital Dave spun tunes for the guests, and of course, there was plenty of socializing and chatting about Restaurant Week planning to be done. After you were done enjoying the food and drinks, you could wander through the exhibits at the Aviary and meet the birds (even if, like me, you’re a little terrified of them). With that being said, there are a TON of photos of the evening, so from here on out, this post will be simply a photo post with small captions. Enjoy!!
Caprese salad with tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and balsamic reduction from Skinny Pete’s Kitchen in Bellevue.
Mint melon gazpacho from Pino’s in Point Breeze.
Crabmeat endive from River City Grille in the Pittsburgh Marriott North.
Bacon mac & cheese from Hambone’s in Lawrenceville (so excited – this is our Saturday night dinner for RW!).
Tomatoes stuffed with quinoa, black beans, mushrooms, red onion, and corn, & empanadas with olives, pork, and tomatillo salsa from Alma Pan Latin Kitchen in Regent Square.
Watermelon salad from Root174 in Regent Square.
Korean Duck taco with squash aioli and pickled vegetable from Bistro 19 in Mt. Lebanon.
Pineapple salsa sausage sandwiches from Texas de Brazil in Station Square.
Chimichurri vinaigrette braised sirloin from the Capital Grille downtown.
Cajun shrimp and grits from James Street Gastropub in the North Side.
Braised rabbit mousse with fennel from Lola Bistro on the North Side.
A triple-feature from Cornerstone in Aspinwall: roasted red pepper on crostini, scallop ceviche with blueberry & watermelon, and duck confit with salsa.
After enjoying the food, we took a short trip through the Aviary to check out the birds.
Final treat of the evening: shrimp, kielbasa, smoked pineapple chunk, and curried polenta from Kaleidoscope Cafe in Lawrenceville.
So! Hopefully looking over these pictures has given you some ideas of where you’d like to eat, if you’re still trying to plan your schedule for the week. Here’s where we’ll be dining:
Monday: The Carlton
Tuesday: blogger dinner at Sausalido
Wednesday: dinner at the Terrace Room
Thursday: dinner at Up! Modern Italian
Friday: lunch at Stone Neapolitan Pizzeria and late-night tapas at Ibiza
Saturday: late night dinner at Hambone’s
Sunday: dinner at the Capital Grille
It’s an ambitious 8 meals in 7 days, but we’re pumped about supporting our local restaurant scene. Check back late each evening, as I’ll be posting blog entries following the meals. Where are you eating for Restaurant Week? Any challenges or themes you’ve set for yourself? We’d love to hear! And if you’re a fellow food blogger and will be going to the blogger dinner on Tuesday night, we’ll see you there!