Friday, January 20, 2017

Upcoming Food Events in the Burg

Pittsburgh is currently being reconized nationally as a great food city. And it keeps getting better! If you'd like to test the prowess of some of the area's best chefs here are a few suggestions on upcoming culinary events.

Soba's Year of the Fire Rooster

Fire roosters are known to be punctual, so Soba  celebrating the holiday in the days running up to and including the Chinese new year. Chef Lily Tran's tasting menu is bold and assertive with four mainland-inspired courses. Roosters and non-roosters alike are invited to be the center of Soba's attention.

The fire monkey is finally behind us! Enjoy a prosperous and delicious new year.

First Course
Bay scallop, mapo style asparagus and smoked tofu salad, pork soup dumpling
paired with m. Chapoutier Belleruche Rosè
Côtes-du-Rhone, France 2015

Second Course
Grilled quail, soy, scallion, Chinese broccoli, ginger, shallot, Sichuan pepper
paired with Jones of Washington Viognier
Columbia Valley, Washington 2014

Third Course
Striped bass, stir fried tofu skin, Napa cabbage, spicy broth, bok choy, lotus root, red chili, jasmine rice
Paired with Terra Noble Carmenère
Maule Valley, Chile 2015

Fourth Course
Mandarin orange napoleon paired with Acinum nv prosecco
Italy, nv

Tasting menu $40
Wine pairings $25

Soba is located at 5847 Ellsworth Ave. in Shadyside. Phone 412 362-5656.

In February, Kaya Reastaurant in  Pittsburgh's Strip District is beginning its Island Series of dinners.
Its first feature takes you to the birthplace of limbo and the steel pan drum: Trinidad & Tobago. The à la carte menu includes a traditional Trini fried-dough fish sandwich from Maracas Beach and a sweet, creamy Divali dessert favorite. Try these tropical treats before we set sail for the next island in March.

Watercress & Mango Salad: cilantro, sweet peppers, red onion, jalapeño, lime 10
Eggplant Curry: chick peas, sweet potatoes, jasmine rice, cilantro scallion salad 12
Bake & Shark: lettuce, tomato, tamarind, cilantro, hot sauce, fried bread 15
Stewed Oxtail: roasted potatoes, carrots, spicy onion rings 15
Goolab Jamoon & Coconut Sorbet 9
Soba is located at 5847 Ellsworth Ave. in Shadyside. Phone 412 362-5656.

On February 25, Q Ball, Quantum Theatre's Annual Gala Benefit is lighting up the Union Trust Building in Downtown Pittsburgh with magica recreations of famous Pre-Raphaelite paintings

Besides the stunning art, the gala invitation mentions  music, a unique live auction, dancing and more. But what, you ask, has this got to do with food? The answer is Chef Kate Romane, who will cater the event with "sumptuous food" and delectible libations from her Black Radish Kitchen.  VIP Royal Treatment tickets for the 7 to 9 p.m. gala are a hefty $225.

For those with lighter bank accounts, tickets for the Q Ball's Digital Dance Party later that evening are are $60 in advance, $75 at the door. With music by DJ soy sos, you can dance the night away from 9 p.m. to midnight. The Union Trust Building is located at 501 Grant Street in Downtown Pittsburgh. Phone 412-362-1713.

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