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PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE INTRODUCES
‘ 16TH ANNUAL BEST RESTAURANTS PARTY’

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Pittsburgh’s most popular strolling supper party has gourmet food,
wine and spirits, culinary demonstrations, celebrity chefs, sweet confections, live entertainment, a silent auction and fabulous prizes.

PITTSBURGH— WQED Multimedia presents PITTSBURGH magazine’s 16th Annual Best Restaurants Party at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Monday, June 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Once again, chefs from Pittsburgh’s finest restaurants will gather in one room for one spectacular strolling supper party. The hottest meal ticket in town not only features “The Best 25” restaurants the region has to offer, but also showcases dining “Legends,” the “Chef of the Year,” “Rising Star Chefs,” the “Best New Restaurant,” “Delicious Design” Awardee, and the top winners in PITTSBURGH magazine’s “Readers’ Poll.” All will be serving up their signature dishes or desserts for sampling, complemented by select wines, spirits and beverages.

Each year, the PITTSBURGH magazine Blue Ribbon Committee, composed of local food and wine experts, sets out to pick the best of the best. New this year is the “Community Contribution Award,” honoring those individuals whose outstanding culinary contributions have impacted the community.

“This year’s “Best 25” list represents the heartbeat of Pittsburgh, with restaurants that are diverse and familiar,” said Betsy Benson, publisher/editor of PITTSBURGH magazine. “Diverse because they will take your appetite around the world, and familiar because they’re just around the corner.”

A complete list of winners, including the Blue Ribbon Committee picks and results of the annual “Readers’ Poll,” appear in the June issue of PITTSBURGH magazine, on sale now.

Back by popular demand are the demonstration areas featuring activities throughout the evening. Scheduled to appear are Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, host of the PBS series Lidia’s Family Table, as well as Lidia’s Italian Table and Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen, owner of Felidia and Becco in New York City, Lidia’s Pittsburgh and Kansas City, and author of numerous cookbooks; Bill Fuller, Award-winning Corporate Chef of Big Burrito Restaurant Group, and “Crate” cooking school instructor; and Chris Fennimore, WQED’s program director and host of ‘QED Cooks, Conventional Cooking and the more than 50 hugely popular WQED cooking marathons.

In addition to demonstrating for diners at the party, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich will cook for an exclusive audience at her award-winning restaurant Lidia’s Pittsburgh on Sunday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. This special fundraising dinner, the first of three, will kick off the 16th Annual Best Restaurants Party, and will feature a menu exclusively designed for WQED from Lidia’s newest cookbook, Lidia’s Family Table. The remaining special dinners will be held at Le Pommier on July 18 and Bona Terra on August 11. Wines for the Lidia’s and Bona Terra dinners are provided by Presque Isle Wine Cellars and Country Wines. Seating is extremely limited. For more information, or to reserve your space, contact Kweilyn Murphy at 412-622-1358 or log onto WQED’s website at www.wqed.org.

The Best Restaurants Party also features a Silent Auction. Items range from autographed Steelers footballs and Pirates Club tickets to cooking classes from In the Kitchen and restaurant certificates to a Swarovski Crystal gift basket. Back again this year is the online Pre-Auction. Log onto www.wqed.org to bid on select items. Once again, local philanthropist and Silent Auction Chair Carolyn Byham will offer lodging in her London flat. Other online items include a five course Chef Tasting for two from Baum Vivant, full subscriptions to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, autographed Mister Rogers’ books, and Yoga classes. Online items will be featured on the WQED website beginning May 27, and bids will be taken up until noon on June 10.

The Howie Alexander Jazz Trio will provide the dinner music, and UMOJA African Arts Company will add to the evening’s festivities.

Preregistration for the 16th Annual Best Restaurants Party is $75 per person; $85 at the door. To register, or for more information, call 412-622-7068 or go to www.wqed.org.

Media please contact Gigi Saladna, WQED’s promotion manager at gsaladna@wqed.org or 412-622-1377.

The 2005 Best 25:
Abay Ethiopian Restaurant
Aqueous
Baum Vivant
Bona Terra
Café Allegro
Café Asia
Café at the Frick
Café Zao
The Carlton
Casbah
Dish
Eleven
Hyeholde
Kaya
Laforêt
Lautrec
La Cucina Flegrea
Le Pommier
Lidia’s
Red Room Café
Soba
Tessaro’s
Typhoon
Umi
Vivo

The 2005 Legends:
The Colony
Grand Concourse
Kiku
LeMont
Louis Tambellini
Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
The Pines Tavern
Poli since 1921
Primanti Bros.
Wooden Angel

Readers’ Poll Best Overall:
Taj Mahal

The 2005 Blue Ribbon Picks:

Best New Restaurant:
Eleven

Chef of the Year:
Brad Kelly (Lautrec)

Rising Star Chefs:
Watcharee and Busaba Tongdee
and Jamie Hill (Typhoon)

Delicious Design:
Eleven

Community Contribution:
Jane Citron (Writer, teacher, epicurean)
Susie Treon (Chef and food expert)

The 2005 Best Restaurant Sponsors are Alpha Graphics, Bobby Rahal Automotive Group, Flowers in the Attic, LAMAR Advertising, Marktfrau, Inc., Penn Brewing, Pepsi Bottling Group, Presque Isle Wine Cellars, available at the Wine Shoppe at Country Wines, Robinson Town Centre, Seton Hill University, Tobacco Free Allegheny and UMOJA African Arts Company.

Special thanks: Jim Cunningham, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Dollar Bank, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt since 1945, Howie Alexander Trio, J.B. Kreider Co., J.V. Chujko, Levy Restaurants, Mr. McFeely and Family Communications, Inc., Ted Sohier, and Tyler Mountain Water & Coffee Service.

PITTSBURGH magazine, Pittsburgh’s Number One magazine, keeps readers connected to a changing region with coverage ranging from arts and culture, health care and economic development to celebrity interviews and family activities. WQED Multimedia’s publishing division includes PITTSBURGH magazine, WEDDINGS magazine and HOME AND GARDEN magazine. To subscribe, call 1-800-495-READ or go to www.wqed.org

WQED Multimedia provides educational, cultural and informational products and services that enhance and engage the community. It is the parent company of WQED tv13, WQEX – your America’s Store channel, WQED fm89.3, WQEJ fm89.7/Johnstown, a publishing division that includes PITTSBURGH magazine, local and national television and radio productions, www.wqed.org and the WQED Education and Community Resource Center.

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