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Point Park in Spain

Our former apprentice Sara Payne is in Spain and Portugal this month with Point Park University’s International Media course. She and other journalism students are blogging about their experiences. Here are some snippets from their travels… Sara Payne “There are so many nuances that a foreign visitor to the bullfighting ring might miss. The crowd is constantly judging the bull and... Read More

Chef-restaurateur busy with 5 Pittsburgh eateries

By Kaitlyn Costanzo, Point Park News Service: Brian Pekarcik isn’t slowing down, with his restaurants that is. Pekarcik, 39, co-owner and head chef of five restaurants – Spoon, Grit & Grace, Willow and two BRGR locations — in Pittsburgh, said he is always looking to evolve and grow with his businesses. The quirky and energetic chef shares his original career plans,... Read More

Brew Gentlemen look to expand beyond Braddock

By Drew Frichtel, Point Park News Service: Two young entrepreneurs developed an adventurous mission to create craft beer while still attending Carnegie Mellon University. They acted on their dream, developed a Kickstarter campaign that yielded more than $32,000 and found unlikely support from Braddock’s mayor. Now, they are one catalyst for the re-birth of a former steel town. “What do you say... Read More

Brothers bring authentic Mexican food to Pittsburgh

By Don Noel Ranasinghe, Point Park News Service: Mevan Dissanayake picked up a soft-shell taco covered in hot salsa. Without any hesitation, he took a bite from it as the salsa and pieces of pork carnitas fell off the taco onto the plate. “Oh, man. This is delicious, so much flavor in one bite,” Dissanayake said with a mouthful. Dissanayake was... Read More

Pierogi Fest adds sweet variety to savory tradition

  By Sara Payne, Point Park News Service: Chocolate cupcakes may be sweet, but Gwyn Zollinger is taking a chance on sour. The owner of Happy Camper Cupcakes will be swapping her batter’s usual ingredient, vinegar, for sauerkraut juice and some of the fermented vegetable. Zollinger’s pierogie-inspired cakes will be found among hot dogs, tacos and other dishes modeled after... Read More

Pittsburgh juice companies provide healthy options

By Annie Stephan, Point Park News Service: When Steve Bland found he was unable to replenish essential nutrients and vitamins while doing yoga on a regular basis, he began seeking out a way in which to fulfill the nutrient void. He started juicing. Sherry Quinn, owner of GOODLife juices, said her business was also the brainchild of a yoga practice. After... Read More

Pittsburgh chefs serve up Thanksgiving to go

By Liz Furrer, Point Park News Service: Five years ago, John Dziadyk received so many phone calls about whether his restaurant offered Thanksgiving dinner takeout that he decided to try it. Now he receives 30 takeout dinner orders per year. Across town, executive chef John Fraser will serve homemade cranberry orange relish, and Jeanne Lewis will mash three hundred to... Read More