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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

The secret life of a beekeeper

By Akasha Chamberlain, Point Park News Service: It was the 1970s in Aliquippa, and Mitch Markovich liked his Honda motorcycle and the two neighbor girls down the street, but he didn’t like bees. The tiny black-and-yellow honey-makers scared him, but the Rogish sisters loved honey about as much as they liked riding on Markovich’s motorcycle, which is to say, quite... Read More

Little Chef Great Food

By Amey Michelle, Point Park News Service: Welcome to the world of cooking for both novice and experience cooks! I have been cooking ever since I could properly stir ingredients in a bowl without making a mess. I wanted to go to school for cooking but knew that it could be a good back-up. Instead, I use my broadcasting and programming... Read More

Market strives to be first historic living building

Andrew Goldstein, Point Park News service: Schwartz Living Market is not a spectacle people come from all over to see. It is not much different than any other building in South Side, at least not in a way anyone would notice just walking by. The building’s wooden floor is plain to see, but patrons might not know the owners had... Read More

Pierogies take center stage at food expo

By Chelsea Cibella, Point Park News Service: Pittsburghers will soon know the answer to who makes the best pierogi in the ‘burgh. The second annual Hometown-Homegrown Food Expo at the Heinz History Center will be held Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in partnership with Good Taste! Pittsburgh. The theme last year was the cookie table, something Museum... Read More

Mouthwatering Market Square meals, quality eats for under $10

By Justin Druga, Point Park News Service: At NOLA on the Square, you can get a wood-fired flatbread with mozzarella, red onions and basil pesto at lunch for $9. The Sienna burger at Sienna Sulla Piazza in Market Square is loaded with house-dried herbs, tomato-basil jam and ProvoNello provolone cheese on Italian bread for $10. Two beef, chicken or steak tacos... Read More

Consumers go local in Western Pa.

By Donna Winnick The Pioneer Tim Hileman, a produce farmer at Kistaco Farm, thought about getting federal organic certification for his products at Western Pennsylvania farmer’s markets, but found the process so difficult that he has decided to promote them only as “locally grown.” However, some vendors still feel that getting their organic certification is a necessary step for a successful business. Joe Sampson,... Read More

Just Harvest promoting seeds of change

By Pamela Diana Point Park News Service Just Harvest opened its doors in 1987 in a closed-down church with a staff of three and a budget of $80,000. The program gains credibility in the 1990s through its study on childhood hunger gets additional funding and moves into an old high school. Today it’s located in the Terminal Building with a... Read More

The Diva Chef dishes on real life

By Richelle Szypulski Point Park News Service Growing up in a single-parent household, Elise Wims needed to learn to cook at a young age, but it wasn’t enough for her to just put a meal on the table. She’s always liked a challenge. “It started as a have-to kind of thing, but I felt a passion for it,” Wims said.... Read More