A most yummy giveaway

WINNERS! Pittsburgh Magazine was kind enough to give me TWO sets of tickets. Random.org chose #2 and #141 as the winners. They have been notified.

Hear ye, hear ye!

I have in my hands (virtual hands, that is) a pair of tickets (virtual tickets, that is) to the Pittsburgh Magazine Best Restaurants Party taking place next Monday.

Here are the details:

Monday, May 24, 2010
6-8:30 p.m.
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Pre-Registration: $95 Feb. 1, 2010 through May 21, 2010 at 4 p.m.
Registration at the door: $110 (unless sold out)

For the past four years, the Best Restaurants Party has SOLD OUT!

Basically what happens is you go and EAT FOOD FROM 60 DIFFERENT RESTAURANTS!

And it’s an over 21 event and that means psst liquor!

Food! Drink! Fun! Me!

My husband and I will be there, too, stuffing our faces full of delicious local cuisine. Me probably more than him because he has a thing called willpower and I have a thing called Cookiemonsteritis, that is, if you cook it, I will eat it.

This giveaway is valued at at least $190.

To enter, simply leave a comment and so you have something to say, tell me the best thing you’ve ever eaten at a restaurant.

Mine, and I’ll purposefully not say a dish from my own restaurant, is easily strawberry crepes from Cafe Zola in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

One comment per valid email address. Leave a comment before 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, May 19 at which time I’ll use Random.org to select the winning comment number.

See you at the party! I’ll be the carb-comafied, slightly tipsy chick with exploding buttons being carried out by her long-suffering husband.


  1. Natalie
    May 19, 2010 12:23 pm

    the vegetarian tasting menu at legume!

  2. james
    May 19, 2010 12:26 pm

    Octopus salad at Nage of Rehoboth Beach, DE.

  3. alex
    May 19, 2010 12:28 pm

    Red Tofu curry from the Lemongrass Cafe of downtown Pittsburgh.

  4. jamie
    May 19, 2010 12:31 pm

    Tuna tartare with taro chips at Firefly on Fremont St. in Las Vegas.

  5. Michele
    May 19, 2010 12:31 pm

    Pittsburgh – live and die – food and all: the best a blue cheese burger at Tessaros! History, family, the Harrington Family dazzling personality, amazing food and dinner with my family in the best city: Pittsburgh. Mmmmnnnnhhh.

  6. Tiffany
    May 19, 2010 12:35 pm

    I would have to say the oysters in Cape Cod were pretty awesome! However, anything I have ever eaten at Alla Famiglia in Allentown is to-die-for!

  7. J
    May 19, 2010 12:38 pm

    Impossible to decide! But it had to be somewhere in France.

  8. Negar
    May 19, 2010 12:39 pm

    mmmmm Persian food! Love it! want it here in Pittsburgh.

  9. Chandra Holback
    May 19, 2010 12:43 pm

    Thin strips of Kobe beef cooked on a hot stone at Japonias in Chicago. I can honestly taste it now thinking about it.

  10. JPH
    May 19, 2010 12:43 pm

    I’ve been to the event before and it is great. Some of the best food in Pittsburgh.

  11. MomOfThree
    May 19, 2010 12:44 pm

    Anything from the Back Porch restaurant in Lower Speers, PA. The atmosphere is incredible too:)

  12. Rose
    May 19, 2010 12:48 pm

    Speaking of Ann Arbor, I have to say the Brewery Steak Sandwich (Grilled hanger steak, sliced between crispy potato cakes with melted cheddar, bacon and porter créme fraiche)from the Grizzly Peak, although I fondly call it the heart attack on a plate, washed down by a pint of the Steelhead Red.

  13. Der Burghermeister
    May 19, 2010 12:50 pm

    Honeymoon…Sorrento, Italy…bizarre-looking red fish presented on ice, freshly caught from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The cooked preparation was so simple, yet mouth-watering and unforgettable. The light smell of lemon trees wafting in the background didn’t hurt either. Even if I don’t win, thanks for transporting me for a few minutes to a special time spent on the Amalfi Coast. Put it on your bucket list people!

  14. Kristen
    May 19, 2010 1:30 pm

    Garden fresh eggplant parm made by Jonathan R.

  15. Amanda
    May 19, 2010 1:37 pm

    Fried Mac and Cheese from the Cheesecake factory

  16. mis
    May 19, 2010 1:43 pm

    Steak at Ruth Chris!

  17. Stephanie M
    May 19, 2010 1:46 pm

    Fried Ice Cream! ….(from Las Velas)

  18. ShanLin1022
    May 19, 2010 1:50 pm

    the gyro pretzel from the pretzel shop.

  19. Mama Moose
    May 19, 2010 1:53 pm

    How to choose? Probably the 4 course tasting menu at Bacchanalia in Atlanta.

  20. burghgal
    May 19, 2010 1:56 pm

    Tamari – the seviche, Tamari and TNT rolls, I could lick the plates clean (and probably have) :)

  21. Liz
    May 19, 2010 2:06 pm

    Oysters in a little shack of a restaurant by the beach in Brazil

  22. Mike
    May 19, 2010 2:08 pm

    I don’t know if it is the best, but any time in am in Anchorage Alaska I have to make a Stop off at the Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria.

  23. Javier
    May 19, 2010 2:17 pm

    Everything on the cruise I took a few years ago! Also, hope I win so I can do some networking since I’m going to culinary school and graduating soon.

  24. Ann
    May 19, 2010 2:21 pm

    Panna cotta with chocolate sauce at Donna Rosa in Positano, Italy.

  25. lovesthenorthside
    May 19, 2010 2:45 pm

    right now all i can think of is a bowl of mussels at the “point” in point breeze. had to ask for extra bread to soak up all the juices…

  26. sg
    May 19, 2010 2:59 pm

    Our friends’ sit-down wedding dinner at Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, CA. Chef Palmer was there in the kitchen that weekend and the food and atmosphere was glorious.

  27. Nic
    May 19, 2010 3:16 pm

    Sounds Yummy!

  28. daryl
    May 19, 2010 3:18 pm

    Simple steak/baked potato/salad dinner for our anniversary at Hartner’s in Cranbery with my DH 4 or 5 years straight – then poof! gone and replaced by a bank (I think). Will never stop missing it!

  29. Mike
    May 19, 2010 5:50 pm

    My favorite restaurant meals were not in Pgh, but I might be persuaded with the tickets.

    (1) Tacos in Belize
    (2) Breakfast tacos and migas at numerous places in Austin, TX
    (3) Extra moist beef brisket at many southern BBQ joints