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NoWait raises $10 Million to advance business

Pittsburgh startup NoWait raised $10 million in venture funding which it plans to use for hiring and the creation of new tools.
 
The application allows iOS and Android users to track their wait times at restaurants and add their names to wait lists before they have arrived at the restaurant. The app also enables restaurant employees to collect phone numbers and send text messages to alert diners that their tables are ready.
 
According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 1,000 restaurants in the United States and Canada such as Buffalo Wild Wings and Texas Roadhouse are already using NoWait to organize their waiting lists.
 
Ware Sykes, Chief Executive of NoWait, says that the company plans to develop technology that allows restaurants to view analytics like how frequently their customers visit them and how much they spend. 

'Thank You, Pittsburgh, For The Greatest Cake America Has Ever Made'

Shadyside’s Prantl’s Bakery got a major shoutout from Huffington Post writer Julie Thomson this week. She proclaimed their burnt almond torte to be the best cake in America. And as she hails from New York City, that’s saying something.

“To say that the burnt almond torte is light and airy doesn't even begin to describe the texture of this cake,” writes Thomson. “It is beyond that. This cake is so airy it tastes like the idea of a cake, one that can only be tasted in the best of dreams.”
 
Except it’s real and you could have it erryday if you wanted because you live in Pittsburgh.

PNC Park is No.7 on list of best ballparks for craft beer

Foodie website, The Daily Meal ranked American ballparks based on craft beer availability and PNC Park came in number seven.  The North Side stadium was lauded for its beautiful views as well as the availability of loads of local beers from breweries including Church Brew Works, East End Brewery and Tröegs.

Beyond local beer, the park also sells brews from national craft brewers including Bell’s, Dogfish Head, Lagunitas and Brooklyn Brewery.

Into drinking beer and baseball? Buy a beer passport ticket, which gets you a discounted seat, plus a pregame beer sampling and $5 of concession credit.

Andrew Zimmern on AZ Canteen, Pharmashilling, and why Pittsburgh is hot

Andrew Zimmern waxes poetic about Pittsburgh's upswing in the past few decades and why we're "the next big thing" in an article from Eater.com

"The geography lends itself, its incredibly lush farmland, and inexpensive city with incredible history. They're renovating 100 year old railroad terminals into city markets. They had chefs who left the city because there was no scene and went to LA, they have the talent to be anywhere in America, and they have come back and can afford to open their own places and do what they want."

To read the rest of his interview click here.

Chef Justin Severino dishes on his favorite place to eat in Pittsburgh

Each week in their Chefs Off Duty series, papermag talks to favorite chefs around the country to find out their secret late-night spots. This week they catch up with Cure's Justin Severino who chooses Dish in the South Side as his spot. The cocktails are great, he says--he usually gets a negroni--and the owner Michele is a humble guy who can make really great seafood and pasta dishes.

Pop City couldn't agree more.

Read the full interview here.

Pittsburgh part of Rust Belt Revival, from farm to table

Pittsburgh and Cleveland are the focus of this article on the Rust Belt Revival, from farm to table in this New York Times article.

"Now, the region is linked by a group of educated, ambitious chefs who are building a new kind of network. Its scale is tiny compared with the steel and shipbuilding empires of the region’s past. But they are nonetheless convinced that an interdependent web of chefs, butchers, farmers, millers, bakers and brewers will help bring the local landscape back into balance."

Read the article here.

Cookin' up conflict in Conflict Kitchen

Perhaps you've never wondered where you can find Iranian takeout in Pittsburgh. More than likely, you haven't expected to find information about Iran on food wrappers. And in that case you're probably not familiar with Conflict Kitchen, now located in Schenley Plaza. Though it currently features Iranian cuisine, it has served traditional dishes from Cuba, Venezuela, and Afghanistan since its start in its old location in East Liberty.

Starting to see a trend? That's because Conflict Kitchen does exactly what the name implies--they cook and serve food only from countries in conflict with the US in an attempt to educate people about foreign cultures by "trying to be provocative in the best use of that term.” Their next cuisine changeup--North Korean, anyone?

To read more, click here.


Food blogger Leah Lizarondo Shannon writes about the food revolution here

"Clearly, Pittsburgh is no stranger to revolutions," writes Leah Lizarondo Shannon. "And so it is only appropriate that Pittsburgh be the first to take on Jamie Oliver’s challenge to create a city-wide Food Revolution. At the One Young World Summit in Pittsburgh on October 2012, seven thought leaders, from different sectors raised their hands and accepted the charge.
While Huntington, WV and Los Angeles, CA were the first cities to experience such a revolution, Pittsburgh, PA is the first city to essentially, lead itself into it.

The revolutionaries are approaching change from different fronts, covering the city in initiatives that range from top-down to totally grassroots. Here are the magnificent seven:..."

Read the full article here.

Original fries among the best in the US says CNN

Original Hot Dog Shop. At this family-run stalwart, the mountain of fries that comes in even a small order borders on the ridiculous -- so no wonder the college kids keep coming back. Located on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, "The Dirty O" has a reputation for decadent spuds: hand-cut and peeled Idaho potatoes, twice fried in peanut oil, and served golden and crunchy on a cafeteria tray. The Original even has its own dedicated fry station, where you can order them with sides of gravy, cheese, or ketchup. 3901 Forbes Ave.

Travel + Leisure: World's most delicious street foods

See the entire list here.

East End Brewery gets a new home

Last week, after eight years of operating in a 4,000-square-foot brick building in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood, Scott Smith and his coworkers at East End Brewery relocated. They quadrupled their size in a warehouse that Smith purchased in nearby Larimer.
“It’s been a long climb,” says Smith with a chuckle. “But it’s still the most satisfying job I can imagine. We still have so much ahead of us to get us all moved in.  But it’s awesome.”

Read the story of this much-loved brewery here.

Pittsburgh ranks #11 out of America's top 50 cities

Pittsburgh natives are fiercely proud of their town and their pro sports teams, such as the Penguins and Steelers. Plus they have  the Andy Warhol Museum, displaying thousands of works by the legendary pop artist and Pittsburgh native. And room for improvement.

Read it here.

Is there any dinner better than one designed for food bloggers?

This food blogger was excited to get to The Porch for a special dinner for food bloggers planned during Restaurant Week. It included a few perks, making us wish that we, too, were food bloggers.

Read the blog post.

Savoy featured as stylish new dining spot in the Strip

The Examiner profiles and reviews one of Pittsburgh's newer restaurants, the sophisticated and savvy Savoy in the Strip.

Read the review here.

PNC Park noted for best ball park food for Primanti's and Iron City

Travel and Leisure magazine cites PNC Park, along with 11 other stadiums, as having some of the best ball park food in the country, recognizing--what else?--the classic Primanti Brothers sandwiches and Iron City beer.

Read the full story here.

Kevin Sousa has a plan for food trucks in Pittsburgh

The problem with doing food trucks in Pittsburgh, writes chef Kevin Sousa in his blog, is that you can't locate them near competitive businesses due to zoning. What if there was parking lot for them all to converge? Could it work? Read more about his plan.
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