Little Bites: Local restaurant news

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Chef Shuffles

Chef changes and an expanded line are good reasons to revisit restaurants. Here's a quick update on where chefs have moved in the past couple of weeks.

• Six Penn Kitchen:

Marty Ellenburger has been promoted to executive chef of sister property River View Cafe in the Carnegie Science Center. Corey Hughes -- who had served as a chef of Cafe at the Frick in 2007 -- has returned from Philadelphia to replace him. He will begin Downtown on April 28.

• Nine on Nine:

Former sous chef Gary Borrow has been promoted to executive chef of this Downtown restaurant. He has replaced Dan Carlton, who has been cooking at Cure in Lawrenceville.

• Up Modern Kitchen:

Eric Wallace has left this Shadyside restaurant to helm Rumfish Grille in Bridgeville, which opened nearly two weeks ago.

Scott Moonan has taken his place, leaving his position at The Pines Tavern in Pine. Mr. Moonan had worked with owner Greg Caliguiri at Walnut Grill as a sous chef in 2010-11.

• Bar Marco:

Brandon Baltzley has left this restaurant in the Strip and will focus on Crux pop-up dinners and his cross-country book tour for "Nine Lives: From Chaos to Control." Jamilka Borges, formerly at Legume, has been promoted to executive chef.

Wine dinner at Spoon

Spoon in East Liberty will host its first wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with wine director John Wabeck leading diners through the five courses.

Dishes include refined dishes such as a hamachi spring roll with Rioja Blanco from Spain as well as a rabbit loin with ricotta gnocchi, ramps, asparagus puree and morels, paired with Auxey Duresses from Burgundy.

Seats are $110 per person. Call 412-362-6001 for reservations.

Cinco de Mayor at Salt of the Earth

Chef Kevin Sousa, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman and actor Patrick Jordan will host a Bill Peduto fundraiser Sunday at Salt in Garfield from 6 to 9 p.m. that includes food and cocktails as well as music from Miguel's Mariachi Fiesta.

Tickets for $100 can be secured via or by calling 412-441-7258.



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