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The Barefoot Contessa returns to Pittsburgh

Tickets are on sale for Ina Garten's appearance at the Benedum Center, Downtown, at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 17.

The cookbook author and Food Network star was just here (with her husband, Jeffrey) on June 1 for "The Hamptons in the Heights" fundraiser.

Tickets are $45 and $55 plus service charges (always) at, by calling 412-456-6666, and at the Box Office at Theater Square.

The release for the event says she "shares her natural approach to food; sharing tips, stories, and maybe even some recipes."

"Barefoot Contessa," the title of her Food Network show, originally was the name of a store she opened in the Hamptons in 1978. She sold it to start working on her best-selling cookbooks. The next one, "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust," also is coming out in October.

Bistro 19's sister restaurant To open IN 2014

Paul Mazzarini was on a mission. When the co-owner of the building that houses Georgetowne Inn in Mount Washington learned chef Michael Budway was planning to close, he decided to approach Bea DeFrancis at Bistro 19 about taking over the space.

He said how much he liked the Mt. Lebanon spot and what a hard worker Ms. DeFrancis is.

"I knew she would do a good job," he said. He said his mother has owned the building at 1230 Grandview Ave. since the 1950s.

Ms. DeFrancis and her partner, chef Jessica Bauer, signed a lease on the space two months ago and will gain access on Aug. 1.

"It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Ms. DeFrancis, who said she had been working on the deal for about a year.

The space will undergo a complete renovation of the dining room, kitchen and facade. "Clean, contemporary design" is what the partners are planning with Teresa Bucco, who also is the architect and designer for Bistro 19.

"Fresh, modern dining" is the working concept for the restaurant that will be a "service-driven bistro," said Ms. DeFrancis.

Ms. Bauer will serve as executive chef of the location that they're hoping to open in February.

Gaby et Jules Patisseries et Macarons open July 18

Fred Rongier, proprietor of Paris 66 in East Liberty, says Gaby et Jules Patisseries et Macarons will open at 5837 Forbes Ave. in Squirrel Hill on July 18.

The patisserie is the vision of Mr. Rongier and his pastry chef, David Piquard. Mr. Piquard worked at French luxury patisseries, Fauchon and Laduree.

The name, Gaby et Jules, recognizes Mr. Rongier's grandfather, Gabriel, as well as Mr. Piquard's grandfather, Jules.

Mr. Rongier also delivered other news. Paris 66 has a new chef, Franck Lacaille, who arrived from the South of France a week ago. A new menu will debut Wednesday.

The restaurant, which opened in 2009, transitioned from a creperie to a full-scale bistro last year.

Meanwhile, Paris 66 -- at 6018 Penn Circle South -- will celebrate Bastille Day with a bash from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 14.

The theme is Paris in the 1920s, and the restaurant will be set up as an authentic guinguette, an outdoor gathering place, often by a river. There will be period music and several dining options: brunch (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.); mussels, fries and crepes en plein air (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.); prix fixe dinner (5 to 10 p.m.); and Soiree Guinguette (4 to 9 p.m.).

No reservations are required for the buffet and soiree, which are open seating outdoors; otherwise, reserve at 412-404-8166 or at

Hello Bistro to open 2nd location

The fast-casual concept from Eat'n Park, Hello Bistro, will open its second location July 11 at 1922 E. Carson St., South Side. A salad bar with 55 toppings, grilled-to-order burgers and hand-cut fries round out a student-friendly menu.

The original location opened in Oakland June 2012. The company has signed a lease to open a third one Downtown at the corner of Forbes Avenue and Wood Street in the spring.

Beer vs. wine

On July 29, grapes will go head-to-head against grains at the first Wine vs. Beer Dinner at Cure Restaurant in Lawrenceville.

The event will feature a selection of yet-to-be-decided wines from Dreadnought Wines in the Strip District and beer from East End Brewing Co. in Larimer.

The communal dinner starts at 6 p.m. Chef Justin Severino's menu also still is in flux, but count on it being seasonal and locally sourced.

Tickets cost $125. For pre-paid reservations, contact Cure at 412-252-2595 or Dreadnought Wines at 412-391-1709.



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