Little Bites: Restaurant news this week

Repeal Day Dinner

Tonight, Tender Bar + Kitchen in Lawrenceville will hold its first Repeal Day dinner to celebrate the passing of the 21st Amendment, which marked the end of Prohibition.

Tender will pour spirits from Laird & Co., the country's oldest licensed commercial distillery, with Lisa Laird, the company's owner, in attendance. Spirits include Laird's Applejack; the company also sells Moletto Prosecco, Pietrafitta Vernaccia, Indomita Chilean wines, St. Verny French wines, Lazzaroni Amaretto, Casoni Limoncello and Le Reviseur Cognac.

Tickets are $65 per person for the four-course dinner with cocktail pairings. For more information, visit

Beer dinner at Lidia's

On Wednesday, Lidia's in the Strip District will hold its second beer dinner featuring brews from Italy and four courses, themed "The Best of Both Worlds." General manager Adam Greiner will pair del Ducato pale lager, a Piccolo farmhouse saison, la Baladin Trippel and Birra del Borgo spiced ale with courses that include a ricotta and butternut squash tart, roasted pumpkin tortellini, grilled lamb loin chops and a torte de chocolate. Tickets are $60 a person and can be reserved by calling 412-552-0150.

Cassoulet at Legume

Legume in Oakland will serve its first cassoulet in two years next Thursday. The classic French dish will feature locally grown Tarbais beans, preserved tomatoes and pork, slow-cooked until delicious. For reservations: 412-621-2700.

Torofest at Fukuda

Next week, Fukuda in Bloomfield will host Torofest 2013 in celebration of "the filet mignon of fish," said owner Hoon Kim.

He purchased a whole bluefin tuna from Fisheries Laboratories of Kinki University in Osaka, pioneers in farm-raising the fish that's on the verge of collapse in the wild.

The farmed fish, often called kindai tuna, has been available in the U.S. since 2008, when one 150- to 300-pound fish was sent to New York while two others were sent to San Francisco. It was distributed to restaurants willing to pay the high price by a single distributor, IMP Foods Inc. of Hayward, Calif., reported the San Francisco Chronicle. The more fatty the piece, the more expensive the price. California restaurants that carried kindai in the early days included The French Laundry in Yountville and Manresa in Los Gatos. It's now available nationwide through Samuels and Son as well.

Mr. Kim said he wanted to introduce Pittsburghers to something entirely new to the city. "Many people have seen whole hog butchery and are familiar with nose-to-tail cuisine. We thought we would show something similar when it comes to fish, especially this one that's so worthy of celebration." The events for Torofest are:

Tuesday: Bluefin cutting demo at Marty's Market in the Strip from 1 to 4 p.m.

Next Thursday: Bonsai cutting demonstration at Fukuda from 5 to 6 p.m.

Dec. 14: Sushi class at Fukuda from 3 to 5:30 p.m. for $55 per person.

Dec. 15: Japanese language class at Fukuda from 3 to 5 p.m.

Dec. 16: No Menu Monday at Bar Marco in the Strip from 5 p.m. to midnight.


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