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Soba and Casbah host August dinners

Former sous chef at Casbah in Shadyside, Dustin Gardner, has been promoted to executive chef at Soba and has rolled out his first tasting menu that runs through Friday night's dinner service.

The tasting menu features scallop ceviche, soup dumplings and wok-charred octopus; heirloom tomato and peach salad; striped bass with a pattypan squash and chanterelle stir-fry; and corn profiteroles. Seats are $40, plus $25 for the wine pairing. Reserve at 412-362-5656.

Aug. 18 through 21, executive chef of Casbah, Eli Wahl, will host a tomato-and-corn festival, a tasting menu that includes sea scallops with prosciutto and melon; creamed corn polenta with heirloom tomatoes; Alaskan halibut with sheep's milk; and corn ravioli with tomato jam; and pine-nut coffee cake. It's $45 per person (plus $20 for a wine pairing); call 412-661-5656.

Bigelow Grille to host North Country Brewing beer pairing

Slippery Rock's North Country Brewing joins executive chef Anthony Zallo of Bigelow Grille and Wild Purveyors to host a four-course beer-pairing dinner at the Downtown restaurant Aug. 13. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $65 per person. Reserve at 412-281-5013.

Millie's Homemade Ice Cream at The Livermore

Former executive chef of Salt of the Earth, Chad Townsend, will sell his delicious homemade ice cream on Fridays only, starting Aug. 15 at the Livermore in East Liberty from 7 p.m. until midnight. He'll offer a traditional flavor, a sorbet and two seasonal ice creams, available in a cup or waffle cone.


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