Plus, a chocolate pop-up, a Lawrenceville bar opening and a new Dormont coffee shop
• Wine Spectator has released its annual restaurant awards issue, and 19 Pittsburgh-area restaurants were honored for their wine lists.
In the city, The Carlton, Eddie V’s, The Capital Grille, Morton’s and Poros (Downtown); Le Mont, Altius and Monterey Bay (Mount Washington); Alla Famiglia (Allentown); Spoon (East Liberty); and Andrew’s Steak & Seafood (Chateau) are all honorees. Outside the city, Ditka’s (Robinson and Pine); Off the Hook (Marshall); Bistecca (North Strabane); Helen’s (Seven Springs); The Grand Valley Inn (Fallston); Lautrec (Farmington) and Green Gables (Jennerstown) are recognized.
• The first Western Pennsylvania Lamb Festival + Cook-Off is July 23, and Block 292 in Mt. Lebanon is kicking off the event Thursday with a butcher class and three-course dinner that will feature an appetizer, a lamb trio and a dessert. Tickets are $90 per person and will include the demonstration, dinner, two drinks and a ticket to the festival. Reservations: www.block292.com/events.
• Union Standard, Downtown, and Barsotti wines will host a five-course pairing at 7 p.m. July 25, featuring the wines of Preston Organic Farm & Winery in Healdsburg, Calif. Menu items to include chicken liver toasts and Kusshi oysters, Skuna Bay salmon tartare and spit-roasted Serenity Hills Farm beef. $85 per person; reservations: 412-281-0738.
Dan Gigler: email@example.com; Twitter @gigs412.