Casellula @ Alphabet City is the first dining spot in Pittsburgh to end its no-tipping policy, just 10 months after it opened.
Yuzu Kitchen is now open at 409 Wood Street, Downtown. The two floor restaurant is in an historic and refurbished former bank building that dates to 1929, and will feature Japanese Izakaya-style (or gastropub) food including ramen and meats and seafood cooked on a Robata grill, with bars on both floors. The restaurant is owned by Tee J. Li, who also owns the Typhoon Restaurant at the Settlers Ridge plaza off of the Parkway West. Information: https://www.yuzukitchenpgh.com/
Sweet Panda Asian Market is now open at 114 S. 23rd St. on the South Side. The market is owned by Noi Chaisri, who owns neighboring Thai Me Up restaurant. The market will feature Asian grocery, cooking and produce items as well as grab-and-go prepared food from the restaurant.
Gaucho Parilla Argentina, Doce Tacqeria, PGH Halal and Nakama will be among those serving up food and The Summit, Round Corner Cantina and Umami will pour the drinks at the second annual Crosstown Cookout to be held on the Mon Wharf Sunday from 1 to 9 p.m. There will be a live reggae band, DJ’s, a skateboard show, and a fishing demonstration. Admission is $5 with food and drink available for purchase. Information: https://www.fame15creative.com/2nd-annual-crosstown-cookout
Ms. Finn goes to Washington
Sonja Finn of East Liberty’s Dinette was among a dozen top chefs from around the country last month to join with the Food Policy Action Education Fund to walk the halls of Congress for a day of action on Capitol Hill to educate lawmakers on food waste reduction in the American food system. Per a release, on July 26 the group met with over 60 Senate and House offices including U.S. Representatives from Pennsylvania, Dwight Evans and G.T. Thompson, along with other influential lawmakers in food policy on both sides of the aisle. The group asked Congress to enact smart food waste reduction policies and good food policies in the next farm bill. Finn was featured at an evening reception on a rooftop urban farm, where the group continued to engage a number lawmakers and staff and sample recovered food dishes conceived by D.C.-area chefs Victor Albisu, José Andres, Amy Brandwein, and Spike Mendelsohn.
“As chefs, reducing food waste is in our DNA,” Ms. Finn said in the release. “It’s in our - and our restaurants’ best interest to make sure safe, edible product does not go unused. We came to Washington to help Congress understand it’s in our country’s best interest to do the same.”
Casbah in Shadyside will host its Tomato & Corn Festival next week from August 14-18. Featured menu items include a tomato salad, tomato pappardelle, prime strip steak with corn and crab arancini and tomato tomato turnovers with a sweet corn ice cream. $45 per person; wine pairings $20. Information: http://casbahpgh.com/tomato-corn-fest-august-14-18/
Kaya in the Strip District will host a seasonal vegetarian prix fixe dinner with an optional wine pairing Wednesday, August 16. Featured menu items will include heirloom tomato pie, grilled peaches, sweet corn arancini, charcoal grilled fat radish carrots, and a corn and blueberry cake. $39 per person; wine pairings $19. Vegetarian menu items are also available a la carte.
— Compiled by Dan Gigler: firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter @gigs412