Top Pittsburgh chefs to bring a world of flavors at Tastebuds

Pittsburgh’s top chefs and Best Buddies Pennsylvania, an organization that promotes inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will be rolling out at a feast at Tastebuds.

The fundraiser will be from 6 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. Chefs from more than 20 top Pittsburgh eateries will cook for the event alongside disabled “buddies,” who will serve as their sous chefs.

The featured chefs are: Kate Lasky, co-owner of Apteka; Justin Steel, chef and owner of Bar Marco; Robert “RC” Carter, executive chef of Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar; Dominique Carnovale Metcalfe, executive chef of David L. Lawrence Convention Center; Chad Townsend, owner of Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream; Meghann Walsh, pastry chef of Osteria 2350; Nick Mineo, owner of Sausalido; Jamilka Borges, executive chef of Spoon; Steve Morehouse, executive chef of Studio A.M.; Kevin Sousa, chef and owner of Superior Motors; Derek Stevens, chef and owner of Union Standard; Joey Hilty, owner, and chef Csilla Thackray, executive chef, of The Vandal; Alex Balint, executive chef of Twelve Whiskey Barbecue; Bill Fuller, corporate chef for Big Burrito Group; Steve Lanzilotti, executive chef of Talia Cucina; Dave Anoia, co-owner and chef of DiAnoia’s Eatery; Matt Stover, executive chef of Il Pizzaiolo; Justin Severino, chef and owner of Cure/Morcilla; Adam and Diana Kucenic, owners of Muddy Waters Oyster Bar; Juan Gonzalez, executive chef and co-owner of Pallantia; and Phillip Milton, executive chef of Social House.

Tickets are $100 for general admission and $150 for VIPs (includes champagne reception, tasting preview and gift bag). For information or tickets:

Pop-up dinner returns

The Underground Kitchen will host its second pop-up dinner in Pittsburgh as a vehicle to feature the cuisine of Venezuela-born celebrity chef Giovanna Delli Compagni. The “Viva Pittsburgh” six-course dinner of South American cuisine will be served at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at a secret location to be revealed to ticketholders. An alumna of Food Network’s “Chopped,” the 33-year-old is now the sous chef of Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental in New York. Tickets are $200 and are available at

Rebecca Sodergren:; @pgfoodevents.


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