Little Bites: Former chef duo teams up for a night at Whitfield

Food, Memory

It’s been a couple years since two of the city’s high-profile chefs have cooked together in the same kitchen — and they’re teaming up for a night at Whitfield in the Ace Hotel in East Liberty.

In conjunction with All Souls’ Day, Whitfield executive chef Bethany Zozula is pairing up with Derek Stevens of Union Standard Downtown for its monthly collaboration, the Sharing Knives dinner, on Nov. 1.

The duo has dubbed the dinner "An Ancestral Feast," inspired by people who helped shape their culinary lives who are no longer here. “I have a lot of food memory,” Ms. Zozula says. She worked under Mr. Stevens at Eleven for six years.

She’ll make a lamb dish in honor of a Georgian chef who shaped her early career, while Mr. Stevens, former executive chef of Eleven for a decade, will be assembling a sardine sandwich in honor of his grandfather. Pastry chef Casey Shively will bake petit fours to recognize a great-grandmother and grandmother, among other dishes.

The dinner is $75, plus $25 for an optional wine pairing. Reservations are available via or by calling 412-626-3090.

A secret Chinese menu in Oakland

Xi’an fare is on the menu at Sichuan Gourmet in Oakland (328 Atwood St.), where the restaurant features a separate listing for a handful of dishes distinct from the fare of Chengdu and the Sichuan province for which the restaurant is named. Look for handmade noodles with chili oil ($6.99), a Chinese burger, sauteed cold glass noodles, and pita in lamb soup ($13.99), among other dishes.

Preview treats from an upcoming Wilkinsburg bakery

Madeleine Bakery & Bistro (609 S Trenton Ave. Wilkinsburg) from Andrew and Abigail Stump isn’t open yet, but it’s selling cookies, brownies, madeleines, scones, coffee cake and quiche at Adda Coffee & Tea House in Shadyside, while supplies last. Mr. Stump had been baking for Marty’s Market, now closed, as well as consulting on baking as he readies his bakery. Check out the Instagram, madeleinebakerybistro for what’s baking and updates on the opening in late 2017.

A festival of vegans

The Pittsburgh Vegan Festival runs for the 11th year on Saturday. It’s a cash-only, two-story celebration with an option for kids who are encouraged to trick-or-treat for all-vegan goodies. Entrance fee is $5 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills, 2359 West Ingomar Rd., from 12 to 6 p.m.

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