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Davio Restaurant closes

Davio Restaurant in Beechview has closed. It opened in 1990 and was remodeled a decade later by owner David Ayn, who had at one time owned Alla Famiglia in Allentown and La Tache in Butler, now closed. Davio featured classics such as oversized stuffed peppers and a gargantuan 21/2-inch-thick veal chop. The restaurant, which has held inconsistent hours, closed last Friday. Calls were not returned so no word yet whether it's a permanent or temporary shutter.

Zombie dinner on the farm

On Oct. 25, Churchview Farm in Baldwin Borough will host its first zombie dinner, though brains will not be served. Chefs Kate Romane of E2 in Highland Park and Keith Fuller of Root 174 in Regent Square will be cooking up a seven-course feast. The event includes beer from East End Brewery, wine and cocktails, as well as wandering zombies and the chance to become one yourself, with the help of makeup artist Britteny Leshen of Pageboy in Lawrenceville. Guests can win $50 gift certificates to E2 and Root 174 along with a ticket to one of next year's farm dinners.

Tickets are $125 and can be purchased on churchviewfarmpgh.squarespace.com.

Brooklyn Mash coming to Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh installment of the Brooklyn Brewery Mash, Oct. 22-27, will be a sudsy stop-off as the brewery goes on the road to 11 cities to benefit Slow Food USA.

Slow Food Pittsburgh is helping to organize and will benefit from ticket sales to the local events, which include:

• Local 2 Ways -- at 7 p.m., Oct. 23, Meat and Potatoes at 649 Penn Ave., Downtown, will serve a multi-course beer dinner celebrating local cuisine, interpreted two ways by chef Richard DeShantz and Brooklyn Brewery house chef Andrew Gerson ($50).

• NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off -- hosted by DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubinat at 10 p.m. Oct. 24 at New Amsterdam at 4421 Butler St. in Lawrenceville ($7). Those 21 and older can compete for a trip to New York for the Dance-Off championship at Brooklyn Bowl and a $100 prize.

• Books & Beer: Foodies Of Pittsburgh -- at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25, at the Pittsburgh Public Market at 2401 Penn Ave. in the Strip District, Brooklyn Brewery and Togather present a conversation and Q&A that "is going behind the scenes of Pittsburgh's growing food scene featuring the ladies of eatPGH.com, local chef and self-proclaimed King of Pittsburgh Bill Fuller of Big Burrito Restaurant Group, and Kevin Costa, executive chef at the Crested Duck Charcuterie." Tickets ($10) include a Brooklyn beer.

• Farmers Market Workshop -- from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 26, Brooklyn Brewery house chef Andrew Gerson leads a free beer-pairing and pasta-making demo at Farmers@Firehouse market in the Strip District.

• Found Footage Festival -- At 8 p.m. Oct 26, footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country will be played at Regent Square Theatre at 1035 S. Braddock Ave ($12).

• Slow Supper Fall Harvest at White Oak Farm -- at 3 p.m. Oct. 27, Brooklyn house chef Andrew Gerson and chef Justin Severino of Cure, with some guests, present a harvest feast/beer dinner at White Oak Farm at 3314 Wagner Road ($85). See the projection-art and light installations of NBNY.

Pittsburgh is the ninth city on this year's Mash tour, which already has hit Austin, Texas; New Orleans; Nashville, Tenn.; Baltimore; Minnesota's Twin Cities; Boston; Washington, D.C.; and Chicago.

From here, it heads to Philadelphia (Nov. 5 to 10) and Miami (Dec. 10-15).

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