There are many parents in the Pittsburgh region and beyond who are supremely grateful to Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC for their neo-natal intensive care unit, which has nurtured generations of premature babies until they're strong enough to go home. Many of those parents, medical staff and supporters showed up on a warm Thursday night in a tented outdoor space at the SouthSide Works for the eighth annual Savor Pittsburgh 2013.
The fundraiser benefits Magee's new Nicview camera system -- which allows access real-time video of NICU babies when their parents can't be present.
Hundreds enjoyed cocktails, appetizers, entrees and desserts from 25 local chefs, who competed for "Dish of the Year" honors (Our vote: Isabela's "seamless" ricotta ravioli with wild mushroom sauce). Hackett Motors' Chuck Hackett and wife Janice -- whose son Cameron, now a healthy 4-year-old, was in Magee's neo-natal unit for 75 days -- were the title sponsors of the event, which was also supported by Alyssa and Sam Robb, Debbie and Michael Barbarita and members of Magee's 25 Club.
Others enjoying the culinary competition under the stars included Arthur Scully, Hyagriv Simhan, Michelle Kirsop, the event's chair, and her husband Chuck, executive chef at McCormick & Schmick's, another sponsor.
First Published September 3, 2013 4:00 AM