Nibbles: 'Bands, Bourbon, Beer and Barbecue' dinner has it all
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Air out your party clothes. Executive chef Chris Jackson is throwing his first annual "Bands, Bourbon, Beer and Barbecue" blast at Six Penn Kitchen, Downtown, on Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m. and swinging 'til 11 p.m.
The foods -- all locally grown -- will be served not only in the restaurant, but also up on the rooftop and out on the street.
The tantalizing menu includes smoked lamb and pork, barbecued organic chicken and beef brisket, sausages with peppers, chili and cornbread, cole slaw, potato salads, homemade baked beans, corn on the cob, fresh fruit cobblers -- and more. Penn Brewery's brews and three bourbons will help slake your thirst.
Music starts at 4 p.m.: The Pump Fakes, Roger Eugene Band and Shari Richards Band plan to keep things hopping until closing.
Cost is $35 and reservations are not required. Just show up hungry and in the mood to party.
New in Shadyside
Costa del Sol, a new restaurant serving Spanish and international cuisine, has opened at 736 Bellefonte St., Shadyside. Jeremy Hickey, former chef at Mallorca, has created an eclectic menu of tapas and entrees, such as lump crab with bell peppers and crostini, stuffed quail wrapped in bacon and salmon tempura with roasted garlic.
Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, the restaurant won't have its liquor license until mid-August, according to president Michael Spithaler, so BYOB until then. Reservations: 412-682-1481.
25 years of Gullifty's
Gullifty's in Squirrel Hill continues its 25th anniversary celebration throughout August with a "Shrimpfest," featuring entrees and appetizers.
On the menu are tasty entrees such as baked stuffed shrimp filled with spicy crab stuffing, baked shrimp prosciutto filled with herbed goat cheese and wrapped in prosciutto, and shrimp and lobster pasta. Appetizers include asparagus shrimp Florentine and baked portobello with a spicy shrimp and crab stuffing.
Early-bird diners get a 15 percent reduction from their checks between 5 and 7 p.m.
Art institute cooks
For Downtowners on the quest for a new lunch spot, the Taste of Art Restaurant is now open Monday through Wednesday at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Blvd. of the Allies.
Culinary students are making soups (Vidalia onion consomme, chilled asparagus, leek with beet puree, all for $4) and appetizers (Louisiana corn crab cake, Parmigiano gelato with prosciutto, $4); sandwiches (grilled chicken, hamburger, smoked turkey, $6.50); entrees (lamb curry, brook trout, pork medallions, $7.50); salads ($6) and desserts ($4).
Caffe now coffee
Caffe Intermezzo has changed its name to 21st Street Coffee and Tea and moved to the corner of 21st and Smallman streets in the Strip District. (It also has an outlet in the Frick Building, Downtown.)
Sing and cook along
A cooking class with beer, blues and BBQ? That's what singing chef Olga Watkins and her Soul Kitchen Band have planned at 6 p.m. Saturday at Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley. Recipes include Carolina pulled pork barbecue with sweet and sour slaw, spicy Southwest beef ribs, West Coast adobo chicken and sides. Cost is $55 for members and $65 nonmembers. Call 412-741-4405.
Learn to cook Asian
Asian foods are the topic of Giant Eagle Market District's International Series of cooking classes Monday and Aug. 20. Times are noon, 2 and 4 p.m. at both stores.
In Bethel Park, Randy Tozzi's menu is Asian marinated flank steak, pear balsamic salad and vegetables; in Shadyside Barb Klayman is cooking up Chinese long beans and grilled baby bok choy.
The last word
"The sort of shrimp hidden under a pound and a half of batter on what Midwestern menus call 'French-fried butterfly shrimp' could as easily be turnips." Calvin Trillin, writer, satirist
First Published August 1, 2007 8:14 pm