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WE KNEW THEM WHEN… Whether you’re the owner of a little corner tavern or a passionate gourmand running a four-star fine-dining establishment, the heat is on. There is no red carpet, no second act. Either succeed each day or go belly up in the restaurant business. No one will remember your name, let alone remember the vanilla crème brûlée with crust like a skating rink. With that thought I congratulate five local semifinalists in the 2009 James Beard Award (deemed the “Oscar of the Food World” by Time magazine). It’s great to see Richard Chen of the Richard Chen restaurant in East Liberty competing in the “Best New Restaurant” category; Douglass Dick of Bona Terra in Sharpsburg for “Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic Region”; Tom Baron of big Burrito Restaurant Group for “Outstanding Restaurateur”; and Sonja Finn of Dinette in East Liberty and David Racicot of Lautrec at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, both nominated for “Rising Star Chef of the Year.” The next hurdle will be on March 23, when nominees are announced. Stay tuned for the announcement of finalists on May 3. Good luck and good eating. For more information, visit
—Deborah McDonald, PM Restaurant Critic

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CORSET CRAWL Over the years, South Side’s Carson Street has seen all kinds of odd costumes: demon masks (Halloween), undead make-up (zombie walks), messenger gear (Critical Mass bike rides) and the gamut of motorcycle jackets and hoochwear. But the Corset Crawl will be the first en-masse gathering of corseted revelers. This trans-South Side barcrawl benefits breastcancer research, thanks to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. The $5 suggested donation isn’t required, but a corset is mandatory—for women and men. If you’re wondering where to obtain such a dated undergarment, consider perusing South Side’s many vintage-clothing shops. Deep breath! (Corset Crawl begins at the Double Wide Grill, 2339 E. Carson St., South Side. Sat., March 7, 5 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info:


A CURE FOR EVERYTHING? To paraphrase an old joke—work fascinates me; I could sit and watch it for hours. Fortunately, my work does permit me to watch the work going on at what will be the new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. When the job is completed in 2010, all three of —Robert Isenberg, PM Pittsburgh’s major professional sports teams and its two major colTheater Editor lege teams will be playing in venues that will be 10 years old or less. There was a time way back in the 1990s when we believed new stadiums and arenas were the cure for everything that ailed our franchises; now we probably know better, but you could still say everyone has benefited to some extent: j University of Pittsburgh football and basketball: The move to Heinz Field has increased attendance slightly and had a neutral effect on the Pitt Panthers’ won-loss record, while the basketball team’s move into the Petersen Events Center has helped to usher in a glorious era for Pitt that not even its most fervent fans could have imagined. j Pittsburgh Steelers: The Rooney family promised to use the revenues generated by the new stadium to help them hold on to the players they really wanted to keep, and they’ve kept that promise. The steady exodus of superstars (Rod Woodson, Chad CHEERS Brown, etc.) that marked the end Crushed Grapes, a popular wine-tasting event in its sevof the Three Rivers era has enth year, takes place next Thursday, March 12, 5:30-8:30 ended. A new era of Super Bowl p.m. You’ll find great local and domestic wines to sip, championships has begun. food from local restaurants, and—new this year for beer j Pittsburgh Penguins: The Pens fanatics—a table for tasting suds as well. Entertainment might become one of the NHL’s includes live music and a silent auction with items from best franchises if the revenue the Steelers, Penguins and more. The event benefits from the new arena allows them Sisters Place, which provides homeless women and their to add talent to their core group children with supportive services and access to housing. of stars. But remember: That core (U.S. Steel Tower, 600 Grant St., downtown. $60 admission. group could only have been creInfo: 412/233-3903) —Kate Chynoweth, PM Food Editor ated by the high draft picks they got following disastrous seasons in Mellon Arena. Sometimes, it’s good to be bad. j Pittsburgh Pirates: Sometimes, it’s not good to be bad. It’s easy to say the Pirates haven’t gained much from the move to PNC Park, but just imagine how low their attendance would be if they were still playing in Three Rivers Stadium. —Bill Modoono, PM Sportswriter

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MAKE HISTORY ONE NIGHT I can count the times I’ve been to the Sen. John Heinz History Center on one finger, and I’ve found this to be the case for many native ’Burghers. And I guess it shouldn’t surprise anyone that a party is often where most of us are introduced to the History Center (1212 Smallman St., Strip District). One of the quintessential annual “young professionals” events is Fri., March 6, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. This year’s event, “History Uncorked 2009: Uncorking Pittsburgh’s Innovations,” showcases the current 16,000-square-foot “Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation” exhibit now on view. So if you haven't been to the History Center or to any of the previous 10 iterations of this party, perhaps it’s time. I admit that last year had been my first, but I’m looking forward to repeating the effort. It’s a great opportunity to get out of the winter doldrums and reconnect with friends you may not have seen in a while. While this party draws a big crowd, the space is so large and the party extends to so many different floors that you never feel jammed in—which is exactly what I like. The variety of food offerings at “History Uncorked” is very good, so don’t worry about dinner. And, if the twodrink tickets aren’t enough to quench, a cash bar is also available. Tickets are $45, and at this point, can only be purchased them at the door.
—Mike Lee, PM Nightlife Editor