Elise The Diva Chef and Lynn Swann I had the pleasure and privilege of attending the inaugural Chefs create event for the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of Autism Speaks, held at the Fairmont hotel downtown. Fourteen chefs featured small bites inspired by an individual on the Autism Spectrum. The event kicked off with cocktail hour accompanied with complimentary hors de oeuvres. There was also opportunity to participate in a silent auction and to win raffle prizes, one of which was an autographed jersey and photo with Steelers hall of famer, and honorary chairperson Lynn Swann.
by Alan Duke (CNN)–”MasterChef” runner-up Joshua Marks was in “the battle of his life fighting mental illness” when he killed himself Friday, his family said Sunday. His family blames the lack of mental health treatment facilities and the easy access to guns as factors in his tragic death.
The St. John cocktail from Osteria 177 in Annapolis, Maryland, mixes Louis XIII cognac, Grand Marnier Cuvee du Centenaire, Meyer lemon juice, syrup made from Meyer lemon and Grade 1 saffron. Don’t forge the garnish — 23k edible gold flakes. (Photo Credit: Osteria 177) by Kristin Hunt (CNN) — Think the $18 martini you ordered at the hotel bar was steep? That was peanuts. As in, the little dish of complimentary germ-infested peanuts on the bar. From California to New York and everywhere in between, ritzy bars are playing a crazy game of “Who Can Make the Costliest Cocktail?” — and the competition is as stiff as the product. We scoured the country for examples of the most over-the-top pours we could find, excluding those accompanied by crown jewels or crystal goblets. Even still, you may need to skip a mortgage payment or two to enjoy a night of these extravagant cocktails.
ABAY ETHIOPIAN CUISINE (Facebook Photo) by Rebecca NuttallCourier Staff WriterFor nearly ten years, Abay Ethiopian Cuisine has served as “a source of cultural and culinary nourishment for the city of Pittsburgh.” But on June 7, Abay Owner James Wallace announced the restaurant would be closing its doors on June 30.
CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARY–Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, are surrounded by body guards as they tour Old Havana in Cuba, April 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) by Andrea Rodriguez HAVANA (AP) — Beyonce and Jay-Z caused a big stir in Havana as they marked their fifth wedding anniversary Thursday.