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Dining news: Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse teams with Wigle

Joe's Crab Shack
Joe's Crab Shack added the Southern Summer Trio/Southern Citrus Campechana to its seasonal menu.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 6:58 p.m.

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, promoting resource conservation, creativity and community engagement through material reuse, will host a fundraiser event from 6 to 9 p.m. June 3 at Wigle Whiskey, 2014 Smallman St. in the Strip District.

The event will feature $5 cocktails and whiskey flights; live bluegrass music by Megan Rooney and Eric Lipsky; whiskey-related creative-reuse projects; the Pittsburgh Taco Truck on site; food donated by Bar Marco, Whole Foods and the East End Coop; and homemade baked goods. There will be a raffle to win reuse art from local artists, including Katy DeMent and Kreepy Doll Factory, tickets to Kelly Strayhorn Theater and other prizes.

Pay what you wish at the door to support Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, and Wigle will donate 12 percent of all cocktail and bottle sales.

Details: or email to RSVP


The Beer Market, with 50 craft beers on tap and 500 in bottles, is open at 110 Federal St. on the North Shore.

Selections include microbrews, craft, flavored, organic, gluten-free, seasonal and other specialty beers, wines and beverages. While it does not serve food, the Beer Market offers an order-in delivery service for customers to choose from a variety of menus from local eateries.

Hours are from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays; noon to 2 a.m. Saturdays; and noon to 1 a.m. Sundays. There will be extended hours during game days.

Details: 412-322-2337 or


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens invites Pittsburghers to savor the best of the season at two new events in the Outdoor Garden, a natural space filled with flowering perennials, aromatic herbs and shade-giving trees.

• Floral Notes: Jazz in the Garden, an evening of live music, will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 18. The event will feature performances by the Elevations and Velvet Heat and offer guests a chance to unwind with house-made sangria and spritzers, plus an assortment of small bites. This event, open to guests 21 and older, costs $49.99. Registration is required by June 11.

• Garden Variety: A Farm to Phipps Dinner, a local food adventure, will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 21. Presented by Cafe Phipps executive chef Stephanie Gelberd and some of the region's finest food artisans and producers, Garden Variety will be a rustic-yet-elegant multiple-course dinner served out in the open air, highlighted by the freshest handpicked selections from Greater Pittsburgh area farms. Cost is $175. Registration is required by July 12.

Details: 412-622-6915 ext. 6505 or


As summertime approaches, Joe's Crab Shack is introducing new offerings delivering a taste of the Southern seaside with dishes, available through Aug. 26.

New entrees, served “Shack Style” with a kick of Corona, include the Corona Beach Bake with lobster, clams, sausage, shrimp, fresh corn and potatoes steamed with a Corona chile-lime bath; and the Coastal Wave Steampot with Dungeness crab, snow crab, sausage and shrimp with corn and potatoes, finished with a Corona chile-lime bath.

Other new dishes include the Southern Coastal Catch, featuring grilled mahi-mahi, chile-lime shrimp and a made-from-scratch crab cake, and Southern Citrus Campechana, Joe's version of the classic Mexican seafood cocktail with shrimp and crabmeat.

Joe's Crab Shack has locations in Robinson and Station Square. Details:


Mandy's Pizza & More, at 512 Perry Highway, West View, has again expanded its allergen-free product line.

The restaurant started with allergen-free pizza and has grown to offer allergen-free hot hoagies, chicken-nugget meals, wings and now desserts.

Owners Steven and Veronica Negri are parents to 11-year-old Brandon, who has food allergies, which inspired their attention to specialty items for those with sensitivities. Brandon also dabbled in making his own dessert recipes, some of which are available at the West View shop.

Available for retail sale are: OoeyGooey Brownies, ChocoChip Cookies, Cupcake Cravings, Moist Breakfast Muffins, Fluffy FlapJacks and all-purpose allergen-free baking flour.

These also will be available at the Giant Eagle on Route 19 in Cranberry.

Details: 412-931-1120 or

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