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16 Pittsburgh Restaurant Week entrants participate in preview party

John Altdorfer - Daryl and Patricia Griffin during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Daryl and Patricia Griffin during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Brittany Boehm, Kate Glover, Jessica Furka and Tammy Fazzolare during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Brittany Boehm, Kate Glover, Jessica Furka and Tammy Fazzolare during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Event chairs Charlie Young, Colleen Kalchthaler, Brenda Miller, Sandra Ewing and Brian McCollum during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Event chairs Charlie Young, Colleen Kalchthaler, Brenda Miller, Sandra Ewing and Brian McCollum during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Sam Badger with Karen and John Staley and Catherine Loevner during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Sam Badger with Karen and John Staley and Catherine Loevner during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Leah Bivins and Jackie Page-Heidelberg during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Leah Bivins and Jackie Page-Heidelberg during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Emily Chiodo and Megan Houlihan during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Emily Chiodo and Megan Houlihan during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Dr. Jennifer Picarsic and husband Nicholas Picarsic during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Dr. Jennifer Picarsic and husband Nicholas Picarsic during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Table Magazine publisher Christina French with Dr. Geoff Bond during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Table Magazine publisher Christina French with Dr. Geoff Bond during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Allison Beckner and Brayden Cruikshank during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Allison Beckner and Brayden Cruikshank during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Robert Sheesley and Matt Lydic during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Robert Sheesley and Matt Lydic during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Jackie Page-Heidelberg during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Jackie Page-Heidelberg during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Bill Chisnell, Catherine Loevner and Sam Badger during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Bill Chisnell, Catherine Loevner and Sam Badger during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Karen and John Staley during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Karen and John Staley during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Kate Glover and Jessica Furka during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Kate Glover and Jessica Furka during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
John Altdorfer - Brittany Boehm and Tammy Fazzolare during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Brittany Boehm and Tammy Fazzolare during the Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party at Bill Chisnell Productions in Dowtown Pittsburgh. January 9, 2014.
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

More than 180 guests were cramming their way into the Strip District storefront of Bill Chisnell Productions on Jan. 9, the reason for their arrival having everything to do with edible temptation.

“I've had at least one of everything,” said Daryl (with Patricia) Griffin.

The Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party featured 16 of the participating restaurants, including Lola Bistro, Matteo's, Mediterrano, Lombardozzi, RC Grille and Terrace Room, each vying for the Best Preview award. It was the jumbo seared shrimp with crab and Tahitian vanilla bean crab sauce from The Wooden Nickel, however, that walked away with the win.

During Restaurant Week (Jan. 13 to 19), participants will be donating a portion of their menu prices to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Transplantation Surgery Auxiliary.

Spied at Thursday's preview were event chairs Charlie Young, Colleen Kalchthaler, Brenda Miller, Sandra Ewing and Brian McCollum, as well as Dr. Jennifer Picarsic and husband Nicholas Picarsic, and Karen and John Staley.

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