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16 Pittsburgh Restaurant Week entrants participate in preview party

| 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 andJohn Staley.

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