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Foodies gather at Stage AE to Savor Pittsburgh

Stephanie Strasburg | Trib Total Media - Paul Purdy at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine outside at Stage AE on the North Shore on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg  |  Trib Total Media</em></div>Paul Purdy at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine outside at Stage AE on the North Shore on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.
Stephanie Strasburg | Trib Total Media - The crowd at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine carries from inside to outside at Stage AE on the North Shore, as people dine on various dishes from a handful of restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. The proceeds from the event went to Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation towards research on premature births.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg  |  Trib Total Media</em></div>The crowd at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine carries from inside to outside at Stage AE on the North Shore, as people dine on various dishes from a handful of restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. The proceeds from the event went to Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation towards research on premature births.
Stephanie Strasburg | Trib Total Media - Meghan Crossey at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine at Stage AE on the North Shore on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg  |  Trib Total Media</em></div>Meghan Crossey at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine at Stage AE on the North Shore on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.
Stephanie Strasburg | Trib Total Media - The crowd at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine carries from inside to outside at Stage AE on the North Shore, as people dine on various dishes from a handful of restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. The proceeds from the event went to Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation towards research on premature births.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg  |  Trib Total Media</em></div>The crowd at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine carries from inside to outside at Stage AE on the North Shore, as people dine on various dishes from a handful of restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. The proceeds from the event went to Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation towards research on premature births.
Stephanie Strasburg | Trib Total Media - Dina and Chris Lapiana at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine at Stage AE on the North Shore on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg  |  Trib Total Media</em></div>Dina and Chris Lapiana at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine at Stage AE on the North Shore on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.
Stephanie Strasburg | Trib Total Media - Christina Dickerson (left), Beth Swanson (center), and Michelle Kirsop at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine at Stage AE on the North Shore on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg  |  Trib Total Media</em></div>Christina Dickerson (left), Beth Swanson (center), and Michelle Kirsop at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine at Stage AE on the North Shore on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.
Stephanie Strasburg | Trib Total Media - Judges taste test around a table at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine at Stage AE on the North Shore on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. The proceeds from the event went to Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation towards research on premature births.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg  |  Trib Total Media</em></div>Judges taste test around a table at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine at Stage AE on the North Shore on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. The proceeds from the event went to Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation towards research on premature births.
Stephanie Strasburg | Trib Total Media - Michelle and Ricky Kirsop in the McCormick and Schmick's tent at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine at Stage AE on the North Shore on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg  |  Trib Total Media</em></div>Michelle and Ricky Kirsop in the McCormick and Schmick's tent at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine at Stage AE on the North Shore on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.
Stephanie Strasburg | Trib Total Media - Lemon curd cheesecake from Monterey Bay Fish Grotto ready to sample at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine at Stage AE on the North Shore on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Stephanie Strasburg  |  Trib Total Media</em></div>Lemon curd cheesecake from Monterey Bay Fish Grotto ready to sample at Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine at Stage AE on the North Shore on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

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With more than 20 participating restaurants, the only thing standing in the way of asking for seconds during Savor Pittsburgh was the presence of 1,500 like-minded individuals.

“We're lucky. People really embrace the cause,” said Christina Dickerson.

Benefitting Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation, the annual taste test welcomed a sold-out crowd to Stage AE on Aug. 21 that included Scott Lammie, David andGina Pferdehirt, Diane Holder, Bruce and Debbie Horvitz, Mike andDebbie Barbarita, and Leslie Davis and Abe Leizerowski. While No Bad Ju Ju occupied the stage, the eat, drink and be merry was being dished out both inside and on the lawn, allowing for optimal crowd-surfing and far too much temptation.

Now in its ninth year, foundersMichelle and Ricky Kirsop (executive chef for McCormick & Schmick's on the South Side) conceived the idea after moving here from Philadelphia in an effort to unite the community with cuisine.

“It's amazing to see how it's grown,” she said.

Amongthe awards: Braddock's Restaurant snagged the People's Choice while Seviche's Pastrami Duck Taco was crowned Dish of the Year.

The evening raised $100K.

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