Dining News: Long-awaited Superior Motors set to open July 12
Superior Motors, the latest venture of chef and restaurateur Kevin Sousa, is expected to open July 12.
The long-awaited establishment, located in a former car dealership at 1215 Braddock Ave., will embrace farm-to-table dining, using produce from a nearby urban farm, a rooftop greenhouse and raised-bed garden. The restaurant also will provide a no-cost professional culinary and urban agriculture job training program.
Superior Motors drew financial support from a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign in 2014.
Pie for Breakfast update
Pie for Breakfast, a new concept set to be launched by the owners of Oakland's Legume and Butterjoint, is expected to open in the fall.
The all-day cafe will offer favorites such as pancakes, french toast, eggs, baked goods, granola and more.
For lunch and dinner, guests can enjoy a “Meat and Three” model, wherein they choose a meat and three sides for one price. Options will include meatloaf, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, roast beef and lamb stew; and sides such as greens, legumes, rice, mashed potatoes, fermented vegetables, whole grain pilafs, seasonal vegetables, brown bread, biscuits and haluski.
Summer at Helen's
As part of its new summer dining event offerings, Helen's Restaurant at Seven Springs Mountain Resort is offering Thursday jazz nights and Sunday brunch.
Each Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., the restaurant takes on a southern flair with an evening of rhythmic live music from professional jazz musicians.
Chef John Kradel has crafted a special New Orleans-inspired menu perfect for enjoying with the smooth melodies of America's true original genre. The Jazz Night menu features selections including grilled shrimp and andouille sliders, classic crawfish boil, smoked bourbon chicken and turtle soup, as well as cocktails including the Blueberry Basil Mojito and the Helen's 75.
Brunch guests are invited to dine in style with a four-course experience in the unique and rustic atmosphere of Helen's each Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu includes grilled shrimp cocktail, duck and foie gras, lobster Benedict and roasted prime rib.
Reservations are requested for Helen's Restaurant events and regular dinner service.
Details: 800-452-2223 ext. 7827 or 7springs.com
The first Western Pennsylvania Lamb Cook-Off will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. July 23, at Ace Hotel in East Liberty.
The outdoor festival will feature a group of Pittsburgh chefs preparing locally sourced lamb from Jamison Farm, near Latrobe.
The featured chefs will be assembled into four teams who will battle it out to win the People's Choice Award. Vegetarians are welcome and will have plenty of options, thanks to the fresh produce supplied by Paragon Foods.
Participating chefs include Justin Severino of Cure and Morcilla; Sam DiBattista of Vivo Kitchen; Dom Branduzzi of Piccolo Forno and Grapperia; Stephen Felder of Stagioni; Derek Burnell of Round Corner Cantina, El Burro and Umami; Roger Li of Umami and Ki Ramen; Jennifer Girasole of Girasole; Wyatt Lash of The Commoner; Kate Romane of Black Radish; Scott Walton of Acorn; Will Randall of Poros; Keith Fuller of Pork & Beans; Brian Pekarcik of S+P Restaurant Group; Eli Wahl of Eleven; Joe Tambellini of Tambellini's; Brandon Blumenfeld of Scratch F&B; Derek Stevens of Union Standard; Curtis Gamble of Station; Dustin Gardener of Casbah; Bethany Zozula of Whitfield; Dan Carlton of Butcher in the Rye; Dave Racicot of täko; and Dave Anoia of DiAnoia's Eatery.
Guests will be able to vote for their favorite chef team in this culinary battle royale.
Tickets are available for $50 in advance and include entry to the event and tastings from the chef teams. Children's tickets are available for $20 in advance for this all-ages event. Tickets will be available at the door in limited numbers for $60 for adults and $25 for children. Children 4 and under will be admitted for free. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation.
The hotel will also open a special VIP area. Access can be purchased on-site for an additional $10 with proceeds benefitting PEMF.
Guests who book a room at the hotel on July 22 or 23, with the rate code LAMBFEST will receive tickets to the event and VIP access.
Pittsburgh's first Duck Donuts location is open at 100 Siena Drive (Siena at St. Clair) in Upper St. Clair.
The shop specializes in warm, made-to-order doughnuts with an array of coating, topping and drizzle options.
Details: 412-833-3825 or duckdonuts.com