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Evo grill allows diners to share experience

| Saturday, May 19, 2007

When Bob Shingler designed his Evo circular flattop grill, he wanted to create an outdoor appliance that promoted social interaction.

"I was looking for a better way (of grilling) that would allow people to share in the experience of cooking," Shingler, a former telecommunications software executive, said.

The sleek-looking grill has become a favorite of hotels and resorts for presentation-style or "live action" cooking, said Shingler. In this type of cooking, chefs prepare food before an audience or before restaurant diners in an open kitchen.

The Evo's design was influenced by a French flattop stove, a wood cook stove and a cast-iron skillet, Shingler said.

Shingler's Beaverton, Ore., company makes 11 commercial and residential stainless-steel models ranging from a tabletop model at $1,700 to this year's built-in electric unit at $4,600.

Details: www.evoamerica.com


Bonsai Society show this weekend

The Pittsburgh Bonsai Society will have its annual show from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Sunday at the Drew Mathieson Center, on the North Side.

On exhibit will be bonsai trees of different styles, single and group plantings, both flowering and non-flowering, many of which are very old.

Starter plant material will be for sale, along with finished trees, tools and accessories. There also will be experts to answer questions about this ancient art form.

Admission to the show, at 1600 Metropolitan St., is free.


Historic South Side Home Tour slated

The 16th annual Historic South Side Home Tour will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 2. This tour features restored historic homes, interesting lofts in industrial re-use buildings and adaptive re-use of a former church.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the tour. Groups of 10 or more can get tickets for $10 each.

You can buy tickets in person at South Side Local Development Co., 50 South 14th Street, or by phone with a credit card by calling 412-481-0651.

Tickets and programs can be picked up from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. June 2 at Carnegie Library, 2205 East Carson Street, or UPMC South Side, 200 Mary Street. For more information, contact 412-481-0651 or info@southsidepgh.com .


Downtown living tour set Wednesday

For those seeking an urban lifestyle, tickets are available for the Fourth Annual Walk & Dine: A Downtown Living Tour, which will take place Wednesday.

The tour, from 5:30-11 p.m., will feature six Downtown residential properties, including Piatt Place, The Pennsylvanian, 151 First Side, The Cork Factory, Crawford Square Apartments and a private residence on First Avenue.

Tickets include transportation, food and beverages at each stop, and an opening and closing reception at PPG Place Wintergarden.

Tickets cost $60. For tickets and details, call 412-566-4190 or visit online .


Ikea introduces sophisticated line

Ikea has introduced a new, sophisticated 82-piece home furnishing collection called Stockholm. The company tapped the top 10 designers in the country to create a line with an edgier design sensibility that looks and smells expensive but carries an affordable price tag.

For a rich feel, designers used materials such as mohair for throw pillows, natural cowhide for footstools and fabrics for cushions and curtains in colorful natural or bright geometric patterns.

In a departure from its standard operating procedure, Ikea has made furniture assembly with this new collection minimal. Chairs and sofas need no assembly at all, but bookcases, tables and cabinets still require you to read the instructions and put it together yourself.

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