BY ANDREA BOSCO
PHOTOGRAPHS BY KASSIE JACKSON
Foodies convened in the Kings Garden Ballroom at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown for CBS Radio’s eat.drink.PITTSBURGH. The inaugural event, media-sponsored by WHIRL Magazine, featured music by the Matt Ferrante Trio, a VIP reception, and tastings from more than 50 participating restaurants! Three Rivers Restaurant & Lounge, housed in the hotel, offered guests gnocchi with bacon and shaved truffle in a cream sauce; Lidia’s had attendees coming back for seconds — and thirds! — with its handmade Burrata cheese, served on a slice of Tuscan bread and topped with broccoli rabe pesto; and guests stopped for sushi at Nakama’s table and miniature cupcakes from Bethel Bakery’s station. To wash down the tasty chicken wings from Braddock’s and meatballs from Donato’s, Great Lakes Brewing Company poured samples of three different ales. Nearby, guests sampled chocolate-covered apples at Edible Arrangements, and macaroni and cheese at The Capital Grille. Juniper Grill, Pastitsio, Ditka’s, Natrona Bottling Company, The Urban Tap, Prantl’s, and East End Brewing Company were just a few others representing! For a full list of participating vendors, visit kdka.com.