BY IAN MIKRUT
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALLIE WYNANDS
Pittsburgh Restaurant Week’s Winter 2014 Celebration gave restaurants “the opportunity to woo diners into their restaurants for the week,” while offering specials and unveiling new dishes. Held prior, the Winter 2014 Kickoff Party included festive cocktails, free samplings from participating restaurants, music provided by Digital DJ Dave, as well as charity raffles. This year’s beneficiary was the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Transplantation Surgery Auxiliary, which in turn supports the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation. Local businesses made donations of prize packages to be raffled and all of the proceeds directly benefited the Hillman Center. Held at Bill Chisnell Productions, the party pitted restaurants against one another to compete for a PRABBY (Pittsburgh Restaurant Awarded Best by Yinz) award. Best Preview Taste went to The Wooden Nickel for its jumbo seared shrimp with crab and Tahitian vanilla bean crab sauce! After a week of discounts and celebrations, awards were recognized for the following: Most Mouthwatering, Skinny Pete’s Kitchen; Most Photogenic, Grit & Grace; Best Dining Deal, The Capital Grille; and Best Restaurant, Butcher & The Rye. “Pittsburgh Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and embrace our city’s rise into the national food spotlight.” says Brian McCollum, director of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.