By Caitlin Elizabeth Cesa | Photographs by Tara Antill
WHO: Over 600 guests
WHAT: Sponsored by Dollar Bank, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Rivertowne Brewing, zTrip, Beam Suntory, Wigle Whiskey, Blue Diamond Vodka, and Yelp, the fifth annual Chef’s Best Dish brought together foodies from across the city to enjoy delicious dishes crafted by 20 of the area’s most talented chefs and vote on their favorites. Between their bites, attendees sipped on samples from Rivertowne Brewing, Beam Suntory, and Wigle Whiskey.
WHERE: Circuit Center & Ballroom
HIGHLIGHTS: Though each dish was as delectable as the next, attendees picked their favorites in five categories. Burgh Bites’ Brick N’ Mortar won Best Seasonal Dish for its Harvest Corn Chowder with charred corn, roasted pumpkin, crispy prosciutto, sage, and scallion with grilled jalapeño cornbread on the side; Bigham Tavern won Best “Pittsburgh” Dish for its Black & Gold Pierogi Bowl — pierogi topped with mesquite pork, sunny-side-up eggs, and house-made black and gold sauce, which is a peppery Carolina barbecue sauce; Eighty Acres Kitchen & Bar won Best Presentation for its Serenity Hill Farms rack of lamb with roasted Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and apples, and a warm couscous salad with pomegranate yogurt sauce; and Gaby et Jules won Best Dessert for its signature macarons in a variety of flavors. With the closest competition in the event’s history, there was a tie for Best Overall! Jimmy Wan’s and Kaya shared the honor with a Tuna Poke Bowl of rice, seaweed salad, guacamole, black sesame seeds, ginger, and scallions; and Plantain Nachos — a heaping pile of fried plantain chips topped with Chihuahua cheese sauce, jerked pork, scallions, cilantro, pickled red onion, Fresno Chiles, and lime, respectively. We’ll see you next year!