For­mer ‘Chopped’ con­tes­tant to cook at se­cret pop-up din­ner

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Food & Flavor - RE­BECCA SODER­GREN

Venezue­lan-born celebrity chef Gio­vanna Delli Com­pagni, a for­mer com­peti­tor on Food Net­work’s “Chopped,” will serve a South Amer­i­can din­ner with wine pairings for one night only in a se­cret Pitts­burgh lo­ca­tion. The Underground Kitchen (the­un­der­ground­kitchen.org) hosts its sec­ond Pitts­burgh pop-up din­ner from 7 to 9 p.m. Tues­day at a lo­ca­tion that will be dis­closed to din­ers a few days be­fore the event. Ms. Delli Com­pagni, 33, is the sous chef of Asi­ate at the Man­darin Ori­en­tal in New York. As a child, she watched her grand­mother pre­pare tra­di­tional South Amer­i­can meals from scratch and soon took over the re­spon­si­bil­ity. She stud­ied at a culi­nary arts pro­gram in Ari­zona and then went to the Culi­nary In­sti­tute of Amer­ica in Hyde Park, N.Y. Underground Kitchen, founded by Pitts­burgh na­tive Micheal Sparks, is based in Rich­mond, Va. This din­ner, “Viva Pitts­burgh,” is its sec­ond event here. For in­for­ma­tion or tick­ets: the­un­der­ground­kitchen.org/events/.

Light Up Night

Pitts­burgh’s Light Up Night kicks off the hol­i­days on Fri­day. Fes­tiv­i­ties in­clude tree light­ings around the city through­out the day, plus per­form­ers and fire­works through­out the evening. Food es­tab­lish­ments adding to the fes­tiv­i­ties in­clude: Six Penn Kitchen, Down­town: Street-side treats in­clud­ing a warm dark choco­late fudge brownie topped with cook­ies ‘n cream ice cream and hot fudge for $5, plus home­made hot choco­late or warm ap­ple cider for $2. Spe­cials and full menu will be avail­able on the roof, too. Street-side and rooftop ser­vice are sched­uled from 5 p.m. to mid­night. six­pennkitchen.com. US Steel Tower, Down­town: Blast!, a VIP party, fea­tures fine foods, bev­er­ages, en­ter­tain­ment and a tour of the build­ing’s rooftop from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $100. days.com. Fort Duquesne Boule­vard, Down­town: Food ven­dors will be set up for Light Up Night along Fort Duquesne Boule­vard from 5 to 10 p.m.

Din­ners

Raw Ve­gan Din­ner Party: Amer­i­can com­fort food, raw ve­gan style. 7:30 p.m. Fri­day at Heir­loom Su­per­food Mar­ket, Strip District. $90. pitts­burghjuice­com­pany.com. Pitts­burgh VegFeast: Pitts­burgh’s an­nual plant­based Thanks­giv­ing din­ner fea­tur­ing ve­gan food from For­tu­itea Cafe, Onion Maiden, Chip & Kale, Sugar Spell Scoops, Whole Foods Mar­ket and more. 6 to 9 p.m. Satur­day at West View Ban­quet Hall. $32; $6 for beer wrist­band. jus­tice­foran­i­mals.big­car­tel.com. Maine Shore Din­ner: Legume serves up lob­ster, clams, Shaker dried corn, coleslaw, home­made rolls and pump­kin pie for its an­nual Maine feast. Seat­ings from 4 to 8 p.m. Sun­day at Legume, Oak­land. $58. Reser­va­tions re­quired: 412-6212700.

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