We Scream for Millies Homemade Ice Cream. Check out OTM's New Neighbor

Chad Townsend and Wife Lauren will open their first "Scoop Shop" just a few steps from OTM's studio.  Welcome to our neighborhood guys!!  Were'll installing a new Bathroon Scale and considering which sweet treats we'll eliminate so we have room for Millies' delicious artisinal Ice Cream in all its delicious flavors - http://www.millieshomemade.com/.  Opening Day is on the "Ides of March", but our Astrological forecast for Chad & Lauren is quite the opposite to Julius Caesar's.

Derek Stevens to open Union Standard in th Union Trust Building

Last December, Pittsburgh Magazine broke the news that Derek Stevens, the long-serving executive chef of Eleven Contemporary kitchen in the Strip District, would be leaving the big Burrito Restaurant Group to open his own restaurant.   Now Pittsburgh Magazine's Hal Klein reports more details. Last week, Stevens announced the name and location of his new concept. It will be known as Union Standard, and located in the Union Trust building Downtown. The historic building currently is undergoing a $100 million restoration. Union Standard will be housed on the ground and mezzanine floors, and across the street from Mellon Square.  “I’m just really excited to bring this vision to life and put my own creative spin on things,” Stevens said in a press release.
- See more at:http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Best-of-the-Burgh-Blogs/The-412/March-2016/Derek-Stevens-Announces-New-Pittsburgh-Restaurant/.  OTM extends best wishes to Derek, one of our very favorite Pittsburgh Chefs, and we're excited to hear about this positive development for this truly elegant building. Opening is scheduled this Fall.

Great News - Jamilka Borges in staying in Pittsburgh

Jamilka's innovative cuisine at Bar Marco was always such a treat.  Now we hear that she's joining Brian Pekarcik & his partner Rick Stern, and cooking in the space now occupied by BRGR in East Liberty, right next door to Spoon.  Meanwhile BRGR will be moving to a new building now under construction at the corner of Penn & Highland.  OTM sends good wishes to these adventurous restauraters.  We haven't heard the name for the new spot, but watch for more info in due course - also check http://sprestgroup.com/.

Bangkok's Gaggan Stays Atop Asia's 50 Best List

OTM congratulates Gaggan Anand, Gaggan, Bangkok, www.eatatgaggan.com; hear his interview with this Chef-Owner at the 2014 World's 50 Best where be won "highest new entry" honors.  Quite a series of achievements for an Indian Restaurant in Thailand's Capital!!

Frangiadis is Finally Back - SPORK in Garfield opens March 3

Back in November we heard from Chris(tian) that he was working on a new Dining Destination in Pittsburgh's East End.  We got confused about the name - now we know it's SPORK - named for the easting implement that combines Spoon & Fork.  Overall SPORK is an elegant space, with seating at a beautifully crafted custom wooden counter. If,  like OTM, you enjoy chatting with the Chefs in the open kitchen, that's where you'll want to sit.  What's on Chef Chris' menu? It's going to change daily, but will always include small plates, medium-sized plates (for sharing if you like), and mains if you're hungry.  We dined at SPORK last evening and quickly realized how much we had missed the bold flavors and wide-ranging ingredients that have always been Chris' signature.  And everything is done in-house including the truly great bread, charcuterie, pickles, sauerkraut.  Not sure they have a web page yet, but you can find SPORK on Facebook, or call (412) 441-1700.  Open every day at 5PM.  Best wishes Chris, welcome back!!

FRESH Turmeric - add this unique Spice to your Food AND Drink

Writing about Turmeric in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Ann uses the word "tantalizing" to describe this really great ingredient.  Check out Ann's article at http://triblive.com/lifestyles/fooddrink/10018663-74/turmeric-cup-teaspoon.  Not to be outdone Peter invented a new cocktail using FRESH-T, Recipe in OTM News, February 15 2016.  We just tried a new version using White Rum instead of Gin, and we think Cocktail Lovers who like a sweet-sour combination will enjoy a RUM-TUMERINI.

OTM Loves Carciofi - and it's the Right Time in Italy

Italy’s Carciofi (Artichoke) season is about to begin, can spring be far behind?  OTM was reminded by the announcement of a special menu dedicated to this relative of the Thistle – from our Great Good Friend Valter Scarbolo at La Frasca, near Udine in Friuli. Just a 90-minute drive from Venice.  http://www.lafrasca.com.  Coming up in April the village of Ladispoli not far from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport celebrates with an Artichoke Festival that OTM happened upon when we stayed at luxurious La Posta Vecchia - http://www.lapostavecchia.com/en/ & http://theartichokeblog.com/ladispoli-artichoke-festival/.

Missed Meatopia 2016? Chef David Guas talks to OTM about the Meatopia Event, Cuba & much more

David Guas is the much lauded Chef-Owner of Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery - 2 locations: Arlington VA, www.bayoubakeryva.com, & Capitol Hill, Washington DC www.bayoubakerydc.com. Proud of his Cuban Ancestry, David recounts the highlights of the memorable trip he took there with his father. He also talks about: his New Orleans upbringing, his recent participation in Meatopia at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, http://www.sobefest.com/meatopia, his lifelong love of honey, and more. Tune in to the OTM program on February 28 for his fascinating insights.

World's 50 Best Restaurants Announces Details of the 2016 Awards in NYC

Attendees at the 2015 Awards in London heard the exciting news that W50Best was going "on the road", with NYC as the first stop away from its original home.  Now we know details of their plan; the date June 13th, the location Cipriani Wall Street.  Get more information at www.theworlds50bestresturants.com.  And you may be sure that OTM will be there to cover this exciting event.  We plan to bring you a conversation about this new direction for the Awards, which will celebrate the 15th Edition in the Big Apple, and maybe a sneak preview of what's in store for 2017 and beyond.

Aussie David Thompson Voted Lifetime Achievement Award by 50 Best Asia's Lifetime Achievement Award

Back in 2000, before we started OTM, Ann covered Sydney Restaurants for Olympics Visitors, and we were surprised to find not just 1 but 2 Thai Restaurants owned by a young Chef called David Thompson.  But this was only the beginning.  He then launched Nahm in London, winning a Michelin Star (first ever for a Thai restaurant); took Nahm to Bangkok in 2010 and opened Long Chim in Singapore last year.  Enough for a Lifetime!  But surely we can expect there'll be more achievements.  OTM congratulates Chef Thompson - who'll receive his Diner's Club Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50 Best Asian Restaurant Awards ceremony in Bangkok on Leap Year Day. For more info; www.theworlds50best..com/asia.