On The Menu News

September 23, 2016
RIP Dorothy Cann Hamilton

OTM joins with the entire Culinary Community in expressing our sadness at the tragic death of Dorothy Cann Hamilton.  Dorothy's legacy includes the host of Students at the French Culinary Institute which she founded, also the revival of the James Beard Foundation which she headed during some difficult times. Just last year she led the group which directed the creation of the USA Pavilion at the Milan Expo - the subject of OTM's interview with Dorothy, program date March 1, 2015.  She will be sorely missed. 

September 22, 2016
Fall in Friuli means Funghi e Zucca at La Frasca
OTM's great friend Valter Scarbolo just announced a "Fabulous Fall Feast" featuring Pumpkin & Porcini in a seasonal Menu;  Just an hour or so from Venice, La Frasca is worth a much longer journey - catch some of their house made Salumi and delightful Wines as well.  www.lafrasca.com.

September 21, 2016
Morcilla in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighbohood makes Bon Appetit's HOT TEN US Restaurant List
Proud Owner Justin Severino says "We are honored to have Morcilla included in Bon Appetit's Hot 10 best new restaurants in America."  BA Correspondent Andrew Knowlton rates Morcilla's food "the best pintxos and Spanish food outside San Sebastián."

September 03, 2016
You can donate to the Italian Earthquake Fund at Lidia's Pittsburgh
Lidia’s Pittsburgh, the Italian restaurant owned by our Good Friend Lidia Bastianich, will offer its guests the opportunity to help the victims of the recent earthquake in Italy by donating the proceeds of a beloved pasta dish originating in the hardest hit town.  A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy near the town of Amatrice on Wednesday, with more than 290 deaths reported and many more still missing.  Lidia’s is now offering the pasta dish, Bucatini all’ Amatriciana, on both its lunch and dinner menus, with proceeds going to help those affected by the earthquake.  The dish is made with a long hollow pasta similar to spaghetti. The sauce is made with San Marzano tomatoes, olive oil, onion, peperoncino, pancetta and topped with grated Pecorino cheese, also local to the region.  The dish will be listed on the menu as “ Bucatini all’ Amatriciana” and costs $16. Proceeds will be donated to the Italian Red Cross.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Central Italy in the wake of this devastating earthquake,” said Nicole Neely, Executive Chef of Lidia’s. “We are honored to give back to them by celebrating this incredible pasta dish that they have given to the world.”;  Thank you Lidia for your generosity!!


August 15, 2016
SuperChef Massimo Bottura Feeds Rio's homeless with Olympic Village Leftovers
It’s hard to get a table at Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, especially since Chef Massimo Bottura won the World’s Best Restaurant Award.  But his Refettorio  in Milan created at last year’s Expo Milan s still serving free meals to the poor as well as to paying customers – all based on surplus food.  Our good friend Massimo has now expanded to create Refettorio Gastromotiva in Rio, linked to surplus food from the Olympic Village.  Yesterday Chef Alex Atala of DOM, himself a World Top 10 awardee was helping prepare dinner.    The Rio project is still looking for donations (like everything Olympic it ran over budget), but we’re sure Massimo & his collaborators will fill the gap.  And look for Gastromotiva to expand beyond the 4 cooking schools it operates in Brazil with branch in Mexico City graduating its first class last month & S. Africa opening next month.  We salute Massimo for his leadership in reducing food waste on a major scale, doing much good for society in the process.  For more http://www.npr.org/sections/thetorch/2016/08/14/489987964/master-chef-turns-leftovers-into-fine-dining-for-brazils-hungry.

August 09, 2016
Endless Summer Luau for the Colon Cancer Alliance
Join OTM and some of our Best Friends at Pitttsburgh Hotel Monaco's Biergarten for an Endless Summer Luau, benefiting the Colon Cancer Alliance.  5;30-8.30PM, Sunday August 28.  Tropical Drinks, Luau-style Bites and a Luau Performance - be there!!  Tickets and More Info at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/endless-summer-luau-get-leid-for-cancer-tickets-26381747517.

August 07, 2016
Dublin Restaurateur isn't waiting for BRexit
www.oconnellsdonnybrook.com.  And go for dinner as well to feast on same-day delivered live lobsters from Ireland’s SW coast on the Atlantic.>

August 06, 2016
Correction - URL for Goghujang Sauce

Please note the correct website for Chung Jung One's Gochujang Sauce is http:// www.gochujangsauce.com

The URL in Ann's recent article is incorrect.  



August 05, 2016
Ann's Article on New Food Products & Trends
See OTM in Print for a link to Ann's 2016 "Round Up" from Specialty Food's 2016 Fancy Food Show.  We hope you'll enjoy reading as much as we did tasting.

August 04, 2016
Good News - New Server is operational - Programs from 2004-2006 are Off-line Let us know if you'd like to listen to any of them
All is well for Sunday's program.  As noted 2004-6 programs are now offline, but we can try to access them for you- just email the details of what you'd like to hear - onthemenu@onthemenuradio.com. 

July 31, 2016
OTM installing New Server

OTM is installing a New Server next week.  We apologize in advance for any glitches that may occur!

July 20, 2016
Outdoor Dining & Happy Hour at Lidia's Pittburgh
One of the delights of Dining in Italy is having Food & Wine Al Fresco, whether on a table, waterside at a beach or lake front, in a charming piazza...............   Now you can try this here in Pittsburgh;  Lidia's Pittsburgh has just announced the opening of a new outdoor lounge, with a special Taverna menu, signature cocktails and Italian wines.  This new menu will also be available in the main restaurant - and there'll be Happy Hour from 4.30-6.30PM Monday through Friday, with small lpates at half price, $3 off signature cocktails and selected wines for $5 a glass.  More at http://www.lidias-pittsburgh.com

June 18, 2016
Magnifico Massimo Bottura wins World's Best Restaurant Award

OTM is ABSOLUTELY THRILLED that Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana finally claimed the Top Spot.  We were able to congratulate our Good Friend & Chef Hero in person, despite the "packed to the walls" crowd at Cipriani Wall Street on June 13.  Hear our interview with Massimo and other 50 Best winners in tommorrow's program at http://edge1550.com/podcasts/20160619.mp3.

June 07, 2016
World's 51-100 Best Restaurants Announced
Get the list at http://www.theworlds50best.com/list/51-100-winners.  Unusually the World's 50 Best organizers decided to minimize the suspense/drama associated with the Awards Ceremony for the 50 Best which happens next Monday in NYC.  Have fun comparing your favorites with those of the Official 50 Best Electors.  We'll be reporting about Numbers 1-50 next week - can't wait........................

June 02, 2016
Tokyo's Den Named 2016 One to Watch by World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards

May 25, 2016
Music City Food & Wine Festival - Save the Dates Already!!
September 17-18 are the dates for one of our Very Favorite Events, which combines Nashville's dynamic Country Music Heritage and its Fast Developing Fine Dining Scene.  Once known only for Hot Cjicken and Meat+3 (still  great local favorites not to be missed), Nashville's Growing Gourmet reuptation is being led by local Chefs like Tandy Wilson of City House, winner of Best Chef SE at the recent James Beard Awards. Top Chefs from around the USA  assemble for a Chef Showcase and Harvest Night Party.  Tickets are on sale already, and they go fast, as do hotel rooms - OTM has theirs. http://www.musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com

May 20, 2016
Get Your Tickets TODAY for the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour, coming back to Pittsburgh June 21
Join Pittsburgh Foodies at the Mattress Factory as the James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner series returns to Pittsburgh. Chef Justin Severino will team up with acclaimed culinary talents from around the country for a spectacular evening of food and drink.  Tickets are available starting today - call Cure at 412 252 2595.

Visiting chefs include: