Covid Takeout 5th Edition 8/16/20

Taste of Summer

In the depths of winter when we think about summer – what flavors come to mind?   Tomatoes, fresh herbs, peaches, rosé wine?  Put them together and we’ve got a dinner designed to leave a summer flavor memory mark on your palate.   We return (by overwhelming request!) to Jen Saffron and her Sprezzatura team for a tasty menu matched to a Rosé and a Vermentino – both wines are from next to the Mediterranean Sea, BUT on different sides of Italy.

Each purchase includes dinner for TWO PEOPLE, and TWO BOTTLES of wine. If you would like to join us – please purchase, and we will send confirmation and pick up directions.

We will have a Zoom gathering at 6:30pm.

We will send an email confirmation with pick up details. Dinners (with the wine) can be picked up on Sunday, August 16 between 4:00 – 5:00pm at Sprezzatura in Millvale. Just pop the trunk and food and wine will be gently placed for travel.

Dinner for Two 
Savory tomato pie with goat cheese and herbs

Chicken thighs in a caper, lemon and pistachio sauce

Mezze Rigate with Fresh Pesto

Organic field greens with peaches and edible flowers

Mini espresso chocolate tart 

BOTTLES – yep – TWO BOTTLES – of wine 
For this round Jack has curated two wines from Italy (one rosé – one white).

  • Rosé Wine – Costa dei Trabocchi “Vallevo” Rosato Terre di Chieti IGT Montepuliciano 2019
  • White Wine – Sardus Pater “Lugore” Single Vineyard Vermentino DOC Sardegna 2019

Please note that all sales are final. If you find you are unable to use your seats, please contact Kate and Jack and they will see if there is someone on the wait list who can use them (although this is not guaranteed).  Thank you.

Australia Day 2020 on 1/26/20

When it comes to celebrating the warmth of summer while suffering through the chills of winter, we are big fans!   Please join with us to celebrate a summer holiday in the middle of winter. This year we are teaming up with Penn Avenue Fish to match tasty foods with warm and cool climate Aussie wines – check out the menu below – should be good fun!

No conversation about or with Australians can take place at this moment in time, without acknowledging the massive fires that are devastating the lives of so many people and animals.   Australia’s terrible bushfires have laid waste to millions of acres of wild animal habitats, farm lands, towns and even vineyards.

While we invite you to this year’s Australia Day Dinner, we also hope you will consider donating to Australian Bushfire relief: or

Smoked Salmon Crostini 
hand sliced smoked salmon /  house made smoked salmon cream 
cheese spread / salmon roe / fresh dill / sour dough crostini

Ninth Island NV Sparkling Wine from Tasmania

Scallops & Angel Hair
browned butter / white wine & fresh herb sauce / grape tomato confit / sea salt

Alkoomi Black Label Riesling 2018 from Western Australia

Octopus Salad
poached octopus / peppers / onions / red skin potatoes / arugula / fresh herb vinaigrette

Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2018 from South Australia

ginger bbq’d lamb chops / seaweed butter / radish & spinach salad / sesame – rice wine vinaigrette 

Holm Oak Pinot Noir 2017 from Tasmania 
Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2014 from South Australia

Apple Pie

Island Hopping on 11/17/19

Islands are different.   

Every island around the world has a distinct culture and character all its own. Weather, politics, technology and oceans drive these differences. The result is food and wine culture that is close to, but not exactly like, their larger continental neighbors.  

The ever fabulous Kate Romane and team at Black Radish are creating a series of dishes perfectly paired for this culinary tour. 

We hope you will join us to enjoy five distinctly different wines from five different islands – we think it will be fun and tasty!

spinach and ricotta fritters with lemon aioli

Jansz Premium Rose Sparkling Wine NV from Tasmania

smoked eggplant, marinated feta, hummus and fire bread

Boutari Kretikos White 2017 from Crete

octopus and potato salad

Sella & Mosca La Cala Vermentino 2018 from Sardinia

linguini with clams

Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2014 from Sicily
Les Vignerons de l’Ile de Beaute Prestige du President 2015 from Corsica

pot a creme with whip and salted hazelnuts

Cafe Zinho 20th Anniversary Dinner

Thank you for your interest. The dinner is SOLD OUT. If you would like to be added to the wait list please send an email through the contact page.

Please join Chef Toni Pais for a special dinner celebrating 20 years at Cafe Zinho.

First Course 
Foie gras truffle / Garilc tomato bisque / Sardine crostini

Quinta De Cabriz sparkling NV Dao Sul

Second Course
Scallop wraped in smoked salmon and topped with caviar

Quinta De Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada Branco Dão Sul 2016

Third Course
Crab cake and shrimp with orange vanilla sauce

Herdade do Esporão Reserva Branco Alentejo 2015

Fourth Course
Salmon with honey roasted beet sauce


Fifth Course
Medallions of beef with Madeira sauce

Quinta dos Murças Assobio Red Douro 2015

Sixth Course
Prickle pear puree

Seventh Course
Beet with goat cheese timbale and caprese stick

Herdade do Esporão Quatro Castas Red Alentejo 2015

Eighth Course
Quail breast on top of duck confit cake with plum brandy sauce


Ninth Course
Rack of lamb with red wine garlic sauce


Chocolate terrine and Portuguese cookie

Messias NV 10-Years-Old Tawny Port

Smiles Farewell

Goodbye Pittsburgh – we will miss you!

The Smiles are swapping pierogies for satays, squirrels for monkeys and snow for tropical downpours. Please come join us for our last hoorah in Pittsburgh before we set off to our new home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

To celebrate our love of all things Australian and American with help from our great friends from Off The Grid (Jack and Kate), we have planned a menu with wine pairings that highlights the best of both worlds. In great Australian tradition, the wine is on us!

We have booked out Café Zhino in Shadyside and this event is a pre-pay night only – the cost includes meal, all taxes and gratuities. To make things easy on everyone, we ask you to click on the link and pay via PayPal by Wednesday, August 23rd. The restaurant cannot accept payment on the night.

Look forward to seeing you there! – Wendy and Jon

First Course 

fresh goat cheese truffles with mango and almonds
crab cakes with dijonnaise sauce

Gruet Brut (sparkler to start of course!)

Second Course
arugula with feta cheese, granny smith apple and toasted almonds with lemon vinaigrette

A to Z Wineworks Rose Oregon 2015

Third Course
rack of lamb with garlic rosemary red wine reduction served with roasted vegetables

Chateau Ste Michelle Winery Syrah Columbia Valley 2013

Fourth Course
chocolate velvet mousse served with raspberry reduction and creme

Bleasdale The Red Brute Sparkling Shiraz


Jack’s Wine Tastings – Women Winemakers

WOW – thanks for your interest – we sold out fast! Please send an email if you would like to be added to the wait list.

Women in the wine world is not so uncommon as in the recent past, but we still think it is worthwhile dedicating a dinner to wines (and FOOD!) produced by women.

Kate Romane (chef and owner of e2) agreed to produce a tasty meal for us that will (if our plans work out as intended) match our array of women produced vino.

Join us Wednesday, November 18th at 6:30pm sharp for a family-style-dinner-extravaganza with wines created by women from around the world!

  • Sparkler – Domaine Ste Michelle Brut NV
  • Rose – Chateau d’Or et de Gueules Rose les Cimels 2014
  • White – Yalumba Y Series Viognier Southeastern Australia 2014
  • Red – Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2009
  • Red – Mas Carlot Costieres de Nimes Cuvee Tradition Rouge 2013

All to go with this fabulous menu

  • OMG
  • Smoked paprika braised beef
  • Sautéed winter cabbage and hot peppers
  • Saffron basmati with roasted red onion , almonds and parsley
  • Local green salad with roncal, pepitas and white currant vinaigrette

Jack’s Wine Tastings – Tour della Toscana!

Thank you for your interest in the dinner. We are currently at capacity. Please email if you would like us to add you to the wait list.

Tour della Toscana! Translated (not literally) this means we are wrapping up our three part regional Italian dinner series with TUSCANY!

Kate Romane (chef and owner of e2) spent several weeks in Italy last fall attending the world-famous Terra Madre Food Conference and traveling the country. One of the most famous wine and food regions in the world, we look forward to tasting some super Tuscan (and Super-Tuscan) wines with Chef Kate Romane’s Central Italian culinary creations.

Join us April 15th at 6:30pm sharp for a super-authentic-tasty-family-style-dinner-extravaganza with wines of the region!

  • Sparkler – Veglio Re Della Notte Extra Dry NV
  • White – we have to keep something as a surprise!
  • Red – Coli Villa Montignana Chianti Classico Riserva Tuscany 2009
  • Red – Contucci Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009
  • Red – Vecchia Cantina di Montepulciano Super Tuscan Orbaio Redi Argo et Non Briareo 2009

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT EVENT… Sunday, May 17th for a full tour of Italy

Jack’s Wine Tastings – Sicily

Thank you for your interest in this dinner – it has sold out.  Please send an email if you would like to be added to the wait list.  

Next up in our gastronomic tour of Italy is Sicily!

Kate Romane (chef and owner of e2) spent several weeks in Italy last fall attending the world-famous Terra Madre Food Conference and traveling the country – this trip included time on the Island of Sicily. Fortunately for us, Kate Romane learned some new Sicilian recipes and is willing to share them with us. To help make our Sicilian meal more realistic, we needed to add some WINE!   Helping us with this (difficult but tasty) task is Marco Scapagnini, wine importer and director of IWG and NicheItaly Tours. Marco imports a number of award winning Sicilian wines that will make our dinner absolutely authentic and tasty!

Join us March 18th at 6:30pm sharp for a super-authentic-tasty-family-style-dinner-extravaganza with wines of the region!

  • Firriato Sabbie dell’Etna Bianco DOC 2013
  • Domodimonti Pecorino Li Coste DOCG 2013
  • Firriato Sabbie dell’Etna Rosso DOC 2012
  • Firriato Santagostino Nero D’Avola/Syrah 2011 Top 100 WS
  • Domodimonti Il Messia Montepulciano/Merlot 2010


4/15 – Central Italy

Jack’s Wine Tastings – Northern Italy

Thanks for your interest. We are sold out. Please send an email if you would like to be added to the wait list.

Word association:  Italian Food, Italian Wine, e2… I bet nearly everyone on this list immediately thought of DINNER!!!

Yes, that’s right.  Kate Romane (chef and owner of e2) spent several weeks in Turin, Italy last fall attending the world-famous Terra Madre Food Conference.  And you KNOW she exchanged recipes and concepts with tons of Italian chefs – and returned to Pittsburgh with a desire to try out her newly acquired, highly authentic Italian regional recipes – so we’re game right?!?!?    We’ll do three dinners over the next three months each featuring a different region – starting in THE NORTH!

Join us February 18th at 6:30pm sharp for a super-authentic-tasty-family-style-dinner-extravaganza with wines of the region!  After some research and combing the state stores for Piedmontese wines, some are unrated, but tasted in advance, others were rewarded 94 points by famous reviewers – you be the judge… here they are:

  • Sparkler Veglio Re Della Notte Extra Dry NV Piedmont  (no kidding, a sparkler from Piedmont!)
  • Arneis Monchiero Carbone Roero Arneis ReCit 2013 Piedmont
  • Gavi di Gavi  Masseria dei Carmelitani 2013 Piedmont
  • Barbera Vietti Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne 2012 Piedmont
  • Barolo Bel Colle 2010 Piedmont


3/18 – Sicily
4/15 – Central Italy