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Dining Notes: Carros-Schrenk wins ACF Chef of the Year honor

Thursday, February 18, 1999

By Suzanne Martinson, Food Editor, Post-Gazette

Andrea Carros-Schrenk is the 1998 Chef of the Year of the American Culinary Federation, Pittsburgh Chapter. She received the award at a dinner Feb. 7 at the Bidwell Training Center.

Schrenk is the pastry instructor at Pennsylvania Culinary, Downtown. She is a member of the local ACF board and co-chair of the 1999 Culinary Salon, which will be from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 14 at Pennsylvania Culinary, Downtown. Donation is $3.

Purveyor of the Year is Fred Hartman of The BreadWorks, and the Educator of the Year award went to chef Norman Hart, who heads the chapter's Junior Hot Food Team. Jim Robert was named the Junior Member of the Year.

President Awards went to: Jan Steingart of Allegheny County Health Department; Roger A. Palumbo, C.A. Curtze Co.; Mitchel Hoffman, Penn Fixtures & Supply; Jeffery Whyle, Whyle Graphics; and Chuck Baux, Debi Arnette, Kyrioako Haridis and Larry Galley.

Sam Wholey of Robert Wholey & Co. accepted a plaque in honor of the late Robert Wholey Sr., who has supported the chefs association throughout the years.

A special award went to Sylvia Sgro, the wife of the late Frank Sgro, for her contributions to the scholarship fund in his name.

Longing for the Italian Alps? A gourmet beer dinner at Penn Brewery may be the next best thing.

The North Side brewery will present Cucina Italiana Con Birra March 10 when the Italian food will be served with the brewery's German beers. Brewery president Tom Pastorius and executive chef Dan Dooley will explain how to pair food and beer. The five-course dinner and beer sampling is $40 per person, including tax and gratuity. The dinner menu includes creamy shrimp and scallops pesto and veal scallops. Reservations are required. The bar opens at 6 p.m. followed by a tour at 6:30. Dinner will be at 7 p.m. Call: 412-237-9402.

Ciro's, Downtown, will have a Sterling wine tasting dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The entree in the five-course dinner is grilled duck breast and duck sausage with a first course of seafood Napoleon. Cost is $64 per person in advance, $75 the night of the event. Call 312-338-0958.

Fifteen restaurants, a culinary school and a candy maker have signed up to serve at Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation April 26 at The Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, Downtown. Hours are 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Among the participating restaurants so far are Hyeholde, Seventh Street Grille, Ciro's, DiSalvo's Station, Top of the Triangle, Cafe Allegro, Franklin Inn, Carmassi's Tuscany Grill, Steelhead Grill, Pennsylvania Culinary, Opening Night Catering, London Grille, The Rivers Club, Stone Mansion, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto and Piccolo Piccolo. The culinary students are from Pennsylvania Culinary, and the candy from Betsy Ann Chocolates.

Providing beverages are Margolis/Southern Wine & Spirits, Liberty Wine & Spirits, Superior Coffee, Evian Water, Coca-Cola, Winebow, D'Andrea Wine & Liquor, Coors, Bartolomeo Pio Wines and Frank Fuhrer.

Proceeds from the event, which costs $65, go to these anti-hunger events: Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and Just Harvest, 70 percent; and state, national and international anti-hunger efforts, each 10 percent. The event is sponsored by American Express and Williams- Sonoma and H.J. Heinz is a local contributor. The local event is one of 100 tastings and dinners in 80 cities in the United States and Canada. Call: 412-481-0380.

On March 27, Angelo's in Washington, Pa., will celebrate its 60th anniversary. Owned by Michael Passalacqua, the restaurant was started by his grandfather in 1939, and his father took over in 1958. "We are very proud of our successes and of the direct descendency," writes Michael, who began running the restaurant in 1992. "We are also still in our original location."

Dining critic Woodene Merriman is on vacation. If you have news for Dining Out, send it to Suzanne Martinson, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222. Items must be received by 10 a.m. Monday to be included in that Thursday's column.

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