Summer 18|volume 11|Issue 4

    From the Publisher

    Chuck Shane, Publisher

    Summer—what a great time to be in our neighborhoods! Everyone (who’s anyone) is here, living or visiting, throughout the season.
    As our regular readers know, we attempt to provide a variety of subjects in every issue but this time we’re heavy on food and drink, perhaps fully appropriate for the summertime.

    The preparation and enjoyment of exotic meats is becoming very popular, and Chris Olpp, the chef at Strip District Meats, offers suggestions and a recipe. Strip District Meats is perhaps the leader in this region for their knowledge and variety of exotic meats available. Then it’s onto cheeses via Bette McDevitt’s discussion with Adam Erlichman, the newly appointed cheesemonger at the venerable Penn Mac.

    Moving onto drink, Dan Casciato takes us on a tour of the beer, wine, and spirits producers in Lawrenceville and the Strip. And Max Miller continues his spirits-praising columns by musing on the pairing of fine cigars with bourbon and other lively beverages.
    This issue’s inauguration of a new series, Collectors of the ’Burgh, provides a look at the very special collection dear to the heart of our editor, Greg Suriano. Greg has written many articles and several books on George Gershwin, and has loaned items from his collection for exhibits by the Pittsburgh Ballet, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Oakland Carnegie Library.

    Of course, we must spotlight our latest construction developments, and Yvonne Hudson does that very well with her report on Edge 1909, Riverfront Landing, the huge multifaceted project along the river in the Strip.

    Finally, Donald Miller guides us to the Greek island of Chios, where clothing donations, gathered and shipped by Midnight Helpers and the Strip’s own Gus Stamoolis, arrive regularly to aid the refugees there.

    Hope you enjoy our efforts. Keep cool in the coming months—and we’ll see you in the neighborhoods.

    “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

    —Mae West (1893-1980)