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The Local Food Report: Monday, January 3

Local food news happens all the time, and it’s unbelievable how much you miss if you don’t check out local publications. Recently read something worthwhile? Link it at the bottom!

– It’s been a busy and varied year for Pittsburgh dining, especially when it comes to new restaurants opening up. The PG’s China Millman takes us through the notable openings in 2010. Not a bad place to start if you’re listing restaurants to check out in the new year. (On my list: Salt of the Earth, Spoon, Sababa, Green Pepper, Daphne, and on and on and on…)

– If you checked out the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s previous article on Notion, the new restaurant from Dave Racicot, you might want to read this follow-up on recent developments. The restaurant, scheduled to open today, had 50 reservations for its opening night, but time will tell if this will be the 31-year old  chef’s flight or folly. Chef Racicot is not fooling around. “To err might be human but not in Chef Racicot’s kitchen, even on the first day of business: If you allow people an opportunity to make mistakes just because something is new, he notes, it changes the mindset.”

Need a place Downtown for breakfast or lunch? Deborah Deasy of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review covers the Market Square merging of Prantl’s and Mancini’s. I, for one, am glad to have a Prantl’s post somewhere a little closer to the South Hills. “The pair first joined hands in September 2008 to rent the former Jenny Lee bakery site on Market Square. ‘We were both businesses looking to expand Downtown. Our future landlord introduced us,’ says Nick Mancini Hartner, 32, great-nephew of Jimmy Mancini, who founded Mancini’s Bread Co. in 1929.”

The Penn Avenue Fish Company and the Big Burrito Group get a nice shout out in this piece on nationwide dining from Joan Nathan (for Tablet Magazine). The author made several notable dining stops on her 32-city book tour, but only one city’s chef got to represent with a full recipe. That’s right, Big Burrito’s Chef Bill Fuller.

– Rebecca Sodergren delves into holiday food traditions for the PG’s Food Column, including “Good Luck” foods for New Year’s Day eating. While the event listings are sadly out of date at this point, the lentil soup recipe sounds good enough to make any day of the year.

The Local Food Report: Thursday, December 16

Local food news happens all the time, and it’s unbelievable how much you miss if you don’t check out local publications. Recently read something worthwhile? Link it at the bottom!

– Nice Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article on Aldo Coffee in Mt. Lebanon. China Millman gives us a little history of the independent cafe, thoughts from the owner, Rich Westerfield, and the ups and downs of in-house coffee roasting. “The change is not without risks. ‘People are attached to brands,’ acknowledged Mr. Westerfield.”

The PG food writing staff offer their picks for the best of the year’s cookbooks. I can never wholly get behind a list that features a Rachel Ray title, but there’s a nice variety here for cooks of any caliber. (And before you call me a snob, it’s not that I don’t think her recipes and approach to cooking have a use. They certainly do. I just don’t think her cookbooks are anything special, even as far as food television personalities go.)

– From NPR: Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University release a fascinating study on how imagining food consumption can limit actual desire to eat. “So we think what the imagining consumption is doing is leading people to habituate to a food. And what I mean by habituation is it’s a basic process that we see towards light, towards income, towards all these different kinds of stimuli, and it’s basically people become less responsive to anything that they’re exposed to repeatedly.”

Good, quick little feature in PopCity on Thai Suan Thip, the buzzed-about Thai restaurant in Bellevue. Also in PopCity, a revamp for the Children’s Museum’s eatery, now the Big Red Room Cafe. Nothing kids like more than an “emphasis on healthy eating and efficiency”!

– Fun article from Pittsburgh Tribune Review‘s Michael Machosky, planning out a day spent in the Strip District. Nothing surprising for those well acquainted, but a nice introduction nonetheless. Nice of the writer to give shout outs to several Public Market vendors, including Pittsburgh Marshmallow Factory and Four Paws.

– Finally, if you haven’t caught the first of the PG series on the founding of Notion, definitely check it out. It’s a story driven by an intriguing character, Dave Racicot, with great talent and an even greater ego.