Food Revolution Cooking Club looks to change the way kids eat
Started in response to a challenge from celebrity chef and healthy food advocate Jamie Oliver, the Food Revolution Pittsburgh Cooking Club has been running at Pittsburgh’s Obama Academy for the last year-and-a-half.

Food Revolution Cooking Club founder Bobby Fry with some of his students at Pittsburgh Obama Academy

Now, in preparation for Food Revolution Day on May 16, club founder Bobby Fry, who owns Bar Marco and The Livermore, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help make the cooking club self-sustainable and to see that Pittsburgh’s celebration of Food Revolution ideals the largest in all 74 participating countries.

“If you expose people to good foods and how to prepare good foods from raw ingredients, it creates an instant change,” Fry says. “This club has produced results the last year and a half, and we want to make it a model that doesn’t require continuous grants and funding.”

The campaign has raised close to $10,000 in its first three days and still has nearly a month to go.

Hosted on Crowdtilt, the cooking club hopes to raise $250,000 by May 4 to make it sustainable. Fry would not only like to expand the program to include more students, but he’d also like to see a student-run food truck established on campus at Obama.

“We can hire the kids from the cooking club to run the truck after school. For less money than they’re spending buying after-school snacks at the gas station, they can get real food,” Fry says. “We can hire a real chef to run the cooking club and help the kids run the truck, keep buying ingredients, start catering school events. Kids can not only work and make money, but learn real skills and do culturally significant work.

For Food Revolution Day festivities at Obama Academy, Fry says the club has already lined up 60 exhibitors and 20 of the city’s best chefs. The celebration will free and open to the public.

DeSimone bringing a new wine bar to Shadyside
You can’t keep Dave DiSimone down for long. Less than two months after the closing of Bridge Ten Brasserie, the South Side French restaurant heowned and operated since the summer of 2012, DiSimone is back with Open Bottle Bistro, a wine bar located at 5884 Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside.

Open Bottle, which will hold its soft opening on Tuesday, will feature a broad selection of wines and European-style cocktails to go with food from Chef Jeremy Hickey, who follows DiSimone from Bridge Ten.

In addition to an intimate dining room, DeSimone is working on a covered patio which should be ready in time for the restaurant’s grand opening later this spring.

Open Bottle will offer lunch service Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner service from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., though the restaurant will be open continuously from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays.

Patron opens in East Liberty
Patron Mexican Grill opened last Friday at the corner of Highland Avenue and Penn Circle in East Liberty. Patron will feature lunch and dinner service seven days a week until 10:30 p.m. Monday specials include 95-cent tacos and margaritas for $2.95.

It’s the fourth installation of the restaurant from owner Martin Bolanios, who moved to Pittsburgh in 2006 from Michoacan, Mexico.

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