The Pittsburgh Dish

Doug Heilman

The Pittsburgh Dish, a food show dedicated to showcasing and capturing the essence of Pittsburgh cuisine. Our podcast highlights the people, places, and recipes that make our region so special. By sharing personal stories, weekly recommendations, and community recipes, we aim to inspire our listeners to connect with their local food scene and learn more about the unique flavors that shape our city.

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Episodes

009 Guiding Local Food to Grocery Aisles with Paul Abbott
Mar 31 2024
009 Guiding Local Food to Grocery Aisles with Paul Abbott
Paul Abbott from Giant Eagle Market District joins our table, and he's not coming empty-handed. He's here to unpack the journey of local food producers, from crafting their unique flavors right through to the moment their products hit the shelves. From the delight of tasting Pittsburgh's own Leona's Ice Cream Sandwiches or savoring La Familia's pasta sauce, knowing you're supporting the heartbeat of our food community. Our conversation with Paul reveals the dedication behind Market District's role in partnering with these culinary gems and how the relationships enrich our local food culture.Get ready to pull back the curtain on what it takes for a product to go from concept to consumer. Through stories like a local salsa brand's rise to fame, we highlight the intertwined paths of personal dedication and community support that mark the success of Pittsburgh's food artisans. Learn how feedback and relationships are crucial in navigating the retail landscape, and discover the surprising ways that store leaders and team members scout for potential products that might just be the next big thing on your dinner table.Finally, because we believe the soul of Pittsburgh is best experienced through many voices, food enthusiast Raquel Holiday and listener Eric P share notable food favorites – from comforting White Spaghetti with Breadcrumbs to the delectable mix of Mexican cuisine and frozen custard. Pull up a chair and prepare to indulge in the stories and tastes that define our vibrant culinary scene.Support the show
006 Uniting Foodies and Flavorful Tales with Ashley Cesaratto
Mar 10 2024
006 Uniting Foodies and Flavorful Tales with Ashley Cesaratto
Imagine biting into the perfect slice of pizza, but instead of just savoring the flavors, you spark a social media idea that unites food lovers citywide. That's exactly what happened to Ashley Cesaratto, co-founder of the Pittsburgh Foodies Facebook group, who joins us for a mouthwatering discussion about the city's culinary landscape. As we trace Ashley's path from music to influential foodie, we uncover the secrets behind managing an online community and the power of personal connections in recommending the best eateries and cooking advice. Ashley shares her experience stepping into the media spotlight, from a serendipitous Instagram comment to tasting the local limelight on "Talk Pittsburgh," we explore the prep and passion that goes into a few minutes of screen time. Ashley's tales from her guest spots on podcasts, like "Lunchtime in Rome," serve up a delicious blend of personal narrative and culinary delight. Finally, we get personal with holiday food memories and reinventions of the traditional feast. We chat about Ashley's family recipes and how a simple dish can become a treasure trove of nostalgia. Love a good wine suggestion? We also discuss which Italian vintages are the perfect companions to beloved pasta dishes, and then share a completely new take on lasagna for our recipe of the week.  Whether you're a cooking enthusiast looking to perfect your meatball game or a baking aficionado curious about pavlova, this episode has the ingredients for a delightful culinary adventure. So, buckle up your apron and join us for a taste of Pittsburgh and beyond, right here at the table of shared stories and savory delights.Support the show
005 Sweet Inspirations with Hannah Olsen, Macaron Maven
Mar 3 2024
005 Sweet Inspirations with Hannah Olsen, Macaron Maven
Embark on a culinary adventure with a master of macarons, Hannah Olsen of Aycho Melange, as we unravel these delicate French cookies that are taking Pittsburgh by storm. Hannah clarifies the 'macaron vs. macaroon' conundrum and shares the story behind her bakery's unique name. Her passion for these sophisticated yet approachable treats is contagious, and you'll find yourself craving more than just a bite of her signature sandwich cookies that are a far cry from the typical store-bought varieties.With a mix of humor and wisdom, Hannah walks us through her entrepreneurial journey, from a monthly skill-building challenge to the creation of a flourishing pastry business. It's a tale of innovation, personal growth, and the joy of embracing new crafts that will inspire you to consider where your own curiosities might lead. And for those dreaming of their own food venture, don't miss the insights on transitioning from a home kitchen to a professional one, and the exciting development of Batches Bakehouse – a potential game-changer for small-scale food creators. Celebrate the power of community support that bolsters local businesses like Aycho Melange. As we wrap up, join us on a delicious detour through other foodie finds in Mt Oliver with Brown Bear Bread Company and a cherished family recipe of Stuffed Cabbage Rolls that add a sprinkle of local flavor and a dollop of culinary heritage to our city's diverse culinary delights.Support the show
002 Tossing Up Triumphs in the Pizza World with Nick Bogacz
Feb 11 2024
002 Tossing Up Triumphs in the Pizza World with Nick Bogacz
From humble beginnings as a delivery driver, Nick Bogacz has risen to create a pizza empire that's the talk of the town. Join us as we sit down with the Caliente Pizza and Draft House founder and learn how he kneaded dedication, innovation, and a family-like team environment into a successful recipe for his business. We'll also uncover how international pizza competitions have served as a proving ground for Caliente's mouthwatering creations.In this episode, we slice into Caliente's evolution of crafting pan pizzas to mastering an array of other styles without losing the essence of their original recipe. We'll share insights from pizza expos that ignite inspiration for innovation and discuss the pivotal role of creating long-term careers within the company. These elements have not only shaped Caliente's journey but also intertwined the dreams and goals of the entire team.Nick shares his nostalgic trip through pizza memories that have defined family gatherings and marked the beginning of Caliente's journey, leading to their strategic growth into major sporting venues and mouth-watering plans to bring their jarred sauces and hot honey to supermarket shelves. Plus, we're dishing out an ‘under the radar’ restaurant recommendation with foodie connoisseur Ashley Cesaratto and a comforting white chicken chili recipe from our listener Sherri, that's sure to add some warmth to your kitchen. Get ready to be served a slice of life and entrepreneurial wisdom and more on this weeks showSupport the show
001 Savoring the City with Ana Eats Pittsburgh
Feb 4 2024
001 Savoring the City with Ana Eats Pittsburgh
When the irresistible allure of Pittsburgh's cuisine beckons, who better to guide us than the vibrant Instagram star Ana Anthony of Ana.Eats.Pgh. This week, she sits down with us to share the inside scoop on the city's food scene, her journey to 100K+ followers, and the power of her platform in celebrating the unsung heroes behind local eateries. From the cozy charm of Dagny's Eatery to the enchanting Pusadee's Garden, Ana's stories are a love letter to the flavors that define her hometown. With a behind-the-scenes look at her content creation process, she unveils the dedication required to keep Pittsburgh's dining gems in the spotlight.Ana recounts heartfelt stories of food & family, the influence of her parents and chef brother, and how these experiences have carved her fervent support for local businesses. The episode also captures the thrilling leap into local media, where Ana's appearances on television amplify her mission to champion Pittsburgh's culinary talents. Through it all, the enduring spirit of her late father stands as a beacon of inspiration, driving her forward in this delicious pursuit. With future dreams of meeting culinary giants, grabbing pizza in New York City,  and a longing to take her tastebuds on a European escapade, her ambitions are likely to lead her to Ana.Eats.World status. She invites her followers on Instagram @ana.eats.pgh to join her on this adventure, where every bite is a story and every meal a new chapter. And just before the final goodbye, Ana promises more savory tales and tips for fellow food enthusiasts eager for their next bite.Support the show