Western Pennsylvania Lamb Cook-Off

By Amanda Narcisi


The First Annual Western Pennsylvania Lamb Cook-Off is officially ready for this weekend. Jamisons farm in Latrobe, PA is known all over the area for the flavorful Lamb. This Sunday, July 23rd at Ace hotel is the chance for 23 chefs from all over Pittsburgh to serve up this tender meat. The First Annual Western Pennsylvania Lamb Cook-Off was created by Victoria Bradley and Christina French of TABLE Magazine.

The 23 chefs will be broken down into four teams who will create a dish and then compete to win People’s Choice Award. The Official Butcher Partner for the event is Block 292 of Mt Lebanon. There will be vegetarian options provided by Paragon Foods.

“I love events like these because it gives us, chefs, a chance to collaborate and show off some
really awesome local ingredients.”, says Executive Chef and Owner of Black Radish Kitchen,
Kate Romane. “I’ve been a lamb fan for a long time, and I’m excited to see that the other chef
teams come up with.”

Participating chefs include: 

Justin Severino- Cure/Morcilla
Sam DiBattista- Vivo Kitchen
Dom Branduzzi- Piccolo Forno/ Grapperia
Stephen Felder- Stagioni
Derek Burnell- Round Corner Cantina/ El Burro/ Umami
Roger Li- Umami, Ki Ramen
Jennifer Girasole- Girasole
Wyatt Lash- The Commoner
Kate Romane- Black Radish
Scott Walton- Acorn
Will Randall- Poros
Keith Fuller- Pork & Beans
Brian Pekarcik- S+P Restaurant Group
Eli Wahl- Eleven
Joe Tambellini- Tambellini’s
Brandon Blumenfeld- Scratch F&B
Derek Stevens- Union Standard
Curtis Gamble- Station
Dustin Gardener- Casbah
Bethany Zozula- Whitfield
Dan Carlton- Butcher in the Rye
Dave Racicot- täkō
Dave Anoia- DiAnoia’s Eatery


The event will take place inside Ace Hotel at Whitfield restaurant and will also be using the outdoor area between the hotel and Carnegie Library in East Liberty. Ace hotel will also be opening the GYM for a special VIP area which will house some cool a/c, an additional bar, and
a relaxing lounge. 

Tickets are in advance for $50.00 for adults and $20 for Children. Tickets can be purchased here. If you want to stay over at ACE Hotel if you book a room either Saturday or Sunday and use the code LAMBFEST for two free tickets and VIP access. VIP access can be purchased the night of the event for additional $10.00. Tickets will be available
at the door in limited amounts for $60 for adults and $25 for children. A portion of the evening and tickets sold will benefit the Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation (PEMF).

For more information check out www.tablemagazine.com/table_live_posts/western-pa-lamb-fest  WesternPaLambCookOff on Facebook, @WPALambFest on Twitter, @WesternPALambFest on Instagram and the Event Hashtag is #LambFestPGH.