Although ten finalists made it to Pittsburgh's Best Ribs competition, Roxanne's Take-Out & Catering drew top praise for its "Honey-A-Must" sauce, according to event sponsor WPXI.com. When the judges tore into Roxanne's honey-mustard ribs, the room went silent—save for the sound of vigorous chewing and one pronouncement that "this sauce is great." The highly celebrated sauce represents just one of Roxanne Easley's mouthwatering dishes, which she prepares daily.
Easley's accomplishments are not limited to her cooking, however. In February 2012, she named Pittsburgh Courier's list of "Fab 40" honorees for being an elite member of the African-American business community in Pittsburgh. Roxanne also showed Pittsburgh her cooking skills as she performed a live cooking-demonstration of her famous balsamic lamb chops and peach cake on TV program Pittsburgh's Today Live. As a chef and business owner, Easley has catered events with up to 500 people, preparing an array of dishes such as mexican lasagna and parmesan crusted tilapia, as well as customized dishes tailored to the event.
Both chefs at Sichuan Gourmet hail from Chendu, the capital of China's Sichuan province. They both tap into nearly 20 years of experience to populate their menu with Sichuan-style recipes such as tea-smoked duck and the Triple Fairy, a medley of shrimp, sea scallops, chicken, and veggies stir-fried in a spicy sauce. These authentic dishes are served in a dining room that's cloaked in warm hues, including orange booths, yellow and peach walls, and prints of autumnal foliage.
Luke Wholey knows seafood. The fourth-generation commercial fisherman spent his early career scooping up salmon aboard an Alaskan trawler and guiding anglers along Montana’s fish-rich rivers and lakes. Now, however, he puts his knowledge to good use at his eponymous seafood restaurant, Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille.
The Grille, located at the same address where Luke’s great-grandfather once sold his fresh catch at market, dishes out crisp, breaded Alaskan halibut, broiled Atlantic cod, and whole steamed Maine lobster. These pair with an extensive selection of beers from Dogfish Head and other craft breweries, as well as A. Ward’s Cheesecakes, which are never frozen, except during the games of freeze tag they play with the root-beer floats.
As executive chef, Luke also has ample opportunity to flex his culinary muscles: he was picked by the governor to be Pennsylvania’s representative to the Great American Seafood Cook-off in 2012.
The chefs at Taipei bridge the gap between two of Asia’s superpowers, plating Chinese favorites from Taipei duck to general tso’s chicken alongside delicately rolled Japanese sushi specialties. Although their menu is built upon a pair of thousand-year-old culinary traditions, they also understand the value of a speedy bite; each day, they arrange a selection of favorites such as the moo goo gai pan into fast, tasty lunches paired rice, egg rolls, soup, and your own personal fast-forward button.
Since 1984, the culinary team at Me Lyng Restaurant has crafted plates of traditional Chinese and Vietnamese specialties. Chinese dishes range from boneless duck stir-fried in a special sauce to classics such as stir-fried beef and veggies garnished with a small flower rather than an entire Christmas tree. On the Vietnamese end of the spectrum, chefs pair pho noodles with scallions, plum sauce, and pancakes; crepes can arrive stuffed with beef, chicken, or pork, all of which complement a sweet and tangy dipping sauce.
The cooks at Misaki Sushi and Seafood Buffet pair a menu of Pan-Asian entrees and sushi with an expansive buffet that blends Asian cuisine with Western favorites. They frequently replenish the buffet with fresh sushi, wood-oven pizzas, and pastas, artfully arranging the dishes beneath spotlights. They prepare à la carte options with equal care, whether curling tuna slices into maki rolls or frying flat rice noodles for pad thai or delicious shoelaces.