The Downtowner August 1st

July 31 – August 3: Restaurant Week Downtown 
The PDCDC Restaurant Week Downtown kicked off on Monday, July 31 and runs through August 3. This first year event delivers a variety of 3 course meals for a fixed price at downtown Pittsburgh’s best restaurants.
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Here is a list of participating restaurants:
For more information, and to see menus and pricing, visit our website.
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Introducing One Mile Fun Run/Walk as Part of FontanaFest
The 13th annual FontanaFest, the annual community event hosted by State Senator Wayne D. Fontana, will again be held at Highmark Stadium, home of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, on Saturday, August 19!  This year’s Fest will be featuring a new addition to the day’s program: a One Mile Fun Run/Walk, sponsored by Highmark and Children’s Hospital of UPMC of Pittsburgh, to help raise money to fight childhood cancer and support families. Proceeds from the Fun Run/Walk will benefit Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
The FontanaFest Fun Run/Walk will take place at Highmark Stadium with runners beginning at 10:30 a.m. and walkers at 10:45 a.m.  The unique course will start inside Highmark Stadium before turning onto the river trail, ultimately ending inside the stadium.  All participants will get a t-shirt and awards will be presented following the race.
Registration is $10 for individuals and can be done by clicking here or visiting  Families with three or more people can register for a flat fee of $25.  Proceeds from the race will be donated to organizations in support of fighting childhood cancer and supporting families.
Following the race, awards will be presented on the field at Highmark Stadium while the 13th annual FontanaFest kicks off at 11 a.m.   0f550da1 2e61 4d78 900b 2b7670324589 - The Downtowner August 1st
FontanaFest, a free community event, is perfect for families and children, promoting healthy and active lifestyles by providing many fun activities, games and crafts.  Children will have the chance to play on several inflatables, an obstacle course, and a climbing wall and visit with a face painter, temporary tattoo artist, and balloon maker.  All attendees also are provided with the opportunity to engage with more than a dozen organizations from around the region and receive important information on available services and programs, nutrition, health care, and much more. A Roving Puppet Stage from Pittsburgh Puppet Works will be present from noon – 2 p.m. and guests can also mingle with the Pirate Parrot, Iceburgh, and perhaps a few of their friends.
Parking will be free in the stadium’s West Lot, compliments of Forest City.
Whether you’re an avid runner or just like the idea of taking a casual stroll along our riverfronts, consider participating in the 1st annual FontanaFest Fun Run/Walk while supporting the worthwhile cause of ending childhood cancer and providing support for families.
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This Weekend: DreamOn Festival 2017
Experience “Pittsburgh’s only music and ice cream festival” this weekend! With 15 local Pittsburgh music acts and 15 ice cream flavors, #DreamOnFest promises to be a lively and delicious celebration of the Pittsburgh community.
As part of this event, Grammy Award-winning artist Bilal is performing at the August Wilson Center at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 4.
For more information and a complete listing of events, visit
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Social House 7 Chef Phill Milton Reflects On His Background
Chef Phill Milton, head chef at Social House 7, has always had a love for food. He began his culinary career cooking with his mother and grandmother in his childhood home in Michigan. After being raised to love food, he attended Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona at age 19. Following graduation, Milton went to work in kitchens across the Detroit area such as Too Chez, Tribute, and Travis Pointe Country Club.
However, in 2001 Milton put his career on hold to enlist in the U.S. Army where he served for two tours. After he returned, he relocated to Tampa, Florida where he worked as a chef and also earned a degree in Computer Science from the University of South Florida.
After two degrees and two years of the Army, Milton was recruited to work for the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. At this point his Pittsburgh native wife, to whom he was newly married, began to introduce Milton to the rising food scene of the area, wanting to move back to the Burgh. Milton applied to 12 different restaurants and found Social House 7. He liked AMPD – the company that owns Social House 7- and he fit in well with the owners and admired their “vibe and philosophy.” Now he’s busy serving up Japanese/izakaya type dishes to Pittsburgh locals.
Even with Milton’s life-long culinary background, the job comes with some challenges. “The hardest thing is the long hours and time away from friends and being away during holidays while everyone else gets to go home,” said Milton.
However, these challenges are made up for with all the rewards that come with being a chef. “My favorite thing about cooking is the act of seeing someone happy eating something you made personally,” said Milton. “It’s the hospitality aspect.”
Milton doesn’t have a particular favorite type of food to cook, but he does enjoy slow cooking and braising foods such as short ribs. His favorite food to eat is Mexican food, and in his free time he can’t get away from the kitchen; he studies food by watching documentaries and reading cookbooks. Outside of that, he spends time with his wife and dog.
You can try some of Milton’s dishes at 123 7th Street. Social House 7 serves Japanese, Korean, and Thai plates including soups, salads, noodles, rice, robata, and meats such as tofu, salmon, lamb chops, and chicken.
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This Weekend: EQT Three Rivers Regatta
This weekend, enjoy all that the Pittsburgh rivers have to offer with EQT Three Rivers Regatta, runningAugust 4-6, 2017.
With live performances like Easton Corbin and Smash Mouth, river events like jet ski stunt shows and powerboat racing, and kid friendly activities like Kids Zone and AAA Travel to the Beach Kids Korner, there’s something for everyone.
For more information and a complete listing of events, visit
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Steel City Clothing Embodies Pittsburgh’s Spirit
Steel City Clothing is an independent clothing store that sells Pittsburgh-based tees, tanks, sweatshirts, hats, and accessories for kids and adults. Founded in 2009 by Brandon and Carly Grbach, they believe “great style begins with great design.” They have tees representing every Pittsburgh sports team, with clever sayings like “Sidney Crosby is really good at hockey.” Other tees are Pittsburgh-themed with phrases like “Yinz” and “Don’t be a Jagoff.” Every design is usually created in their living room, and they love to use vintage fabrics and super soft cotton.
Brandon and Carly began their business when they decided they didn’t want to live paycheck to paycheck working jobs they didn’t enjoy. Brandon has a background in graphic design while Carly has a knowledge of corporate finance, so they combined their skills to create Steel City Clothing. Once they started out, they showed up at every market and fair they could, sometimes only breaking even. 8277c033 c917 4d33 b39b c9cf39683761 - The Downtowner August 1st
Now after quitting their day jobs, they’ve sold tens of thousands of T-shirts, and retailers like Nordstrom, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Urban Outfitters carry their products. They stock boutiques in Japan, and celebrities like Seth Meyers, Joe Manganiello, and Eddie Vedder have worn their clothes. They’re also the only independent brand featured by the NFL, and the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team wore their shirts under their jerseys during a game.
“We like T-shirts because they’re a universal medium,” said Carly. “It’s an every man’s art form.  We like relating to people on a level everyone can share in.”
With their rise to success, they’ve designed merch for the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, Houdini 100, Table 86, The Clemente Museum, Al Weiwei, and the DeAngelo Williams Foundation. Their tee for the “Pittsburgh is Stronger than Cancer Campaign” raised $45,000 to provide free mammograms via the DeAngelo Williams Foundation.
If you’re really in love with Steel City Clothing, you can join their “Tee Club” where you’re mailed a limited edition tee only available to club members once a month for $29.99. Along with your shirt, you receive a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity, proving you are only 1 of 200 owners with that tee.
“We wanted our customers to be able to look forward to receiving something on a monthly basis,” said Carly. “With our club specifically, we try to include a bit of magic. We like the idea of waiting for something to come in the mail and it be a complete mystery.”
To purchase their retail merchandise, you can visit their website or their permanent storefront at 625 Smithfield Street.
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Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar
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Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar 

Andys @ Fairmont Pittsburgh
Thursday, August 3 –  Tania Grubbs from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Friday, August 4 – DJ Malls Spins Vinyl from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 4 – Peg Wilson from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, August 5 – Denise Sheffield-Powell from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Backstage Bar
Friday, August 4 – Daryl Shawn at 5:00 p.m.
Eddie V’s 
Live jazz every night of the week at various times. Check out Eddie V’s website for a full calendar.
EQT Plaza
Tuesday, August 1 – Bobby V 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Howl at the Moon 
Live music on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Fridays at 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit Howl at the Moon’s website here.
James Street Gastropub
Saturday, August 5th – Jessica Lee 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Market Square
Wednesday, August 2 Midweek Music in Market Square – 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Friday, August 4 – Summer Music Series
Live music every Friday and Saturday from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Revel + Roost
Friday, August 4 – Lovebettie from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Rivers Casino
Thursday, August 3 – Billy the Kid Trio – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 4 – Dancing Queen Band –  8:30 p.m.
Friday, August 4 – Kenny Blake Trio – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 5 – Ferris Buellers Revenge – 9:00
Saturday, August 5 – Kenny Howard Trio – 9:00
Salsa and Bachata nights at Seviche every Tuesday from 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.and a live DJ every Friday from 10:00 p.m. – close.
Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse
Saturday, August 5, Angela Autumn. Food Truck Feature: Driftwood
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Downtown Events this Week:


Stevie Wellons, Agnes Katz Plaza, 5:00 p.m.
Bring It! LIVE, Heinz Hall, 7:30 p.m.
The Space Between, Contemporary Craft, 6:00 p.m.
EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, Point State Park, 12:00 p.m.
Free Citizenship and Naturalization Class, Carnegie Library Downtown 2:00 p.m.
EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, Point State Park, 12:00 p.m.
Purple Heart Day 5K & 10K, Heinz Field, 7:00 a.m.
ToonSeum Comics Club, The ToonSeum, 9:00 a.m.
Half-Pint Prints, The Andy Warhol Museum, 10:00 a.m.
EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, Point State Park, 12:00 p.m.
Ongoing Events
Mamma Mia!, Benedum Center, 8:00 p.m., through August 6th
Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage, Cabaret at Theater Square, 7:30 p.m., through September 17th
Oaths and Epithets – Works by Sonya Clark, The Society for Contemporary Craft, Mondays-Saturdays through August 19th