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/ PAGE Time to Dine On November 18, 40-plus chefs will present their favorite dishes at the Circuit Center & Ballroom on the South Side. With an evening planned for tasting, sampling, and nibbling, we are presenting our second annual Chef’s Best Dish event. Pittsburgh is one of the most important cities in the emerging food world, and it takes the efforts of many hands. Ask any of the featured chefs, and they will say that it all starts with great ingredients, a great vision, and a great team.

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At last year’s Chef’s Best Dish event, we noted how the chefs themselves interacted with the guests and other teams’ chefs. It was then that we realized the importance of giving those in the back of the kitchen the opportunity to shine before the community they feed. It is an honor to be giving that opportunity again this year. Come join us and see what we are talking about. Tickets are available at A preview of all of those scrumptious efforts begins on page 51. Family values are at the heart of this issue with our feature on the Polamalu family on page 100. As parents, Troy and Theodora are aware of the role of service in keeping family bonds strong. With a focus on charities with a personal tie, they are finding ways to keep their family in focus while helping others. Here’s to your great team!

Christine and Jack Tumpson








Here in Pittsburgh, fall foods and foliage are plentiful — our Instagram feeds prove it! See what our 1. staff has been capturing this season, and then, follow WHIRL’s account @whirlmagazine. 1. E xecutive Editor Andrea Bosco paused to admire the elegant autumn leaves in her own backyard. 2. Advertising Production Manager Stephanie Flowers warmed up with a hearty bowl of homemade Autumn Squash Soup. 3. Senior Editor Rachel Jones treated herself, Pittsburgh-style, to the Braised Short Rib Pieorgies at Braddock’s. 4. Account Executive Meghan Milligan filled her basket with Soergel Orchards’ perfectly plump apples. 5. Graphic Designer Samantha Casale savored the brisk fall weather — almost as much as her Shetland Sheepdog, Berkley. 6. Style Editor Liz Petoniak snapped a photo of the famous, ever-photogenic rotunda at The Pennsylvanian.


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WHIRL Magazine: November 2014  

In this issue: Troy & Theodora Polamalu, Chef's Best Dish, nonprofit guide, winter skincare.