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Yakkin’ With YaJagoff – Cassandra, Black n Gold Girls

It’s Wednesday….Time for Yakkin’ With YaJagoff!

We are yakkin with Cassandra Buncie, Co founder/ VP Marketing at Black N Gold Girls which is a group where Pittsburgh sports females can hang out with each other. See how her father taught her about football.

Find out more about the Black n Gold Girls fundraiser for Rocco today!

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BIG thanks to the Beer Hive for letting us have a corner of the place AND beer!

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As always, thanks to 321Blink for the Production

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Recipe for Hope Wrap-up – 2015

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SaturDEE night, about eleventy-hundred people got together to eat and drink to raise money for HairPeace Charities, a local non-profit group that helps women purchase wigs and provides emotional support as they to through their cancer treatment.

Keep reading… at the end of this post, there will be a chance to win your very own Pot Roast Nachos appetizer from Atria’s (official pronunciation ATria’s as in the Pittsburghese term n’at vs. how some say ATEria’s.)

Here are some pics of Saturday night’s Hair Peace Charities “Recipe for Hope” event.

I was paired up with former KDKA-Radio-now-WNEW news guy, Bill Rehkopf, Taylor and Tony from the PNC Park Atria’s and Linda, a 6-year cancer survivor. We served Atria’s Pot Roast Nachos in honor of my bud Liz Evans who’s working her way through treatment.

Here's our official Team Photo with Iceburgh (Taylor, Tony, Iceburgh, Me, Linda)

Here’s our official Team Photo with Iceburgh (Taylor, Tony, Iceburgh, Me, Linda)

Tony and Taylor did their best to show us how to properly stage the table before the crowd came in.

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Nacho chips plated first.  Then place the marinated pot roast meat over the chips making sure every chip has something on it.  A drizzle of sour cream, shredded cheese, topped with diced tomatoes and a few jalapeno pepper rings. Boom!

At one point before the crowd entered, I appear to be discussing pre-dinner prostate exams with Bill and Tony.

Just before the crowd entered, I appear to be discussing pre-dinner prostate exams with Bill and Tony.

The table never looked that neat again.  Tony, Training and Development guy from Atria’s had to throw his hands up at some point. Neatness was thrown out the window. It was all about the enticing verbal presentation of the product with Bill’s radio voice. Nobody seemed to be deterred by our messy table.  By the way, Tony and Taylor are the ones who officially trained us in the ATria’s vs. ATEria’s pronunciation.

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Our neighbors were Rick Dayton and Kim Gable of KDKA-TV.  Bill went over to borrow a cup of sugar.  They were kind enough to take a pic with him because they had no sugar but the pasta and sausage which was AWESOME but not nearly as awesome as our pot roast nachos.

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Bonny Diver, event and HairPeace organizer, Cara Sapida (WPXI-TV), Janelle Hall (WTAE-TV), Kim Gable and Heather Abraham (KDKA-TV) doing a friendly pose.  Shortly after the 4 TV ladies arm wrestled for a chance to win 29.8 bonus Sweeps Week points for their station.  The best part of this pic is the dude in the back photo-bombing with that I-don’t-understand-you-humans-tilted-dog-head look.

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WDVE’s Val Porter and Kelly O’s owner who’s name is….. of all crazy things Kelly!

Val served Kelly’s crab and asparagus quiche. Don’t worry about what “real men” do.  When you’re at Kelly O’s place, eat the quiche.  Just talk about the Steelers, Pens or Pirates when you’re eating it if you feel awkward.

Cris Winter of 99.7 FM served some kind of incredibly tasting-like better than ANYTHING your grandma would make steak from Donato's.

Cris Winter of 99.7 FM served some kind of incredibly tasting-like better than ANYTHING your grandma would make steak from Donato’s.

imageScott Harbaugh (WPXI-TV) served up Sheri Powell’s Pretzel Crazy treats instead of  crazy weather  tweets.  (He’s twitter Royalty in case you didn’t know.)

Look at Kim Gable (KDKA-TV jumping in another pic! She must have thought I was on the Yearbook staff.  She told me she was also in the FBLA, AV and Chess Clubs too!

It was a great night! And a ton of money was raised to help HairPeace Charities.

Big thanks to Atria’s (Tony, Taylor and their gang) for supplying the food and the grand attempt at on-site training for Bill, Linda and I. 

Please tell us below if we did you a public service by officially clearing up the ATria’s vs ATEria’s pronuncations thingy.

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Two ways to win the Post Roast Nachos appetizer!

#1) Be the first one to click THIS LINK and donate a minimum of $25 to HairPeace Charities Today

(I will verify with Bonny who was first)

First-in gets a free pot roast nacho appetizer.

#2) Make a comment below.  

All comments made by 11:59PM, 3/3/2015 will be entered into a raffle to win a free pot roast nacho appetizer.

NOTE: Atria’s is not responsible for this contest or prize.  

Prize will be purchased and provided by YaJagoff.com.  The prize will have no cash value.

PG Licking Their Fingers After Roasting Chef Kevin Sousa

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Normally, I stick with the silly, data-less, rah-rah Pittsburgh topics with a complete lack of objectivity on this blog so that we all have a place to get away from the seriousness of normal life.  But…

When tries to insinuate negativity about a local person trying to do good, especially a bud from the Rox or similar place where there were extra obstacles to overcome, it tics me off to the level of someone saying that you should NOT eat Mancini Bread and a pound of butter in one-to-one ratio or saying the Pierogies Plus ladies are use movie popcorn butter to cook their onions.

The PG, ran an article about Pittsburgh chef, Kevin Sousa regarding his personal and business dealings.  It was an article that he had agreed to and even offered access to private information under an agreement that an objective story be written.  He trusted the reporter, gave access and then became the result of an article of in negative dispersion.

I really hate to put a link to the article because it will help increase the website view numbers (which, from reading the article was clearly the goal and I guess that’s OK as long as you know that going in) but, if you haven’t seen it and want to make your own objective opinion, its here.

If you don’t want to read the article, here’s my summary:

PG writers,  Jonathan D. Silver and Melissa McCart appeared to do an “investigative” report on Chef Sousa.. someone trying to do good for himself, his family and the community,

NOTE: I whole-heartedly believe that, just because you appear to be “doing good for the community” doesn’t make one immune from being a Jagoff, i.e, go search John Rigas, Adelphia Cable, Coundersport and how many schools, library, hospital thingies  had his name on them

Kevin is a McKees Rocks kid that has done well.  Despite a troubled upbringing, he has opened, sold and closed some restaurants and has left a trail of financial issues all while making good things happen

There are some blah, blah, blah paragraphs trying to imply loose ends to imply potential improprieties or, at least cause those who support him to question his ethics and business practices.  They eluded to conclusions that weren’t necessarily connectable. (Is connectable a word?)

What the article does point out: clearly he’s made some bad decisions.  (Let me know if any of you would like to have an I-wanna-be-important-reporter reporter list and critique your bad decisions)

Kevin posted a rebuttal on his own website.  Admitting fault but pointing out the facts that were somehow left out of the miserably long article (notice miserably long does not necessarily equate to factually correct)

Public comments on the internet version of the story, contrary to the article’s authors’ opinions and supporting Chef Sousa, apparently were deleted by the PG, which, in public internet 101 school, every social media expert, including the Kardashians, tell you is poor form.

One final point, about the comments on the PG site.  Some took a Liberal vs Conservative battle approach saying that Kevin is a bleeding heart liberal that knows how to take money but doesn’t know how to pay it back.  There is no Liberal vs. Conservative argument when defining funding for entrepreneurs and the mistakes they make.  How many missteps with someone else’s money does a conservative like Donald Trump have before gets it right?

Ok… enough of this. Jonathan D. Silver and Melissa McCart, I hope you both get the award you were hoping for when you put this crush-those-that-build-their-own future diatribe together.  PG, here’s hoping that your ad revenues soar based on the number of hits all of Chef Sousa’s supporters gave you this weekend. Thanks for putting their comments back on the site.

To Kevin, only true entrepreneurs know the agony of the sleepless nights that self-starters, like you, go through so that others, their employees, can sleep at night knowing that a pay check is coming thanks to your creativity and perseverance.

OK…Melissa and John D, can ya just get back to your wheel house…investigating balsamic vinegars of the Pittsburgh area, Ya Jagoffs?

 

In full disclosure, I supported the Superior Motors Kickstarter project and have not second guessed that yet.

Thanks much to Paul S (Honorary Jagoff Catcher) for the pic of the PG truck in the Squirrel Hill Giant Eagle.