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Episode 87 – We Are At Pierogi Festival 2018/Kennywood

September 26, 2017

Deciding between traditional cheese and sauerkraut pierogis or throwing back a few new deliciously stuffed dough balls while chatting it up with other pierogi tasters. We chatted pierogis with Kennywood’s PR Director Nick Paradise, the one and only Rick Sebak, Alyssa Donis from Jim’s Smokin’ Que, and Doors Open Pittsburgh Founder Bonnie Baxter. We welcomed Rachel Carlson, from YELP, back and we talked with Victoria Bradley from TABLE Magazine and Southside Barbecue’s Pat Joyce.

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Discussed that even Hawaiian culture can spot jagoffery when parking and John’s good gesture handshake with Juju Smith Schuster last week may have brought the Steelers luck.


Nick Paradise, Kennywood Park Director of Public Relations, Kennywood and Rick Sebak, WQED, talk history of pierogis and the festival moving to Kennywood for a bigger space.


Alyssa Donnis of Jim’s Smokin’ Que talks about being in a family-run business and in the duration of her chat they ran out of product.


Doors Open Pittsburgh Founder Bonnie Baxter talks up year two for her non-profit historical tour of buildings in the Northside and Strip District, as well as downtown, and how to enjoy the structures Pittsburghers often take for granted.


Rachel Carlson of YELP Pittsburgh returns from maternity leave and offers the best places to eat pierogis and even suggests cocktails to wash them down. Victoria Bradley from Table Magazine weighed in on the people’s choice portion of Pierogi Fest and had to monitor the voting while on the podcast!


The Western PA SNPJ Polka Trio trio of Gregg, Jeff and Tom Palastro take a break to explain the different sectors of polka playing and their six degrees of Pittsburgh connection to Rick Sebak. You can get their CD on the store.


The final guest yelled ‘Pierogi cone’ as he made his way onto the podcast. We welcomed Pat Joyce to discuss the ingredients to the cone and the success of his food truck.

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