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🍽 11 Pittsburghers shaping our dining scene

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Today marks the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, and an observance ceremony will be held at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville.

The ceremony will include a reading of the names of the passengers and crew members lost and a tolling of the Bells of Remembrance, the Tribune-Democrat reported.

Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt will speak at the ceremony, per Politics PA. Rev. Paul Britton, Gordon Felt of Families of Flight 93, and Mitchell Zuckoff, author of “Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11,” will also attend.

Zuckoff calls United Airlines Flight 93 an “extraordinary part of the story.”

“I am going to talk about how the men and women on Flight 93 represent the very best of us,” he said. “The way they came together, the way they fought back — while the goal was certainly to save themselves, the effect was for the greater good. I think that’s an example for us all.”

In other news…

Dozens of mummies have arrived in Pittsburgh as part of Carnegie Science Center’s newest exhibition, “Mummies of the World.” The artifacts arrived under heavy security yesterday morning, and they’ll be kept under wraps until the exhibit opens on Oct. 5. The largest exhibition of mummies ever assembled, it features 40 real human and animal mummies and 85 related artifacts. The collection includes a mummified family from Hungary, a mummified German nobleman found in the crypt of a 14th-century castle, and South American shrunken heads. (TribLive)

A massive development is planned for Shadyside with apartments, a parking garage, shops, and restaurants. The plans call for demolishing Shady Hill Center, the site’s current shopping center anchored by a Giant Eagle. The new development would also include a Giant Eagle, though the grocery store will be much smaller. Work is expected to begin next spring. (Patch)

This Pittsburgh-area front yard is a tropical retreat, complete with palms, azaleas, and cozy wicker chairs. It catches the attention of passersby and even stops traffic. And now this New Kensington spot has won the attention of Better Homes & Gardens, which named it America’s best front yard. (Better Homes & Gardens)

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Meet the rising stars in Pittsburgh food and beverage.

Who’s Next in Pittsburgh Food & Beverage

A thriving food ecosystem goes far deeper than the awards, media accolades, and the kind of buzz Pittsburgh’s food scene attracts these days. Yes, it’s about making Instagram-worthy cocktails and creating exquisite meals, but it’s also about ensuring access to fresh foods and diverting food waste. It’s about highlighting underrepresented wine makers while also making space for those who don’t drink alcohol.

The 11 Pittsburghers in our latest Who’s Next class are doing just that and so much more. They’re the chefs, sommeliers, activists, urban farmers, sustainability pros, and big thinkers putting Pittsburgh’s food and beverage scene on the map.

Allow us to introduce the rising stars who are working in kitchens, opening restaurants, increasing access to food, making sustainability a priority, focusing on health, and pouring drinks.

One more thing ...

Franco and George are coming back at the airport. The iconic statues of Franco Harris and George Washington are returning on Thursday after refurbishment, TribLive reports. For many Pittsburghers, spotting Franco and George upon arrival means, “I’m finally home.” Welcome back, fellas.

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