For Summer 2013 in addition to highlighing fine dining, fresh harvests and outdoor seating, restaurants are encouraged to consider offering items which reach an emerging food culture of satisfying special dietary needs.  Whether today’s diners are seeking special dietary options for health benefits or for medical necessity, restaurant week can serve as a platform for restaurants to promote their ability to accommodate diners with these special dietary requests.

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week has partnered with The Brazen Kitchen to analyze special diet items.  By opting into this special promotional theme and submitting the ingredients, recipe and portion size of your menu item,  you will be notified by Brazen Kitchen if your item meets the required dietary requirements to receive a special diet designation.  Available designations are: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Low Fat, Low Carb.  Recipe information provided will not be shared with outside parties.

Applying for this designation is optional.

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About The Brazen Kitchen/Leah Lizarondo

Leah Lizarondo is the Chief Veghacker, recipe creator and curator at The Brazen Kitchen, where she writes about food and food policy. She received her training in Health Counseling from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and her Certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. She received her Masters Degree in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and is an advocate for healthy food accessibility, food safety policy, food education and sustainability. She is a Trustee at the global Awesome Foundation: Food. Her recipes have been featured on NPR, and she writes a weekly column for Pittsburgh Magazine online.  Visit for more information on Leah and the Brazen Kitchen.