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Shucking oysters with the “Million Oyster Man”

After 45 years in the business, Angelo Galioto knows a lot about oysters.
At Merchant Oyster Co., in Lawrenceville, Angelo Galioto is hard at work shucking oysters. With 45 years in the restaurant business under his belt, Angelo has learned a lot about oysters and about life.

Sound Bite Podcast 33: Gone Fishin’

Mill Creek Trout Farm implements a different kind of fish farming using spring-fed ponds
Mill Creek Trout Farm is tucked into the hillside of a valley in Utica, Pa. This fish farm is a unique gem and focuses on raising trout to organic standards in spring-fed pools. The Seltzer family runs the business and lives on the property in a cabin that was cheerily puffing wood smoke from the chimney on my visit.

Vino Italiano With the Argentine Family

Pressing grapes and securing bonds
Sound Bite heads into a cellar to begin the winemaking process with the Argentine family. Fathers, sons and family friends gather in this Squirrel Hill basement to uphold the family tradition of winemaking by pressing grapes, telling stories and, of course, taste-testing.

Vino Italiano!

Family stays strong when old men make wine they’ll never drink
Pittsburgh has long been a city of immigrant enclaves, the signs of which are still apparent in the many private social clubs, family-owned markets and hundreds of churches. Ron Casertano was raised in a traditional Italian community in the city, where he witnessed the yearly tradition of winemaking that still continues.

Cheese, Please

It’s all about the big cheese ... which is consequently, cheese. Brian Keyser loves cheese so much he opened two restaurants centered around it and wrote a book about it.

Avant Gardens Farm & Mushroomery

Growing gourmet culinary mushrooms in Youngstown, Ohio
After returning from Colorado, Ohio natives Corey and Bethany Maizel started a family farm outside of Youngstown, Ohio. Over the last year and a half, the Maizels have been developing their mushroomery in order to deliver gourmet mushrooms to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago and New York.

Saigon to Pittsburgh: the queen of bánh mì

Lucy Sheets does business with insight and a smile
77-year-old Lucy Sheets smiles widely at every customer she greets. She often knows their order and inquires about their children or parents.



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