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Spaghetti aglio olio e peperoncino from The Pasta Addict. Will Crooks/Greenville Journal

Top Chef from GVL

So this is way cool. Former Bacon Bros. Public House chef de cuisine Brian Young has landed a spot on season 16 of Bravo TV’s popular “Top Chef” show. “Top Chef: Kentucky” premieres Dec. 6. Young is currently CDC at Cultivar in Boston, but who knows what his trajectory will be after the show airs. I suspect watch parties are in my future …

Pie Nights

There’s just something about pie – the flaky crust, gooey filling, the savory and sweet together. It’s basically all the good things in life. Swamp Rabbit Café definitely knows what’s up, so it’s hosting two Pie Nights, Dec. 6 and 13, from 5-8:30 p.m., outside at Swamp Pizza. The festivities include pie by the slice and pie flights for the over-indulgent or simply indecisive. I’d like to think a pie night, by nature, is a no-judgment zone, so I plan to hit the flights. There will also be gluten-free options for those who are often excluded from such events. Hooray!

Bring on the pasta

The Pasta Addict has signed on as the last tenant for Gather GVL, rounding out the shipping container food hall’s wide variety of options. Let’s review the lineup: Mike’s Philly Cheesesteak and Roast Pork; wine bar Sweet Sippin’; authentic German cuisine from Prost!; plant-based smoothies and bowls from Cocobowlz; HenDough’s fried chicken and doughnuts; Mercado Cantina’s Mexican fare; KO Burger with the griddled smash burgers; Roman pizza from Al Taglio; Greenville Beer Exchange; poke bowls from Saki Saki; Rocky Moo ice cream sandwiches; and West End Coffee Roasters. Yes to all of this. Like the other tenants, The Pasta Addict is a homegrown, local concept with a fresh approach. Anthony Pepe, who currently bartends at Jianna and makes the best Negroni in town, will be bringing his authentic Italian pasta expertise to the family friendly food community under construction at 126 Augusta Road near Fluor Field.

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