Luke & Mike’s in Aspinwall gets a new culinary team
There’s a new culinary team at Luke & Mike’s Frontporch in Aspinwall.
The new face customers will see there is Scott Baker, from the North Side of Pittsburgh. Baker, 31, will serve as executive kitchen supervisor.
He was born in Charleston, SC
After graduating from high school, Baker began working as a cook. He said his grandmother inspired him to pursue a career in the culinary industry.
Most recently, he managed kitchen operations at Lincoln Avenue Brewery in Bellevue.
Baker’s previous experience includes working in Pittsburgh area kitchens at Round Corner Cantina, Kaleidoscope Cafe, Cafe on Main, Sausalido and Cornerstone restaurant and bar.
“I learned different techniques from every chef I worked with. I’m so excited to bring all of these flavors to Luke & Mike’s Frontporch,” Baker said.
Kitchen manager Zachary Bell, from Aspinwall, graduated in sports management and cooking at Luke & Mike’s for a decade.
Blakely Aluise recently stepped down as executive chef after seven years, citing personal reasons.
“She will be greatly missed,” said co-owner Sheri Rice. “She graciously offered to stay on board to transition from kitchen supervisor to her new position,” Rice said.
Aluise said on Sept. 26 that she was looking forward to spending more time with her family and friends.
“I loved being the chef at Luke & Mike’s Frontporch. I was able to meet and befriend so many people in the community and work with different groups to bring food to people in need and really fuel my passion for food,” she said.
Luke & Mike’s opened in 2011 and is housed in a historic former railway station, nestled in the heart of Aspinwall, specializing in freshly prepared American dishes, with an emphasis on seafood.
The seasonal menu will remain and its popular soup and meal delivery season isn’t going anywhere, Rice said.
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Blackened Shrimp Risotto ($18.95) at Luke & Mike’s Frontporch in Aspinwall.
“We’re all excited to bring the new fall menu, including new small bites and some heartier fall favorites, like the herb-rubbed pork tenderloin,” Rice said.
Starting in October, look for fall beer and beverage flights.