Pittsburgh Sandwich Society

Ep. 48 – “Sharp knives, no rules.” Mike Carney of Pittsburgh Sandwich Society

From cooking mottos to building the most Pittsburgh of Pittsburgh sandwiches, we catch up with the local chef responsible for some of the city’s favorite meals

by Stephanie Brea | October 6, 2020

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Mike Carney, Pittsburgh Sandwich Society

In this episode we chat with Mike Carney, who, along with his partner, Erin Andrzejewski, owns Pittsburgh Sandwich Society. Learn how he got his start in kitchens and why they started the business with a food truck instead of a restaurant.

Who’s a member of this sandwich society? We all are — customers, social media followers, and the people who offer critiques and motivation to keep going. As such, Carney explains how he is wrestling with the reality that “the core of [their] industry is bringing people together and [their] purpose is to have a line at the truck,” so he questions if it is “right or socially responsible to serve people at this time,” while noting their social distance sandwich slide invention and modified order and payment systems. At our request, he designs the most Pittsburgh of Pittsburgh sandwiches (spoiler alert, Rick Sebak is an integral part of the process). For folks who recall our Sunny Side Up Brunch series, we learn who and what was the inspiration for the unique sandwiches on the menu each month, and Carney reveals the one brunch sandwich he promises to make in the future when it is safe to gather again.

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About this episode

This episode was hosted by Stephanie Brea, recorded remotely, engineered and edited by Epicast Studios.

Header photo credit: Matt Dayak 

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Stephanie Brea

Stephanie Brea

Stephanie has been organizing events since 1998, starting with a series of motorcycle rides through the Arizona desert to support her father’s business. She’s probably crossed your name off a presale ticket list or served you a beer somewhere around town.

An undergrad degree in poetry means she has lots of unpractical knowledge about iambic pentameter, while a brief stint as a copy editor for Alternative Press taught her that twenty one pilots is stylized in all lowercase letters.

Wanna throw a party in a vacant parking lot? She’s interested.

At the onset of COVID-19, Stephanie took on the role of podcast producer for The Slaw. She’s pretty familiar with a microphone, thanks to that aforementioned poetry degree, and she’s got the wherewithal to ask Epicast Studios for help. She listens to too many true crime podcasts, and currently records from her bedroom.

If you know of someone who would be the perfect podcast guest, send her an email.

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