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

iTunes | Spotify | Direct Download Episode 48 (right-click to download)

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.

Pittsburgh Sandwich Society’s socially distant delivery system

https://www.instagram.com/p/CEsFemDDMrb/

To find the Pittsburgh Sandwich Society food truck:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BxtL5LhAK9I/

If you liked this episode, you might also want to press play on:

 

About this episode

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

Header photo credit: Matt Dayak 

The Slaw Podcast is available on:

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...

More Local Stories

Eat Play Stay Orlando: Sanford

On this episode of Eat Play Stay Orlando explore what’s new in the Northern part of town. Sanford has a plethora of breweries, bars, and delicious dining options to choose from.

Hometown Tragedy: The Pike County Massacre

On this episode of Hometown Tragedy: Missing in Milwaukee, we’ll explore what happened to Jerica Banks, her children, and how it impacted their community.

Six New Orleans parks that are perfect locations to celebrate 4th of July

Head to one of these six New Orleans parks to celebrate Independence Day in the city.

Cheap Date Orlando: Punk Rock & Pooches

Two Orlando couples shop vintage, search for the perfect slice, visit a post-apocalyptic saloon, and take the stage on blind dates in Orlando.

Fit and Fab: Free summer workouts in Boston

Cover photo courtesy Getty Images Looking to get fit for the summer? Still wary of COVID-19 or just looking for some sunshine while you sweat? Here are some Boston free summer workouts across the city so you can keep moving all season long! Seaport Sweat May 2 to Sept. 29 Boston’s biggest free workout series…

What’s On the Menu?: Farm-to-table

The farm-to-table movement brings locally grown foods to your plate. Not only will enjoying farm-to-table meals allow you to indulge in fresh, nutritional, seasonal dishes, but farm-to-table dining helps the environment and supports the local economy.  Check out these delicious farm-to-table restaurants in Greenville, South Carolina on the latest episode of What’s On the Menu?. …

A guide to some of the best Black-owned brunch spots in NOLA

Gather the crew together, make those reservations, and celebrate all things Black at brunch. 

A guide to Pittsburgh’s summer events must-do list

Check out our roundup below for the can’t-miss events happening in the city over the next few months.

Eat Play Stay Orlando: Tarpon Springs

In this episode of Eat Play Stay Orlando you’ll be transported to a thriving Greek community nestled on Florida’s gulf coast. From sponge diving to flaming cheese to a Greek bakery that supplies a ginormous amount of baklava to the entire country, you’re sure to fall in love with Greek culture in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Dorchester doughnuts that pack a paczki

These traditional Polish pastries are the real deal.

Exploring the history of Pittsburgh’s Chinatown

At one time, there was even an informal Chinatown mayor to act as a community liaison.

Painting My Way Through Life: Pittsburgh (And Beyond) Through The Eyes of Artist Ron Donoughe

Ron Donoughe has spent over 30 years painting the Pennsylvania landscape, especially Pittsburgh. When you don’t find him capturing the spirit of his paintings on location, you’ll likely find him in his Lawrenceville studio – where he’s watched the neighborhood transform through his windows.

With a potential sale of his building looming in 2022, we chatted with Donoughe about his artistic journey thus far, what might come next, and Pittsburgh through his eyes.

“Better than a tent” this Greensburg Airbnb is only $15/night 

The accommodations are minimal, but the price can’t be beat. This Airbnb shed is available just outside of Pittsburgh in Greensburg for just $15/night.

A grab-and-go food guide to the MSY New Orleans terminal

Time. Most of us don’t have a lot of that. Even less so when we’re rushing to make a flight. There are still plenty of tasty options for the less leisurely travelers among us, though it helps to know where to find them.