If your idea of a good time is good food shared in good (if unfamiliar) company, you're in luck. The dining adventure known as Dishcrawl is headed to Pittsburgh.
Similar to a pub crawl, only with food instead of brews, the progressive dining experience takes groups on a guided tour of four restaurants within walking distance of one another. Pittsburgh's inaugural event on July 23, limited to 40, will explore Lawrenceville.
Diners will enjoy tastings of three signature dishes at the first three stops, said local Dishcrawl ambassador Alix Wiggins; the last stop of the two-and-a-half hour tour, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature dessert.
To heighten the sense of adventure, mum's the word on participating restaurants until 48 hours before the event, when Ms. Wiggins will email ticket holders the meeting location. If you follow the event on Twitter @DishcrawlPGH, however, she promises hints "here and there" about the stops over the next two weeks. She has no doubts you'll be pleased.
"Lawreneville's a great walking neighborhood with a lot of different cuisines -- a perfect spot to jump from place to place," she said.
Dishcrawl was founded in 2010 by San Jose entrepreneur Tracy Lee, who as a way to escape a boring corporate career decided to start a business that married her two passions in life: eating and socializing. Or as she says, "I loved bringing people together over food and wanted to create my own destiny."
The concept has since blossomed, moving from the West Coast to the South before landing on the East Coast in cities as varied as New York (where on July 20 there's a food truck crawl), Philadelphia and Portland, Maine. In all, there's 125 available cities on the startup's website.
"People love Dishcrawl because it's a fun concept, a great way to engage your local community, and perfect for friends, dates, or just a night out," said Ms. Lee. "It's getting you out of your habits of going to the same restaurants."
Here in Pittsburgh, Ms. Wiggins said the concept should appeal especially to young people, who don't want to throw down a lot of money for a meal and then be disappointed.
"We have awesome food in Pittsburgh, and we want to share it," she said.
You can purchase one of the remaining spots for $45 at dishcrawl.com/lawrenceville. The price includes all the evening's food plus tax and tip, but no drinks -- though beverage specials and pairings may be available at the discretion of participating restaurants.
Gretchen McKay: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1419 or on Twitter @gtmckay. First Published July 11, 2013 12:00 AM