SPOON DEBUTS SMALL PLATES
Spoon in East Liberty rolled out its bar menu this week, a teaser to the style of dishes chef Brian Pekarcik and Curtis Gamble will serve at Grit & Grace when it opens Downtown. Mr. Gamble moved here from Chicago's Bread & Wine to take the position of chef de cuisine at the new restaurant when it opens in late fall.
Diners may snack on yakitori ($3) with chicken skin, housemade mortadella, tare and tobiko aioli or tartine ($7), a white tuna salad with radishes, capers and arugula. Steak frites ($9, $17) and Korean-style ribs ($8) satisfy bigger appetites. The menu is available during dinner hours in the bar and lounge, from 5 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
It's got a great name: Smorgasburgh.
And this "all-food flea market featuring the region's finest chefs, farmers, and related purveyors" has a great lineup of vendors, including The Crested Duck, Espresso a Mano, Meat & Potatoes, Marty's Market, Klayvon's, Wild Purveyors and more.
Smorgasburgh pops up in the lot across from Marty's Market at 2304 Smallman St. in the Strip District from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and organizers Michael McAllister and Kit Mueller aim for this to "become a monthly staple for foodies, shoppers, and other visitors to one of the region's most popular destinations."
Live music will be provided by local singer-songwriter Madeline Rae Beyer. You can BYOB but you don't have to since PortaKeg will be providing free beer from Full Pint Brewing.
REAL JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY
Margaret's Fine Imports and Christine Frechard Gallery in Squirrel Hill are presenting a traditional Japanese tea ceremony performed by local tea master Yuko Eguchi.
The event, at the gallery at 5871 Forbes Ave. across from the store --- runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 29. Admission is $10 in advance --- buy tickets at the store or gallery -- or $15 at the door.
Ms. Eguchi has been practicing Japanese tea ceremony under Soyo Akiyama, who has a master title from the Urasenke tea ceremony school.
In 2009, she received the master title of tea ceremony, Soyu, certified by Soshitsu Sen XVI. During the event she will provide a brief Japanese tea ceremony tutorial. She also will perform a kouta-burri geisha dance. Afterward, Japanese tea and sweets will be served.
CHEFS SHOW OFF
For a fourth year, a star lineup of local chefs will prepare tasting plates for "A Taste of Grow Pittsburgh," the fund-raising event put on by Grow Pittsburgh, an urban agriculture organization that develops school and community gardens and otherwise promotes local, sustainable agriculture.
The event, which is the group's largest fundraiser, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday on the grounds of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside.
Chefs will use locally grown produce and organic foods to create their unique tasting items.
Participating restaurants include Alma, Casbah, Cure, E2, East End Food Co-op, Habitat, Root 174, Salt of the Earth and The Porch at Schenley, among others.
Local wines and craft beers will also be served.
Three silent auction items will be offered, including a piece of jewelry by Caesar's Designs, a dinner for 6 at Habitat's communal table, and a weekend cabin stay with lake access in eastern Ohio. There will also be a silent auction, plus live music.
Admission is $75, or $60 for Grow Pittsburgh members. For tickets, go to showclix.com and search on "A Taste of Grow Pittsburgh," or call 1-888-71-TICKETS. For more information, go to the group's