La Gourmandine will take over the former Penn Avenue Fish spot on Forbes Avenue
Earlier this week, Pittsburgh Restaurant Week announced the restaurants that are participating in the Jan. 13-19 promotion. Restaurants will offer special menus, including three-course fixed-price meals or specialty items priced at $20.14. See the full list, which still can grow, at http://pittsburghrestaurantweek.com/restaurants/winter-2014-restaurants.
HOLIDAY BEER FESTIVAL
More and more winter holiday events are starting to be publicized. Rivertowne Brewing announced yesterday that it will be holding a mini Christmas/holiday-themed beer festival at the Murrysville brewery from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. "Tickets will most likely be in the $30 range and will be available on Showclix," according to a note from brand manager Megan Emanuel. "We know right now we will definitely be sampling the Rudolph's Red, a Christmas seasonal from the Pourhouse, a holiday seasonal from the Church Brew Works, Full Pint's Festivus and Fathead's Holly Jolly. Our goal is to add another handful of holiday/winter varietals to the lineup." Attendees will be asked to bring a wrapped toy to donate to the nonprofit "Project Share the Joy." More at myrivertowne.com/brewing/index.asp.
THIN MAN ADDS CATERING
Thin Man Sandwich Shop in the Strip District has announced its brand new catering venture. The shop offers their superb sandwiches in regular size as well as mini hors d'oeuvres versions on sliced baguette. With three days notice, they'll provide a spread to make any holiday party memorable. More at thinmansandwichshop.com or call 412-586-7370.
CHURCH BREW PARTY
Church Brew Works in Lawrenceville is celebrating its 17th anniversary over the next two weekends with a few specialty menu items Nov. 7 through Nov. 17. Diners can enjoy its famous Rattlesnake and Cactus Pieorgies in a chipotle corn sauce ($9.50), Ostrich and Roasted Pepper Pizza ($18.50), and Crab Cakes with Asian Slaw ($22). Other old-time favorites include Chicken Pot Pie ($18) and a Black Pepper Glazed Pork ($20) that will be served with grilled Roma tomatoes and an Asiago risotto cake. In addition, the Grkmans will play live from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, Nov. 8 and 15, and from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 9 and 16. See the full menu at churchbrewworks.com.