A Filipino pig roast at Spirit and more

Check out this Filipino pig roast at Spirit 

October 30 tickets are on sale now for the KANTO KanKitchen Filipino-style pig roast at Spirit in Lawrenceville at 242 51st St. It’s the fourth installment of the pop-ups from Rafael Vencio, formerly of Aubergine Bistro in the first class of vendors at Smallman Galley in the Strip. The price of $85 per person includes cocktails, beer and wine, with tickets available here. Kanto is a Tagalog word for corner, and in this case references the location of one of Mr. Vencio’s pop-up events. 

Meet the world’s first rock star butcher 

Here’s a Pennsylvania event that’s worth a road trip: Tickets are now on sale for the Jan. 18 afternoon event, “Tuscany: Nose to Tail — An Afternoon with World-Famous Butcher Dario Cecchini.” The Bourdain-endorsed, eighth-generation Italian butcher is doing a Sunday demo at The Pullo Center of Penn State York, hosted by the Caputo Brothers Creamery in Spring Grove. Pa., which supplies mozzarella and ricotta to places like Bar Marco and a handful of Pittsburgh restaurants. The event will focus on how Mr. Cecchini coaxes greatness from lesser cuts, as in those that aren’t the rib-eye or filet — as he has for most of his life through his butcher shop, Antica Macelleria Cecchini. 

The man who many refer to as the first rock-star butcher hails from Panzano-in-Chianti, with a population of around 3,000, and has achieved international fame through talks at a MAD symposium in Copenhagen, international TV appearances, and pieces written about him from The New York Times to news outlets in China, France, Australia, Brazil and Russia.

Tickets range from $27 to $52 — available here — with the VIP price that includes entry for the Artisan MeatUP!, an event with 20 vendors offering samples of pasture-raised, local meats, along with cheese makers, distilleries and wineries. It’s followed by Mr. Cecchini’s demo and a Q&A with the butcher. 

Melissa McCart: @mmccart@post-gazette.com




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