Food Column: Have Valentine's 'breakfast in bed’ at Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory is giving “breakfast in bed” a unique twist for those looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Sunday.

It will host “Breakfast in Bed: All You Need Is Love,” a 21-and-up Valentine’s brunch.

The North Side art museum usually is closed on Sunday mornings, but it will open early for the brunchers, who will be able to enjoy foods and drinks, explore the galleries in all three of the museum’s buildings and create medallions for their significant others.

Drinks will include bloody marys made with Ustianochka vodka, mimosas from Salud Juicery and beers from War Streets Brewery. The Mattress Factory Cafe will whip up a menu of mini quiches (wild mushroom and brie, smoked salmon, dill and goat cheese, brown sugar bacon and smoked cheddar), banana bread, zucchini bread, bagels with spreads, croissants with jam, pastries and fresh fruit.

Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and for the first two hours, participants will have the galleries to themselves.

Mattress Factory spokeswoman Samantha Strahota Paolo said the museum’s first Valentine brunch, held last year, was successful enough to warrant bringing it back this year. Last year’s brunch drew about 200 people, so ticket sales are capped at 200 this year.

The “Factory Installed” pieces in the Annex Gallery at 1414 Monterey St. will be on view for their final day on Sunday.

Tickets are $30, or $20 for Mattress Factory members. Tickets include two drinks, breakfast and admission to all galleries. Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase at the event. For tickets or details, go to

More for Valentine’s Day

A host of area restaurants will offer special dinner menus for Valentine’s Day this weekend or on the actual holiday, which is Tuesday, but here’s a sampling of offerings that are a bit more out of the ordinary.

Animal Instincts Valentine’s Dinner: Dinner, cocktails and an adults-only zookeeper presentation about mating in the animal world. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday or Saturday at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Highland Park. $75 per person; ages 21 and up only.

Chocolate Brunch: All-chocolate buffet featuring marbled chocolate waffles, cocoa- and maple-basted sausage, scrambled eggs with local chocolate stout cheddar, chocolate- and coffee-braised short ribs, Oreo-crusted salon with vanilla beurre blanc and more, plus chocolate desserts. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Habitat in the Fairmont Pittsburgh, Downtown. $49 per person; reservations recommended. 412-773-8848.

Roost for Two: Three-course prix fixe menu, photo booth with holiday-themed props, and movie screenings (“The Spy Who Loved Me” on Monday and classic love films on Tuesday). 6 to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Revel + Roost, Downtown. $55.

Valentine’s Day Meal for Two: Looking to avoid the restaurant crowds? The Fresh Market in Mt. Lebanon offers a Valentine’s meal-at-home package. For $49.99, you get a choice of two filet mignons, two lobster tails or one of each, plus Yukon Gold whipped potatoes, fresh green asparagus, chocolate-dipped strawberries and a dozen roses. Order through Saturday at


Winter Fest and Chili Cook-Off: Dog-sled demos, horse-drawn wagon rides, snow angel area, freeze-pop scavenger hunt, meet-and-greet with Youngstown Phantoms hockey team, storytelling, face painting, sledding, marshmallow roasting and refreshments. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Buhl Park, Hermitage, Mercer County.

Lucky in Love Wine & Whiskey Festacular: Wine sampling and sales, craft and food vendors. Staggered three-hour sessions starting at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday at Rivers Casino, North Shore. $30 at door; discounts for online tickets.


Cooking classes: Monthly cooking classes explore various themes. Saturday, Romantic Dinner for Two; March 4, St. Paddy’s Day; April 1, Sushi and sake; May 6, Tour de France; June 3, Italian Cuisine Made Easy. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Habitat, Fairmont Pittsburgh, Downtown. $69 per person includes an apron and lunch. Reservations: 412-773-8848.

Chocolate Dipping Class: Dip strawberries, marshmallows, pretzels and more into chocolate and turn them into edible crafts. Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Rapha Ministries, Homewood. $20; $35 for two. Tickets: (search on “Chocolate Dipping Class”).

Charitable events

History Uncorked: Food and beverages from local restaurants, live music, dancing, silent auction and History Center admission. 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at Heinz History Center, Strip District. $65; $100 for VIPs (includes pre-reception and center membership). Proceeds benefit History Center educational programs.

Winter Soup Sale: North Boros/Sewickley Area Meals On Wheels will sell quarts of wedding and loaded baked potato soups for $8 each. Pre-order by 1 p.m. Monday by calling 412-766-7763. Soup pick-up will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at St. James Lutheran Church in Emsworth.


Zagat National 30 Under 30 List: For the last six years, Zagat’s “30 Under 30” program has honored hospitality professionals in major cities across the U.S. This year, the program is being thrown open nationally. Nominations are being accepted through March 1. Nominees must be under 30 years old and work in the food business at a restaurant, bar, brewery, distillery, farm, bakery or similar business. For guidelines to nominate someone, go to

Champion Schools Grants: Let’s Move Pittsburgh is accepting applications for Champion Schools grants through March 17. Educators, food service directors, administrators, school nurses or parents from childcare centers, pre-kindergarten and elementary schools in Allegheny County may apply for grants to boost children’s health through programs that teach kids to increase their physical activity or to grow and cook food. Grants also can be used to help increase healthy food and nutrition education.

Create Cooking Challenge: Home cooks and pro chefs are invited to submit a short video for a chance to win a variety of prizes, including $4,000 cash and $1,000 worth of equipment to produce a 10-episode Web TV series for Enter by Feb. 28.

Rebecca Sodergren: or on Twitter @pgfoodevents.


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