Food Column: Celebrate spring with candy crafts, beer dinner

Spring Candy Crafts: Learn to make candy sushi, candy kabobs, gumball bracelets and other candy crafts. Light refreshments will be served. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Rapha Ministries, Bloomfield. $18. (search on “Spring Candy Crafts”).

Spring Beer Dinner: Josephine’s Toast serves a Spring Equinox menu of Irish-style cheeses and nibbles, a “greens & grains” first course, mussel and cod green curry, rabbit coddle, butterscotch pudding and more, with beer pairings by Roundabout Brewery. 6:30 p.m. Monday at Smallman Galley, Strip District. $65. (search on “Spring Beer Dinner”).

For charity

Breakfast and a movie: Light breakfast precedes an 11 a.m. screening of “Groundhog Day.” 10:15 a.m. Saturday at Hollywood Theater, Dormont. $20; ticket deadline is Wednesday. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of Marita “Marty” Bon. (search on “Breakfast and a Movie”).

Spaghetti dinner: Spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, tossed salad, dinner roll, dessert and beverage. 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Margaret Mary Social Hall, Moon. Advance price: $8; $5 for children; $2 discount for military and students with ID. At the door, add $1. Benefits Boy Scout Troop 905.


La Festa di San Giuseppe: Catholic Mass followed by a multicourse dinner. 5 p.m. Sunday at La Tavola Italiana, Downtown. $75. 412-481-6627;

Playing With Food Dinner: The four chefs of Smallman Galley provide food to accompany performances by Carnegie Mellon University School of Music students. 7:30 p.m. March 22 at Smallman Galley, Strip District. $60. (search on “Playing With Food Dinner”).

Wine Maker Dinner Series: The Nittany Lion Inn in State College kicks off its Wine Maker dinner series with a five-course dinner with wine pairings by Two Hands Wines of Australia. Interestingly, one of Two Hands’ owners is Tim Hower, who earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Penn State in the 1980s. He will be on hand to discuss Two Hand Wines during dinner. The menu includes peppercorn-dusted salmon with chutney and miso aioli, red wine beef stew with local vegetables, and roasted lamb lollipop with salsa verde. 5:30 p.m. March 23. $95. Reservations: 1-814-865-8590.

Walk and learn

Mushroom walks: Learn to identify various types of mushrooms during the 10 a.m. Saturday mushroom walks. March 18 at South Park Nature Center and March 25 at Wingfield Pines in Upper St. Clair. Free.

Rebecca Sodergren: or on Twitter @pgfoodevents.


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