Lidia Bastianich and her daughter, Tanya Manuali, have come out with their eighth cookbook, “Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian.”
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has lost one of its farm stand locations -- Brookline‘s, which was to run on Wednesdays -- but is opening another one today. The Clairton Farm Stand, located at the at 530 Miller Ave., opens today and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct.
Something different: VegOut Cuisine, a local healthy, mostly vegetarian and kosher catering and personal-chef company, is presenting “Asian Cafe Night @ Downtown Synagogue.” From 5 to 8 p.m. this Sunday, July 20, at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol at 810 Fifth Ave., Moshe Barber will be serving two dinner packages: Coho salmon with brown rice, broth and soba noodles, daikon-carrot salad and non-dairy vanilla ice cream with cookies ($26) and phat Thai noodles with fish or tofu and vegetables served over rice noodles with pickled cucumbers and non-dairy vanilla ice cream ($23). A la carte items also will be available ($18 minimum purchase) with hot and cold drinks, including wine and sake. Reserve via 412-736-7444 or email email@example.com.
Also this Sunday, July 20, Slow Food Pittsburgh holds its sixth annual pickling class. It’s at Fern Hollow Nature Center in Sewickley. Cost is $20 or $15 for students (with ID) and you get the class, all the recipes, a jar of your own Grandma‘s Dills to take home, and a chance to win a basket of canning supplies, as well as a ploughman‘s lunch of pickles, Western Pennsylvania farmstead cheeses, chutneys and Mediterra Bread and beverage. Teachers include PG food columnist Miriam Rubin, who’ll lead you through the Grandma‘s Dills. Amy Baer will teach her Garlicky Spicy Pickles that won in last year's Pittsburgh Canning Exchange competition. Alyce Spencer will teach Radicchio Salad with Zucchini Pickles. And Nancy Hanst will teach how to make Pickled Cukes and Melons. Register online at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e9jgaauxb57aac91&oseq=&c=&ch=. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wild Purveyors announced this week temporary summer hours -- 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays -- while it expands its Lawrenceville store for a new roommate: Full Pint Brewing Co. When the store opens in the fall, Full Pint will run its first pub there away from its North Versailles brewpub.
PETA this week named PNC Park No. 3 in its ranking of vegetarian-friendly major-league-baseball stadiums (peta.org/blog).
Bob Batz Jr.: email@example.com and 412-263-1930 and on Twitter @bobbatzjr.