Food Column: Spring festivals, Scottish Tartan Day, Cuban food abound in the Pittsburgh area


Springfest: Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free fare by East End Food Co-op Cafe and other local vendors, plus beer from East End Brewing, photo booth, auctions and children’s activities. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Hosanna House, Wilkinsburg. $20; $5 for children; free for kids under 2. Benefits 412 Food Rescue. (search on “Springfest”).

Taste of Lebo: Battle of the Appetizers: Appetizers from Uptown restaurants, K-12 music student performances and more. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Clearview Commons, Uptown Mt. Lebanon. $25; $10 for seniors and students; benefits Mt. Lebanon Foundation for Education. (search on “Taste of Lebo”).

Global tastes

Pittsburgh Tartan Day: Scottish food, Celtic music and dancers, workshops, vendors and raffles. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Bethel Park. Benefits Tartan Day Scholarship Fund for students of the Scottish arts.

Gala Cubana: Cuban-inspired fare, steel drum music, rum tasting bar, dancing, fashions and more. Saturday at Pittsburgh Golf Club in Schenley Park. 6 p.m. start includes appetizers, dinner, dessert buffet and dancing for $175; 8 p.m. arrival includes dessert buffet and dancing for $75.


Farm to Table Wine Dinner: Five-course wine dinner with Mike Bozzone, owner of Serenity Hill Farms in Cheswick. Menu includes smoked trout, pork and lamb, plus wines from Italy, France and the United States. 7 p.m. April 26, at The Hartwood, Indiana Township. $75. Reservations required: 412-767-3500.

Chef Series Featuring Jamilka Borges: Intimate dinner and Q&A with Jamilka Borges, executive chef at Spoon, addressing cooking and combating hunger. 7 p.m. April 27, at Repair the World Workshop, East Liberty. Suggested donation $35. (search on “Chef Series featuring Jamilka Borges”).

Drink events

Hops for HEARTH: Craft beers and microbrews, food, auction items. Participating breweries and eateries include Bluebird Kitchen, Liberty Beer, Myrna’s Catering, North Country Brewing, Round Corner Cantina and more. 7 p.m. Saturday at Bigelow Conference Center, Oakland. $40; $60 for VIPs (includes pre-party at 6 p.m.). Benefits domestic violence survivors.

Garden Gala: Drinks from Arsenal Cider, Country Hammer Moonshine, Liberty Pole Spirits, Boyd & Blair, Rivertowne Brewing, BJ’s, Maggie’s Farm Rum, Pittsburgh Winery and Premier Innovations. Food from Bistro 9101, Chipotle, Graeter’s, Mediterrano, Monte Cello’s and Zuppa’s, plus live music and auctions. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Northland Public Library, McCandless. $60 in advance; $75 at the door. Benefits the library.

Hearts & Hopes Fundraiser: Drinks, light appetizers, entertainment, silent auction, raffles and wine pull. 6 p.m. Saturday at US Steel Tower, Downtown. $50; benefits Girls Hope, which offers a home and quality education for at-risk girls.

For charity

Spaghetti Dinner: Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Etna. $8; $4 for children under 12.

Brunch Around Pittsburgh: A portion of proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House for brunch at the following restaurants: Cafe on Main, Dive Bar & Grille, Franktuary, Industry Public House, Kelly O’s, Local Bar + Kitchen, Social at Bakery Square, Square Cafe, Steel Cactus, The Yard. At participating restaurants (check available times at each restaurant).



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