Food Column: Treat mom to a Victorian tea or 'Yappy Hour'

Mother’s Day Victorian Tea: Full tea menu with sandwiches and pastries, plus a luncheon-style entree. Seatings at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Sunday at a historic mansion in Manchester (address to be released in confirmation e-mail after ticket purchase). $45; proceeds benefit Manchester Historic Society’s efforts to restore the Colonel James Anderson House in Manchester. Reservations required. (click “Events”).

Mother’s Day Yappy Hour: Mom and pup photo booth, food truck, drinks, giveaways and fun for humans and pups. 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse, North Side. Free admission. (click “Events Calendar”).


Ukrainian Food Festival: Pierogies, stuffed cabbage, halushki, kielbasa sandwiches, bake sale and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Hall, South Side. (search on “St. Vladimir’s”).

Greek Food Festival: Lamb shanks, gyros, pastitsio, spanakopita, chicken, grape leaves, rice pilaf, Greek pastries and more. Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Annunciation Greek Church, White Oak.

Crafts and Drafts: Artists’ market, food, beer samples, live music, release of a new batch of Illustration Ale. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at East End Brewing, Larimer. (click “Events”).

Pittsburgh Burger Week Kickoff Party: The kickoff event features samples from restaurants, two beers per person, live entertainment, giveaways and prizes. 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Social at Bakery Square, East Liberty. $10 in advance; $15 at the door while supplies last. (The remainder of Burger Week lasts from May 15-21 with burger specials and signature burgers at restaurants throughout the Pittsburgh area.)

For charity

Drink for Pink: Specialty drinks, hors d’oeuvres and local celebrity bartenders including state Sen. Jay Costa, several Pittsburgh city councilmen, and former Steeler Charlie Batch. 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Stack’d Burgers & Beers, Oakland. Ages 21 and up only. 50 percent of food and drink sales will go to Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh.

Cuvee Community Benefit Wine Dinner: Five-course dinner with wine pairings. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Green Gables, Jennerstown. $175; proceeds benefit charity projects in several counties.

A Taste of Red/White: Six-course meal with wine pairings, plus pre-dinner champagne reception with bidding on rare and exceptional wines. 6 p.m. Monday at Off the Hook, Warrendale. $175; proceeds benefit The Woodlands, which serves adults and children with disabilities or chronic illness.


Crazy Mocha Grand Opening Celebration: Free samples of coffee, sweet tea, smoothies and snacks, plus a meet-and-greet with owner and former Steeler J.T. Thomas. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Crazy Mocha, 1836 Centre Ave., Hill District.

Marissa Landrigan Book Launch Party: Marissa Landrigan, professor of creative, professional and digital writing at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, releases her book, “Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat,” with an evening of food and conversation. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at White Whale Bookstore, Bloomfield.

Food TV

WQED and UPMC are sponsoring a preview screening of the first episode of “Food — Delicious Science,” a TV show by Michael Mosley and James Wong telling the science story of the food on your plate and the physics, chemistry and biology behind each bite. 7 p.m. Wednesday at UPMC Shadyside’s West Wing conference auditorium. Free; register at

Rebecca Sodergren:; @pgfoodevents.


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