Food Column: Sandwich feast, two-way street fest and bacon roast on tap


Lord of the Onions: NorthSide Sandwich Week: The popular contest pitting North Side eateries against one anotherr for the title of Best Sandwich is back. The preview party, featuring samples of all the competing sandwiches plus onion rings and craft beers, is from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at The Priory, North Side, and tickets are $35. The competing restaurants — Casullela, Atria’s PNC Park, Chateau Cafe and Bakery, Hogshead Bar and Grill, James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy, Legends of the North Shore, Max’s Allegheny Tavern, Penn Brewery, Rivers Casino, Scratch Food and Beverage, Southern Tier Brewing and Young Brothers Bar — will sell signature sandwiches from Saturday through May 28, and patrons can vote for their favorites. There also will be a Le Tour de Sandwich bike tour at 2 p.m. Saturday for $20.

Wilkinsburg Two-Way Street Fest: Food and drink vendors including Culinary Artists, Salud PGH, Cobbler World, Wigle Whiskey and Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches, plus street musicians, Venture Outdoors climbing wall, Xpogo extreme pogo stick performances, bike safety demos, obstacle course and more. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday on Weed Street between Penn and Franklin in Wilkinsburg. Free.

North Hills Food Truck Festival: More than two dozen food and fashion trucks, plus live music, photo tent, games, bake sale, coffee, craft beer and wine. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Teresa of Avila in Ross.

Global flavors

Traditional Hungarian Bacon Roast: Roast slab bacon over fire pits and eat it on fresh sourdough with peppers, onions and tomatoes. Includes a shot of plum brandy, one Karlovacko beer and live entertainment. 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Huszar, North Side. $35. Reservations: 412-322-8795.

Argentinian cuisine: Josephine Caminos Oria, owner of La Dorita in Sharpsburg, signs copies of her book, “Dulce de Leche: Recipes, Stories & Sweet Traditions,” and shares Argentinian foods paired with Wigle Whiskey-Argentinian-inspired cocktails. Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Wigle Whiskey, Strip District. Free, but register ahead at (click on “Event Calendar”).

For charity

Grapevine: Upscale happy hour with fine wines, food, live music, silent auctions and a mystery wine sale. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Howl at the Moon, Downtown. $70; $35 for designated drivers.

Cocktails & Cuisine: Small bites of appetizers, entrees and desserts, plus craft beers, spirits, music and auctions. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at The Woodlands, Bradford Woods. $85; ages 21 and up only. Benefits Crisis Center North. (click “Events”).

Sewickley Country Brew & BBQ: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday on Beaver Street in Sewickley. Barbecue trucks, craft brews and live music. $25 for brew tasting; food from barbecue trucks is extra. (search on “Sewickley Country Brew & BBQ”).

Endless Summer Luau: Luau foods, island cocktails served in tiki mugs to take home, lei greeters, coconut husking demo, photo ops, Hawaiian music and a Polynesian luau show that ends with a traditional fire knife dance. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at The Biergarten, Hotel Monaco, Downtown. $85; $35 for ages 4 to 12, and free for ages 3 and under. Benefits Ronald McDonald House. (search on “Endless Summer Luau”).

Hope Grows’ Victorian Tea: Hors d’oeuvres, teas, live music, a purse raffle and auction bidding. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at The Club at Shadow Lakes, Aliquippa. $40; benefits support services for caregivers.

Drink events

Tipsy History: Wigle Whiskey and Penn Brewery host innovative stations highlighting Pittsburgh’s pre-Prohibition past, in conjunction with the #Pixburgh photography exhibition. Wigle and Penn will also man a cash bar serving cocktails and brews. 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Heinz History Center, Strip District. $15; $10 for History Center members. (click “Event Calendar”).

Beer and ice cream pairing: Four-beer Rhinegeist flights paired with tastings of Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Bierport, Lawrenceville. $15.

Tantalize: A Cocktail Tasting Experience: Five cocktails paired with food samples, live music, body painting. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Studio AM, Homestead. $40; $65 for two. (search on “Tantalize”).

Aubergine Brew Dinner: Aubergine Chef Rafael Vencio hosts a dinner featuring Brew Gentlemen beer, Driftwood Oven artisan pizza, Wheel and Wedge farmstead cheeses and an Aubergine buffet of supper favorites. 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Smallman Galley, Strip District. $90. (search on “Aubergine Brew Dinner”).

This and that 

Hello Kitty Café Truck: The Hello Kitty Café Truck makes its first stop in Pittsburgh, offering Hello Kitty-themed goodies such as cookie sets, rainbow macarons, mini cakes and bow-shaped bottles of water. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Ross Park Mall in Ross (near Cheesecake Factory). (search on “Hello Kitty Café Truck”).

Plate Your Story: Healthy brunch buffet followed by a hands-on food styling session, PR and branding session and coaching for health and wellness coaches, chefs, food bloggers or other food professionals. Attendees will take home content and photos for media outlets, branding and PR guides and gift bags filled with health and food items used for photo styling. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Gather, Sewickley. $149. (search on “Plate Your Story”).

Rebecca Sodergren: or on Twitter @pgfoodevents.


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