Food Column: Chocolate for charity and more




For charity

Chocolate Bar — A Masquerade Soiree: Chocolates and chocolate-based treats from 20 local restaurants, performance by STAYCEE PEARL dance project, decorate-your-own masquerade masks, fashion show and more. Chocolate items include hot and spicy chocolate pork cracklins from Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie, burnt orange Manhattan truffle from Eddie Merlot’s, chocolate ravioli with burrata and lobster butter from Lidia’s, Wigle whiskey-filled chocolates from Mon Aimee, chocolate truffle brownies with almonds and amarena cherries from Monterey Bay Fish Grotto and more. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Benedum Center, Downtown. $35; $85 for VIPs (includes early admission, extra hors d’oeuvres and more). trustarts.org/production/54509/the-chocolate-bar.

Taste of Africa: Authentic Cameroonian food, drinks, African music, dancing, performances, live painting, raffles and auction. 7 p.m. Saturday at the Teamsters’ Temple in Lawrenceville. $55; $25 for ages 8 to 18; free for ages 7 and under; $75 for VIPs (includes 6 p.m. reception with specialty drinks and African street food). Benefits Cameroon Football Development Program. cameroonfdp.com (click on “Get Involved,” then on “Taste of Africa”).

Zelie on Tap: Samples from local breweries, food, live music. 3 to 6 p.m. or 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, at Zelienople Community Park and Zelienople Area Public Library. $40. Benefits Zelienople New Pool Initiative and Zelienople Area Public Library. eventbrite.com (search for “2017 Zelie on Tap”).

Bach & Burgers: Drinks on the patio, dinner, auction items. 6 p.m. Oct. 16, at Tessaro’s, Bloomfield. $75 includes glass of wine or draft beer, appetizer, entree choice (burger, chicken sandwich or veggie kabob) and side. showclix.com/event/bach-burgers2.

Festivals

Ales on the Allegheny: Kittanning’s first beer festival, with breweries, food trucks and live music. 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, at Riverfront Park, Kittanning. $20. Eventbrite.com (search for “Ales on the Allegheny”).

Squirrel Hill Oktoberfest: Self-guided beer tasting stops at Squirrel Hill businesses. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Squirrel Hill business district. $25 in advance; $35 day of event; ages 21 and up only. eventbrite.com (search for “Squirrel Hill Oktoberfest 2017”).

Oktoberfest at Most Holy Name: Live traditional German entertainment, German-style hot dinner (served 3 to 8 p.m.), 6 p.m. mass, rummage sale. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Most Holy Name of Jesus Church, Troy Hill. Dinner ($10) includes roast pork and choice of two sides including spaetzle, German potato salad, mashed potatoes, red cabbage, sauerkraut or applesauce, plus dessert and beverage. For dinner tickets: 412-231-2994 ext. 0.

Autumn Ale Walk & Art in the Park: Specialty beer samples at Ambridge businesses, plus pop-up art show in P.J. Caul Park. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday on Merchant Street in Ambridge. $25. eventbrite.com (search for “Autumn Ale Walk”).

Wine & Spirits Fest‘alcular’: Wine and spirits tastings from 15 local wineries, plus food and gift vendors. Choice of three 2½-hour sessions starting at 11 a.m., noon or 1 p.m. Sunday at Rivers Casino, North Shore. $25 in advance; $30 at the door; $10 for designated drivers. drinkfestpa.com.

Other food events

Food & Climate Change Conference: Keynote speakers Frances Moore Lappe, author of “Diet for a Small Planet,” and Julie Guthman, author of “Agrarian Dreams,” plus climate change demo, panel discussions, Eden Hall tours and a sustainable lunch sourced from the campus farm. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus, Richland. Free. eventbrite.com (search for “Food & Climate Change”).

Stanton Hops Release Party: Release of Roundabout Brewery’s “Stanton Hops” beer made with hops grown along Stanton Avenue. 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at The Neighborhood Academy, Stanton Heights. $10 includes one beer, light refreshments and live music. eventbrite.com (search for “2nd Annual Stanton Hops Release Party”).

Rebecca Sodergren: pgfoodevents@hotmail.com; @pgfoodevents.





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