Food Column: Eat cakes, slurp soups, and drink wine, mead and rum for a cause

Eat for charity

Let Them Eat Cake: Professional and amateur cake contest. Attendees enjoy cake samples, hors d’oeuvres, open wine and beer bar, silent auction, live entertainment and more. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pittsburgh Opera, Strip District. $65 through Friday; $80 at door; $125 for VIPs (includes 6:30 p.m. bakers’ reception). Benefits The Midwife Center.

Soup for a Claus: A soup crawl through Greensburg with soup samples from local restaurants served in Greensburg’s shops. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in Downtown Greensburg (starts at Seton Hill Arts Center). $15; free for children under 5; benefits Operation Santa Claus.

Pancake Breakfast and Soup Sale: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Beulah Presbyterian Church, Churchill. Breakfast of buttermilk or buckwheat pancakes, Parma sausage and applesauce is $7 for adults, $4 for ages 4 to 11, and free for children under age 4. Homemade soups are $8 per quart or $5 for pints.

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction: Chefs from Ten Penny, Capital Grille, Eddie Merlot’s and a dozen other local restaurants provide small bites while guests bid on silent auction packages. 5 p.m. Monday at Westin Convention Center Hotel, Downtown. $150.

Drink for charity

Taste of Autumn Celebration: Fine wines, food, entertainment, gift baskets and raffles, plus a homemade wine competition. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Laughlin Memorial Library, Ambridge. $35 in advance; $40 at the door.

A Toast to Pittsburgh: Wine samples from Stephen Kavic Winery, food from Yoli’s Pizza, basket raffles, gift and craft bazaar and more. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Hills Public Library. $31.50 through Thursday; $40 at door.

Savor the Flavor: Local spirits from Maggie’s Farm Rum, KingView Mead and more; food from Olive Tap, 5 Generation Bakers and others; live music. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Home Economics Building at South Park. $20; ages 21 and up only. Benefits Friends of South Park.


Preview Party & Round-Up: Preview of what will be available at Pittsburgh’s first food truck park, including food trucks, local craft beers and wines, live music, lawn games. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Pittsburgh Food Park, 1923 River Front Dr., Millvale.

Pittsburgh Fun & Grub Drinkfest: Wine, spirits and cider samples, food trucks, vendors and more. Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. Free admission. (sign up online for your choice of three-hour sampling sessions).

Beers of the Burgh Winter Warmer: Beers from more than 30 local breweries, food trucks, live music. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at 31st Street Studios, Lawrenceville. $45; $20 for designated drivers; $59 for VIPs (includes 3 p.m. entry). Advance tickets required. Ages 21 and up only. A portion benefits The Children’s Charity.

Chef’s Best Dish: Sample top creations from Pittsburgh-area restaurants and vote for your favorites. Participating restaurants include Bella Christie and Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique, Jimmy Wan’s, Burgh Bites, Slice on Broadway, Kaya, Soba, Six Penn Kitchen, Monterey Bay and more. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Circuit Center & Ballroom, South Side. $40. (search for “Chef’s Best Dish 2017”).


Sunday Funday Hands-On Sushi Rolling Class: Learn to roll two types of rolls, create a sushi appetizer and sip on sake pairings with each course. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Nakama, South Side. $70 per person; $130 per couple. Reservations required: 412-381-6000.

Learning Party, Food-tastic: Learn what goes into making food, what keeps it from spoiling, how fermentation works and other topics through science-oriented stations. 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at Assemble, 4824 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. Free, but register ahead. (search for “Learning Party: Food-tastic!”).

Using Your Noodles: Chef Art Inzinga teaches a class on pasta and noodles from around the world, including German spaetzle, Japanese buckwheat soba noodle salad, Chinese lo mein, Italian chicken and spinach ravioli in creamy pesto, and even dessert pastas. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Rania’s, Mt. Lebanon. $60.

Other events

Brazilian & Chinese Tasting Dinner: Keyla Cook, a native of Brazil who moved to Pittsburgh five years ago, and Itha Cao, who creates dishes inspired by her Northern Chinese heritage, are teaming up to serve a dinner to help them open their food businesses. The Brazilian menu will include basil-infused cheesebread, yucca and shrimp stew and ginger chocolate dessert. The Chinese menu will include pot stickers, handcrafted noodles with chicken sauce and cucumber salad, and sesame spheres. 6:30 p.m. Saturday at a location in Highland Park (to be disclosed after ticket purchase). $45; also includes coffee, tea and two cocktails. (search for “Brazilian & Chinese Tasting Dinner”).

Winter CSA: Community Supported Agriculture shares are available even in the winter. Sign up with Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance by Friday to receive nine biweekly deliveries of local produce, canned and jarred items, eggs and cheeses between Nov. 15 and March 28 at various pickup points around the city. Typical items include winter squash, potatoes, apples, greenhouse lettuce, grains, honey, maple syrup and more. $378.

Let’s Move Pittsburgh Symposium: Gathering of parents, caregivers and child-focused organizations focused on nutrition, physical activity and the theme of “Growing Healthy Children.” 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Oakland. $15 includes conference admission and networking lunch. RSVP by Monday. (click on “Classes and Programs,” then on “Let’s Move Pittsburgh,” then “Symposium and Speaker Series”).

Rebecca Sodergren:; @pgfoodevents.


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