Food Column: Sample wine, cheese, beer and oysters at festivals


Wine and Cheese Festival: Compare and rate commercially produced wines and enjoy food. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Blueberry Hill Park Activity Center in Franklin Park. $30; $25 for Franklin Park residents; ages 21 and up only. Benefits Franklin Park Community Scholarship Fund. (search for “Wine and Cheese Festival”).

Fall Fest Craft Beer Tasting: The Dormont Area Business Association presents a fall fest with more than a dozen craft beers, food, music and basket raffles. 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dormont Pool. $20. (search for “DABA Fall Fest Craft Beer Tasting”).

Oyster Festival: Oyster samples, sales, tips, recipes, demos, accordionist and more. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Wholey’s, Strip District.


Kids in the Kitchen: Nutritional food prep class for parents and children, with kids taking the lead. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at First United Presbyterian Church of Crafton Heights. $25 for adults; $10 for kids. (search for “Kids in the Kitchen!!”).

Don’t Be Shy About Pie: Jackie Cleary of Auburn Meadows Farm teaches how to make mini pork pies and pumpkin-apple hobo pies, and Slow Food Pittsburgh members join her to demonstrate two mincemeat pies (one vegetarian). 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at East End Food Co-op, Point Breeze. $15. Register ahead: (click on “Community,” then on “Events”).

For charity

Spaghetti Dinner: Proceeds support the George A. Steiner Memorial Food Bank at the church. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Concord Presbyterian Church, Carrick. $10 for adults, $5 for children under age 10.

Spaghetti Dinner: Pasta, salad, bread, beverage and dessert. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Penn Hills. $9; $7 for veterans; $5 for children; free for ages 3 and under.

Farm Benefit Brunch: Superior Motors chef Kevin Sousa cooks brunch outdoors using an earthen cob oven and teaches how to prepare a fall brunch. Menu includes drink pairings made with fermented local apple cider. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Garfield Community Farm. $100; benefits Garfield Community Farm. (search for “Farm Benefit Brunch with Kevin Sousa”).

Sunday Supper: Chefs Jamilka Borges and Justin Severino create 10 courses elevating food “rescued” by 412 Food Rescue. 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Luxe Creative, Point Breeze. $175; $200 for VIPs; benefits 412 Food Rescue. (search for “Sunday Supper”).

Business of food 

Farm to Table Connections Buyer Grower Event: Vendors of local foods and drinks offer samples of their wares, and speakers discuss business strategies such as software, food marketing campaigns, contracts, sourcing and more. The event is designed for food service professionals, dietitians, wellness and healthcare providers, school and hospital personnel and others who are interested in buying from local farms and food producers. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Crowne Plaza, Greentree. $350 for vendors; free for attendees.

Business & Food Forum — People, Planet, Profit: Chef/restaurateur Vimala Rajendran keynotes an evening of demos, tastings and presentations exploring the intersection of our food system and the business world. 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus, Richland. $50; $25 for students; $10 for members of Chatham’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, which is hosting the event with the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment.

Other events

Mushroom walks: Search for mushrooms with members of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club. 10 a.m. Saturday at Robin Hill Park in Moon, and 10 a.m. Nov. 18 at Mingo Creek Park, Finleyville (meet at the Ebenezer covered bridge near the east entrance on Mingo Creek Road). Free.

Le Ferment Divin: Exploration of French wines, professionally catered lunch, pairing lessons, studies in wine and Christianity, printed guide and raffles. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Greystone Theological Institute, Fifth and Chestnut, Coraopolis. $145; $260 for a couple.

Rebecca Sodergren:; @pgfoodevents.


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