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Open Hearth Cooking Class in February

Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House offers a six-session cooking class on Early American hearth cooking at the open hearth in The Old Stone House built in 1822. Instructors will lead discussions on how food preparation and methods of preservation have evolved and how local and imported foods have influenced the American diet.

Classes will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Feb. 8 to March 15. Tuition is $150, including all materials and supplies, as well as a hearthside cooking recipe book.

Classes are limited to eight. For registration/information: 724-738-4964.

Osteria 100 is closed

The sister restaurant to Cioppino and Osteria 2350 in the Strip District, Osteria 100, at the corner of Wood Street and the Boulevard of the Allies, Downtown, has closed. The restaurant had been open since June 2012.

It occupied a beautifully reclaimed open space adjacent to the urban park of Point Park's "Academic Village" and had many fans of its simple, affordable fare, including some of the best beans-and-greens in the city.

BEER BAR to open in Squirrel Hill

Independent Brewing Co. is scheduled to open this month at 1704 Shady Ave. in Squirrel Hill. The place won't brew its own but will serve local craft brews with attention paid to temperature, freshness and glassware. The Independent also will serve beer cocktails and will feature wine -vs.-beer dinners. The name is an homage to an early 1900s band of local breweries.

BEER FEST SET FOR 4/12

The Beers in the Burgh Festival is slated for Larimer on April 12, or 4/12, as in Pittsburgh's area code. Promoter Mark Turic says they're inviting only breweries from this region for a single three-hour session of sampling, music, games and food from local vendors for purchase.

Details are still loose, but early-bird tickets are available now for $35 and will be $45; there are $79 VIP tickets, too.


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