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The Food Column

 Wigle Whiskey's Allison Burns, left, and the International Spy Museum's Shana Oltman present a night of spirits and spies on May 14 at Threadbare Cider on the North Side.

More Mother's Day events in Pittsburgh

From a wine walk to chocolate painting, there is still time to plan fun events with mom this week.

1 month ago

 Sweetheart Smiley Cookies are being sold at Eat 'n Park Restaurants through Feb. 14.

Sample and feast on beers, wines, spirits this week

Beer, wine and spirit events will be held in Lawrenceville and North Side.

4 months ago

 A growler of cider is filled at Knockin’ Noggin Cidery & Winery in Volant, Pa.

Food Column: Holiday cookie sales, pancake breakfasts with Santa and more

Wine trails and wine walks are among all the festivities taking place in the Pittsburgh region as we gear up for the holidays.

6 months ago

 A tray of treats awaits "cookie tourists" at last year's Joy of Cookies Cookie Tour in Lawrenceville. This year's event will be held Friday through Sunday.

Food Column: A holly jolly cookie season has begun

Participate in a cookie tour in Lawrenceville and cookie extravaganza at Baldwin High School.

6 months ago

 "Jewel of the Lotus" won top honors for decoration at Let Them Eat Cake, The Midwife Center's annual fundraiser. The cake was crafted by Emma Lee Moore of Emmalee's Sweet Dreams.

Food Column: Build a gingerbread house, give feedback on Citiparks farmers markets

Polish-style Christmas with carols and dinner will be held in Oakland on Dec. 3.

7 months ago

 VegFeast, Pittsburgh's annual vegan Thanksgiving dinner, will be held Saturday.

Food column: Former 'Chopped' contestant to cook at pop-up dinner in Pittsburgh

Chef Giovanna Delli Compagni to cook a dinner hosted by Underground Kitchen at a secret location.

7 months ago

 Spaghetti dinners will be held in Carrick and Penn Hills on Saturday.

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

Lessons in making pies and nutritional food for children will be held and so will dinners for charity.

7 months ago

 These are some of the items a subscriber might find in a winter CSA box from Penn's Corner Farm Alliance. The winter subscription includes nine biweekly deliveries to pickup locations around the city, available from mid-November through mid-March. Boxes will hold items such as winter squash, potatoes, apples, greens, eggs, honey and maple syrup from local farms.

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

Pittsburgh Opera is holding a cake contest; Maggie’s Farm Rum and KingView Mead are raising money for South Park.

7 months ago

 Employees prepare for cake cutting along with accordionist Kevin Solecki during a birthday celebration at Wholey's in the Strip District. Wholey's will celebrate its 105th anniversary on Saturday with a seafood class, live music, cake, petting zoo, airbrush tattoos, balloons and more.

It's a week of festivals, cooking classes, hurricane relief

Wholey’s celebrates its 105th anniversary with a party, seafood class, petting zoo, balloons, samples, giveaways and live music on Saturday.

9 months ago

 Crawfish are the centerpiece of a buffet at the Swedish Crawfish Party planned at IKEA in Robinson.

Food Column: Sample a world of flavors at crawfish party and Oktoberfests

There also will be festivals this week inspired by the planet Earth and Congo rainforest, and wine and brew festivities.

9 months ago

Pittsburgh abounds with festivals, charity dinners and more

Nine local chefs prepare a fall harvest feast with food stations, cocktails, beer, wine, hayrides, games, music and a silent auction.

9 months ago

 The winning professionally decorated cake at 2016's "Let Them Eat Cake" fundraiser for The Midwife Center was a cake titled "All You Need is Love" by Breanne Gustafson of  Bella Christie and Lil' Z's Sweet Boutique in Lawrenceville.

Festivals in Pittsburgh celebrate all things ribs, British, Greek and beer

The five-day rib fest will be held outside Heniz Field and Britsburgh Festival will be at various locations around Steel City.

9 months ago

 The 25th annual Wine Festival will be held this weekend at Seven Springs. More than 30 Pennsylvania wineries will be at the event along with live bands and artisans.

It's a weekend of wine and tomato festivals, a Feastival and rum-reggae party

The wine fest will be held at Seven Springs Mountain Resort; tomato and garlic festival at Phipps and food truck feast at McKees Rocks.

10 months ago

 Cannoli from Moio's Italian Bakery in Monroeville will be one of many Italian foods sold at Little Italy Days Aug. 17-20 in Bloomfield.

Celebrate summer with Italy Days, eats and drinks

Little Italy Days, summer fest, and lessons on fermentation and baking are on the food-events calendar.

10 months ago

 Jen Saffron, right, a participant in First Course and owner of Sprezzatura catering, works on a caprese tray with Monica Cwynar. First Course is a new online tool for aspiring food entrepreneurs.

Food entrepreneurs get lessons from First Course, free for Allegheny County residents

New online learning tools helps with developing, promoting, financing and raising funds for food businesses.

10 months ago

 Jennifer Shearer, right, with Amanda Freitag last month at the General Mills headquarters in Minneapolis.

Johnstown restaurateur wins $50,000, visit from Amanda Freitag

The Food Network chef will be visiting Press Bistro on Thursday.

11 months ago

New street fest gives a nod to Italian restaurants, heritage in Pittsburgh

Italian StrEAT Festival, Downtown, will highlight restaurant foods, cooking demonstrations and games.

11 months ago

 Attack Theatre uses a water game to get into the tar and featherin' spirit at last year's Tar & Feather party.

Food Column: Welcome summer with spirits, food, tarring and feathering

Wine, wings and ramen festivals also on tap in Pittsburgh venues

12 months ago

 Hop Farm Brewing Co. in Lawrenceville is hosting a five-course beer-pairing dinner for Father's Day.

Food Column: Toast to Dad at beer dinner or whiskey distillery or Irish pub

Hop Farm Brewing Co., Wigle Whiskey and Claddagh Irish Pub are featuring events for Father’s Day.

1 year ago

 Philip Lehman of Swiss Villa, a Southeastern Pennsylvania dairy, displays a jug of his milk at East End Food Co-op in Point Breeze. Mr. Lehman will appear at a milk-tasting event organized by East End Food Co-op and Slow Food Pittsburgh.

Putting cow, goat, sheep and camel milk to the test

The dairy-related tasting event will be held in Legume on Saturday.

1 year ago

 Bikers who complete the Tour de Donut in New Wilmington will receive this medal.

Food Column: Donut Daze Festival may induce a food coma

A Donut Crawl, bike ride, games with doughnuts and a doughnut selfie station are all part of the festivities in New Wilmington.

1 year ago

 The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be at the Ross Park Mall parking lot on Saturday.

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

North Side will host the Sandwich Week and Hungarian roast and the food street fest will be held in Wilkinsburg.

1 year ago

 Spanakopita will be among the classic Greek treats available at the Annunciation Greek Church's food festival.

Food Column: Treat mom to a Victorian tea or 'Yappy Hour'

Opt for an elegant tea in Manchester or drinks and time with the pooch at Wigle’s barrelhouse.

1 year ago

 Pasta flora, a latticed topped apricot tart, will be sold at St. Nicholas Church's Greek Food Festival.

Food Column: Oakland Greek Food Festival kicks off 56th year Sunday

The food fest will return with a “tried-and-true” menu of grilled meats and pastries.

1 year ago

 Participants toast craft beers at last year's Brewski Festival in Seven Springs.

Food Column: Sample beers, go on a bar crawl and hit a pub tour

Brewski Festival, Fill the Mug Charity Bar Crawl and Dormont Pub Tour are slated for this weekend.

1 year ago

Food Column: Spring festivals, Scottish Tartan Day, Cuban food abound in the Pittsburgh area

A listing of festivals and food events scheduled for the coming weeks.

1 year ago

 Turner Dairy Farms was founded in 1930.

Food Column: Give a toast to home brewers and vintage cocktails

North Hills Brewfest and Cocktails & Camaraderie will be held this weekend.

1 year ago

 Buttermilk pancakes will be available at the 40th annual Maple Syrup Festival using maple syrup produced in Pennsylvania.

Food Column: Eat, drink and dance at block party and festivals

Block party at Market Square, maple syrup festival, and Latin American & Caribbean Festival are on tap this week.

1 year ago

 A young visitor to last year's Farm to Table Conference walks past a display table in the exhibitor hall.

Food Column: Farm to Table Conference digs into food, cultural roots

Event will feature sampling of foods, beer and spirits, demos and speakers at the convention center Downtown.

1 year ago

 Tim Hower is the proprietor and director of Two Hands Wines in Marananga, South Australia.

Food Column: Celebrate spring with candy crafts, beer dinner

The week also will feature “breakfast and a movie,” and a spaghetti dinner for charity.

1 year ago

 Irish stew in a bread bowl, a popular dish at the annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival, will be served at the "Halfway to the Pittsburgh Irish Festival Fundraiser" March 19 at the Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center in West Homestead.  Credit: Pittsburgh Irish Festival  For The Food Column on March 8.

Food Column: Kick-start Irish Festival celebrations early with 'Halfway' party

Inaugural ‘Halfway to the Festival’ party features Irish stew and other Pittsburgh Irish Festival favorites

1 year ago

 Ned Carroll, a 34-year veteran seafood expert at Wholey's fish market, leads a seafood class. Classes are free for customers every Saturday morning at the Strip District store.

Food Column: Attend a class, learn all about fish

Legendary Pittsburgh fishmonger and local cooking schools offer fish prep classes.

1 year ago

 Hines Ward's Napa Valley Red Blend pairs well with flank steak topped with a mushroom demi glace.

Food Column: Hines Ward to uncork 3rd wine label at his Seven Fields restaurant

Napa Valley Red Blend is 80 percent zinfandel and 20 percent cabernet.

1 year ago

 A table groans under the weight of the candy buffet at last year's Epilepsy Foundation Mardi Gras Gala.

Food Column: Pittsburgh goes a little Big Easy

Fundraisers, festivals, Creole cuisine are part of the Fat Tuesday celebrations.

1 year ago

 The Fresh Market in Mt. Lebanon offers a take-home Valentine meal package featuring filet mignon and/or lobster tails with sides.

Food Column: Have Valentine's 'breakfast in bed’ at Mattress Factory

“All You Need is Love” features brunch fare and a visit to the galleries.

1 year ago

 Chef Guiliano Pacni works with his staff to plate dinners at his restaurant, Buca di Santantonio in Lucca, Italy. Joe Caliguire, owner of Sarafino's in Crafton, observed and worked at Buca di Santantonio in March 2015. He's leading a culinary trip to Italy this April, and his group will visit and dine at this restaurant.

Food Column: See, sample Italy with 2 Pittsburgh-area restaurateurs

Larry Lagatutta of Enrico Biscotti and Joe Caliguire of Sarafino’s will lead culinary trips to Italy in April.

1 year ago

 "Sopranos" cast members will be in town for dining event.

Food Column: Dine with 'Sopranos' cast members

Monroeville Home Show offers “Dinner With the Sopranos,” featuring three actors from the television series.

1 year ago

Food Column: Pizza ovens pop up around Pittsburgh

The Trade Institute of Pittsburgh is using reused materials to help rebuild the lives of both oven builders and oven users.

1 year ago

 Dietitian Judy Dodd is a speaker in the Let's Move Pittsburgh 5-2-1-0 Speaker Series.

Food Column: Let's Move Pittsburgh leaps into its fifth year

The Michelle Obama-inspired public health organization is encouraging kids to eat healthfully, exercise every day and limit screen time.

1 year ago

Food Column: Food trucks move indoors for winter

Pittsburgh’s first indoor food truck festival is this Saturday in Monroeville.

1 year ago

 Greek dinner at Salonika Imports in Lawrenceville.

Salonika Imports to host Greek dinners in Lawrenceville

Dinners will feature classic dishes, live music, cooking demos and conversations about Greek customs.

1 year ago

 Platter of Christmas cookies.  An array of ethnic cookies will be available at the Holiday Vendor Bazaar in Aliquippa.

Food Column: Eat, drink and be charitable

Mittens & Mingles, St. Nick Soiree and Pints for Primates hold benefits this week.

1 year ago

 Michael Symon.

Food Column: Chef Michael Symon to celebrate Pittsburgh's Light Up during the day

He will serve free samples of a 56-foot sub sandwich Friday on Fort Duquesne Boulevard, Downtown.

1 year ago

 Stale bread from Five Points Artisan Bakeshop in Squirrel Hill will be converted to a new beer called Loaf by East End Brewing.

Food Column: Rescued bread and apples to be born again as booze

Stale bread will be converted into beer and a blend of apple brandy and cider will be made from foraged apples.

1 year ago

 Amanda Wright of A519 Chocolates will teach attendees to paint truffles like these at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Chocolate Bar on Nov. 12.

Food column: Bite into sweet and savory treats at Chocolate Bar

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust benefit will feature a chocolate spread on four floors of the Benedum Center.

1 year ago

 A Lamb and Wine Dinner prepared by John and Sukey Jamison will be held on Saturday at Jamison Farm in Latrobe.

Food Column: Feast on Italian and lamb dinners with wine

Five-course Italian meal will be held at Vallozzi’s and the Jamison lamb dinner will be in Latrobe.

1 year ago

 Lisa Radinovsky.

Food Column: Pennsylvania expat promotes Greek olive oil

New website extols virtues of ‘Greek liquid gold’ in hopes of stimulating flagging Greek economy.

1 year ago

Food Column: Celebration serves up free food for 500

Pittsburgh Food Policy Council creates awareness of food justice issues in a fun setting.

1 year ago

 Marion Nestle.

The Food Column: Activist Marion Nestle to address food politics

NYU professor will talk tomorrow at the convention center about obesity, food economics and how to bring change.

1 year ago

 Priya Osuri, owner of Anar Gourmet Foods.

Richland mom blends spices and cultures

Priya Osuri creates spice blends to help home cooks produce authentic Indian fare.

1 year ago

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