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 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 day 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 week 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.

2 weeks 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.

4 weeks 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months ago


Food Column: Food trucks move indoors for winter

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

3 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

5 months 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.

5 months 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.

5 months 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.

6 months 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.

6 months ago


Food Column: Celebration serves up free food for 500

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

6 months 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.

6 months 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.

7 months ago


 Not So Basic Betch has a blend of liqueurs and rye and served with a salted rim.

Food Column: Feast on German, Italian and African foods, beer and wine

The week features Oktoberfest, Italian, Congo and wine fests, as well as Kennywoods’ first craft beer festival.

7 months ago


 A Gathering of Chefs logo.

Food Column: Benefits bring bounties from the fields for 2 dinners

“Gathering of Chefs” in Evans City and Harvest Tasting Dinner in Richland will celebrate locally grown food.

7 months ago


 Owner Ricci Minella of Burgh Bites is competing in Thomas' English Muffins Breakfast Battle. Burgh Bites is one of 50 food trucks participating in the contest.

Food column: Burgh Bites competes in Thomas' food truck breakfast battle

Internet users have a chance of winning $5,000 by simply voting for recipes and entering in the consumer sweepstakes.

7 months ago


 Whiskey of America Museum logo.

Food Column: Whiskey of America Museum brewing in Pittsburgh

Kickstarter campaign funds first three exhibits, which will be unveiled at a pop-up party in November.

7 months ago


 Booth selling maple candies at last year's Mason-Dixon Frontier Festival.

Food Column: Vittles match the frontier theme at Mason-Dixon Park

Homemade cornbread and beans, biscuits and gravy, sassafras tea and salt-rising bread will be sold this weekend.

8 months ago


 A burger entered in last year's Pittsburgh Burger Bash.

Food column: Pittsburgh's best burger joints to vie for top honors at SouthSide Works

Twelve restaurants will compete using meats, cooking techniques and toppings of their choice.

8 months ago


 Guests mingle and try samples of drinks and small plates at eat.drink.PITTSBURGH, held last winter.

Food Column: Eat, drink and be merry in the great outdoors

“eat. drink” event at Lodge at North Park showcases foods and beverages from local establishments.

8 months ago


 Eat 'n Park now offers customized Smiley Cookies for Pittsburgh Cookie Tables at weddings and bridal showers.

Food Column: Pizzas, Italian and Lebanese foods celebrated at 3 festivals

Steel City Pizzafest, San Rocco Festa and Mahrajan will be held this month.

8 months ago


Food Column: Food, art to please palates at Crosstown Cookout

The first-time event at Mon Wharf parking lot is a fundraiser to promote Pittsburgh’s riverfronts.

9 months ago


 Vegfest logo.

Food Column: For its 2nd year, VegFest doubles vegan-friendly options

Nondairy ice cream, chili nachos, veggie dogs and wraps, pierogies and falafels will be among the options available.

9 months ago


 Guests arrive at a June farm-to-table dinner at Frankferd Farms in Clinton.

Food Column: 412 Food Rescue to sponsor Ugly CSA, 2 farm-to-table dinners

The group hopes to rescue healthy foods that otherwise would be discarded, with the two new programs.

9 months ago


 Douglas Derda prepares to fire up the grill in his Dormont yard. Mr. Derda recently created yinzlovebbq.com, a website listing local barbeque joints and events.

Food Column: Dormont man fires up barbecue website

Site features 40 area barbecue joints and events slated for this summer.

10 months ago


 Local maple syrup sold at Hurry Hill Maple Farm in Edinboro.

Food Column: Maple farm to host picnic, driving tour in Edinboro

Dinner and tour will highlight events from “Miracles on Maple Hill,” the Newbery Medal-winning children's book in 1957.

10 months ago


 WQED-TV's Rick Sebak with bake-off contestant Alyse Horn  at last year's Next 3 Days Festival in Troy Hill.

Food Column: Sample the best of Hilltop at Next 3 Days Festival

Mount Washington and Allentown to showcase their best home bakers, food, drinks, businesses and music Friday through Sunday.

10 months ago


 Chef Norman Peter Hart teaches at the new American Academy of Culinary Arts.

Food Column: Culinary school adds baking focus

Pittsburgh Technical Institute’s new baking and pastry certificate program can be completed in nine months.

11 months ago


 "Bonjour Kale"  by Kristen Beddard.

Food column : Former Pittsburgher chronicles kale crusade in memoir

Kristen Beddard tells her tale of bringing kale to France.

11 months ago


 The staff of Pittsburgh Food Review: From left, Dan Kitchen, Anthony DeSimone, Chris Mueller, Kendall Valan, Brittany Capozoli, Bailey Neale  and Sarah Swiss.

Food Column: Robert Morris students launch food website

The Pittsburgh Food Review site includes restaurant reviews, recipes, trends and unlikely discussions.

11 months ago


 Urbani competition: Samantha Santti and Rachel Walton created a duck breast with truffle mousseline forcemeat to win a truffle cooking competition in Italy.

Food Column: Art Institute culinary students win coveted trip to Italy

Samantha Santti and Rachel Walton net first prize in truffle competition.

1 year ago


 La Dorita's "kitchen share" space in Sharpsburg will be available for rent to local food entrepreneurs who want to expand their business savvy.

Food Column: 5 food entrepreneurs can get $70,000 worth of help

La Dorita in Sharpsburg is offering to assist five people seeking to expand their food business savvy.

1 year ago


 Macaroni and cheese samples from last year's MACC n' Cheese Bakeoff in Morningside are plated with wings and celery.

Food Column: Sample contestants' entries at MACC n' Cheese Bakeoff, and help a cause

The macaroni and cheese contest will be held at Morningside VFW on April 30 and proceeds will benefit the annual Morningside Mile.

1 year ago


 From left, Matthew Sheeler, Aden Whitlinger and Celeste Chitambo work on measuring sugar for oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies.

Food Column: Children get a lesson in basic kitchen skills

The classes in Sharpsburg teach proper boiling and draining techniques, egg preparations and using a knife properly.

1 year ago


Food column: Feast on pancakes, gumbo and live entertainment at local events

Maple Syrup Festival and Louisi-Ann’s GumboFest will held this weekend.

1 year ago


 Bartender Michael Anderson of Butcher and the Rye.

Food Column: Pittsburgher Michael Anderson has a shot at Bartender of the Year title

Butcher and the Rye’s Michael Anderson will face off with bartenders from New York and Boston in the contest.

1 year ago


 Mushroom Beef-Barley soup.

Squirrel Hill woman goes all local in homemade soup delivery business

Lori Kantor features one meat and one vegetarian soup each week, from fall through late spring.

1 year ago


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