Food Column: Let us celebrate wine, women and whiskey
Mexican food expert Marcela Valladolid will demonstrate recipes for authentic Mexican dishes Saturday at the Bethel Park and Pine Market District stores.
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The Pittsburgh food scene is hoppin' these days, folks, so let's get right to the events:
Friends of the CLP-Allegheny Wine Tasting: Fancy food and Spanish wines to benefit the Allegheny branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. 7 p.m. Friday at the library branch. $55 per person. For tickets: 412-237-1890; a few tickets may be available at the door.
Harvest Moon Wine Festival: Wine, locally grown food and live jazz. 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Riverfront Park, Millvale. $30 ($12 for food only) in advance; more at the door. millvalepa.com or 412-821-2777.
The Death and Rebirth of Whiskey in Western PA: It's a fusion of women's history and booze! Learn about the women who played vital roles in keeping whiskey alive in the region during the Whiskey Rebellion and Prohibition; includes light hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. 6:30 p.m. Monday at Wigle Whiskey, Strip District. $35 per person benefits the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Reservations recommended: wiglewhiskey.com (click on "Cocktail Classes").
How to Drink Wines Like a Millionaire in a Million Dollar House: Sip the picks of local sommeliers who suggested wines with great flavor at affordable prices. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in a new model home in the North Hills, a 6,500-square-foot home with outdoor gardens and a yoga/meditation room. $40 per person. Location is disclosed upon registration at tastegreatwines.com.
The Art of Wine & Food: Variety of wines, food from local restaurants, silent auction and musical entertainment. 6 p.m. next Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, North Side. $60 per person or $85 for VIP extras; proceeds benefit homeless women and children. hearth-bp.org.
Ewe are Special: Tour the Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, then head out to Jamison Farm for an open-air, six-course dinner prepared by great chefs including Gregg Andrews of The Supper Club in Greensburg; Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon in Orlando, Fla; Rick Laskie of St. Vincent College; Jamie Leeds of Hank's Oyster Bar in Washington, D.C.; and Jimmy Sneed of Fresca on Addison in Richmond, Va. MC is Chris Fennimore. Saturday. $250 benefits the center. Reserve by 4 p.m. Friday at 724-805-2750 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthy Eating Happy Planet Festival: Goin' green... Food samples from local restaurants, displays and demos on green topics (domestic chickens, worm composting, hydroponic gardening and more), farm sanctuary info, screening of the film "Forks Over Knives." 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday (film screening at 7:30 p.m.) at the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park, Regent Square. Free admission. forksoverknivespgh.com.
Hoverla Ukrainian American Film Festival: Films and foods from around the world, plus question-and-answer sessions and private auctions. Opening night is at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh, Oakland, with a screening of "Klitschko," a documentary about Ukrainian brothers who have changed the sport of heavyweight boxing. Subsequent screenings are on each Saturday in October. Prices vary. For more information: ucowpa.org.
Apple Festival and Pancake Breakfast: Pancakes, ticket auction, bake sale, children's activities, bounce house and live music. 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Carnegie Presbyterian Church. Breakfast is $6 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids ages 5 and under.
Brunch in Bloom: Enjoy Sunday brunch amid the flowers at Phipps Conservatory in Oakland. 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and 25, and every Sunday in December. $24.95 for adults; $11.95 for kids ages 5-12; free for kids under 5; prices include Conservatory admission. Reservations required: 412-651-5281.
Marcela Valladolid: The TV chef and author of a Mexican cookbook demonstrates authentic Mexican cooking at two area Giant Eagle Market District stores this Saturday. 11 a.m. at the Bethel Park store and 3 p.m. in Pine. Free, but tickets are required. For tickets: marketdistrict.com.
Private cooking classes: Chef Donato Coluccio is now offering private cooking classes from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at his restaurant, Donato's of Fox Chapel. "Chef d." will make menu selections, but students are invited to request specific menu items. Prices vary. Information or registration: 412-781-3700 or donatosrestaurant.com.
Where to Turn Resource Fair: Speakers and vendors cover the topics of local food, hunger programs, health and wellness entitlement programs, children's resources and more; intended for social workers, case managers, caregivers and other health professionals. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. Information: 412-563-8800 or e-mail email@example.com.
Food safety courses: The Allegheny County Health Department offers two-day food safety certification courses for food industry workers on Oct. 2 and 9 at the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Department; Oct. 22 and 29 at Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland; Nov. 3 and 10 at UPMC Mercy Hospital, Uptown; and Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 at Allegheny General Hospital, North Side. (A recertification course for those whose certification has expired will be held Nov. 20 at the Hampton Banquet Hall in Richland). Costs vary. Information: 412-687-2243 or achd.net.
Pittsburgh Public Market, Strip District, has scheduled some events to help you grow and preserve your food:
Stump the Gardener: Get your issues -- from pesky pests to not-so-fun-fungus -- resolved by a local gardener. If you stump the gardener, you'll win a Pittsburgh Public Market pencil. 1:30 p.m. this Sunday and Oct. 14.
Canning Your Garden's Bounty: Canning class with Sue Arlott of Venetia Farms. 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7. $10 per person. Information: pittsburghpublicmarket.org.
Wings: Smokey Bones restaurants are offering free samples of their Buff-A-Que wings through Sunday in order to celebrate the chain's recent win at the National Buffalo Wing Festival's Restaurant Sauce-Off competition in Buffalo, N.Y. To get a free sample, ask your server or print off a coupon at facebook.com/SmokeyBones.
Kick Hunger Challenge: Steelers fans, here's your chance to display your dominance over other NFL fans. Taste of the NFL has announced an online fundraiser that pits fans from all 32 NFL cities against each other in a friendly competition to raise money for food banks in each NFL community. Last year's champions were the Atlanta Falcons fans; surely the Black 'n Gold can do better, right? Go to kickhungerchallenge.com and donate any amount over $10 in the name of the Steelers; 100 percent of the donation will go to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The winning team will get its donations matched up to $10,000.
Broth recipes: Before Oct. 28, submit your favorite family recipe that includes at least one cup of broth, and you could win $5,000 and a trip for two to San Francisco for a charity dinner with Food Network "Chopped" judge Amanda Freitag. College Inn will donate $1 per recipe to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Facebook.com/CollegeInnBroth.
First Published September 27, 2012 12:00 am