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 Blueberry slushie for grown-ups made with blueberry wine, sauvignon blanc and pureed blueberries.

If only fresh blueberries would have some chutzpah

The blue-hued berries are wonderful in baked goods and slushies, but rather blah just as plain old fruits.

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 The jackfruit has sweet bulbs of fruit.

Jackfruit, a meat alternative, makes its way to local stores

Move over, seitan. There’s a new stand-in for meat, and it grows on trees.

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 Jackfruit tacos are now on the menu at Bahama Breeze restaurants.

Where to find jackfruit on local menus

“Young” jackfruit is mostly used as a filling in tacos but also makes its way as a topping on nachos and inside a sandwich.

In about 3 hours

 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, it's free for Allegheny County residents

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

In about 3 hours

 Anthony Falcon of Mount Lebanon, owner of Gaucho Parrilla, speaks during the 86 Conference for food and service industry professionals at the Ace Hotel, East Liberty.

Recipe for success: Work hard, be nice, stay true — Conference addresses social issues in service industry

Two-day discussion looks at ethical, environmental and cultural issues that restaurant workers face at Pittsburgh dining spots.

about 7 hours ago

 The winning team's dishes at the Western Pennsylvania Lamb Festival + Cook-Off included lamb tacos, smoked confit lamb  and lamb robatayaki.

Chefs from Umami and Cantina win cook-off at lamb fest

Umami’s Roger Li, Round Corner Cantina’s Derek Burnell and Erie chef Dan Kern capture People’s Choice award at Lamb Fest + Cook-off.

about 3 hours ago

 From left, Abby Williams of Ligonier, Nina Clarke of Squirrel Hill, Ashley Barone of Sidman and Jennifer Seniuk of Alberta, Canada, take a selfie in front of the 35-foot Heinz pickle balloon at Picklesburgh in 2016.

For pickled fudge, sweet tea, pretzel, moonshine and dogs, head to Picklesburgh

Pittsburgh’s pickle festival will be held on Roberto Clemente Bridge Friday and Saturday.

about 8 hours ago

 Plates are ready to be served at First Colony Winery in Charlottesville, Va.

Underground Kitchen is heading to Pittsburgh for first time

The secret pop-up supper club will host a dinner prepared by a “Cutthroat Kitchen” winning-chef.

1 day ago

 Village Pizza in Hazelwood was hit with a consumer alert.

Two area restaurants hit with consumer alerts

Village Pizza and Leon’s Caribbean Restaurant were cited for numerous health code violations.

1 day ago

 The menu at Friday's Summer Safari -- Colors of the Jungle event at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium includes lollipops with worms and scorpions.

Bugs, for people, are on the menu at Pittsburgh Zoo

Pittsburgh Zoo’s Summer Safari aims to raise awareness of pest insects — and the fact you can eat them.

1 day ago

 It is best to sear a rack of lamb on both sides in a skillet on a stove top before cooking it in the oven.

All-star chefs to compete in the 1st Western Pa. Lamb Festival + Cook-Off

Twenty-four chefs will be divided into 8 teams to cook some of the country’s best lamb on Sunday at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh.

6 days ago

Corn is sweet, so why not turn it into a dessert?

How about making a rice-and-corn pudding or a cornmeal cake with corn kernels and raisins.

6 days ago

 An employee at Fuel & Fuddle does a balancing act while serving up piping hot pizza and fries.

Oakland Restaurant Week offers $6 lunches for 6 days

In addition to deals on pizzas, sushi, sandwiches and chicken from July 24-29, diners can win 1 month’s worth of free lunches.

6 days 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.

6 days ago

 Heinz celebrated National Hot Dog Day by trying to trick Chicagoans into eating hotdogs covered in ketchup rebranded as "Chicago Dog Sauce."

Heinz tricks Chicagoans into putting ketchup on hot dogs

Heinz got roasted on Twitter by Chicagoans unwilling to compromise their traditions.

6 days ago

 Daniel Walker, the new chef at Lidia's Pittsburgh, stands for a portrait in the restaurant's kitchen.

At Lidia's, new chef brings more than just a resume to the table

Lidia Bastianich says a chef needs to be creative and collaborative, and Daniel Walker understands it.

1 week ago

 David Allison from Dunn, N.C., in his 1969 Alexis MK15 Formula Ford and Tammy Lynne Calef from Myrtle Beach, S.C., in her 1981 Gemini Club Ford take turn 20 side by side during the Formula Ford Exhibition Race morning practice at the last year's Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

Pittsburgh things to do this weekend, July 13-16

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix revs up this weekend, while Seven Springs dishes out the ribs and wings.

1 week ago

 Attendees walk under the 35-foot Heinz Pickle balloon at Picklesburgh, a pickle festival held in Downtown Pittsburgh on Friday, July 15, 2016.

Relishing Pittsburgh's annual Picklesburgh festival

Here is everything you need to know about Pittsburgh’s annual celebration of all things pickled.

1 week ago

 Enjoying homemade popsicles on Thursday, July 6, 2017 are, from left, siblings Mae, Caleb and Autumn Waters of Ben Avon.

Cool off with ice pops on a hot summer day

Almost any fruit or vegetable can be pureed and turned into an ice pop, and combinations are endless.

1 week ago

 The colorful window at Klavon's in 1999.

Klavon’s holds new national ice cream competition with Ice Cream Day festival

This Sunday, 50 small ice cream shops around the country will be competing in Pittsburgh’s Strip District for the best ice cream crown.

1 week ago

 Chili Buns and Slaw Dogs from "Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, With Recipes" by Ronni Lundy.

A new appreciation for Appalachian "vidls"

Southern Appalachia cooking shines in this new James Beard Foundation Book of the Year: “Victuals: An Appalachian Journey with Recipes.”

1 week ago

 Finikia cookies  are flavored with cinnamon, dipped in warm honey syrup and topped with walnuts.

Beer, rib & wing, wine and Greek festivals are on tap

Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest, Rib & Wing Festival, Harvest Wine Festival and Greek Food Festival to be held this week.

1 week ago

 CLO Mini Stars will perform at Christmas in July at Market Square.

Santa's coming to Market Square Farmers Market

Christmas in July will be held Thursday in Downtown Pittsburgh.

1 week ago

 Millie's blueberry goat's milk ice cream sundae with buttery pecan brittle topped with fresh whipped cream.

There's good reason to twist and shout on National Ice Cream Day

Here’s a sampling of Pittsburgh-area ice cream shops that are offering deals on Sunday.

1 week ago

 Chad and Lauren Townsend founded Millie's Ice Cream in a mural-covered building on Lynn Way in Point Breeze. Millie's buys milk and cream straight from the dairy and pasteurizes its own ice cream.

Millie's Homemade Ice Cream to open Downtown on Sunday

The acclaimed ice cream shop by Chad Townsend will open its second location with free birthday cake ice cream

2 weeks ago

 Graduate student Stacey Jane Victor of Morningside passes out different chocolates for people to try as she leads a workshop on chocolate making at Chatham University's Eden Hall campus in Hampton.

A lesson in chocolate: From bean to bar

Chatham University workshops at the Eden Hall campus in Richland explore the art and history of chocolate making.

2 weeks ago

 Traci Yates Maga poses for a portrait in her store, Sunny Meadow Foods in Oakdale, where she sells grass-fed beef and Amish goods.

New food store in Oakdale sells grass-fed beef and cheese

Sunny Meadow Foods features Amish cheeses and baked goods, and area’s largest selection of grass-fed beef.

2 weeks ago

 Sonja Finn of Dinette in East Liberty displays a pasta with pesto sauce.

Dinette adopts no tipping policy

The East Liberty restaurant is the latest to ban gratuities and play servers and staff a guaranteed wage and benefits.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks ago

 Apricot Almond Calfouti.

Get your clafouti fix during apricot season

The fruits turn tart and zingy in the classic rustic dessert from France.

2 weeks ago

 A comparison of four cheesy snacks.

Bite-size, feel-good, 1 ingredient Whisps are cheesy crisps

Cello’s Whisps, which are made with Parmesan cheese and then baked, are high in protein.

2 weeks ago

 Mark Wilson restocks tomatoes at the Shop 'n Save in the Hill District on Friday. The store launched the Pittsburgh Food Bucks program on June 1. The new program at that store is aimed at assisting low-income consumers.

Pittsburgh "Food Bucks" program helps food stamp shoppers buy more fruits and veggies

Shoppers who use food stamps can earn credits when they buy fresh food and vegetables to buy more under a Hillman Family Foundation program.

2 weeks ago

 Jam ready for the pantry

How to eat summer fruit all year

Preserving fruit allows you to reap the benefits of their nutritional value and enjoy their wonderful flavors long after the summer is over.

3 weeks ago

 On July 5 -- National Bikini Day -- Villa Italian Kitchen will sell two-piece swimsuits made from real pizza.

Here's how you can order a bikini made out of pizza — but it will cost a lot of dough

In time for National Bikini Day on July 5, Villa Italian Kitchen will sell handmade two-piece swimsuits made from real pizza.

3 weeks ago

 Goat Cheese-Stuffed Lamb Burgers

The best burger in each of Pennsylvania's burgs

A gustatory tour of Pennsylvania burgers with 10 yummy recipes to try.

3 weeks ago

How to build a perfect burger

There are different theories on how to stack the layers in a burger. But here’s one that makes sense.

3 weeks ago

 Kevin Joyce, owner of The Carlton Restaurant in Downtown.

The Carlton named one of America's 100 best wine restaurants

The Downtown landmark is the only restaurant in Pittsburgh to make the Wine Enthusiast’s 2017 list ... again.

3 weeks ago

 Smoked 'Shroom & Swiss Burger is Cioppino's entry for the Blended Burger Project competition.

Five restaurants creatively blend burgers for James Beard contest

Blended Burger Project promotes mushroom-meat blends for health and sustainability.

3 weeks ago

Ramen and Scoops festivals slated for this week

Have free samples of ramen to live rock in Lawrenceville and $3 ice cream sundaes in Carrick.

3 weeks ago

 Nine on Nine, located two blocks from the Benedum Center, takes classic American dishes and turns them into small plates.

13 food options Downtown for a night at the theater

Headed to a show at the Benedum? Check out the Post-Gazette’s guide to Downtown’s dining options.

2 weeks ago

 Chicken barbecue is cooked in a 600-degree tandoor oven and served with a side of tikka masala along with naan.

Choolaah to bring Indian barbecue to Pittsburgh

The restaurant is scheduled to open in East Liberty in the fall and will feature meat, vegetarian, vegan and gluten- and dairy-free options.

4 weeks ago

 McDonald's is partnering with UberEATS to launch "McDelivery" at 44 Pittsburgh locations in the Pittsburgh area.

McDonald's delivery in Pittsburgh? UberEATS McDelivery now available

“McDelivery” will launch at 44 locations in the Pittsburgh area, with UberEATS charging a $5 flat fee for restaurant-to-door service.

4 weeks ago

 Downtown St. Catharines, Ont.

A hockey weekend in St. Catharines, Ontario Canada

Travelers can find plenty of charms in St. Catharines, just over the border in southern Ontario, to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

1 month ago

 A peach tree, right, grows in Sarah Drake's shady backyard garden in Point Breeze.

How to grow your own peaches

Planting and taking care of a peach tree is a labor of love, and mostly praying for rain.

1 month ago

 Mary Louise and husband boxer Billy Conn in the early 1940s. She was 18 when they married and their life together was anything but dull.  The movie made about his life "The Pittsburgh Kid," will be shown at the Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville on Friday night.

Here’s what’s happening the weekend of June 22-25

Movies, food and music in abundance on this warm summer weekend.

1 month ago

 A CoreLife Eatery grain bowl

CoreLife Eatery to open at The Block Northway

Fast-casual chain’s first local outlet will serve green bowls, grain bowls (including tuna poke) and broth bowls in remodeled Ross mall.

1 month ago

 Refrigerated Produce  in  the newly renovated "Aldi", location in Robinson Twps. Wednesday June 21, 2017.   (Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette)

Aldi invests $36 million in Pittsburgh as discount grocers step up their game

The no-frills chain is expanding its foothold across the country amid tightening competition in the grocery business.

1 month ago

 Strawberries, Parmesan cheese, red chicory and chives top a ready-made pizza crust.

Pizzas that taste just like summer

Whether the pie is made with a from-scratch shell or slice of Italian bread, it can accommodate any type of seasonal topping.

1 month ago

 Luther,4, is the pet miniature donkey of Destiny Hill Farm owners Nancy and Jim Cameron. “He never misses an event at the farm and crawls under the fence to meet guests. He is our rock star,” the Camerons said.

Field to Vase Dinner to be served at Washington, Pa., farm

Destiny Hill Farm is hosting a four-course dinner for $175 against a backdrop of lavender fields.

1 month ago

 The pick-me-up taste in the Salted Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies comes from the sesame seed paste and flaky salt.

Tahini is becoming a star in confections, condiments

The sesame seed paste adds flavor in cookies, salad dressings and smoothies.

1 month ago


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