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EDITOR’S LETTER Here’s to a happy, healthy, and delicious holiday season.

10 CALENDAR Wrap up 2016 and get a jumpstart on 2017 with celebratory events across the city and beyond.

12 FIRST COURSE Clean up your act and lend a hand to three groups supporting our local farms.

14 EDIBLE INK

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Meet the Smallman Galley chef whose tattoos give new meaning to the phrase “hoisting the colors.”

18 THREE INGREDIENT FIX Squash any post-holiday drag with nutritious recipes that will get you back on track.

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26 PERFECT POURS Add some pep in your step with this trio of wintry drinks.

31 EDIBLE DINING GUIDE

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42 DIRECTORY Find the vendor details you’re looking for right here.

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48 LAST BITE A Pittsburgh native’s biscuit mix and artisanal honey land on Oprah’s Favorite Things List of 2016.

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23 HEAL THY LIFE See how the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry eases food insecurity with items to accommodate every lifestyle. PEARS

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Celebrating Local Food & Healthy Lifestyles

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS

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16 ever-changing regional craft beers on tap rotation One-of-a-kind treats from ”Brewser” the Infuser Beeried Treasure debuts of rare and unique beers Fresh, local homemade food ‘til midnight

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“What’s your favorite kitchen tradition during the holidays?”

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR “Aside from Christmas cookie baking, preparing homemade stuffed shells and meatballs with my parents while the sauce simmers on the stove.”

Christine McMahon Tumpson EDITOR IN CHIEF

Andrea Bosco Stehle EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Rachel Jones “My mom and I always play Christmas music while we make cookies and chocolate fudge. I think that makes them taste better!”

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Matthew Hacke, Sierra Smith CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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Michael Fornataro

“Making homemade gnocchi with my mom!”

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Jaime Mullen ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES “I love making homemade pies!”

Diane Bogut, Darrelyn Leebov DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR

Aubray Onderik ADVERTISING PRODUCTION MANAGER

Alexandra Meier BUSINESS MANAGER

Amanda Wilson

“My mom makes the most delicious homemade caramels. We spend hours making them and wrapping them up as gifts.”

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• EDITOR’S LETTER •

Healthy, Happy Holidays The post-holiday slump — we’ve all been there. With a new year in mind, we thought we’d give you a few food-centric reasons to savor the beauty of the season minus the guilt. For starters, work smarter, not harder, with a trio of rich recipes on page 18 that utilize winter squash, dried cherries, and quinoa. Packed with protein and fiber, these dishes leave you feeling fuller longer, while avoiding those fuzzy feelings of listlessness. Take advantage of that spike in energy, and go out and support three organizations creating change in our communities: Edible Earth Farm, one of the largest farm-direct, community-supported agriculture programs in the area; 412 Food Rescue, which continues to make a beneficial impact on our environment by reducing food waste; and Republic Food Enterprise Center (RFEC) in Fayette County, a “food hub” that is filling the gaps between farm to table. Read up on the three shining stars, starting on page 12, and plan ahead for RFEC’s Magic and Mistletoe event on DECEMBER 3 and 412 Food Rescue’s public release party on DECEMBER 9. We’re getting into the holiday spirit, too, with a dose of peppermint. The power plant, picked from my parents’ yard along with holly branches, is featured on our cover and as the main ingredient in Perfect Pours on page 26. Let the drinks put some pep in your step — one in particular uses the true perennial — and reap the herb’s digestive and energy-inducing benefits. Christmas came early for Pittsburgh native Michael Volpatt, who found out in November that his company, Big Bottom Market in Guerneville, Calif., made Oprah’s Favorite Things List of 2016 for its beloved biscuit mix and orange blossom honey. Hear his backstory and the scoop behind the mix, then purchase a bag online or locally — available exclusively at The Picket Fence in Shadyside. A great gift idea indeed. Wishing you all a peaceful and satisfying season,

Andrea Bosco Stehle, EDITOR IN CHIEF

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See which holiday treats and dishes WHIRL staffers are enjoying this season. 1 Advertising Production Manager Alexandra Meier whips up a homemade apple pie every year. 2 Executive Editor Rachel Jones and her roommates create colorful meat and cheese boards for a holiday get-together. 3 Decorating and baking sugar cookies has always been a tradition for Contributing Writer Matt Hacke and his family. 4 Digital Marketing Coordinator Aubray Onderik makes her first fried turkey — and lives to tell about it! 5 Editor in Chief Andrea Bosco Stehle serves her homemade cranberry punch as a festive party go-to. 6 Graphic Designer/Photo Stylist Alyssa Otto indulges in holiday hors d’oeuvres and Champagne with family and friends.

ON THE COVER: LOCAL PEPPERMINT AND HOLLY BERRIES, ICE CUBE TRAYS PROVIDED BY VON WALTER & FUNK PRODUCED BY ANDREA BOSCO STEHLE, STYLED BY ALYSSA OTTO, PHOTOGRAPHED BY MICHAEL FORNATARO

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• CALENDAR •

THROUGH WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23 2016 Peoples Gas Holiday Market, Market Square, Downtown, downtownpittsburgh.com/holidays THROUGH SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 Spirits of Giving from Around the World, PPG Wintergarden, Downtown, downtownpittsburgh.com THROUGH TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place, PPG Plaza, Downtown, downtownpittsburgh.com THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 5 Garden Railroad: 200 Years of Pittsburgh, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Oakland, phipps.conservatory.org THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 East End Cooperative Ministry’s Open House, EECM Community House, East Liberty, 412.361.0151

dec 2016 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 Zachary’s Mission 6th Annual Gala, Duquesne Power Center Ballroom, Uptown, 724.832.2207

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 Date Night Dining, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS, DECEMBER 3-18 Breakfast or Lunch with Santa, Trax Farms, Finleyville, traxfarms.com

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 The Kitchen by Vangura Class, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 Feast of the Seven Fishes for Joseph A. Massaro Alzheimer’s Research Fund at the Pittsburgh Foundation, Heinz History Center, pittsburghfoundation.org/Massaro

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 French Dinner, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 Children’s Gingerbread Class, Fairmont Pittsburgh, Downtown, 412.773.8903 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 Homemade Pasta Class, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com MONDAY, DECEMBER 5 Tapas “Only” Class, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 The Heritage Valley Health System’s Holiday mART Preview Party, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, sweetwaterartcenter.org

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Tex-Mex Dinner, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 Thai Dinner, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 Tuscan Dinner, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1-THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 Sierra Nevada Celebration, Mad Mex Locations, bigburrito.com

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9-FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23 A Musical Christmas Carol, Byham Theater, Downtown, pittsburghclo.org

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1-THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15 Adult Gingerbread Classes, Fairmont Pittsburgh, Downtown, 412.773.8903

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 Feast of the Seven Fishes, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 2016 Jingle Bell Run, Art Rooney Avenue, North Shore, 412.250.3340

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 Stuff a Silverado, Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center, Homewood, animalrescue.org

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15 Moroccan Dinner, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21 Winter Solstice WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21 Vegetarian Dinner, Kaya, Strip District, bigburrito.com THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22 Benefit Dinner, Casbah, Shadyside, bigburrito.com SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24-SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 Hanukkah SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 Christmas Day

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 Hop Into History: Making and Decorating, Heinz History Center, Strip District, heinzhistorycenter.org

MARIO BATA LI DISHES ON THE CELEBRATION OF AMERICA’S FARMERS

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 Holiday Brunch, Habitat at Fairmont Pittsburgh, Downtown, 412.773.8848 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Presents The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, PPG Paints Arena, Uptown, trans-siberian.com/tour SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve

Read about the history of the Feast of the Seven Fishes online at edibleallegheny.com.

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jan 2017 SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 New Year’s Day TUESDAY, JANUARY 3 Tex-Mex Favorites, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4 Mexican Dinner, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com THURSDAY, JANUARY 5 Moroccan Dinner, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 Date Night Dining, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 Tuscan Dinner, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com MONDAY, JANUARY 9 Chinese Dinner, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com MONDAY, JANUARY 9-SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 Pittsburgh Restaurant Week, Various Locations, pittsburghrestaurantweek.com TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 Caribbean Dinner, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 Southern Dinner, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 Date Night Dining, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 Baking (Yeast Doughs), Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com MONDAY, JANUARY 16 Indian Dinner, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 Greek Dessert Class, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 Thai Dinner, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 Vegetarian Dinner, Kaya, Strip District, bigburrito.com THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 Dim Sum, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 Tapas & Paella, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com MONDAY, JANUARY 23 French Dinner, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com

Sip something minty this month! Check out three delicious options on page 26.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 Thai & Vietnamese Favorites, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25 Homemade Pasta Class, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 Chinese New Year Celebration, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 Cowboy Dinner, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com

MONDAY, JANUARY 30 Cajun-Creole Dinner, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 Benefit Dinner, Casbah, Shadyside, bigburrito.com

MONDAY, JANUARY 30 Winter Beer Festival, Trax Farms, Finleyville, traxfarms.com

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 The Kitchen by Vangura, Chop, Wok & Talk!, Bloomfield, chopwoktalk.com

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THE MISSING LINK BY SIERRA SMITH PHOTOGRAPH FROM MARK SWANKLER

See how the Republic Food Enterprise Center is putting freshness back into our communities

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s many Western Pennsylvanians know, plenty of communities in our region lack reliable access to fresh, locally grown produce. But as of 2010, the Republic Food Enterprise Center (RFEC), a “food hub” based in Fayette County, has been filling the gaps between its farms and the surrounding communities’ tables in a variety of ways. According to Bob Junk, director of sales and marketing, the RFEC is a “full-service, one-stop shop. We can do basically anything with food — be it processing, packaging, servicing. Anything the customer wants.” And most recently, the RFEC has been branching its operations out beyond Fayette County, to service underfed communities in Westmoreland, Washington, and now, our very own Allegheny County. To meet the nutritional needs of Western Pennsylvania, the RFEC uses a “comprehensive approach,” operating several successful programs such as a shared-use kitchen for aspiring food entrepreneurs and farmers, a catering company that exclusively uses locally sourced food, and much more. Although each program is just a small piece of the bigger RFEC picture, they have one common goal: to continue the development of sustainable and local food products for the surrounding counties, to benefit small farms, and to eradicate food deserts in Western Pennsylvania. Of the RFEC’s various programs, the shared-use kitchen is the largest and most versatile, operating out of an old IGA warehouse in Republic, Pa., to service both farmers and food entrepreneurs alike. According to Mark Swankler, general manager of the RFEC, there are currently seven entrepreneurs in the kitchen, producing goods like Ideal Granola, Mr. G’z Slatherrring Sauce, Bobsamic Salad Dressing, and more. Farmers can also use the facilities to jar their excess produce, adding value and shelf-life to their crops while decreasing unnecessary food waste. According to Swankler, the RFEC can provide services for anyone — “for farmers, food entrepreneurs, anyone looking to break into the food industry.” The company also provides catering services, with healthy and

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delicious menu options that “emphasize the local flavors” of Western Pennsylvania. “We try to use nothing but local products when we can in our catering,” says Swankler, but that can affect the seasonal availability of certain products. However, in conjunction with local school districts, the RFEC is working to produce Individually Quick Frozen Vegetables to continue offering fresh veggies after their season has ended. “We want to branch into the schools,” says Swankler, “and provide them with fresh vegetables from local farms.” Just in time for the holidays, the RFEC will be opening a small retail outlet at its facility, one of three that are planned to open in the coming year. The outlets will exclusively sell products made and grown locally, within a 300-mile radius of the RFEC’s headquarters, to eliminate the Fayette County food desert and provide upwards of 40 new full-time positions for underserved residents. Throughout the rest of the holiday season, you can find the RFEC’s food truck at local pop-up and farmers markets, where they’ll be selling seasonal jarred products, or purchase a customizable gift box that could include anything from locally made jams and jellies to RFEC’s savory rubs. On DECEMBER 3, check out the RFEC’s catering prowess out at Fayette County’s annual Magic and Mistletoe event, located in the historic Fayette County Courthouse. And after the New Year, you can find the RFEC at the 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. From marketing and distribution, to providing commercial-grade foodprocessing facilities, the RFEC goes above and beyond to meet the needs of not only Fayette County, but the surrounding region as well. By covering so much ground with its myriad programs, the RFEC can continue to link its farms to our tables, by getting fresh, local products into the underserved parts of our communities, providing necessary services to jumpstart food production, and working with farmers to add value to their crops. “Me and Mark,” says Junk, “we can do anything. We can go from the dirt to the kitchen table.” Republic Food Enterprise Center, republicfoodenterprisecenter.org.

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EATS FROM THE EARTH About a two-hour drive north of Pittsburgh, Edible Earth Farm in Tionesta prides itself on being one of the largest farm-direct, community-supported agriculture programs in the area. Founded in 2010 by April Parker, and later joined by her husband, Johnny, the farm grows a wide variety of produce and raises livestock. Going into its eighth season, the farm is looking to acquire more land in order to continue to serve the local community with certified organic goods. As with any community-supported initiatives, the farm is seeking donations to make this endeavor happen. “All of the money donated will go toward a down payment on a new farm, which can exceed costs of $70,000,” Johnny says. In just a few days of rolling out the campaign, the farm has raised almost $2,000 of its $10,000 goal — mostly through word of mouth. “I would implore folks to consider this an investment in the local food system,” continues Johnny. “It’s a vote of confidence in the ability of young producers to supply the region with organic food.” Future points of expansion include selling in local, regional grocery stores and constructing a food processing facility on the farm. “We love growing for our customers and for the many folks in this region,” Johnny says. “Ultimately, we are very thankful for the opportunity to continue to do what we love.” To make a donation to Edible Earth Farm, visit razoo.com/us/story/edibleearthfarm or edibleearthfarm.com. Edible Earth Farm, 22430 US-62, Tionesta. 814.303.9663. — Matthew Hacke

BRIMMING WITH POTENTIAL Since 2015, 412 Food Rescue — the only organization in Allegheny County exclusively focused on finding uses for discarded food — has made a beneficial impact on the environment and combatting hunger. This fall, the organization has partnered with East End Brewing and Wigle Whiskey, respectively, on the limited release of two specialty, alcoholic concoctions: LOAF beer and FORAGE Pommeau. In following 412 Rescue’s mission to end food waste, the two drinks combine food products that would otherwise be thrown away.

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LOAF beer, a product of East End Brewing, is made with stale bread from Five Points Bakeshop. “Bread is one of the surplus items we collect the most,” says Leah Lizarondo, CEO of 412 Food Rescue. “This stale bread would have gone to landfills, so we think this is a delicious way to resurrect it.” LOAF beer will be available to purchase through DECEMBER 9 in full shares (four growlers) or half shares (two growlers).

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FORAGE Pommeau, produced by Wigle Whiskey, gets its name and flavor from the wild apples in Pittsburgh that are “foraged” so that they don’t go unharvested. 412 Food Rescue rounded up volunteers this past September and October to gather apples around the city for this purpose — amassing over 2,500 pounds of the fruit! On DECEMBER 9, the Strip District locale will host a public release party where guests can sample the libation and purchase one of the 200 bottles produced to take home afterwards, while supplies last. 412 Food Rescue, 412foodrescue.org. East End Brewing, 147 Julius St., East End. 412.537.2337. eastendbrewing.com. Wigle Whiskey, 2401 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.224.2827. wiglewhiskey.com. — M.H.

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Purchase LOAF Beer at East End Brewing’s shop and FORAGE Pommeau at Wigle Whiskey’s Strip District location. Both beverages are also available at 412foodrescue.org.

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tepping into Smallman Galley in the Strip District, it is hard not to go overboard trying the variety of food options that the space offers. Opened in December 2015 by two U.S. Navy lieutenants — both hailing from Pittsburgh — the fittingly named spot located on Smallman Street takes you on a journey of culinary creativity. Essentially, the space is your ship, and your destination is any one of the four restaurant incubators that dish out uniquely individual cuisine. The concept of Smallman Galley is simple: Four undiscovered chefs are selected from an applicant pool to work in their own individual kitchen on a profit share. They are provided with all of the necessary cooking equipment, such as stoves, ovens, and refrigerators. The costs for gas and electricity, as well as bus and dish staff, are also covered. The only personal costs that the chefs incur are for their food, labor, smallwares, liability, workers’ compensation insurance, accounting, and legal fees. This program lasts for 18 months and helps each of the four chefs not only attain a following, but gain more experience as restaurateurs. The galley — ship speak for “kitchen” — is closed every Monday so that the chefs can meet with industry professionals ranging from intellectual property lawyers to urban development groups. The four restaurants, currently in the space until May 2017 when a new round of chefs will be selected for the rotational program, are Aubergine Bistro, Carota Café, Josephine’s Toast, and Provision PGH. Each restaurant brings with it its own distinct flavors, influences, and bites. Mixing and matching entrees, sides, desserts, and snacks from any of the eateries is highly encouraged and another perk of the space. Aside from the dishes themselves, some of the chefs who work there are just as creative and colorful — literally. The art often goes beyond the food prepared in the kitchen, and in some cases, is displayed in the form of tattoos on the chef’s body. The owner and chef of Provision PGH, Stephen Eldridge, is a perfect example. In addition to the artistry he presents on the plate, he has acquired more than his fair share of tattoos.

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Eldridge made the move to the ‘Burgh from Phoenix, Ariz. — along with his wife, Susan, and their two-year-old daughter, Sharon — a little over a year ago after he applied and was selected as one of the galley chefs. Eldridge has worked in restaurants most of his life — starting out as a server and bartender in his mother’s restaurant 25 years ago — but it wasn’t until he spent a summer working at a restaurant in Nantucket that he realized his true calling was in cooking. “I went out there to work as a bartender and a server, but was immediately blown away by the two chefs that worked in the kitchen — they knew how to cook. The fish was just pulled out of the water that morning. All of the produce was grown on the site. It just opened my mind to different food,” says Eldridge. The rest is history. After attending a six-month cooking program at a small school in Arizona, Eldridge worked his way up from line cook to executive chef over the years. His end goal has always been to own and run his own kitchen before his 40th birthday — and he happily reached that goal with Provision PGH and the help of the Smallman Galley a month before the big day. Not only has the experience of running Provision PGH been an incredible one for Eldridge, but the reception has also been even better for this chef whose American dishes are influenced by the melting pot of cultures of this great nation. The next step for Eldridge after his run at the Smallman Galley ends in May 2017 is to open a 5,000-square-foot restaurant, event, and catering space a few blocks north of Smallman Galley. The restaurant, called Billet and Bloom, is appropriately named for the Steel City. “My partners and I wanted to pay homage to Pittsburgh. Billet and bloom are pieces of refined steel. One is square and one is rectangular. And so it’s a foundation of savory and sweet,” says Eldridge. Hoping to open the restaurant early next summer, Eldridge will look to bring some of the dishes that Provision PGH is known for — including its famous burger — over to Billet and Bloom, but for the most part, it will be an entirely new menu and feel. “We want to make it extremely family friendly, so mom and dad can come and have a good beer or cocktail and something good to eat with the kids,” Eldridge says. “Being a father of two girls myself, I know how hard it is to go somewhere to eat if the kids don’t like what they’re eating.” Whichever direction Stephen Eldridge and the other chefs at Smallman Galley look to set sail in next, the waters look calm, inviting, and prosperous for this group of talent. Provision PGH, 54 21st St., Strip District. 412.904.2444. smallmangalley.org/provision-pgh. provisionpgh.com.

NUMBER OF TATTOOS: 13

FIRST TATTOO: A little evil leprechaun on my right arm. I’m Irish and I was young.

WHAT STARTED HIS TATTOO CRAZE: I always thought tattoos were cool. I think it was to piss my parents off, to be honest. I pierced my ears in high school — at school — and made them mad. Then I got tattooed and that made my mom mad. My parents by no means are — for lack of a better word — square, but I grew up an Irish Catholic kid. I like the body art. I like the way it looks.

NEXT TATTOO: Next up are my knuckles. I’m just waiting to get out of [Smallman Galley]. I’ll probably get something else before that, but I can’t get my knuckles tattooed with how many burgers we cook on this little tiny cast iron. We’ve cooked 8,000 burgers in 10 months on it. I don’t want to say what I’m going to get tattooed on my knuckles because I don’t want anybody else to go take it. It’s something from the kitchen. It’s perfect.

MOST RECENT TATTOOS: These three — [of different cuts of a fish, cow, and pig on his left arm] — a couple months apart. The tattoos came from my love of using an entire animal when I cook. I waited until I got my first executive chef job before I tattooed lower on my arms. I’d always wanted the pig. So I got this and I was just going to get a small pig, but my tattoo artist back in Phoenix was like, ‘You’ve been waiting for this. So let’s do it right.’ He did all three. He’s the only one who is going to touch my whole left arm. So when I go back to Arizona, he’s going to do a duck — so it’s a meat sleeve, essentially.

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“The lyrics from the Mumford and Sons song ‘Awake My Soul’ on my right arm — ‘In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die. Where you invest your love, you invest your life.’ [When] my aunt passed away, I was just heartbroken. She was one of my best friends. And so I got that in honor and in tribute of her — in memory of her.”

The one guilty pleasure I have in food is a hot pocket — don’t tell anybody. All chefs go home and eat foods you’d never think that they would eat. Philly Cheesesteak hot pockets. My other guilty pleasure is a bowl of cereal — Honey Nut Cheerios, Apple Jacks. I like a good granola. Ice cream is the other one. A friend of mine, Chad [Townsend], owns Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream. They make really great ice cream, so we always have a container or two of chocolate or peanut butter ice cream in the freezer, too.

FAVORITE TATTOO: Probably the pig. And my hashtag. I have a hashtag on my neck on my right side. It says, #blowsomes—up. When my wife and I first met, we had this vision of something that we wanted to do — like visions coming to fruition of things that we are working on and one of the things we used to say to each other was, ‘Let’s go blow some s— up. Let’s go f— with people’s minds.’ I had just gotten my first executive chef job and I was working closely with her, learning about marketing — she was director of marketing and sales for a catering company that owned the restaurant that I was opening. That’s how we actually met and started to hang out. She was teaching me what Twitter was and how to Instagram properly and things like that.

TATTOO REGRETS: Yeah. Kind of. The whole outside of my left leg. It was supposed to be kind of like the style of a pinup girl, more than it is. My tattoo artist kind of went off and started doing his own thing on my leg. I think if I get some color in it, it’ll look better, but it was my second tattoo and I haven’t done anything to it since.

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Stephen Eldridge of Provision PGH in Smallman Galley sources from four to five local farms: Root and Heart Farm, Churchview Farm, be.wild.er farm, and Goodness Grows Farm, which supplies the pork for his banh mi dish. One of his most popular items is his Provision Fry, essentially a vegetarian poutine, covered with lentils, aioli, goat cheese, pickled onions, and an onion purée. He goes through 350-360 pounds of potatoes a week!

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After we welcome a parade of rich holiday staples — and then solemnly swear to clean up our eating habits in the new year — we’re searching for healthier dishes that won’t skimp on heartiness. Quinoa rises to the challenge, with a dose of fiber and protein that keeps us full without inducing a food coma. Sweeten the superfood with some dried cherries, packed with Vitamin C to stave off those sniffles and serve a much better purpose than they would in any fruitcake, then round out the combo with the colorful, nutritious addition of winter squash. 18

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WINTER CROSTATA WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH, DRIED CHERRIES, AND QUINOA BY ROHN SAMBOL OF JPC EVENT GROUP Y I E L D : 8-12 S E R V I N G S

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IN GR E DI E N T S 2 ½ cups flour 2 tablespoons sugar, plus 6 tablespoons 2 teaspoons salt 2 sticks salted butter 3 cups cooked quinoa, cooled and divided 4 tablespoons very cold water 5 cups diced butternut squash 3 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper 5 cups kale, chopped with stems removed ¾ cup dried cherries 5 oz cider vinegar 2 cups ricotta cheese 1 medium-sized egg

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Pulse flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, salt, and butter in a food processor until the mixture looks like coarse meal. Add in 1 cup cooked quinoa and water. Pulse until dough forms into a ball. Chill the dough for 2 hours.

3. In a large skillet, sauté kale in a drizzle of olive oil until soft. Stir in dried cherries, vinegar, and 6 tablespoons sugar. Cook for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

2. While the dough chills, toss butternut squash in olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer the butternut squash to a baking sheet, and roast at 375ºF until tender. Set aside to cool.

5. Roll the dough onto a piece of parchment paper, forming a 12-inch circle. Transfer to a foil-lined tray. Spread the ricotta mixture on the dough, leaving a 2-inch crust around the outer edge.

4. In a separate bowl, mix ricotta and egg with salt and pepper, to taste.

6. Mix the kale, butternut squash, and 2 cups of quinoa in a bowl. Spread the mixture on top of the ricotta. 7.

Fold the dough around the mixture, using the foil as an extra support system around the outside.

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Bake at 375ºF for 35-45 minutes, and serve slightly warmed.

JPC Event Group, 700 River Ave., Suite 317, North Shore. 724.654.6851. jpceventgroup.com.

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WARM WINTER QUINOA SALAD BY BEN SLOAN OF KAYA YIELD: 5-6 SERVINGS

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IN GR E DI E N T S 2 cups dried cherries 2 cups quartered Brussels sprouts 2 cups cubed butternut squash (about ½-inch in diameter) 15 sage leaves, chopped 7 oz extra virgin olive oil, divided Salt and pepper 2 cups chopped mushrooms 1 shallot, minced 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 tablespoon dijon mustard 2 oz sherry vinegar 4 oz arugula, washed 3 cups cooked quinoa

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a small bowl, soak the cherries in 2 cups of hot water. When they are plump and soft, drain off the excess water. 2. Toss the Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and sage in 2 oz olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. 3. Transfer the coated vegetables to a baking sheet. Roast at 350ºF until golden brown and tender. 4. While the vegetables roast, make the Mushroom Vinaigrette. Sauté the mushrooms in 2 oz olive oil over high heat. When the mushrooms are golden brown and tender, stir in shallot and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for another 2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant. Shut off the heat, and add in dijon mustard, sherry vinegar, and 3 oz olive oil. Set aside. 5. In a large bowl, mix cherries, roasted vegetables, Mushroom Vinaigrette, arugula, and quinoa together. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm, not hot.

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ACORN SQUASH WITH TART CHERRY QUINOA PILAF BY SCOTT CROYLE OF JACKSONS RESTAURANT + BAR Y I E L D : 2- 4 S E R V I N G S

DIRECTIONS IN G R E DI E N T S 1 acorn squash 2 teaspoons olive oil, plus additional for drizzling Salt and pepper 1 cup finely chopped onion ½ cup walnuts, in pieces 1 cup cooked quinoa ¼ cup dried tart cherries, chopped A pinch of oregano ½ cup crumbled goat cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Cut acorn squash in half vertically, and remove the seeds. Drizzle olive oil over the flesh of both halves, then season with salt and pepper, to taste. 2. Place squash, flesh-side down, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until the flesh is tender. 3. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a pan, then stir in onions. Cook until translucent. Push the onions to one side of the pan, then add in the walnuts. Stir constantly for a few minutes until the walnuts are toasted. Remove from heat, and set aside.

4. In a medium bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, onion-walnut mixture, dried cherries, and oregano. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. 5. Once the squash is roasted, place each half on a plate. Scoop about ½ cup of the quinoa mixture into each half of the squash. Top with goat cheese, and serve warm.

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Hands The Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry does its part to support food-insecure and kosher families in need BY RACHEL JONES PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL FORNATARO

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scaping the blustery weather for the warm Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry (SHCFP), clients are greeted with a smile and a glimpse at the beautiful mosaic above the front desk. From there, they can grab a shopping cart, navigate the aisles stocked with nutritional foods and home essentials, and choose the best items to bring home to their families. “Our pantry is unique in which we have a clientchoice model,” says Matthew Bolton, director of the SHCFP. “We’re set up like a grocery store, and clients shop with volunteers.” While there are limits on certain food categories, the format allows clients to not only choose what foods they like, but also skip over what they don’t like — a unique luxury for food pantries. And for unfamiliar products that clients are curious about trying, the pantry’s educated staff provides preparation and storage tips, as well as recipes they can try. Bolton says the group strives to have fresh produce make up 20 percent of its total offerings — a goal they surpassed this quarter, with 25-28 percent of goods distributed falling under the category — and have 2 percent or more be whole grains and legumes. The initiative impacts the health of the clients by being able to provide better options and tools to cook healthier dishes for their families. One of the newest initiatives to supplement the movement is the different spice mixes — including those for chili, breakfast, Italian, and BBQ dishes — developed by an AmeriCorps Health Corps member.

HUNGER DOESN’T HAVE A FACE. FOOD INSECURITY IS ALL AROUND US, BUT YOU CAN’T REALLY NOTICE SOMEBODY WHO IS HUNGRY. — Matthew Bolton

“Basically, we have them available to our clients, along with recipes based on products that they receive right here in the pantry, to empower them to shop for and make healthier meals, and also reintroduce them to whole foods,” Bolton says. “Over the past 10-20 years, most Americans have become reliant on processed foods. We’re trying to move

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away from that. With our produce and our whole grains and our spices, along with some of our canned goods, we’re trying to get families to start cooking again.� In doing so, the organization is completing its mission to feed the hungry within the 15127 zip code, which covers the Squirrel Hill area, as well as those who practice a kosher diet. Approximately 1,200 to 2,000 individuals seek the services of the SHCFP — which breaks down to 400-600 families, 330 seniors, and 300-400 children each month. “A common misconception is that people who go to food pantries aren’t working — but that’s not true,� Bolton says. “They’re just not making enough money to make ends meet. The latest statistics say that one in five families are suffering from food insecurity — they don’t know where their next meal may come from. When you look at a family budget, the most flexible bill in a household is always the grocery bill. If you lapse on your gas or your electricity bill, you’ll get them shut off and get hit with penalties. With the grocery bill, you can always cut it down. Unfortunately, that’s where you really see the impact of hunger in our communities.� To ease the stress of food insecurity, the SHCFP is open five to six days a week. Individuals can shop once a month and families are welcomed twice a month. And thanks to the services of the Vaad of Pittsburgh, a council of rabbis that ensures the pantry follows the kosher laws that are laid out in the Book of Leviticus, and a Mashgiach, a kosher rabbi who makes weekly or monthly visits to also make sure the dietary laws are upheld, the SHCFP can take pride in being the only kosher pantry in Southwestern PA. “We have a kosher section of the pantry as well as a non-kosher section,� Bolton clarifies. “Given the population that we have here in Squirrel Hill, we’re able to help families that follow a religious diet be able to have a proper meal. A lot of the fresh meats that are kosher are much more expensive than those that are non-kosher, so it can make it much more challenging.� To aid in all of life’s challenges, the SHCFP also has a full-time social worker on staff. As a part of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh (JF&CS), the SHCFP contributes to providing “wraparound support� for anyone experiencing life transitions, along with S.O.S. Pittsburgh, which is a program for people in crisis; the Family Hope Connection, which is its adoption agency; the Refugee and

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On the day of our shoot, the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry was overflowing with donations to the High Holiday Food Drive. To help its clients celebrate the Jewish High Holidays — Sukkot, Yom Kippur, and Rosh Hashanah — the pantry collected almost 8,000 pounds of food from local congregations in just under four weeks. “Serving a Jewish population, it’s very important for us to make sure they’re able to celebrate these holidays properly,” Bolton says. “We’re lucky to have a very strong community within the Squirrel Hill and Greater Pittsburgh areas.”

Immigration Department; the Career Development Center; senior services; psychological services; and guardianship services. “JF&CS is about transitions in life, so any transition that occurs — whether it’s moving or a change in lifestyle — we have it covered,” Bolton says. “Many, many times, we have clients [at the SHCFP] who are food insecure but could also use some help in looking for a job or working on a resume. [Likewise,] the Career Development Center may notice clients who are also food insecure and refer them to us. It covers all the bases.” Through the continued support of volunteers, the group is able to keep those bases covered, too. Over 1,600 community members donate their time to shop with clients, deliver food to house-bound clients, sort canned goods, stock shelves, and even break down cardboard. “We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our volunteers,” Bolton says. “My favorite part of working here is the people — the volunteers, the clients. Being able to work with people is really gratifying to me, and it’s a lot of fun to see the strong community we have and be able to serve people here at a wonderful organization, such as JF&CS.” The Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry, 828 Hazelwood Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.421.2708. sqfoodpantry.org. Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh, jfcspgh.org. TO VOLUNTEER YOURSELF OR WITH A GROUP, CALL

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Like the cool breeze whipping through the city right now, the chill of peppermint is ever-present during the holidays. Synonymous with the season — in leaf, liquid, or candy form — peppermint is also packed with awesome benefits, like boosting our energy during a long day of shopping, soothing digestive issues after that second (or third) helping of roast beast, and freshening our breath before any mistletoe-centric encounters. Sip on these benefits, and some delicious flavor combos, as we show full support for three drinks that will add a little pep in your step!

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La Prima Espresso Company The bold flavors of coffee, peppermint, and chocolate go hand in hand (in hand). And they do so beautifully at La Prima Espresso Company. We headed to the North Side setup in Nova Place, where the traditional Italian-style brews the Strip District flagship is known for can be enjoyed with flavorful twists that reflect the seasons. Around the holidays, Manager Sam Polito serves up what he calls “a modern take on a peppermint mocha.” The secret to the drink’s smoothness is the use of organic chocolate milk — a creamier alternative to the usual go-to of chocolate syrup. Barista Cole Tucci whips up a house-made, peppermint simple syrup to join the chocolate milk and La Prima’s Miscela Bar Espresso in pure peppermint mocha bliss. “I like this [drink] because it’s real chocolate and actual peppermint from the plant,” Polito says. “It’s authentic. You don’t get that sugary, overly sweet taste like you do with bottled syrups.” After one sip of the frothy concoction, we can agree. The peppermint is immediately present without overpowering, as it’s mellowed out by the richness of the other components. “It was hard to find the balance and the exact measurements to marry the flavors of the coffee, chocolate, and peppermint,” Tucci says. We think they nailed it. La Prima Espresso Company, Nova Place, 100 S. Commons St., North Side. 412.577.8090. 205 21st St., Strip District. 412.281.1922. laprima.com.

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Olive or Twist One of the most iconic peppermint treats is the Peppermint Patty — a chilly, chocolatey dream that raises goosebumps and dilates pupils. (Well, it does in the commercials at least.) But we had a similar reaction while sipping on the Peppermint Patty cocktail, a seasonal staple at Olive or Twist. Cool in temperature and minty freshness, the decadent drink is a spot-on, liquid interpretation of the beloved candy. It starts with a drizzle of chocolate syrup along the inside of a martini glass. Then, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, peppermint schnapps, creme de cacao, and an ice cream base are shaken with ice before the mixture is strained into the decorated vessel. Thickened by the base, it flirts with the line between milkshake and cocktail while still keeping the integrity of the spirits. We can definitely see why it’s been a holiday special at the Downtown hotspot for a few years now, along with other full-bodied, wintertime libations that are flavored with ginger, cranberry, or even black pepper. Still, Jana Jenkins, sales and events manager at Olive or Twist, says the most popular cocktails for this time of year are the Mint Chocolate Chip and the Peppermint Patty. “Even when it’s not on the menu, people order it,” Jenkins says. “It’s a crowd pleaser.” Olive or Twist, 140 6th St., Downtown. 412.255.0524. olive-twist.com.

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BRGR When it came time to whip up a festive new milkshake at BRGR’s Cranberry location, the movie “Elf” played a starring role in the creative process. “Buddy the Elf inspired us,” says Buddy the Chef, who is more formally known as Buddy Duchesne, executive chef of BRGR. He and his wife, Allison Duchesne, general manager of BRGR, dreamt up the Peppermint Swirl milkshake after watching the Christmas classic. In the scene where Will Ferrell’s character, Buddy, is en route to New York City, he travels through the Candy Cane Forest. “So there’s a lot of snow, which is like the vanilla ice cream we used. There are dark rocks, which we represented with [crumbled] peppermint-chocolate cookies. And of course, the candy canes themselves,” Buddy says, pointing the landmarks out in a screenshot of the scene. The frosty interpretation can be spiked with chocolate vodka for an extra kick, but if you’re not into “syrup,” that’s fine, too. Each sip still gives you a balanced mix of smooth ice cream and crunchy cookie and candy pieces. And its garnishes of whipped cream, finely crushed candy canes, and a thick peppermint stick — not to mention the bedecked glass itself, which mimics the candy’s iconic, striped design — make it a fun, colorful way to spread some extra cheer this year. BRGR, brgrpgh.com.

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THERE’S A NEW WAY TO CHOOSE YOUR NEXT DINING SPOT. CRICKET AND PORK MEATLOAF with marble heirloom potatoes, asparagus, house black garlic okonomi, and horseradish cream from Scratch F&B. Created by Chef Matt Petruna with products from these local farms: Big Cricket Farms (OH), Blackberry Meadows Farm (PA), Yarnick’s Farm (PA), Root and Heart (PA), Turner’s Dairy (PA). Responsible food sourcing is one action taken by Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants that contributes to a more sustainable region. PHOTO CREDIT: SCRATCH F&B

Put your values where your mouth is by dining at these Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants.

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ustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants commit to making improvements in the areas of energy, water,

waste, food sourcing, people, and nutrition. Based on their overall sustainability performance, these restaurants have earned varying levels of recognition from Bronze, Silver, Gold to Platinum Plates.

DOWNTOWN/ MT WASHINGTON ۸Bluebird Kitchen ۸Corner Mercantile ۸David L Lawrence Convention Center ۸Family Farm Creameries ۸Franktuary ۸Habitat ۸Monterey Bay Fish Grotto ۸Nine on Nine ۸Six Penn Kitchen ۸The Apollo Café ۸The Umbrella Café ۸V3 ۸Wesley’s Deli

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Learn more about this performance program at

sustainablePGHrestaurants.org 412-258-6647

Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants @dine_sustainpgh sustainable_pgh_restaurant

۸Casbah ۸Chaz & Odette ۸Dinette ۸Mad Mex ۸Plated Trade ۸Soba ۸Square Café ۸Steel Cactus ۸Umi

EASTERN SUBURBS ۸Mad Mex (Monroeville)

LAWRENCEVILLE ۸52nd Street Market ۸B52 ۸Franktuary ۸Kaleidoscope Café ۸Kickback Pinball Café ۸Pittsburgh Juice Co ۸Senti ۸Smoke ۸Spirit ۸Tender Bar+Kitchen

NORTHERN SUBURBS

۸Hilton Garden Inn ۸Legacy Café ۸Mad Mex ۸Market on Forbes IGA ۸P&G Pamela’s Diner ۸Peter’s Pub ۸Pizza Care ۸Pizza Vespucci ۸Prince of India ۸Red Oak Café ۸Sorrento’s Pizza Roma ۸Souper Bowl ۸Sushi Fuku (both locations) ۸The Porch at Schenley ۸The Red Ring

۸Burgh’ers ۸Della Terra Italian Bistro ۸Mad Mex (Cranberry) ۸Mad Mex (North Hills)

SOUTHERN SUBURBS

NORTHSIDE

SOUTHSIDE

۸Chateau Café & Cakery ۸Scratch F&B

۸extraVEGANza

OAKLAND/UPTOWN

۸Eleven ۸Kaya

۸Café Fifth Avenue ۸Café Phipps ۸Fuel and Fuddle

۸Bella Sera ۸Mad Mex (South Hills)

STRIP

WESTERN SUBURBS ۸Mad Mex (Robinson)

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• Dining Guide •

Eat with us at these local restaurants Pork Roulades with Pear Cranberry Stuffing and Mascarpone Mustard Sauce from Bocktown Beer and Grill RESTAURANTS ARE CHOSEN FOR THIS DINING GUIDE BECAUSE OF THEIR COMMITMENTS TO USING LOCAL, SEASONAL INGREDIENTS, AND BECAUSE OF THEIR PARTNERSHIPS WITH LOCAL FARMS AND FOOD ARTISANS. THEIR DEDICATION MAKES DINING OUT ENJOYABLE AND SUSTAINABLE. These restaurants are recognized as part of the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program. Details at sustainablepittsburgh.org.

Multiple Locations

BRGR ANDORA Brunch, lunch, and dinner menus make Andora a versatile option for any meal. Plus, an extensive wine list makes it even more desirable, with many selections available by the bottle or by the glass. 599 Dorseyville Road, Fox Chapel. 412.967.1900. 1616 Mt. Nebo Road, Sewickley. 412.749.2452. andorarestaurant.com.

BRGR offers a variety of handcrafted burgers, made with a specialty blend of Angus chuck, sirloin, New York strip, and ribeye. Pair your burger or local hot dog with a spiked milkshake, float, local brew, or soda from Natrona Bottling Company. 5997 Penn Circle South, East Liberty. 412.362.2333. 20111 Route 19 & Freedom Road, Cranberry. 724.742.2333. 1500 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.341.2333. brgrpgh.com.

HELLO BISTRO With a 55-topping salad bar and extensive burger menu to boot, Hello Bistro satisfies all of your breakfast, lunch, and dinner expectations. Skip the line by ordering online, as it’s likely to get crowded with other hungry foodies. Oakland, South Side, Downtown, McCandless Crossing. hellobistro.com.

IL PIZZAIOLO BUFORD’S KITCHEN ATRIA’S Visit Atria’s for good, dependable food in a sports bar atmosphere. With standout entrée salads filled with delicious, fresh ingredients, all nine locations have a wide range of options. The pot roast nachos are not to be missed. Morgantown, Mt. Lebanon, Murrysville, North Shore, O’Hara, Pleasant Hills, Peters Township, Richland, Wexford. atrias.com.

You won’t have to travel far for real Southern food with Buford’s Kitchen’s three Pittsburgh-area locations. Come enjoy this contemporary game-day venue with a roomy bar offering American pub fare, craft drafts, and cocktails. They love big flavors, great burgers, and tall shakes! 5980 University Blvd., Moon Township. 412.269.0644. 100 Adios Drive, Washington. 724.249.2986. 1014 5th Ave, Downtown. 412.281.2583. bufordskitchen.com.

Opened in 1996 by Pittsburgh native Ron Molinaro, Il Pizzaiolo operates under this creed: create Neapolitan-style pizza using old-world technique and the highest-quality ingredients. Everything on its menu is either housemade or sourced from the world’s best artisans — the burrata is imported weekly from Naples! 703 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.344.4123. 701 Warrendale Village Drive, Warrendale. 724.933.3155. Coming soon — Harts Run Road, Gibsonia. ilpizzaiolo.com.

INDUSTRY PUBLIC HOUSE BLUEBIRD KITCHEN At its two Downtown locations, Bluebird Kitchen prides itself on a regular menu of pastries, breakfast foods, and sandwiches, in addition to its seasonal menu of hot entrees made from locally sourced ingredients. 221 Forbes Ave., Downtown. 412.642.4414. 11 Stanwix St., Downtown. 412.281.4422. bluebirdkitchen.com.

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FRANKTUARY With two brick-and-mortar locations and a two-truck fleet, Franktuary serves up all types of specialty hot dogs, as well as the Canadian favorite, poutine. 3810 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.586.7224. 115 Forbes Ave., Downtown. 412.281.0115. franktuary.com.

Named for its vintage, industrial-style setting, Industry Public House offers American comfort cuisine and lively libations. The locale’s skilled bartenders can recommend the perfect local craft beer to pair with each meal, or craft a beautiful and delicious speciality cocktail. 4305 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.683.1100. 140 Andrew Drive, North Fayette. 412.490.9080. industrypgh.com.

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PENN AVENUE FISH COMPANY JIMMY WAN’S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE Family owned and operated, Jimmy Wan’s Restaurant and Lounge is a Pan-Asian restaurant that offers a vibrant array of Asian favorites and delicacies, ranging from the traditional classics to the innovative and contemporary. Jimmy Wan’s offers takeout and delivery services, patio dining, private dining, and full-service catering. 1337 Old Freeport Road, Fox Chapel. 412.968.0848. 1686 Route 228, Cranberry Township. 724.778.8978. jimmywans.com.

Though its two locations offer different menus, Penn Avenue Fish Company delivers fresh seafood and gourmet cuisine wherever you go. Its original location in the Strip District, one-part restaurant, one-part market, is fittingly more casual, specializing in sandwiches and soups. Visit the Downtown locale for a swankier experience. The sushi is excellent anywhere. 2208 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.434.7200. 308 Forbes Ave., Downtown. 412.562.1710. pennavefishcompany.com.

CORNERSTONE RESTAURANT & BAR As its name would suggest, Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar is a true cornerstone for family and friendly gatherings. The comfortable atmosphere and pivotal location in Aspinwall combine with its feel-good menu for the ultimate dinner spot. 301 Freeport Road. Aspinwall. 412.408.3420. cornerstonepgh.com.

Bloomfield

SALÚD JUICERY LA GOURMANDINE BAKERY This husband-and-wife-owned bakery offers a true taste of France in the heart of Pittsburgh. Fabien and Lisanne Moreau bring their French roots to the handcrafted pastries and breads that are prepared onsite daily. 4605 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.682.2210. 300 Cochran Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.200.7969. lagourmandinebakery.com.

Reconnect with Mother Earth and a healthy lifestyle at Salúd Juicery. The cold-pressed juice and smoothie bar focuses on serving what tastes great and makes customers feel better. Stop in for a quick sip or experience a rejuvenating detox with a multi-day juice cleanse. 348 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.259.8818. 733 Copeland St., Shadyside. 412.683.1064. saludjuicery.com.

APTEKA Featuring Central and Eastern European cuisine, Apteka’s menu contains only vegan items. They offer cafe style ordering and can accommodate reserved parties for any occasion. 4606 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. 412.251.0189. aptekapgh.com.

SAUSALIDO MAD MEX Experience the funky, fresh tastes of Mad Mex that blend West Coast foods with a mashup of Mexican, Southeast Asian, and Spanish flavors. The vibe is exhilarating at the restaurant’s seven locations, and the burritos and margaritas always make for a good time. Cranberry, Monroeville, North Hills, Oakland, Robinson, Shadyside, South Hills, Canonsburg. madmex.com.

STEEL CACTUS With three locations in town, this cantina serves up authentic Mexican cuisine in a steely, urban space. 5505 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.709.6444. 1831 E.Carson St., South Side. 412.431.3535. 115 Federal St., PNC Park. 412.927.2571. steelcactuspgh.com.

Thriving under the direction of owner Nicholas Mineo and Executive Chef Michael Simpson, Sausalido brings the heart of the Napa Valley to Bloomfield with its fresh, delicious, gourmet dishes featuring authentic New American and European flavors. The contemporary décor and sweet sounds of jazz and soul give the 40-seat space an intimate, yet refined, atmosphere to add to the sophisticated cuisine. 4621 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. 412.683.4575. sausalido.net.

STATION MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT The nation’s premier family of seafood restaurants is designed to create an inviting, original, and relaxed atmosphere, where guests can enjoy the highest quality dining experience. 2667 Sidney St., SouthSide Works. 412.432.3260. 301 5th Ave., Downtown. 412.201.6992. mccormickandschmicks.com.

P&G PAMELA’S DINER A breakfast destination with multiple locations around Pittsburgh, Pamela’s made a name for itself with its famous, crepe-style pancakes. Strip District, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Millvale, Oakland, Mt. Lebanon. pamelasdiner.com.

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WAFFLES, INCAFFEINATED Are you ready for the most amazing waffle experience you will ever have? It all starts with a perfectly prepared sourdough waffle, followed by any combination of your favorite toppings; savory or sweet, the choice is yours! 2517 E. Carson St., South Side. 412.301.1763. 453 3rd St., Beaver. 724.359.4841. 10339 Perry Hwy., Wexford. wafflesincaffeinated.com.

Station is the perfect local stop for food and libations in the heart of Pittsburgh’s historic Little Italy. Under the direction of Executive Chef Curtis Gamble, Station’s menu features food prepared in New American style with Mediterranean influences, creating familiar dishes in unique and inventive ways. The bar has an extensive wine list, craft cocktail menu, and a rotation of 12 craft and local draft beers. 4744 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. 412.251.0540. station4744.com.

WALNUT GRILL

TESSARO’S AMERICAN BAR AND HARDWOOD GRILL

Enjoy upscale and casual dining fit for the entire family at four different locations, and order from the diverse, chefdriven menu. 12599 Perry Hwy., Wexford. 724.933.8410. 911 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel. 412.782.4768. 1595 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. 412.564.5746. 1210 Settlers Ridge, Robinson Township. 412.747.2100. eatwalnut.com.

Nearly 25 years ago, Kelly Harrington opened Tessaro’s. The restaurant serves one of Pittsburgh’s most succulent and juicy burgers, weighing in at half a pound. An in-house butcher prepares the eatery’s meats daily, and its sandwiches and salads are equally delicious! 4601 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. 412.682.6809. tessaros.com.

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Bridgeville

Downtown

BEE’Z BISTRO & PUB

ANDYS

A family-owned restaurant that’s been in business for more than 20 years, Bee’z Bistro & Pub started out as a small pizza shop and has grown into a full-service restaurant and bar. The “Chef’s Selection Menu” utilizes products sourced from the surrounding area, including a selection of local craft beers served in the Pub. 3249 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. 412.257.9877. beezbistroandpub.com.

Andys, Fairmont Pittsburgh’s “art- and industry-inspired” bar, is one of the most captivating spots in the city, serving classic cocktails, a carefully selected wine menu, and delicious small plates and desserts. Enjoy live music every Wednesday through Saturday at Jazz at Andys, an eclectic music series featuring local musicians. 510 Market St., Downtown. 412.773.8884. andyswinebar.com.

FAMILY FARM CREAMERIES Dedicated to the support of local agriculture, Family Farm Creameries only sources its products from the dairy farmers who still bottle their own milk and make their own cheese on-site. If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, be sure to try a scoop of homemade ice cream. Market Street Grocery, 435 Market St., Downtown. familyfarmcreameries.com.

RUMFISH GRILLE Somehow Rumfish Grille has turned the middle of Bridgeville into the sandy shore of the Caribbean. Happy hour specials and fresh, seasonal offerings make this unique location (with an extensive outdoor area) a vacation destination for the night. 1155 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. 412.914.8013. rumfishpgh.com.

THE APOLLO CAFÉ

G&G NOODLE BAR

Offering traditional breakfast choices, this Downtown stop also serves up Mediterranean and vegetarian cuisines for lunch. 429 Forbes Ave., Downtown. 412.471.3033. apollocafepittsburgh.com.

Take your tastebuds on a whimsical ride through the unique Asian flavors and beautiful presentations at this Downtown restaurant, formerly Grit & Grace. 535 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 412.281.4748. gritandgracepgh.com.

Canonsburg

BELLA SERA Bella Sera Catering, Venue, Bistro, and BBQ strives to source locally grown products and patronize regional purveyors whenever possible. As pioneers of the green movement in food service locally, Bella Sera’s staff feels a responsibility to set a good example within the community it serves. 414 Morganza Road, Canonsburg. 724.745.5575. bellaserapgh.com.

BRADDOCK’S PITTSBURGH BRASSERIE

HABITAT

Executive Chef Jason Shaffer’s diverse experience has made him the master of many types of cuisine, from burgers to traditional French foods. But it is his love of his hometown, Pittsburgh, and passion for local cuisine that define his creations at Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie. 107 6th St., Downtown. 412.992.2005. braddocksrestaurant.com.

Habitat, located at Fairmont Pittsburgh, serves seasonal cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Executive Chef Jason Dalling starts with the best ingredients to create simple, yet elegant, dishes. Habitat is also home to weekend brunch, holiday events, and monthly cooking classes. 510 Market St., Downtown. 412.773.8848. habitatrestaurant.com.

BUTCHER AND THE RYE JACKSONS RESTAURANT + BAR Enjoy this neighborhood restaurant offering new American cuisine in a chic and welcoming atmosphere. Jacksons’ smart, casual dining features fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced foods and an extensive wine and craft cocktail list. 1000 Corporate Drive, Canonsburg. 724.743.5005. experiencejacksons.com.

Butcher and the Rye serves meals that are hearty, earthy, and satisfying. Deep, rich flavors are abundant on this inventive menu, with hints of French cuisine mingling expertly with a global mix of inspiration. Not to be outdone by the butcher, the rye portion of the menu is just as fresh, channeling more “Southern comfort” than “South of France.” 212 6th St., Downtown. 412.391.2752. butcherandtherye.com.

MEAT & POTATOES Carnivores will rejoice at the pork-, lamb-, chickenand beef-filled menu at Meat & Potatoes. But even if “meat” isn’t your religion, you’ll find plenty of options in delicious fish, pastas, and salads. The trendy restaurant embodies Pittsburgh’s chic foodie renaissance. 649 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412.325.7007. meatandpotatoespgh.com.

NOLA ON THE SQUARE CORNER MERCANTILE TOSCANA BRICK OVEN Offering lunch and dinner, this Canonsburg restaurant guarantees traditional Neapolitan thin crust pizzas, pastas with a boost of homemade flavor, and a bar containing craft beers and unique Italian wines. 1800 Main St., Canonsburg. 724.485.2026. toscanabrickoven.com.

With Corner Mercantile’s diverse menu, guests can customize a home-cooked meal to bring back to the family when time is short, while customers on the go can treat themselves to an array of pastries, coffee, and sandwiches. The Tower at PNC Plaza, Street Level, 472 Wood St., Downtown. 412.586.5738. cornermercantile.com.

The laid-back, jazzy atmosphere of NOLA is like stepping foot in The Big Easy itself, with the aroma of Creole cuisine filling the trendy space. Spicy and authentic lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch menus are offered at the Big Y venture, with opportunities for private events. Note the Fried Alligator and Frog Legs options, as intimidating as they are delicious. 24 Market Square, Downtown. 412.471.9100. nolaonthesquare.com.

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PORK & BEANS

SIENNA MERCATO

The newest brainchild of two rockstars is on the Pittsburgh restaurant scene: Pork & Beans. From Keith Fuller of Root 174 and Richard DeShantz of Meat & Potatoes comes a new restaurant that’s embracing both meat and vegetarian options in a communal dining atmosphere, a new and inventive style for Pittsburgh. 136 6th St., Downtown. 412.338.1876. porkandbeanspgh.com.

Offering an exploration of delicious fare, Sienna Mercato stacks three styles of cuisine in the Downtown space. Start on the first floor, Emporio, for its famous meatballs; climb to the second floor, Mezzo, for housemade charcuterie and wood-fired pizza; and top it off at Il Tetto, the rooftop beer garden. 942 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412.281.2810. siennapgh.com.

TÄKŌ Delivering an edgy take on classic Mexican, täkō is effortlessly cool with a fierce devotion to delivering fresh, authentic flavors. But maybe even better than its enticing fare and funky atmosphere is the killer cocktail list. Go for the carnitas, stay for the tequila. 214 6th St., Downtown. 412.471.8256. takopgh.com.

POROS A lively and expansive bar welcomes you into Poros, where fresh seafood is flown in from the Aegean Sea and fresh lamb is sourced from local farms. Small plates and a fun drink menu make this Mediterranean hotspot perfect for happy hour, and if it’s not 5 o’clock here, it may be in Greece. PPG2 Market Square, Downtown. 412.904.2051. porospgh.com.

TERRACE ON FIFTH SIX PENN KITCHEN Simple, yet sophisticated, Six Penn Kitchen is an American bistro that attracts both busy Downtown commuters and neighborhood regulars. It’s the No. 1 spot for a quick bite before or after a trip to Pittsburgh’s amazing theaters. 146 6th St., Downtown. 412.566.7366. sixpennkitchen.com.

Pittsburgh’s largest outdoor lounge and fully enclosed penthouse bar is located on the top floor of Buford’s Kitchen in Pittsburgh’s Uptown District. Terrace on Fifth features craft cocktails, craft beer, shareable plates, a state-of-theart sound system, and unsurpassed views of Pittsburgh. 1014 5th Ave., Downtown. 412.281.2583. terraceonfifth.com.

SONOMA REVEL + ROOST Revel + Roost is a refined, rustic American restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. Stop by to “revel” downstairs and enjoy speciality cocktails with al fresco dining, or “roost” in their comfortable and elegant atmosphere overlooking Market Square. 242 Forbes Ave., Downtown. 412.281.1134. revelandroost.com.

In an attempt to create the most delectable meals for customers, Sonoma utilizes local vendors for the freshest inseason ingredients to center its menu around. Chefs at Sonoma use Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance, bringing in products from a variety of local farmers. Sonoma also uses grass-fed beef from the farm of Ron Gargasz and lamb from Jamison Farms. 947 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412.697.1336. thesonomagrille.com.

S&D CAFÉ

SOUPER BOWL

This delicatessen’s eclectic menu includes Reubens, gyros, quesadillas, and paninis. Breakfast is also served at the café, as are vegetarian and vegan options. 1425 Forbes Ave., Downtown. 412.281.1819.

Located across from PPG Paints Arena, stop by Souper Bowl a bite before or after any Penguins game. Be sure to take advantage of the daily drink specials, too! 910 5th Ave., Downtown. 412.471.0216. souperbowlpgh.com.

TERRACE ROOM Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, Terrace Room provides an elegant atmosphere in the Omni William Penn Hotel. Don’t miss its afternoon tea, served Monday through Saturday, or its monthly wine dinners, featuring expert pairings with gourmet fare. 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. 412.553.5235. ominhotels.com.

UMBRELLA CAFÉ Tucked behind a warm storefront are three small eateries in one. Whether you want soup and a sandwich, baked goods, or fresh juices, all are available inside at Soup Nancys, Om Nom Bakery, and Savasana Juice Company. 951 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 412.391.8500. theumbrellacafepgh.com.

SEVICHE Named for the Latin American dish of raw fish cured in citrus juices, Seviche is the destination for choice seafood. Cooked options are also generous on the menu, with tacos, tapas, and entrees available. A food and drink happy hour combine the zing of its cuisine with thirst-quenching cocktails. 930 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412.697.3120. seviche.com.

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THE SPEAKEASY Reminiscent of the days of the 1920s, The Speakeasy is tucked below the Omni William Penn Hotel lobby. The lavish, sophisticated lounge keeps diners intrigued with an elaborate selection of drinks at the Prohibition-era bar. 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. 412.281.7100. omnihotels.com.

V3 Focusing on fresh ingredients and careful preparation, V3 specializes in firing up unique flatbread pizzas. 11 5th Ave., Downtown. 412.456.5000. Coming soon — 4500 Butler St., Lawrenceville. v3flatbreadpizza.com.

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Mascarpone Frozen Yogurt Pie with Caramelized Pears and Cranberries from Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt

VALLOZZI’S

SPOON

Serving traditional family recipes, ranging from homemade gnocchi to fresh meat and seafood, Vallozzi’s stands at the cutting edge of Pittsburgh’s booming Italian restaurant scene. Try something from the fresh mozzarella bar, which features meats and cheeses flown in weekly from Italy! 220 5th Ave., Downtown. 412.394.3400. vallozzispittsburgh.com.

Spoon features a Modern American, farm-to-table menu that is driven by local and sustainable products from the Pittsburgh region. Spoon also offers an extensive and unique cocktail selection, in addition to a diverse wine menu designed by the certified sommelier. 134 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. 412.362.6001. spoonpgh.com.

THE LIVERMORE From the owners of Bar Marco, this cocktail-café spot offers a variety of traditional cocktails, beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and light fare. 124 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. 412.361.0600. thelivermorepgh.com.

WESLEY’S DELICATESSEN AND CATERING

PARIS 66 BISTRO

WHITFIELD

Order from a wide menu of sandwiches named after various points of interest around the city, or build your own with whatever meats, cheeses, and breads you like. Soups and salads are also available, and breakfast is served all day in this classical delicatessen. 307 4th Ave., Downtown. 412.281.3354. wesleysdeli.com.

Travel to Paris through the tastes, aromas, and atmosphere of this lovely French bistro. Simple in its authenticity, Paris 66 offers the warm, rich staples of French cuisine in the trendy East Liberty neighborhood. Paris 66 is also the 2015 WHIRL Magazine Chef’s Best Dish winner for “Best Presentation!” 6018 Centre Ave., East Liberty. 412.404.8166. paris66bistro.com.

A trio of Pittsburgh natives run the kitchen of Whitfield at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, combining local ingredients, like beef sourced from Jubilee Hilltop Ranch, for new and inventive results. Seating 100, the restaurant also serves brunch daily and offers a late-night bar menu until 2 a.m. 120 S. Whitfield St., East Liberty. 412.626.3090. whitfieldpgh.com.

East Liberty

garfield

SPORK ASIATIQUE THAI BISTRO

SOCIAL

Asiatique is owned and operated by Chef Ling Robinson, a native of Thailand, who came to the U.S. in 1991. Serving delicious and simple dishes, Robinson believes in using only fresh and healthy ingredients to provide her customers authentic Thai cuisine. 120 Bakery Square Blvd., Bakery Square. 412.441.1212.

Social at Bakery Square sets itself apart from other bars and eateries with its cool atmosphere and focus on fresh, vibrant food. Start with the ahi tuna tartare nachos with a drink, then try the Italian sandwich or the pierogi pizza for a taste of Pittsburgh. 6425 Penn Ave., East Liberty. 412.362.1234. bakerysocial.com.

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Spork features an array of house-prepared pastas, breads, charcuterie, pastries, and ice creams served in a small plate format. The daily, changing menu is complemented by an ambitious cocktail program, as well as carefully curated wine and craft beer lists. Open for dinner, Spork recently added late-night weekend hours and a reverse happy hour built around Neapolitan-style pizza and featured cocktails. 5430 Penn Ave. 412.441.1700. sporkpittsburgh.com.

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Gibsonia

Hill District

THE PINES TAVERN This historic restaurant has been growing its own produce for the last 15 years in an effort to achieve 70 percent sustainability. Chef Jason Culp starts all of his crops from seeds in the restaurant’s greenhouses and sells his surplus to neighboring restaurants. Owner Mike Novak has also made a commitment to Pittsburgh talent, festooning the tavern’s walls with local art. 5018 Bakerstown Road, Gibsonia. 724.625.3252. thepinestavern.com.

Serving coffee, tea, pastries, desserts, and other baked goods, this community space is owned and operated by Hill District native Chef Leeretta Payne. 1733 Cliff St., Hill District. 412.608.8985.

Greensburg

Irwin

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J. CORKS

CENACOLO RESTAURANT

Housed in the former Elks Club building, built in 1806, J. Corks continues the organization’s tradition by creating an inviting location for friends and family to enjoy delicious food and drinks. Every Saturday, enjoy live music while dining on a bison burger and truffle Parmesan French fries! 25 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. 724.691.0434. jcorks.com.

Opened in October 2013 as a response to the overwhelming popularity of the company’s flagship fresh pasta wholesale store, Fede Pasta, this Italian restaurant offers delicious dishes made from scratch. There’s always a seat for family and friends at the cozy Cenacolo. 1061 Main St., North Huntingdon. 724.515.5983. cenacolorestaurant.com.

Harmony

CURE This extra local, urban, Mediterranean restaurant is run by Chef Justin Severino, who is dedicated to ethical farming practices, sustainability, and traditional cooking techniques. His vision is for the restaurant to be a reflection of the seasons in Western Pennsylvania and its local farms. 5336 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.252.2595. curepittsburgh.com.

KALEIDOSCOPE CAFÉ Whether you want a fresh salad, homemade gnocchi, or filet mignon, Kaleidoscope Café can serve up a menu as diverse and colorful as its name would imply. 108 43rd St., Lawrenceville. 412.638.4004. kaleidoscopepgh.com.

Lawrenceville

KICKBACK PINBALL CAFÉ BURGH’ERS

52ND STREET MARKET

This restaurant more than lives up to its name with a menu featuring burgers named after and based on Pittsburgh’s various neighborhoods. Guests can also build their own burgers, or order from a selection of sandwiches and salads. 100 Perry Hwy., Harmony. 724.473.0710. burgherspgh.com.

Nestled in Lawrenceville, this community corner store offers up a range of essential groceries like dairy, produce, and eggs, and also provides a place to sit down with a cup of coffee. 601 52nd St., Lawrenceville. 412.408.3798. 52ndstreetmarket.com.

Visit Kickback Pinball Café in the heart of Lawrenceville for a unique dining experience. Combining the joys of eating with the fun of playing classic pinball machines, the café offers sandwiches, soups, salads, a full espresso menu, and fresh squeezed lemonade with a second floor pinball arcade. It’s a BYOB establishment, too! 4326 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.682.3200. kickbackpgh.com.

MORCILLA B52 DELLA TERRA ITALIAN BISTRO While the menu may be subject to seasonal changes, this farm-to-table Italian experience still dishes out high-quality pizza, pasta, and other entrees all year long. 100 Perry Hwy., Harmony. 724.473.0630. dellaterrapgh.com.

This vegan café cooks up a combination of American and Middle Eastern cuisines inside its modern dining space. Serving homemade baked goods and coffee, B52 is open five days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus Sunday brunch. 5202 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.408.3988. b52pgh.com.

Morcilla’s family-style menu fosters a convivial environment with a focus on traditional pintxos, while chef and co-owner Justin Severino’s signature charcuterie program takes on a Spanish accent. When you dine at Morcilla, not only are you able to enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine, but you’re also helping to support over 13 local farms and creameries. 3519 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.652.9924. morcillapittsburgh.com.

Highland Park

COCA CAFÉ JOSEPH TAMBELLINI RESTAURANT Good, traditional Italian cuisine fills the menu at Joseph Tambellini Restaurant. Fresh seafood, free-range, organic chickens, and wine tastings throughout the month are just a sampling of what it has to offer. 5701 Bryant St., Highland Park. 412.665.9000. joesphtambellini.com.

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Coca Café is now serving small plates for weekend dinner, in addition to its always-impressive breakfast, lunch, and signature Sunday brunch, which features a selection of seasonal specials as well as featured items from the expansive breakfast menu. Coca Café is also the exclusive provider for The Mattress Factory Café. 3811 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.621.3171. coca-cafe.net.

PAN ASIAN RESTAURANT Authentically Asian, PAN offers natural ingredients in new and exciting ways. Visit for a unique brunch menu, or revel in the diverse plates for dinner. 3519 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.325.3435. panlawrenceville.com.

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SENTI PASTITSIO Owner Matt Bournias is a proud member of Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance from which he sources a lot of local produce for this Greek take-out restaurant. The mushrooms used in his dishes are sourced from Wild Purveyors, and the meats come from Park Farm and J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand. Pastitsio also enjoys weekly deliveries from local food provider Paragon Foods. 3716 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.586.7656. greekpastitsio.com.

Born from Franco Braccia’s dream of bringing together authentic Italian food, traditional European service, and modern wining and dining, Senti Restaurant and Wine Bar is perfect for anyone searching for an upscale dining experience. The wine bar lounge, equipped with a state-of-the-art, automated wine dispenser, features exquisite Italian wines. The interior design was done by Christina Ishida of Cici Crib Interiors who sought to pay homage to Lawrenceville’s Art Center by designing Senti’s open, gallery-like layout. 3473 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.586.4347. sentirestaurant.com.

ARLECCHINO RESTAURANT Family-style appetizers, hearty entrees, and homemade pastas make up Arlecchino’s Italian menu. Fresh, traditional ingredients evoke flavors of the old country — nothing showy or gimmicky, just delicious Italian cuisine. 133 Camp Lane, McMurray. 724.260.5414. arlecchinopgh.com.

MOON TOWNSHIP

PICCOLO FORNO Chefs Domenic and Carla Branduzzi recreate traditional Tuscan recipes with their wood-fired pizzas and handmade pastas, as well as an enormous array of tempting appetizers. The Branduzzi family has a long history of supplying great food to the Pittsburgh community, and Piccolo Forno delivers, plain and simple. 3801 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.622.0111. piccolo-forno.com.

SMOKE BARBEQUE TAQUERIA

BELLFARM KITCHEN | BAR

Choose from tacos, sandwiches, ribs, and burgers made from Australian wagyu beef, Berkshire pork, or Gerber poultry, or stop in Sunday for a smoky brunch menu. 4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.224.2070. smokepgh.com.

Seasonal farm-to-table cuisine makes up the unique menu at Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport’s restaurant. Located in the main lobby, it’s a gourmet choice for travelers on the go and regular patrons alike. 1111 Airport Blvd., Moon Township. 724.899.6050. pittsburghairport.regency.hyatt.com.

Mt. Lebanon

BISTRO 19 SPIRIT THE PITTSBURGH JUICE CO. Crafting a wide array of homemade, cold-pressed juices from local fruits and vegetables, the Pittsburgh Juice Co. also creates its own programs for customers to try a juice cleanse. 3418 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville. 412.586.5060. pittsburghjuicecompany.com.

Order specialty pizza by the slice or by the pie, or browse the list of draft beers and house cocktails. With an endless Sunday brunch special, Spirit also features a Saturday popup lunch event on its patio, featuring a different regional chef each week. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. 412.586.4441. spiritpgh.com.

The eclectic and sophisticated menu at Bistro 19 is filled with local and seasonal ingredients. Executive Chef Jessica Bauer creates fresh dishes while supporting the community by working with Wooden Nickel Farms, Jameson Farms, Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance, Emerald Valley Artisans, and Uptown Coffee. 711 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.306.1919. bistro19.com.

BLOCK 292 BLOCK 292 PUSADEE’S GARDEN

TENDER BAR + KITCHEN

Thai cuisine in a full, overflowing, green garden sets Pusadee’s Garden apart as a noodle destination. The Tongdee family will wow your tastebuds with authentic dishes remembered from their childhoods. 5321 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.781.8724. pusadeesgarden.com.

A cocktail bar with a 20th century-inspired interior, Tender’s kitchen also serves up shareable appetizers and cheese spreads in addition to a dinner menu of burgers, steaks, and sandwiches. 4300 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.402.9522. tenderpgh.com.

Brooks Broadhurst, former senior vice president of food and beverage for Eat’n Park, is beginning his own venture, a new sustainable foods market and restaurant in Mt. Lebanon. Joining the small strip of shops and restaurants on Beverly Road, Block 292 will embrace local farms and exquisite food. 292 Beverly Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.668.2292. block292.com.

THE VANDAL ROUND CORNER CANTINA Round Corner Cantina is a 21-and-over hot spot for great drinks and great Mexican food. Try one of its 11 different tacos, which include vegan choices, such as cauliflower with avocado salsa, and meatier options like pork belly with apple pico. Complement your dish with a pour from its extensive selection of tequila and mezcal. 3720 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.904.2279. roundcornercantina.com.

Those looking for a healthy, affordable, and lively eatery should look no further than The Vandal. The intimate, 30-seat space features a fresh, ingredient-driven menu and serves in a European counter style. The perfect spot for dining with friends, family, or even solo, The Vandal is open for lunch and dinner, and all menu items are available for takeout. 4306 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.251.0465. thevandalpgh.com.

CAFÉ IO Chef Jeff Iovino attempts to utilize local food vendors as much as possible. He relies on Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance for food items and encourages other Pittsburgh vendors to go local. 300A Beverly Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.440.0414. cafeio.com.

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North Side

LEGUME ALTIUS Executive chef and partner Jessica Bauer offers guests an elevated dining experience, featuring American cuisine that’s refined and modern. The ingredient-driven menu is complemented by modern surroundings and an organic, sustainable wine menu. 1230 Grandview Ave., Mt. Washington. 412.904.4442. altiuspgh.com.

THE GRANDVIEW SALOON & COAL HILL STEAKHOUSE The Grandview Saloon & Coal Hill Steakhouse provides classic saloon food with a timeless perk: the wide open view of the city from Mt. Washington, enjoyable from the upper or lower deck. 1212 Grandview Ave., Mt. Washington. 412.431.1400. thegrandviewsaloon.com.

BENJAMIN’S WESTERN AVENUE BURGER BAR For American bar food that’s finger-licking-good, go to Benjamin’s. Its standout burger menu combines unique ingredients and hearty meats to achieve delicious results. 900 Western Ave., North Side. 412.224.2163. benjaminspgh.com.

BISTRO TO GO A full-service, bistro-style restaurant, Bistro To Go’s menu features fresh sides and hot entrees like hearty, cross-cultural comfort foods; healthy favorites; and vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free selections. Enjoy your next meal in the dining room or garden courtyard, or call for take-out or catering services! 415 E. Ohio St., North Side. 412.231.0218. bistroandcompany.com.

Legume sources from a community of growers, presenting a new menu daily based on what’s available from farms and artisans, such as Grow Pittsburgh, Mildred’s Daughters, Kistaco Farms, Greenawalt Farms, J.L. Kennedy Meat Stand, McConnell’s Farm, So’ Journey Farm, Jamison Farm, Heilman’s Hogwash Farm, Ron Gargasz’s organic grass-fed beef, Mushrooms for Life, and Hidden Hills Dairy. 214 N. Craig St., Oakland. 412.621.2700. legumebistro.com.

LUCCA Executive Chef Eric Von Hansen loves using local ingredients. His fresh and delicious salad greens come from Spring Valley Farms, and he uses local lamb from Elysian Fields Farms. 317 S. Craig St., Oakland. 412.682.3310. luccaristorante.com.

CHATEAU CAFÉ & CAKERY MONTEREY BAY FISH GROTTO Fresh fish is flown in daily to prepare the sushi and entrees available at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, where guests can also enjoy a picturesque view of the city from Mt. Washington. 1411 Grandview Ave., Mt. Washington. 412.481.4414. montereybayfishgrotto.com.

The perfect lunch locale, Chateau Café & Cakery is run by a family that loves Pittsburgh and all things tasty. Grab a cup of locally roasted coffee from La Prima Espresso or one of Chateau’s signature herbal tea blends. We recommend pairing either with a slice of the house-made vegan chocolate chip banana bread! 1501 Preble Ave., North Side. 412.802.2537. chateaucc.com.

PETER’S PUB Not far from the University of Pittsburgh campus, Peter’s Pub provides patrons with access to an extensive list of import beers. Guests can also munch on a menu of burgers, wraps and locally-renowned hot wings. 116 Oakland Ave., Oakland. 412.681.7465. mypeterspub.com.

North Hills

THE PORCH AT SCHENLEY WILLOW

THE MODERN CAFE

Executive Chef John Mottinger is committed to local, seasonal ingredients and designs his modern American menu in the North Hills around the region’s bounty of produce, scouting local farmers markets. Chicken from Eichner’s Farm is also featured on the menu year-round. 634 Camp Horne Road, North Hills. 412.847.1007. willowpgh.com.

Serving shots and beer on the North Shore since 1933, The Modern Cafe provides an exciting atmosphere for grabbing a bite to eat before, during, or after a Pittsburgh sporting event, while choosing from a selection of more than 140 beers and award-winning sandwiches. 862 Western Ave., North Side. 412.321.4550. themoderncafe.com.

North shore

ANDREW’S STEAKHOUSE This contemporary steak and fresh seafood restaurant inside Rivers Casino offers an exclusive wine list and delicious dishes. 777 Casino Drive, North Shore. 412.231.7777. theriverscasino.com.

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Situated within beautiful Schenley Plaza, The Porch is a comeas-you-are, no-reservations bistro, serving the University community, neighborhood regulars, and park users alike. Creating simple, delicious, made-from-scratch food, using fresh ingredients from local partners and farms, The Porch is great place to enjoy the sights and sounds of Oakland with good company. 221 Schenley Drive, Oakland. 412.687.6724. theporchatschenley.com.

Oakland

CAFÉ PHIPPS The menu at Café Phipps features salads, sandwiches, quiches, and other dishes as colorful as the attractions inside the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden it calls home. One Schenley Park, Oakland. 412.622.6914. phipps. conservatory.org.

RED OAK CAFÉ Stop in for breakfast, or make a lunch out of Red Oak’s array of salads, soups, wraps, and sandwiches. Blue-plate specials are offered daily on a menu, which also includes vegetarian options. 3610 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 412.621.2221.

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Regent Square

Shadyside

SQUARE CAFÉ

THE BURGH BITES TRUCK

A modern approach to sushi that allows you to customize your own rolls and bowls according to your tastes in rice, veggies, and seafood. 417 S. Craig St., Oakland. 412.621.1689. sushifuku.com.

Square Café is a proud supporter of Grow Pittsburgh, sourcing herbs, heirloom tomatoes, and potatoes from the nonprofit. The café also sources milk and cheese from Marburger Dairy, coffee from Kiva Han, and bread from Allegro Hearth Bakery. Even the plates are made locally by the Riverside Design Group, and the walls are bedecked with art from Pittsburgh talents. 1137 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square. 412.244.8002. square-cafe.com.

Enjoy “handhelds,” “spoonables,” “torts,” and “dogs” from this zesty venture that started as a cart, grew into a food truck, and will soon have a brick and mortar restaurant in Bridgeville, called Brick and Mortar. Chef and owner Ricci Minella keeps it fresh by changing up the menu weekly, and even offers catering for groups of 15-250 people. 412.229.7119. burghbitestruck.com.

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SUSHI FUKU

café zinho EIGHTY ACRES KITCHEN & BAR Fresh and local, the dinner, lunch, and Sunday brunch offerings at Eighty Acres Kitchen & Bar are packed with seasonal flavors. Veteran Chef Don Winkie and his wife, Amy, own the new restaurant — “a refined, modern approach to contemporary American cuisine.” 1910 New Texas Road, Plum. 724.519.7304. eightyacreskitchen.com.

Point Breeze

BOCKTOWN BEER AND GRILL

CAFÉ ZINHO

Bocktown prides itself on the use of local vendors for their fresh, unique ingredients. Partners include East End Brewing, Cherry Valley Organics, Ricci’s Sausage, Signature Desserts, Penn Brewery, Prestogeorge Coffee Roasters, Mediterra Bakehouse, Weiss Meats, Polish Pierogi, and Turner Dairy. 690 Chauvet Drive, Robinson. 412.788.2333. bocktown.com.

Café Zinho Chef Toni Pais has been one of Pittsburgh’s premier restaurateurs since he opened the restaurant in 1997. Though Café Zinho is now the only restaurant he operates, it continues to dazzle with its inspired array of Portuguese dishes. Pais was recently honored by the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for his contributions to the city’s food scene. 238 Spahr St., Shadyside. 412.363.1500.

SEWICKLEY

CASBAH POINT BRUGGE CAFÉ Fresh, innovative cuisine in a casual neighborhood setting is the focus of Point Brugge Café located in Point Breeze. The menu features Belgian-inspired cuisine created by Executive Chef Jay Seghi — most notably, mussels in three distinct preparations. A full bar and two of the best selections of Belgian and craft beers in the city are also offered. 401 Hastings St., Point Breeze. 412.441.3334. pointbrugge.com.

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COCOTHÉ Cocothé began as a shop specializing in chocolates, confections, and pastries, but has evolved into a delicious brunch, lunch, and dinner spot. The culinary team sources its ingredients locally, adding to the artisanal, seasonal dishes on the menu. 545 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.259.8847. cocothe.com.

Specializing in Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, many of the ingredients used in Casbah’s menu items are from local vendors, including greens from Grow Pittsburgh, lamb meat from Elysian Fields Farms, and berries and peaches from McConnell’s Farm. Chef Dustin Gardner prefers local ingredients from farmers he can get to know on a personal level. 229 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside. 412.661.5656. casbahpgh.com.

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DAPHNE CAFÉ At this family-run restaurant, Turkish, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cuisine, including homemade paninis, gyros, shish kabobs, and hummus, is served with a smile. 5811 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside. 412.441.1130. daphnecafepgh.com.

DINETTE With a menu that changes daily, this casual dining space sources its ingredients from an in-house, rooftop garden. 5996 Centre Ave., Shadyside. 412.362.0202. dinette-pgh.com.

Forming a relationship with local farmers is an important aspect in obtaining the highest quality ingredients for Soba’s Chef Lily (Le) Tran. Guests are served pork from Cunningham Meats and produce from Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance, Golden Harvest Farms, and Cherry Valley Organics. “I like the fact that we’re supporting the people who grow and nurture our wonderful ingredients,” Tran says. “Hopefully, we’re also helping the environment in some way.” 5847 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside. 412.362.5656. sobapa.com.

MALLORCA Mallorca brings the cuisine and spirit of the Mediterranean to those in search of something out of the ordinary — award-winning wines, eclectic décor, and authentic Spanish and Portuguese regional classics. Where else can you find wild boar osso buco, traditional seafood dishes, or the best paella this side of the Atlantic? Mallorca is like a trip to Spain without the airfare. 2228 E. Carson St., South Side. 412.488.1818. mallorcarestaurantpgh.com.

THE TWISTED FRENCHMAN

STAGIONI

French food with a modern twist sits on artfully prepared plates at The Twisted Frenchman. Critically acclaimed for its innovation and quality, the restaurant’s most unique features are an eight-course Chef’s Tasting, or, at the Chef’s Table, a 14-course prix fixe meal. Call well in advance to experience the latter. 128 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside. 412.361.1340. thetwistedfrenchman.com.

Chef and co-owner Stephen Felder uses seasonal, local ingredients to freshen up his Italian-inspired cooking, while co-owner Cara Delsignore crafts rotating wine and drink lists to go with seasonal dishes. Try one of the restaurant’s incredible pastas or the Jamison Farm lamb steak with Romesco sauce and arugula. 2104 E. Carson St., South Side. 412.586.4738. stagionipgh.com.

Strip District

BAR MARCO GIRASOLE

UMI

Authentic, Italian offerings that change with the season make up Girasole’s lunches and dinners. Among a menu of imaginative pastas and classic first courses are daily selections of fish, poultry, and meat, plus an amazing wine list to boot. 733 Copeland St., Shadyside. 412.682.2130. 733copeland.com.

Committed to serving ingredients that ensure freshness and quality, Umi provides Japanese delicacies unlike any other. A large selection of fish is flown in from around the world, making every meal at Umi an absolutely fine-dining experience. 5849 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside. 412.362.6198. bigburrito.com/umi.

MUDDY WATERS OYSTER BAR

YINZBURGH BBQ

Boasting both brunch and dinner menus, Muddy Waters is a destination for fresh seafood prepared with skill. Beyond an extensive raw bar, Muddy Waters delivers Southern-style cooking in the form of small plates, large plates, sandwiches, and snacks. Note: Those with an aversion to seafood should not be put off by the name; the menu has land options as well. 130 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside. 412.361.0555. muddywaterspgh.com.

Yinzburgh BBQ prepares its barbecue Southern style, seasoning with a special spice mix and smoking it low and slow over hardwood until it’s juicy and tender. From there, customers can choose from five homemade sauces, adding as much or as little as they like. Catering services are also available. 4903 Baum Blvd., Shadyside. 412.621.YINZ. yinzburghbbq.com.

The Bar Marco staff cultivates perfect flavors with all things local, organic, and natural. With ingredients from Clarion River Organics, Who Cooks for You Farms, Clarion Farms, Penn’s Corner Alliance, and more, the restaurant focuses on simple, yet hearty dishes. Bar Marco fans will also enjoy its creators’ newest establishment, The Livermore, which serves up small plates and unique libations. 2216 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.471.1900. barmarcopgh.com.

CIOPPINO This chophouse and seafood specialist works with fresh, local ingredients. Over 250 whiskeys are available in a separate onsite Cigar Bar. Live music every Thursday through Saturday within the bar lounge area. Complimentary valet parking after 5 p.m. daily. Open 4-11 p.m., MondayThursday, 4 p.m.-12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. 2350 Railroad St., Strip District. 412.281.6593. cioppinogroup.com.

South Side

ELEVEN CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN NOODLEHEAD

extraVEGANza

With a cool, industrial atmosphere, Noodlehead features tasty noodle dishes inspired by the street markets of Thailand and other festive bites. 242 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside. noodleheadpgh.com.

Chef Mya Zeronis took care in crafting a fully vegan menu that includes fresh juices, vegan baked goods, and raw pizza and pasta. 1317 E. Carson St., South Side. 412.212.8816. 98poundchef-pgh.com.

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Located in an elegant, renovated warehouse, Eleven Contemporary Kitchen reflects the city’s history with an industrial backbone and polished interior. Executive Chef Eli Wahl provides a variety of vibrant seasonal ingredients on a constantly changing menu. Each visit is a custom-tailored experience. 1150 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.201.5656. elevenck.com.

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SAVOY GAUCHO PARRILLA ARGENTINA Located in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District, Gaucho Parrilla Argentina offers high-quality cuts of meats, poultry, seafood, and vegetables, all prepared over a wood-fired grill. Sourcing wood locally, the parrilla only burns USDAcertified, mixed hardwoods. Carnivores expected. Vegan and vegetarian friendly. BYOB. 1601 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.709.6622. eatgaucho.com.

Chef Kevin Watson of SAVOY believes in using the best of what our local community and farms can offer. He sources lamb from Elysian Fields Lamb in Greene County, poultry from Stambolis Poultry Market in Braddock, and proteins from Strip District Meats to create award-winning appetizers and unique food pairings. SAVOY also supports BreadWorks and La Prima Espresso; and a number of menu items can be made gluten-free. 2623 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.281.0660. savoypgh.com.

SCRATCH FOOD AND BEVERAGE This industrial-looking dining space offers a menu of comfort foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Even if you wake up late, brunch is served all day on Sunday. 1720 Lowrie St., Troy Hill. 412.251.0822. scratchfoodbev.com.

Washington

KAYA To make the most of the island-inspired cuisine offered at Kaya, the freshest ingredients available are used to mirror authentic island fare. Chefs at Kaya use Penn’s Corner Farmers Alliance, McConnells’ Farm (especially for their famous peaches), Heritage Farms, and Harvest Valley Farms. Kaya also receives produce from Amish farmer Mose Miller. 2000 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.261.6565. bigburrito.com/kaya.

SMALLMAN GALLEY More than a restaurant, Smallman Galley is a “restaurant incubator,” where four chefs with four different restaurant concepts and four different kitchens serve patrons in a 6,000 square foot space. A central bar serves craft cocktails and recommends pairings for the diverse, delicious fare. 54 21st St., Strip District. 412.904.2444. smallmangalley.org.

ANGELO’S RESTAURANT For 75 years, this family-run business, owned by Michael Passalacqua, has put its heart into serving traditional, delicious Italian food. Homemade gelato, handmade flatbreads, and a plethora of pastas fill the menu. Catering services are also available. 2109 N. Franklin Drive, Washington. 724.222.7120. angelosrestaurant.com.

Squirrel Hill

LIDIA’S Lidia’s offers classical and regional Italian cuisine that embraces the use of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Executive Chef Nicole Neely incorporates local produce and meats from Janoski’s Farms, Heritage Farms, Yarnick Farms, and Millers Amish Farms. Experience the signature pasta tasting trio, an unlimited tableside serving of fresh pasta. Not to be missed are the house-made mozzarella and burrata, and Pork Osso Buco. 1400 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.552.0150. lidias-pittsburgh.com.

PRESIDENTS PUB THE GREEK GOURMET Sample traditional Greek dishes at this restaurant, including hummus, spanakopita, tabouli, and gyros. 2130 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.422.2998.

Newly renovated and with a brand new image, Presidents Pub is Washington’s newest culinary destination. Two dozen craft beers on tap plus an outdoor patio with two fire pits and a stunning waterfall feature make it the perfect place to enjoy an intimate dinner. 88 N. Main St., Washington. 724.206.0918. presidentspub.com.

TROY HILL

THE SPRINGHOUSE LUKE WHOLEY’S WILD ALASKAN GRILLE

REDFIN BLUES

For the freshest seafood selections, dive in to Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille. The popular Strip District spot serves up delicious lunch and dinner dishes, and even offers catering options for your next big event. 2106 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.904.4509. lukewholey.com.

Redfin Blues is located right along the Allegheny River with a deck overlooking the water. As such, the view and the fresh seafood fare combine to transport guests to a quaint beach town. 100 Waterfront Drive, Troy Hill. 412.322.5837. redfinblues.com.

OSTERIA 2350 Enjoy house-made seasonal Italian fare created with fresh, local ingredients, sourced within 100 miles of Pittsburgh; casual dining with full bar options; and complimentary validated parking offered daily within the 24th Street Parking Garage. Access its sister location, Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar, via a connected hallway. 2350 Railroad St., Strip District, 412.281.6595. cioppinogroup.com.

The SpringHouse has happy cows, which they feed and milk themselves for use in all of their dairy products. Owner Marcia Opp says her family is committed to buying local produce from Simmons and Matthews Farm and to making all of their baked goods from scratch. This business is “the real thing on the real farm.” 1531 Route 136, Washington. 724.228.3339. springhousemarket.com.

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BREWERIES

MARKETS

THE BREW GENTLEMEN BEER COMPANY

HOP FARM BREWING COMPANY

BEDNER’S FARM AND GREENHOUSE

The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company churns out an impressive lineup of beers throughout the year that vary in both flavor and style. Its crew focuses their energy on hop-forward beers that are delectable and flavorful. 512 Braddock Ave., Braddock. 412.871.5075. brewgentlemen.com.

Like the name implies, Hop Farm grows its own hops, furthering its mission of crafting innovative, interesting, sustainable, and of course, tasty, brews. In addition, you’ll also find delicious, locally sourced pub food, innovative burgers, flatbreads, and sweets! 5601 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.408.3248. hopfarmbrewingco.com.

Pick some produce at Bedner’s Farm and Greenhouse, or use its plant finder catalogue to help your own garden grow. Don’t forget to visit its festivals and events, too! 315 Coleman Road, McDonald. 724.926.2541. bednersgreenhouse. com.

CHURCH BREW WORKS

INSURRECTION ALEWORKS

Try a “Pious Monk Dunkel” and other brews at the awardwinning, historic landmark. 3525 Liberty Ave., Lawrenceville. 412.688.8200. churchbrew.com.

A nano brewery located in Heidelberg, Insurrection Aleworks invites you to stop in and check out the brewery while enjoying one of its handcrafted ales. This hidden gem offers delicious bites to accompany the unique, high-quality brews in its cozy taproom. 1635 E. Railroad St., Heidelberg. 412.276.2030.insurrectionaleworks.com.

BRENCKLE’S ORGANIC FARM AND GREENHOUSE

DRAAI LAAG Draai Laag is a yeast-forward brewery inspired by Belgian, French, German, and local traditions. It is one of 12 U.S. breweries represented by the prestigious beer importers Shelton Brothers Inc. and is available bottled in 18 different states. Stop by the brewery’s cozy Millvale taproom, featuring a sun-drenched outdoor beer garden. 501 E. Ohio St., Millvale. draailaag.com.

PENN BREWERY Visit Pittsburgh’s oldest and largest brewery, housed in the mid 19th century landmark E&O Brewery Building in the North Side’s Deutschtown neighborhood. 800 Vinial St., North Side. 412.237.9400. pennbrew.com.

RIVERTOWNE BREWING COMPANY EAST END BREWING COMPANY Tours and tastings are offered at this Pittsburgh microbrewery, as well as a wide variety of year-round and seasonal beers. Be sure to check out its new tap room, located in the Strip! 147 Julius St., East End. 102 19th St., Strip District. 412.537.2337.eastendbrewing.com.

Rivertowne knows beer is not one-size-fits-all. Starting in 2002 and embarking on a journey that would eventually lead to opening a state-of-the-art brewing facility, Rivertowne boasts a “destination bar” reputation, bringing locals and tourists alike out to sample its ever-changing spectrum of craft beers. 5578 Old William Penn Hwy., Export. 724.519.2145. myrivertowne.com.

FULL PINT BREWING COMPANY Full Pint Brewing Company is all about bringing new beer to life. Giving reference to a few of the good-humored and greattasting beers such as Ale Satan, Tastes Pretty Good, and Night of the Living Stout, it’s bound to have you eager for a brewery adventure. 5310 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.408.3083. 1963 Lincoln Hwy., North Versailles. 412.467.6414. fullpintbrewing.com.

Famous for its heirloom peppers and tomatoes, Brenckle’s Organic Farm and Greenhouse offers a wide variety of produce and plants. Sign up for a CSA share, or visit many local farmers markets for its fresh, organic vegetables. 768 Glen Eden Road, Zelienople. 724.774.2239. brencklesfarm. com.

DELALLO AUTHENTIC ITALIAN MARKETPLACE This market has been serving domestic and imported cheeses, olives, and antipasto, as well as seasonal prepared foods made fresh daily since 1954. 6390 Route 30 East, Jeannette. 724.523.6577. delallo.com.

EAST END FOOD CO-OP The only consumer-owned natural food store in Pittsburgh offers certified organic produce, herbs, bulk foods, hard to find items for special dietary needs, and more. 7516 Meade St., East Liberty. 412.242.3598. eastendfood.coop.

ROUNDABOUT BREWERY Finding themselves continually drawn to Pittsburgh, Dyana and Steve Sloan opened up shop in Lawrenceville in 2013. Since then, they’ve continued to build a following around town and release flavorful brews while focusing on fresh, clean, and drinkable beers. 4901 Butler St., Lawrenceville. roundaboutbeer.com.

GIANT EAGLE MARKET DISTRICT Shop fresh produce, a variety of meat and seafood, domestic and imported cheese, and your favorite staples from Giant Eagle Market District’s multiple locations. marketdistrict.com.

GRIST HOUSE CRAFT BREWING

SPOONWOOD BREWING COMPANY

J.L. KENNEDY MEAT STAND

If the sun’s shining, you can bet that the biergarten at Grist House is hopping. The ever-changing draft selections keep beer lovers coming back for more, while a rotating schedule of local food trucks ensure that no soul goes hungry. And, bring your pup along — Grist House is dog-friendly! 10 Sherman St., Millvale. 412.447.1442. gristhouse.com.

Stop in for a pint (or two) from Spoonwood’s exciting, rotating selection of drafts, and enjoy the killer happy hour, spacious outdoor patio, and kid-friendly environment. Be sure to fill up a growler while you’re there — Spoonwood also features a hightech filling machine! 5981 Baptist Road, Bethel Park. 412.833.0333. spoonwoodbrewing.com.

Following the tradition of five generations, John and Val Kennedy and their children provide a variety of locally raised meat and poultry at the Farmers’ Market Co-op of East Liberty. The stand is committed to serving steroid and antibiotic-free meats that are federally certified with the USDA. 344 N. Sheridan Ave., East Liberty. 412.661.4414. farmersmarketcooperativeofeastliberty.com.

HITCHHIKER BREWING CO.

VOODOO BREWING COMPANY

The handcrafted, distinctive beers at Hitchhiker check off a lot of boxes for craft enthusiasts: a large variety of progressive and traditional styles of beer, frequent releases, and a fun, laid-back brewpub to take it all in. Hitchhiker focuses on the evolution of its craft, exploring the unknown and continually offering new styles of beer with its three-barrel brewing system. 190 Castle Shannon Blvd., Mt. Lebanon. 412.343.1950. hitchhikerbrewing.com.

Chalkboard mural ceilings, painted garage doors, good vibes, and of course, a long wood bartop equipped with 13 taps, outfit Voodoo Brewery’s Homestead location, opened in 2014. Its flair for being original and paying attention to detail certainly shine through in each pour of Voodoo’s “artisanal, handcrafted, challenging, and different” beers. 205 E. 9th Ave., Homestead. 412.368.8973. voodoobrewery.com.

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NATURE’S WAY MARKET Nature’s Way Market makes grocery shopping easy for the health-conscious shopper. Fresh, organic produce, vitamins and supplements, and household products stock the shelves, all curated to fit effortlessly into a healthy lifestyle. 796 Highland Ave., Greensburg. 724.836.3524. healthylivingatnatureswaymarket.com.

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WHOLE FOODS MARKET

With this group, local farmers deliver fruits, vegetables, and other farm-raised products right to you. 150 54th St., Lawrenceville. 412.363.1971. pennscorner.com.

Enjoy the highest quality natural and organic products. 5880 Centre Ave., East Liberty. 412.441.7960. 10576 Perry Hwy., Wexford. 724.940.6100. wholefoodsmarket.com.

QUALITY GARDENS Peruse a large selection of annuals, perennials, trees, water plants, as well as a farmers market. 409 Route 228, Valencia. 724.625.2770. quality-gardens.com.

COFFEE & BEVERAGES

SAND HILL BERRIES

ARNOLD’S TEA

Part of Greendance Winery, Sand Hill Berries is an expanding farm store that features homegrown berries available fresh, frozen, or inside of its homemade half-baked pies. Peruse other local gourmet delicacies at the charming market, too. 304 Deer Field Road, Mt. Pleasant. 724.547.4760. sandhillberries.com.

Arnold’s Tea aims to elevate their customers’ tea experience with a selection of natural and organic products prepared by a staff of highly knowledgeable baristas. 502 E. Ohio St., North Side. 412.322.2494. arnoldsteapittsburgh.com.

SCHRAMM FARM AND ORCHARD Pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, a bottle of Arrowhead Wine, or plants for your own garden at this family-owned farm and market. 1002 Blank Road, Jeannette. 724.744.7320. schrammfarms.com.

BLUE CANARY COFFEEHOUSE New to Mt. Lebanon, Blue Canary CoffeeHouse whips up its syrups from scratch for its coffee drinks, which include nitro coffee. The eclectic coffee shop also carries local ice cream and pastries, while catering to customers with gluten-free needs. 300 Mt. Lebanon Blvd., 412.344.7100. bluecanarycoffeehouse.com.

SCHWARTZ LIVING MARKET The Schwartz Living Market is an evolving collaborative process, creating “An Urban Oasis for Healthful Living.” Its goals are to move the building, neighborhood, and city into a resilient and regenerative future that supports environmental harmony, social equity, and personal and community empowerment and prosperity. 1317 E. Carson St., South Side. 412.491.0303. 1317eastcarson. blogspot.com.

SHENOT FARM & MARKET Shenot Farm & Market offers something for every season, including fresh produce, homemade fudge, and baked goods. Find delicious milk, meats, flowers, bread, cheese, and jellies in its market, open yearround. 3754 Wexford Run Road, Wexford. 724.935.2542. shenotfarm.com.

BLUME HONEY WATER Blume Honey Water is a line of naturally energizing and elegantly hydrating waters that delight the palate and build awareness around bee sustainability. Welcome to the sweetest way to savor life together! 412.406.7391. blumehoneywater.com.

COFFEE TREE ROASTERS Owner Bill Swoop Jr. visits coffee farms annually to ensure his coffee beans are fullbodied and top quality. The coffee is then roasted locally and sold to his customers fresh within eight days. Swoop is dedicated to Fair Trade practices and boasts a variety of coffee options in his six neighborhood shops. Squirrel Hill, Fox Chapel, Mt. Lebanon, Shadyside, Bakery Square, and Pleasant Hills. coffeetree.com.

SOERGEL ORCHARDS

DELICIOUS RAW JUICE BAR

Growing fresh produce for generations, this family-run farm sells everything you need for cooking dinner, decorating the house, or finding a great gift. 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford. 724.935.1743. soergels.com.

A sanctuary for anyone who wants to improve their quality of life, Delicious Raw offers targeted nutritional boosts in the form of delicious and natural juice. Energize yourself with its fresh and various selections. 280 Forbes Ave., Downtown. 412.281.1473. delraw.com.

SUNNY BRIDGE NATURAL FOODS & CAFE This grocery store offers a wide variety of natural and organic foods, and boasts the largest low-carb and gluten-free sections in the area. 130 Gallery Drive, McMurray. 724.942.5800. sunnybridgenaturalfoods.com.

ESPRESSO A MANO Drink in an espresso bar that provides high-quality espresso and coffee beverages in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 3623 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.918.1864. espressoamano.com.

TRAX FARMS Explore the antique loft, the wine shop, and items from the specialty market for a delicious dinner or lunch on the go. Be sure to add the farm’s family-friendly events to your calendar. 528 Trax Road, Finleyville. 412.835.3246. traxfarms.com.

WHEEL AND WEDGE CHEESE SHOP Wheel and Wedge sells a premier selection of regional farmstead cheeses at the Farmers Market Cooperative of East Liberty. Definitely put the Chocolate Raspberry Chèvre from Mackenzie Creamery on your bucket list. wheelandwedge.com.

FORTUNES GOURMET COFFEE For over 60 years, Fortunes Gourmet Coffee has been providing its loyal wholesale customers with a consistently smooth and delicious selection of gourmet coffees. Sign up for its coffee subscriptions and have your favorite blend delivered at your doorstep. 412.771.7767. fortunescoffee.com.

FRESH FROM THE FARM JUICES This juicery sources local, certified naturally grown, and organic produce to create raw, cold-pressed, oneof-a-kind juices. 11883 Perry Hwy., Suite D, Wexford. 724.640.3396. 4000 Washington Road, McMurray. 724.640.3396. freshfarmjuices.com.

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BREADWORKS

TURNER DAIRY

GreenLight Juice is a great spot to grab premium, cold-pressed organic juice and reap the benefits of increased energy, glowing skin, and a strong immune system — over one pound of produce is packed in each bottle! Stop in, call, email, or place an order online. 2108 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.421.1693. info@greenlightjuice.com. greenlightjuice.com.

The arousing aromas and inviting textures of their Old World style breads create one irresistible urge the moment you step into the store. All specialities are full of ingredients naturally nurtured, with no preservatives, so all of the Earth’s wholeness is reflected in every dough that is baked. 2110 Brighton Road, Pittsburgh. 412.231.7555. breadworkspgh.com.

Turner Dairy has been setting a higher standard since 1930 and takes pride in producing the highest quality of dairy products available. They’ve also been producing Pittsburgh’s favorite iced tea for more than three decades. 1049 Jefferson Road, Penn Hills. 800.892.1039. turnerdairy.net.

GRYPHON’S TEA

DJ’S BUTCHER BLOCK

Specializing in organic, sustainable, and fair trade sources, these hand-bagged and custom-blended batches are available to provide customers with the perfect cup of tea. 4127 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.877.4223.

DJ’s Butcher Block’s goal is to provide the highest quality local and natural meats at reasonable prices, as well as local breads, eggs, cheeses, and pastas. 4623 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. 412.621.3100. djsbutcherblock.com.

LA PRIMA ESPRESSO COMPANY

EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS

The mission at La Prima Espresso Company is to to roast and serve the finest coffees available. Offering an espresso and cappuccino bar at their Strip District location, they pride themselves on selling and servicing the best espresso machines in the world, all while being a valuable member of our local community. 205 21st St., Strip District. 412.281.1922. laprima.com.

Fresh fruit bouquets, made with premium fruit arranged in a variety of stunning displays, make every occasion special. 6401 Penn Ave., East Liberty. 412.441.2270. ediblearrangements.com.

PRESTOGEORGE One of the oldest coffee roasters and loose tea specialists in Pittsburgh, Prestogeorge is a specialty market selling house-roasted coffees, loose leaf teas, and light fare to enjoy for takeout. 1719 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.471.0133. prestogeorge.com.

EMERALD VALLEY ARTISANS Dynamic duo Alisa Fava-Fasnacht and Alan Fasnacht grew up as farm kids. Passionate for the natural world, the pair married and started Emerald Valley Artisans, offering a selection of artisanal cheeses, biscotti, and gift boxes of goodies. The farm’s products can also be found at Soergel Orchards and the Main Street Farmers Market in Washington, Pa. Scenery Hill, 1.855.67. GOTCOWS. emeraldvalleyartisans.com.

SIMPATICO ESPRESSO

FEDE PASTA

Serving high-quality coffee and tea, Simpatico Espresso aims to please caffeine and health lovers alike with its coffee drinks and Veggie Fusion Shakes. Keep an eye out for Simpatico’s expansion, coming soon! 611 William Penn Place, Downtown. 412.287.7598. simpaticoespresso.com.

Founded in 2005, Fede Pasta has been proudly producing fresh pasta for restaurants throughout the country. 1061 Main St., North Huntingdon. 724.515.5983. cenacolorestaurant.com.

SCHOOLS

FELLOWSHIP FOODS “Connecting Pennsylvania Farmers with Pennsylvania Eaters”. Serving as the intermediary between people at home and the people who grow the food you eat at home, Fellowship Foods is here to provide the best of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s locally produced food. 864 Jackson Ave., Monaca. 412.596.0264. fellowshipfoods.com.

DESSERT SHOPS GIOVANNI’S CHOCOLATES Giovanni’s Chocolates was founded on the simplicity of owner Fethi Turan’s love for chocolate. All chocolate and truffles are made by hand in small batches, right in the store. 3049 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont. 412.344.3047.

GOOD L’OVEN COOKIE SHOP A quaint and charming bakery that specializes in gourmet cookies, Good L’Oven is perfect for a party orders or a bite on-the-go. 417 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue. 412.616.1251.

PICCADILLY ARTISAN YOGURT Experience fresh from the farm, organic frozen yogurt at Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt in Mt. Lebanon. Using all “real food” ingredients and 100 percent organic coconut milk for its vegan flavors, this shop has something healthful for kids and adults alike. 695 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.207.9654. piccadillypittsburgh.com.

SPINOLA’S BAKE SHOP This bakery now serves coffee, cappuccinos, and lattes in addition to a wide variety of homemade cookies, cakes, and pastries for all occasions. 3845 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville. 724.519.7741. spinolasbakeshop.com.

BOTANICALS

CHATHAM UNIVERSITY This private, selective, fully accredited, and nonsectarian institution offers baccalaureate degrees to men and women, and co-ed graduate programs. 1 Woodland Road, Shadyside. 412.365.1100. chatham.edu.

HEALTHY PET PRODUCTS

GREENSINNER

Keep your pet healthy and happy with a variety of all natural and organic foods, treats, and accessories. 9805 McKnight Road, McCandless. 412.366.0700. 3043 Washington Road, McMurray. 412.831.3700. healthypetproducts.net.

Though technically a florist, greenSinner also offers its services as an event designer, flower farm, and urban garden center. Visit the dynamic spot in Lawrenceville for everything from terrarium classes to wedding arrangements! 5232 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.532.6107. greensinner.com.

CHOP, WOK, AND TALK! MERANTE GIFTS

This Asian and specialty cooking school welcomes cooks of all skill levels. 5404 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. 412.362.0679. chopwoktalk.com.

Celebrating all things Italian since 1983. 4723 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. 412.682.3370. merante-gifts.com.

RANIA’S CATERING

OLIVE AND MARLOWE

Experienced caterer and cooking aficionado Rania Harris creates extraordinary experiences for her clients, offering everything from prepared foods and cooking classes at her Mt. Lebanon store, to special event and wedding planning services. 100 Central Square, Mt. Lebanon. 412.531.2222. rania.com.

This locally owned purveyor of artisanal olive oils and balsamic vinegars sources its products from small groves and presses in California. All oils carry the California Olive Oil Council seal, and the store’s selection includes several monovarietal oils, as well as dozens of flavored oils and vinegars. 5975 Broad St., East Liberty. 412.362.1942. oliveandmarlowe.com.

ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY Located approximately 20 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh, this 5,000-student university offers 60 undergraduate degree programs and 20 graduate degree programs. 6001 University Blvd., Moon Township. 412.397.3000. rmu.edu.

THE OLIVE MERCHANT Honoring the integrity of extra-virgin olive oil, this specialty store features 40 flavors of award-winning infused olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, and gourmet sea salts for every palate. 4430 William Penn Hwy., Rosa Court, Murrysville. 724.519.8576. theolivemerchant.net.

PHIPPS CONSERVATORY AND BOTANICAL GARDENS Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is one of the region’s most vibrant, thriving cultural attractions. It brings fresh perspectives and artists into its historic glasshouse environment; and advocates for green-building practices, sustainable gardening, and environmental awareness. One Schenley Park, Oakland. 412.622.6914. phipps.conservatory.org.

PITTSBURGH PARKS CONSERVANCY Founded in December 1996 by a group of citizens concerned with the deteriorating conditions of Pittsburgh’s parks. The Parks Conservancy has since raised more than $84 million toward park improvements and recently expanded into other city parks as time and resources permit. 412.682.7275. pittsburghparks.org.

PITTSBURGH URBAN GARDENING PROJECT

SPECIALTY VENDORS BIG HORN RANCH This ranch builds its customer relationships with a foundation of trust — trust that every product sold will be grown the way an animal should be, according to nature’s design. The naturally and humanely raised livestock is grass-fed, and every highquality meat is good for the environment, the animal, and you! Big Horn Ranch offers home delivery for CSA shares. 1640 Page Hollow Road, Pittsfield. 814.563.7348. bighornmeats.net.

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THE OLIVE TAP Located at Pittsburgh Public Market, patrons can sample oils and vinegars from large stainless steel urns called Fustis. Side by side, they’ll be able to detect the subtle — and sometimes not so subtle — differences in the various extravirgin olive oils, flavored olive oils, vinegars, and balsamic vinegar products. 108 19th St., Strip District. 412.252.2234. theolivetap.com.

Whether you have acres of farmland or a single pot of soil, this project aims to teach Pittsburghers to sustainably garden and grow their own food in their own backyards. pittsburghurbangardens.com

LIFESTYLE

REPUBLIC FOOD ENTERPRISE CENTER Operating a food hub in Fayette County that links the gap from farm to table, RFEC is a nonprofit organization promoting the economical, physical, and environmental health of our community by making local, healthy food available to everyone! 40 Legion St., Republic. 724.246.1536. republicfoodenterprisecenter.org.

FARM TO TABLE PITTSBURGH Farm to Table Pittsburgh provides Local Food Programs for schools, employers, senior residencies, and community groups as it strives to bridge the gap between consumers and local food producers. Its Wellness Program and local food tastings aim to provide locally grown foods that benefit both physical and economic health. 412.563.8800. farmtotablepa.com.

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HILLMON APPLIANCE Hillmon Appliance offers a wide variety of appliances, including laundry, cooking, refrigeration, cleanup, outdoor, and small appliances and accessories. It’s also the region’s leading servicer. hillmonappliance.com.

LOOM EXQUISITE TEXTILES LOOM Exquisite Textiles provides fabulous fabrics and accoutrements for all of your decorating, upholstery, and sewing needs. 2124 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.586.4346. loomshowroom.com.

THE MATTRESS FACTORY

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A museum of contemporary art that presents exhibits you can get into — room-sized environments, created by in-residence artists. Located in the historic Mexican War Streets of Pittsburgh’s North Side since 1977, The Mattress Factory is one of few museums of its kind anywhere. 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side. 412.231.3169. mattress.org.

MCG JAZZ The Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild’s mission is to promote, present, and preserve jazz music. Since 1987, MCG has helped improve Pittsburgh’s jazz culture through performances and educational programs. 1815 Metropolitan St., North Side. 412.323.4000. mcgjazz.org.

PUREDENT Smile brighter with this mercury-free, fluoride-free biological dental practice. 5830 Ellsworth Ave., Suite 304, Shadyside. 412.631.8947. holisticdentistpgh.com.

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SPLASH KITCHEN BATH HOME From faucets and fixtures to tiles and tops, full custom cabinetry and hardware, SPLASH offers a comprehensive collection of necessities for kitchen, bath, bar, and home. 1237 Freedom Road, Cranberry, 724.772.1060, 4807 William Penn Hwy., Murrysville. 724.772.2600. 1400 William Flynn Hwy., Glenshaw. 412.486.2700. splashshowrooms.com.

big Burrito Restaurant Group gift cards are available online at bigburrito.com and at our restaurants.

STANDING CHIMNEY A store, a gallery, and a destination, located on a farm dating back to the mid-1880s, this space opens the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March through December, unless otherwise noted. 566 Paden Road, New Galilee. 724.336.5224. standingchimney.com.

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES A Fair Trade retailer of artisan-crafted home décor, this shop also sells personal accessories and gift items from across the globe, made by more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries. 5824 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.421.2160. pittsburgh.tenthousandvillages.com.

UNA BIOLOGICALS Una Biologicals products are made from the highest quality organic ingredients, without harsh chemicals, petroleum, or artificial fragrances. The company believes that your body and your beauty deserve the best that nature offers. 4322 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.621.4126. unabiologicals.com.

VON WALTER & FUNK Von Walter & Funk provides fine goods, carefully selected to elevate living by offering passionately inspiring, uniquely curated, and tastefully eclectic collections for the home, garden, apothecary, paper, and vintage lines. 5210 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.784.0800. vonwalterandfunk.com.

TRAVEL FAIRMONT PITTSBURGH Located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s business, cultural, and retail hub, Fairmont Pittsburgh offers superb and distinctive guest services and accommodations in a luxury setting. 510 Market St., Downtown. 412.773.8800. fairmont.com/pittsburgh.

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FALLINGWATER America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, designed Fallingwater for his clients, the Kaufmann family. It instantly became famous, and today it is a National Historic Landmark and available for tours. 1491 Mill Run Road, Mill Run. 724.329.8501. fallingwater.org.

GREENE COUNTY TOURISM The center provides you with everything and anything you need to know about visiting “Nature’s Corner of Northern Charm and Southern Hospitality.” 19 S. Washington St., Fort Jackson Building, Waynesburg. 724.627.8687. greenecountytourism.org.

GREENSBURG COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Get ready to explore Greensburg’s educational, residential, and commercial opportunities, along with the best restaurants and events in the county. 41 W. Otterman St., Suite 520. Greensburg. 724.689.0040. thinkgreensburg.com.

THE NATIONAL AVIARY

FRESH. LOCAL. ORGANIC. open to everyone, every day from 8 AM - 9 PM www.eastendfood.coop . 412-242-3598

This Pittsburgh tourist attraction is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in West Park on the historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises more than 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world. 700 Arch St., Pittsburgh. 412.323.7235. aviary.org.

OGLEBAY RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER A prime business meeting and vacation spot, Oglebay offers golf courses, fine dining, accommodations, and recreation activities for the entire family. 465 Lodge Drive, Wheeling, W. Va. 877.436.1797. oglebay-resort.com.

OMNI WILLIAM PENN HOTEL History defines elegance in this classic, Downtown Pittsburgh hotel. Since opening in 1916, the Omni William Penn has hosted movie stars, politicians, heads of state, and leaders of business and industry. 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. 412.281.7100. omnihotels.com.

WELLNESS THE BREATHE PROJECT This coalition of residents, businesses, government, and many other groups in Southwestern Pennsylvania that works together to clean up our air for the health of our families and economy. breatheproject.org.

HARDIN ACUPUNCTURE Experience acupuncture treatments for everything from women’s health, and anxiety, to depression and migraines. 5655 Bryant St., Highland Park. 412.927.4768. hardinacupuncture.com.

HIMALAYAN INSTITUTE Deepen your practice of yoga and meditation, and better your holistic health. 300 Beverly Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.344.7434. hipyoga.org.

JANET MCKEE, HOLISTIC HEALTH COUNSELOR Janet McKee has a private practice where she helps her clients reach their personal wellness goals with holistic healing and nutrition. 724.417.6695. sanaview.com.

PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH AND HEALING This award-winning, environmentally friendly wellness spa features alternative medicine services and provides a holistic approach to assist you in your transformation to living a life of health and joy. 1124 S. Braddock Ave., Suite B, Regent Square. 412.242.4220. pghhealthandhealing.com.

SOUTH HILLS POWER YOGA This studio offers both heated & nonheated power vinyasa yoga classes, as well as gentle yoga and monthly workshops. 3045 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont. 412.207.9535. 4145 Washington Road, McMurray. 724.260.0011. southhillspoweryoga.com.

UPMC MYHEALTH MyHealth is a one-stop shop for managing your health. UPMC Health Plan, 888.876.2756. upmchealthplan.com.

YOGA FACTORY PITTSBURGH TROEG’S BREWERY

The Fluted Mushroom Catering Company Captivating cuisine, decadent indulgence, exceptional events

Located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, this brewery offers self and guided tours, plus a tasting room and snack bar with elevated American grub. 200 E. Hershey Park Drive, Hershey. 717.534.1297. troegs.com.

WASHINGTON COUNTY TOURISM PROMOTION AGENCY Plan your next trip to Washington County with ease, thanks to the latest information on the area’s flourishing dining and entertainment scenes. 375 Southpointe Blvd., Suite 240. Canonsburg. 1.866.927.4969. visitwashingtoncountypa.com.

Fully affiliated and certified by Bikram’s Yoga College of India, this studio is dedicated to providing the highest quality classes and services to the Pittsburgh area. 3418 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.513.5000. yogafactorypittsburgh.com.

WINES & SPIRITS ARSENAL CIDER HOUSE & WINE CELLAR Sip high-quality, artisan-crafted adult beverages in a historic and nostalgic atmosphere. 300 39th St., Lawrenceville. 412.682.7699. arsenalciderhouse.com

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Award-winning wines are sold at this restored 1880s barn, which is also suitable for private events. 412 Fayette Springs Road, Chalk Hill. 724.439.3424. cwklaywinery.com.

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DREADNOUGHT WINES From casual tastings and specialty wine education classes, to its Wine of the Month Club, this Strip District shop is an oenophile’s fantasy. 3401 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. 412.391.1709. dreadnoughtwines.com.

ENGINE HOUSE 25 WINERY This beautifully renovated firehouse features a main room on the first floor, event space that doubles as a commercial photography studio on the second floor, an operational winery, a wine cellar, and the Clemente Museum. 3339 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville. 412.621.1268. enginehouse25.com.

GERVASI VINEYARD Take in the total vineyard experience, with a bistro, winery, marketplace, cucina, and villas. 1700 55th Street NE, Canton, Ohio. 330.497.1000. gervasivineyard.com.

GLADES PIKE WINERY Taste 20-plus varieties of award-winning wines. 2208 Glades Pike, Somerset. 814.445.3753. gladespikewinery.com.

GREENDANCE WINERY Cheers to more than 40 distinct wines, from reds and white to blushes. 306 Deerfield Road, Mt. Pleasant. 724.547.6500. greendancewinery.com.

J&D CELLARS Focused on making small batches of the highest quality wine by using a variety of American and French Hybrid grapes, J&D Cellars delivers the very best vino. 290 Roupe Road, Eighty Four. 724.579.9897. jndcellars.com.

SERVICES FLUTED MUSHROOM CATERING Forty years of experience in the gourmet catering business have taught The Fluted Mushroom that superb events don’t just happen. It takes an understanding of a client’s personality and tastes. It means paying attention to the tiniest of details and the demands for the freshest ingredients. 109 S. 12th St., Pittsburgh. 412.381.1899. flutedmushroom.com.

SLOW FOOD PITTSBURGH This nonprofit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life; the disappearance of local food traditions, and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes, and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. slowfoodpgh.com.

UNIVERSITY CLUB From its noteworthy architecture to its distinctive menu offerings, the University Club suggests style and elegance at every turn for banquets, weddings, and conferences. 123 University Place, Oakland. 412.648.8213. uc.pitt.edu.

WEATHER PERMITTING PITTSBURGH Now in its fourth year, Weather Permitting is a promotional outdoor weekly concert series held at the Shadyside Nursery. Each Sunday, the nursery transforms into a vibrant event space that features bands, beer from local breweries, food trucks, and a farmers marketplace. 510 Maryland Ave., Shadyside. weatherpermittingpgh.com.

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or Pittsburgh native and PR professional Michael Volpatt, a simple gesture of gratitude can go a long way. One particular act of thanks landed his brand’s biscuit mix on Oprah’s Favorite Things List of 2016. As the co-founder of Big Bottom Market in Guerneville, Calif., and partner of two New York City restaurants, Follia and Carroll Place, Volpatt’s career experience includes working the digital media circuit at Hearst Magazines. Little did he know, this past November, his worlds would come together over hot, flaky biscuits. The beloved biscuit mix, a recipe perfected by his business partner Crista Luedtke and her mother, Sue Steiner, sold at Big Bottom Market, was first recognized by Cosmopolitan magazine last spring in a destination piece on the town of Guerneville. Months later, Volpatt was in NYC, where he and his team were executing summer pop-ups at his restaurants, which serve the biscuits for weekend brunch. As a tasty thank you, he decided to run an order over to the editors at Cosmo. “My PR contact introduced me to Raeann Herman, contributing style editor, and Adam Glassman, creative director, for O The Oprah Magazine. They absolutely loved them.” A month went by and Volpatt was unexpectedly being wheeled on a gurney in a New York City hospital for stomach pain when he answered a phone call. “It was Raeann calling to tell me that we were in the running for ‘the list.’ She asked me to bring hot biscuits to a specific place at a later date. She gave me a time and I thought, ‘Oh my God, Oprah’s going to be tasting my biscuits!’” he laughed. The biscuits indeed landed into the right hands, making the list and taking production from 50 bags of biscuit mix per month to 12,000 projected by the end of December. “This designation is exciting for all of us here at the Market,” says Volpatt. “Getting it from in-store-only to what is now an incredible mix being recognized nationally is something that we are all very proud of.” The mix is exclusively sold as a gift set with a few recipe secrets and a limited edition jar of orange blossom honey from a West Sonoma County apiary on amazon.com in the Oprah Store. Locally, the mix itself is available at The Picket Fence in Shadyside. It’s time to get our hands in the mix! Big Bottom Market, bigbottommarket.com.

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