Tasting events, oh how I love thee!

9 Sep

Get your tickets NOW for the GROW Pittsburgh event of the year A Taste of Grow Pittsburgh… hurry, go! I’ll wait……


Did you get them? Because its coming fast and you don’t want to miss your chance to attend.

What is it?

Imagine many of the best restaurants in town all in one spot, serving food featuring produce grown by GROW Pittsburgh. From the website:

The evening will feature an assortment of tastings from Grow Pittsburgh’s restaurant partners who purchase locally grown produce and host fundraising dinners for us. Participating restaurants include:

  • Avenue B
  • Bona Terra
  • Big Burrito
  • the Cafe at the Frick
  • Chipotle 
  • E2
  • Habitat
  • Legume
  • Nine on Nine
  • Tamari
  • Stagioni
  • Square Cafe
  • Root 174
  • the East End Food Co-op 
  • and Whole Foods!

Also? Local Beer and Wine. Winner, winner, organic locally grown produce dinner!

Plus, music by The Armadillos, a chance to hang out with good people, a silent auction full of great stuff

and finally, FTMFW, its a the Mattress Factory this year! How cool is that? It is so cool, YOU will be cooler just for having attended this event.

So if you haven’t gotten your tickets, Go Now!

Best of all, this eating and drinking benefits a great organization. GROW Pittsburgh’s mission is to demonstrate, teach and promote responsible urban food production.  Along with Braddock Farms,  they run a number of other urban gardens in the City and operate the remarkable program the Edible School Yard, bringing urban agriculture to city schools.

Several years ago I was privileged to attend a Chef-led cooking demonstration at Pittsburgh Montessori. The Chef prepared a black bean and corn salsa using fresh ingredients the children had helped grow. Many turned their noses up at the site, never having tried anything quite like it. Cilantro, black beans and red peppers were clearly new experiences for a number of kids. But they loved it! Everyone tried it, and most of then asked for seconds.  The experience of watching food go from seed, to seedling, to food bearing plant, to plate is something many city kids miss.  Edible school yard integrates this experience with the lessons they are already learning in math, science, art and so on, to provide a unique learning experience.

You can actually contribute to this amazing program by eating good local food and drinking good local beer.

So go buy your tickets today. I’ll be there!

Coming Soon: Life is Sweet Chef’s Showcase and a post on the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food bank and Hunger Action Month, plus…more canning of course!


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