Happy 2015!

Here are a few of my adventures in 2015 so far. . . . Troeg’s Brewery and Cafe in Hershey,   the PA Farm Show and a visit to the newish Five Points Artisan Bakery in Squirrel Hill.

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Not sure where the time goes, but wow .. . . it’s already working towards February and no one is happier than me! Just a quick reminder of some good things on the horizon. . . . . . .terrific culinary tours can always be had with the folks at Pittsburgh Tours and More, so go to www.pghtoursandmore.net to see what is coming up. They are all terrific, but I helped to develop the Steel Town Sampler and The Flavor of Pittsburgh tours, so I am just a bit biased!! Also, if your cabin fever is out of control, come on out to Ligonier on January 24 to be part of the Fire, Spice and Ice Culinary Getaway. It’s the same weekend as the Ice Fest in Ligonier, so you can check out the carvings, then pop down to the Ramada Ligonier for a snappy cocktail, a sweet local food/beverage vendor tasting area, a cooking demo, delish dinner and then a bottomless mimosa brunch the next morning. Go to www.ramadaligonier.com and click on events for more details. I am making an effort to post more on the blog this year . . .mainly about fun food events, amazing local artisans and some other food adventures. Hoping to focus on people doing good things for our communities, and not so much on business stuff.  I am just not that interested in selling things or tooting my own horn. Just want to let others know about all of the good things and amazing people in our area who are involved with food endeavors.  Thanks for reading!!

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Good times in September!!

The August 12 tour called Edible Secrets of Pittsburgh:  What’s All The Buzz About? sold out, so I have added another one on September 3.  The ShowClix link at www.pghtoursandmore.net isn’t up yet, but if you are interested let me know and I will do my best to hold spots for you!!  This is a lovely tour of hidden gems through Lawrenceville, Etna, Highland Park and Morningside.   Just a delight!! Cost is $75 and the tour lasts approximately 4 hours.

The picture below is a secret garden that we will visit. It is filled with the most luscious produce.  But I am keeping the location a secret.

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Another tour, called Mangia Men, is being held on September 23.  For this tour, we will venture out towards Irwin and Jeannette, visiting Italian restaurants and groceries to eat and learn about local Italian treasures. It is a six hour trip and the cost is$85.    Fabuloso!!

For any of these tours or for info about the Flavor of Pittsburgh tour, email me at mary@theforkandtheroad.com or call 412.576.1755.

 

Pasta Machines at Fede Pasta

Fresh Pasta . . oh so delicious!!

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New Food Tours in the Works!!

If you haven’t read about the new tours  or seen us on WTAE or KDKA, let me fill you in.  The Flavor of Pittsburgh tour is a three hour food trip through Pittsburgh’s culinary history from early days in Market Square through today.  It is really fun, I promise!!    This tour is an ongoing one and more info is at www.pghtoursandmore.net.

I am starting another series of tours that are one time events, with the theme of Edible Secrets of Pittsburgh.  The first in the series is on August 12 and it’s called What’s the Buzz All About?  I don’t want to give any secrets away, but the stops are wonderful and the people that we will meet are so terrific, too.  They are all doing good things for our community .We will have enough food for a meal throughout the four hour tour and the cost is $75 per person, which includes all food and transportation. The shuttle leaves from Lawrenceville, where we can park in a safe lot during the tour.

Again, for more info, go to www.pghtoursandmore.net and click on the Food Tour link.

In the works for September is an Italian themed tour and also a fun tour to new meat markets in our area.

For  any questions, email me at mary@theforkandtheroad.com or call 412.576.1755..

Hope to see you soon!!

mary miller

 

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The Fork and The Road rises again!!

Although The Fork and The Road has never really been gone, I am getting back into doing more tours by partnering with Pittsburgh Tours & More, which is part of Pittsburgh Transportation Group!  This will allow The Fork and The Road to do more tour and to meet your needs by doing a better job with charter and custom tours.  Keep your eyes open here and on Facebook for all the good things to come in mid-2014.  We are so excited about this new and wonderful chapter for The Fork and The Road.  Please email me at mary@theforkandtheroad.com with any questions or to discuss planning a culinary tour for you or your group.

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It was a rainy day for the Encore tour this spring, but we still had a fabulous time!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for your patience over the last year and during the next few months as my website makes a transition to something much more beautiful and readable.  it certainly is a process, but it is all good in the end!

 

Mary

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The Fork and The Road returns!

After a few months of rest and rejuvenation . . . and lots of exploring new culinary treats, I am back to the website and blog. The past months have taken me to a food meeting in NYC which was beyond fabulous and an extended stay in south Jersey that totally cleared my mind and my constantly inflamed W PA sinuses. (Nothing like a beach breeze to cure all ills.) I’ve trekked to central PA for luscious produce and homemade ice cream, explored the history down to Pittsburgh’s south in Washington, PA and visited a brewery, a grain mill and a dairy up north of Butler.  But now it’s time to share my finds.

Blazing hot pizza oven at Keste in the West Village.

The culinary tours are still on the menu, but my focus is now mainly on charter tours. Here’s how it works. A business  purchases all 18 or 20 seats, and fills the seats with employees or customers as an incentive or “thank you” for work well done, great service or for stellar business patronage.The tours are also popular with book groups, garden clubs and “newcomer” clubs.  They’re a  great team building experience and a way to learn  about the many culinary treasures in our area without being worried about getting lost on the backroads.

The Fork and The Road is also currently doing  presentations on W PA culinary history to groups who are limited in time for a driving tour or who don’t care for riding on a bus . .albeit a luxury bus. These talks are lively, fun and involve tasting some local treats.

Milking time at Otterbein Acres farm near Carlisle. The cheese is available here in Pittsburgh in at least two markets.

If you’re looking for something new and different for your group, give me a call. I can build a unique tour specific to your group’s interests.

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Don’t forget to sign up for the May tour!

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Culinary Tour

 

Tuesday, May 8

 

Learn all about these delicious cookies!!!

 

On this trip, the driving time is short and the stops are real Pittsburgh treasures.  Whether you grew up in near the Three Rivers or if you’re a transplant, there’s something for everyone on our foodie bus. Get ready to learn about (and taste)  the ethnic food of the steel mill workers and their families, enjoy a light snack in one of Homestead’s newish eateries, sample a bubbly treat in the Strip, visit our area’s oldest and history filled (oh, and simply stunning) hotel for lunch, tour the Burgh’s new, hot destination (Wigle Whiskey) and more.  I’ve worked to dig up some fascinating culinary history tidbits about Pittsburgh.

The tour leaves from the Pump House near The Waterfront in Homestead.  Very little walking is involved.

Date:  Tuesday, May 8

Time:  9 AM until approximately 4 PM

Cost:  $125, which includes transportation, all meals, samples and entrance fees.

To make a reservation or for more info, email Mary at mary@theforkandtheroad.com or call 412.576.1755

Seating is limited to 18 and just a few seats remain.

The old Carrie Furnace site

Hope to see you on the 8th!

 

 

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Pittsburgh “This and That” Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join The Fork and The Road on Tuesday, May 8 for a tasty and trivia-filled tour of Pittsburgh.  We’ll embark on our journey from the historic Pump House near The Waterfront in Homestead.  So many stories to tell about this area!  And such rich culinary history, too. Learn about the architectural gems of  Homestead and Munhall while enjoying a morning snack in a charming, restored cafe.  Next, we’ll investigate the roots of our ‘Burgh dialect all while sipping on some fun (meaning alcohol containing) bubbly beverages and savoring some local nibbles.  Then, it’s on to a “dahntahn” treasure  for a “wunnerful, wunnerful” vintage Pittsburgh lunch.  Before inching back to Homestead, our last stop will be a visit with Eric Meyer at his fabulous new whiskey distillery, where we’ll  learn about the start of the Whiskey Rebellion and  get to taste his  just bottled rye and wheat whiskey.  This is a real treat.  The tour leaves at 9AM and returns at 4PM, and is $125 per person, which includes all food, beverages and transportation.  Tour is limited to 18 people so sign up early.  Please email mary@theforkandtheroad.com or call 412.576.1755 to make your reservations or for more information.

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Spring 2012 Tours

The Fork and The Road does not like winter. Not at all. So, now that the holidays are over . . . hope yours were fantastic . . .The Fork is getting snuggled up under blankets and working on the Spring tours.  I am working with Karen Novak at McGinnis Sisters to plan some amazing wine and cheese tours, driving around finding new hidden stops for a Steel Mill themed culinary tour and thinking hard about a chocolate tour.

 So stay tuned for more info in the next few weeks. If you have specific questions, feel free to give me a call at 412.576.1755.

Happy 2012 to everyone and I hope it is filled with good health, happiness and kindness in your world.  xo

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More wonderful holiday food gifts.

Nothing’s more exciting than coming home to find a package on your doorstep.  That’s why I love food of the  month clubs.  Every month a surprise awaits!   Go local by getting the hard to buy for person on your list a Biscotti of the Month membership. My friend, Anna Jo Noviello, owner of Sunset Cafe and Aunt Anna’s Biscotti in Greensburg, makes the best biscotti around. I never really liked the dry, almond scented biscotti from my childhood, but Anna Jo’s are  different. They’re  a little softer and  come in more contemporary flavors, although they sell the traditional almond ones, too.

Aunt Anna's Biscotti on the cooling rack at the bakery in Greensburg

Anna Jo has lots of varieties, but myfavorites are Red Velvet and Coconut Lemon Macadamia. The Biscotti of the Month Club is a gift that everyone would enjoy.

Another terrific idea for a local gift is a spirit filled growler from Arsenal Cider House. After months of trying to get there, I finally stopped on Saturday morning and I just loved it!  Located in a house across from the Allegheny County Health Dept. in Lawrenceville,  these folks make hard ciders from different local fruit and they also make  mead.  I can’t really describe this place, but I loved it and I loved their products, too.  You  must stop by to have a sample.  I bought the Pear, apple and Cinnamon apple.  I was told that concord grape would be next.  Their bottles are super attractive, the vintages have fun names and the contents are excellent. I can’t think of a better hostess gift for this season. ( If you can keep from drinking it yourself.)

Any other last minute food gifts ideas?  Let me know.  So many great products right here in Western PA.  We are so fortunate.

 

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