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Aug 26 2011
Pittsburgh’s largest (and most fun) food event, GoodTaste! Pittsburgh, has something new this year. A chance to be a food star! Make a video highlighting your stellar cooking skills and your entertaining personality and send it to the folks at GoodTaste! Four semi-finalists will be chosen at a cookoff on September 17 at the Carnegie Science Center’s Kitchen Theater. Two finalists will them compete for the title on stage on November 5 at the show. And the prizes are good . . . . $1000, a professional video (you know, to promote yourself to the big leagues at The Food Network or on a morning show), the opportunity to become the 2012 face of GoodTaste!Pittsburgh and other goodies, too. There are a few rules and guidelines, so make sure to read the details here before you get going. The deadline is coming up soon, so hurry and get your video sent into the nice folks at GTP. Good luck! Hope to see one of my readers on stage on November 5.
My favorite Pittsburgh food destination is the Pittsburgh Public Market. From Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4, they are celebrating their first birthday. You’ll find samples, live music, giveaways, and a special Public Market birthday cake. I have loved watching the market grow and grow, and I’ve met some wonderful people who sell their products there . The folks at The Berry Patch and at Glades Pike Winery are near and dear to me. And, oh, the Pittsburgh Marshmallow Factory is just so heavenly. Happy Birthday, Pittsburgh Public Market! It’s been a great year.
Aug 1 2011
Hooray! Hooray! Two tours are scheduled for fall of 2011. I’ve been away in St Louis (great time . . .and the topic of the next blog) so I’m sorry for the delay with this info. The first fall tour is on Thursday, September 29, when we’ll doing a Laurel Highlands II tour. The Laurel Highlands trip was so successful last year (the LH actually include quite a bit of W Pa, but our LH tour focuses on Ligonier and surrounding towns) that we changed the stops a bit and added a new tour in the same area. Want to learn about grilled pizza (oh, yes), herbs and other hidden foodie finds just an hour from Pittsburgh? This is the thing for you.
Then, on Tuesday, October 4, it’s a new route for The Fork and The Road. We’ll be going south of Pittsburgh toward the historic National Road. The pieces are coming together, but believe me, this is going to be a fun food and beverage filled tour, with lots of history thrown in. It’s such a beautiful area and in October the leaves will be stunning. On this adventure, we will be leaving from the South Hills instead of Monroeville. Good news for all of you who have had to drive through the nasty M’ville traffic to get to us last year. We do love McGinnis Sisters, however, and they will still be with us in spirit ( and we’ll be munching on some of their goodies) on this tour.
One thing I am very proud about on our fall tours is that the people who run the businesses where we stop are just the kindest, most hard working folks around. They are truly wonderful and I am thrilled to bring my groups to them.
We’re quite busy with charter tours this fall, but wanted to make sure we included a couple of trips for the general public. Keep checking back, because we are also adding half day tours this fall. They will also be posted soon. Email or call for more details . . .seating is limited. firstname.lastname@example.org or 412.963.8565
A food adventure might be sleuthing out the juiciest June strawberries at a farm market, learning about gone but not forgotten area food treasures, working with a chef during a hands on cooking class or touring Pennsylvania’s artisan cheesemaker’s farms (and meeting a few cows along the way) . . or any of a zillion other fun ways to explore foodie things within a day's drive of Pittsburgh.