Want to taste local produce being prepared in dishes at some of the best Pittsburgh restaurants?
A Taste of Grow Pittsburgh
, on Sept. 22 at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, features more than a dozen local restaurants and cafés doing just that, including Salt of the Earth, Avenue B, Square Café, E2, Legume, Root 174, The Porch at Schenley, Cure, Alma, Casbah, Habitat, Industry Public House, Red Oak Café, Whole Foods Market and La Prima Espresso. There's also wine from Engine House 25 and organic and local beers.
The participating restaurants also are part of Grow Pittsburgh's many programs, which promote and teach urban agriculture and gardening. The Edible Schoolyard program brings gardening experts to schools in September and October to work with the kids. The Urban Farmer in Training program at Braddock Farms, the group's largest production site at Braddock Avenue and 10th Street, helps kids learn the value of veggies as they harvest and cook. Grow Pittsburgh also offers an apprentice program for adults wanting to learn to work on small-acre community farms, as well as community gardening lessons.
"It's really great to see 12-year-olds wanting their own garden plot, families working together," says Kate Hickey, the organization's director of operations.
"All the chefs are very approachable" at A Taste, she adds. "They love talking about what they are creating. New folks are coming into the city every year, and it's a great way to discover these restaurants."
This year's event, the largest yet, will raise $25-30,000 for the organization. Tickets may be purchased here
. The event includes live music and a silent auction with jewelry from local designer Caesar Azzam of Caesar's Designs and other items.
Writer: Marty Levine
Source: Kate Hickey, Grow Pittsburgh