Food en The Business of Breakfast (Why It's The Most Important Meal) <p>Breakfast is, as the saying goes, "the most important meal of the day," and businesses are really catching on.</p><p>Taco Bell has recently begun to offer breakfast choices, joining a long list of restaurants that seek to help you start your day in a tasty, if not exactly healthy way.</p><p>Business contributor, Rebecca Harris has some statistics that may make you, and food businesses, think twice about skipping breakfast. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:43:48 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32260 at The Business of Breakfast (Why It's The Most Important Meal) The Business of the Barbecue (And Grilling) <p>This Friday is July 4th, and to commemorate the nation’s 238th birthday people across the country will march in parades, watch fireworks and, of course, fire up the grill.</p><p>Tons of hot dogs, burgers, steaks, and propane will be sold in the lead up to Independence Day, <a href="">the biggest grilling day of the year</a>. So it seemed to be an appropriate time to discuss the business of grilling with contributor Rebecca Harris.</p><p>Harris says that even though humans have been cooking meat for hundreds of thousands of years, backyard grilling didn’t truly become popular <a href="">until the 1950’s</a>. The sudden increase in popularity was spurred by the creation of suburbs, and the creation of the backyard grill. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:26:43 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31890 at The Business of the Barbecue (And Grilling) Pittsburgh Set To Host Food Revolution Day <p>Started by chef Jamie Oliver, Food Revolution Day is this Friday.</p><p>Described as an effort calling on kids and adults alike to "get cooking, share your love of food and inspire others to get excited too,” the second annual Food Revolution Day in Pittsburgh promises to be huge.</p><p>“We’re holding the biggest Food Revolution Day celebration in the world,” said BarMarco owner Bobby Fry. “It’s bigger than Jamie Oliver’s celebration itself. We’ve got 95 exhibitors, everything from local museums and art institutions to a petting zoo, a dunk tank for the teachers.”</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 16:05:01 +0000 Deanna Garcia 29265 at Getting Students to Grow, Eat Local Foods <p>Food service directors, district officials and farmers are gathering at a conference in Pittsburgh today to talk about getting more locally grown produce into cafeterias. Schools around the country are now required to offer fruits and vegetables.</p><p>
But it can be a challenge to get kids to actually eat the healthier items. &nbsp;Schools that are having success in the cafeteria say they’re making food part of the regular curriculum.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Julie Grant 28537 at Farm To Community Conference Starts Friday <p>Community members, farmers, government officials and school administrators will gather in Pittsburgh Friday for the second Farm to Community Conference.</p><p>Hosted by Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE), the conference will focus on ways to make farm fresh food available in local schools and underserved communities, or food deserts.</p><p>Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis, executive director for WHE, said eight workshops are scheduled throughout the day, each focused on a different fresh food challenge.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 21:02:27 +0000 Michael Lynch 28532 at Fueling Up for the Pittsburgh Marathon with Food Writer Gretchen McKay <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the thousands of people who have been training for the <a href="">Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon</a>, the proper foods can make all the difference when it comes to race day performance. <a href="">Pittsburgh Post-Gazette food</a> writer Gretchen McKay has been training for the event and has written a series of articles on marathon meal ideas. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She’s been tracking her nutrition in a food diary and says as race day approaches, she's eating plenty of pasta and whole-grain foods. She says carbs and protein are especially important because they help repair muscles torn while running.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:20:37 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28394 at Fueling Up for the Pittsburgh Marathon with Food Writer Gretchen McKay Food Revolution Cooking Club Promotes Healthy Choices and Self Reliance <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At Barack Obama Academy in East Liberty, the long-tarnished reputation of school lunches may be coming to an end. Thanks to the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Food Revolution Cooking Club</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, students have the opportunity to learn how to prepare healthy meals. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The idea for</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;"> the club</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> came after world renowned chef Jaime Oliver visited Pittsburgh in 2012 and challenged the community to focus on healthy food choices. Since then, the Cooking Club has partnered with many local restaurants where students are exposed to the kitchen and learn the importance of quality foods.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:03:26 +0000 Katherine Blackley 27993 at Food Revolution Cooking Club Promotes Healthy Choices and Self Reliance Meatballs a la Carte with Melissa McCart <p>As the polar vortex and extreme cold begin to wane, what’s new in the world of Pittsburgh dining?</p><p>Food contributor and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette food writer Melissa McCart discusses how comfort foods are making a comeback at restaurants in Pittsburgh because of this cold season.</p><p>Comfort food, homemade meatballs in particular, have been very popular this winter. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:15:55 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25496 at Meatballs a la Carte with Melissa McCart Vegan Pittsburgh Wants To Help You Find Your Next Meal <p>Pittsburgh’s reputation as a meat and potatoes kind of town is changing. As more diverse cuisine becomes popular, even the most old-school mom-and-pop sandwich shops are expanding their menu options for all dietary needs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Vegan Pittsburgh is a project of Voices for Animals that is making it easier for people looking for vegan food to connect with options by way of a website and decals in restaurant windows.</span></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:26:22 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24985 at Vegan Pittsburgh Wants To Help You Find Your Next Meal Thanksgiving & Hanukkah Traditions Converge with Thanksgivukkah <p>This year we will experience a once in a lifetime convergence of holidays. Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah occur on the same day.</p><p>In celebration of what she calls a "Jewish-American mashup," Dana Reichman Gitell, a native of Squirrel Hill, has popularized the term “Thanksgivukkah” <a href="">online</a>.</p><p>She says most people are tickled by the playful cultural juxtaposition of imagery that can be found on sites like <a href="">Modern Tribe</a>. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 20460 at Thanksgiving & Hanukkah Traditions Converge with Thanksgivukkah Pittsburgh's Homestyle Cuisine are Coming into Season <p>All over the country there has been a resurgence in down-home, comfort foods, especially heading into the winter months. In Pittsburgh home-style meals have never gone out of style and these days regional cuisines are being translated by and for Pittsburgh diners.</p><p>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette restaurant critic <a href="">Melissa McCart</a> notes that Pittsburgh takes great pride in their home-style meals and picked up on another restaurant trend, single concept restaurants. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:11:17 +0000 Nick Frost 18748 at Pittsburgh's Homestyle Cuisine are Coming into Season Smorgasburgh to Showcase Pittsburgh's Foodie Scene <p>The free beer from <a href="">PortaBeer</a> should be enough to draw a crowd out to the premiere installment of <a href="">Smorgasburgh</a>, but it’s the food that will take center stage.</p><p><a href="">Urbanist</a> editor Michael McAllister and local startup investor Kit Mueller are launching Pittsburgh’s first pop-up all food (and beer) flea market on Saturday.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:07:51 +0000 Liz Reid 16710 at What's on the Menu for Fall Dining in Pittsburgh? <p>If this week’s weather has put you in the mood for Autumnal spices and rich-flavorful comfort foods, you’re in luck. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette restaurant critic <a href="">Melissa McCart</a> says in the coming weeks, roughly&nbsp; 20 new restaurants will be opening in the Pittsburgh area.</p><p>"We're seeing a lot of casual fare. But then again we're also seeing casual small plates with more refined details," says McCart. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:53:48 +0000 Heather McClain 16775 at What's on the Menu for Fall Dining in Pittsburgh? Preserving the Harvest, Beyond Canning <p>Food contributor, Rhonda Schuldt of <a href=""></a> knows a number of ways for you to preserve your harvest this time of year. She shares some simple methods which go beyond the process of canning. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:16:10 +0000 Heather McClain 16514 at Preserving the Harvest, Beyond Canning A Wide Variety of Authentic Mexican Restaurants for Pittsburghers <p class="p1">Even though the Steel City is hundreds of miles away from the southern border, Pittsburgh has recently seen a rise in restaurants offering authentic Mexican cuisine. The new establishments are finding Pittsburghers to be eager customers.</p><p class="p1">One such customer is food critic <a href="">Melissa McCart</a>. A fan of Mexican food, McCart says these authentic restaurants have brought an increased variety of regional flavors.&nbsp; McCart points to how Pittsburgh has begun to approach a Tex-Mex favorite: the taco.</p><p class="p1">“Six years ago you might not have seen a tongue taco or a chorizo taco, but now you can find them at four or five different places,” says McCart.</p><p class="p1">Although the number of restaurants has been rising, McCart says the important trend is the variety of styles and approaches within the cuisine. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:29:14 +0000 Reid Carter 15366 at A Wide Variety of Authentic Mexican Restaurants for Pittsburghers Exhibit Highlights the Role of Food in American Slavery <p>Two Pittsburgh institutions are teaming up to show the importance of food in African American slavery.</p><p>The Heinz History Center, along with Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, is hosting “Beyond the Big House Kitchen: A Culinary History of American Slavery,” a demonstration showcasing how African American slaves were able to cook and eat on the run.</p><p>Sarah Rooney, community programs manager for the Heinz History Center, said the exhibit will show the everyday struggles of freedom seekers.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:12:25 +0000 Michael Lynch 13719 at Kitchen Conversations with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Food Section and Joey Fatone <p></p><p>We recently teamed up with food writer, <strong>Gretchen McKay</strong>, dining critic <strong>Melissa McCart</strong> and food editor <strong>Bob Batz Jr.</strong>, the folks behind the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette <a href=""><strong>Food Section</strong></a> and <strong><a href="">PG Plate</a></strong> for a discussion on outdoor cooking trends.</p><p>And just in time for Father's Day, pop music singer, dancer, father and <a href="">cooking show host</a>, Joey Fatone was recently in town for the <a href="">Pittsburgh CLO</a> production of <em>42nd Street</em>. So Gretchen made him a classic Pittsburgh dish with a twist in the Post-Gazette Outdoor Test Kitchen. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 02:49:18 +0000 Heather McClain 11333 at Kitchen Conversations with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Food Section and Joey Fatone