La Gourmandine in Mt. Lebanon. NEXTpittsburgh photo.

La Gourmandine open in Mt. Lebanon
La Gourmandine, the authentic French bakery on Butler Street in Lawrenceville which we profiled just a couple of weeks ago, has opened its second location on Cochran Road in Mt. Lebanon. Aside from the fabulous pastries and bread, they also feature sandwiches–the French kind that are to die for–and coffee by La Prima in the Strip.

The new spot is open Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

La Gourmandine in Mt Lebanon on Cochran Rd. NEXTpittsburgh photo.

Winter is coming—time to can food
In advance of being snowed in this winter, the lovely folks at the Pittsburgh Canning Exchange want to make sure you’re prepared. They’ll host a make-your-own sauerkraut workshop in Swissvale on Sunday, October 19.

Jill Ciciarelli, an author and expert on fermented foods, will lead the event. Tickets are $20 and available through the event’s website. If you attend just one fermentation party this fall, this is a solid bet.

The PCE is also planning on hosting a canning swap in November. Details coming soon.

Dorothy Six opening soon in Homestead
While the Dorothy Six Blast Furnace Café won’t officially open until October 18, diners can get a preview of what’s to come during the reservation-required soft opening, which is ongoing on Wednesday through Saturday nights until mid-October.

In addition to 20 craft beers on tap and happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., Dorothy Six features housemade pierogies and steaks cut to order.

AVA ends food service
AVA Café + Lounge, the Oakland eatery/venue from Justin Strong, held its last breakfast and lunch services yesterday and will cease its daytime operations and food service, according to a statement Strong posted to the café’s website.

AVA, which started as a bar and lounge on Highland Avenue in East Liberty in 2001, moved to Oakland earlier this year and rolled out food service under the direction of Jill MacDowell, whose Quiet Storm Café closed last year after a 12-year-run in Garfield.

AVA will remain open for a few more scheduled events throughout October, but it’s not yet clear what Strong has in store for the space.

Pour another one out for Butcher
Industry publication The Bourbon Review threw together a list of America’s 60 best bourbon bars, broken down into six regions and Butcher and the Rye is Pittsburgh’s representative in the Northeast region.

Of the other 10 bars highlighted in that region, six are in New York City, two are in Washington, D.C., one is in Boston and one is in Philadelphia. Butcher was a semifinalist for a James Beard Award this year, garnering recognition as having one of the country’s best bar programs.

Matthew Wein

Matthew Wein is a local writer, editor, blogger, storyteller and proud native Pittsburgher. Once described as "a man of things," he covers city design, spirits and craft beer for NEXT, where he keeps all...