Naturi co-founder Jennifer Mrzlack is one of those women who do it all. The Carnegie Mellon grad launched Pittsburgh’s first yogurt brand last year and its growth has been nothing short of phenomenal. In just one year, the organic, grass-fed yogurt has expanded to 13 states and is about to expand nationwide in the spring.

Jennifer Mrzlack
Jennifer Mrzlack

Mrzlack, a resident of Uptown, is also a champion of the neighborhood—along with her husband, Mike, the couple devotes their time to community organizations and works to keep young families in the city. They also love to eat out, and weekly Family Date Nights are a much-anticipated weekly event that has them exploring restaurants in the city with their two boys.

Her best meal last week?

Last week was Pittsburgh Restaurant Week and it was the perfect time because my in-laws were in town. We had our delayed Christmas with them and we brought the whole family to Kaleidoscope Café in Lawrenceville. Of course, we picked Kaleidoscope after Mike studied all the menus on Restaurant Week’s website. We tend to go out quite a bit, so we were looking for the most interesting menu.

 It’s a small restaurant with a small menu and between four adults and two kids that eat like adults, we pretty much ordered everything on the menu.

 I can’t decide what we liked more—the salmon with cranberry beurre blanc, almond rice pilaf and a relish with leeks, carrots and fish roe or the mushroom bread pudding with goat cheese—which we have never seen on any menu!

 I came in with the intention of ordering the Michigan chicken pot pie— roasted whole Amish chicken in gravy with butternut squash, Michigan cherries, and shiitake mushrooms with puff pastry on top—but my mother-in-law ordered it. I reluctantly ordered the mushroom bread pudding (mushrooms are not my favorite) but it turned out to be the best thing!

 We ordered all the desserts and they were all so good but I loved the flourless chocolate cake—I think now I know why people go gluten-free! Ha.

 Another wonderful thing is that it is BYOB and they were happy with us having two little kids there—I think my son Harrison wants to work there; the little one wanted to help clear the table.

 It’s such a wonderful restaurant and all week all I wanted to do was go back and eat there again!

Kaleidoscope offers the mushroom bread pudding and all the restaurant week specials on their regular winter menu. Looking for other Pittsburgh foodies’ best meals? Click here.

Leah Lizarondo is a food advocate, writer and speaker. She is also the co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, an organization that seeks to eliminate food waste to make an impact on hunger and the environment. She is the Chief Veghacker, recipe creator and curator at The Brazen Kitchen, where she writes about food and food policy. She writes about the intersection of food, health, innovation and policy.