Heinz History Center

Senator John Heinz History Center
October 22
10 a.m. — 3 p.m.

History and cuisine are on the menu all day long at the Senator John Heinz History Center‘s fifth annual Hometown–Homegrown event.

Names like Islay’s, Heinz and Wholey’s are synonymous with the Burgh’s food identity and at Saturday’s flavorful food expo these local food staples will be showcased along with a wide array of new and recent gastronomical purveyors.

Visitors can sample an assortment of foods from 50-plus local vendors spanning everything from coffee, baked goods and pizza, to chocolate, whiskey and tea. The event’s extensive and mouth-watering vendor list includes Emerald Valley Artisans, Steel City Salt Co., Kaczor Ravioli, Miller’s Mustard, McLaughlin Distillery, The Olive Tap, Twin Hills Farm, and many others.

Head to the Weisbrod Kitchen Classroom to learn helpful and tasty tips during cooking demonstrations led by Pittsburgh’s leading culinary experts, including WQED’s Chris Fennimore, Chef Odette Ransom-Smith of Chaz & Odette restaurant, and Fairmont Pittsburgh’s pastry chef James Wroblewski.

At 1 p.m., explore the fascinating art of honey making during a presentation led by beekeeper Christina Neumann, who runs the Shaler-based apoidea apiary. Those craving lunch can enjoy fresh pizza cooked from a wood-burning oven by Market Square’s own Pizzaiolo Primo.

With a special new “Fall Flavors” theme, Hometown–Homegrown will feature additional activities throughout all five floors of the History Center, including a pumpkin sale with Soergels Farms, spirits tastings and live music.

Looking for fun new recipes to try? The public is invited to bring in gently-used cookbooks and swap them at the Hometown–Homegrown Cookbook Exchange located in the History Center’s Great Hall.

Presented in partnership with GoodTaste! Pittsburgh, the event is free for History Center members and included with regular admission for non-members.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...