Courtesy of the Mattress Factory

Mattress Factory
April 17
11 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Brunch is not just for restaurants anymore. Originated in 19th-century England, the beloved mega-meal that caps off your weekend is being reinvented all around town with delicious new twists—from boozed-fueled buffets in bars like Spirit to engaging conversations over homemade pancakes at Bunker Projects.

Marnie Weber, Ghost Train.
Marnie Weber, Ghost Train.

The latest creative brunch craze to hit town is a new series crafted by the Mattress Factory. Always one to think way outside the box, the installation art museum and residency program is rewriting the book on brunch with its new “Breakfast in Bed” series.

Contemporary art, opera, food carts and more are all the menu for Kegs + Eggs + Opera, the latest installment held in the museum’s cozy Mexican Wars Streets digs.

Brunch lovers will sample libations from several fellow Northside joints, including brews from Penn Brewery and the brand new War Streets Brewery, and tasty Bloody Marys from Wigle Whiskey. Sunday funday fare be available for purchase from Burgh Bites, Pgh Crepes and the MF Café’s on-site omelette bar.

Courtesy of the Mattress Factory.
Courtesy of the Mattress Factory.

The brunch tradition will be punctuated by lively pop-up performances of Pittsburgh Opera, showcasing their upcoming production of The Rake’s Progress.

In between courses, attendees can wander into the museum’s galleries to explore large-scale, mulit-senory installation art. Works on view include Chiharu Shiota’s installation, Trace of Memory,  and Factory Installed, a group show featuring new work by international artists Rob Voerman, Bill Smith, Lisa Sigal and Marnie Weber.

Tickets are $30 ($20 for MF members), and include two drinks, plus exclusive access to the museum before it opens to the public. Additional drink tickets will be available. If you’re considering joining the MF as a member, now is a good time to do so because anyone or becomes a member (or renews their membership) at a $50 level or more will receive two free brunch tickets.

Looking for more events? Read our 12 Pittsburgh events not to miss in April feature.

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 of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.