Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
2 – 5 p.m.
This is one event you want to attend on an empty stomach.
Celebrating its 5th anniversary, A Taste of Grow Pittsburgh invites the public to savor and learn about fresh and organic foods, local farming and healthy eating.
Featuring an assortment of tastings from 12-plus area restaurants that purchase locally grown produce from Grow Pittsburgh’s urban farm sites, and that have also hosted fundraisers for the nonprofit organization throughout the year, the event invites you to the intimate table at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
Ready to eat for a great cause? Featured local restaurants and leading chefs for this year’s edition include: Superior Motors (Kevin Sousa), Avenue B, Grit & Grace, Square Café, E2, Braddock’s American Brassiere, The Porch at Schenley, Root 174, Casbah, Habitat, Whole Foods Market, East End Food Co-op and La Prima Espresso.
Taste-goers will also enjoy wine from Lawrenceville-based Engine House 25, along with organic and local brews provided by Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale. Providing the event’s live soundtrack will be musicians from The Shelf Life String Band. In between sampling fresh fare, attendees can participate in the event’s “Pick-A Prize” raffle, check out the Pittsburgh Biennial in the PCA’s galleries and relax on the site’s scenic patio and lawn.
The organization’s largest signature fundraiser—raising approximately $25,000 annually—A Taste of Grow Pittsburgh supports the group’s innovative education programs and mission to increase public access to fresh food. Based in Larimer, Grow Pittsburgh teaches people of all ages how to grow food, while also promoting the many benefits that gardens bring to neighborhoods, cities and schools. As an urban agriculture organization, Grow Pittsburgh offers educational programming and resources, including developing community gardens throughout the region, and running the Edible Schoolyard program at local elementary schools.