Bar Marco Opens Wine Cellar

A year in the making, The Wine Room is now serving small-batch wines.

Photo courtesy of Bar Marco


Following Bar Marco's 2012 debut, its owners decided the basement would make a perfect wine cellar. After working on the space for more than a year, they’re now welcoming folks to The Wine Room. Inside, 10 guests can sip small-batch wines and enjoy meals prepared by Chef de Cuisine Jamilka Borges. From Wednesday-Saturday, there are two seatings per night — 6 p.m., with four courses, and 8 p.m., with 10 courses. Part of the draw is that Borges creates a different menu for each seating for an element of surprise. Sommelier Sarah Thomas chooses “well-made, interesting” wines to pair with the dishes.

[The Wine Room at Bar Marco, 2216 Penn Ave., Strip District; seatings Wednesday-Saturday: 6 p.m., $55 and 8 p.m., $125; reservations required:; 412/471-1900,; photo by John Altdorfer]

There are two things Pittsburghers are decidedly passionate about: their neighborhoods and food. Next month, Wigle Whiskey plans to launch an event series that covers both areas of interest. The distillery’s monthly functions will focus on a new neighborhood each time. First up: a March 21 chat about East Liberty that incorporates lessons about the area’s development as well as a chance to mingle with some of the neighborhood’s restaurateurs and retailers. Attendees also can enjoy a special cocktail featuring Wigle whiskey.

[2401 Smallman St., Strip District; March 21, 7 p.m., $20;]

The idea behind mobile food is that it should be prepared quickly without diminishing quality. Steven Reid hopes to live up to his business’ name, Reids Fresh Express. He offers a short menu — soups, salads and sandwiches — and generally vends in the North Hills. Find Reids Fresh Express March 29 at Coffee Buddha, where several other mobile vendors will participate in a food-truck roundup.


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