Get Fresh at the 2012 Farm to Table Conference

Sixth-annual event brings foodies together at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Get fresh at the 2012 Farm to Table Conference

Buying fresh (and local) has become increasingly popular here in the 'Burgh; after all, supporting regional farmers, purveyors and others only makes sense. We've seen numerous restaurants adopt the farm-to-table philosophy (take Legume, for example) and have learned from them that the devil truly is in the details — using quality ingredients translates to perfection.
That's why the 2012 Farm to Table Pittsburgh Conference, which started this morning and will continue through tomorrow evening, is expected to attract droves of guests — and reasonably so. The event offers something for everyone: presentations, cooking demos and so much more. Essentially, you can stroll in, pick up pamphlets, talk with experts about food or lifestyle topics and try some amazing fare — like the stuff Brazen Kitchen blogger Leah Lizarondo will be preparing (soups and desserts without all of the cholesterol, aka works of wonder). This year's theme is seeds — and since spring has sprung, we can't think of a better way to enjoy the season.

(David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd., downtown; March 23 and 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.;
—Kristina Martin, PM Associate Editor

Celebrate International Waffle Day at Waffallonia

Since its grand opening last year, Waffallonia has been redefining what a waffle should be — and in honor of International Waffle Day on Sunday, we wanted to give this shop the spotlight.

First off, its hours are not those of your typical breakfast spot — it's open until at least 10 every night — and with toppings like ice cream and chocolate sauce, these waffles should be enjoyed anytime, not just at breakfast.

It’s the pearl sugar, imported directly from Belgium, that makes Waffallonia’s Liege waffles so special; the sugar caramelizes on the waffle’s edges to create a crisp, sugary crust surrounding a light, doughy interior. They’re served straight off the griddle — heck, you can even watch as the waffle batter is poured and cooked as each one's ordered.
As for varieties, each perfect combination of waffle and toppings is named after a Belgium city. Try Bruges for strawberries and whipped cream or Namur for generous amounts of Nutella and bananas. All masterpieces cost no more than $5 — even the Waffallonia, with its unlimited toppings — making them a perfect Waffle Day treat.

(1707 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/521-4902,
—Lauren Schmeer, PM Editorial Intern

Soergels satisfies craving for summer berries

Now that it's officially spring, Eat Street, like many 'Burghers, is ecstatic — but we're still counting down the days 'til summer. Who can seriously resist all of the juicy seasonal fruits — peaches, plums and berries galore — not to mention all the baked goods in which they star?
For now, you can get your fix at Soergel Orchards, a local favorite in Wexford that whips up some of the finest fruit pies — and offers plenty more in its on-site shop. Currently, blackberry is Soergels' pie of the month, featuring the freshly picked berries in a homemade crumbly crust. This gem costs less than 10 bucks and tastes as good as (maybe even better) than what Grandma used to make. Not a fan of blackberry pie? Don't fret — there are plenty of other delicious varieties, such as Dutch apple or cherry, just waiting for you to pick 'em up.

(2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford; 724/935-1743,


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