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Local Goodness simplifies holiday shopping by taking the local grocery store online.


You may love the holiday season, but shopping among the crowds might not be your cup of tea. Enter Local Goodness, a website that makes your gift- and grocery-buying experience much easier. Launched by Pittsburgh transplant Rhonda Schuldt, the site aggregates foodie essentials into one place — jams, coffees, handwoven napkins and spices, all made by small-business owners. The site also offers art, locally made jewelry and decor, making it a one-stop shop. Drop (not-so-) subtle hints for loved ones by leaving up your wish list of must-haves.

— Kristina Martin, PM Associate Editor

During this time of year, your calendar is likely to be pretty full, but an event that should be on your agenda takes place this Tuesday at Marty’s Market. The Great Pittsburgh Potluck for the Philippines, hosted by Caitlin Grater and our own Leah Lizarondo, is a benefit for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. Lizarondo, a native of Manila, pours her heart and soul into creating and spreading the word about good fare; she’s also big on community outreach. This potluck will combine both passions. Attendees may bring a dish to be added to the food spread; those folks will pay $10, while individuals who’d rather eat what others have brought will pay $20. Lizarondo and other chefs will donate dishes; you can expect her contribution to be both delicious and related to her heritage.

(The Great Pittsburgh Potluck for the Philippines at Marty’s Market, 2301 Smallman St., Strip District; Dec. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.;
— K.M.

Three years ago, Paul Dang set out to create a Sunday brunch that combined music, food and culture. Every month, he brings the flavors of Asia and Latin America together at 720 Music, Clothing and Cafe, where brunch service is offered on the fourth Sunday. “Being experimental and open to ideas” allows for a seasonally inspired monthly menu, says Dang, who schedules a DJ during the service. Sunday’s Best Brunch has developed quite a following and does not accept reservations; seats tend to fill up quickly, so we advise arriving early.

(720 Music, Clothing and Cafe, 4405 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/904-4592; Dec. 22, 10a.m.-2p.m., $15; 412/904-4592,
— Mahala Scott, PM Editorial Intern

Love brunch? Don’t miss our April cover story, which outlined 15 favorite spots.

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