Support, Sample Locally Grown Food at the Mattress Factory on Sunday

Plus Dozen Bakery re-opens and Six in the City goes meat & potatoes.

A Taste of Grow Pittsburgh returns for second year
It's no secret that buying local has grown increasingly popular in the region. To support that notion, the Mattress Factory will host A Taste of Grow Pittsburgh on Sunday. Benefiting Grow Pittsburgh, an organization that advocates "responsible urban food production," the event will feature tastings from the organization's restaurant partners, including Tamari, Casbah, Legume (duck-leg confit pictured) and Avenue B.

In addition to sampling delicious cuisine, attendees can listen to a live band, sip locally produced libations and explore the museum.

(A Taste of Grow Pittsburgh at the Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side. Sept. 18, 6-9 p.m. $75, general admission; $60, members. Must be 21 to attend. Info:; tickets:

—Kristina Martin, PM Assistant Editor

Dozen Bake Shop continues serving locals
What do Elvis and East End Stout have in common? Both cupcake flavors have made a comeback at newly reopened Dozen Bake Shop. Under new ownership, the Lawrenceville and Oakland locations sell tasty cupcakes, pastries and lunch fare (have you tried the chicken empanada yet?). Even better news: $2 cupcake Tuesdays have returned.

(Dozen Bake Shop: 417 S. Craig St., Oakland. 3511 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/683-2327,

Meat & Potatoes, first in Six in the City lineup
Six in the City, a monthly dinner series presented by Crate, will start this Tuesday at Meat & Potatoes. This installment of the six-part series will feature a meal prepared by chef Richard DeShantz, recent winner of Best Dish and Best Appetizer honors at Savor Pittsburgh. The evening will also include a brief presentation by DeShantz on the five-course meal and wine pairing.

“Crate has selected this restaurant based on the significant impact it has had on the Pittsburgh food scene,” says Linda Wernikoff, owner and director of Crate. The cost per meal is $110 and includes dinner, wine, tax and tip. The fee goes directly to the restaurant, save a portion that will be donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Tickets for this and the five remaining events can be purchased at, but act fast: There are only 24 seats available. All events will be held the third Tuesday of each month, with identical cost and seating restrictions.

(Meat & Potatoes, 649 Penn Ave., downtown. Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. $110 includes meal, wine, tax and tip. Info: 412/325-7007,; tickets:
—Rob McCoy, PM Editorial Intern

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