The Foodie Report

Go hog-wild with Dad this Father’s Day at Cure. Get proper meat pies at The Pub Chip Shop. And sip some draft cocktails at area spots such as Acacia.

Photo by Laura Petrilla

Father’s Day Hog Butchering at Cure
June 16
Instead of getting Dad another tie this Father’s Day, why not present him with the opportunity to enjoy two tasty things — beer and pork — while gaining some kitchen advice? Chef Justin Severino presents another hog-butchering demo at Cure, where guests can expect to learn anything from the basics about pork cuts to best cooking methods.

During the sessions, Severino and his crew welcome everyone, offer cured meat and craft beer from East End Brewing Co., and begin explaining how to butcher and cook the hog on the table before them. As he shares facts about proper ways to cut and cook, Severino cracks jokes and encourages discussion. Once the demonstration ends, Severino and company serve a buffet-style meal, which in the past has included a creative salad, various sausages and delectable risotto.

This is a nice yet different way to spend Father’s Day with Dad, especially if he loves to cook. Word of advice, though: If you love pigs and have a strong stomach, please attend. If the sight of pig carcass makes you uneasy, consider sending Dad with a buddy.

June 16, 3 p.m.; $85
5336 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/252-2592,

The Pub Chip Shop
Regulars at Piper’s Pub’s “As Is Tradition” gatherings got the inside scoop on The Pub Chip Shop months before its debut; every Thursday night, the kitchen crew would serve up samples of pies that were going to be featured on the menu at its forthcoming next-door offshoot. The shop, which was slated to open last month, has a lineup of meat pies (such as steak and ale), vegan pies, pasties, and, of course, fish and chips. 

1830 E. Carson St. South Side; 412/381-2447,

North Side Sandwich Week
June 17-23

In the North Side, a neighborhood chock-full of personality and diversity, a sampling of sandwiches from area businesses provides a smorgasbord of options — shrimp po’boys, overloaded subs with heaping piles of meat, deli cuts gently stacked on rye with a dab of mustard. This second annual celebration of sandwiches culminates with the June 20 event at Allegheny Elks Lodge No. 339, where guests can try goods from all participating restaurants and vote for their favorite. The winning eatery will immediately earn bragging rights. If you’re looking to try subs during North Side Sandwich Week, keep an eye out for the banner displayed at participating spots, such as James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy.

Farmers @ Firehouse
Saturdays, 9am-1pm (through mid-November)

Summer’s arrival brings lots of colorful fruits and veggies that can be scooped at Farmers @ Firehouse, which made a comeback last month. Going strong for 10 years, this  Saturday market attracts droves of locals in search of farm-fresh goods; purveyors, bakers and farmers appear from all over the region. Bring a few totes and some cash, and plan to have a cooking marathon after your visit; there’s so much good stuff for sale that you’ll be inspired to buy everything.

2216 Penn Ave., Strip District;

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