This Just In: The City’s Open-Air Food Flea Market Returns

Cornucopious is back for the second year, with a new name and more vendors.

Photo by Laura Petrilla


A sure sign summer's around the corner: Cornucopious, previously called Smorgasburgh, will make its 2014 debut tomorrow. Pittsburgh’s pop-up artisan food flea market welcomes purveyors of brews and food. The monthly event is held in the Strip District, rain or shine, and features products from such companies as The Pop Stop, Pittsburgh Pie Guy (pictured) and Meat & Potatoes — plus main vendor (and neighbor) Marty’s Market.

(23rd and Smallman streets, Strip District; May 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; held the third Saturday of every month, through November;
—Georgia Templeton, PM Editorial Intern

The James Beard Foundation each year nominates and bestows awards to top U.S. chefs, restaurateurs and others in the food and drink industry. The foundation, named for the late culinary pioneer, also offers a grant and scholarship program, which makes it possible for current and aspiring culinary professionals to build on their knowledge and experiences.

On May 31, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh will present Palate 412, a special JBF scholarship fundraiser. Art Institute faculty will prepare the meal with wine pairings, and all who attend will acknowledge the accomplishments of local chef Toni Pais, the special guest of the evening. Pais, a past James Beard Foundation Chef of the Year, owns and leads the kitchen at Shadyside mainstay Cafe Zinho.

(James Beard Foundation fundraising event at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Gallery of Art, 420 Blvd. of the Allies, downtown; May 31, 7 p.m., $65 JBF members, $75 for nonmembers; advance registration required: click here; info: 412/291-6340,
—Kristina Martin, PM Associate Editor

Speaking of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh: Graduates Tony Marinho and Jeff Hurff run the Street Foods truck, which serves an assortment of casual comfort foods. At a recent vending gig, the duo churned out batches of wings, cheese steaks and fries. Old favorites from the ever-changing menu include the chicken satay skewers and arancini. Generally, Marinho and Hurff set up weekly in Braddock, but they do book other events.

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