Two Big Culinary Events Coming To Pittsburgh In March
Keep your eyes peeled for Padma Lakshmi, Dorie Greenspan, Melissa Clark and more food-world luminaries.
This March, Pittsburgh will host two important culinary events; one to support a good cause and one as a celebration of food and culture.
On Thursday, March 26, the non-profit group One Day to Remember will partner with Mindful Hospitality Group to throw its new fundraiser, “Create Your Own Night to Remember.” The charity, which seeks to provide special family experiences for children of a parent suffering from a life-limiting illness, has partnered with local restaurants for the last three and a half years for its annual October fundraiser, “One Bite, One Day.” Now, the organization wants to put people up close and personal with food professionals in the city to give attendees a taste of what their donations might give to a family in need.
With the help of local chefs and the United States Bartenders Guild, One Day to Remember has helped 45 families have an expenses-paid, special family experience including a photographer to capture it.
The fundraiser will be hosted at Lawrenceville Distilling Co. from 5 to 9 p.m. The first phase of the evening will offer VIP attendees an option of four classes taught by local culinary talent; oystering shucking with Adam Kucenic of Muddy Waters, sushi rolling with Roger Li of Umami and Ki Ramen, French pastry with Adam Bates of Harrison’s Fine Pastries and distilling with Greta Harmon of Lawrenceville Distilling Co. Afterward, there will be a party for all the attendees with heavy hors d’oeuvres donated from Farmer x Baker, Bistro Alise, Club at Nevillewood and Mediterra Bakehouse.
“The restaurant industry really embraced us from the start. They were just so loving and caring,” says Rachel Antin, founder of One Day to Remember. “As someone who was new in the community, the people who supported me, I want to support them back.”
Then on March 27 to 29, Pittsburgh will host the 42nd annual conference of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. While the conference will mostly be attended by industry professionals, there are a limited amount of Saturday and Sunday day passes available for Pittsburghers. The weekend will include panel discussions from culinary icons such as Padma Lakshmi, Melissa Clark, Rocco DiSpirito and Dorie Greenspan, as well as workshops and panel discussions on topics such as “The Import and Legacy of Anthony Bourdain” and “Food Trend Predictions of the 2020s.”
A bevy of local talent, such as Kate Lasky and Tomasz Skowroński of Apteka, Beth Kracklauer of the Wall Street Journal, Leah Lizarondo of 412 Food Rescue and Hal B. Klein of Pittsburgh Magazine, will also be featured. [Ed. Note: IACP has decided to postpone the conference. It now will run Oct. 13 to 15.]