New year, new food? January is shaping up to be fun month in the ‘Burgh, with a Bloody Mary Festival, a fish fry preview, Pittsburgh Restaurant Week and more!
Friday, January 4
Riverview Lenten Fish Fry
Riverview Church on Perrysville Avenue is getting a jump on Lent with a fish fry on the first Friday of each month. They’ll be serving a classic fish fry lunch and dinner on January 4, with special treats like tomato bisque and clam chowder soup, too.
Wednesday, January 9
Hot Chocolate Tasting Party at the Millvale Community Library
This family-friendly event will feature hot chocolate tastings and crafts. The event is free to attend, but families can make a DIY hot chocolate mix in a mason jar to take home for $5 per jar. Register online.
Saturday, January 12
DIY Kombucha Workshop at Heirloom Superfood Market
Join Pittsburgh Juice Company at Heirloom Superfood Market for a DIY kombuch workshop class, which includes samples and supplies to take home to help you begin your own kombucha home brew. Tickets are $25 per person, and can be purchased online.
Introduction to Sourdough at CRAFT
Chatham University is offering a crash course in sourdough bread making with a workshop that will cover the fundamentals of sourdough baking in two hours. You’ll learn basic mixing, shaping and scoring techniques, and participants will leave with a jar of sourdough starter and dough to bake at home. Tickets are $45 – $50. Chatham is also hosting an introduction to whole-grain bread baking on Sunday, January 27.
Monday, January 14 to Sunday, January 20
Pittsburgh Restaurant Week
Every year, dozens of Pittsburgh restaurants come together for Pittsburgh Restaurant Week to offer specially-priced prix fixe menus that range from $20.19 to $35.19. Participating restaurants include Senti, Superior Motors, Paris 66 and The Lot at Edgewater.
Monday, January 14
50 Greatest Pittsburghers of All Time Reception
Pittsburgh Magazine is celebrating their recently-released 50 Greatest Pittsburghers of All Time list with a reception at PNC Champions Club at Heinz Field, with special bites, cocktails, and some of the Pittsburgh greats who made the list.
Wednesday, January 16
Kaya Veg Dinner
Veg out at Kaya for their monthly vegetarian dinner. The four-course vegetarian dinner offers select vegetarian or vegan choices for $39 per person.
Friday, January 18
Learning Party: Fun with Food
Assemble Pittsburgh is hosting a fun learning event for kids that will feature bakers, farmers, scientists, and artists discussing the impact and the future of food, and hands-on activities led by local organizations. The event is free to attend.
Phil-a-Palooza at Wigle Whiskey
The Punxsutawney Ground Hog Club will be at Wigle Whiskey’s distillery for the release of Phil’s Shadow, a rye whiskey finished in maple syrup barrels – and guess who else will be there? Yep, the one and only Punxsutawney Phil himself will be available for photo opportunities, too. Tickets are $12 and include a barrel-aged cocktail, a sample Phil’s Shadow, and photos with Phil. Plus, Pita My Shawarma food truck will also be on hand.
Saturday, January 19
Good Wood Barrel-Aged Beer Festival at East End Brewing
Head to East End Brewing’s beerpub for their 5th annual Good Wood Barrel-Aged Beer Festival, featuring barrel-aged brews from 20 local breweries, plus tastings of barrel-aged spirits from Wigle Whiskey. Tickets are $50.
Saturday, January 26
East End Brewing Company’s Good Wood Tour
Love barrel-aged beer? East End Brewing Company is planning a tour just for you. In conjunction with their Good Wood Barrel-Aged Beer Festival (happening on January 19), the brewery is hosting a special tour on January 26 for beer connoisseurs who have a special interest in beers that have spent time in bourbon or wine barrels, and those who want to learn about “sours,” and beers that undergo more unusual fermentation methods. Tickets are $20.
Official Onesie Bar Crawl
Grab your favorite onesie and get yourself to the South Side for a onesie bar crawl. Tickets are $29.99 to $39.99, and include access to bar crawl and bars on the tour, plus food and drink specials at participating venues. See the event page for more information.
Britsburgh Burns Supper at Hartwood Acres
The Hartwood Acres Mansion is hosting Britsburgh’s annual Burn’s Night Supper in honor of Robert Burns, with whiskey, haggis, and dinner. The event is BYOB, and tickets are $135. Proceeds benefit Britsburgh.
Sunday, January 27
Pittsburgh’s Sunday Best Bloody Mary Festival
More than a dozen Pittsburgh bars and restaurants will be serving up samples of their very best Bloody Mary’s at the Sunday’s Best Bloody Mary Festival held at the Pennsylvanian downtown. Tickets range from $20 for designated driver tickets to $60 for VIP.
Rabbit Cafe Brunch at Threadbare Cider
Rabbits that are up for adoption from the Humane Animal Rescue will be on hand during this special brunch at Threadbare Cider (rather, they’ll be in a separate room, away from the food!) for guests to visit and play with – and hopefully take home! The event is free to attend, and brunch is pay-as-you-go.