WHAT WE LOVED IN 2014…
Collaboration/Unique Dinners. We saw some of the country’s most interesting and rising chefs make their way through Pittsburgh thanks to event series like Cure’s Cure’ated and Brooklyn Brewery’s MASH. Diners were hosted at Carrie Furnace and on a bridge thanks to Kate Romane’s (e2) big table series while Churchview Farms hosted weekly farm dinners with chefs across the city that sold out in a blink of an eye! Bar Marco also kept their No Menu Monday series rolling offering outlets for new spots and established alike to test the waters with new ideas/concepts. And whether it was a bougie ten course tasting menu or just a simple dinner, they were all delicious!
Brewery/Taproom Explosion. All across town, area brewers gave us more reasons to drink beer, which is always a good thing in our book. New guys like Milkman, Hitchhiker, Grist House and The Brew Gentlemen opened their doors while Hop Farm, Roundabout and East End Brewing add taprooms to enjoy a pint onsite. Don’t look for this trend to slow in 2015. Already plans are in place for acclaimed Voodoo Brewing and Full Pint Brewing to open up city taprooms along with a new brew pub planned for East Liberty. Cheers to you Pittsburgh.
Shop Local. Number 14, Trim, Ragged Row. Continuing on the exciting trend of 2013’s class of new retail (Jules, Mid-Atlantic Mercantile, Glitter & Grit), the city got another dose of new retail giving Pittsburghers another option to skip the mall and shop local! A handful of events kicked off that also are shaking up the norm. Trade Union, The Neighborhood Flea and other trunk shows/markets shined the light on smaller vendors/producers that we hope grow to join the ranks of some of these aforementioned shops.
Brunch is Slowly Becoming a Thing. E2, Cantina, Meat & Potatoes, Casbah, Kaya, Tamari, Eleven, Union Pig & Chicken, Park/Point Brugge, Franktuary, Stagioni, Bar Marco, Urban Tap, Tender, Square Cafe, Coca Cafe, Penn Ave Fish, Marty’s Market, Legume (Service Industry on Mondays!) all offer brunch in some form; they have done their part, now we need to perfect it as patrons. Here is the magic formula: Make no plans til 6pm, start with a drink(s) (mimosa, bloody, coffee) and catch up with your party before ordering as you aren’t in a rush, order too much food/drinks, after plates are cleared finish with another drink order (coffee, mimosa, etc) and relax. The whole thing should be lazy and fun…that is unless you are at our #BrunchParty at Round Corner Cantina then you better eat, drink up and dance!
Coming Soon. What we are Excited for in 2015!