A Giveaway: “A Taste of Grow Pittsburgh” Benefit

August 2013

“We farm. We grow. We build. We teach.”

The “we” in those vital activities is Grow Pittsburgh, an urban agriculture nonprofit whose mission I applaud wholeheartedly. In an effort to continue and expand its efforts, Grow Pittsburgh is thrilled to host its fourth annual fundraiser, A Taste of Grow Pittsburgh, on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside. You can show your support by buying tickets. However, for one lucky reader, I have a pair of tickets to give away!


Guests will be invited to indulge in organic foods, sip local beer and wine, listen to great music, bid on wonderful silent auction packages and enjoy the galleries, patio and lawn surrounding the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. The event will feature an assortment of tastings from Grow Pittsburgh’s restaurant partners who purchase locally grown produce and host fundraising dinners. This year’s event will feature over a dozen local restaurants including:

Avenue B
Industry Public House
La Prima Espresso
The Porch at Schenley
Red Oak Café
Root 174
Salt of the Earth
Square Café
Whole Foods Market


To Enter The Giveaway

For a chance to win a free pair of tickets to the event, leave a comment below telling me how you support local foods. Whether it be eating cherry tomatoes before arriving home from the farmers market, planting a backyard garden or dining at any one of the many locally sourcing restaurants, I want to know how you support the missions of Grow Pittsburgh. Then on Thursday, September 19th, I will randomly select the winner.


Winner Winner Grow Pittsburgh Dinner!

Grow Pittsburgh Winner

…which means, see you Sunday Doug North Cook!

Thanks everyone for sharing your local food support!

This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. ash

    I love supporting grow Pittsburgh by enjoying the foods from Braddock farms. Everything is wonderfuly delicious. much better than what I grow at home.

  2. leah

    i support local foods! I have a lil’ garden and eat at restaurants that source locally. also, one of the best quotes ever is from Julia Child – “People who love to eat are always the best people”

    1. withthegrains

      I do agree with Julia Child’s sentiment! Thanks for sharing Leah!

  3. Rich E

    I support local food in a few ways. My wife’s family raises cows near New Bethlehem, PA and all our beef comes from there; it’s really tasty and different from store-bought. We’re regulars at the East Liberty farmers’ market on Mondays, and less-than-regulars at the indoor market on Saturdays. Two years ago, I co-founded a community garden at the corner of Mellon and Stanton (still spaces avail) where I’ve grown lettuce, kale, celery, nasturtium, peppers, cilantro, tomatillos, and this year trying Brussels sprouts but someone’s cut down 5 of the six plants. We grow basil, tomatoes, oregano, marjoram and sorrel and at home. When eating out, many of our favorite places, like those on this list, use local ingredients when possible. Thanks for considering me!

    1. withthegrains

      Rich, that all sounds delicious! I’m impressed by the idea of home grown marjoram too!

  4. francine

    I live on the South Side, and I have been loving the new Schwartz Living Market.

  5. karen

    Love to support local foods. I do most of my grocery shopping at farmer’s market and at places like the Pittsburgh Public Market and Marty’s Market. Also, some of my favorite places to eat are farm-to-table restaurants like E2 and Legume!

  6. Ashley (@ashleypgh)

    I try to support local food whenever possible, this is very important to me. I have a few small things in my (tiny) garden, I buy local food when shopping at Whole Foods (also buy at Farmers’ Markets), dine more frequently at local food serving places (Marty’s, Bluebird Kitchen, etc.), and promote local food on my social media accounts!

  7. Steven Lemmon

    I love going to the farmers market in East Liberty on Monday evenings and using the fresh produce to make dinner that evening. Nothing better than fresh, local dinners.

  8. Amanda

    We eat local as much as possible. Also planted a bee garden to help out our pollinators!

  9. Lauren

    This sounds like an awesome event! Now that I see it I remember seeing the poster hanging up in Lawrenceville. It’s been really fun finding locally grown food in the ‘burgh. I am pretty surprised with the options around town. Once you are in the city for a while finding local food gets to be a lot easier. I like to hit up a farmer’s market on the North Side on Friday’s and/or one in East Liberty on Saturdays. And my co worker’s other half works at Schramm Farms so our office enjoys the occasional fresh produce. I even redesigned their logo recently in exchange for fresh produce! YUM! ((Try Schramm strawberries – I am not sure why but they are better than any others on Earth! ))

  10. Deana Munoz

    My family expands our porch garden every year…I was making lunch for a friend and he asked incredulously, ‘why are we eating your plants??’. I support local food by growing & sharing it!

  11. Jacob Mains

    I am the owner and founder of The Farmer’s Table, a sustainable catering company that runs a farm dinner series in the Pittsburgh region. For years I have been eating primarily local sustainable food and seeking out places to eat that I can trust. With the farm dinner series, we are able to bring the diners out to the farm to share the common connection we all have with food. It is my belief that a community can only be as strong as it’s food system, so supporting the farmers that surround our city is very important us. I would love to make it to the event to touch base with other like minded individuals, but also wanted to post as a means to expose this new dining experience to diners looking for this level of concern for their food. Check us out at farmerstable.org!

  12. Doug North Cook

    I support local food through my work with a small collaborative urban farming effort on the north side, the purchase of a wonderful CSA share, and making sure to support all of our best local restaurants.

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