Food Column: Holiday cookie sales, pancake breakfasts with Santa and some-more – Pittsburgh Post

Festivals

Holly Jolly Wine Trail: Wine tastings, themed food pairings, domestic Christmas tree ornaments, live song and Santa. Friday by Sunday during Knockin Noggin in Volant, Fractured Grape in New Wilmington and Nova Cellars in Pulaski. $30; $50 for a pair; $25 for designated drivers. Each sheet includes booze samples, a full potion of your favorite, tiny food pairings and an attire to take home during any location. novacellars.com/events.

Squirrel Hill Holiday Wine Walk: Holiday-themed, self-paced booze tasting by Squirrel Hill businesses with red and white wines, mulled ciders and treats. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in a Squirrel Hill Business District. $25. eventbrite.com (search for “Squirrel Hill Holiday Wine Walk”).

Menorah Parade and Chanukah Festival: Food vendors, live music, games, march from Rodef Shalom in Oakland to The Waterfront in Homestead, and menorah lighting. 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12, during The Waterfront, Homestead. Free. chabadpgh.com (click “Chanukah”).

Holiday shopping

Cookie Walk: Christmas cookies, bulb rolls, apricot rolls, poppy seed rolls, bulb horns and lady thatch for sale. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday during Holy Trinity Cathedral, Whitehall. $10 per bruise for cookies; $10 per dozen for bulb horns; $14 any for nut, apricot or poppy seed rolls. htsoc.com/cookiewalk2017.html.

Holiday Cookie Walk: Nut crescents, fruit-filled kolache, Ukrainian truffles, Italian rum balls, almond cookies, Hamentaschen, Russian tea cakes, bulb rolls, lady locks, biscotti, pizzelles and gluten-free cookies sole by a pound. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday during Sts. Peter Paul Ukrainian Church, Carnegie. orthodoxcarnegie.org/annualcookiewalk.html.

Christmas Cookie Gift Bazaar: Homemade cookies, singular gifts, Chinese auction, British tearoom. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday during Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church. mlumc.org.

Annual Cookie Sale: Wide accumulation of holiday cookies for sale. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 9, during Sunset Hills United Presbyterian Church, Mt. Lebanon. shupchurch.org.

Annual Cookie Walk and Soup Sale: Scores of varieties of your favorite Christmas cookies and quarts of soup — all homemade. 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Waverly Presbyterian Church, 590 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square (15221).

Cookie Walk: Holiday cookies for sale by a pound. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday during McKnight United Methodist Church, Ross. mcknightumc.org.

Crafts and Drafts Holiday Market: Local humanities and crafts marketplace with holiday gifts, food vendors, giveaway winter drink sample, holiday tunes, housemade base drink and ginger ale for kids. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, during East End Brewing, Larimer. eastendbrewing.com/events/.

Breakfasts/brunches

Pancake Breakfast with Santa Winter Carnival: Breakfast, photos with Santa, fair games, raffles. 8 a.m. to noon Saturday during Mt. Lebanon High School. Breakfast is $8, $4 for ages 2 to 5, and giveaway for children underneath age 2. Benefits Mt. Lebanon Winter Guard. facebook.com (search for “Pancake Breakfast with Santa Winter Carnival”).

Pancakes and Sausage Breakfast with Santa: Three sausages, 3 pancakes, orange juice, coffee and Santa visits. 8 a.m. to noon Sunday during a Aspinwall American Legion. $6; $4 for ages 5 to 10; giveaway for children underneath age 5. Benefits Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Department. aspinwallvfd.org (click “Events,” afterwards locate Dec. 10 on a calendar).

Farm Benefit Brunch: Brunch with cooking demos by Chef Kevin Sousa and fermented cider done from internal apples. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday during Superior Motors, Braddock. $100; advantages Garfield Community Farm. eventbrite.com (search for “Farm Benefit Brunch with Kevin Sousa”).

Breakfast in Bed Brunch: Naughty or Nice: Food, aphrodisiac bar, drinks and museum admission. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, during The Mattress Factory, North Side. $30 includes dual drinks, food and entrance to museum galleries. showclix.com/event/naughty-or-nice.

Breakfast with Santa: Breakfast buffet, “Polar Express” screening and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday during Hofbrauhaus, South Side. $25; $13 for ages 3 to 12; giveaway for ages 2 and under. Reservations required. facebook.com (search for “Breakfast with Santa”).

Brunch with Santa: Brunch smorgasboard and veteran photos with Santa. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday during Ten Penny, Downtown. $35; $15 for children; giveaway for children underneath 5. Reservations required: 412-318-8000.

Classes

Sweeten Up a Holidays: Learn to make tasty though healthier desserts by demos and hands-on cooking with The Happy Vegan. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday during Sigmas Conference Event Center, Ross. $40; $60 for a couple. facebook.com (search for “Sweeten Up a Holidays Cooking Class”).

Kids’ Gingerbread House class: 10 a.m. Saturday. 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, during Gaynor’s School of Cooking, South Side. $45. gaynorsschoolofcooking.com.

For charity

Mittens Mingles 2017: Signature drinks from Stagioni, Carmella’s Plates Pints, Acacia, Streets on Carson, Twelve Whiskey Barbeque, 1311, Fat Heads and Urban Tap, and food pairings from Le Petit Chocolat, holiday print booth, charcuterie, honeyed smart-alecky boards, qualification drink and booze bar. 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday during Clear Story Studio, South Side. $60; ages 21 and adult only. southsidechamber.org.

Trees of Hope Holiday Happy Hour: Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and live jazz. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday during Andys, Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel, Downtown. All of a deduction from a specialty cocktail go to a Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund. andyswinebar.com.

Library After Dark Wine Cheese Reception: Wines from DO Winery and JD Cellars and artisanal cheeses from Emerald Valley Artisans. 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday during Crafton Public Library. $35; advantages a library’s ubiquitous fund. craftonpubliclibrary.com.

Other food events

Books Booze: Wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres, live painting, book bar where we can take or leave a book of your choice, and open mic to review excerpts from your favorite book. Bring your favorite book; authors are also speedy to move their books. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday during Carnegie Library, Hill District. Free admission, though registration required. Register during eventbrite.com (search for “BooksBooze”).

Lunch with Santa Claus: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday during Blueberry Hill Activity Center, Franklin Park. $7 for Franklin Park residents; $9 for nonresidents; includes lunch and goodie bag. Reservations compulsory by Dec. 6: 412-364-4115 ext. 347.

Rebecca Sodergren: pgfoodevents@hotmail.com; @pgfoodevents.


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