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White Whale Bookstore
4754 Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield. whitewhalebookstore.com

Although the coffee isn’t flowing yet at White Whale, they do have drinks on hand. Bloomfield Bookstore now offers freshly squeezed juices from Pittsburgh Juice Company and kombucha from their sister company Vibrant Sunshine Kombucha. Have a cold drink while reading a book on your next visit.

Plate it up, Pittsburgh

Do you like the cooking show Chopped? How about a local version? Plate it up, Pittsburgh sees two chefs compete to prepare a three-course meal using ingredients sourced from local markets. The show can be viewed on the Very Local streaming channel and is available via Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV.

Happy Wooden Barrel Aged Oktoberfest
147 Julius Street, Larimer. eastendbrewing.com

East End hosts 14 local breweries for an event dedicated to all things barrel aged, from bourbon barrel aged stouts to woodsy ales, sours and more. Besides East End, expect deals from Cinderlands, Grist House, Dancing Gnome, and more. The festival will take place on Saturday March 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. and tickets are available now.

Commonwealth Press Beer Barge 2022
350 West Station Square Drive, south side. cwpbeerbarge.com

This event was originally scheduled for 2020, but like many things in the time of the pandemic, it has been postponed. Now, in 2022, the organizers are ready for you to join them on the Gateway Clipper, where you can sample beers from local breweries. Tickets will go on sale at the end of March and the names of the participants will be announced shortly.

queen of cheese
156 Brownsville Rd., Mt. Oliver. thecheesequeen412.com

The Cheese Queen, a deli-based food company, will open a location in Mt. Oliver this spring. The Cheese Queen is owned and operated by Megan McGinnis, of the family who ran the McGinnis Sisters Specialty Food Stores from 1980 to 2018. The Cheese Queen brings novelty cheeses, meats, nuts and dried fruits into the neighborhood, so look for an opening date.

Wigle Whiskey
2401 Smallman St., Strip District and 1000 Ross Park Mall Drive, Ross Township. wiglewhiskey.com

Wigle wants customers to “go green” for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday with its Absent Minded Absinthe. The spirit is described as being infused with an “organic whole plant host”, including wormwood, fennel, mint, orange peel and star anise.

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Ukrainian-inspired food and drink pairing by Wigle Whiskey

The distillery is also running a food and drink deal to benefit those suffering from the current crisis in Ukraine. “Our hearts are with the people of Ukraine, our Ukrainian American neighbors, the citizens of Russia who bravely protest the invasion, and all who are suffering because of this needless violence,” read an email from Wigle. The Ukrainian-inspired food and drink pairing begins Wednesday and includes Ukrainian Pampushka cheese beignets topped with garlic butter and Parmesan cheese, served with a spicy Honey Bourbon cocktail named мир, which translates to “peace” in Ukrainian. Reservations can be made now and all proceeds benefit the efforts of World Central Cuisinea grassroots non-profit organization that provides meals in response to humanitarian, climate and community crises, in Ukraine.

High Via
6425 Penn Ave, Bakery Square. altaviapgh.com

Alta Via will open a new pizzeria in Bakery Square later this month. Alta Via, which specializes in pasta dishes, hopes people will enjoy its pies with a glass of wine or a craft cocktail, a departure from the traditional pizza-to-go experience.

vegan vinyl
1101 5th Avenue, New Kensington. preserverecordshop.com

Sweet Alchemy Bakeshop is hosting another Vegan Vinyl Party in conjunction with Preserving Record Shop in New Kensington on June 11th, but they want a few more vendors to round out the event’s impressive selection. There are a few slots left, so if you’re a local business looking to sell their wares, this could be a great opportunity for you. Head toward linktr.ee/sweetalchemyllc to access the app.

Vegan soup night
2603 E. Carson St., south side. instagram.com/veganpittsburgh

Humane Action Pittsburgh is hosting its first Best Vegan Soup at Burgh Cook-Off Sunday, March 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Some of the restaurants offering soup will be Disfrutar, Farmer x Baker, Veggies N’At, and more. Visit Vegan Pittsburgh’s Instagram and check out the link in their bio for more details.

Casa Brasil
5904 Bryant Street, Highland Park. casa-brasil.com

Want to work in one of the coolest places in town? Join the Casa Brasil team. The restaurant is now hiring a dishwasher, a line cook and other kitchen staff. The application process can be found on their website.

Farmer x Baker
1101 Powers Run Road, Fox Chapel. farmxbaker.com

Farmer x Baker will open its riverside location on April 1. Dine or have lunch with a view in this beautiful place.

Scratch & Co.
1720 Lowrie Street, Troy Hill. scratchandcopgh.com

Speaking of reopenings, after taking six weeks to reinvent the business, Scratch & Co. will resume operations (smoothly) on April 1. reinventing is sure to invigorate the Pittsburgh foodie crowd.

Goat rodeo farm and dairy

This Allison Park-based dairy farm won first place at the recent biennial World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wisconsin. Goat Rodeo won with its Bamboozle cheese, a blend of goat and cow’s milk aged for two months in barrels washed with unfiltered pilsner from Pittsburgh’s Cinderlands Beer Co.

Have you heard from a bar or restaurant in Pittsburgh? Send it to danijanae@pghcitypaper.com.