Spring 2022|volume 15|Issue 3

    What’s New?

    An update of goings-on that reflect the continuing verve and vitality of the Strip District and Lawrenceville

    In The Kitchen Reveals the Food Trends of 2022

    The good folks at In The Kitchen recently attended the 2022 Atlanta Market (AmericasMart) in Georgia. Jodi West (ITK buyer) and Lara Pasko (ITK marketing and e-commerce director) brought back news of this year’s housewares, cooking, home-entertaining, and food trends to share with our readers. Here are just a few of their most intriguing discoveries.

    Embracing culturally or ethnically traditional dishes. No matter whose roots one may be exploring, people are diving into their grandparents’ or someone else’s recipe boxes and cookbooks for inspiration.

    Black tableware, electrics—everything! Searches for goth kitchen decor were up 85 percent on Pinterest in 2021, so expect this to be an important and strong trend. Showcase romantic, ornamental dark elements from table settings to appliances. Get ready to dine in the dark.

    Emphasizing the Dinner Party. In home entertaining where food is the main attraction, showcase those “quarantine” skills, up even more than in 2021.

    Time for Tea. Tea and tea parties are having a big moment; in fact, they may be replacing happy hour as many people are switching to mocktails. More than a meal, afternoon tea is a moment, an aesthetic, a pose, a vibe. Embrace tea sandwiches, pastel drinks, flavored teas, and sweet bites.

    Pasta is back! So long to that low-carb craze! Carbs are welcome here and our favorite pasta-based comfort dishes are of the utmost priority! And there’s more interest in homemade pastas.

    Ingredients produce, and spices. Mushrooms: celebrate mushroom “motifs” and “patterns” and the continuing mushroom craze … Lemons: embrace the citrus and use it to decorate the home … Hibiscus is bound to be a big flavor in 2022 … Turmeric is still on top; this spice is still as important as ever because of its flavor and health benefits … and finally, there’s Yuzu, a popular Asian citrus flavor—tart and sour—bound to increase in popularity.

    In The Kitchen
    1725 Penn Ave. / 412-261-5513

    New Pasta Sauces from Penn Mac


    Since 1902, the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company—better known to Pittsburghers as Penn Mac—has been offering a variety of specialty food products of the highest quality. Now two new pasta sauces, Ragu alla Napoletano and Bolognese, have been added to their established line of 11 different varieties. The same old favorites like marinara, vodka, eggplant, artichoke, and tomato-basil sauces are also available under the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company label. All varieties come in 32-ounce jars.

    Pennsylvania Macaroni Company
    2010 Penn Ave. / 412-227-1982

    Heinz History Center Expands Exhibit on Pittsburgh Innovations


    The Senator John Heinz History Center has completed a substantial update and expansion of its flagship exhibition “Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation,” which shares the stories of how western Pennsylvania innovators and their groundbreaking achievements have impacted our society.

    The long-term exhibition includes dynamic, immersive new sections that show how Pittsburgh transformed from an industrial center to a hub for technology, education, and medicine. The exhibit expansion is made possible with support from UPMC and the UPMC Health Plan.

    Artifacts from the Freedom House Ambulance Service, Carnegie Mellon University robotics, and Argo AI are among the updates to the exhibition.

    “Western Pennsylvanians have changed the world through hard work, ingenuity, and a ‘We Can Do It’ spirit that defines our region,” says Andy Masich, president and CEO of the History Center. “From the polio vaccine to liver transplants and from robots to self-driving cars, the expansion of the ‘Innovation’ exhibition includes much-needed updates to the ever-changing Pittsburgh story.”

    Senator John Heinz History Center
    1212 Smallman St. / 412-454-6000

    St. Patrick’s Day: You Gotta Be Here!

    Voted the “Best Irish Pub In Pennsylvania,” the Harp and Fiddle has always been a fun place to enjoy an authentic Irish menu, a large selection of beers, and a variety of imported and domestic liquors since 1992. And it’s the place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! “We celebrate on the day of the parade as well as on St. Patrick’s Day,” says Harp and Fiddle owner David Regan. “We have live music all day and night with six bands and open our space with a huge tent to have plenty of room for eating, drinking, and dancing.”

    Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle
    2329 Penn Ave. / 412-642-6622

    Gastropub Journeyman’s Table New in Lawrenceville


    The Journeyman’s Table brings an upscale gastropub to Lower Lawrenceville. Just minutes away from Downtown and the Strip, Journeyman’s offers a changing menu featuring fresh pasta, smoked meat, and vegetarian and GF dishes—all scratch made in house. The bar boasts 37 taps of beer and wine, with a large selection of craft cocktails. The scheduled March opening follows an intensive renovation, as well as an array of furniture built by the chef, to a building that has been a general store, pub, and restaurant since 1887. Chef Dan DeRight (Morimoto, Eleven, Chifa, Harrah’s) looks to bring his love of New American cuisine to a casual neighborhood spot.

    The Journeyman’s Table
    3523 Penn Ave. / 412-687-7168

    Annual Spring Sale at Asian Influences


    Susan Fisher of Asian Influences wants to thank everyone who has supported that elegant and distinctive Lawrenceville store, addressing her valued customers: “Due to your patronage we continue to provide the beautiful and unique items you have come to expect. More importantly, you have been reaching out to us with a wonderful assortment of Asian furniture, porcelains, and artworks for purchase or consignment.”

    Last year Asian Influences acquired many new pieces, so it’s time to reduce prices on older inventory—and time for their annual Spring Sale, beginning March 17 and running for a month.

    As Susan says, “Please visit our shop or browse our website. We look forward to seeing you!”

    Asian Influences
    3513 Butler St. / 412-621-3530

    Contemporary Craft’s Upcoming Workshops


    In addition to its schedule of extraordinary exhibits, Contemporary Craft in Lawrenceville fills practically all its weeks with onsite or virtual workshops that educationally cater to aspiring craftspersons. Here’s what’s on tap for this spring:

    • March 12 (Saturday, virtual): Dimensional Paper Sculpture Workshop with Tiffany Budzisz
    • March 15 (Tuesday, virtual): Needle Felted Daffodil with Kari Roslund
    • April 2 (Saturday, onsite): Pearl Dangle Earrings with Sarah Sindler
    • April 13 (Wednesday, onsite): Metals Meet-Up
    • April 19 (Tuesday, virtual): Needle Felted Trillium with Kari Roslund
    • April 30 (Saturday, onsite): What Does a Loom Do? with Jamie Boyle
    • May 7 (Saturday, onsite): Stained Glass Flower Brooch with Sarah Cohen
    • May 11 (Wednesday, onsite): Metals Meet-Up
    • May 14 (Saturday, onsite): Weave on Paper! with Jamie Boyle
    • May 17 (Tuesday, virtual): Needle Felted Cornflower with Kari Roslund
    • Visit the CC website for fees and exact times, and to register (email: info@contemporarycraft.org).

    Contemporary Craft
    5645 Butler St. / 412-261-7003

    American and French Breakfast Cuisine at Caffe Mona

    Caffe Mona la Bistro has arrived in the Strip District! The cafe has a beautiful ambiance, with European decor and walls decorated with artwork by local artists. It’s an ideal place to meet for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. They feature both American and French breakfast cuisine thoughtfully created by their chef. They offer special crepes, omelets, French toast, bagels, pancakes, sandwiches, salads, and freshly brewed espresso and cold drinks.

    Caffe Mona la Bistro
    2019 Penn Ave. / 412-688-8084