Farmer’s Fork Dinner Series

Food means the world to us, and we’d love to share a meal with you. Please join us for an evening of music, food, drinks, and friends at the Farmer’s Fork Dinner Series.

Arrive around 6pm to enjoy a cocktail by Wigle, live local music, an appetizer, and the chance to explore the Ferderber’s organic farm. Dinner will be served at 7:15pm (listen for the farm bell) in their 125 year old barn. Complimentary local beer and wine will be paired with each meal. Stay for dessert and coffee before your drive home, or take the short drive to Saxonburg for charming overnight accommodations at the historical Mainstay or Hotel Saxonburg.

Each meal will be prepared by a creative Pittsburgh chef and will feature locally and regionally sourced ingredients. Because these meals are prix fixe and based on seasonal availability, we unfortunately cannot change the menus to reflect all dietary restrictions. Feel free to contact terra@frankferd.com with inquiries as to whether or not a chef can accommodate a specific need.

June 25: Randita’s Organic Vegan Cafe (vegan) https://www.showclix.com/event/farmers-fork-dinner-randitas

July 23: 412 Food Rescue (vegetarian meal made from rescued food)
https://www.showclix.com/event/farmers-fork-dinner-412food

August 20: Franktuary (meat + vegetarian options)
https://www.showclix.com/event/farmers-fork-dinner-franktuary

September 24: Spak Brothers (meat + vegetarian options)
https://www.showclix.com/event/farmers-fork-dinner-spak

https://www.facebook.com/events/1442844645741591/

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March 4 and 5: cool event in downtown Pittsburgh for @bricolagepgh

One of the best things about living in downtown Pittsburgh is the proximity to large and small cultural organizations. This quote is about a smaller, independent event that we love.

Living at our current apartment on Liberty Avenue gives us the opportunity to be near Bricolage Theater. Please make sure to visit their homepage at this link for information on their next season and the HUGE upcoming party BUS 11 to be held at the August Wilson Center. (picture credit for the August Wilson Center goes to WESA-FM thanks to Google)

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing two Bricolage directors – Tami Dixon and Jeffrey Carpenter. We talked for a while about the history of Bricolage, their artistic philosophy and details for the party.

This is a teaser clip. I’ll be adding more clips over the next few days.

 

additional clips about the Bricolage BUS 11 event:

They talk about their artistic philosophy in this clip. Have you been to their site or a production of theirs yet? I’ve never been inside the August Wilson Center…have you? It’s an awesome aspect of this party.

Here is another clip from Tami talking about how they try and challenge themselves through each season…trying to stay away from becoming predictable…

The best quote from mr. Carpenter from this clip about BUS 11 “…there is NO greater challenge for an artists” when he described the method that the artists use to get inspiration for the event.

#pittsburgh http://bit.ly/1PWIurg

Tracksploitation – The Prince Family Tree

TRACKSPLOITATION
:: Professor XO & JCT45
live genre-spanning mashes and mixes drawing from hip-hop, rock, jazz, electro & r&b + classic turntablism
http://www.tracksploitation.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Tracksploitation

DJ KELLY
all vinyl. music by Prince and inspired by Prince.

Spirit
242 51st street

10pm til 2am
free before 11
5 bucks after

https://www.facebook.com/events/925342330921168/

http://bit.ly/1NoV8AF

moving into a new apartment near downtown pittsburgh

A quick post: we are moving into a new apartment with intermittent access to high speed internet access. I have more plans to keep expanding the site, the cool things to go in Pittsburgh calendar and to add more pages.

We’ve moved into uptown…less than a mile away from the Golden Triangle (downtown). It already feels like this area of Pittsburgh is more of an actual community and neighborhood than downtown is and could be.

#pittsburgh http://bit.ly/1Ta9m96

our downtown Pittsburgh apartment experiences

We have lived at two different apartment buildings (soon to be a third) in downtown Pittsburgh. We’ve looked at almost every one in the city.

Apartment buildings we’ve lived in:

The Penn Garrison at 905 Penn Ave. It’s run by PMC Property Group:

We ended up taking over a lease in what I think was the best unit in the building – 1A on the Mezzanine level. We had no neighbors on two of the four sides of the unit (below and beside). We were able to open the windows that faced Penn Avenue and actually talk to people on street level. It was cool to watch the city go by like that. Our unit was a 1,000 square foot, one bedroom apartment with the only bathroom access through the bedroom. It seemed to have a lot of wasted space as the bedroom and bathroom were along a hallway that came from the front door of the unit. We could hear our next door neighbors pretty easily. The drywall that made up one set of walls wasn’t fastened to the studs properly and we could plainly hear the neighbors on the other side of the wall.

The building has a great gym and deck on the 9th story. From the deck you can look down the Ohio River and see into PNC Park and Heinz Field. The deck was the BEST feature of the building!

We were able to get repairs pretty quickly and the property manager was responsive to our overall concerns. I was able to introduce them to Uber when they first got to town and the GetCreative classes at the Art Institutes.

I’m not going to say what we paid in rent but it was comparable for similar size apartments in Pittsburgh.

Lofts at Liberty at 915 Liberty Ave. It’s run by a husband and wife team:

Large (500 more square feet than our unit at the Penn Garrison), box like split-level open floor plan with 20 foot ceilings and windows that are almost as high. The unit is so open and large I feel cramped in a more traditional floor plan. The building is small – 8 units – so you could live your life without seeing anyone for days or weeks. There is no front door security but the front door of the building is a small store front and you get a key. The rent was a little bit less than what we paid at Penn Garrison for much more space.

As of April 10, we’re waiting to get our security deposit back. We cleaned, painted and fixed everything we could.

We are now living in River City Flats in uptown Pittsburgh.

Uptown has been called one of the area’s up-and-coming neighborhoods. Costs are low and it actually can make renting just as smart of a financial decision as buying. We have two – very close – areas where we can park. We are paying a lot less in rent than the average 1 bedroom in the Golden Triangle.

I noticed this site is coming up in searches for a downtown Pittsburgh grocery store. The blunt answer to any question about that search term is…THERE IS NONE. I talk about what is available in a few other posts but figured it would be a good addition to this page. In downtown Pittsburgh proper (also called the Golden Triangle) the closes thing is the Market Street Grocery but it is sorely lacking in…almost everything. The costs are high unless you go in for omething very specific and my wife has been panhandled inside the store twice. I tweeted to the store about it twice…with no response.

Take some time and walk to the strip or to the Shop n Save in the Hill District. You’ll get more for your money.

…more information to come…

#pittsburgh http://bit.ly/1okeifO

March 4 and 5: cool event in downtown Pittsburgh for @bricolagepgh

One of the best things about living in downtown Pittsburgh is the proximity to large and small cultural organizations. This quote is about a smaller, independent event that we love.

Living at our current apartment on Liberty Avenue gives us the opportunity to be near Bricolage Theater. Please make sure to visit their homepage at this link for information on their next season and the HUGE upcoming party BUS 11 to be held at the August Wilson Center. (picture credit for the August Wilson Center goes to WESA-FM thanks to Google)

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing two Bricolage directors – Tami Dixon and Jeffrey Carpenter. We talked for a while about the history of Bricolage, their artistic philosophy and details for the party.

This is a teaser clip. I’ll be adding more clips over the next few days.

 

additional clips about the Bricolage BUS 11 event:

They talk about their artistic philosophy in this clip. Have you been to their site or a production of theirs yet? I’ve never been inside the August Wilson Center…have you? It’s an awesome aspect of this party.

Here is another clip from Tami talking about how they try and challenge themselves through each season…trying to stay away from becoming predictable…

The best quote from mr. Carpenter from this clip about BUS 11 “…there is NO greater challenge for an artists” when he described the method that the artists use to get inspiration for the event.

#pittsburgh http://bit.ly/1PWIurg