🍪 Nothing beats a Pittsburgh cookie table paired with booze
Plus, DiAnoia’s is bringing its Gnocchi Pumpkin Bowls back and jazz is returning to James Street.
By Francesca Dabecco
Welcome to Wednesday, Pittsburgh.
Woah, woah, woah there — hold onto your tinsel, folks. We haven’t even handed out Halloween candy to the kiddos yet or carved our Thanksgiving turkeys, and yet the City of Pittsburgh has already put up the Christmas tree in PPG Place.
It’s for a good reason though, I suppose; they wanted to make sure the snazzy new tree would work properly for the holiday season. The 60-foot-tall tree has more than 100,000 LED lights which can be controlled for dazzling displays choreographed to music.
Still, it’s a little too soon for me to be decking the halls. Forget that tree for now; let’s talk about the Western Pennsylvania trees that are about to turn beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red. Because of our terrain, our beautiful home has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ latest Fall Foliage 2021 Map, Allegheny County’s trees are just about to turn and peak colors are only a week or so away. Yinz better get your hiking shoes ready!
We’ve got plenty more news to share with you today, so scroll on down.
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🍏 Salem's Market & Grill is taking over the former Shop ‘n Save on Centre Avenue in the Hill District. With support from the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the beloved Pittsburgh restaurant and market will help to combat food insecurity in the neighborhood. The Shop ‘n Save that formerly occupied the space closed in 2019, and had been the community’s first full-service supermarket in three decades. (Pittsburgh City Paper)
🚨 The US Naval Bettis Lab in Pittsburgh is at the center of an espionage case. U.S. Navy nuclear engineer Johnathan Toebbe and his wife were charged with attempting to sell classified information about the country’s nuclear attack submarines on Saturday. Toebbe spent time working at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin, which holds some of “the most valuable and sensitive military technologies in the United States,” according to the WESA article. The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS NAUTILUS, was created there in 1955. (90.5 WESA)
👟 The Pittsburgh Walk to End Alzheimer’s is returning to the South Shore this Saturday after a pandemic-induced hiatus. More than 1,000 (socially distanced) people are expected to walk with the hope of raising $425,000 to go toward care, support, research, and advocacy for folks facing Alzheimer’s. Several long-term facilities in the region are holding their own events to express solidarity for the cause. Visit alz.org to register or learn more.
- The number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to rise dramatically in Pennsylvania, but we’re very ill prepared. Seven years after its completion, the state hasn’t executed key recommendations in a state-commissioned report to address the crisis. You can learn more by reading this insightful story by former Incline director and current SpotlightPA reporter Colin Deppen and PublicSource reporter Juliette Rihl. Plus, see the stats broken down here. ➡️ (SpotlightPA)
🌳 Pittsburgh’s Westinghouse Park is now a nationally recognized arboretum. The park — which is located on the former estate of George Westinghouse in North Point Breeze — was awarded a Level 1 accreditation by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and the Morton Arboretum for maintaining its tree-filled botanical garden. The commemoration was designated on what would have been Westinghouse’s 175th birthday. (TribLIVE)
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🎷Jazz is coming back to James Street thanks to a $500,000 loan from Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority. The funds will be used to restore the former James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy in Pittsburgh’s East Allegheny neighborhood on the Northside. The 123-year-old building is set to become a mixed-use commercial development with a restaurant, office space, apartments, and most importantly, the return of jazz music. (TribLIVE)
🛍️ Lawrenceville Market House is setting up shop on Butler Street later this fall. It’s a collective retail hub taking over a former bank building, and the space will feature nine new shops of varying sizes. This includes its permanent coffee and donut shop, Oliver’s Donuts. (Pittsburgh Magazine)
🍪 Cheers to the cookie table! Head to Spirit Hall in Lawrenceville on Saturday, Nov. 6 for “Drink the Cookie Table,” an event bringing together local breweries and dessert makers sponsored by Fueled By Hops. The lineup of sweets and sips include Sarris Candies (paired with Monday’s Brewing), Oakmont Bakery (paired with Inner Groove Brewing), Pastries-A-La-Carte (matched with Arboretum Trail Brewing), and The Pie Place (complemented with Altered Genius Brewing). (TribLIVE)
🎃 Oh my gourd: DiAnoia’s is bringing back its Gnocchi Pumpkin Bowls. Savor the delicious pillows of potato gnocchi drenched in a pumpkin cream sauce (spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice) and topped with three different cheeses and fresh basil. You can get it for take-out or dine-in in the Strip District. Plus, don’t miss DiAnoia’s National Pasta Day Pasta Box which comes with fresh pasta, sauces, a loaf of bread, Italian wine, and cookies; it’ll be available for pickup on Sat., Oct. 16. (@dianoiaseatery on Instagram)