Celebrate Thanksgiving the Canadian Way
Fairmont Pittsburgh’s Habitat restaurant celebrates Canadian Thanksgiving a day early on Sunday, by featuring Thanksgiving dishes on its brunch buffet menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Fairmont is headquartered in Ontario and much of Fairmont Pittsburgh’s kitchen staff hails from Canada, said Julie Abramovic, the public relations manager.
Some Canadian foods will be imported for Sunday’s menu, including mussels from Prince Edward Island, vegetables from British Columbia, and fish and seafood from Canada’s Pacific coast. The turkeys are being sourced from London, Ontario.
Executive chef Jason Dalling, a Vancouver native, created the menu with various dishes representing certain regions of the country. Offerings will include roasted beets, roasted squash salad and grilled vegetables (British Columbia); pumpkin and cranberry breads and eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba); Canadian and French-inspired cheeses, plus meats and pates (Quebec); traditional Thanksgiving dishes (Ontario); salmon, mackerel, mussels and scallops (Maritime provinces), and several Canadian-inspired desserts such as maple-walnut layer cake, sugar pie, maple-ricotta flan and Nanaimo bars.
Brunch is $49 per person. Reservations: 412-773-8848.
Taste to help
Taste for Pace will feature local chef demos and food samples from about 70 food vendors from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District.
Development Director Tricia Norris said Pace School in Churchill, which serves Southwestern Pennsylvania students who have autism or emotional challenges, held a “Race for Pace” 5K as its major fundraiser for 14 years. But 5Ks are more than a dime-a-dozen now than 14 years ago, so something new was needed, she said.
Pace School has been teaching students to grow microgreens and inviting local farmers into classrooms to teach farm-to-table concepts, so a local-food-themed fundraiser seemed like a good fit, she said.
All of the regular Pittsburgh Public Market vendors will offer samples and sell wares, along with some added vendors such as Market Street Grocery, which will offer beer and wine tastings andfood bites.
Chef demos will be given by Michele Rager of Whole Foods, who will demonstrate allergen-free foods; David Carmine and Terri Dowd of the Web-based “Between the Eats” at betweentheeatstv. …