On Thursday, The Chamber of Commerce Inc., which serves North Pittsburgh, Northern Allegheny and the Cranberry area, held its third annual Food and Wine Classic.
Showcasing wares from local restaurants, wineries, breweries, caterers and business owners, the event attracted hundreds of people to the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center on the North Side.
Besides samples of gourmet food specialties, there were more than 16 varieties of wines from around the world stationed at special wine-tasting tables. Another popular spot was “The Chocolate Chamber,” which featured decadent desserts.
Some of the local participants at the classic included Ryan’s Red Box Deli, Mimi’s Bake Shoppe and McGinnis Sisters. Brian Hammond, owner and executive chef of Restaurant Echo in Cranberry, was the event’s featured chef.
The goodies-packed event was for a good cause. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to HEARTH, a Pittsburgh nonprofit that serves single women with dependent children in need of transitional housing. The Baden Volunteer Fire Department also will receive some of the proceeds.