Several of us food people at the Post-Gazette are fans of Tom Friday's Meat Market, an old-fashioned, full-service butcher shop in the city's Brighton Heights neighborhood.
This Saturday, July 13, would be a good day to visit the North Side neighborhood, because there's a BBQ Cook-Off & Home Brew-Off there.
The event is organized by PGHRetail, "a social venture with a mission to rebrand retail in our city," which is run by Stephanie Lauren Stauffer. She was hanging no-parking signs Friday morning when I caught her on the phone, because that part of California Avenue will be closed for the concurrent California Market, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m..
Her list of other vendors that will be set up there are:
My November Guest Books
Bags by Suz
Wild Kettle Korn
Highway Robbery Vintage
Clyde the Artist
Steer & Wheel Food Truck
Jewelry by Iris
Sue Maloney House Art
Sentimental by Nature
Kiara Sausedo Studio
Michelle Olson Home Decor
Mike Monahan Art
Ms. Stauffer says that the barbecue and beer part runs from noon until 4 p.m. -- "or supplies run out (which ever comes first)" -- and that two people will be barbecuing chicken:
Conrad Hampton's BBQ Inc. doing Steel City Chicken
Stephan Sakalik doing Seoul City Chicken
And two neighbors will be serving homebrew:
Eric Henry's Hendreyo Brewing serving a kiwi-flavored and a blueberry-flavored brew
Your $5 tasting ticket also gets you a bottle of Rivertowne Brewing beer, which donated eight varieties.
The public gets to vote, and pick the best barbecue, which wins a cash prize. Tom Friday himself will be picking his favorite as well, and that person wins gift certificates to the meat market. Proceeds also help support other initiatives of the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation.
Ms. Stauffer says another local resident had signed up to do vegetarian barbecue, but had to drop out due to a family issue. So she plans to fire up some kind of tofu/vegetable recipe, too.
She laughed and said, "It’s going to be a surprise."
These California Markets continue on the second Saturday of the month through September.