The food of Plein Air Mt. Lebanon

Written by Bob Batz Jr. on


Last night, some people went to the Mt. Lebanon Lions Farmers Market and bought mums and pumpkins.

Dede Christopher went and painted the lovely scene above -- en plein air, or in the open air. 

This is what is being celebrated through Sunday at Plein Air Mt. Lebanon, a second-annual celebration of art and community put on by the Mt. Lebanon Partnership and many other sponsors.

10032013painterAgain today, the 25 participating plein air artists hit the streets of the town to do their thing. At left is Ms. Christopher, here from Maryville, Tenn. (learn more about her here).  

At 7 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 4, you can see and purchase some of their paintings that "that celebrate the beauty of our town and its people" at the Plein Air Exhibition and Preview Party at the Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building.

Tickets are $125, and include a $50 credit towards a painting purchase. 

Atria's is catering the cocktails and an artisan tasting-themed spread:  

Artisan cheese board, mustard spreads, assorted fruits  

Roasted October vegetables, olives, pepperoncini, crusty baguette 

Bourbon-glazed pot roast

Rancho chicken

BBQ pulled pork  

Horseradish sauce, cheddar cheese, jalapenos, coleslaw


Frangelica beurre blanc sweet potato ravioli

Fall oven-roasted ratatouille  


Seared wasabi salmon, seaweed salad, pickled ginger  

Bastille firecracker chicken  

Roasted vegetable quiche, chipotles aioli

Heirloom bruschetta  


Bartram House Bakery

Coffee, tea  

Complimentary wine and beer

At the Preview Party and Exhibition, they'll announce the winner of this juried event, who gets $3,000. You can buy paintings including the farmers market one above. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Mt. Lebanon Arts Initiative, a mini-grant program supporting the arts in Mt. Lebanon. 

Buy tickets here.

There are many events on the schedule. Commercial districts manager Eric Milliron reminds me that from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, there's a free Plein Air Uptown Block Party in the Clearview Commons park, with a band (The Tumblers), beer and barbecue.


Erin Hart photos

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.