|Logan Family Farm|
Every year the Farm to Table tasting is one of my favorite events in Pittsburgh. Some of the best farms and restaurants from around the city come to showcase the creme de la creme of local ingredients. This year there were noticeably fewer restaurants but a great deal more liquor vendors. I certainly can' t complain though as we were able to sample everything from mead to spiced rum in addition to a wonderful assortment of food. In terms of the drink samplings, Pennsylvania Libations made an outstanding showing. They must have been sampling at least 30 different products.
Pictured above are the great people from Logan Family Farms. They are the only vendor to make our list two years in a row. No matter the preparation, their beef is spectacular. This year they served a pulled beef sandwich that topped the charts. (I'm ashamed to admit that I went back to their booth at least five times, but on each visit I was welcomed with open arms.)
Carbonara's from Mt. Lebanon served an incredible spread including their homemade meatballs and hot sausage. Their products really showcased their sauces, which were worth taking home. I also have to mention that I loved their pizza. (I'm partial to any pizza where provolone is featured over mozzarella.) Their website
offers a buy one get one half off coupon for entrees.
I never knew that I liked buckwheat pancakes until I met these colorful characters from Frankferd Farms! I have to mention that their flour mill is solar powered, which allows you to carelessly indulge in pancake binging without fear of hurting the environment. (You still have to worry about being fat though, that's totally on you.) Their farm has a showroom where you can come purchase their products during business hours.
was my top pick of the 2017 Farm to Table Conference. Their products are made of goats milk and were simply irresistible. In particular their feta cheese was some of the best I've ever had. I'll be looking for their products at local markets in the future and I really hope to see their cheese offered at some of my favorite restaurants.
|Ernie's World Famous Gourmet Sauces|
Ernie may have had the largest personality of anyone in the room at the Farm to Table Conference. When asked what his favorite BBQ in town was, he stated, "BBQ is nothing special without my sauce" and refused to name a restaurant! His sauce and his pulled pork were quite good though, so I appreciated his hubris.
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