A fish fry fundraiser, a pizza place closure, and more Pittsburgh food news

click to enlarge Two kids, one a boy with red hair and glasses, the other a little girl with brown hair and a pink tie-dyed outfit, hold plates of fish and chips while standing in front of Cupka's Cafe.
Photo: Courtesy of Cupka's Cafe
South Side Kids fish fry fundraiser at Cupka's Cafe

Cupka's Cafe
2314 East Carson St., South Side. facebook.com/Cupkascafe2

Pittsburgh boasts plenty of fish fries for Lent, but one will serve as a fundraiser for a local community group. Cupka’s Cafe announced that proceeds from an upcoming fish fry will support South Side Kids, a collective working to make the South Side neighborhood more socially equitable for families and kids. Happening March 3 from 4-7 p.m., the fry will have $12.99 fish-and-chip meals for dine-in or takeout, as well as all-ages activities like puppet-making, a family-friendly dance party, and a temporary tattoo station.

Trace Brewing
4312 Main St., Bloomfield. tracebloomfield.com

Trace announced that, on March 4, they will host the first meal in Farmer x Baker's Root Cellar dinner series. The five-course prix fixe tasting menu will be paired with Trace's craft brews. Tickets cost $150 and are available at farmer-x-baker.square.site/root-cellar. Another dinner on March 25 will follow.

The Refillery
1931 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. therefillerypgh.com

Self-Reliant Seitan brings its small-batch "vegan meats" to The Refillery for an event dedicated to sustainable food and care products. On March 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., reuse the empty containers for your shampoo, lotions, and other everyday products by refilling them at the Squirrel Hill shop. From there, stock up on plant-based protein from Self-Reliant, grab some vegan "Pop-Tarts" from the Dormont-based Sharayah bakery, and fresh juice from 1:11 Juice Bar & Eatery.
click to enlarge A fish fry fundraiser, a pizza place closure, and more Pittsburgh food news
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Larissa Russo, owner of The Refillery

Necromancer Brewing x Fueled By Hops
2257 Babcock Blvd., North Hills. necromancer.beer

Experience what's described as "the sweeeetest beer festival in Pittsburgh" when Necromancer and Fueled By Hops host Drink The Cookie Table 2. The all-day event puts the spotlight on dessert beer with selections from over 20 breweries located in Pittsburgh and beyond. Taking place on March 4 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., the festival will also feature music by DJ Scottro, exclusive glassware, and, of course, cookies. Tickets cost $25-60 and are available by clicking the "Drink The Cookie Table 2" link at fueledbyhops.com.

Blue Sky
211 N. Whitfield St., East Liberty. eatbluesky.com

Taste some popular spring break destinations during a special event at Blue Sky. On March 7 from 6-9 p.m., the restaurant and bar will present a three-course dinner featuring Mexican street corn dip, shrimp and octopus tacos with conch fritters, and a "spring break roll." There will also be margaritas made with El Mayor Tequila. Tickets for the Blue Sky Spring Break Dinner cost $76.54 and are available at linktr.ee/blueskypittsburgh.

Capital Grains at Carnegie Mellon University
4765 Forbes Ave., Oakland. cmu.edu

A group of CMU business students opened a new on-campus dining option. A CMU story touts Capital Grains, conceived by senior David You, as a "first-of-its-kind" for Chartwells, a company that oversees dining at CMU along with 300 other college and university campuses nationwide. Capital Grains focuses on grains and salad bowls and will be operated by students as a way to "grow their skills in restaurant management and operations." Capital Grains is located on the second floor of the Tepper Building in Rohr Commons. Current hours of operation are 12-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
click to enlarge A beautifully plated meal includes triangles of dark bread and bright, multi-colored tomatoes.
Photo: Courtesy of Churchview Farm
Dinners at Churchview Farms

Churchview Farm
3897 Churchview Avenue Extension, South Hills. churchviewfarmpgh.com

Churchview Farm has set out to make 2023 a big year for its various dinner series. The woman-owned self-dubbed "organic farmette" will present its original dinner series, as well as a Guest Chef Picnic Series and On the Farm Dinners, all programmed by Chef Csilla Thackray. The On the Farm Dinners will span five different categories with a seven-course Tasting Menu, a Hungarian Dinner, and an Italian Celebration, as well as five-course Farm Dinners With Chef Csilla, and the four-course On The Farm With Friends, which highlight local growers and artisans. For more information on upcoming dinners, visit churchviewfarmpgh.com/dinner-series.

Vento's Pizza
420 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty

A Pittsburgh pizzeria will close its doors after over six decades in business. CBS Pittsburgh reports that Vento's Pizza in East Liberty will soon shut down. The restaurant promoted itself as the "Home of the Italian Army," a term given to local Italian-American supporters of late Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris. The group was co-founded by the owner of Vento's. Vento's will close on March 4, according to CBS Pittsburgh.