It’s hard to believe that 9 years have already passed since the first Local Food Conference in Pittsburgh, but here we are! Boring Pittsburgh cannot express how happy we are to sponsor the 9th annual Farm to Table event. As you all know, we love to eat around here. And even more, we love to eat local and clean.
That’s what Farm to Table promotes: eating fresh and nutritious foods, while supporting local businesses at the same time.
This year’s theme is centered around cooking at home. We’re digging it, because if you’ve been following our Twitter account, then you know that we’ve become frustrated with eating out in the Burgh. But starting to cook at home is a lot like starting to exercise. If you can get past the initial lack of motivation that often follows the option of cooking at home, then you’ve already won the battle. Here is some food for thought to help you get over the hurdle…
10 Reasons to Cook at Home:
You won’t have to drive around the block 10 times to find parking. No waiting for 20 minutes until the buzzer thing vibrates. And you don’t have to wait for the check at the end.
BYOB is free
No corking charge for bringing your own bottle.
Clean dishes and utensils
You won’t have to drink from a glass with someone else’s lipstick on it.
You don’t have to make reservations. You can eat while browsing the internet or watching a movie. You can eat in your PJ’s or shirtless on the back porch.
You are in control of what goes into it. You will know exactly what you’re eating and not have to consume junk like MSG. This is perfect for people who are more careful about what they eat. For example, if you’re vegetarian you can make sure that the soup doesn’t have chicken stock. Most importantly, you can make sure spit isn’t on the menu!
If there’s a hair in your food, it’s probably from your own head (or from your cat).
You can fill your own water glass.
It’s cheaper to cook at home, even if you buy only fresh, organic groceries. And you don’t have to leave a tip.
No closing time
We’ve all heard horror stories about what they do to the food when you go to a restaurant right before closing time. When cooking at home, you don’t have to stress about getting there before 8pm – and people won’t start sweeping around your feet to pressure you to leave.
It brings you closer to the ones you love because you have to talk about what to eat and how to make it better next time – rather than sitting awkwardly at a restaurant while checking your phone.
But most of all it’s clean (if you’re clean), fresh (if you don’t eat expired food) and you’re in total control of what you put in your body. Once you get into the mindset, cooking at home is a lot of fun and there’s always something to learn.
Still need convincing of the benefits of cooking at home? Attend the Farm to Table Local Food Conference on March 27th and 28th! You can also check out this list of Pittsburgh restaurant violations.
When is it?
March 27-28, 2015 from 10am-5pm
Where is it?
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
How much is it?
$15 for one day, $25 for both days.
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