Food Truck Festival

Christopher Gooden Photography

Food on four wheels

Calling all foodies – mark your calendars for the fourth annual Greater Pittsburgh Food Truck Festival at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, May 24-26. Hosted by the Observer-Reporter, this year’s event promises to be the largest yet, with more than 50 food trucks. No matter what your craving or dietary requirements are, there’s sure to be something for everyone – even those who are vegetarian or gluten-free! The weekend kicks off on Friday with a Family Fun Night from 5-9:30 p.m., which will include children’s activities, a select number of food trucks, live racing and fireworks at dusk. The fun and food continue through the weekend, with vendors, craft beer and wine, and live entertainment by The Brighton Boys, Ferris Bueller’s Revenge, Nied’s Hotel Band, and Rick K. & the Allnighters. Admission is free all weekend long. For more information, visit And, be sure to keep an eye out in the May 19 issue of the Observer-Reporter for your full guide to the festival!

A sampling of this year’s trucks includes:

A Taste of Nawlns’

Beef Jerky Outlet – Tanger

Caustelot Creamery

Gil’s Pit Beef

Hummus Pittsburgh

Kimberley Ashley Catering


Oh My Grill

Remi’s Root Beer

The Dapper Doughnut Waynesburg

The best meal of the day

Don’t feel like cooking this Easter Sunday? Palazzo 1837 Ristorante has you covered with its Easter Brunch prix fixe menu. Make reservations for a table between 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 21. For $34.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity), you’ll enjoy seasonal starters like ricotta bruschetta, tomato basil bisque or a field greens salad, choice of a main course from a menu of steak and eggs, roasted leg of lamb, Easter ham, or a Sunday Morning Frittata with ham, asparagus, potatoes, caramelized onion and field greens – as well as other options. Cap it off with liege sugar waffle a la mode, tiramisu or a beignet. And of course, what’s brunch without a mimosa or Bloody Mary? For more information or to make reservations, call 724.223.1837 or visit

LIttle City Coffee

Holly Tonini

Rye whiskey barrel aged cold brew coffee cheesecake made by Simply Baked in Charleroi using coffee roasted and brewed by Little City Coffee

Save room for dessert

Little City Coffee in Monongahela offers a limited – but delicious – dessert selection, featuring cheesecake crafted by Simply Baked in Charleroi. Patrons keep returning for the whiskey barrel cold brew cheesecake that Little City Coffee and Simply Baked teamed up to make. “We got a rye whiskey barrel from Liberty Pole Spirits in Washington, and we age the coffee, before it’s roasted, in the barrel for about a month, and it soaks in the flavor and aroma of the whiskey, and it’s really very good,” says co-owner Nathan Redfield. “So, we made the coffee in the barrel and Simply Baked made the cheesecake.” Co-owner Angelica Brough says she and Redfield enjoy collaborating with the owners of other local businesses to “expand on what we all have to offer, draw attention to other businesses in town, and make connections, work together and promote each other.” For more information, visit – Karen Mansfield

Editorial Director of Niche Publications

Katie Green came to Observer Publishing Company in 2012 as the editor of The Almanac. In 2016, she was promoted to editorial director of niche publications, overseeing all of the O-R's glossy magazines, special sections and event publications.

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