I really need to do a better job of exploring the restaurants and businesses in my own neighborhood in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. I was lucky enough to get to attend A Taste in Dormont, which is an annual event organized by Discover Dormont bringing together restaurants, businesses, and organizations from the neighborhood to one place for local residents to experience at one time. For me, it was just a short walk down the hill to the Dormont Pool parking lot to attend this event under the big tent.
I was pleasantly surprised when I got to the tent to see how much was included in my ticket. On arrival, I was given a gift bag with a choice of Dormont branded cup and some swag from local businesses, and I was immediately entered in a raffle. The tent was also set up very conveniently with the vendors around the edge and lots of tables and seating in the middle.
If anything, this event definitely made me realized there is some great food in this neighborhood and nearby I’m missing out on eating. The restaurant I realized I’m missing out on the most is Jamison’s on West Liberty. They were sampling their mac & cheese and a goat cheese spinach dip. Both of those were so good and I clearly need to start eating there more often. I was also really impressed with Josie’s Sweats and Treats which brought a wide variety of cookies and cupcakes. Mexi-Casa, Campiti’s Pizza, Giovanni’s and Nothing Bundt Cakes were all also providing eats from their respective eateries.
One cannot forget able the multiple libations available at the event. Soon to be a member of the local community, KingView Mead was serving samples of their different flavors of mead. I am not a big fan of honey-based meads, but they had a lot of other flavors that I could totally enjoy regularly when their tasting room opens. R Wine Cellar, Threadbare Cider & Mead, Derailed Distillery, and Great Lakes Brewing were all also serving up samples to everyone in attendance.
There were also some local establishments like Dormont Library, Dormont Appliance and Well Oiled were also there to remind residents of what they had to offer. The Pittsburgh Camper Photo Booth was also in attendance for some additional fun for the evening.
I was very glad I got a chance to take part in A Taste in Dormont. It was great to experience so much of what my neighborhood has to offer in one place. I now have a list of places I need to start visiting more often nearby.