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Sweetwater schedules wine-tasting class

| Saturday, April 28, 2012, 5:56 a.m.

Sweetwater Cooking, South Side, will explore the Wines of South America in a wine-tasting class running from 7 to 9 p.m. April 23. Cost is $60. Reservations are required.

Details: 412-325-2703 or .

Stop by McFadden's, go to the game

McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon, North Shore, is offering a special package on every Friday and Saturday there is a Pittsburgh Pirates home game. Included in the promotion are a Pirates game-day ticket, an all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks for $25.

Reservations are required.

Details: 412-322-3470 or .

'Hyemarket' to carry produce, herbs, gifts

Hyeholde in Moon is planning a return of its "Hyemarket" beginning April 24. Each Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the restaurant will open the carriage doors to Q's and christen it the venue for a rustic shopping experience. Shoppers can stock up on fresh baked goods and produce from the kitchen, flowers and herbs from the gardens, and gift items.

End your day at Hyeholde with a reservation for tea at 4 p.m. in the restaurant.

Details: 412-264-3116 or .

The Carlton plans spring wine dinners

The Carlton, Downtown, will offer spring wine dinners this month:

• Enoteca Diana's Stan "the Wine Man" Lalic returns to The Carlton for another installment of his "Best of Italy" wine dinner series. Lilac brings small-production offerings from Italy. The focus for this dinner will be on Barbaresco, with five offerings spread over the three-course meal. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Cost is $99, excluding tax and gratuity.

• The Carlton's Wine Festival Week Dinner will feature highly rated wines from Ramey Winery at 6:30 p.m. April 29. Winemaker David Ramey will be the guide through these handcrafted wines that are among the most respected in the world. Cost is $129, excluding tax and gratuity.

Details: 412-391-4152.

UUBU6 to spotlight Louis Latour wines

UUBU6 restaurant, South Side, will host a wine dinner featuring Louis Latour wines at 6:30 p.m. April 29.

The five-course dinner includes:

• White and Green Asparagus with Morels and Chive Hollandaise

• Darne of Salmon, Poached Oysters, Lime Butter Sauce

• Jamison Lamb Chop with Apple Strawberry Compote and Beef Tenderloin with Shitake Mushroom Sauce

• Arugula, Pear and Forme d'Ambert Blue Cheese

• Lemon Tart, Raspberry Napoleon and Chocolate Madeline

The cost is $ 60, plus tax and gratuity.

Details: 412-381-7695 or .

Art museum is site for wine tasting

Westmoreland Community Action will host its seventh annual wine tasting at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Wineries include Christian W. Klay Winery, Walnut Hill Winery, Winfield Winery and Greenhouse Winery. Area restaurants will offer food tastings.

Cost is $40 in advance, $45 at the door.

Details: 724-834-1260, ext. 153

Passport Cafe makes menu changes

Executive Chef Joseph Colantuono is offering new spring lunch and dinner menus at Passport Cafe, Wexford. New lunch items include a Lemon Herb Crab Meat Crepe, a Tilapia "BLT," Seafood Salad and a petite Filet of Beef. New for dinner are Eggplant Braciole, savory Parmesan and Cracked Pepper Cheesecake with fruit, Beef Short Ribs, and "Tonkatsu" -- a Japanese classic of breaded pork.

Details: 724-934-3663 or .

Today is final day for Soba's Thai event

Today is the last day for the Songkran tasting menu at Soba, Shadyside. Traditionally, the Thai Water Festival involved respectfully sprinkling others with purifying water from a silver bowl to metaphorically "wash away" one's sins of the previous year.

The holiday has evolved to include water battles on an epic scale, beauty contests, and a special dinner at Soba. This year's four-course tasting menu is inspired by Thai street food, including Phanaeng Nuea, Beef on Sugar Cane, and Fried Sesame Coconut Bananas.

Reservations and color-fast clothing are recommended. Cost is $35, with an optional wine package for $20.

Details: 412-362-5656.

Lidia's to highlight biodynamic wines

Slow Foods Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture are offering a tasting of biodynamic wines at 6 p.m. April 28. The event takes place at Lidia's in Pittsburgh, Strip District, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Wine Festival 2009.

Biodynamic wines come from vineyards that are part of an enclosed self-regulating, self-sustaining farm system dependent on other crops, trees, animals, birds and insects to maintain the natural balance.

Cost is $55, which includes artisan hors d'oeuvre buffet. Reservations are required.

Details: E-mail Jack Neemes at .

Alexandra's announces spring menu items

Alexandra's Tea Room, Springdale, is offering new items on its spring menu. Items include Buttermilk Raisin Scone with Devonshire Cream and Jam, Almond Orange Bisque, Carrot Cake Tea Sandwich and Cappucino Brownie.

Tea is served beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Reservations are required.

Details: 724-274-4490 or .

Violinist to play at Bach's Lunch Concert

The Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra presents a Bach's Lunch Concert featuring Mark Huggins, Pittsburgh Symphony violinist, on Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, 615 Grant St., Downtown. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. for lunch; the concert begins at 12:30 p.m.

Suggested donation is $10. To reserve a complimentary box lunch, e-mail by 4 p.m. Monday.

Details: 412-736-3678.

Class to explore wines of Tuscany

Palate Partners, Strip District, will offer a wine class on the Wines of Tuscany from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 27. This class will explore the regions of Tuscany and the taste differences in their wine. Cost is $40.

Details: 412-391-8502 or .

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