Back to School with Very Local: Home Ec

For many folks, 2020 has meant more time at home. And what better way to reconnect with home, than Home Ec.

by Very Local PGH
September 4, 2020

Welcome to Day 1 of back-to-school week at Very Local PGH. Today’s topic is Home Ec. We promise it will be more fun than the time you had to parent a sack of flour. Today’s stories are all about fermentation, better baking skills, and building your own beer flights at home. There’s cocktail pro tips from a local bartender and craft classes to keep you busy this fall. Consider this your cheat sheet; click on the titles listed below and read all the content that interests you.

Adam Knoerzer of ‘Burghundy is changing Pittsburgh’s perception around wine
Knoerzer’s virtual wine classes and approachable outlook on wine invites Pittsburghers to embrace the typically perceived haughty drink

All the best Pittsburgh cookbooks for your kitchen
Don’t throw in the (dish) towel, these local cookbooks will inspire your neverending pandemic meal planning

From kombucha to ‘kraut, we’re talking fermentation with Trevor Ring of Community Cultures
There’s so much you can do with microbes

How to make (better) cocktails at home with Wes Shonk
Spoiler alert: Ice is really important

Pittsburgh cooking classes from the comfort of your kitchen
Stir up some new skills this fall

Take one of these Pittsburgh craft classes online
It’ll be sew much fun

Build your own craft beer taster flights at home
Flight School: a walkthrough of how you can use curbside takeout options at local breweries to make your own beer flights at home

Get to know Wild Rise Bakery
With an ever-changing menu that cycles between sweet and savory, you can break (gluten-free) bread with Wild Rise, a Black-owned business

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Talking “women’s work” and hand stitching with Julie Zaichuk-Ryan
Meet the owner of South Atlantic Stitching Company; she is a sewist whose work is a modern take on traditional needlecraft

Blending spices and stories with Jalsa by Veda
Veda Sankaran’s personal cooking philosophy combines her Indian heritage with her Western Pennsylvanian upbringing. She offers virtual cooking classes and sells her own custom blend of spices

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