local x global: sharpsburg

Nov 2 // Local x Global: SHARPSBURG w/Blue Sparrow & Dancing Gnome

For the next stop on our sandwich passport to Pittsburgh, we're heading to the hometown of H.J. Heinz. Join us for Local x Global: Sharpsburg at Dancing Gnome Brewery for a very local sandwich. Blue Sparrow's Sharpsburg special sandwich will include Heinz's first product: horseradish.

by Stephanie Brea | October 16, 2019

tl;dr: Join us at Dancing Gnome on Saturday, November 2 for a Sharpsburg inspired Sandwich. Pre-order your sandwich for $10.57

Update 10/31: Hear Luke Cypher talk about the sandwich he is making for Saturday


Stop No. 3 of our specialty sandwich series, Local x Global: SHARPSBURG is a rare opportunity for you to taste what happens when Luke Cypher, head chef and owner of Blue Sparrow, takes menu inspiration from one of the food truck’s regularly scheduled locations. On Saturday, Nov. 2, join us at Dancing Gnome Brewery from 12-6 p.m.

Most folks recognize the iconic Heinz smokestacks on the Northside, but you might not know that H.J. Heinz actually started his business up the river in Sharpsburg in 1869. He made and bottled his first product – horseradish – from the kitchen of his Sharpsburg residence.

What happens when Pittsburgh’s global street food truck, Blue Sparrow, decides to go off-menu and find inspiration in a local neighborhood?

The premise of this series is simple: a global food truck, specializing in street foods such as bibimbap and bahn mi, focuses on a local Pittsburgh flavor or history. We want to tell a little bit of Pittsburgh’s story with every bite.

And for this one, we are obviously using horseradish. The “Sharpsburg Sandwich” features house rye bread, pastrami, beer mustard, horseradish sauce, pickle, light slaw, and sharp cheddar.

A little Heinz history

It was said that H.J. Heinz chose the 57 because “5” was his lucky number and the number “7” was his wife’s lucky number. So if you preorder your sandwich, we will make it your lucky day, too, and throw in a beer from Dancing Gnome for $10.57.

The first stop on this passport to Pittsburgh featured a kielbasa, house kraut, mustard, and hot pepper cheese pressed sandwich under the iconic “Welcome to Deutschtown” mural on the side of Allegheny City Brewery. The second stop took us to Brew Gentlemen in Braddock, for a sandwich inspired by a steelworker’s lunchbox: beer-braised ham on a housemade roll.



For those of you familiar with Blue Sparrow’s current menu offerings, you know that Cypher and his team typically serve items such as japchae noodles, bibimbap, or a burger with a ramen noodle bun — global street food. They make everything from scratch, from their bahn mi bun to their kimchi, and this will be no exception.

You can preorder your sandwich here: https://bit.ly/localglobalSHPSBRG

Local x Global: SHARPSBURG sandwich event details:

  • Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Dancing Gnome Brewery, 925 Main St., Pittsburgh, PA 15215
  • Facebook Event

Step inside Blue Sparrow’s restored Greyhound bus

Not familiar with Blue Sparrow’s cuisine? not a problem. Take a look at our video interview with Luke and learn more about the Blue Sparrow bus.

Stephanie Brea

Stephanie Brea

Stephanie has been organizing events since 1998, starting with a series of motorcycle rides through the Arizona desert to support her father’s business. She’s probably crossed your name off a presale ticket list or served you a beer somewhere around town.

An undergrad degree in poetry means she has lots of unpractical knowledge about iambic pentameter, while a brief stint as a copy editor for Alternative Press taught her that twenty one pilots is stylized in all lowercase letters.

Wanna throw a party in a vacant parking lot? She’s interested.

At the onset of COVID-19, Stephanie took on the role of podcast producer for The Slaw. She’s pretty familiar with a microphone, thanks to that aforementioned poetry degree, and she’s got the wherewithal to ask Epicast Studios for help. She listens to too many true crime podcasts, and currently records from her bedroom.

If you know of someone who would be the perfect podcast guest, send her an email.

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