The Vivant Vault


Welcome to the ‘Burgh Vivant archives. Here you can scroll through years of features and commentary on Pittsburgh arts & culture. Or search by keyword for segments on a particular company, organization, artist, restaurant, event, or performance.

Casbah Celebrates Arrival of 2017 Beaujolais Nouveau with a Four-Course Dinner

 by Dave Zuchowski, ‘Burgh Vivant. Each year, on the third Thursday of November, wine lovers around the world celebrate the release of  a very young red wine whose grapes were harvested only weeks beforehand. These Beaujolais (bow-zjoh-lay) Nouveau wines from the region just north of Lyon, France fly in face of the accepted notion that… Read more »

Molto Bene – Smallman Galley Goes All-Italian at Wine Tasting

by Dave Zuchowski, ‘Burgh Vivant. Prosecco from the Veneto, Pecorino cheese from Calabria, and Amedei Chocolate from Tuscany.  Mama Mia! You can’t get much more Italian than that! Smallman Galley co-owner, Ben Mantica, likes to change the focus of the wines featured in his monthly wine tasting. Italy got the spotlight in his latest tasting… Read more »

Native Son and Ardent Foodie to Stage His First Pop-Up Dinner in Pittsburgh

by Dave Zuchowski, ‘Burgh Vivant. Foodies get ready. A unique culinary experience is coming to town, the brainchild of a native son and food hobbiest who’s turning his culinary avocation into an intriguing  second career. Born and raised in West Mifflin, Micheal Sparks went on to distinguish himself as an eyewear designer, first in Pittsburgh… Read more »

Experts Teach Pittsburghers How to Cook Healthy Family Meals at Phipps

Pittsburgh, Pa. — Continuing its efforts to improve the health of families all over Allegheny County, Let’s Move Pittsburgh will host the next installment of its free 5-2-1-0 Speaker Series on Thurs., Jan. 12 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The event, titled “5-2-1-0 in Your Kitchen,” will feature a… Read more »

TIM RUSSELL – Distiller, Maggie’s Farm Rum

America’s most awarded rum distillery is right here in Pittsburgh, and this week, ‘Burgh Vivant swaps its signature martinis for a “Dark and Stormy” to sample the fine spirits of Maggie’s Farm Rum! Distiller Tim Russell talks about the rum making process and his experiences at the helm of Pennsylvania’s first commercial craft rum distillery… Read more »

The “Buzz” from Buzzelli: Pittsburgh’s Top To-Do’s THIS WEEKEND (7/8 – 7/11)

by Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant   Here are the Top Five Things to do in Pittsburgh the weekend of July 8 to July 11   Hit the Silk! You can walk down the red carpet at a movie premiere this weekend at Silk Screen’s Asian Arts and Cultural Organization’s Red Carpet Gala. Celebrate their… Read more »