Recent Events

December 13, 2014

Healthy Heritage Cooking

Saturday, 12:00 noon

WHERE: Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh

Join the History Center as we learn about the rich Italian tradition of the Festa dei sette pesci, or Feast of the Seven Fishes, with the Italian Garden Project’s Mary Menniti.

Learn the origins of this holiday tradition, and speak with a Health Coach from UPMC Health Plan to find out more about the many health benefits of seafood. Visitors will get to sample some of the foods prepared and take home recipe cards so they can try their hand at these delicious dishes in their own kitchens.

This program is presented in partnership with UPMC Health Plan and the History Center’s Italian American Collection.

September 7, 2014

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Growing Fig Trees Class – New York

Want to grow fig trees?  Have a tree and want to learn more about caring for it?  Did your tree suffer heavy damage from this past cold winter?  Learn how to grow fig trees in containers and in the ground and a variety of ways to care for them during the winter.  We will cover pruning, propagation, transplanting, fertilization, and how to rejuvenate a freeze damaged tree.  Several fig-based recipes will be demonstrated.

WHEN: Sunday 10:00 – 11:30am

Cost is $35 for the 90 minute class 

August 31, 2014

Sewick’s Chicks

Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm

The Italian Garden Project’s 3rd annual tour of the backyard coops of Sewickley, PA

Starting Location: Penguin Bookshop, 417 Beaver St, Sewickley, PA 15143 www.penguinbookshop.com/

Back by popular demand for its 3rd year is this behind-the-scenes self-guided tour of the backyard chicken coops of Sewickley. Learn all about caring for chickens by talking to the keepers. See a variety of breeds and styles of coops. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Sewickley Community Center Food Bank.

Tickets $10 for adults Children 8 years old and under FREE.

Also, following the tour at 2 pm: Limited number of tickets for a special one hour guided walking tour of Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary. Meet more than 100 rescued hens, roosters, ducks, geese, guineas…and one very curious emu! Additional $10. Adults and children age 12 and older only please. http://hopehavenfarm.org/

August 22, 2014

Alfresco Italian Garden Dinner 

Friday, 6 – 9 pm

Please join Fern Hollow Nature Center, Local Goodness and The Italian Garden Project for our 4th Annual Alfresco Italian Garden Dinner benefiting the educational programs at Fern Hollow Nature Center.

It was voted one of the top ten parties of 2012 by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review!

Set on our beautiful lawn, guests will enjoy a fresh, simply prepared meal and entertainment by accordion player Hank Eduardo. Our guests are invited to stroll our grounds, dance a polka and the tarantella, play bocce and enjoy the beautiful sunset. This year we are cooking up an Italian picnic featuring fresh fruits, vegetables, pasta, and meats donated by the farmers at the Sewickley St. James Farmers Market.

This benefit will directly support the education programs at Fern Hollow Nature Center. The Center offers over 60 hands-on inquiry based science programs for local schools each year that focus on Pennsylvania wildlife and habitat, geology, local watersheds, and much more. In addition to monthly family and adult program such as our popular fishing programs, owl prowls, amphibian program, and a trout release. Last year over 6,000 students from ten schools participated in those programs.

Location: Fern Hollow Nature Center, 1901 Glen Mitchell Road, Sewickley Heights, PA 15143

July 19, June 28, May 31 and April 26, 2014

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Growing Fig Trees Class – Pittsburgh

Want to grow fig trees?  Have a tree and want to learn more about caring for it?  Did your tree suffer heavy damage from this past cold winter?  Learn how to grow fig trees in containers and in the ground and a variety of ways to care for them during the winter.  We will cover pruning, propagation, transplanting, fertilization, and how to rejuvenate a freeze damaged tree.  Several fig-based recipes will be demonstrated.

Saturday 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Cost is $45 for the 2 hour class

Location: Earthen Vessel Outreach – 250 S Pacific Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224 (Friendship area)

Please register here.

June 26, 2014 

Fig Fest!

We’re having a party to celebrate the first figs of the season in the new Wigle Whiskey Garden! 

Thursday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Location:  1055 Spring Garden Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Ticket includes:

  • Fig-based delicacies demonstrated and prepared by Vallozzi’s Chef Josiah Henry
  • A complimentary fig-based Wigle cocktail created exclusively for the occasion
  • Old world cured meats by Parma Sausage Co.
  • Hand-crafted sorbet by Anne Gilligan
  • Authentic Italian pastries
  • Traditional Italian music by Jimmy Faiella on the mandolin
  • Fig growing tips and advice from the experts at The Italian Garden Project 

The Wigle Bar will be offering their full line of distilled spirits

Silent auction sponsored by Mondo Italiano – Five varieties of potted fig trees will be available for purchase

Fig Fest! supports the ongoing mission of The Italian Garden Project including Italian American vegetable garden documentation, educational programs and website, and heirloom seed preservation garden.

$35 in advance, $40 at the door 

Rain or Shine! Rain won’t stop the party!  We’ll just head into the newly renovated Wigle Barrelhouse.

Directions and parking info at www.wiglewhiskey.com/whiskey-garden 

June 14, 2014

Fig Growing: “Ask the Expert” at the Arthur Avenue Retail Market

Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm

Location:  Arthur Avenue Retail Market, Bronx, NYC

A day of fig facts and fun!  We’re taking our “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Growing Fig Trees” Class on the road to answer all your fig growing questions. 

The Italian Garden Project™ has teamed up with Liberatore’s Garden to bring you quality, locally grown fig trees available for purchase, along with expert advice about growing in containers and in-ground.

Free event

June 8, 2014

Pittsburgh St. Anthony Festival

Sunday, 12 noon – 8 pm

Location:  21st & Smallman Street in the Strip District

1:30 pm Italian mass at St. Stanislaus Kotksa Church, followed by a procession with the Saint Anthony statue.

Food, dancing and fun for the whole family

Visit The Italian Garden Project booth where we will be selling fig trees and answering all your fig growing questions.  Sign up for one of our fig tree growing classes.  Also available will be Italian Garden note cards and framed photography .

June 6 and 7, 2014

A Taste of Italy: Allegheny West Wine Tasting, House and Garden Tour

Friday and Saturday, 5 – 9 pm

Location:  North Side, Pittsburgh

Tour seven homes and sample seven Italian wines.  At each house, the wine will be paired with hors d’oeuvres that complement its qualities. Featured speakers are Mary Menniti, founder of the Italian Garden Project, and wine specialist Brian Turek.

Tickets: $65 per person, available through www.alleghenywest.org or 1-888-71-TICKETS

March 10, 2014

The Italian Garden Project™ at Eataly, Manhattan, NYC

Monday, 6:30 pm – 8 pm

The Italian Garden Project™ and Chef Alicia Walters team up to celebrate the Italian American vegetable garden during Chef’s Kitchen: Meatless Monday in Molise. Tonight’s menu will feature recipes based on the traditional Molisana cooking handed down to The Italian Garden Project founder Mary Menniti from her grandmother.  Chef Alicia will prepare several dishes using vegetables sourced directly from the gardens of our Italian American gardeners.