Last Wednesday night I joined a jolly group of Pittsburgh food bloggers for a holiday feast.
A month or two ago Mike from Foodburgh set up a Meetup group for Pittsburgh based food bloggers. Have you ever visited the Meetup site? It is kind of a cool concept – people create groups based upon interests and geography with the hopes of actually having ‘meetups’ where all these people get together. I think its an awesome tool for someone new to an area or anyone trying to widen their circle of friends and acquaintances.
Through the site, Mike set up a meetup for this past Wednesday, December 8th at Dozen Bake Shop in Lawrenceville.
I quickly RSVPed. Yay for meeting other bloggers! As the night neared though, I began having second thoughts. How do I manage to sign myself up for things like this? I won’t know many people there, I will be all by myself, I don’t really know how to blog – I worked hard to convince myself of these things as I sat at work and thought about the evening’s plans.
Finally, I manned up and headed to Dozen.
And I am glad I did.
With a little help from Nicole’s write-up and the Meetup site, here is everyone that was there:
Nicole and Greg (Yum Yum)
Luke (going to start his blog soon)
Megan (Table & Spoon)
Eileen & Greg (Starving Kitten)
Leah (Sweet Rehab)
Andrea (Storming Your Castle)
Kelly (A New Place)
I didn’t get a chance to chat with everyone as we were split between two tables but I spent a good portion of the night chatting with Nicole as we had previously met at the food blogger meetup earlier this year at Church Brew Works. Everyone was very friendly and I didn’t spend a minute feeling uncomfortable. Funny how that works out?
Dozen is a full bakery, specializing in cupcakes. According to their website, they have three locations in Pittsburgh. Downtown, Oakland, and Lawrenceville. I am slightly confused by this because I know I have been to both a Southside location and a Squirrel Hill location. Did those close?
Regardless, Dozen has quite a presence in Pittsburgh. The Lawrenceville location is open for dinner, usually serving soups and sandwiches. As you can see from the above photo, we dined on a little more than that.
Being food bloggers and all, Mike had previously arranged for us to have a full three course meal.
Course 1: Butternut Squash Soup – Not too sweet or too thick and full of roasted garlic. And likely butter. Yum.
Course 2: (pictured) Holiday Dinner – Turkey, Sage Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Roll, Cranberries – Um, I kind of could have eaten a whole plate of brussel sprouts. I believe they were roasted or pan fried with balsamic and soy sauce. Must try this soon.
Course 3: Pumpkin Pie – Somehow I think I missed the pumpkin pie at my family Thanksgiving. Therefore, it was necessary to choose this dessert (Apple Crisp was the other choice). Dozen’s pumpkin pie had an incredible ginger crust. The crust was crisp and intensely ginger-y.
Overall, the night was fun and relaxed and full of good food and conversation. Looking forward to doing this again!