For pork lovers, nothing's more delicious, or fun, than a pig roast. So when Chef Kevin Sousa, who's known for his Union Pig and Chicken, Station Street Hot Dogs and Salt of the Earth restaurants in Garfield and East Liberty, decided to roast an entire porker at a pop-up beer garden in Braddock in October, it not only drew more than 1,000 hungry people, but it also promptly sold out, as I sadly discovered when I arrived too late in the afternoon to a near-empty parking lot.
Luckily, the McKees Rocks native had so much fun, he's decided to do it again -- on Sat., Dec 8.
Only this time, he's firing up his grill in front of Braddock Mayor John Fetterman's loft-style home on Library Street. He's worked with the mayor to open a new restaurant in town next year called Magarac. (Mr. Fetterman might have one of the coolest digs in the city; located in an old warehouse, it features a pair of cargo containers-turned yoga studio on the roof.)
The guest list will be small -- just 100 people willing to pay $100 for a seat at the table.
It's all for a good cause: to raise money to buy winter coats and Christmas gifts for Braddock kids who otherwise might have to go without.
"It'll be a really nice cocktail party," says Mr. Sousa, adding, "People are always super excited" to meet the mayor, who first came to Braddock in 2001 as an AmeriCorps volunteer and has since become the face, heart and soul of the struggling steel town.
In addition to hors d'oeuvres, the 6 p.m. fundraiser will feature cocktails by Jessica Keyser and Summer Voelker of the just-opened Harvard & Highland, a cocktail bar located above Union Pig in East Liberty. Mr. Sousa also plans on roasting "some sort of lamb" outside in the courtyard, where the meat will be paired with wine.
Tickets are tax-deductible through Braddock Redux, which Mr. Fetterman founded in 2006 to empower Braddock's young people through hands-on learning experiences.
Kevin Sousa photo by Mike Basista, Redfoxphoto.net, on DrinksBurg.blogspot.com. Loft photo by Post-Gazette.