The sugar-savvy staff of The Gingerbread Shop furnishes holiday crafters with the oodles of candied accouterments needed to create their own delectable gingerbread domiciles, hosts candy-filled gingerbread-house-building workshops, and constructs premade edible abodes for sweets enthusiasts. Customers may opt to have a customized handmade gingerbread house shipped directly to their homes or to a loved one in all its royal-icing-bound and decorated domesticity. The house can grace your holiday table, be gifted to the acquisitions intern, or serve as a home for errant glazed hams. Each handcrafted house can be customized, allowing meticulous house builders to add a name, date, or Lilliputian real-estate appraiser to each delectable creation. Alternatively, in preparation for each one-hour gingerbread-house workshop, participants settle into the festive shop environs before settling down to embellish houses with a cornucopia of delicious items including red hots, mints, sprinkles, gumdrops, and candy-framed mortgage-payment checks. Royal icing in an array of hues binds walls and roofs together, and punch, cookies, and Christmas music twinkling in the background enhance the nostalgic and festive experience.
Sweet Tammy’s has thrived as a friendly neighborhood bakery, offering artfully crafted cupcakes from fresh ingredients. Today, the bakery is also participating in National Just Desserts Day in honor of the premiere of Bravo's Top Chef: Just Desserts. Check the website for details on how to score a free dessert, today only (you can redeem your Groupon starting tomorrow).
The proudly independent family crew that runs The Pittsburgh Bagel Factory brings the same commitment to tasty food and early-rising work ethics that made their bagels a local staple to their new Craig St. location. After baking their bagels, which include everything from savory onion to multigrain wildberry, the kitchen staff puts them to work, schmearing them with cream cheese concoctions or sandwiching them with deli meats including oven-roasted turkey and kosher salami. Custom blends of eggs, morning meats, and cheese gussy up handheld comestibles, while burgers flip from sizzling grills to challah buns dressed with toppings ranging from grilled onions and mushrooms to fried eggs and peach barbecue sauce. Staff also pull shots of espresso to add to steaming mugs that vanquish sleepiness from faces.
Mancini's Bread Company infuses its dough with 85 years of bread-baking expertise, helping to earn it the 2013 title of Best Bread in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh City Paper. Owner Nick Mancini Hartner assumed the reins of the family business after learning the rules of baking from his grandfather and attending artisan bread classes at the San Francisco Baking Institute, twin educations that get baked directly into each loaf of twist bread, marble rye, and european multigrain. The popular pepperoni roll combines the family's crusty specialty with spicy pepperoni and all the transportable ease of a piano on wheels.