Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Getting Ready for Mardi Gras and the Harry Potter Festival

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Getting Ready for Mardi Gras and the Harry Potter Festival

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Festivals

Eat.Drink.Pittsburgh: Food and drink samples from many Pittsburgh establishments, plus music and photo booth. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Rivers Casino, North Shore. $40. y108.radio.com/events/eat-drink-pittsburgh-2019.

North Side Mardi Gras: North Side businesses celebrate Mardi Gras with various special events between Feb. 21 and March 5. For example, several restaurants have special New Orleans-inspired menus or appearances by local musicians, and Allegheny City Brewing is running a Cajun Cook-Off on Feb. 24. pittsburghnorthside.com.

Harry Potter Festival: Row House Cinema teams up with The Vandal for a Harry Potter feast and movie. Options: Have dinner at 6 p.m. at The Vandal and watch "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" at 8 p.m. at Row House, or see "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" at 4:45 p.m. at Row House and have dinner at 8 p.m. at The Vandal. Monday, Feb. 25, at Row House and The Vandal in Lawrenceville. $68. rowhousecinema.com.

Classes

"I've Decided to Go Vegan. Now What?": Participate in a discussion about resources for going vegan, plus enjoy plant-based refreshments. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Catapult PGH, Lawrenceville. Sponsored by Pittsburgh Vegan Association. facebook.com (search for "I've Decided to Go Vegan. Now what?").

Decadent Hors D'oeuvres: Learn to make delicious appetizers and enjoy a glass of wine or craft cocktail. 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at The Pennsylvania Market, Strip District. $35. thepamarket.com/classes.

Shucking 101: Learn to shuck oysters; enjoy 18 oysters and two glasses of bubbles. 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Muddy Waters Oyster Bar, East Liberty. $50; $75 for "Bad Mother Shuckers" (includes a shucking knife and Muddy Waters swag to take home). muddywaterspgh.com (scroll down to "Events").

Foods of South Africa: After cooking school owner Gaynor Grant traveled to South Africa earlier this year, she decided to start a new South African cooking class, including such dishes as bobotie, malva pudding and rusks. …

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