Kevin Sousa’s Farm Dinner at Churchview Farm

Churchview Farm Kevin Sousa Dinner
The Churchview Farm table is set, and ready for Kevin Sousa to work his magic!

*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from neither Kevin Sousa, Superior Motors, nor Churchview Farm. I am just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie, who enjoys sharing her foodie adventures! Photos captured on an iPhone 5s, and edited in Instagram and Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended!

Sunday, September 6th was the Kevin Sousa (creator of the LEGENDARY Salt of the Earth! Original owner of Union Pig & Chicken, Harvard & Highland and Station Street Dogs. His next restaurant is called Superior Motors. Stay Tuned for its opening in Braddock, Pennsylvania!) Farm Dinner at the Churchview Farm (located in the Baldwin neighborhood of the South Hills of Pittsburgh).

I REALLY lucked out; a few months ago, Churchview Farms announced that a few tickets had opened up for his dinner (Kevin’s dinner was originally sold out), and I was fortunate enough to grab two tickets!

The Churchview Farm is truly a sanctuary of peace for animals! As far as I know, the goats are just used for milk and cheese, and the chickens are just used for their eggs. There’s a playful dog on the farm called Frannie (“Oh dear! Frannie’s going to chase the chickens again!”), and a cat that keeps the rodents on the farm under control.

Chicken Friend
Once I befriended the chicken, I knew right then & there, that it would be very hard for me to eat chicken in the future. This chicken is too cute to eat!

I’ve never had the chance to dine at one of Kevin’s restaurants; since Braddock is about an hour away from where I live, I jumped on this opportunity to taste his food at the Churchview Farm!

Drinking glass
My drinking glass of the evening, that was (later) full of tasty beer from The Brew Gentlemen! 😀

Before the meal started, Kevin served all of us a cocktail called “Wigle Genever”, also with Galliano, surnac tea, Queen Anne’s lace, and cara cara orange. This was DELICIOUS, and really packed a punch! So sad that I forgot to take a picture of the cocktail.

Chicken of the Woods Eggplant Pate
Chicken of the Woods- eggplant pate// matsutake koji// cucumber// radish, paired with Garden Party beer from The Brew Gentlemen (not picture)!

Course #1 was INCREDIBLE! I’m so glad that Kevin took the time to explain the dish to us. I was a little leery of trying this dish (normally, the only eggplant dish I like is eggplant parmesan), but this dish was REALLY good! Very Japanese-inspired (which kind of fits into Kevin’s zen-like personality).

Tomato Dish
Tomatoes// shisito peppers// shoyu molasses// parmesan// cultured cream// shiso// basil// paired with Sunshine Elixir from The Brew Gentlemen (not pictured)!

Course #2 one of my FAVORITE dinner courses of the night! I also really liked the Sunshine Elixir beer from The Brew Gentlemen! The tomatoes and peppers (both from the farm) were packed with flavor! Pair that with cream and basil, and you have a WINNING combination!

Pasta dish
Casarecce// egg// braised kale// orange// fennell// shaved raw beans// Rutherford Saison from The Brew Gentlemen (not pictured)!

Course #3 was my FAVORITE dinner dish of the night! Pasta + poached egg = HEAVEN! Plus, Kevin gave us this SCRUMPTIOUS sourdough bread, that I enjoyed dipping into the egg! 😀

Corn dish
Corn// nixtamal pudding// huitlacoche// fermented// dried// ash// Akamai from The Brew Gentlemen (not pictured)!

Course #4 was another favorite! A VERY original & cheeky take on a corn dish! Plus, I liked that Kevin ground up corn, and made it into “ash”. VERY tasty! Plus, I really liked the Akamai beer from The Brew Gentlemen!

Pound Cake
Pound cake// raspberries// honey// nuts// flowers// vanilla ice cream// anise hyssop// White Sky from The Brew Gentlemen (not pictured)! 😀

This was my FAVORITE dish of the night! Since the dinner was running a little late, Kevin was nice enough to pack up my Mom’s dessert and mine in “to go” containers, and we enjoyed this lovely dessert from the comfort of home!

All in all, this was an EXCELLENT farm dinner! I have added Kevin Sousa to the list of chefs in Pittsburgh that have totally BLOWN my mind, and have revolutionized my dining experience here in Pittsburgh.

He is truly a “thinks outside of the box” chef, and I love that! Also, I really appreciated that he incorporated his Buddhist belief into this dinner, by not including any animal meat in this dinner. I think it’s great to see a Chef saying true to himself; it’s so easy to just give customers what they want. Chef Sousa challenges the diners’ taste buds, and makes them think “trust me, you will want this, and like this”! 😀

I’m already anticipating my next trip to Churchview Farm for next year’s Summer Dinner Series!

Cheers to good food & health,

-Friendly Fitness Foodie

Kevin Sousa’s website

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Churchview Farm’s website

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#BeerAndYogaBlowout at the Carrie Furnace, and The Brew Gentlemen

Second Breakfast and Brew Gentlemen
Second Breakfast Food Truck, parked in front of The Brew Gentlemen, in the Braddock neighborhood of Pittsburgh
*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from neither South Hills Power Yoga, The Brew Gentlemen, Lululemon, Fittsburgh, nor PGH Yoga Collective. I am just a Pittsburgh Foodie & Yogini, who enjoys sharing her food and fitness adventures with others. Pictures captured with an iPhone 5s, and edited with Instagram.

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015, I was lucky enough to attend the #BeerAndYogaBlowout event (the finale to the summer Beer + Yoga and Brunch series, hosted at The Brew Gentlemen every Sunday). Along with Becca Robertson,  my Yoga Teacher Training Mentor, Hallie Stotsky lead the yoga class at the LEGENDARY Carrie Furnace (in Rankin), assisted by Stacey Vespaziani of South Hills Power Yoga, and Eva Lin Douglass of Schoolhouse Yoga.

The event was SOLD OUT- 300 yogis signed up to attend yoga, beer & brunch! Before class, I spoke to a representative from PGH Yoga Collective, bought a shirt from Fittsburgh, and placed my order for a customized Beer + Yoga tank from Lululemon! 🙂

Hallie taught the first part of class- very energetic and athletic. This was my first class with Becca; thus, I didn’t know what to expect, but dropped all expectations, and trusted her expertise (after all, she trained with the same yoga teachers and studio as me). Becca lead a very gentle second half of class (which I LOVED)! I have been gravitating more and more to gentle, restorative and yin yoga classes lately; thus, I really appreciated this class.

Acro Yoga at Carrie Furnace
Playing around with Acro Yoga, at the end of class, with my friend Jeff as the base, and my friend Kelly as our fan club and moral support on-looker.
Acro Yoga at The Carrie Furnace
More Acro Yoga play at The Carrie Furnace!
Almost bow post in the air
Trying to do bow pose in the air!
Yoga Teacher Photoshoot
My yoga buddy Laura B. held an impromptu yoga photoshoot with me! ❤
Crow Pose variation
Doing a crow variation, that my teacher LA Finfinger taught me!
Crow Pose variation and a smile. Namaste Bitches
Namaste Bitches (and hi camera)! 😉
Once the Acro Yoga play and yoga photoshoot ended, we headed over to The Brew Gentlemen in Braddock, who hosted a beer tasting and brunch!

The Brew Gentlemen in Braddock
The Brew Gentlemen’s sign, in #BeautifulBraddock!
The Brew Gentlemen
Love this sign (also on the side of The Brew Gentlemen)!
Included with admission to #BeerAndYogaBlowout, was a 5 ounce taster (with I thoroughly enjoyed)! I must say: The Brew Gentlemen makes one of THE best local craft beers (perhaps even the best) I have ever tried! I look forward to sampling more from this lovely brewery!

Second Breakfast Pittsburgh
Second Breakfast (organic, local Belgian Liege Waffles, and other breakfast foods) Waffle Wagon!
The Brewery hosted two food institutions: Second Breakfast Waffle Wagon, and Driftwood Pizza. Although I wanted both Pizza AND waffles, sometimes, one must make tough decisions in life. Nevertheless, I went with Second Breakfast, as my Sunday Brunch choice.

Second Breakfast Brunch
Here’s my brunch: chicken and waffles, with a scoop of chocolate ice cream “a la mode” (as the adorable Eva Lin Douglass proclaimed)
OMG! This Second Breakfast experience was even better than my first (at the Spring Solstice Brunch at the Pittsburgh Public Market), probably since the waffle was made fresh on site! I loved Tom’s (the owner of Second Breakfast) fresh take on the dish: instead of fried chicken, almost like a shredded chicken. The Belgian Liege Waffle was prepared and cooked to perfection! Also, I could tell that Tom used good cream and chocolate for the scoop of chocolate ice cream- one of THE best chocolate ice creams I’ve EVER had!

Well there you have it, folks: yoga, beer and brunch, all in the lovely neighborhoods of Rankin & Braddock! Mark my words- Braddock is experiencing a re-birth! Thanks to establishments like The Brew Gentlemen, Free Store, and Kevin Sousa (stay tuned for Superior Motors, his newest restaurant), Braddock will become the next hot-spot in Pittsburgh! Just watch it happen- you can say that the Friendly Fitness Foodie predicted it! 😉

Cheers to good food & health,

-Friendly Fitness Foodie

South Hills Power Yoga’s website

The Brew Gentlemen’s website

Fittsburgh’s website

Lululemon Athletica Pittsburgh’s Facebook page

Second Breakfast’s Facebook page

Pittsburgh Yoga Collective’s website