Dining news: Lawrenceville's Franktuary serves up artistry with ArtDOG |

Dining news: Lawrenceville's Franktuary serves up artistry with ArtDOG

Pittsburgh Arts Council
(From left) Animal Friends counselor Cydnee Traversari joins Megan Lindsey, owner/founder of Franktuary, chef Daniel Lamb and Theo to introduce the ArtDOG, a frankfurter served on a palette with a paintbrush and five colorful condiments.

Franktuary's monthly featured frank is usually a creative twist on local, seasonal produce, but, this September, guests will provide the hot-dog artistry. Served on a palette with a paintbrush and five colorful condiments, the featured ArtDOG frank is a naked canvas to be decorated for a good cause.

Franktuary has teamed with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council to raise awareness for Arts Day of Giving, playfully abbreviated “ArtDOG.” All donations to arts and culture nonprofits via will be partially matched Oct. 2.

And for September, $1 from Franktuary's ArtDOG frank will benefit five local artists via the arts council's Unleashed Artists Fund.

The ArtDOG frank costs $5 and is served with a color palette of mayo white, mustard yellow, ketchup crimson, violet berry honey mustard and pesto aioli green. Guests are encouraged to post a photo of their ArtDOG masterpiece to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter tagging @Franktuary, @PghArtsCouncil and #ArtDOG for a chance to win Franktuary prizes.

Franktuary's restaurant and bar is at 3810 Butler St., Lawrenceville.



Willow restaurant, at 634 Camp Horne Road, Ohio Township, had a grand reopening Sept. 18, after being closed for several weeks.

The restaurant underwent extensive renovations to the interior and exterior. Along with design aesthetic, the menu has been updated, with chef Brian Pekarcik at the helm.

Willow joins BRGR, Grit & Grace and Spoon under the S+P Group, owned by Rick Stern and Pekarcik.

Details: 412-847-1007 or


Metamorphosis Center, 300 Cedar Hill Drive, Peters, will sponsor a fall wine-and-food tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24.

Attendees will enjoy red-, white- and sweet-wine selections, along with complementary food pairings. Local vendors will be featured, including Dot Harvisonn from J&D Cellars and chef Garnett Livingston from La Maison private dining.

Cost is $25 and includes wine and appetizers.

Details: 724-260-0797 or

Celebrate Oakmont

Celebrate Oakmont will give attendees an opportunity to taste samples of signature dishes from their favorite area restaurants and bakeries from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, at the Greek Orthodox Social Hall, 12 Washington Ave.

The Oakmont Bakery, What's Cookin at Casey's, Carnivores Restaurant & Sports Bar, Panera Bread, Gia Visto and Veltre's will bring tastings of their signature dishes.

The evening will feature raffles and several auctions. Tickets are $10.

Details: 412-828-3238 or

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