Back to the ‘Burgh: Pots and Berries

We just got back from an adventurous (and sweltering) weekend in Pittsburgh, where we spent a few days visiting with Jim’s parents. As always, we had a fantastic time eating and drinking our way through Steeler Nation, and on Saturday morning we hopped in the car for a food-related tour that I’m still recovering from.

We started by driving to the All-Clad warehouse sale at the Washington Fairgrounds. If you’re as obsessed with cookware as I am, and you find yourself in Western Pennsylvania during this twice yearly “seconds” sale, you definitely need to stop by. With a little patience you can find great bargains on this brand’s pricey cookware and kitchen tools in near-perfect condition. Anyway, after an hour of pans, people, and heat, we returned to the car (with 2 pots!) and surrendered ourselves to the air conditioning.

Next came a restorative lunch of lobster bisque and a Reuben sandwich at the very pretty Back Porch restaurant in Speers, followed by a trip to Sand Hill Berries. As you can tell from the name, this small, family-owned fruit farm in Mount Pleasant is known for its berries: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries and more. They are also famous for their fruit pies and jams, all made on site at the farm in small batches.

Having wandered through a sea of people and stainless steel at the All-Clad sale, it was a relief to relax in the serenity of Sand Hill. We tasted some very sweet grape and berry based wines at their new Greendance winery, and then sat outside on the terrace to enjoy live music and fresh baked goods from their café. The strawberry shortcake I ordered was covered with fresh strawberries, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream, a cool mass of summertime goodness in the 95 degree heat. Jim’s vanilla ice cream topped with raspberry sauce was also refreshing, and his parents shared a piece of blackberry pie made with the farm’s frozen berry stock.

After working our way through the sweets, we decided to call it a day and head home, where I took a nap on the couch. The combination of pots, berries, and heat had that affect on me. Thanks, Mom and Dad, for a great weekend!

The All-Clad sale takes place at the Washington County Fairgrounds: 2151 North Main Street, Washington, PA, 15301. The sale happens twice a year, usually in December and June. It is not advertised on All-Clad’s website, but I found out about it here.

The Back Porch Restaurant, 114 Speers Street, Belle Vernon, PA 15012 T: 724-483-4500

Sand Hill Berries, 304 Deer Field Road, Mount Pleasant, PA 15666 T: 724-547-4760. Greendance Winery is located on the same property.

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    I’ve just learned about this All-Clad sale, but you’re the first person who’s reported that they went. I’m curious — what did you buy, and how were the prices?

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    Christina said,

    Hi Lydia! I bought a 4 qt saute pan and a lid, and a 4 qt sauce pot and a lid, both from the stainless line. The 4 qt saute has a couple of superficial scratches on the exterior bottom of the pan, and it was 40% off the original price. I used it the other night for the first time, and it was great. The sauce pot is perfect, as far as I can tell, and it was priced at 50% off the original price. Both pots are marked with an embedded “S” on the underside of the handles. The lids were $15 each, I picked them out separately. I think 40-50% off seemed standard on all the products. I knew exactly what I wanted, and since it was so hot out, I raced directly to the stainless section. But they were selling pieces from all of the lines, as well as kitchen tools and an All-Clad cookbook. Some pieces were already boxed with lids, as if they were overstock, and some pieces were wrapped in plastic on the tables. There were many All-Clad sales people there, and they were very helpful. For example, I discovered that one of the lids I picked up was scratched, and they let me open numerous lid boxes until I found one that I liked. It was a fun experience; I recommend it. Let me know if you want anymore details!

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    Dorothy said,

    We went for the first time this year .! Prices can be 60% off and more . Some of the same items on the same table will be 40to 70 % off …depending on the defect. I purchased a wonderful saucier and lid set .also a very deep lazagna pan. My actual trip was for a stainless steel electric fry pan. All Clad is the only place for non teflon..this item can be seen on the Williams Sonoma web page. The building is hotter than you can imagine …we went real early and whild the line was long it moved quickly. People are friendly mostly frequent shoppers who are generous with thier tips on how to save the most.

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