Cooking a feast for guests can be intimidating and time consuming, but pairing wine, cheese and desserts is far simpler and still just as impressive! The final party in my “Closed for the Holidays” article for TABLE Magazine was a Dessert Soirée at Market Street Grocery.
A Dessert Soirée
Market Street Grocery
435 Market St. Downtown
Story by Quelcy T. Kogel
Downtown Pittsburgh may offer internationally inspired street foods and extensive whiskey collections, but have you ever tried to buy groceries? Until recently, this fact had downtown residents lamenting their addresses. Then Market Street Grocery came along.
Reminiscent of European style shopping, with visits to the butcher, the baker and the cheese monger, shopping at Market Street Grocery is more of an experience than a fight for a full cart. There’s espresso to be sipped, macarons to tempt the sweet tooth, savory prepared foods with enticing aromas, and a variety of quality ingredients begging to be tried. If all those experiences become too exhausting, pull up a bar stool, sip some wine and unwind. To celebrate their inaugural year, a few of the owners, their spouses and the hardworking shop manager gathered to enjoy that wine bar.
Consider a trip to Market Street Grocery to assemble your own dessert soiree menu this season. Rather than a played-out cheese board or the all too tempting dessert buffet, consider plating small portions individually. Each plate becomes a composition to be savored slowly, and allows your guests to spend more time around the table passing the wine. To add a truly European feel to your dessert soiree, serve guests a shot of espresso to balance the libations.