Kalamata’s Kitchen is a fun children’s book that encourages children to explore foods. With my youngest 2 children they can sometimes get pretty picky when it comes to food. We’ve always had a rule in our house though, you’re not allowed to say you don’t like unless you’ve at least tasted it.
The Kalamata’s Kitchen book event and tasting we attended was at Lorelei restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA. Located at 124 S Highland Ave in Pittsburgh a cocktail bar and beer hall with food inspired from Germany. The restaurant itself was very airy with lots of natural light and plants. Located in East Liberty it’s not far from lots of shopping areas, Children’s hospital, and many health clubs.
We ended up being a tad bit late but I was so excited we still had plenty of time to participate in everything. When we arrived the kids got a VIP pass, a Kalamata’s Kitchen food passport, and an official Taste Bud card. If the kids at least tried each of the foods they were able to get a stamp on their food passport.
They had interesting and tasty options such as carrot pierogies (which was actually one of my faves), salted caramel mousse, rose-water malaibi with candied kataifi, Frico, and more. Other participating Pittsburgh restaurants included Bar Marco, Casbah, Pie for Breakfast, Cafe Carnegie, and of course, Lorelei.
We also had an opportunity to meet and hear from the team that created Kalamata’s Kitchen including author Sarah Thomas. Sarah had a book reading with those that participated in the event. She was so kind and took the time to sign books for those that asked.
We really have some wonderful places in Pittsburgh. I’m so happy that we were invited to the Kalamata’s Kitchen event. As I sampled with my kids I realized what a wonderful place Lorelei would be for a date or to just slow down in Pittsburgh for a little bit. I’d love to just sit at the window like my kids did while nibbling on chef’s delightful creations, maybe a glass of wine and just people watch. I could spend a couple hours there.
My kids have walked away from a new experience. They got to send their tastebuds on an adventure. I think they learned a little bit about the work that goes into a book. They did a great job at setting up to really pull kids into the book with the characters and Kalamata’s Kitchen set up.
My kids also came home with Kalamata’s Kitchen book and an apron which my kids just love. My daughter is now talking about wanting to have a restaurant one day lol.
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