(A twice-monthly look at the latest restaurant and drink news in Beaver Valley).
Savor wine and see what’s happening in Ambridge.
This is the land behind the International Wine Walk scheduled for 1-5 p.m. May 7 by the Ambridge Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Ticketed guests will sip fine wines from around the world, sample hors d’oeuvres and meet representatives from participating Ambridge businesses.
Tickets are $25 for the self-guided walking tour, though a “trolley ride” by Pittsburgh’s Molly’s Trolleys tourist service is also available to take you around the city. Event registrations and details are at ambridgeregionalchamber.org.
It’s a fun time, says Holly Mathias, owner of Aunt Bridget’s Tea Room, one of the participating locations, at 1400 Duss Ave.
“Walking the streets with your friends, tasting good wines and good food in every company…the bonus is that you can take the cart for free,” Mathias said.
Other participating dining establishments include Merchant Coffee, Bridgetown Taphouse, Vocelli Pizza, Old Crow Coffeehouse, Fritzy’s Bistro, Fermata Brewing, Altered Genius Brewing, Subway, Harkins Mill Wines, Firehouse Lounge and Maple Restaurant.
Other participating companies are Ambridge Do It Best, Brown Dog Signs, Hands on Health, Kendall Leigh Boutique, Vape & Roll With It, Philip’s Automotive, Bob Nelson, Burns HVAC, New Alliance Federal Credit Union, Sweetwater Bicycles, Harmony Haus and Homes by Hilaire.
Baden restaurant changes hands
The Sheila’s restaurant in Baden is changing hands.
The namesake owner, Sheila Bowser, announced her retirement after 50 years in business, but told the Facebook community that new owners had bought the restaurant for breakfast and lunch and would keep the Sheila name until a year.
Sheila’s, at 25 State St. near the Harmony Township line, started in Ambridge, moving to Baden in 1996. As of the end of last week, the new Sheila’s had not reopened.
Hank quits Monday hours
Hank’s Frozen Custard & Mexican Food has announced that it will be closed on Mondays until further notice due to a shortage of staff.
“We apologize for the inconvenience and will reopen on Monday once we are fully staffed,” a post from Hank’s Facebook page said.
Custom Cakes by Brooke have been so successful in Brighton Township that the business has expanded to a second location at Robinson’s Shopping Centre.
You can pick up some of Brooke’s fresh daily treats, such as gourmet cupcakes, macaroons, brownies and cookies, next time you’re at the Robinson Mall (on the first floor near the playground for children) or at the original location in Tusca Plaza, a few doors down from Shop ‘N Save.
Bruster’s offers oat milk
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream has relaunched its dairy-free vegan frozen dessert line, which now includes oat milk.
Bruster stores, including those in Hopewell, Moon and Bridgewater, will offer a rotation of 14 oat milk-infused non-dairy ice cream flavors, including coffee chocolate chips, chocolate truffles and chocolate chips at Mint. Oat milk is gaining popularity as an alternative to cow’s milk for people with food sensitivities.
“The loyalty and experience of our customers is what drives us,” said Jim Sahene, CEO of Bridgewater-based Bruster’s. “We were excited to initially launch our first non-dairy coconut milk dessert; but today our new oat milk option offers superior taste and recipe. We know that many of our customers follow a strict vegan lifestyle or face different dietary restrictions, and it’s important to us to be able to offer them something wonderful with the variety of flavors and premium ingredients in which Bruster’s is known.
Of course, Bruster’s will also continue to collect and serve traditional artisanal ice cream made with the company’s proprietary blend from its own dairy source.
During the month of May, Bruster’s will introduce an all-new ice cream flavor – Dark Chocolate Graham Crunch – and bring back a seasonal classic, Strawberry Shortcake Sundae.
(Scott Tady is food/drink and entertainment editor at The Times, and easy to reach at [email protected])