Christmas season has arrived to help bring cheer to a rather challenging year. While we all love the holidays, planning can be a little bit of a headache (especially this year – thanks 2020.)  It may be even tougher this year missing out on old traditions, classic celebrations, and full households. So, Made in PGH has partnered with  local businesses to help craft the perfect day for your family that might very well turn into a tradition for years to come. Check out the food, activities, and gift recommendations we have below.*

*COVID-19 safety procedures are in place.

Bistro to Go

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Looking for an extraordinary meal for an out of the ordinary Christmas Eve or Day? Work with Bistro To Go Café & Catering to bring your holiday vision to life. High praise has been given to their catering services from not only their clients, but Wedding Wire, Expertise, and The Knot. Bistro to Go makes a conscious effort to not only provide the best service to clients, but their community. Located on Pittsburgh’s North side, their efforts earned gold level designation from Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant

Catering services are tailored to your needs through careful conversation and planning. Hand-crafted dishes are made with local, artisan ingredients by a team of passionate chefs. You can work with their culinary team to design a menu for your holiday event (big or small). Have dietary restrictions? Customize the menu to meet your needs and desires. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available. 

Help make your holiday perfect by booking catering from Bistro to Go

Terminal Strip District

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Image via: Terminal Strip District

Join in on some socially distant fun. The Terminal, in the Strip District, is hosting 18 of Pittsburgh’s favorite non-profits for winter window displays. Beloved organizations like Animal Friends, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and more have put on a spectacular show.Take family or friends to check out the displays, learn about the impact on our community, and how you can help support these organizations this holiday season. Find the windows between 18th and 17 street on the Terminal’s Smallman Street walkways. Worried about the cold? Grab a cup of hot chocolate from De Fer or take a break in one of the Terminal’s heated passageways to stay warm. If you’re looking to warm up once you’re back home, grab a drink from the Terminal’s newly opened Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection.

Stay up-to-date with all events and business at the Terminal by visiting its website.

Breadworks Bread

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What’s a holiday season without delicious food? Treat yourself to some baked bread from Breadworks. Located in the North Side, Breadworks has been helping Pittsburgh and beyond get their bread fix for over 40 years. Their team is proud to be “Pittsburgh Born and Bread” by playing an active role in the community. Every day, unsold bread is donated to local shelters, food kitchens, and other organizations to play a part in no one having to go hungry. 

You can try one of over 60 varieties of bread and rolls. Everything is baked fresh daily. Try their Rustic Italian, Country Corn Rye, or Rustic Sour to make a legendary grilled cheese or french toast.  Have a food lover in your life? Buy a special holiday loaf for a gift. Sweet egg bread is available for purchase on Friday, Dec. 24 and chocolate babka is available on Thursday, Dec. 31. 

Stop by the store on Monday to Friday between 8am – 4pm or Saturday between 8am – 2pm. Find more about available options, pricing, and  COVID-19 procedures

The Washington Brewing Company

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Feel like going out to celebrate Christmas? Head to The Washington Brewing Company to try hand-crafted lagers or IPAs. You can toast to the holiday season by trying a holiday brew. Some of the drinks currently on tap are the Rando Hazy IPA, Chocolate Meow Meow Milk Stout, and Spiced Winterfest Lager. These seasonal specials won’t be around for long, so don’t miss out. Grab a bite to eat from their extensive menu featuring Bubba’s Burgers, wood-fired pizzas, and smoked pulled pork sandwiches. 

Check out their website to learn more about what your dining, menu, and safety. 

 COVID-19 dining safety measures are currently in place. 

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Katherine Lewis

A Virginia native, Katherine moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 to attend the University of Pittsburgh. After earning her B.A. in Media and Professional Communications in December 2019, Katherine began working as a Marketing Intern and Public Relations for two different Pittsburgh-based organizations. She loves to travel, read ( big Carnegie Library fan), and explore Pittsburgh during her free time! All while fueled by an unnecessary amount of caffeine, of course.

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