Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate! This year, your holiday may look a little different with safety at the top of all of our minds. Instead of feeling down about who may not be joining you this year, take the opportunity to start a new tradition. Buy local to elevate your menu for Hanukkah this year. You may just find a favourite to introduce to your usual crowd when life is more normal. Here are a few recommendations:

Challah & Other Baked Goods 

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Allergo Hearth Bakery

2034 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15217

Pick up a loaf of Challah from Allergo Hearth Bakery in Squirrel Hill. Their newly developed recipe could be one of the best things to come out of 2020 (especially served with jam). Drop by to pick up your loaf during store hours or order online.

Five Points Artisan Bakeshop

6524 Wilkins Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15217

This family owned and operated bakery creates artisan loaves of bread daily. Bread available varies on the day of the week. Snag a loaf of their challah on Thursdays and Fridays for the whole family to enjoy. Order online or visit on Tuesday – Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Saturday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or Sunday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Prantl’s Bakery 

Multiple locations in Shadyside, Downtown, and other locations.

Why not bring a new food to the table by trying Prantl’s legendary almond torte? This creamy, sweet, pile of cake, frosting, and almonds are sure to amaze. Order online to make sure you get the best selling treat in your holiday rotation. 

Applesauce

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Have extra time on your hands? Try making applesauce from scratch.Luckily, Pittsburgh is surrounded by locally owned and operated farms to help you find a variety of organic apples to use.  

Sorgel’s Orchard

Located in Wexford, Sorgel’s Orchard is a local favorite for apple picking during Autumn. Take a look at their apple chart to see if your favorite variety of apple is currently being sold in their market. 

Trax Farms

This South Hills business has a market full of not only apples, but piles of other fresh produce. Bring a farm fresh feel to your holiday meals by shopping at Trax’s market. 

Latkes 

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Smallman Street Deli

2840 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Latkes are a Hanukkah staple, but Smallman Street Deli  is serving them with a twist. You can get a  classic “Rachel” ( a reuben with coleslaw) or Reuben between two latkes. This elevates the sandwich with a delicious, fried crunch.  You can also buy latkes as a side – why not? Visit their store in the Strip District on Monday to Friday between 10am – 4pm and on Saturday between 10 a.m.  and 3 p.m.

S & D Polish Deli

2204 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222

S&D Polish Deli is known for serving up authentic perogies, but their menu goes way past just perogies. You can pick up a plate of latkes for just 10.99 this Hanukkah season. Their potato pancakes are made with fresh potatoes, carrots, flour, eggs, onions, and assorted spices. You can order online or visit their storefront between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. 

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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