The Food Column: McDonald's debuts new Happy Meal

January 26, 2012 12:00 am
  • PBS chef Christy Rost will present a cooking demo Feb. 4 at Giant Eagle Market District in Pine.
    PBS chef Christy Rost will present a cooking demo Feb. 4 at Giant Eagle Market District in Pine.
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Kids all over the region are now ticked, and moms are happy.

McDonald's introduced its new Happy Meal in the Pittsburgh market Friday, Jan. 20. Now, instead of asking your kid, "Do you want fries or apples with that?" (as if you didn't already know the answer), you just order up a happy meal and she or he gets both. Except the number of fries has been greatly reduced.

If you want only apples, you can get double apples and no fries.

But if you want only fries ... tough luck, kid.

Here's some more local food news:

Charity event

Feb. 11: Seventh Annual Recipe for Hope, 7:30 p.m. at Mayernik Center, Camp Horne Road, Ohio Township. Local celebrities -- including Dave Crawley, Brenda Waters, Rick Dayton, Shelley Duffy, Scott Alexander, Rick Sebak, and the PG's own Gretchen McKay and Doug Oster -- wear aprons and serve favorite dishes. Also includes Pink 'Tini Bar, Rooney Beer, live music and auction items such as a bat autographed by the Pirates' Neil Walker, airline tickets and more. $75; proceeds benefit Hair Peace Charities, which supports women fighting cancer. Registration required: 412-327-5177 or email For information:

Good eats & drinks

Saturday: Bakery's Best Party, 1 to 4 p.m. in Bakery Square, East Liberty. Free dessert samples, live music, beer; Pittsburgh Magazine announces its 2011 Best Bakeries Poll winner. Free. 412-304-0918.

Feb. 4: 20th Anniversary Celebration, 11:30 a.m. to closing, Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle, Strip District. Ceili dance lessons, live music, jam session featuring any Irish performer who has ever taken the pub's stage, photo displays, prizes. $2 cover goes to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Reservations: 412-642-6622.

Feb. 10: Italian Winter Family Style Dinner, 6 p.m. at Fern Hollow Nature Center, Sewickley Heights. Homemade pasta, braciole, polenta, appetizers, veggies, salad and dessert. $60 per person ($50 for Fern Hollow members); proceeds benefit education programs at the center. Reservations required: 412-741-6136 or e-mail


Feb. 4: Interactive cooking class, 1 p.m. at Habitat, Fairmont Pittsburgh, Downtown. Prepare butternut squash agnolotti with executive chef Andrew Morrison and sous chef Paula Smagacz, and then enjoy a three-course lunch. $65 includes lunch and wine. Reservations: 412-773-8848.

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First Published 2012-02-09 20:08:51
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