By Andrea Bosco + Katie Piscopio
Photography: Ben Petchel
Nearly 500 supporters gathered at the Hosanna House for the East End Food Co-op’s third annual Winterfest celebration, providing more than 17,000 meals for Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank families! The night was full of light fun as guests struck silly poses in the photo booth and enjoyed entertainment by Pittsburgh’s local performers. The musical lineup included DJ Selecta of WYEP’s Grand Groove Radio, who kept the party going with a variety of contemporary and classic tunes; Shelf Life String Band, a five-piece ensemble specializing in acoustic string music; and Union Rye. The East End Food Co-op’s café prepared a number of items like mushroom barley soup, a Mediterranean platter, and baked goods, which included the most delectable chocolate cherry cupcakes. Donations from local vendors included cheese from Hidden Hills Creamery, Doe Run Farm, and Firefly Farms; hummus from Greek Gourmet Marketplace; a sundae bar from Legume; craft beer from East End Brewing Company; and Clarion River Organics’ pickled watermelon radishes for Bloody Mary mocktails. A chance auction and activities provided by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh were added bonuses!