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Nov 2 // Local x Global: SHARPSBURG w/Blue Sparrow & Dancing Gnome

For the next stop on our sandwich passport to Pittsburgh, we’re heading to the hometown of H.J. Heinz. Join us for Local x Global: Sharpsburg at Dancing Gnome Brewery for a very local sandwich. Blue Sparrow’s Sharpsburg special sandwich will include Heinz’s first product: horseradish.

tl;dr: Join us at Dancing Gnome on Saturday, November 2 for a Sharpsburg inspired Sandwich. Pre-order your sandwich for $10.57

Update 10/31: Hear Luke Cypher talk about the sandwich he is making for Saturday

Find out why you should join us for Local x Global this Saturday

Curious about this Local x Global sandwich series we keep talking about? We stopped by Blue Sparrow for a visit and asked owner Luke Cypher to explain a little bit about the series and what he has planned for the Sharpsburg Sandwich. Join us 11/2 at Dancing Gnome Beer. Preorder your sandwich here:

Posted by Very Local Pittsburgh on Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Stop No. 3 of our specialty sandwich series, Local x Global: SHARPSBURG is a rare opportunity for you to taste what happens when Luke Cypher, head chef and owner of Blue Sparrow, takes menu inspiration from one of the food truck’s regularly scheduled locations. On Saturday, Nov. 2, join us at Dancing Gnome Brewery from 12-6 p.m.

Most folks recognize the iconic Heinz smokestacks on the Northside, but you might not know that H.J. Heinz actually started his business up the river in Sharpsburg in 1869. He made and bottled his first product – horseradish – from the kitchen of his Sharpsburg residence.

What happens when Pittsburgh’s global street food truck, Blue Sparrow, decides to go off-menu and find inspiration in a local neighborhood?

The premise of this series is simple: a global food truck, specializing in street foods such as bibimbap and bahn mi, focuses on a local Pittsburgh flavor or history. We want to tell a little bit of Pittsburgh’s story with every bite.

And for this one, we are obviously using horseradish. The “Sharpsburg Sandwich” features house rye bread, pastrami, beer mustard, horseradish sauce, pickle, light slaw, and sharp cheddar.

A little Heinz history

It was said that H.J. Heinz chose the 57 because “5” was his lucky number and the number “7” was his wife’s lucky number. So if you preorder your sandwich, we will make it your lucky day, too, and throw in a beer from Dancing Gnome for $10.57.

The first stop on this passport to Pittsburgh featured a kielbasa, house kraut, mustard, and hot pepper cheese pressed sandwich under the iconic “Welcome to Deutschtown” mural on the side of Allegheny City Brewery. The second stop took us to Brew Gentlemen in Braddock, for a sandwich inspired by a steelworker’s lunchbox: beer-braised ham on a housemade roll.

For those of you familiar with Blue Sparrow’s current menu offerings, you know that Cypher and his team typically serve items such as japchae noodles, bibimbap, or a burger with a ramen noodle bun — global street food. They make everything from scratch, from their bahn mi bun to their kimchi, and this will be no exception.

You can preorder your sandwich here:

Local x Global: SHARPSBURG sandwich event details:

  • Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Dancing Gnome Brewery, 925 Main St., Pittsburgh, PA 15215
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Step inside Blue Sparrow’s restored Greyhound bus

Not familiar with Blue Sparrow’s cuisine? not a problem. Take a look at our video interview with Luke and learn more about the Blue Sparrow bus.