Franktuary and The Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry (SHCFP) have partnered to host a No Menu Monday event at Bar Marco in the Strip on Monday, November 17th from 5 – 11 p.m.  A portion of the meal’s proceeds will benefit SHCFP.

Every Monday of each month, Bar Marco offers local organizations and chefs an opportunity to take over the kitchen—bringing their own ingredients and cooking up their own culinary creations for Bar Marco customers. Guest chefs also have the option of cooking for a cause and donating a portion of the evening proceeds to a local nonprofit. It’s a chance for local chefs to get a little more exposure and customers of Bar Marco to try something different, and to support organizations doing good work in our community.

On the 17th, Chef Dan Lamb, kitchen manager at Franktuary, will serve SHCFP-inspired creations at Bar Marco as part of this exciting weekly event. Well-known in Pittsburgh’s food scene, Dan previously worked at Meat and Potatoes and The Sonoma Grille.

“We’re grateful that Chef Lamb and Franktuary have paired up with our Pantry as one of the ways in which they are making a difference in our community,” said Matthew Bolton, SHCFP director. “Many times, the perception of a food pantry is that clients are sent home with food that is unhealthy or low-quality, and that’s not the case at SHCFP. We’re committed to providing our clients with a selection of high-quality, healthy and nutritious foods, like fresh produce and healthy whole grains, like millet, lentils and chickpeas. We’ve worked with Chef Lamb to feature a menu that reflects our efforts to ensure that our clients to feel empowered in feeding themselves and their families, and in their choice to come to us for help.”

SHCFP meets the needs of both families that keep kosher as well as those who don’t, so while Bar Marco’s kitchen is not kosher and the meal will not meet kosher dietary laws, Lamb will feature a kosher-inspired dish.

The evening’s menu will feature a pear and apple garden salad, ravioli with squash filling, beef brisket with a traditional Jewish stew, banh mi pork belly corn dogs and a challah bread pudding for dessert. Meal items will range from about $8-15.

“My entire life is all about food, so I am thrilled to partner with an organization that is doing so much in our community to eliminate hunger,” Lamb said. “When our community members are on a budget, or turning to organizations like the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry for help with putting food on their tables, they can still create healthy, great-tasting meals for their families. The majority of the items that make up my dishes are all things that can be found right on the Pantry’s shelves.”

Annually, SHCFP serves 1,700 individuals and families from the 15217 ZIP code. In addition to meeting the nutritional needs of those who are food-insecure in the Squirrel Hill and Greenfield area, SHCFP meets the needs of individuals and families who keep kosher homes outside of the 15217 zip code area and qualify for food assistance, as well as those with gluten-free needs or those who live in surrounding communities and are in need of emergency food assistance. SHCFP also works to provide clients with additional social services related to critical needs, unemployment and more, to break the cycle of poverty and ensure self-sufficiency is possible.

The event is open to the public. Bar Marco is located at 2216 Penn Ave. in the Strip District. For more information, contact Bar Marco at 412-471-1900 or visit barmarcopgh.com.