Join us at Scratch March 8: Half the Sky, in honor of A Day without a Woman

Scratch F&B Supports “Day Without Women” With Paid Vacation Day for Female Employees, ‘Half the Sky Fundraiser’, and Farm to Table Pittsburgh Partnership

Event takes place March 8, 2017, at 1720 Lowrie Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

March 5, 2017 (Troy Hill- Pittsburgh, PA) – Scratch Food & Beverage (Scratch F&B), located in Pittsburgh’s Northside in the Troy Hill Neighborhood, is supporting the March 8, 2017, national “Day Without Women” Strike.

March 8, 2017, is International Women’s Day and organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, along with hundreds of grassroots groups around the country, are using the day as an opportunity to “the economic injustices women and gender non-conforming people continue to face,” organizers wrote in an announcement on their website (

Initially,  Scratch F&B Owner, Don Mahaney, planned to give all female employees the day off as a paid vacation day, as a show of solidarity. The initiative quickly grew when Mahaney partnered with Erin Hart, Executive Director of Farm to Table Pittsburgh.  The two quickly decided to host an event, aptly titled Half the Sky,  which will feature Farm to Table local distillery partners and guest bartenders from 6pm-11pm. All tips from the evening will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Half the Sky is a part of Farm to Table Pittsburgh’s Farm to Flask event series, which leads up to the Farm to Table Annual Conference on March 24 and 25 this year.

A special cocktail list, complimentary tastings, and Scratch’s regular menu will be available throughout the evening. Tastings and cocktails include offerings from Wigle Whiskey, KingView Mead, and Maggie’s Farm Rum. Guest bartenders include Randy Gilson, Elliott Sussman, Jeff Dawles (a Troy Hill local), and several others, TBD.

“Women are a vital part of our workforce and I had always planned to give the paid vacation day as an option for my female employees as soon as this initiative was announced,” says Mahaney. “Farm to Table Pittsburgh is a trusted partner and ally and we share the same values- a belief in our communities, the health and safety of those that live there, and the overall appreciation and concern for well-being that we have for all people. It’s really encouraging to see people getting behind this.

Event cost is $20 and includes one (1) complimentary cocktail. Food and other beverages will be sold separately. 100% of the ticket sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood in addition to all tips from the evening. Tickets are to be purchased at the door, and organizers are requesting guests RSVP on the Facebook event page (SEARCH: Farm to Flask Preview- Half the Sky).

This is a bar area event only at Scratch F&B.  Scratch’s dining room will be open for regular dinner service.

About Scratch F&B

Scratch Food & Beverage features a seasonal menu of refined comfort food, affordable craft cocktails, and local beer options in a fun and comfortable space. Scratch F&B opened in November 2015 in Pittsburgh’s historic Troy Hill neighborhood.

About Farm to Table Pittsburgh

Farm to Table Pittsburgh is part of the wellness program offered by American HealthCare Group, a Pittsburgh-based health and wellness company. The wellness program includes Lunch & Learns, cooking demonstrations, local tastings, fruit bowls and student assemblies offered to school districts, corporations, senior groups and community organizations.

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