Pittsburgh Botanic Garden's inaugural dinner raises hopes for seconds
The only problem the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden faced after hosting its inaugural From Garden to Table Dinner on Sept. 21 was the question of how it can possibly make people wait an entire year for the next one.
The evening began in the painstakingly restored 19th century-barn known as the “front door” to the 460-acre property in Oakdale. For decades, the land was plagued with pollution from an abandoned strip mine.
“This is the greatest possible reward for years and years of hard work,” prez Greg Nace said.
When the dinner bell rang, chefs Justin Severino, Stephen Felder, Derek Stevens, Brian Pekarcik and Keith Fuller escorted everyone out of reality and into a food utopia that began with a sweet potato soup and ended with a rose panna cotta.
VIPs included Fran andMelanie Azur, Vince andRita Deluzio, Lou andKathy Testoni, Dr. Jim and Ruby Kang, Dolly andCurt Ellenberg, Bev and Steve Elliott, Jim and Judy Stalder, and Mark andDeb Henzes.