Last week, some Clixers had theÂ privilegeÂ of attending theÂ Pittsburgh RestaurantÂ Week Kickoff Party at the beautiful Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel downtown. As foodies and food lovers of all kinds, we enjoy all of the restaurants that Pittsburgh offers throughout the city. Add a dash of celebrity sightingsâ€”well, this was not just any celebrityâ€”now and then, and you’ll adore Pittsburgh’s culinary delights and establishments even more.
Read more about PittsburghÂ RestaurantÂ Week and see photos from the event…
This year, Pittsburgh Restaurant Week decided to host a kickoff event the Thursday before the summer weekly special began for the week of August 13 – 19. Greeted with lovely volunteers, we took in the space. Glowing lights, great tunes, free beer and delicious samples circled the historic lobby of the Renaissance Hotel. Also in attendance were several charities, who contributed to raffle prizes offered during the evening.
Get a look of the fun-filled night below:
The gorgeous ceiling of the lobby.
Yuengling sponsored beers for the event so that the first drink was on the house! Guests could choose fromÂ Yuengling Lager Light or Yuengling Black & Tan or the ever-popular Yuengling Lager. Delicious!
Announcements and thank yous from Beverly’s Birthdays, anÂ organization dedicated to providing birthday celebrations for homeless youth living in transitional shelters in the Pittsburgh region.
Guests entering raffles sponsored by Clique Vodka. Prizes included giftÂ certificatesÂ toÂ participatingÂ RestaurantÂ Week restaurants and proceeds from the raffles were donated to Beverly’s Birthdays and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.Â
Quiche samples with portabellas, zucchini, squash, red onion & peppers, gruyere topped with balsamic reduction from Six Penn Kitchen!
Brian McCollum, Director of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week, getting ready toÂ announceÂ the winners of the raffles. And DJ Digital Dave, providing the perfectÂ ambianceÂ for the night.
And at the end of the evening, we happened to see Pittsburgh great, Hines Ward! Thanks for letting us snap a photo, Hines! 😉
Pittsburgh Restaurant Week starts today, August 13th! Be sure to mention Pittsburgh Restaurant Week when making reservations.
“From August 13-19, 2012, Pittsburgh Restaurant Week â€“ Summer 2012 will focus on highlighting Pittsburgh food and restaurants through fine dining, fresh harvests and outdoor seating with week-long dining deals across the region. It is time to make reservations to take advantage of wonderful dining deals at even more restaurants than before with over 35 restaurants registered to participate. VisitÂ pittsburghrestaurantweek.comÂ for the official listing of participating restaurants and their dining deals.”
What are some of your favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh?