Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hot New Restaurants for 2015


Pittsburgh's gotten a lot of good press recently for its up and coming restaurant scene, including props from Bon Appetit magazine as America's next big food city.  Here's primer from the "Made in Pgh" website which details 14 just opened or soon-to-be-opened must dine restaurants opening in the city this year, including the much anticipated Superior Motors in Braddock, the conception of renowned chef Kevin Sousa.  Take a look and make your reservations soon!

See the article here.

See a Post-Gazette article on new restaurants from the end of last year here.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Meeting of the Malts Photos

We hosted a cool and fun event a while back, the Meeting of the Malts, featuring a panel of craft brewers speaking about the art of beermaking -- Chris Troegner of Troegs Brewing, Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing, and Pittsburgh's Scott Smith of East End Brewing.  We had about 200 people and a good time was had by all.  Hopefully we'll get to do it again!






Monday, May 18, 2015

Beautiful Set



Here's a photo from an event that we hosted commemorating  St. Philip's parish school in Crafton's 100th anniversary.  It was a striking look, with the Spring themed colors and decor.  We were honored to host this event, which brought alumni in from around the country.  The event had nearly 300 guests!

See the centennial website here.

Friday, May 15, 2015

May Wine Tasting




Join us for our May (hopefully) Al Fresco Wine Tasting.  Our wine host is Joe Barsotti, who will be taking us on a tour of Northern Italy.  He'll share wines and tell us about the wineries which he visited during his March trip. Contact Gene Lucente at gene@thepriory.com to make a reservation.  We always offer a second pour, and we always have some great small plates from chefs Pete Phillipy and Mike Henney.  The tasting occurs at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. Tickets are $60 per person.

See more details here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Priory Hospitality Group is a Finalist for Family Owned Business of the Year

Our Priory Hospitality Group was a finalist for the Family Owned Business of the Year in the 51-75 employee category.  The award is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Business Times and finalists are evaluated by a panel of judges.  Criteria included length of service, number of family employees involved in the community, financial success, and commitment to the community.  While we did not prevail for the award, we were honored to be considered with some great businesses.

For a list of honorees, click here.  For the story on our prize, click here.

Pictured is our management and ownership team with the award we received as a finalist.  From left to right:  Sales Manager-Gene Lucente; Director of Catering-Trish Cloonan; Director of Guest Service-Tim McGlothlin; me; my dad Ed, our organization's founder; my wife Suzanne, our Vice President and a seasoned hospitality professional; Priory Hospitality Group General Manager Rebecca Lazeration; and Assistant Manager-Catering Sara-Lynn Hunter.  As owners, we are very proud of our team members and the great job that they do.  Without their unwavering commitment, we would never have achieved the success we have.



Friday, May 1, 2015

Hope Through Creativity at the Grand Hall



We hosted a really fun and moving event earlier this week, Hope Through Creativity, which was a summit of high school students from throughout the region discussing the educational plight of homeless children.  The event was sponsored by the Homeless Children's Education Fund, an organization of which I'm proud to serve on the Board of Trustees.  HCEF does some great work in trying to even out educational outcomes for children experiencing homelessness, as well as educating the public about these children.

Here is a link to a Tribune Review article about the event.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Thrilllist Best Restaurants in Pittsburgh

The website Thrilllist.com listed its 15 not to be missed Pittsburgh restaurants.  I've been to many and can recommend them, particularly Legume in Oakland, and Butcher in the Rye downtown.  We're also represented on the North Side by Carmi Family Restaurant, which is a southern/ soul food style cuisine.

To see the article, click here.    Pictured below is Carmi's chicken and waffles.