Wednesday, October 12, 2011

One Day Package for "Last Lecture" Co-Author

Prime Stage Theater group, which performs at the nearby New Hazlett Theater, is hosting Jeffrey Zaslow, the co-author of the Last Lecture with the late Carnegie Mellon University Professor Randy Pausch. Mr. Zaslow, a noted author and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, will be appearing at the New Hazlett on Monday November 7 at 7:30 p.m.; excerpts from the book will be performed by actor Justin Fortunato.

In honor of having Mr. Zaslow in Pittsburgh, the Priory is offering a special package for November 7:

* An overnight for two in one of our new Deluxe King suites;

* A $50 dinner voucher to Max's Allegheny Tavern;

* Two tickets to the "Last Lecture" presentation at the New Hazlett Theater.

Package price: $179 plus tax, per double occupancy. This package is available for the night of Monday, November 7 only.

This promises to be an inspiring and moving night. Please contact our Front Desk at (412) 231-3338 or at (866) 3PRIORY to book this package.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Around the Boot with Vin du Pays

Our last Wine Tasting of the season is this Thursday, October 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If it's warm we'll be in the courtyard! Our theme is "Wines from around the Boot," with four wines from four different wine regions in Italy. We're featuring some obscure varietals, and you can compare and contrast the varietals from these different appellations. Our wine host is Joe Barsotti of Barsotti Wines. The price on this one is $55 per person. As always, we feature live entertainment and we pair these special wines with heavy hors d'oeuvres from our chefs Pete & Mike. And as always, we give you the three finger pour and more!

Here's our wines:

Cantine Lenotti de Veneizie
(Veneto 2010)

Cantine Sampietrana Negroamaro (Puglia 2008)

Cantine Ippolito Classico Superiore Reserva Ciro (Calabria 2007)

Donato D'Angelo Vitis Divina Rosso (Basilicata 2008)

We'll also be tasting two Italian "liquori," Gazio Amaretto and Latinae Sambuca.

E-mail or call Gene Lucente for tickets: or (412) 224-6300. Hope you can make it!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Priory Banquet Staff on Television Next Week

Our Priory Grand Hall banquet management team will be featured on the "Consumer Sense" program on Tuesday, October 11th. The show airs at 7:30 p.m. on PCNC, the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PCNC is Channel 35 on Comcast and Channel 9 on Verizon here in Pittsburgh. The show is hosted by Duquesne University marketing professor Audrey Guskey, who is really delightful and who made our staffers feel comfortable while being interviewed for television. Look for our Grand Hall GM Walter Czapliewicz, Heather McDowell, our wedding sales specialist, and Gene Lucente, who does our corporate sales. Tune in on Tuesday! And if you miss it, keep your eyes opened for repeats.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Winter White Wedding Giveaway Coverage

I was recently on KDKA TV's Pittsburgh Live television program to discuss our Winter White Wedding giveaway to a military member who had served in Iraq or Afghanistan. The contest, now in its fourth year, gives away a full wedding reception completely free of charge. The winner is drawn at random from among couples who have submitted an application. The criteria only are that one member of the couple be from the seven county Pittsburgh region and that one member of the couple served in Iraq or Afghanistan as a member of a branch of the military.

You can see the interview here.

Our winners for 2011-12 were Brian Collins and Heather Shearer. Brian, a former Marine sergeant, had served in Iraq.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Night for Tassy II Report

We recently hosted "A Night for Tassy II," a fundraiser to assist in bringing to young Haitian children to Pittsburgh for much needed surgery and medical care. The original Night for Tassy was held last year, and raised funds to bring Tassy Filsaime, a 19 year old from Haiti who was suffering from a massive tumor on his mouth, to Pittsburgh. He had a successful surgery at Allegheny General Hospital here on the North Side and is now attending school here in the Pittsburgh area. The Night for Tassy II was a rousing success, raising more than $20,000 to bring two young children to Pittsburgh from Port au Prince.

Above, from the left, are Priory co-owner Suzanne Graf, former Survivor star and event organizer Ian Rosenberger, Sally Wiggin of WTAE TV, me, Randy Baumann of the WDVE morning show, and Tassy Filsaime.

For a WTAE TV story on the event, click here.

The event was sponsored by Team Tassy, an ad hoc organization founded by Rosenberger and a group of friends, which is dedicated to providing medical aid to individual youths in Haiti, with the goal of using medical care to leverage assisting the whole family. For more information, or to donate, point your browser to