Friday, January 13, 2012

Avenue B Redux Redux

I had a chance to review the Shadyside restaurant Avenue B last year, and returned recently. Avenue B still offers excellent, inventive food with friendly, professional service. It's atmosphere is still casual (exposed brick walls, coarse paper over tablecloths on the tables, menu in chalk on the wall). Here's a link to my previous post.

The menu changes daily, with fresh and seasonal ingredients emphasized. While the dishes are typically no fussy, they do typically combine ingredients which look mismatched but which come together nicely. For instance, during my recent visit there was a foie gras appetizer offered with a quail's egg and maple syrup reduction. Other entrees which we encountered including a fresh sea bass with a saffron and vanilla cream sauce, and a flank steak with an excellent red wine demi glace.

The trick with Avenue B is that they are striving to offer an experience you won't see elsewhere -- crabcakes and grilled salmon are not the usual fare. Avenue B is well worth a look in Pittsburgh. Note that Avenue B is a BYOB, so if you'd like a glass of wine, bring your own bottle.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

For Your Good Health Valentine's Fundraiser February 10

We're pleased to host "Valentine's Enchanted Evening" on February 10, 2012 for For Your Good Health. FYGH is a Pittsburgh area non-profit organization which aims to strengthen children and families through health education and structured physical activities. The Valentine's Enchanted Evening event is aimed at raising funds to provide free sports clinics and camps to children with asthma and allergy-related health conditions.

Valentine's Enchanted Evening promises to be a night of great music, great food and great fun. Music is provided by Pittsburgh Jazz legend Etta Cox and the FAB Rock Band. FYGH is also offering a fabulous and fun auction. We are offering discounted overnight accommodations at our Priory Hotel as well.

Date: February 10, 2012 (Friday)
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Food and Beverage: Buffet dinner opens at 7:00 p.m.; Cash bar is available; Valentine candy and roses will be available for purchase throughout the evening.
Tickets: $75 per person. Call 724 822-9742 or 412 350-8808 for information or to make reservations.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Priory in Pennsylvania Magazine

The Priory was recently featured in Pennsylvania magazine, a publication which celebrates the rich fabric of Pennsylvania's history and its present. In "Anchoring a Pittsburgh Neighborhood: Visionaries Transform Run-down Church Properties into Elegant Inn and Banquet Hall," author Bette McDevitt tells the story of the Priory Hotel, the Grand Hall, and the recent expansion of the Priory. It's an interesting and well written story, not available on the web but the hard copy is the November/December issue of Pennsylvania magazine.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Views and Voices Magazine Covers the Priory

Views and Voices magazine, a lifestyle publication, covers the story of the Priory Hotel and Grand Hall in its January issue. Hilary Daninhirsch (by coincidence, a long lost law school classmate), is the author.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Winter Specials!

If you're thinking of coming to Pittsburgh for a quick look around (we are one of National Geographic's 20 destinations to see before you die!), or you'd like to see what our Priory Hotel is about, January and February are a good time to do it. We are offering specials both on room rates and packages for the winter month. It's well worth checking out our website, whether you're looking for a quick trip to get rid of the winter blahs or planning a special getaway with your someone special! You can see our Specials here and our Packages here.