Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Burgh Bits and Bites Tours Comes to Deutschtown

Burgh Bits and Bites Tours is a neat concept dreamed up by Pittsburgher Sylvia McCoy.  Sylvia's been running these culinary walking tours in the Strip District and Bloomfield for years, and now has brought her tour to our bit of the North Side, Deutschtown.   The tour stops in a variety of destinations, including our own Priory Hotel (for hot pretzels) and Priory Fine Pastries (for some sweet treats).  The Deutschtown tour, as with BB & B's other jaunts, includes a tour guide who offers a plethora of obscure and not-so-obscure facts about the neighborhood (for Deutschtown, for instance, our guide discussed the founding of Avery College nearby, the first institution of higher education for African Americans in the City of Pittsburgh).
Pictured in our hotel courtyard are the attendees of the inaugural tour, which include Sylvia (second from the left) and, fifth from the left, our tourguide, Richard Domencic, who also happened to be my 11th grade Social Studies teacher (the year:  1980-81).

For an article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette regarding Sylvia's tours, click here. 

For a Living Pittsburgh interview with Sylvia, click here.  

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