PCMA’s flagship event, Convening Leaders, brought industry professionals from 36 countries to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 6-9 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. “We built this conference around the theme Disrupt + Deliver because that’s what the industry needs and wants,’’ says PCMA President and CEO Sherriff Karamat. “We leave here with a greater commitment and better understanding of how business events can and must drive economic and social progress.’’
The City of Steel
• 1.5 oz Plantation 3 Stars rum
• .5 oz Aperol
• 1 oz pineapple juice
• .5 oz lemon juice
• .5 oz Orgeat
• 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Shake and double strain into your favorite Tiki mug and add ice.
Courtesy of Bar Marco, Pittsburgh
The annual event raises funds for a food bank in style.
A Budding Business
As Marcella Hazan explains in the introduction to her “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking,” the varying languages, climates, geography, history and local ingredients that defi ne Italy’s diverse regions make it diffi cult to classify one single cooking style as representative of the entire country’s cuisine. Rather, “It is the cooking that spans remembered history, that has evolved during the whole course of transmitted skills and intuitions in the homes throughout the Italian peninsula and the islands, in its hamlets, on its farms, in its great cities.
East Liberty is fully recharged. Nestled in Pittsburgh’s East End about 5 miles outside of downtown, the neighborhood’s energy is fueled by huge investments from the technology industry and grounded in a resilient community. East Liberty once rivaled downtown as a booming retail, transportation and culture center where the area’s elites and industrialists built grand homes and public buildings in the early 1900s to escape the city. But when suburbs began to lure residents away in the 1950s, failed attempts to retain population ended up crippling East Liberty’s economy and vibrancy.
Fairmont Pittsburgh announced its soon-to-be revealed restaurant concept, which will replace Habitat and open in late September.
Jean-Paul Lourdes, executive chef and newest member to the Fairmont Pittsburgh team will lead the restaurant.
“We are very excited to welcome Jean-Paul. His background is immensely impressive and we are fortunate to have his talent to lead the culinary direction of our new restaurant,” says Matthew Sterne, general manager.
Marilyn Monroe may have adored her diamonds, but it turns out that diamonds aren’t just a girl’s best friend. Hotels and restaurants covet them too, but these diamonds are not the dazzlers you wear; the ones they covet come from AAA. The American Automobile Association, along with Forbes and Michelin (who both issue stars), are considered by many to be the gold standard when it comes to awards.
VisitPITTSBURGH has developed a fun promotional campaign to get locals more involved with its “Pittsburgh. Mighty. Beautiful.” theme and tagline. The organization kicked-off the “Mighty. Beautiful.” campaign and contest at its Annual Meeting luncheon by asking attendees to think of a third word to describe the city, e.g. Mighty. Beautiful. Welcoming. Among the words being used to describe Pittsburgh were: Inspiring. Proud. Reinvented. Welcoming. Legendary. Innovative.