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Nov 1, 2011 05:40 PM

Cool Event Spaces Pittsburgh

Hi there,

This isn't so much about food but about a cool place to serve the food. I am planning an engagement party in the 'burgh this summer. The actual wedding is family only so this will be like the reception before the wedding. I am looking for cool, interesting, different spaces to host 75 - 100. So far on my list to see: The Andy Warhol Museum, The Mattress Factory, The Firehouse in Lawrenceville (sorry, the name escapes me) and the Pgh Society for Contemporary Craft.

Any other cool, different suggestions? The Pgh Center for the Arts is totally booked until next September so that's out.

Thank you in advance.

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  1. Well you took all of my first ideas already... Maybe Pittsburgh Glass ( not sure exact name)... Phipps conservatory possiby... This doesnt exactly fit the ideas your are going with but The Grand Concourse is a crowd pleasure..IMHO one of the most breath taking places in Pittsburgh , doesnt matter what crowd or scene you are into

    Just so this doesnt get axed by moderators... (because I would like to know what you decide) .. Maybe someone could give some real kick ass catering services if the venue doesnt serve food

    Grand Concourse Restaurant
    100 W Station Square Dr Ste 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

    1. Phipps Conservatory sounds like a great idea to me. Of course, it's just one of my favorites. Another possibility would be the Heinz History Center; they have an event room and there's an adjacent outdoor space. And another outdoor space is the roof at Six-Penn Kitchen, but it might be too small for that size group. Maybe if it's the upstairs plus the roof it would work.

      1. Thank you so much, very helpful. And Augie6, that is my next question -- caterers! I love the ideas of Big Burrito esp. since they have a Pgh station and I'll be having a lot of out of town guests but I'm open to anything. Any recs?

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        1. re: kja1

          Cafe Raymond is the best in town

          Cafe Raymond
          2103 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

          1. re: six dower

            I've never used them as a caterer, but they make some of the best pastries I've ever eaten. Try their danish and their madeleines if you do a tasting (they tend not to make them regularly).

        2. Great list.

          I would suggest the Union Project (Negley Ave in Highland Park), the possibility of the Union Trust Building lobby (Grant Street, Downtown), or maybe even attempting to reserve all of Salt of the Earth (Penn Ave, Garfield)?

          1. Soldiers and Sailors is a neat place to do something with the balconies and all, although that'll cost you. A more traditional but overlooked space is the Electrician's Union hall at the Birmingham Bridge. Great sound system to boot. Again, probably a couple grand. The suggestion for the Glass FActory could work - they've got a big foyer area for hosting events. The Union Project is a bit of an anomaly as the main floor is pitched, so you'd have to level any tables somehow.

            Not sure if they'd do it (but they should consider it for the right price), Coffee Tree in Shadyside is a great space that easily could fit 100. Gotta think your check would trump their usual Friday night biz. Couldn't hurt to ask.