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Features 49  COVER: All About Andy The Andy Warhol Museum has more than surpassed its 15 minutes of fame — this month, the Pittsburgh institution will celebrate 20 years of perpetuating Andy Warhol’s fantastic pop art legacy.

54  Gather ‘Round

Moms make the world go ‘round, and in honor of Mother’s Day, we invited four spectacular moms to our offices for a roundtable discussion. Their heartfelt answers about motherhood and maintaining a happy, balanced lifestyle are touching and truthful!

83  WHIRL@Home: Summer Edition We’re bringing you the latest in home design trends, specific to the summer months. From a forecast for bright and sunny yellow décor, to a look at cosmopolitan city living, you’ll be ready to start renovating!


Special Section: 2014 DICK’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Spectator Guide Run home to Pittsburgh! That’s the theme of the 2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, taking place on May 4. Join us in supporting the 30,000 people who will participate in the spectacular event! Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait “detail,” 1964, copyright of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum.

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The Andy Warhol Museum celebrates 20 years this May! This month’s cover features an array of iconic works by Warhol. First row: Andy Warhol, Diamond Dust Shoes (Random) “Detail,” 1980; Self-Portrait “Detail,” 1986; Kimiko Powers “Detail,” 1972. Second row: Campbell’s Soup I Tomato “Detail,” 1968; Wallpaper (Cow) “Detail,” 1966. Third row: Martha Graham Satyric Festival Song “Detail,” 1986; Flowers “Detail,” 1964. Fourth row: Sunset “Detail,” 1972; Jackie “Detail,” 1964; Untitled (Sam) “Detail,” ca. 1954. All images copyright of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum.

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Food & Fashion 42  Food Tour: Toast with the Most We asked local chefs to share their favorite toppings, creating gourmet slices suitable for breakfast, lunch, or just as a snack. There’s plenty more deliciousness to sample, including a roundup of new restaurants!

59 S tyle News: May Days The warm weather is here to stay! Celebrate it in style by wearing pastels, seeking out new designers, and refreshing your accessories collection.

66  Shopping Spree: It’s in the Bag Pick from this pretty collection of purses, a colorful variety of totes, satchels, and cross-body bags.

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Art Smarts We are “Warholian” here at WHIRL. We like to give people their 15 minutes of fame; we believe that good business is the best art; and we stand by the idea that everybody should be nice to everybody. Oh, and we agree that taking photographs is a visual diary. Andy Warhol would probably get a kick out of the 20-year anniversary of the museum dedicated to his art. For us personally, watching our then-young children play in the infamous Silver Cloud exhibit was a pivotal point in our lives, and one of the greatest factors in our decision to move back to Pittsburgh. Before moving to Nashville, Jack was a committee member in the planning of the opening gala, and he took me to it as one of our first dates. Twenty years later, Pittsburgh is recognized for its huge arts scene, one that had its beginnings in the twinkle of Andy’s eye. Special recognition goes to all of those who keep that light shining, from the museum staff, to its volunteers, to its donors. Read about it on page 49. The DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon hits the streets May 4 with greater security and training after the Boston Marathon tragedy. Setting the standard for protection of all involved propelled this year’s team as the leader in keeping everyone’s eyes on the road. For all of the details, check out the guide after page 48. We have Bucco fever! With an opening game that set the stage for a great season, we asked for everyone’s favorite Pirate. Easy answer: Pedro Alvarez. Home runs, high fives, and a great smile make it easy to see how this super slugger is the one on our One Last WHIRL. Open the magazine from the back, and there he is!

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Bank On Greater Pittsburgh chair Dr. Howard B. Slaughter, Jr., Huntington Bank Regional President Susan B. Shipley, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh CEO Esther L. Bush, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald kicked off Bank On Greater Pittsburgh. The initiative encourages individuals to strongly consider opening accounts with traditional financial institutions.

Dan Burda and Erin Michel-Mullen of Studio RAW at Pittsburgh Global Connection’s Masked Diamond Bash, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, the bash unveiled the Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest Class of 2014, and honored event co-chair and 2012 50 Finest alumnus Rohn Neugebauer, Burda’s partner, who passed away unexpectedly six days prior.

On hand for Sunny Bridge Natural Foods’ 12th anniversary celebration were Sunny Bridge employees Vicky Thompson and Jennifer Johnson; Mary Newman; Melissa Migliaro, owner of Metamorphosis Wellness Center in McMurray; and Alicia Newman.

Crushed Grapes co-chair Meg Gleason and sponsor Brian Horvath of Horvath Dermatology Associates wined and dined at Sisters Place’s annual wine tasting. Held at the Wintergarden at PPG Place, the event raised more than $72,000 for the organization!

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Angels Fund board members Marion Vujevich, Justin Vujevich, Andrea Kaczmarek, David Klasnick, and Mark Vujevich presented a check for $30,000 to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Not pictured are board members Jamie Sarris and Philip Bollman.

Public passersby made a stop in Market Square to experience Congregation, an interactive kinetic light and sound installation by UK-based new media artists KMA. The inaugural installation is part of the Market Square Public Art Program to bring high-quality art Downtown during the winter months of 2014, 2015, and 2016. The Westmoreland County Community Prayer Breakfast welcomed students and local leaders across Westmoreland County — including Ron Eberhardt, event co-chair; Louis Astorino, speaker; Rich Rosky, Westmoreland County Chamber board president; and Chad Amond, Westmoreland County Chamber executive director — to discuss ways to better the community together.

At Allegheny Health Network’s 9th Annual Celebrate & Share Women of Achievement Awards, Allegheny Health Network COO Pat Liebman, and honorary chair and Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala, Jr., honored Regina Broudy, Clayton Kendall, Inc. president (center), and 25 additional women for their achievements in support of Cribs for Kids®.

Tony Buba; Page Thomas, president of the Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka; and David Conrad joined for the first-ever Cocktails & Conservation at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church. The lively event raised funds to celebrate and support the restoration and lighting of Maxo Vanka’s murals in the church.

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Author and “Food Mood Girl” Lindsey Smith teamed up with martial arts expert and celebrity nutritionist Jennifer Cassetta to lead the event “Hear Me Roar: An Evening of Self-Confidence and SelfDefense” at the Union Project.

Author of “TransAtlantic,” the Allegheny County Library Association’s 2014 One Book, One Community selection, Colum McCann met with Dan and Patricia Rooney at a special Literary Evening presented by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures.

A Hair Boutique owner LaToya JohnsonRainey paired up with host and creator of CitySTYLE, Allegra Battle Johnson, to present True Beauty, a seminar aimed at building the confidence of young women through education and discussion.

Assistant Communications Manager to Mayor Bill Peduto Katie O’Malley, WTAETV’s Sally Wiggin, Corinne Miklos, and Carey Miklos supported the Animal Rescue League & Wildlife Center’s spay/neuter efforts on World Spay Day at the B*tches Ball.

Everett McElveen, Leonard Weitzman Client of the Year Verna Leasher, and Jeff Filicko enjoyed an evening of music and dancing at Life’s Work of Western PA’s Every Voice Counts Concert featuring American Idol contestant Crystal Bowersox at Rivers Casino.

University of Pittsburgh Honors College welcomed journalist Peter Arnett; Vietnam veteran, and former governor and senator Bob Kerrey; Dartmouth College professor Edward G. Miller; journalist Laura Palmer, and Vietnam veteran and former director of Harvard University’s Vietnam program Thomas J. Vallely for a public panel discussion on the Vietnam War.

Annamae and John Lenkey attended the VIP Reception following opera singer Renée Fleming’s (left) recital at Carnegie Music Hall as a part of Pittsburgh Opera’s 75th anniversary.


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Reina Vogliano, Victor Velyan, and Lauren Tesauro at Chapel Hills Jewelry’s Victor Velyan Design Company Trunk Show. Velyan was on hand to share his exquisite and award-winning collection of jewels, which were accompanied by a red carpet and Champagne!

Nadav Baum, Pittsburgh Opera board member Susan Loutsion, Larrimor’s owner Lisa Slesinger, Pittsburgh Opera board member John Tippins, and Dr. Laura Pallan celebrated the joint 75th anniversaries of the custom clothier and Pittsburgh Opera at the Bohemian Rhapsody party, held at Larrimor’s.

Musician Alan Bern; Rabbi Sharyn Henry of Rodef Shalom Congregation; musician Noah Bendix-Balgley; Ann Bass Roth, president of Rodef Shalom Congregation; and musician Susanne Ortner-Roberts convened for the 3 Rivers Klezmer Festival “Neshome” concert to benefit the East End Cooperative Ministries.

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Michael and Betsy Thompson, and Ann and Jeff Todd perused through antiques at the 10th annual Antiques Show Preview Party to benefit the Kerr Memorial Museum at Oakmont Country Club.

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Milt and Diana Napper, founder of Glimmer of Hope; board member and attorney William Brucker; and Patti and Mark Helgerman of Trinity Jewelers presented a check for nearly $133,000 to the launch of Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation’s Pre-menopausal Breast Cancer Program during an intimate ceremony at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

Kappa Delta Foundation’s Bonnie Purvis Warren and Peter Amadio, M.D., American Academy Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), presented the Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award to Freddie Fu, M.D. (center), founder of the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, at the AAOS annual meeting in New Orleans.

American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) Senior Merchandise Planner Gary Means, AEO Merchandise Manager Reggie Kremer, Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton Litigation Associate Michael Herald, and Giant Eagle’s Merchandising Manager A.J. Quahliero enjoyed the 6th Annual Black & White Party at Diesel Club Lounge, where more than $2,000 was raised for Every Child, Inc.

book reservation @ Judi Kanal, Jewish Federation Volunteer Center chair, and Good Deeds Day co-chairs Judy Wein and Robin Gordon prepared more than 100 meal packages for the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry on Good Deeds Day.


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Michael Mascaro, Dr. Barbara Baker, and Jack Mascaro at the third annual Gentlemen’s Night Out at Morton’s The Steakhouse. Hosted by the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and Mascaro Construction, the evening featured savory food, top-shelf libations, and premium cigars.

Photographs from Mark Bolster, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons 2014, Every Child, Inc., Sam Oshlag, Paul A. Selvaggio

Women’s Interactive Network (WIN) Assistant Executive Director Lisa Freeman and Executive Director Dawn Pomaybo posed at WIN’s annual cocktail party. The organization’s mission is to build a community of women who encourage and support each other personally and professionally.

Christopher Sepesy, Point Park professor, and Brian Edward, host of ‘Burgh Vivant, posed with actress Judith Knaiz following the talk magazine’s onstage interview with Knaiz, a native of Pittsburgh, and screening of the film she’s best known for, Hello, Dolly!

Local jazz vocalist Etta Cox, along with her band, provided live music for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s 3x3 performance at the August Wilson Center. 6425 Penn Avenue, Bakery Square 412-362-1234

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& Root 174 Chef Keith Fuller and Big Burrito Corporate Chef Bill Fuller helped serve a simple meal of soup and bread at the 19th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner held at the Rodef Shalom Congregation to benefit Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest.

“Mr. McFeely,” aka David Newell, festival advisory board member, and Charlene Petrelli, EQT Foundation president, reveled in the success of The EQT Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival press announcement, which took place at the Trust Arts Education Center, Downtown.

PhotographS from Michelle Martincic, ‘Burgh Vivant, Rich Sofranko, Christina Bullock, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust 5500 Walnut Street, Shadyside 412-697-0909

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A Sweet Gesture: A Night in Venice event co-chairs Lyn Benonis, Laura Mabon, and Tori Yoos executed a beautiful night hosted by The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Family Life Auxiliary at Inventionland, presented by Direct Energy. Proceeds benefited the Family Life Fund.

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Center for Theater Arts (CTA) alumna and Broadway veteran Rema Webb with CTA Executive Director Billy Hartung at the annual Reach for a Star Gala at the Hilton Garden Inn — Southpointe. Webb performed for the 300-guest audience, and shared stories about the importance and value of arts education.

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Nadeana Cook, Mackenzie Varga, Bethany Casagranda, and Lori Farnsworth at Unmasking Fear, Building Hope, a masquerade ball to support A Child’s Place at Washington. Held in Duquesne University’s Power Center Ballroom, the event was presented by Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club.


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Art Ability Access Workshops, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, 412.391.2060

18th Annual Carnegie Science Center Awards, Carnegie Music Hall,

Manchester Youth Development Center, Rivers Casino, 412.322.0585

Through June Mainstay Art Show, Espresso a Mano,

Sixth Annual Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon, Fairmont Hotel, 412.823.8272

Hosanna Industries’ 10th Annual Spring Trap Shoot Benefit, North Side Sportsmen’s Association, 724.770.0262

So, You Think You Can’t Cook?, Rania’s Catering, Mt. Lebanon, 412.531.2222

22nd Annual History Makers Award Dinner, Westin Convention Center Hotel, Downtown, 412.454.6405

Highmark Walk to Benefit Center for Victims, North Shore, 412.482.3240 x114

St. Barnabas Charities’ 114th Founder’s Day, Marriott Pittsburgh North, 724.625.3770

May 9, 10 78th Annual May Market, Phipps

The Warhol 20th Anniversary Gala, The Andy Warhol Museum, 412.237.8300



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May 9-11 Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals, PNC


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Farm to Community Conference, DoubleTree by Hilton, Green Tree, 412.420.2290 Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh 40th Anniversary Celebration, Frick Art and Historical Center, Shadyside, 412.687.8017 x350 Speak Red: 2014 Go Red for Women Luncheon and Conference, Westin Convention Center Hotel, 412.208.3605 Great Plant Auction, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 412.622.6914 Warm Weather Art Walk on Ellsworth, Shadyside, 412.682.1298 May 2, 3 36th Sewickley House Tour, Sewickley, 412.741.3221 May 2, 4 Mozart Festival Finale, Heinz Hall, 412.392.4900 May 2-4 Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Toronto Blue Jays, PNC

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Chelsea Handler’s Uganda Be Kidding Me Live Tour, CONSOL Energy Center, 877.211.1001

May 18-August 24 Halston & Warhol: Silver and Suede,

Sisters Place’s Hats Off to Mom, The Georgetown Centre, 412.233.3903


Maecenas Gala XXX, Pittsburgh Opera, 412.281.0912

PNC Park, 412.321.BUCS

May 10-October 5 Summer Flower Show, Phipps

May 20-25 Peter and the Starcatcher, Heinz Hall,

Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 412.622.6914


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Donato’s of Fox Chapel — Think Spring — Think Lamb!, Rania’s Catering, Mt. Lebanon, 412.531.2222

11th Annual OC Eagle Classic Golf Tournament, Fox Chapel Golf Club, 412.682.6797

2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, The Friendship Circle Banquet, Westin Convention Center Hotel, 412.224.4440

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A Table Before Me — The Ultimate Dinner Party, Rania’s Catering, Mt. Lebanon, 412.531.2222 Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000 May 14-18 EQT Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, Cultural District, 412.456.6666



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Family Hospice’s 27th Annual Golf Outing, Valley Brook Country Club, McMurray, 412.572.8812

Shalom Pittsburgh’s Spring BBQ, Schenley Park, 412.992.5245

May 5-7 Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants, PNC Park, 412.321.BUCS

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania Awards of Distinction, Omni William Penn Hotel, 800.248.3355 x1020

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A Table Before Me — Small Plates!, Rania’s Catering, Mt. Lebanon, 412.531.2222




A Table Before Me — An Asian-Inspired Feast!, Rania’s Catering, Mt. Lebanon, 412.531.2222


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May 20-21 Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Baltimore Orioles,

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Bow Wow Bingo, Animal Friends, 412.847.7000



National Kidney Foundation Golf Classic, Valley Brook Country Club, 800.261.4115 x15


Hope in One Charity Golf Classic, Diamond Run Golf Club, 412.741.2020


The Andy Warhol Museum, 412.237.8300

Free Skin Cancer Screening, Vujevich Dermatology Associates, South Hills: 412.429.2570, Washington: 724.228.7006

Sushi and Sake, Habitat at Fairmont Pittsburgh, Downtown, 412.773.8848 Spring Hat Luncheon, Highland Park Entry Garden,



12th Annual Girls on the Run 5K, Hartwood Acres,


Big Mac Open, Mystic Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, 412.246.1109

Ring of Fire, Cabaret at Theater Square, 412.281.3973 POWER Promises — A Night of Hope, Rodef Shalom, 412.243.7535 x223 Edible Allegheny Magazine @ Market Square Farmers Market, Market Square, 412.431.7888 May 22-25 Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals, PNC Park, 412.321.BUCS



Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Spring Performance, Byham Theater, 412.456.6666






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Edible Allegheny Magazine @ Market Square Farmers Market, Market Square, 412.431.7888


Tony Bennett, Heinz Hall, 412.392.4900

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African-American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA Annual Meeting & Luncheon, Omni William Penn Hotel, 412.392.0610

The British Are Coming: A Gala Benefit for Pittsburgh Public Theater, Westin Convention Center Hotel, 412.316.8200 x723

An Evening of Pink Floyd — The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000

Your Big Day Bridal Show, Narcisi Winery,

2nd Annual Food Revolution Day Pittsburgh 2014,

May 31-June 1 Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Heinz Hall,

May 16-18 Women In Film and Television International

May 31-June 8 Singin’ in the Rain, Benedum Center,

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Lady Gaga, CONSOL Energy Center, 877.211.1001


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What was it like working as an associate producer on the film and watching your article come to life on the big screen?

History in the Making Acclaimed Writer Wil Haygood Returns to Pittsburgh In support of the Hill House Association Award-winning journalist and author Wil Haygood will appear at the Byham Theatre on May 19 as a part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series and in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Hill House Association. In 2008, Haygood’s article detailing the life of Eugene Allen, an African-American man born on a Southern plantation who went on to serve as a butler in the White House to eight U.S. presidents, caught the attention of Hollywood film producers. With an all-star cast starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, inspired by Haygood’s article, hit the big screen in 2013. And, Haygood’s book “The Butler: A Witness to History” became a New York Times best seller. The writer, who used to live in Squirrel Hill and frequent Pamela’s P&G Diner, gives us the details on his upcoming appearance and a behindthe-scenes look at the movie.

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Wil Haygood: I think it’s going to be very interesting to tie The Butler story to moments in American history. The movie came out on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. When you look at that whole play of history in relation to this movie, it’s a very powerful message from a thematic point of view, and from a realistic and political point of view. BY LIZ PETONIAK •

WH: It was all amazing. It started with Laura Ziskin, the renowned producer [who succumbed to breast cancer prior to the movie’s release]. She was the first Hollywood executive to get in touch with me the day the story came out. I was just very happy when I heard her vision mirrored my vision to keep the focus on the butler and his family. Too many civil rights movies have veered from the heroes and focused on other, namely, white characters, and it has hurt many black filmgoers in this country, literally broken their hearts. So, I think it was great that Laura Ziskin; Pam Williams, another producer; Lee Daniels, the magnificent movie director; and Danny Strong, who wrote the screen play, all came to the table with the same vision. I don’t think any writer could dream that a director could really put together this amazing cast of Oscar winners — that is unbelievable magic.

What aspect of Eugene Allen’s story is most inspiring to you?

WH: That he endured and stayed on the same job for 34 years. He could have quit, you know; those were long hours. And, he never missed a day of work. He was a true patriot. He loved his country when his country didn’t seem to love him, and that is a lesson for all of us. He was driven by love of patriotism, commitment, by love of the First Family, and by love for the tradition and the history of the White House. I think there’s a very powerful message there. For tickets and more information, visit or call 412.622.8866. Photographs from Julia Ewan, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures

Walk for a Cause Join the fight to eliminate hunger in our local communities at Rainbow Kitchen Community Services’ 10th annual W.A.R. (Walk And Ride) Against Hunger on May 31, Paul Guggenheimer of 90.5 WESA will emcee the event, which begins at The Pump House at the Waterfront, and leads participants on a walk or bike ride along the scenic Great Allegheny Passage trail. The event also includes a health and wellness expo, and wraps up with a fun prize drawing, featuring everything from sports memorabilia to hotel getaways. Says Executive Director Donna Little, “Last year’s fun, family event was extremely successful. We expect this year to be even better!” For registration and more information, visit

Check out these UPcoming walks for charity!

MAY 17 MAY 18

Sewickley Unleashed Street Fair and 5K Walk and Run for People and Pets, benefiting the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society @ Broad Street, Sewickley |

Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania 12th Annual Walk With Me Pittsburgh @ Kennywood Park, West Mifflin | National Kidney Foundation Wheeling Kidney Walk @ Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, W.Va. |

Center for Victims Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community Pittsburgh @ Stage AE, North Shore | 412.482.3240

MAY 31

Arthritis Foundation 2014 Walk to Cure Arthritis @ 26th Street, South Side Works | 412.566.1645

& Electra & Jim Agras

Noir Night The Maecenas Ball XXX will close Pittsburgh Opera’s 75th anniversary season with a celebration inspired by its production of Philip Glass’ ORPHÉE. Adopting an “edgy, chic, and mysterious film noir” feel, the party at Pittsburgh Opera headquarters on May 10 will dazzle attendees with an elegant evening of cocktails, dinner catered by the Duquesne Club, dessert and dancing, a performance by the Opera’s resident artists, and an afterparty. General Director Christopher Hahn says,“It’s so much more than the average event. Guests just adore the performance component. And, we always have a number of surprises up our sleeves.” For tickets and more information, call 412.281.0912 or visit Photographs by Rachel Priselac, from the Pittsburgh Public Theater, by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC

Ted Pappas, Veronica & Dennis Yablonsky

Party Across the Pond Prepare for a British invasion! In honor of Pittsburgh Public Theater’s productions, Candida, Noises Off, and My Fair Lady, the theme of this year’s benefit gala is “The British Are Coming!” As such, on May 16, the Westin Convention Center Hotel attendees will delight in authentic British pub fare; actors impersonating British icons like Mary Poppins, James Bond, and William Shakespeare; and rock jams courtesy of British Invasion Band and Cityscape. Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas says, “People always have a great time dancing at our parties, and I find that exciting. I know it will be a blast and a beautiful one.” For tickets and more information, call Gerri Weiss at 412.316.8200 x706 or email

Eva Blum, Debbie Demchak

Hats On! More than 600 be-hatted and happy attendees are expected to fill the Entrance Garden in Highland Park for spring’s signature social event — the 16th Annual PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon. On May 3, don a millinery masterpiece in support of Pittsburgh’s nationally recognized green spaces, while enjoying live entertainment and a delicious menu of spring provisions by the Duquesne Club. Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications Scott Roller says, “The highlight of the event is the amazingly creative hats and outfits, and the festive mood. Everyone wants to see who will have a hat that barely fits under the tent!” For tickets and more information, visit wh i r l ma g a z i n e . c o m / Wh irl



/ Page Get your tickets to Michaelson’s May 25 show at Stage AE! But first, get your copy of Lights Out, available at retail locations or on iTunes.


Sounds like making this album was good therapy.

IM: It definitely was hard — not difficult, but emotionally hard. I went into a session with these two guys one day, and I was like OK: My dog just died, my mom is sick, and I’ve been really sick. I don’t want to write about death and sadness. I want to write about something uplifting, happy, and joyful. And the song was really happy and joyful, but the title is “Afterlife.” Even when I write a joyous celebration of life, I still manage to squeeze in the word “afterlife.”

What do you do when you have days off?

IM: I wish I could say reading, but my problem is Netflix. My TV shows are available to me in the form of the whole season, and I get completely sucked in. That and CNN; that’s my other drug. I also like to bake.

One Tough cookie having an off day? Then you need The Sweet, Strong Sounds of Ingrid Michaelson Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson’s new album, Lights Out, offers a more grounded sound than her lovely, light tunes, like “The Way I Am” and “Be OK.” Dance your way out of a funk with the fun single “Girls Chase Boys,” or embrace the heart-breaking track “Over You” while curled up on the couch. And, if you want extra comfort, Michaelson can even help you bake some delicious cookies!

Q & A

What inspired you to make a heavier album?

Ingrid Michaelson: My own health and the health of my family members. Things are kind of on an upswing now, which is nice, but it was pretty dark for a while. That’s where these songs came from. I ended up writing them with all of these people, which I’ve never really done before. It’s always been me, one producer, one room.

How did it feel changing up your style?

IM: I got pretty good at writing about love. Breaking out of that shell was a little scary, but very rewarding. It’s kind of got some heaviness to it, but there are some lighter songs to break it up. This record was born out of some hard times, but I think it’s my favorite record I’ve made. I’m really happy that I was able to turn something dark into something to celebrate. 24

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What’s your favorite thing to bake?

IM: Chocolate chip cookies with sea salt. It’s a Martha Stewart recipe that I tweaked a little bit and perfected in my technique. You make the batter, then use an ice cream scoop to get a big old fat cookie. Roll them into balls, put them on a cookie sheet, and freeze them. Wait until they’re rock solid. When you bake them, the outside gets crispy but the inside stays chewy. And then, you sprinkle coarse sea salt on top of them when they come out of the oven. Let them cool on a rack, and then your brain will fall out of your body they’re so good.

Those sound delicious! I didn’t know you were such a chef.

IM: I have a sugar problem, I’ve realized. At the beginning of last year, I was seeing all of these different nutritionists. They took me off dairy, wheat, and sugar. I could handle the dairy and wheat, but not the sugar. I ordered all of this coconut sugar, date sugar, and raw honey because I couldn’t have cane sugar. I was so addicted to sugar that I was getting very creative with my baking. I kind of slipped off the wagon — well, not slipped; I dove off head-first —but I’m climbing back on. I was enjoying my sugar, but I feel a lot better and my health is a lot better when I’m not eating it. It’s such a bummer. Ingrid Michaelson,

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Photographs from Shervin Lainez

Concert Corner

Ingrid Michaelson will be bringing down Stage AE on May 25. Check out these other shows at the venue this month! Stage AE, North Shore.

The Alabama Shakes

Neon Trees

Rusted Root

The Head and The Heart

The classic rock band and its dynamite lead singer, Brittany Howard, will give us all a reason to hold on May 8.

Quirky and colorful, the alternative band has several hits, including “Everybody Talks” and “Sleeping with a Friend,” lined up for May 14.

Best known for its breakout hit “Send Me On My Way,” the local band brings its flavorful mix of rock, folk, and world styles home on May 22.

Before you see the indie-folk band rock out at Bonnaroo this June, they’ll be making you shake at the May 30 show.


What a Trip Comedienne Chelsea Handler is no stranger to literary creations. Her first four books all made their way to the New York Times Best Sellers list, and her newest novel doesn’t disappoint. “Uganda Be Kidding Me” relives her funniest and craziest adventures while traveling the world. Enjoy the book with your favorite vodka drink, or watch it come to life at CONSOL Energy Center on May 10. Handler will be performing live, sharing stories from the book and other experiences, as part of her national stand-up comedy tour. CONSOL Energy Center, Uptown. Chelsea Handler,


For the Kids

For pop art, we turn to Andy Warhol. For art pop, we turn to Lady Gaga. The sensational singer is inviting all of Pittsburgh’s little monsters to artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball on May 8. The CONSOL Energy Center concert will celebrate her new album, Artpop, as well as her dozens of other No. 1 singles. With Gaga’s extravagant costumes and spellbinding stage presence, this party will be as visually entertaining as it will be musically. And, of course, there will be plenty of applause. CONSOL Energy Center, Uptown. Lady Gaga,

EQT Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival is making its move — to Downtown, Pittsburgh! Presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the May 14-18 event will be held in the Cultural District for the first time in 28 years. Children and their parents can enjoy ticked performances by international and local artists, with multiple showtimes, or free activities at LilyPad Park. The outdoor community stage, staked at the corner of Eighth Street and Penn Avenue, will feature performances by local and regional artists, and hands-on educational and cultural activities during festival hours. Visit for showtimes and ticketing information.

Photographs from Joshua Black Wilkins, PromoWest Live, Rusted Root, The Billions, CONSOL Energy Center, Tour to Tout

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Booming Business CONSOL ENERGY continues to break new ground in its 150th year CONSOL Energy is celebrating a major milestone. The Pittsburgh-based energy producer is successfully operating in its 150th year. With more than 4,500 employees, the company has endured generational shifts, reinvention, and, at times, challenging external conditions. In the past decade, CONSOL has undergone a profound transformation. Ten years ago, the company was the largest underground coal producer in the world. In 2006, the business created CNX Gas through an IPO to grow its natural gas presence and to improve transparency for shareholders. Four years ago, CONSOL acquired Dominion Resources’ Appalachian Exploration & Production (E&P) business. Then, late last year, the company announced the sale of approximately half of its coal assets. This latest move was a decisive step in the direction of the tremendous opportunity that shale gas represents for the region, and positions the company to provide the energy that powers daily life for the next 150 years. The company prides itself on adhering to three core values across all of its operations — safety, compliance, and continuous improvement. Enter Tim Dugan and Jimmy Brock, chief operating officers of the natural gas and coal divisions, respectively. We halted their busy schedules for a photo shoot and interview at the Canonsburg headquarters, where they shared high points in their career path and passion for the business. 26

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By Andrea Bosco • Photographs by Michael Fornataro

Tim Dugan, Chief Operating Officer, Gas Operations

Jimmy Brock, Chief Operating Officer, Coal Operations

Leading the natural gas division at CONSOL Energy is Tim Dugan, a University of Pittsburgh alumnus who studied chemical engineering with an emphasis in petroleum. Most recently, he served as vice president of Chesapeake Energy’s Appalachia South Business Unit, and has worked for Cabot Oil & Gas and EQT Corporation. Given his 30-year experience across the U.S.’s major natural gas fields — Marcellus, Utica, Devonian, Barnett, and Haynesville — and spearheading natural gas drilling at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, he was viewed as a highly valued hire for CONSOL, especially logical for devising strategy and providing perspective for the oil and gas development at Pittsburgh International Airport. Says Dugan, “CONSOL is very proud to have been chosen to develop the minerals at Pittsburgh International Airport. It provides an opportunity for CONSOL to display its world-class oil and gas operations, and demonstrate that [they] can safely coexist in an urban setting. The development will provide significant economic impact to Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh.” In the office by 7 a.m. to review emails and prepare for the day, Dugan’s meetings typically start at 8 a.m., revolving around safety, operations, planning, and scheduling. “My days pass quickly as they are fueled by enthusiasm for change and growth at CONSOL Energy,” he says. With that said, he sees tremendous opportunities for expansion. “Our Marcellus Shale development will be a major driver for our long-term, continued growth,” says Dugan. “The Marcellus Shale has many years of development remaining, and we will continue to find ways to improve the efficiency of our operations while maintaining our core values. We will continue to be a responsible corporate citizen and an industry leader in the energy sector while creating stockholder value through sustained growth.” Dugan and his wife, Mary Beth, reside in Peters Township. He passed on his passion to their four children, all of whom work in the oil and gas industry.

“I believe [my position] is an opportunity to inspire my employees to safely and compliantly mine coal. It is critical that we lead by example, training and motivating our team to be the best in the industry,” says Brock of his business philosophy. Brock started from the ground up — literally. He began as a summer student at CONSOL’s Matthews mine in Tennessee 35 years ago. Following reassignment to the Buchanan mine in Virginia, he was promoted and transferred to Kentucky, eventually landing in Morgantown, W.Va., where his responsibilities encompassed all of the company’s North Appalachian coal mines. In his current position, Brock’s days begin at 5:30 a.m. with a call to the company’s communications center — the 24/7 nerve center of operations, where he’s updated on midnight shift performance and production. Before heading to the office, he often visits site locations, one of the regional offices, or one of the coal mines, which he designates as “his favorite destination.” He returns home around 6 or 7 p.m. and makes his final call of the day to the communications center, checking on operations. Says Brock, “I love working for this company and with the people we have assembled. I have been extremely blessed with the talent surrounding me. I attribute my success to my colleagues.” When it comes to workforce, much of the talent is honed via a trainee program for both salary, and production and maintenance (P&M) employees. “Team-building is an important focus for us at CONSOL Energy. We realize that success is rarely, if ever, accomplished alone. Our ultimate goal is to be the safest energy company in the world and to be a thought leader in the industry. We have the infrastructure in place to safely and compliantly mine 36-million-plus tons of coal per year. I am very proud to be a part of a diversified energy company that has the assets to produce multi-fuels, providing our country with low-cost energy.” Brock resides in Morgantown, W.Va., with his wife Lee Ann. They travel frequently to Chicago and Charleston, S.C., to spend time with their two children and two grandchildren. CONSOL Energy, wh i r l ma g a z i n e . c o m / Wh irl



/ REPORT Dennis Sabatini, executive director of McGuire Memorial Foundation; Susie Shipley, president of Huntington Bank, Western Pennsylvania and Ohio Valley region; Sister Mary Thaddeus Markelewicz, president and CEO of McGuire Memorial; and Neal Shipley, senior vice president and specialty banking strategy and execution director of Huntington Bank.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT Fuel up with a fun and informative morning! Travis Sheetz, executive vice president of operations at Sheetz, will share his expertise in creating a positive work culture as well as his secrets to success at the Pittsburgh Business Times’ upcoming Business for Breakfast networking event, May 20, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh — Monroeville Convention Center. Grab your business cards, and go! To register, visit

Inspiring Hope and Fostering Growth



The 22nd Annual McGuire Memorial Special Auction for Special People garnered a record attendance of 440 patrons who helped raise nearly $500,000 for more than 300 children and adults with profound, complex intellectual and physical disabilities. Before McGuire Memorial opened its doors in 1963, there were few safe places for children or adults with intellectual disabilities, let alone those with complex medical challenges. Today, McGuire’s complex network, which includes its main campus in New Brighton; its state-of-the-art school with training and employment programs; and its community homes and residential apartments across Allegheny and Beaver counties, makes an impact serving individuals throughout Western Pennsylvania. Reflecting on the history of McGuire and its supporters, President & CEO Sister Mary Thaddeus Markelewicz, affectionately known as “Sister T,” says, “Looking back over these past five decades, our journey has not been without struggles, but thankfully, neither has it been without tireless champions — a caring community whose enthusiasm and generosity have never waned.” Truly, the spirit of hope radiates from every corner of the campus. “One visit is all it takes to turn a visitor into an ambassador for McGuire’s mission,” says Dennis Sabatini, executive director of the McGuire Memorial Foundation. A longtime supporter of McGuire Memorial and the Special Auction for Special People, Huntington Bank was recently honored with the naming rights to the McGuire Memorial Entrance Drive. “McGuire Memorial is a special place — a place of hope and growth, a place where children and adults with profound disabilities can reach their fullest potential,” says Susie Shipley, president of Huntington Bank, Western Pennsylvania and Ohio Valley Region. “Imagine the joy of an adult resident who is now able to express his or her thoughts through a high-tech communication device, or the mother who now can communicate through flashcards with her adult son after 20 years of not knowing if he knew her.” Huntington will also extend its support for the upcoming Monte Carlo Night on June 1 and the 22nd Annual McGuire Celebrity Golf Classic on June 2. For more information on upcoming events and donations, contact Dennis Sabatini, McGuire Memorial Foundation executive director, at 724.843.0365. McGuire Memorial Foundation, Huntington Bank, — Kim Ravenda 28

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For those seeking a mid-life career change, “WHAT’S NEXT?: Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties, and Beyond,” is a must read. The book is penned by financial expert and native Pittsburgher Kerry Hannon, and just in time for the book’s four-year anniversary, readers can now find a revised and updated paperback edition on bookstore shelves! Pick up a copy and scope out Hannon’s “dream job” roadmap, as well as new, inspirational success stories, and updated advice from the author, whose articles on career transition and retirement have appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Money, U.S. News & World Report, and USA Today. Kerry Hannon,

Kerry Hannon

Photographs froM mcguire memorial, BY Michael Fornataro, from elizabeth dranitzke.

+ MeshNet members Adam Coimbra, Nicholas Amoscato, Alex LaFroscia, Lutong Yang, Bill Wang (bottom), and Mark Visco.

BIG THRILL Thrill Mill, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization that encompasses a business plan competition, a business incubator space, and a music festival, recently announced the University of Pittsburgh student start-up MeshNet as the winner of this year’s “Business Bout,” and a $25,000 investment. Mark Visco, a fifth-year senior studying marketing and psychology, founded MeshNet with his triplet brother, Dom Visco, a Pitt alumnus, and fellow student Adam Coimbra. Together, the co-founders and their five team members hope to create a new software program aimed at helping college students plan their career paths. Visco explains, “It takes many students a year, two years, or even longer to craft a precise vision for their journey after college. MeshNet is a big data software platform that is able to align students with targeted, worthwhile goals, and then, recommend a detailed course of action to increase their likelihood of success. As they pursue these tasks, students in need of assistance can be easily matched with a relevant mentor: a career counselor, professional in the industry, or even a fellow student. MeshNet also provides universities with deep insight into their student talent and allows them to improve strategic decision making regarding their career development efforts.” As a part of the Thrill Mill’s second class, which includes 12 other teams, the start-up incubator will also offer MeshNet a six-week entrepreneurship course; a six-month consulting deal with local firm C-Leveled; and access to the Thrill Mill office space, mentorship program, and potential investors for the duration of one year. Thrill Mill,

GET ENERGIZED Celebrate Western Pennsylvania’s booming energy sector and network with top industry players at the 2014 Energy Gala, to be held on May 8 at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington. Presented by the Pittsburgh Business Times and Steptoe & Johnson, the festivities will kick off with a cocktail reception and will culminate with the presentation of the 2014 Energy Leadership Awards. The evening’s agenda also includes a demonstration of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), developed by local company Identified Technologies Inc., to search for natural gas leaks in pipelines and wells. Alan Robertson, publisher of the Pittsburgh Business Times says, “Our goal is to bring together the many players in the region’s energy sector for a fun night to celebrate their success. We also want to document the growth of the energy industry in and around Pittsburgh as it grows and prospers.” For tickets and more information, contact Michele Broda at 412.208.3817. Pittsburgh Business Times, biz

Photograph from University of Pittsburgh News Service

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5 Fun Facts with Rob Vincent

What’s the biggest difference between living in Liverpool and living in Pittsburgh?

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds’ 2014 season is in full effect, and tearing it up at midfield is Rob Vincent. The Liverpool, England, native has a lot to celebrate this month. It’s his second year with the team and his one-year anniversary with his wife, Katie. Cheers!


This month, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds play two games at Highmark Stadium: May 9, Orlando City May 17, Rochester Rhinos

Rob Vincent: There’s not too much of a difference. They’re both relatively big cities. They’re both situated on rivers. They’re both big into their sports teams. The only big thing is the weather. Growing up, I had two or three snowy winters. Here, it snows for like, six months straight.

What’s your favorite thing to eat after playing soccer?

RV: I love curry. It’s more of a dinner, but I’ll have it after a game or something. My wife makes really good curry.

How long have you been married?

University Update

Step Up to the Plate Point Park University’s softball team has strong, individual players, but its unity is what really shines. “In previous years, we weren’t as close as we are this year,” explains senior Ashley Morran. “We need to work on talking more and being more of a team, but we all get along so that’ll be easy.” The captain stepped up as a leader in improving team dynamics, organizing team bonding exercises and outings. She’s also stepping up to the plate as a two-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Softball Honorable Mention All-American and the 2013 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) Player of the Year, leading the KIAC in RBIs, runs, and home runs. Morran and the speedy Pioneers will rely on their strong short game this year, but communication is key to keep the season flawless. “If we work as a team and stay together, we’ll be perfect.” Point Park University,


RV: We got married last May. My wife, Katie, is from Pittsburgh. We went to college together in Charleston, W.Va. [at the University of Charleston]. She had no problems moving back home.

What’s one thing you can’t leave your house without?

RV: Probably my phone. Even though I hate how much everyone’s on their phones, if I get a few minutes of free time, I have to check mine.

What’s your hidden talent?

RV: In high school, I was in a band where I played the drums. I’d never played before, but my two best friends started a band and needed a drummer. So, I said I would help them out until they found one. Two or three years later, I was still playing. That was fun. Pittsburgh Riverhounds,

Joining the Ranks


Congratulations are due to Tim Giel, Avonworth High School athletic director and wrestling coach, who will join his former mentors and fellow wrestling champions in the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame on May 11. “I’m ecstatic,” Giel says. “I went back and looked at the other people who were inducted before me, and it’s a pretty impressive list.” Giel earned the honor as a result of his many achievements on and off the mat — as a two-time section champion and WPIAL runner-up at Shaler High School; wrestling at the University of Pittsburgh; and leading Shadyside Academy to nine individual PIAA Championships, 25 individual WPIAL Championships, a WPIAL team title, and back-to-back PIAA team titles in 28 years of coaching. Giel is grateful that the committee considers him on the same level as his beloved colleagues. “To think that they see me as one of those people is humbling.” Avonworth High School,


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By Rachel Jones •

We caught up with eight-time Ironman competitor Jocelyn Smith-Cornman. The local athlete recovered from a 2013 abdominal injury and is ready to tackle the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and full 26.2-mile marathon four times this year! Check out her story at

Photographs from Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Point Park University, Tim Giel

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Great Expectations By Chris Mueller The last time the Pittsburgh Pirates entered a summer with high hopes and the expectations and pressures that are unique to a powerhouse or heavy favorite, I was 6 years old. I am now 29 years old. To me, the idea that the team is supposed to win is a foreign one, to say the least. Foreign or not, though, that reality is staring Pirates fans in the face, whether they realize it or not — and whether they are ready to embrace it or not. This is a good baseball team, perhaps a very good baseball team, and no amount of handwringing by the naysayers is going to change that. This is going to be fun, Pittsburgh. But it isn’t going to be easy, not by a long shot. Gone are the days where a bad game can be passed off as meaningless because of the team’s woeful place in the standings. Gone are the days when mediocre individual player performance can be laughed off as part of the learning process. Players need to perform, they need to perform regularly, and they need to perform well. Downtown will be fun. Certainly, it will be more fun than it has been in years. There will be lively, positive atmospheres at all the North Shore bars. The “Gosh, can you believe this?” type of happy incredulity that accompanied last year’s run to the division series will now be replaced by the same kind of near-religious, winfueled fervor that defines every Steelers Sunday. Hard as it is to believe, the Pirates are becoming downright trendy. The Penguins have disappointed their fans in the post-season the last few years, and we all know that the Steelers have gone through an unusual stretch of subpar football for the last two campaigns. For the Pirates, though, the luster, the freshness of winning still exists. Jerseys bearing the names McCutchen, Cole, Walker, and Alvarez now do more than just dot the landscape or drape across the backs of true diehards. Instead, they’ve become the norm. Ever since PNC Park throbbed during an unforgettable Wild Card win over the Reds, the way this city has looked at its baseball team has changed. They are no longer a cute story. They are on the fast track back to cultural relevance and importance. Let me reiterate, however, that this won’t be easy. Whereas last year’s Bucs fans merely fretted about the specter of a collapse, even when it was obvious that one would not take place, any prolonged stretch of even average baseball this year won’t be tolerated. Plays will be psychoanalyzed, trades will be speculated about even more endlessly than usual, and the chorus of negativity from the lunatic fringe will seem more shrill than you ever remembered it being. It is better than the alternative, to be sure. I’m sure everyone remembers the dead feeling that accompanied every baseball season before last year, and the persistent, unfunny, but unfortunately truth-filled barbs about waiting for Steelers training camp. That wasn’t fun, at least if you were a Pirates fan.  A new era has finally dawned for the Pirates and their fans. And while you might have thought that success on the field would be accompanied by an ability to breathe easy as a fan, that isn’t the case. The stakes have been raised. But if you start to stress out, just remember: This is what you always wanted. Enjoy it — if you can. Hear more from Chris Mueller weekdays from 2-6 p.m. on 93.7 The Fan. Photograph by Cayla Zahoran

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Al & Jeanne Vallano, Tyler Vallano, Janelle Dearfield

20th Annual Mardi Gras Gala Peggy Beem Jellie, Judy Painter

Deb Rice-Johnson, Warren Lammert

Partygoers at the Westin Convention Center Hotel enjoyed a Bourbon Street bash on Fat Tuesday for the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/ Central Pennsylvania’s (EFWCP) annual Mardi Gras Gala! The night honored “King and Queen” David and Cindy Shapira for their community efforts. David, executive chairman of Giant Eagle, grew the company from a local chain of 50 grocery stores to an organization now employing nearly 37,000 team members with more than 400 locations and $10 billion in revenue. A community volunteer, Cindy was recently appointed by Gov. Corbett to the Pennsylvania Commission on Women. The couple’s list of supported philanthropies includes the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the United Way of Allegheny County, Point Park University, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The event, in its 20th year, raised more than $450,000 for the foundation! For dinner, chaired by David Malone, David Porges, Dan Onorato, and Jim Rohr, more than 700 guests feasted on New Orleansinspired dishes like char-grilled filet mignon, topped with a blueberry bourbon glaze; olive oil-infused, mashed red-skinned potatoes; baby green beans; and chocolate and raspberry mousse. The John Parker and Ray Ryan Riverside bands performed as dazzling attendees in purple, green, and gold frequented the candy buffet, sponsored by Giant Eagle. Jugglers, stilt walkers, and magicians waltzed the ballroom, making the evening an absolute ball! — A.B. + I.M.

Suzie & Matt Lachut

Patrick Malone, Alexis Zappala

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Kat & Steve Litz

Bill & Joyce Bender, David & Cindy Shapira

Dave Strayne, Joe Wagner, Debo the Clown, Joe Lyons, Jay Breckenridge


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Don & Alana Deane

Pam & David Khani, Katherine Fredriksen, Kevin Schriver

Rachel Marcus, Dr. S. Rand & Karen Werrin

JCC Big Night 2014: Game On Doug Kress, Sue Berman, Brian Schreiber

Elyse & Marty Eichner

The Jewish Community Center pulled out all the stops to bring our favorite board games to life for Big Night 2014: Game On! More than 850 guests “celebrated their role in children’s lives,” which kicked off with Cosmopolitan cocktails in the swanky, chess-themed lounge. Event designer Bill Chisnell of Bill Chisnell Productions, along with Susie Perelman of Mosaic and Donna Barsotti of Common Plea Catering, truly outdid themselves with their spectacular creation of a life-size Monopoly board, where attendees strolled the Boardwalk, stopping at Pennsylvania Avenue for pierogies and Park Place for grilled salmon topped with caviar cream. Stilt walkers, silent auction items at the Luxury Tax station, and the search for JCC’s “Most Wanted” for the “Go To Jail” fundraiser added to the playful atmosphere. The night continued in Candy Land, where guests stopped by the “Mad Hatter Station” to decorate colorful hats to wear as they danced to Motown-inspired hits, provided by Marty Mundy of Entertainment Unlimited, and enjoyed cotton candy and other delights at the dessert bar in “Gumdrop Pass.” In the end, the “party with a purpose” raised more then $400,000 for JCC’s scholarship fund. Big Night Team Leader Marla Werner says, “We were thrilled with the results! It was an amazing event. Not only did everyone have a great time, but they felt and understood the cause they were there for.” — L.P.

Cathy Samuels, Marla Werner

Marc & Betsy Brown

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Ingrid & Eric Smiga

Dina Lossi, Ina Gumberg, Ellen Marks


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Michelle Sutherland, Richard Rauh

Tim & Linda Cangiano

Andrew Stewart, Carole Bailey, Marc Brown, Doug Kress

Kiya Tomlin, Stevie Herendeen, Karla Boos

10th Annual Q Ball Nina Schreiner, Annie Wang

Richard Bryan, Tristan Stayduhar

Theater met fashion in celebration of Quantum Theatre’s 2013-14 season! More than 350 guests buzzed about 933 Penn Avenue, Downtown, for the 10th Annual Q Ball: HÔT Qture. The stylish affair featured the collaboration of fashion designers, including Kiya Tomlin, and theater artists on seven installations. Says Quantum Theatre Director of Community Relations Stevie Herendeen, “Based on the designer’s dress or suit, the theater artists staged a scene. One scene included a couple wearing 1960s-style suits, designed by Tomlin, in a Mad Men-style office.” Kate Romane of E2 whipped up a fabulous spread of farro salad with baby arugula; a bread bar; roasted carrots with beets, goat cheese, and thyme; fresh mozzarella with citrus; Crested Duck sausage with truffle honey mustard; and porcini tortellini with tomato, pancetta, and peas. Drinks and desserts followed, along with entertainment by Aqui Tango, kNOTDance, and Nate Da Phat Barber. This year’s fundraiser, co-chaired by Demeatria and J.G. Boccella, and Tracy and Nick Certo, raised $65,000! “It was our largest turnout to date,” says Herendeen. “The fashion theme brought out the creativity in our guests. And, I must note DJ Nate Da Phat Barber’s incredible ability to get everyone on the dance floor — it was packed and a ton of fun!” — A.B.

J.G. & Demeatria Boccella

Josy Nkuissi, Jettie Fields

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Diana Misetic, Kathryn Gaffney

Kevin Jost, Roni Rossi, Monte Cholmeley-Jones

Al & Frances Philp

Elvira Eichleay, Mary Murrin

Taris Vrcek, Cari Marty, Kelly & Carlo Morgano

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Lending Hearts Gala

Mary Kay Moran, Debbie Hudak, Carly Repcheck, Margaret DeLair

LeMont Restaurant was filled with enriching, embracing, and heart-lending supporters at the second annual Lending Hearts Gala! The evening began with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and dessert. As KDKA-TV’s Bob Pompeani emceed, guests enjoyed a salad, filet mignon, stuffed shrimp with crabmeat, vegetables, potato du jour, and crème brûlée. UPMC CancerCenter/University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Deputy Director of Clinical Services Dr. Stanley Marks presented the Lending Hearts Award to former Pittsburgh Steeler and ESPN analyst Merril Hoge for his commitment to cancer awareness. Says Lending Hearts president and founder Vasso Paliouras, “Merril’s journey, inspiration, and understanding lend so much in the way of support. He truly personifies the mission of Lending Hearts. It was a great honor to recognize him for his devotion.” Hoge was diagnosed with stage two non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2003. And, he’s served on the Highmark Caring Foundation’s board of directors for years. The night was a success, accumulating $65,000 for the organization, which provides free educational and memorable experiences for children and young adults battling cancer or in remission from cancer. The Lucarelli Brothers entertained as silent and live auctions raised funds for the cause. — A.M.

Dr. Stanley & Nikol Marks, Merril Hoge


Constantine & Vasso Paliouras


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Bob & Lisa Pompeani


Linda Gasper, Steve & Sheila Weiner

Pittsburgh’s Hospitality Partner Alliance warmly welcomed 250 guests to Break the Ice, a networking event at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel. This first-ever event brought together 10 dynamic organizations — Destination: Greater Pittsburgh, Greater Pittsburgh Hotel Association, International Special Events Society, Meeting Professionals International, PA Restaurant and Lodging Association, Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives, SKAL, Society of Government Meeting Planners, Women in Sports & Events, and VisitPITTSBURGH — to discuss and promote Pittsburgh as an impressive destination for meetings, events, and visitors. The evening offered tasty crudités, fresh fruit, antipasti, and an extensive cheese display; music by DJ Sosa; and door prizes supplied by local retailers, such as Larrimor’s, Spa Jema, Izzazu Salon, and The Steelhead Brasserie & Wine Bar. “It was an inaugural networking event for all who work in the industry,” says Craig Davis, CEO and president of VisitPITTSBUGH. “It was very successful, and it will be held annually.” To date, there are more than 39,000 people employed by the hospitality industry within Allegheny County. — N.B. + M.K

Lynne Molyneaux, Theresa Kaufman, Christine Musial

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Jason Fulvi, John Graf, Craig Davis

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17th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Wine Tasting & Silent Auction

Robin Randall, Stephen Bloomburg, Lisa Woods

Four hundred guests filled the Duquesne Club for the Pittsburgh CLO’s annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction, benefiting the CLO’s education and outreach programs. Co-chairs Stephen Bloomburg and Lisa Woods perused the party, which featured tastings from Capital Wine & Spirits, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dessert. “This is one of Pittsburgh’s most unique and successful annual events because of the location — the Duquesne Club is ideal,” says Pittsburgh CLO Merchandising Manager & Special Events Coordinator Robyn Coleman. The silent auction included a vacation to the Cayman Islands, a luxury box for 15 to a Pirates game, and a round of golf for three with Bill Lambert at Oakmont Country Club! This year’s celebration raised more than $95,000 for the CLO! Says Coleman, “The CLO ambassadors and young professionals who volunteer to coordinate the event work very hard to make the evening fun, exciting, and elegant. They also do excellent work attracting new people to the wine tasting each year, and in turn, expose new people to the Pittsburgh CLO.” — I.M.

Nish & Pam Vartanian


Jonathan Donati, Aja Jones


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Amy & Dave Sims

Kidney Gift of Life Gala An evening of giving and living was celebrated in the Heinz Field East Club Lounge for the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Gift of Life Gala! From entertainment provided by 10-piece variety band, Protégé; live painter Kimberly Harvey; and a Shutterbooth photo booth, the night also featured local celebrities like WTAE-TV’s Mike Clark and former Miss PA Teen Elena LaQuatra. During the VIP reception, Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Kevin Ho, and Beth Pruchnicki and family were recognized as this year’s Gift of Life honorees. Pruchnicki’s daughter, Lilly, who lives with kidney disease, auctioned off a bracelet she made, which garnered $5,000 during the live auction. Nearly $175,000 was raised for the National Kidney Foundation! Dinner and dessert featured Boston bibb salad; petit filet mignon with balsamic reduction; cashew-crusted cod with lemon chive beurre blanc; Boursin and caramelized onion risotto with roasted asparagus and baby carrots; and cheesecake mousse tart in a chocolate shell, garnished with whipped cream, fresh berries, and strawberry coulis. Says National Kidney Foundation Development Manager Jade Holtzinger, “There was a great energy that flowed throughout the entire night, while celebrating life, positive changes, and the gift of giving. It was the best gala we’ve hosted.” — A.B. + A.M.

Jaci & Bryan Hugus

Dr. Kevin Ho, Erin Tuladzieck, Beth Pruchnicki


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Kelly & Eric Ozelski




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Phil & Ginny Petraglia


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ACHIEVA’s Pittsburgh Promenade

Julie Rosenbaum, Kyra Bradley

More than 500 guests attended ACHIEVA’s largest fundraiser of the year, Pittsburgh Promenade 2014, at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. This year, ACHIEVA raised nearly $190,000 toward its programs for people with disabilities and their families! The black tie-optional event hosted an array of items up for auction, including artwork, antiques, golf outings, jewelry, hotel packages, and more. A live auction featured autographed sports memorabilia like signed jerseys from Pittsburgh Pirate Andrew McCutchen and Pittsburgh Penguin Sidney Crosby. And, the raffle included a first place prize of $10,000! Guests dined on a three-course meal of spring greens; petit filet mignon with jumbo shrimp in a lobster sherry cream sauce; asparagus with roasted red pepper and wild rice pilaf; and a sweet limoncello raspberry cake. This year’s top sponsors included Capital Group, Mutual of America, Seubert Agency, Specialty Turbine Services, and PNC Institutional Investments. Says ACHIEVA President & CEO Marsha Blanco, “We are so overwhelmed by the community support we receive each year. It’s a warm feeling to know that so many people understand the importance of providing the best possible support and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” — E.B.

Tonia Caruso, Connie Reilsono


Brian & Juliann Damico


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Gary Horner, Debbie & Bill Lestitian

Spring Hat Luncheon Patron Party Cocktail Reception

John & Donna Peterman

The 16th Annual Spring Hat Luncheon, to be held May 3 at the Highland Park Entry Garden, kicked off with a Patron Party Cocktail Reception at the home of Nancy and Ed Byrnes. Hosted at Hill Crest, 80 guests enjoyed the beautiful venue and spring blooms, says Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Senior Marketing & Communications Manager Scott Roller. Supporters noshed on an array of appetizers from The Duquesne Club, including pickled carrot and date hors d’oeuvres, and oysters, along with desserts and wine. Co-chairs Annie Hanna Engel, Charlene Petrelli, Kiya Tomlin, and Christy Wiegand were in attendance, as was Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy CEO Meg Cheever. Vice chairs Christina Cochran, Laura Dawson, Emily Mack Jamison, Mary McKinney, Signe Warner Watson, and Latasha Wilson-Batch joined in the fun, too! Says Roller, “Our Patron Party Cocktail Reception was a way for our most enthusiastic supporters of the Spring Hat Luncheon to come together and create excitement about the upcoming event. We were extraordinarily happy with the wonderful turnout and grateful for Nancy and Ed’s wonderful hospitality. It was a beautiful event with great energy.” — M.K.

Tim McVay, Peggy McKnight, David Bush


Jennifer Honig, Charlie Batch & Latasha Wilson-Batch

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Toast WITH THE MOST Toast takes me to Saturday mornings at my parents’. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee canopies the air, as does the smell of sliced, browning bread, drizzled with olive oil, in the broiler. Enjoying a crunchy Italian slice — often jamsmeared — is a comforting kitchen memory. Trendy, artisanal toast is popping up on menus across the country. In San Francisco, L.A., and New York, offerings with organic almond butter or orange marmalade are selling for $3-7 a slice. We toyed with one of my favorite combinations — a thick slice of multigrain or farm bread with avocado, olive oil, honey, crushed red pepper, and Maldon sea salt — for this photo shoot, then quizzed local chefs on their go-to bread spreads. The treasured toppings may surprise you. Details in WHIRL Directory, page 110.


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we asked: What is your favorite Toast combination?

Chef Josh Altimus, Social at Bakery Square: “Chicken liver and herb pâté, crispy capers, honey, and scallion.”

Owner Matt Turbiner, UP Modern Kitchen: Avocado


Chef Scott Moonan, UP Modern Kitchen: “Apple butter.”

Chef and owner Richard DeShantz, Meat & Potatoes: “Whipped lardo, rosemary, and sea salt.”

Chef Eli Wahl, Casbah: Extra-virgin olive oil

“Freshly made foie gras butter with a pickled item on it. This time of year, rhubarb would be real nice with it.”

Owner Heather Cramer, Olive & Marlowe:

“We love putting our Arbequina olive oil or Black Currant balsamic on toast. The balsamic is really thick, so it sits on top of the bread rather than soaking in and making it soggy.”

Chef Jason Dalling, Habitat at Fairmont Pittsburgh: HONEY

“Runny eggs and Cholula hot sauce; bone marrow; extra butter and extra crunchy peanut butter; or peanut butter and cream cheese on a toasted bagel.”

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Seafood & SteakS!

Chef and co-owner Justin Steel, The Livermore + Bar Marco:

“The mussels and potato toast we serve. In the morning, I grab ricotta and honey. In the afternoon, ricotta and prosciutto. In the summer, ricotta and tomato is tough to beat.”

crushed red pepper

Chef Kevin Costa, Crested Duck Charcuterie: “I am a fan of simplicity, and if I had to be honest when I’m home, a fresh loaf of bread only needs a good raspberry jam (with seeds) for me to be happy.”

Chef Scott DeLuca, Ten Penny:

Maldon Sea Salt

“Apple butter and root beer jam. It reminds me of childhood. One of my friend’s grandmothers used to make it, and it’s something I’ve really remembered.”

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The Big Dish

From savory to sweet, we have the scoop for a hungry crowd!

pollinating Ideas On May 10, food journalist, activist, and professor Michael Pollan will present his new pages, “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation,” and much more at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel, with big Burrito Restaurant Group Corporate Chef Bill Fuller as his interviewer. “I plan to talk about the role of cooking in our lives, ranging from health to political change,” he says. “If we’re hoping to reform the food system in such a way as to support local and sustainable agriculture, it’s just not going to happen if people are going to outsource all their cooking to corporations. The longer I’ve worked on these issues, the more I’ve come to see that personal dimension is central to the whole project.” The New York Times best-selling author has influenced his peers, readers, and students on the ideals of nature versus human industry, stressing we are what we eat, for 25 years. Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, Pollan makes personal choices in the kitchen to “reconnect his senses.” He and his wife raised their son, Isaac, with an adoration for cooking. So much so, Isaac has become chef-elect among his college friends. “I like the whole ritual of cooking a meal,” says Pollan. “It’s a great way to end the day — the wonderful smells, handling the plants, animals, and fungi. My wife and I catch up on our days while we chop vegetables. It’s a big part of the rhythms of our life.” Cooking in good company comes with a desire for good health and beginning with raw, primal materials. “The wider public is taking an interest in these issues — including GMO [genetically modified organisms] labeling,” says Pollan. “The popularity of the GMO-Free label in the supermarket has never been greater. More and more people are learning about this and deciding they don’t want to eat GMO products. General Mills announcing Cheerios would be GMO-Free is just an indication. From a company that’s essentially on both sides of the issue, it suggests there’s a little schizophrenia in the food industry right now on what to do about GMO.” Pollan’s campaign to show Americans cooking can fit into our modern lives includes the outcome — “a great life satisfaction” and his seven food rules that can be summed up in seven words: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” For tickets to A Conversation with Michael Pollan, visit 44

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With confirmation of a grocery store coming to Market Square comes satisfaction for Downtown dwellers! Construction is underway, thanks to developer Ralph Falbo, the proprietors of Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, and the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation. Says Julian Vallozzi, “The best comparison I have is that it’s going to have a Dean & DeLuca kind of energy. We just want to hit the items that the Downtown resident needs and doesn’t have.” Customers will be able to purchase meals from a large prepared foods area, and assorted beverages from the coffee shop. And, bonus! There are plans for a wine bar, offering small plates. The store, located in the Thompson’s building, is set to open in late August. For updates, visit

by Andrea Bosco • Photographs from Fran Collin, Sara Bixler, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

Anything but common.

Dungeness Crab Fritters

in THE mix Start prepping your palate for new cocktails at the Omni William Penn Hotel and Omni Bedford Springs Resort! Omni Hotels & Resorts is going back to basics with old classics like the Moscow Mule and Rye Manhattan, and playing with drink recipes specific to the region using local ingredients. Beverage Mixologist Kim Haasarud has curated a list of libations where guests can select from “Stirred Not Shaken” Martinis, “Whiskey or Rye” Manhattans, and “With or Without Salt” Margaritas. Each Omni property offers four cocktails tailored to each destination, too. For example, on the menu in the Northeast is a Salted Gin Gimlet, a Mr. John Collins, a Black Walnut Old Fashioned, and a Blackberry Whiskey Sour. This month, the drink menu also features an extensive wine list from Washington State. Experience a spotlight of wines now through May 31 as part of Taste Washington, an annual month-long celebration. The food pairing includes handmade Washington cheeses served with fig jam, honey, and olives; Dungeness crab fritters; Dungeness crab and snap pea soup; apple and fennel salad; roasted salmon served with wild mushrooms; and apple crisp with vanilla ice cream. We’re sold! Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. 412.281.7100. pittsburgh. Omni Bedford Springs, 2138 Business 220, Bedford. 814.623.8100.



Recipes from the Omni’s Classic Cocktail and Taste Washington programs are available online at! The destinations are also taking reservations for Mother’s Day brunch.

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le Wonderful Fabien Moreau of La Gourmandine bakery in Lawrenceville is making life easier and sweeter for his South Hills customers! This fall, or even earlier, he plans to open the pâtisserie’s second location in Mt. Lebanon — he signed a lease for the 1,500-square-foot former bank branch at the intersection of Cochran Road and Cedar Boulevard. Says Moreau, “We have a lot of customers from the South Hills during the weekend. They say they would come every day if we were closer.” In fact, Moreau and his wife, Lisanne, Upper St. Clair residents, are going to open the new haute spot earlier, at 7 a.m., and stay open later, until 6 p.m., to cater to their loyal coffee consumers and baguette buyers. On Saturday and Sunday, the shop will operate from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. “Nothing will change about the quality,” says Moreau. “It’ll be the same artisanal production as it is in Lawrenceville. My focus is on the quality of service and food.” We can already smell le pain baking and taste the Parisian petits fours! La Gourmandine, 4605 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.682.2210. 300 Cochran Road, Mt. Lebanon.

hey, Mama! On Mother’s Day, treat mom to the culinary delights of Chef Jason Dalling. On May 11, Dalling will prepare a seasonal brunch menu at Fairmont Pittsburgh’s Habitat from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To finish, Pastry Chef James Wroblewski will offer up a selection of decadent desserts, including his mom’s strawberry napoleon and burnt almond trifle; pastries; and house-made chocolates. For $75, patrons can enjoy brunch, a Mimosa, self-parking, and live entertainment. And, children 12 and under dine for half-price; children 5 and under dine for free. Says Dalling, “Mother’s Day Brunch at Habitat is all about the beautiful spring harvest. Our menu features local produce, seasonal salads, fresh entrées, and a variety of decadent desserts. It’s our most popular holiday brunch, and we always look forward to celebrating with the moms on their special day.”Habitat at Fairmont Pittsburgh, 510 Market St., 412.773.8848.


Mark your calendars, too, for May 3! Sushi preparation and the world of sake is the central focus of this month’s cooking class at Habitat.

wine ’n dine Celebrate spring at The Crush House at Gervasi Vineyard with the opening of its new, second floor outdoor balcony. Providing beautiful views of the creek and south vineyard, the balcony wraps around two sides of the winery, and is outfitted with an outdoor fireplace and outdoor heaters. The Crush House features café-style lunches with indoor and outdoor seating, cappuccino and espresso, free Wi-Fi, a wine tasting bar, and tours of the winery. For dinner, The Crush House serves Venetian-style dishes, food and wine pairings, signature cocktails, and craft beers in a music-filled atmosphere. Gervasi’s wine experts make more than a dozen varietals of wine out of six grape varieties with an annual capacity of 30,000 gallons! The facility also features eight new red fermentation tanks, four new tanks for white wine production, and a new bottling line with protective advances to “elevate the quality of the finished wines.” Grab your friends and head to Canton for a weekend of wine tasting and relaxation! The Crush House at Gervasi Vineyard, 1700 55th St. NE, Canton, Ohio. 330.497.1000. — Emily Bastaroli 46

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Bistecca Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Washington is putting a spin on the traditional Mother’s Day brunch. On May 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to choose from steak and eggs, gnocchi, chicken, crab cake, Lamb Cicchetti, and salmon — each entrée accompanied by an array of items including pan-fried potatoes, antipasti, and dessert. Chef’s selection of sweet offerings range from breads and muffins to cured meats, cheeses, frittata, salads, and seasonal fruits. Top it off with a brunch cocktail of the Bloody Mary and Bellini varieties. Also available at the bar is Banfi “Rosa Regale” Brachetto d’ Acqui Italian red sparkling wine. A children’s menu is available upon request. For reservations, call 724.503.1510. Bistecca Steakhouse & Wine Bar at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, 210 Racetrack Road, Washington.


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Food Revolution Day returns for its second year on May 16! The project, spearheaded by local restaurateurs, community members, and invested stakeholders, will celebrate Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution-inspired Pittsburgh Cooking Club. The city’s celebrity chefs and students of Obama Academy will convene to prepare a reinvented school lunch menu — at no cost to friends, family, and event attendees. The club seeks to promote the school’s expanded programming and student-led entrepreneurial ventures! More than 50 exhibits will be on hand, based around six key themes: food sourcing; entrepreneurship and innovation; energy; STEAM (science, technology, education, arts, and mathematics); access to higher education; and public health/fitness. Last year’s festivities included edible pot-a-plant activities, a fun walking challenge, and an Iron Chef competition. Says Obama Academy junior Arthur King, “I was part of the Food Nutrition Council, a group of students who wanted to make a change when it came to school lunch and creating healthy eating habits. It’s an honor to be among 20 of the best chefs in Pittsburgh who are dedicating their time to share their information and recipes.” For more information, visit

spiced Up Steelhead Brasserie & Wine Bar at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center has launched an “all-day” menu. The quick-service snacks can be delivered to guests within five, 10, or 20 minutes of ordering, according to Director of Sales & Marketing Brian Holupka. “We’re offering items you can share, bar-friendly foods, and small plates that are good for grazing. The 20-minute portions of the menu are dinners, bigger plates, burgers, steaks, and casual entrées.” Some of the sharable items include Portobello French Fries, Burrata with Tomato Jam and Grilled Baguette, Sesame Chicken Salad, and Crab Nachos (shown above). One of our picks from the Cravings menu is the Firecracker Salmon Burger. It’s topped with pickled cucumbers, arugula, and lemon aioli. And, from the Munchies menu, candied nuts with ancho and thyme make for the perfect midday snack. Yum! Steelhead Brasserie & Wine Bar at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, 112 Washington Place, Uptown. 412.394.3474.

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On Memorial Day eve, MAY 25, Kaya will take over Smallman Street for its annual KayaFest! As an introduction to summer, guests can expect a drum line, tropical drinks, grilled goodies, and dancing in the street. Inspired by the sea and sun, Kaya’s menu includes a pig roast, Kaya dogs with avocado, frozen chocolate-covered bananas on sticks, drink carafes, and more! The big Burrito Restaurant Group go-to incorporates the culinary customs of the Caribbean Islands, South America, and the Pacific. Given the free music line-up and mouthwatering menu, a fun escape is guaranteed. For details, visit Kaya, 2000 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.261.6565. 48

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Save the date for May 7 at Osteria 2350! The sister restaurant of Cioppino is hosting a wine dinner with Domodimonti Winery. For $65 per person, guests will savor a mushroom salad, warm mushroom pan dressing, arugula, and shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano; wild Alaskan halibut, white beans, radish, celery hearts, and herb oil; duck confit ravioli, grilled spring onion, and confit essence; and roasted leg of Elysian Fields Farm lamb, pea risotto, fava beans, and lamb jus. Pastry Chef Meghann Walsh will be whipping up dark chocolate truffles with a choice of coffee, espresso, or cappuccino. From Marche to Montepulciano, wines will be paired accordingly. Says Chef di Cucina Matt McClelland, “This gives me and my culinary team the opportunity to take classic dishes from Italy and put our style into them to create something new and amazing. The wine is also completely organic, which I find to be important.” Salute! Osteria 2350, 2350 Railroad St., Strip District. 412.281.6595.

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Schedule of Events FridaY

May 2

Welcome Home! The 2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is here, and we couldn’t be happier with the theme: Run Home to Pittsburgh. The city’s community of runners is prominent and powerful. And with so many Pittsburgh natives scattered across the city, we’re ready to welcome them back with open arms! In fact, 20 percent of the 30,000 people who will participate in race weekend are from out of town. Pittsburgh pulsates with energy during race weekend, and this year’s extra opportunities for fans — including the new spectator bike course — will make it better than ever. Use this guide to find everything from race schedules and runners’ stories, to restaurant specials and rocking bands.

Good luck to every runner!


May 3

GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (10-11 a.m. for VIP) @ The David L. Lawrence Convention Center

GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo 9 a.m.-6 p.m. @ The David L. Lawrence Convention Center

UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run 8 a.m. start @ General Robinson Street and Mazeroski Way

Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon 10 a.m. start @ General Robinson Street

Purina Pro Plan Pittsburgh Pet Walk 12 p.m. start @ Point State Park


May 4

DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon 6:50 a.m. start for wheelchair participants 7 a.m. start for runners @ Liberty Avenue and Seventh Avenue

UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon 7 a.m. start @ Liberty Avenue and Seventh Avenue

FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay 7 a.m. start @ Liberty Avenue and Seventh Avenue

Finish Line Festival 6 a.m.-2 p.m. @ Point State Park

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The top-finishing men and women on race day will bank a total prize purse of $135,000. The top full marathon finshers win: 1st Place: $8,000 2nd Place: $6,000 3rd Place: $4,000 4th Place: $2,500

5th Place: $1,500 6th Place: $1,000 7th Place: $500

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Presenting Sponsors

GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo Don’t forget to stop by the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo before your race! Held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the Expo is the only place to pick up your packet and other important information for race day. Once you’ve taken care of that, explore the hundreds of vendor booths, featuring clinics, products, and services that are geared toward leading a healthy lifestyle. Free and open to the public, the Expo is a dream day for running enthusiasts of any age. David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown. 412.565.6000. Friday, May 2: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (10-11 a.m. for VIP) Saturday, May 3: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Purina Pro Plan Pet Walk This is probably the best walk your dog will ever take! The Purina Pro Plan Pet Walk invites runners to bring their four-legged friends to Point State Park Saturday, May 3, at 12 p.m. All well-behaved pets, who have their current vaccinations, are welcome to leash up and enjoy the beautiful course. As a bonus, a portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Animal Rescue League & Wildlife Center. So, give your dog a great day and help another dog get a great life!

UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon You know what they say about half marathon runners: They’re only half crazy! On Sunday, May 4, thousands of runners will take off from the corner of Liberty Avenue and Seventh Avenue, and finish at Stanwix Street and Boulevard of the Allies. Completing the 13.1 miles of the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon is a proud moment for any runner, and as the sponsor, UPMC Health Plan is proud to lend its name to the race. The organization strives to promote healthy lifestyles in the city, and this is just one of its many contributions. UPMC Health Plan, U.S. Steel Tower, 600 Grant St., Downtown. wh i r lm a g a z i n e . c o m / Wh irl


Get to Know the Pros While Burrell and Santucci make a positive impact on the Kids of Steel, they also stand out on the race course. As members of the American Development Program, the runners encourage the next generation of U.S. long distance runners at the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc.’s flagship events: the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, GNC Live Well Liberty Mile, and EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler. We asked the pros about their stellar careers and how we can aspire to achieve the same passion for running. Tell us about your running Q & A backgrounds. Ian Burrell: I started running in high school in Colorado, and did cross country and track for four years. I was recruited to the University of Georgia and competed for five years, earning All-American a few times. After that, I joined a professional group in Flagstaff, Ariz., that made strides toward the 2012 Summer Olympics. I ran there from 2008-2010 but decided to further my education and went to law school at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon Pittsburgh’s youngest runners are getting in on the fun of race weekend, too! Children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade will run the Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon on Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. The 1.2-mile fun run can be completed with parents or as a solo adventure. This year, thousands of children are going the extra mile by joining the Giant Eagle Kids of Steel program. An extra 25 miles, to be exact. With those miles logged in before the race, these tough-as-steel students will have completed a full marathon after finishing the race! For their hard work, the children will receive a special finisher prize and a President’s Challenge certificate, and five of the participating elementary schools will earn a $1,000 grant to support their physical education programs. Professional runners Ian Burrell and Clara Santucci have been motivating students at two Kids of Steel schools all year. They send their expert advice and encouragement through a pen pal system to help them run their best races. “It’s a ton of fun seeing the interest in the sport from kids just starting their running careers,” Burrell says. “It reminds me of my initial years running and how much fun they were.” In addition to talks about training, Santucci writes to the students about what they’re learning in school and what she has learned while running across the world. She taught them about Denmark, where she raced earlier this year, through the geography-teaching cartoon “Flat Stanley.” “It’s so important for young kids to be able to connect with people outside of their own little world,” Santucci says. “I am striving to help provide some of that for them.” 5

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Clara Santucci: My running career started in Doddridge County, W.Va. When I first started running in middle school, I was far behind where I am now, not even the best on my team. But I always kept my eyes on the next level and worked toward that. I went to college at West Virginia University, ran cross country and track, and became a four-time All-American. After graduation, I knew I wanted to pursue a professional career as a marathoner.

Clara Santucci was the first American woman to finish at the 2013 Chicago Marathon.

Ian Burrell was the first American man to finish at the 2014 Houston Marathon.

What was your most memorable marathon? CS: Boston was my debut marathon. It really brought to life everything I had dreamed about the whole marathon experience. The crowds were deafening, the course was unique and historic, the pain of the last few miles were like nothing I had felt, and the finish was a rush of relief and an exhilarating sense of accomplishment. It was a very positive experience and one I’ll always be thankful for. Have you run in Pittsburgh before? IB: I did the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler last year. I really like what they’re doing with the races and for U.S. distance running and the community. I’m excited to do the half marathon there this year. What’s the most rewarding aspect of distance running? IB: When you’re able to hit your goals. There have been races where I haven’t hit my goals, and it takes years to get to the levels I want to be at. So, when you achieve those outstanding goals, it’s amazing. CS: It builds resilience and that can reach into all areas of your life. You just learn how to propel yourself along with your own will and feet.


We all have off days during training. How do you power through? IB: You have to keep it in perspective and assure yourself that you might be going through a rough patch. Running has ebbs and flows; you have to keep in mind that things are going to get better. If you keep on working at it, you’re going to hit the better times. CS: I’m motivated by the only thing that can make an off day better: knowing I gave it my best that day. I know if I give it my best, I can still hold my head high. What is your best advice for runners? IB: Be patient. It’s 10 times easier said than done because you want to see results now, but it takes a lot of time to build endurance and get to where you want to go. CS: Always keep the fun and enjoyment in running. It’s good to get serious and work hard toward goals, but enjoying the run is what’s going to make and keep it a lifetime habit.

Photographs on opposite page from Ian Burrell and Clara Santucci



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Charities Every year, the Pittsburgh Marathon's Run for a Reason program, presented by Guardian Storage, raises more than $1 million to benefit charities in Western Pennsylvania and across the country. Check out this year’s four partner charities and find out how you can get involved with their important causes.

Partner Charities

Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center In its third year as a partner charity, Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center is proud to have more runners supporting it than any other charity. With a mission to care for all abandoned or injured domestic and wild animals, the funds from the race help provide medical care, spay/neuter services, adoption services, and community outreach. “Some runners tell me it motivates them to do the training, raise the money, and get up at 3 a.m. to run the morning of the marathon because they are passionate about our cause,” says Ann Yeager, director of marketing. So far, runners have raised $225,000, and Executive Director Dan Rossi says he will get a tattoo of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon logo if he can raise $10,000 himself. It will look great next to his tattoo of the Animal Rescue League logo, which he earned for reaching the $10,000 mark last year! Animal Rescue League & Wildlife Center, 6620 Hamilton Ave., East Liberty. 412.345.7300.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is a leader in caring for sick children in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. As its sole fundraising arm, the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation works to ensure that the hospital continues to receive the support it needs to provide excellence in patient care, teaching, and research. Keep an eye out for Run for Children’s team members during the race, who are fundraising for the foundation and spreading word of the organization’s positive impact in the city. Most of the team members are hospital staff members, former patients, or current patients’ loved ones. “Through hours of training, dedication, sacrifice, and perseverance, our runners are not only racing to accomplish their own personal goals, but also to support the mission of Children’s Hospital to give kids hope for a healthier future,” says Laura Swisher, Director of Annual Giving. “We are so grateful for each and every runner.” Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, 1 Children’s Hospital Drive, 4401 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. 877.CHP.GIVE.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fondly refers to its runners as “heroes.” These runners take on the race to raise money for the national research and treatment facility, which cares for patients with childhood cancers, sickle cell anemia, childhood HIV/ AIDS, and other diseases. “We, at St. Jude, are so proud that 80 cents of every single dollar donated is directly spent on the children and families that need it most,” says Taylor Kuhn, event marketing representative. “It costs $1.9 million a day to operate St. Jude, and the incredible thing is that no family will ever receive a bill from us. Our belief is that the parents’ only worry should be getting their children healthy.” The race is a major fundraiser for the hospital, and usually raises $75,000 annually. This year, the heroes are striving to raise $100,000 to support St. Jude’s patients and families — their highest goal to date! St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 105 Braunlich Dr., Suite 420, Ross Township. 412.695.8400. 7

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Team in Training As supporters of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, members of Team in Training are constantly training for and running marathons across the U.S. In fact, the team is the largest endurance sports training and fundraising program in the world! While they log the miles, the runners also share the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. All of the fundraisers Team in Training completes go to supporting patient aid and funding research. The team members have already raised $70,000 through the 2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and are looking forward to running their favorite race again. “The City of Pittsburgh is known for how enthusiastic its people are and just how proud they are to be from here,” says Sara Clarke, campaign coordinator. “That in itself creates such energy for this event.” Team in Training, 333 E. Carson St., South Side. 412.395.2873.

Chatting with the Charity The runners who fundraise for these charities are incredible, and the charities are just as grateful for the support. We chatted with Ben Herring, marketing coordinator at the Mario Lemieux Foundation, to get his take on the Pittsburgh Marathon’s Run For a Reason Program. What are the main causes The Mario Lemieux Q & A Foundation supports? Ben Herring: The Mario Lemieux Foundation’s main focus is cancer research and patient care, as well as Austin’s Playroom Project. This initiative creates playrooms for children and families in medical facilities. How can runners support the Mario Lemieux Foundation? BH: Runners can support the Foundation by raising funds through Crowdrise, as well as wearing Foundation and #TeamLemieux apparel to all race functions. How will the funds raised at the race support the Mario Lemieux Foundation? BH: The money raised will support a variety of Mario Lemieux Foundation projects, including the Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers at the Hillman Cancer Center, and the establishment and maintenance of Austin’s Playrooms in Western Pennsylvania medical facilities. What is your favorite part about working with the Pittsburgh Marathon’s Charity Program? BH: The Pittsburgh Marathon’s Charity Program is a creative and fun way for our supporters to raise money for the Mario Lemieux Foundation while engaging in an activity they love. Mario Lemieux Foundation, 816 Fifth Ave., Downtown. 412.281.3066.

Photographs from Team in Training, Abbi Nicolella, Annie O’Neill/Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Lauren Stuart/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Keep Running, Girls! Girls on the Run of Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC is keeping us running! Join its 12th Annual Girls on the Run Spring 5K on May 18. Participants of Girls on the Run’s 12-week program have been training for the annual race and learning how to live confident lifestyles. Held at the Hartwood Acres concert area at 9 a.m., the race wraps up the spring session and funds scholarships for future participants. Celebrate their successes and enjoy pre- and post-race family friendly activities, too! Entries are $20 or $25 on race day. Girls on the Run of Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, 3380 Boulevard of the Allies, Oakland. 412.641.1596.

Supporting Charities Visit the partner, platinum, gold, silver, and bronze charities’ websites, and learn how you can help, too!

Platinum Charities: • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Western PA Chapter, • Dirty Vagabond Ministries, • Gilda’s Club Western PA , • Mario Lemieux Foundation, • Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh, • Urban Impact Foundation, • Western PA Humane Society,

Gold Charities: • American Heart Association, • Free Wheelchair Mission, • Genre’s Kids with Cancer Fund, • Girls on the Run of Magee-Women’s Hospital of UMPC, • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, • Haiti H20, • Imagine No Malaria, • JDRF, • Light of Life Rescue Mission, • T he Miracle League of South Hills, Casey’s Clubhouse, • Organization for Autism Research, • Pittsburgh Kids Foundation, • RSG1 Foundation, • Running for Laptops, • The Pittsburgh Promise,

Silver Charities: • ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA, • Cody’s Crew Foundation, • Cutch’s Crew for Pirates Charities, • Joshua House Community Center, • N ational MS Society, Western PA Chapter, • North Hills Community Outreach, • Steel City Greyhounds, • The Lazarus Center, • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, • Will Run For Food/St. Luke Church, • Women’s Choice Network, • World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, • YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh,

Bronze Charities: • Alzheimer’s Association, • The Oasis/CLEAR, • Team RWB, • The Wayne Foundation,

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Inspirational Stories Every runner has a story, and we find these four to be incredibly heartwarming. These individuals will run for the Urban Impact Foundation, which supports at-risk youth in the North Side, and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, which supports the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Urban Impact Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation,

Beth Boutilier Last year, Beth Boutilier made the decision to run the marathon. Then, she chose to add even more meaning to her commitment by running the race for the Urban Impact Foundation. “To know that I’m contributing is a great feeling,” says Boutilier, who has volunteered at the foundation for two years. “If one of these kids’ lives can be changed by running a marathon, I would gladly run millions of miles.” She is raising funds by simply asking friends, family, and Facebook to support the cause, and she’s already raised $1,000 this year. In addition to donations, Boutilier also seeks out prayer requests. “It’s always been my tradition to pray when I run marathons and training miles,” Boutilier says. “Running is my therapy and time with God.” During her race, she will devote one mile to each request, praying for the person and sending good thoughts his or her way. To keep track, she wears her prayer list on her wrist, just like a quarterback wears his plays. “It motivates me to get to the next mile,” Boutilier says. “I’m 100-percent sure that’s the only way I’m able to finish. And when I cross that finish line, it’s like they’re going to cross their finish lines – whatever they’re struggling with.”

Merel Duursma By supporting the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, Merel Duursma is helping someone who helped her. Duursma was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 7, and spent several years receiving radiation treatments, chemotherapy, and other treatments at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She has been in remission for 12 years and is now a University of Pittsburgh nursing student. “As someone who has benefited and thrived, it’s important for me to show how Children’s Hospital makes a world of a difference,” Duursma says. Since 2006, she has been involved and present in the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Group. The therapeutic and beneficial program is funded by the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, so Duursma felt she needed to return the support. Her cancer impaired her vision, so running is one of the few physical activities she can do. This year marks her fifth half marathon and third time as a member of the Run for Children’s team. “It’s very fulfilling to still be involved with them,” Duursma says. “I still have friends from the groups and remain connected to everyone. I want to respect them and support the oncology program.”


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Larry Heimann

For four years, Larry Heimann has been volunteering at the Urban Impact Foundation and running the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon to support its cause. During his first race, a fellow runner took note of Heimann’s Urban Impact T-shirt. “He said, ‘Urban Impact? God bless you, man!’” Heimann recalls. “I’m really glad to be a part of a charity that does so much and makes a great impact, not just in the North Side, but in the whole city.” The Carnegie Mellon University professor and volunteer chess teacher has reached out to all of his students to support him and the foundation. His chess students are pledging to sponsor $25 for every mile he completes in the Clydesdale division, while his college students have decided to run the marathon relay for Urban Impact, too. With students running by his side and contributing to his cause, Heimann is looking forward to running this year’s race. “I love right around mile five when we pass Urban Impact and all the kids are out there high-five-ing everyone,” Heimann says. “It’s great to help them out, and I feel like I’m making a difference. It gives me a sense of purpose, a reason to run.”

John Hollenberger The Urban Impact Foundation was a charity John Hollenberger had been interested in supporting for several years, but wasn’t sure how to make his mark. When he learned he could do so through the half marathon he had planned to sign up for already, he knew it was his chance to get involved. Looking for a fun and unique way to fundraise, Hollenberger challenged his friends, family members, and coworkers to help him raise $600 by November 21. If they did, he would shave his long, curly hair into a mohawk. Excited by how quickly he reached that goal, Hollenberger promised to shave his legs if he could raise $1,000. “I guess folks like to see me embarrass myself because I also reached that goal,” Hollenberger says, who had his head and legs shaved by November 22. With more than $1,250 raised so far, he has turned his focus to helping other people raise money for Urban Impact, including the West View Fire Company #1 and his wife Jennifer, who is running the 5K. “Running a half marathon is fun, but being a part of a team and a community of runners is a great feeling,” Hollenberger says. “Knowing that we are all fundraising and running for an important organization for Pittsburgh is an honor.”

Photographs from Larry Heimann, Erik Miller, Jennifer Hollenberger, Ron Duursma.

Local businesses are celebrating runners with special deals, discounts, and pampering. Plus, get their advice for healthy running and recuperating!

RUNNER OF STEEL PITTSBURGH 2014 Created exclusively for the 2014 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. Sterling silver jewelry proudly designed and handcrafted in Pittsburgh.

Best Foot Forward Your feet will be pounding some major pavement on race day. Take care of your tootsies with these top tips from Dr. John M. Snyder, D.P.M., of Academy of Podiatry: • Make sure your shoes are the correct width and size. (Academy of Podiatry’s shoe store can help you find the perfect fit!) • Change your running shoes on a regular basis — about every 350 miles for avid runners. • Wear appropriate socks or orthotic inserts to keep feet functioning properly without causing injury. • Take care of any post-race blisters or callouses as soon as possible to prevent further trauma. • Seek medical care at the first sign of injury. Academy of Podiatry, 5841 Library Road, Route 88, Bethel Park. 412.831.1515. 20 Cedar Blvd., #208, Mt. Lebanon. 412.561.FOOT. The Painter Building, 500 Hospital Way, 4th Floor, McKeesport. 412.664.2490.


Unisex sterling silver bridge charms made to fit on a chain or on a PandoraTM style charm bracelet. 14k white, yellow or rose gold also available upon request.

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Lucky Charms You’ll always carry memories from this year’s marathon in your heart — and now, you can remember them with a piece of meaningful jewelry, too! Caesar’s Designs, the official jeweler of the 2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, has crafted sterling silver bridges to commemorate the big event. The limited edition “Runner of Steel” pieces can be worn as a pendant or attached to a PANDORA™-style charm bracelet, $65. Caesar’s Designs, 5413 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.621.0345.


5413 Walnut St. in Shadyside, Pittsburgh PA 15232 412.621.0345

*Look for the charm and pieces from last year’s Marathon Collection at the Shadyside store, at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo May 2-3, and at the Finish Line Festival!

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Official Marathon Bloggers

In honor of this year’s “Run Home to Pittsburgh” theme, four official marathon bloggers have been documenting their journeys to the big day. Some are local runners, others are literally “running home” to Pittsburgh for the race. Together, they share their biggest triumphs, frustrations, and tips during training, and offer confidence and support to fellow runners. Read their stories at

Stop, Drop, and Blog

Mar on the Run It took Marlesa Adams 20 years of running for exercise before she signed up for her first 10K. The excitement of the race atmosphere had her hooked, and now, she has 35 races under her belt. This year marks her third half marathon in Pittsburgh. “And, actually, the theme is what made me decide to participate again,” says the Pittsburgh native, who resides in Washington, D.C. “No matter where my address is now or will be in the future, Pittsburgh will always be my home.” The race will serve as Adams’ homecoming and redemption run, as a foot injury this winter put her training schedule on pause. Back on track, she’s excited to share the course with family and friends, and the experience with her blog followers. “We are all very different beings, but if my journey somehow helps someone else towards their own fitness path, then I feel I’ve contributed something,” Adams says. “If nothing else, I hope they get my wit!”

Former sprinter Jenna Hatfield ran occasionally, but never more than a 5K. When a severe back injury in 2010 affected her for two years, her physical therapist told her she would probably never run again. “I don’t react well when I’m told I can’t do something,” Hatfield says. “I was determined to run again.” And she did, completing a number of short races in 2013, then moving up to the Cleveland and Columbus Half Marathons. The Ohio resident plans on only running one full marathon in her life, and she’s doing it in her hometown: Pittsburgh. “Going home to do my first and only full marathon with my family and friends was my plan before they even announced the [Run Home to Pittsburgh] theme,” Hatfield says. “It means so much more to me now.” With the support of her fellow bloggers, her children, and her husband — who she met blogging! — Hatfield is on fire and ready to tackle her next running milestone.

This Runner’s Fuel

Pittsburgh Runner “I wanted to run a marathon by the time I turned 30,” says Kristy Brown. “I have no idea why.” The Pittsburgh native had never run a race before, let alone more than five miles, and was a smoker. She accomplished her goal 13 days before her 30th birthday, has since quit smoking, and has completed 16 marathons in seven states, including the Boston Marathon in 2013. Brown’s blog is filled with race recaps, weekly training summaries, and advice on everything from cross-training to pre-race snacks. “I hope people can see that anybody can run a marathon,” Brown explains. “You didn’t have to be a runner in high school, college, or even now. I was a sedentary smoker, and now I have to make myself take rest days. If I can inspire people to realize that they, too, can be runners or sign up for a race they didn’t think was possible, then I consider that a success.”

Post-Race Plan We know laying down sounds super tempting once you finish the race, but proper recovery is key to lasting health. Running that many miles can take a toll on the body, so follow these post-race rules from Matthew Garabedian, owner of Hybrid Movement Training Systems: Keep Moving: Light walking for 10-15 minutes allows your heart to gradually divert back to its resting state and flushes out the lactic acid build-up in your muscles.


After committing to a healthier lifestyle in spring 2009, Kim Yohe hit the running trails. She blazed through the 5K and half marathon circuit, and completed her first full marathon in Pittsburgh in 2011. “You always remember your first marathon. There’s nothing like it,” Yohe says. “Running the Boston Marathon in 2013 was amazing, but it will never compare to Pittsburgh.” Unlike those who will be running home to Pittsburgh, Yohe is already at home in the city. Her long training runs take her through the quiet city, just before sunrise, but she lives for the high energy of marathon weekend. “For people who live in this city, you get to support your hometown with this positive event that brings neighborhoods and people across the area together,” Yohe says. As she continues to connect with her broad range of readers and friends in the running community, it’s clear their shared optimism and motivation is what fuels this runner’s passion.

Eat Something: Your body will be torched, and restorative calories will help in the recovery process. A meal replacement bar, protein shake, or handful of almonds with a banana right after are great options. A few hours after, you can eat a full meal of your choice.

Bonus Tip: We all underestimate the power of rest. The body knows how to heal itself; we just need to allow for it to happen. Hybrid Movement Training Systems, 266 Freeport Road, Blawnox. 412.760.5489.

Start Stretching: Light stretching and foam rolling are great post marathon. Definitely focus on the hip girdle and posterior chain. Stretch the glutes, lower back, lateral thigh, hip flexor, hamstrings, and calves.

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Photographs from Marlesa Adams, Jenna Hatfield, Kristy Brown, Kim Yohe.

MORE POST-Race PLANS Road to Recovery All of the work and professional guidance you put into your marathon training needs to be duplicated in your marathon recovery plan. VESLA 360’s Marathon Recovery Package refreshes runners and gets them ready to run again. Enjoy a post-race consult, 60-minute massage, 30-minute “Hands On” stretch, two 30-minute workout sessions, plus a bonus pre-race consult for $295. The package is available starting May 5, and owner Frank Velasquez recommends runners partake in the consult, massage, and stretch within the week after the race. The workout sessions can wait until two weeks after the race. VESLA 360 Sports Performance and Physical Therapy, 290 Executive Drive, #400, Cranberry Township.


Salon and Spa

Best kept secret in the South Hills!

Treat Yourself As a reward for finishing the marathon, Stonewater Salon and Spa is offering runners $10 off any massage. Whether you choose deep tissue, Swedish, or sports — which pays extra attention to sore and swollen areas — your muscles will benefit from the healing and stress-reducing, one-hour session. You’ve totally earned the pampering! Stonewater Salon and Spa, 5326 Clairton Blvd., Baldwin. 412.882.2000.

Pretty Powerful

$10 OFF ANY MASSAGE service for runners who complete the marathon!

5326 Clairton Blvd. (Rt. 51) Pittsburgh, PA (412) 882-2000 •

Did you know? The amount of power Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co., Inc. supplies for the 2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is equal to the amount an average household consumes over a month’s time! The company supplies: • Ten generators that supply a total of 480,000 watts • Four 12-ton A/C units • Two light towers • Two scissor lifts • Three 80-foot articulating boom lifts • Two heaters, weather permitting Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co., Inc., 4565 William Penn Hwy., Murrysville. 800.538.1020.

Rub it In

Your body went through a lot to get you across that finish line. Give it some TLC with UNA Biologicals’ Bruise Balm. Made with organic arnica, calendula, and St. Johns Wort, the soothing salve increases circulation, decreases swelling, and promotes healing, $10. UNA Biologicals, 412.889.9746. Photograph from UNA Biologicals

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We Like Bikes! Thanks to American Natural, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is proud to announce its new bike spectator course for race day. Now, you can pedal along with your favorite runner. The trails start at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center; pause at the designated bike cheer zones at 73 E. Carson St., 1200 W. Carson St., and the 2500 block of East Carson Street; then finish at Point State Park. What a ride! Check out the map at:

For the Fans Cheer on the runners at one of thirteen official spectator zones across the city. Each one has local bands, thanks to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and special activities to keep the party going all day!


The 500 block on Smithfield Street, hosted by Get Fit Families Bands and Cheerathoners: Code Whiskey • For Those About to Rock Academy • ToonSeum Characters • Get Fit Families • Mo Nelson Band • The Summa Band • Shades of June • The Delaneys

North Side

East Common Blvd., hosted by the Urban Impact Foundation Special Events: > Western PA Humane Society will be at the Spectator Zone with its therapy dogs and adoptable dogs. > Pancake breakfast at Allegheny Center Alliance Church at 7 a.m. Bands and Cheerathoners: Western PA Humane Society • North Side Neighbors • Allegheny West Civic Council • Little White Garage • Nightly Standard • My Captain My Sea • The Unemployed • Chase the Monkey • Team Mimosa • Edward Pigan/ Nacho Blues • Urban Impact Foundation Group • Exempt • Working Breed

West End/Station Square South Main Street, hosted by PA State Representative Dan Deasy and The Pittsburgh Musical Theater

Bands and Cheerathoners: Father Flamethrower • Brashear Promise Readiness • Xtreme Teen Broadway • The Elite Show Band • The Damaged Pies • Full Moon Revival • Albert Gallatin Army JROTC • Charm and Chain • Anello • DJ MXer • The Flannel Addiction • Norwin 79ers

South Side

6400 block on Frankstown Avenue, hosted by the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center

Special Events: > Hurry Home Hounds Beach Party will be sharing fruit and water, and showing off the group’s friendly hound dogs. > Make posters with BYS Yoga at the 1100 block of Carson Street.

Bands and Cheerathoners: Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center • Pittsburgh Songwriter’s Circle • Face Box • Crossroads United Methodist Church • Woodz Rising • Diviaped

Bands and Cheerathoners: Aurora • BYS Yoga • Girls on the Run of Magee • Women’s Hospital of UPMC • John Melnick • School of Athens • Hurry Home Hounds • The CSR Band • Ray Ryan New Orleans Riverside Band


4800 Fifth Avenue, hosted by WQED and The Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh Bands and Cheerathoners: Fire & Love • Kung Fu Radio • Eddie & The Bruisers • The Wurms • Ray Lanich Band • The Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh


Shadyside Village Plaza, hosted by the Shadyside Action Coalition and the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce Bands and Cheerathoners: Shadyside Presbyterian • Community Day School • Carolyn Marie Band • Cody Kulesa • The Blue Devils • Jupiter Vinyl • Gerald McGrew Jr.• Rich Patrick

Point Breeze

Beechwood and Fifth Avenues, hosted by the Point Breeze Association Bands and Cheerathoners: Bridgette Perdue • Broke Stranded & Ugly • The Sweet T’s • The Grifters


7130 Frankstown Avenue, hosted by Operation Better Block, GTECH, and Homewood Children’s Village Special Event: > Pittsburgh Soul Steppers will host a dance marathon on North Braddock and Frankstown Avenue. Bands and Cheerathoners: Operation 45 • Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle • Saint Mark AME Church • Roland Ford and the Pittsburgh • Soul Steppers • DJ Spidey • DJ D • Steel City Greyhounds


East Liberty

1400-1500 block on Carson Street, hosted by the South Side Chamber of Commerce and Mario’s South Side Saloon

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Highland Park

5901 Bryant Street, hosted by the Highland Park Community Council and The Bryant Street Market Bands and Cheerathoners: Slide Worldwide Brass Band • Honeyriders • JR Wolf • Aaron the Uke Slinger


100-200 block of South Negley Avenue, hosted by the Hekima Place Association Bands and Cheerathoners: Sephus Lee • Kids on Broadway • Hekima Place


Liberty Avenue between Matlida and Edmund Streets, hosted by Bloomfield Citizen’s Council and The Bloomfield Business Network Bands and Cheerathoners: The Brass Staff • Live Music DJ • Bob Scullion & The Mystics • Steel City Angels • Colin McCann Band • Live Music DJ/Sound Elevator

Strip District

2300 block on Penn Avenue, hosted by Neighbors in the Strip, Pittsburgh Public Market, and Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle Special Event: > Stroll the Strip with stops at Collage Jewelry, Roxanne’s Flowers, Reyna Foods, Primanti Brothers, Lucy’s Handmade Clothes, and Pittsburgh Public Market. Bands and Cheerathoners: Dena Miller Trio • JWP • Ron and the Rumpshakers • Act of Pardon • Bad Acid • Fungus • Wound Up • Derek Woodz Band

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Weekend Events Get the party started early with special events throughout the city, including Rock the Run concerts by some of the official marathon bands. Thursday, May 1 • Rock the Run with an outdoor party at Mario’s South Side Saloon, Finn McCools, Carson City Saloon, Local, and Carson Street Deli in South Side at 8 p.m. • Mario’s East Side Saloon, Shadyside at 8 p.m. • Rock the Run at Buckhead Saloon, Station Square at 9 p.m. • Rock the Run with DJ Jam at McFadden’s, North Side at 9 p.m.

Friday, May 2 • Homewood community clean-up event with Operation Better Block • Rock the Rock at Social in Bakery Square at 8 p.m. • Rock the Run at the Bulldog Pub, Highland Park at 8 p.m. • Rock the Run at the Harp and Fiddle, Strip District at 8 p.m. • Little E’s Jazz Club, Downtown from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. • Rock the Run at BRGR, East Liberty at 8 p.m. • Rock the Run at Peter’s Pub, Oakland at 9 p.m. • Pittsburgh’s First Annual Fringe Festival, Shadyside at 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 3 • Homewood community clean-up event with Operation Better Block • Robotics Competition & Marathon Fun Day at the Sarah Heinz House,

North Side at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. • Rock the Run with an outdoor block party along Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield at 12 p.m. • Rock the Run at Market Square with Chris Higbee at 3 p.m. • Pittsburgh’s First Annual Fringe Festival, Shadyside at 9 p.m.

Carbo-loading Mention the DIck’s sporting goods pittsburgh marathon at these restaurants on May 3, and runners can enjoy special pre-race menus: BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, Cranberry, Galleria, Waterfront, McKnight, and Robinson. Del’s Bar and Ristorante, Bloomfield. Lidia’s Pittsburgh, Strip District. Your beauty deserves the best that nature offers.

Enjoy all-you-can-eat pasta lunches and dinners for $12.95 at Redbeard’s Sports or be our friend at

Bar & Grill on May 2-3 from 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Redbeard’s Sports Bar & Grill,

Dig in to these pasta parties on May 2 at 5 p.m. and May 3 at 3 p.m.:

Alexander’s Italian Bistro, Del’s Ristorante, Lombardozzi’s, The Village Tavern, Pino’s Contemporary Italian Restaurant,

the Lawrenceville Carb Crawl on May 2 will get you ready for race day! Download a coupon at for 15% off your party’s bill at these delicious and trendy restaurants: Franktuary, Industry Public House, Tender Bar + Kitchen, Matteo’s, Embody Natural Health, Kaleidoscope Café, Pastitsio, Dive Bar & Grille,

Extra Bite! Runners, bring your bibs to Verde Mexican Kitchen and Cantina for a special post-race brunch. Verde Mexican Kitchen and Cantina, Garfield.


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ALL About Andy By Liz Petoniak • Photographs from the Andy Warhol Museum

The Andy Warhol Museum celebrates 20 years in Pittsburgh with a sold-out gala, a splashy new exhibit, and a chronological artwork reinstallation that shines light on the city’s role in Warhol’s perpetual 15 minutes of fame


hen I decided to make Pittsburgh my home almost a year ago, I compiled a “Pittsburgh bucket list” of more than 50 restaurants, activities, cultural events, and places I wanted to visit. I finally crossed The Andy Warhol Museum off my list a few months ago while my brother was in town for the weekend. As we explored the different floors, we discovered a symbiotic relationship between the museum, its visitors, and its host city. My brother and I discussed the works in front of us, mused about Warhol’s collaborations with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and played with the Silver Clouds, without feeling like we were breaking an awkward silence, because other museum goers — students, families, an entire soccer team, and out-of-towners — were doing more than simply observing, too. They were interacting, and making connections with the works in front of them. Explaining this relationship, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum Eric Shiner says, “We provide a starting off point for dialogue based on our exhibitions, collections, and programs. Pittsburgh returns the favor in the form of engaged audiences, philanthropic supporters, and a dynamic place to call home.”

The Andy Warhol Museum, lobby, photograph copyright of Abby Warhola. William John Kennedy’s “Homage to Warhol’s Marilyn,” 1964, courtesy of the KIWI Art Groups, serves as one of the focal points of the new Factory Lobby, complete with silver-painted walls. Kennedy says that the photo of Warhol looking through the acetate silk screen he used to make his “Marilyn” paintings at the Factory is his favorite photo that he took of the artist. “Andy was a free spirit. My first impression was [that] this guy is about to be a superstar. When you walked in the door [to The Factory] you could immediately feel the creative energy,” he says.

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The Andy Warhol Museum, exterior, photograph from Ric Evans.

The Warhol machine speaks volumes to this day. It is hard to look at the contemporary art world today and not see a little bit of Andy in everything. He is one of the most important American artists ever. - Photographer William John Kennedy

The Warhol Store, The Andy Warhol Museum, photograph copyright of Abby Warhola.


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Dynamic is right. Since The Andy Warhol Museum opened its doors in May of 1994, Pittsburgh has transformed from a rust belt relic to a city that shines on a national level. The museum has carried on Andy Warhol’s legacy as it simultaneously developed into a beacon of innovation in the community. “When we first opened, I think many people thought that an alien spacecraft had landed in their midst, but now Pittsburghers view the museum as a source of civic pride,” says Shiner. The museum’s current programming includes social evenings every Friday; weekday Gallery Talks; concerts and a live art series; an archives study center; a number of educational programs; screenings of Warhol’s films in the Warhol Theater; live video feed of the artist’s grave site; traveling exhibits; two mobile phone apps; and multiple interactive elements, such as a vintage photo booth where visitors can create their own “Warhol.” Today, the museum is a destination. According to Shiner, The Warhol now averages 2,000 visitors per week and welcomes more than 120,000 visitors a year. He also revealed that the museum’s 20th Anniversary Gala on May 17, which will bring together the artist’s supporters from all corners of the world, sold out without extending a single invitation. The museum continues to push forward with an extensive renovation of all seven floors, aimed at improving visitor experience and providing a more personal view into the artist’s life, as well as greater insight into Pittsburgh’s role in his trajectory. The facelift began last October as the museum transformed the first floor lobby by expanding The Warhol Store and creating the new “Factory Lobby,” meant to emulate the artist’s Factory in New York City, while also paying tribute to Pittsburgh’s own industrial past. The museum will complete the remaining renovations in time for a debut at the 20th Anniversary Gala. The revamped café, complete with a new menu, will move upstairs. And most notably, the entirety of the museum’s works will be rehung chronologically, which Shiner says will show visitors how Pittsburgh became the “launchpad of Andy’s life and career.” Never before seen pieces will also premier, in addition to a

new orientation biopic starring some of Warhol’s closest friends, that “will also shed light on the importance of Pittsburgh to Andy’s artistic and promotional development.”

What’s more fun than fashion and celebrity? - Eric Shiner, director, The Andy Warhol Museum

Furthermore, attendees of the gala and those who visit the museum with free admission on the 20th Anniversary Community Day on May 18, will be the first to see The Warhol’s exciting new exhibit, “Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede.” The exhibit will explore the astounding connection between Warhol and Halston, the iconic fashion designer who ran in the same avant-garde artistic circles as Warhol from the late ‘50s through the ‘80s. Halston commissioned Warhol to create pieces for his personal collection and almost exclusively collected his artwork, which he hung in his Manhattan townhouse and his vacation home in Montauk that he incidentally rented from Warhol. Halston and Warhol also connected on a number of art collaborations as well as fundraisers for the Martha Graham Dance Company. Lesley Frowick, Halston’s niece, co-curated the exhibit and as such, many of the pieces come from Frowick’s personal collection of her late uncle’s designs. The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the “Halstonettes,” the jet-set glamour girls who loyally wore his designs everywhere with him, will also loan important outfits for the exhibit. The Warhol is pulling artwork and videos with relationships to the outfits. PNC Financial Services will present “Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede,” one of eight Warhol exhibits it has sponsored since 2005, including five outside of Pittsburgh. Chief Communications Officer Donna Peterman explains that supporting the arts, and Warhol’s art in particular, has proved to be a “great calling card” to introduce the PNC brand to the communities it serves. “Andy was an incredible artist and understood the connection between art and commerce. He

Halston, Dress, 1972, Ultrasuede, The Museum at FIT, Gift of Mrs. Sidney Merians. Frowick says, “Halston’s designs were easy and they were elegant. His lines were clean and comfortable and he used a lot of cashmeres and ultrasuedes [as shown in the shirtdress above] that were very easy to wear, but also made a statement when you walked down the street.”

Andy Warhol, Halston, 1974, copyright of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Frowick says, “Halston definitely left his mark on American fashion history. People are always talking about him. Every few weeks or months, his name comes up in the fashion blogs or magazines.”

Halston, Evening dress with print based on Warhol’s Flowers painting, 1964-72, Silk, Knit, courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. “The piece that will tie the exhibit all together is the Warhol flower dress,” says Frowick.

Andy Warhol, Lesley Frowick, 1985, copyright of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Halston’s niece, photographer Lesley Frowick, co-curated the “Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede” exhibit. Her biography on Halston is set to hit bookstores this fall.

Halston, for Bergdorf Goodman, Pillbox Hat, early 1960s, copyright of The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Halston designed the iconic pillbox hat, as made famous by Jacqueline Kennedy, while working as the head milliner at Bergdorf Goodman in the early 1960s.

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was not afraid to use art to further business interests, which makes The Warhol a perfect partner for PNC,” says Peterman. We think Andy Warhol would approve, too. In fact, we believe that he would be thrilled by all of the progress the museum and the city have made over the past 20 years. Shiner says, “Having been there at the beginning, I know that many people were shocked that the museum had decided to open not in New York City, but in Andy’s hometown of Pittsburgh. And thank goodness that was the case. I’ve watched us grow from a fledgling institution into a worldclass museum over the past two decades, and I’ve seen minds open and perceptions change thanks to the good work that we do. I know that Pittsburgh is a much more forward-thinking city because of our presence, and I hope that trend continues over the course of our next 20 years.” A staple in our community, we can’t imagine our city without The Warhol. Cheers to another 20, and let the celebration begin! The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Shore. 412.237.8300.


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Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964, copyright of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. “I remember picking up Andy, then heading to Flushing, Queens to photograph him in a field of flowers I had spotted. It was marvelous,” says photographer William John Kennedy. “I have nothing but fond memories with Andy; he was a remarkable individual.”

Andy Warhol, Diamond Dust Shoes (Random), 1980, copyright of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Frowick says, “Warhol was known to have a shoe fetish, and he collected Halston’s shoes. I remember there was a series of diamond dust shoes that Warhol had done and one of them [at left] is going to be in the exhibit. It was beautiful, innovative, and luxurious.”

Thank you Andy Warhol Museum for 20 years of inspiration.



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Four local moms share a heartfelt discussion on motherhood in the modern age Edited by Nicole Barley • Photographs by Michael Fornataro

Just as moms share a special bond with their children, so too is there a special bond between fellow mothers. Their kids might be different ages, they may come from entirely different backgrounds and careers, and their styles of childrearing may vary, but there is an unspoken understanding between mothers, something that can be conveyed with a simple, knowing look. In the case of this photo shoot and roundtable discussion, we discovered that there is also a spoken understanding. We invited four local moms who had never met before to join us at our North Shore offices and talk about what it means to be a mother in the modern age. Navigating business and balance is such a pervasive part of our culture, and we sought out women who we feel embody powerful examples of finding success in work, play, and family life. Before the discussion even began, there was an instant chemistry and camaraderie in the room. Over the course of our 45-minute chat, there was lots of laughter, and there was lots of love shown as these women spoke sincerely of their families, of their hopes, and of their own mothers. We moderated a lively and honest discussion about work-life balance; raising a family in Pittsburgh; the challenges, rewards, and expectations that come with being a mom; and the role of technology in their relationships with their kids. We also asked these four women to share the best piece of advice they have relating to motherhood. We’re excited to honor them and to honor all of the moms in our lives, not only on Mother’s Day, but every day. Whether you are a mom, a mother-to-be, or hope to be a mom one day, we’re sure you’ll be inspired by this display of motherly love. 54

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Meet our Moms:

Michelle Kirsop

Karen Colbert

Annie Hanna Engel

• General Manager, McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks, Downtown • Mom to Cassandra, 11; Zachary, 8; and Riley, 4

• Director of Communications, American Heart Association • Mom to Shannon, 21, and Brandi, 18

• President and COO, Howard Hanna Insurance Services; Chief Legal Counsel, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services • Mom to Will, 13; Rory, 10; and Jack, 8

Gratifying Experiences What is the most rewarding part of being a mom?

JennY Celenzi Shuman • Manager, Roberta Weissburg Leathers, Shadyside • Mom to Sam, 11 months

Karen: So far, it has been watching these two girls grow up into really smart young women. They are making good choices. They’re honor students, and they take a lot of things seriously, but they have fun. They’re looking toward the future, and I think, ‘Wow! If I could’ve been that smart when I was your age!’ JennY: Being part of a family team and watching all of these amazing new things happen with our son together every day. What’s also rewarding is being able to be part of a work team that loves my baby. For us, there’s always something new at this point, and sharing that with friends and family is such a joy. Annie: Seeing your child become who they’re going to be as an individual, not just as your child, is incredibly rewarding. It just develops and starts to reveal itself day by day — your child is their own person! To see your child making their own choices, to see them using what they have been taught and how they have internalized it, is incredible to see each day, each month, and each year. Michelle: It’s definitely cool to see how your kids change and evolve over the years. All three of my kids are different, but they have similarities, and you can tell they’re brothers and sisters. They stand up for each other, and they want to engage with each other. wh i r lm a g a z i n e . c o m / W h irl




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What is the best advice you’ve received or can share about motherhood? JennY: You have to make it work for you. As we are hitting all these milestones right now — daily, weekly, monthly — I keep reminding my husband and family members that every kid is different and not everybody does it the same way. You just have to make it gel, however you do. Michelle: My mom always said to me, ‘I know you’re busy and that you have a lot going on, but put everything into perspective, and take it one day at a time. Make sure the time that you spend with the kids is quality time. It doesn’t have to be something grand, just make sure that the time that you spend is important and that you are making memories, the little things that they can reflect back on.’ Karen: Be present and be involved. I come from a family of educators, and I remember my dad and my sister always saying if the parent isn’t present, chances are, the child isn’t stimulated. Annie: There is nothing wrong with asking for help. We set up an unreal expectation of perfection for ourselves. No one has more ‘value’ or is a ‘better mom’ because they do it all. It’s unrealistic. Maybe I don’t have time to cook a wonderful meal every night — even though I like that and want that for my family. I have set an unreal expectation that I can cook every night. Does it make my life happier if I can find somebody who will help me with that? We all have to ask [for help sometimes], and that’s OK.

Quality of Life

What makes Pittsburgh a great place to raise a family? Annie: My husband Gus and I had our first two children when we lived in Connecticut, and there came a point where we knew we wanted to come back to Pittsburgh. We have a much richer life here. My family is here, and my kids know their grandparents so well — they spend time with cousins, aunts, and uncles — and their 94-year-old great grandfather. Family support aside, Pittsburgh is an incredible place to be a kid and to have a family. There is so much that is accessible to everybody, from our parks, to stadiums that you can walk to, theaters, and great museums. Nothing is too far away, and even though we grumble about it, let’s face it, traffic isn’t too bad! There are also incredible community service opportunities here in the region, and the culture of the region fosters that. Giving back to our community is a great thing to do as a family, and for children to see their parents do. Michelle: For me, my family is the support system, and growing up in Pittsburgh, all of my close family members are all still around us. They afford me the opportunity to have that work-life balance because they’re very involved. We’re very, very lucky. Pittsburgh’s a place that is rich in tradition and strong values, and it’s a hardworking city. Those are all things that we want our children to understand and believe in. 56

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How does technology come into play with family life? Karen: I think cell phones are awesome (laughter). I don’t know how my mom did it without knowing where we were. I don’t want to hover and stifle my kids, but to know that they got from point A to point B is comforting. When my girls started driving, I would ask them, “Just let me know when you get there!” I don’t know what I’d do without a cell phone.

Expectations vs. Reality Is being a mom what you thought it would be?

JennY: Being a mom is better than I could have ever imagined. We just have this really pleasant, awesome little baby, whose personality we cannot figure out where it came from (laughter). Every day is amazing.

Role Models

Michelle: Being a mom is more than I could have ever imagined it to be. It is a truly wonderful blessing being a mom.

How do you maintain a work-life balance? JennY: I had a mother who went back to work when I was 5 years old, and her best piece of advice to me was to stay in the game, even if it’s just a little bit. That was the most challenging things at first to decide — am I going to do this right away, full-time again? Am I going to step back a little bit? What I figured out, for me personally, was that it’s important to stay in, but maybe not as much right now. Michelle: You have to recognize that you can’t possibly do everything. You have to pick and choose. Karen: The American Heart Association is great about work-life integration, which allows me to be flexible, if needed. So for example, if I need to leave work early for my daughter’s 3:30 basketball game, I can. I may be up working later that night when the house is quiet, and I can actually think, but that flexibility works for me. Being a working mother, I feel good being a role model within my family. American Heart Association, Four Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Ave., Downtown. 412.208.3550. Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, 800.656.7356. McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks, 301 Fifth Ave., Downtown. 412.201.6992. Roberta Weissburg Leathers, 5415 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.681.8188. SouthSide Works, 527 S. 27th St., South Side. 412.488.8008. wh i r lm a g a z i n e . c o m / W h irl



Leathers • Shearlings • Furs • Cutom Design • Boots Accessories • Vera Bradley • Brighton • Mariana


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May Days Let’s celebrate spring! There are plenty of ways to join the party. Start by dressing in your prettiest pastels or brightest whites (we’ve got tips on how to care for the delicate shade). Pick a pretty, coordinating purse (see our suggestions on page 66), spritz on an inspiring fragrance (may we suggest Coco Mademoiselle by CHANEL?), and you’re on your way to fashion fun.

super Cool Supermodel Lily Aldridge has collaborated with Velvet by Graham & Spencer to create a supremely chic clothing collection. Now, a number of items from the SoCal line are on the racks at Footloose at The Galleria. Inspired by Aldridge’s love of New York street style, her California roots, and her adopted home of Nashville (she’s married to Caleb Followill, lead singer for Kings of Leon), the pieces run the gamut from rock ‘n roll glam to “laid-back glamour.” We have a few favorites, starting with the Rita Plaid Button-Up Shirt, $144. Inspired by Aldridge’s “long-standing love affair with Nashville’s country music scene,” it’s cool, it’s edgy, it’s everything you could want in a plaid shirt. We’ve also got our eye on the gorgeous Aziya Leopard Army Jacket, $158. The leopard print puts a wild spin on the classic cut, making it a must-have for spring. Visit to view the entire lookbook, starring Aldridge herself. Footloose at The Galleria, 1500 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.531.9663. — Emily Bastaroli

+ The “Rita” is “designed to look like the vintage shirt you’ve always been looking for.”

Consider this jacket “the last word in effortless grab-and-go chic.”

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so coco Though only introduced in 2001, Coco Mademoiselle became an instant classic in the perfume collections of women around the world. Rich and musky, sexy and bold, it’s CHANEL’s No. 1 selling fragrance for obvious reasons. The face of the campaign, Keira Knightley, appeared on WHIRL’s October 2007 cover; today, CHANEL is proud to debut a third chapter in the Coco Mademoiselle story, starring Knightley as the simultaneously rebellious and graceful living representation of the scent. Knightley, whose grandmother wore CHANEL No. 5, made a connection with Coco Mademoiselle well before becoming its muse. “A friend gave it to me a couple years before I received this wonderful offer. Until then, I had never worn women’s fragrances, because I found them too sweet or floral. Suddenly, people were stopping me in the street to ask what perfume I was wearing. I was really proud!” she says. The sensual scent, created by CHANEL master perfumer Jacques Polge, is truly multifaceted. In this new TV advertising campaign, directed by Joe Wright and captured in print by photographer Mario Testino, the starlet steals the show with her confident, cool, and slightly mischievous attitude. With a simple spritz of the evocative, moving fragrance, we’ll be channelling those same, show-stopping qualities, too. Also accompanying the launch of this new campaign are two, new limited-edition products that combine for an indulgent bathing ritual: Coco Mademoiselle Scented Foam Bath and Gentle Body Exfoliation. C’est magnifique! CHANEL products are available at and at Sephora, Macy’s, and Nordstrom stores. Visit to view the 30- and 60-second TV spots.


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Photographs from Chanel/Emily Hope

Summer Style Tip:

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Pretty in Pastels If you’re looking to stay on top of trends, all while keeping a classic element to your style, Michelle Czerwinski of Grove City Premium Outlets tells us that pastels are the ticket to doing just that this summer. “Whether it’s blush pink, baby blue, mint green, lavender, pale yellow, or coral, these feminine and flirty hues are perfect for brightening up your wardrobe all season long. Grove City Premium Outlets is home to 130 stores offering savings of 25 percent to 65 percent every day, making it a one-stop destination for staple pieces in these sugary-sweet shades.” Wondering how to wear it? “There are many ways to incorporate this seasonal palette into your closet,” she says. “Colored denim is big in the summer months, so be sure to snag a pastel pair or two. When searching for warm weather must-haves like dresses and skirts, opt for some in these lighter tones. Those seeking something more professional can swap their classic black blazer out for a pastel alternative to achieve a look that is soft and sophisticated. Accessories are also great way to inject pops of pastel into your look so keep an eye out for summer scarves, handbags, shoes and jewelry in the playful hues.” Stay up to date on summer sales and join the VIP Shopper Club at Grove City Premium Outlets, 1911 Leesburg-Grove City Road, Grove City.

time to shine A wristwatch is the ideal example of fashion meeting function. Add to that the amazing backstory of a company invested in creating industry in America, and you’ve got an eye-catching conversation piece, right on your wrist. The watches we’re talking about are made by Shinola, and they’re now available at Joyce’s Fine Jewelry. “The new line of handcrafted watches tells the amazing story of Shinola’s commitment to the revitalization of American manufacturing. The watches, hand-built in Detroit, feature leather straps from the oldest working tannery in the USA,” says Caren D’Amico of Joyce’s Fine Jewelry. “Shinola believes that products should be built to last, right here in this country. Come in and see this new line of watches and leather goods for yourself, and hear the full story of this exceptional American tale.” Joyce’s Fine Jewelry carries the entire collection of styles for men and women. Pick out your new arm candy before time runs out! Joyce’s Fine Jewelry, 5 E. Main St., Uniontown. 724.439.4278. Shinola,



Kasper scarf, $20.

New for spring, Jeffrey Smith, hairstylist and owner of Jeffrey Smith Studio, presents a fresh batch of extraordinary, handmade jewelry. We’re gravitating toward the glamorous pieces, especially the statement necklaces made with mineralinspired beads and stones. Let them stand alone, or for a bit more bling, complement the bold bibs with delicate, dangling earrings. Stay tuned for more pieces from the prolific Smith, who is constantly creating and innovating in his home design space. Jewelry is available at Pursuits and at Jeffrey Smith Studio. Pursuits, 740 Filbert St., Shadyside. 412.688.8822. Jeffrey Smith Studio, 3801 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.683.8153.

Shinola Gomelsky Double Wrap Leather Strap, prices range from $450-$950.


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Ann Taylor Loft Modern Skinny Jeans, $59.99.

Photographs by Michael Fornataro, From Shinola, theo

Eyetique will welcome exclusive styles from the Belgian eyewear brand Theo to its stores this month! Shop the bright, bold, and modern collection at two trunk shows, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Squirrel Hill store on May 23 and at the Wexford store on May 24. Eyetique, 2242 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.422.5300. 10644 Perry Hwy., Wexford. 724.940.5300.


Join Henne Jewelers for a “To Mom, With Love” treasure hunt! Ten days in advance of Mother’s Day, the Shadyside jeweler will be “hiding” 20 Henne gift cards around the area, and participants can find clues as to the gift card locations on Henne Jewelers Facebook page. Happy hunting! Henne Jewelers, 5501 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.682.0226.

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You’ll be skipping through summer in the brilliantly shaded kicks available at Littles Shoes! The trend for men (and women) is “color, color, color!” says Littles Buyer Justin Sigal, who handselected a few of his favorite pairs for us to try. Check out his shoe dos, especially for dudes, this season. Littles Shoes, 5850 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.521.3530.


Love David Yurman jewelry? Don’t miss Orr’s Jewelers of Squirrel Hill’s David Yurman Mother’s Day Trunk Show on May 10 from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Representatives from the brand will be on hand for the “restyling” event. Bring your current collection of David Yurman pieces, as stylists guide you to new pieces that will complement what you already own. Orr’s Jewelers, 5857 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.421.6777. W hi r l / MAY 2014


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Mosaic Bracelet by David Yurman.


Infuse your wardrobe with vintage flair at Joden World Resources, which recently added two Victorian beauties to its fine jewelry collection. The Cherub Brooch (at right) is a one-of-a-kind piece featuring an image of a Cherub “artist” set against a turquoise backdrop, and surrounded by blue hearts and rose-cut diamonds. Also new is the House Brooch, a calcite rock crystal pin portraying a lovely house with a diamond frame, ruby roof, carved emerald tree, and pearl snowflakes. Unsure of how to rock a brooch? Affix the classy, throwback accessory on the lapel of a blazer or on the collar of a crisp white blouse. Or, if you’re looking for a very unique way to wear the jewelry, fashion a brooch as a hair accessory — centered on a silk headband or as a ponytail embellishment, a look that’s been prominent on high-fashion runways since 2012! Joden World Resources,144 S. Broad St., Grove City. 800.747.7552. — E.B.



{ We love these all-white styles from Vince Camuto, available at Nordstrom at Ross Park Mall and Vince Camuto Organza-Trim Dress, $159; Faux-Leather Sleeveless Pullover, $159; Mesh Sweater, $99; Wide-Leg Pants, $109.

The rule of “no white after Labor Day” is no more! Memorial Day is springing its bright and light dress code upon us, and summer’s big-name designers and retailers are showing all-white outfits as a hot trend. But with summer on its way — and all of the accompanying barbecues, ice cream cones, and of course, perspiration that warmer temperatures bring — we wondered: How do we keep our whites white? Leff-Marvin’s Cleaners owner Gary Lasch has a few bright ideas. First, when shopping, be aware of the type of fabric you are buying. Natural fibers, including cotton, linen, and silk, for example, are simply easier to clean and de-stain than lycra, polyester, or nylon fabrics. Trust a professional to take care of dry clean only items, but when washing other light-colored clothing at home, Lasch recommends OxiClean White Revive Laundry Stain Remover Powder, which is chlorine-free and color safe, but still achieves the same sparkling results. And what about removing dark, stubborn stains, like coffee, red wine, ink, makeup, and BBQ sauce? Lasch suggests soaking the garment overnight with a cleansing agent like OxiClean to lift, remove, and ensure full fiber recovery before washing. We’re ready to keep our whites bright and shining all summer long! Leff-Marvin’s Cleaners, 449 Ohio River Blvd., Emsworth. 412.761.4054. — Alyssa Miller

Clockwise from left: Cole Haan LunarGrand Long Wingtip, $198-$248. Cole Haan Great Jones Plain Oxford, $198. Sperry Two-Eye Boat Shoe, $85.

The designer describes her jewelry as “visual music.”



Larrimor’s will host a Margo Morrison New York Trunk Show, May 1-2, featuring feminine and sophisticated semiprecious and pearl jewelry that appeals to women of all ages. Stylish celebs, including Julia Roberts, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sharon Stone, and Brooke Shields, are part of Margo Morrison’s growing celebrity clientele, wearing her jewelry on camera and off. Bonus: Shoppers who purchase a $400plus necklace will receive a free pair of earrings, valued at $75. Larrimor’s, One PNC Plaza, 249 Fifth Ave., Downtown. 412.471.5727.

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Skyler Berman, Joey Maalouf, Rachel Zoe, and Francesca Dabecco during L.A. Fashion Week.

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Francesca Dabecco reminds us all to pursue our dreams despite severe obstacles. In a flash, her life flipped upside down. Following intense migraines, unending visits to the ER, and misdiagnoses, an MRI revealed the 17-year-old Montour High School senior had a brain stem tumor. Doctors at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC suggested she receive 30 radiation treatments over a six-week period. It was during this time her passion for fashion flourished. “Fashion really spoke to me,” says Dabecco. “If you look good, you feel good. It was a way to lift my spirits. The nurses joked around that I never repeated an outfit and looked forward to seeing what I would wear the next day.” She created the blog Frankly Francesca as a place to document her style spirit, favorite looks, and love of writing. Little did she know, she would soon discover surprises of a lifetime, or what she dubs “Christmas morning times a million.” Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia granted her a wish beyond her original desire — to intern for a day at a fashion magazine in New York. She, her parents, and sister were flown to Los Angeles Fashion Week, where she perched front row, adjacent the runway, to peruse adored designs from Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff, and Tory Burch. “I felt like a princess,” says Dabecco. “I had my hair and makeup done every day. I was truly given the royal treatment.” In addition to pre-show parties and gifted jewels from Sarah Leonard, she was given a tour of Rachel Zoe headquarters. The chic excursion from Glamour magazine led to meeting the celebrity stylist, who presented her with a signed copy of “Living in Style” and Magnolia Bakery cupcakes. “I’ve looked up to her for quite some time,” she says. “She looked absolutely perfect and gave me great advice. I felt like I was literally surrounded by angels in the City of Angels.” Prior to her trip, she spent afternoons at Sabika Jewelry and with Pittsburgh designers Kiya Tomlin, Sandra Cadavid, and Emy Mack for a “mini fashion tour.” “I’m so thankful they heard my story and were moved by it,” says Dabecco. “They gifted me jewelry, accessories, and clothing — amazing pieces — so that I would have Pittsburgh with me in L.A. They were so kind and everything was so beautiful.” Dabecco is not only considered a “Wish kid” but a “Wish maker” — she helped to raise nearly $10,000 for Make-A-Wish during an event held in partnership with Froggy Radio! “I felt this overwhelming need to give back to what really is a true sense of hope for children with life-threatening conditions,” she says. “I know I’m going to be doing things for the organization for the rest of my life.” Just recently, she received outstanding news. “I responded beautifully to the treatments and my last MRI determined my tumor shrunk 80 to 85 percent.” Dabecco proves fashion’s riches start with a positive attitude and a big smile. “I didn’t let myself get down,” she says. “There is so much more I have to do.” Frankly Francesca, — Andrea Bosco

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Lindsay Zimmer at the American Irel and Fund Gala

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Edgy Elegance Meet the style maven behind Yeni, Shadyside’s newest boutique Lisa Rudick sees herself as a laid-back jeans and a T-shirt kind of woman — with a twist. Rudick exudes a down-toearth, inviting vibe as she gushes over raw-edge leather handbags, Christian Lacroix pillows, and jewelry from India that adorns her new Shadyside boutique, Yeni, located just above e.b. Pepper on Walnut Street. Even though we’ve just met, Rudick chats with me like a longtime friend. “I always wanted to open my own shop,” she says. “This great space was available, and it just felt like the right time!” As an extension of herself, Yeni’s upscale boho atmosphere welcomes shoppers with the scent of candles infused with incense from the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris; a luxe, cozy couch; and plenty of eye candy, from the gilded antique cabinet, to the unique accessories displayed within. The items for sale reflect Rudick’s personal taste and practically serve as décor themselves. But keeping her customers, whom she treats as friends, in mind, she also tries to sell pieces that she thinks all Shadyside shoppers will adore. She’s certainly succeeding — we’re pining over everything this “casual queen” sells and wears! 64

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Q & A



Describe your personal style.

Lisa Rudick: “My personal style is hard for me to describe! It’s however I feel that day. Usually, though, I gravitate toward pieces that are comfortable, easy, and casual.”



Who are your favorite designers? LR: “I love Atelier Minyon’s jewelry. I think his designs represent how everyone has two sides to them — naive and wild. And, I’m really into high-low design. I’ll wear anything from Proenza Schouler to Zara to Target. If I like it, I’ll buy it!”

Who is your style icon?

LR: “I really like Nicole Richie’s style. Sienna Miller, Kate Hudson. I’m attracted to their relaxed, boho-chic style.”

What are your wardrobe essentials? LR: “Jeans, T-shirts, flowy tops, and boots. And, a great leather jacket! That’s pretty much what I wear every day and is the most ‘me.’”



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It’s in the Bag Pick up any of these purses, and sharpen your spring style outlook This season’s carryalls are light and bright, with a mix of pastel shades and bold colors bringing the pretty factor. There’s a plethora to choose from, spacious enough for packing your everyday must-haves, but not so large that they’re unwieldy. Grab one, and go! Details in WHIRL Directory, page 110. 1. Furla “Candy” mini cross-body purse, $148, Pursuits. 2. Spartina 449 “Bay Bucket” bag in “Prestwick” print, $158, Splurge. 3. Charlotte Ronson yellow drawstring “Nappa” floral-print shoulder bag, $320, Footloose Shadyside. 4. Furla “Melissa” laser-cut leather tote, $378, Pursuits. 5. SR2 laser-cut purse, $118, One Brilliant. 6. Mar y Sol “Sonia” clutch, $88, Kristi Boutique. 7. Nine West “Theodora” purse, $69.99, Premium Outlets at Grove City. 8. Hammitt “Ryan” clutch in mint/ gold, $250, Splurge. 9. Big Buddha “Vallora” cross-body bag, $80, One Brilliant. 10. Embossed handbag, $39.95, H&M at Tanger Outlets. 11. Shiraleah “Isla” fold clutch, $60, The Picket Fence. 12. Mar y Sol “Nora” crocheted clutch, $98, Kristi Boutique. 13. Atenti “Doctor” bag, $178, La Perla of Oakmont. 14. Brighton “Pippa” purse, $300, Roberta Weissburg Leathers.







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Renew your commitment to healthy living — and make meaningful mother-daughter memories — at Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa

This year, we started a new tradition in our family: the mother-daughter trip. With a teenager who is nice to be around and a mom who loves to take adventures, we set off for the Florida version of the highly renowned Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach. Getting there was easy, with a direct flight from Pittsburgh International Airport to Miami International Airport. A $35 cab ride later, we arrived at the swank and healthy lifestyle retreat, and were shown to our large, one-bedroom suite overlooking the swimming pools and onto the ocean. Spectacular. Clean, tidy, and with every possible amenity, including a full kitchen (yes, dishwasher, too!) and a deep bath, we felt at home as we read over the schedule of classes offered daily, as well as the listing of special spa treatments. When it comes to being the best, 68

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Canyon Ranch, with additional locations in Tucson, Az., Lenox, Mass., and Las Vegas, has earned its reputation as the creator of spa philosophies. The concepts that are gently indoctrinated here will stay with you long after your visit. With its history of finding an alternative lifestyle as a method of healing, the ideas espoused manifest in ways beyond words. There is a gentle spirit here that matches the sea breeze each morning, and it touches the soul in unexpected ways. We found a comfortable rhythm during our four-day stay, filling our days with 50-minute classes, treatments, and lots of good food. Between the two of us, we took complimentary classes in meditation, Vinyasa flow yoga, Zumba, Pilates, kickboxing, and spinning. With a wide variety of

classes constantly running, there is an opportunity to try every type of activity. Or none at all. One entire day was spent lounging among the outdoor swimming pools, whirlpools, and beach. The food in the Canyon Ranch grill is seasonal and made-to-order. The clean living mentality pervades the menu with favorites like the tofu edamame salad and the carrot ginger puréed soup. And, just for the absolute thrill of it, the crème brûlée dessert tops off at 175 calories! We ate most of our meals here, with seating indoors and on the patio, with the ocean in view. As if this isn’t everything you always wanted in a setting, Canyon Ranch takes it all several steps further with body compositional analysis and nutritional consultations. We learned


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that raw food is the best way to go; that gluten and dairy can be irritants for many people; and that maintaining a healthy ratio between lean body mass and body fat is easier to do when you know the numbers. The resort’s aura of adaptability allows each guest to create a singular experience. With the range of treatment options in the 70,000-square-foot Wellness Spa, there is something for every person, no matter what age or gender, including services specific to teenage guests. The Canyon Ranch Massage is the best place to start, with masseuses who have been gifted in the healing power of touch. Likewise for the Dead Sea Treatment, which involves massage, exfoliation with mineral salts, a Dead Sea mud mask, and plenty of dreamy atmosphere. Having your suite in the same building as the spa is a definite plus as you leave in a cloud of bliss. Canyon Ranch takes full advantage of its spa space, which is shared with Canyon Ranch Lifestyle condominiums for those who want full immersion into this healthy lifestyle. With excellent guest service and full attention to detail, a visit here will bring life-changing results. And for this mother and daughter, memories that will last a lifetime. Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa, 7000 Collins Ave., Miami. 305.514.7000.

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Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force Annual Benefit Four hundred of Pittsburgh’s generous community members gathered to support the Pittsburgh Aids Task Force (PATF) for its 28th Annual Benefit at the Twentieth Century Club. Not only was the evening filled with excellent food, entertainment, and company, but it also raised a record-breaking $150,000! The night began with a VIP Meet & Greet, with notable guests such as chairs David Bush and Tim McVay, creative chair Bill Chisnell, Jeremy Shapira of Giant Eagle, and Mayor Bill Peduto. A string quartet from the University of Pittsburgh played over the balcony as guests noshed on crab cakes, spring rolls, pasta bar offerings, and a mashed potato bar, complemented by “All That Razz” and “Pennsylvania Ginger Snap” signature drinks. The 2014 Kerry Stoner Award was presented to Giant Eagle, and the Johnny Rodgers Band filled the venue with the sounds of impeccable jazz and Americana standards. Says PATF Marketing & Communications Coordinator Jason Herring, “It was the most successful event in the history of PATF. For the first time, the individual donations surpassed the corporate sponsorship. Pittsburgh is such a great community, and we are honored to be a part of it. It is so important to us to be able to provide for the more than 500 clients in Southwestern Pennsylvania who are living with HIV and AIDS.” —- M.K. PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALLIE WYNANDS



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More than 450 brides and 170 vendors bustled into the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for the 25th Annual Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase and Pittsburgh Women’s Expo! The bridal show featured a sampling of cookies, cake, and candy buffets, and fabulous wedding runway fashions from The Exquisite Bride, Celebrity Bridal Boutique, and First Class Tuxedo, among others. Gorgeous gowns and tailored tuxedos were on display during two fashion shows. From DJs to desserts, blushing brides retrieved tips and information to help plan their dream wedding. Says Producer Sal Richetti, “It was a great success. There was so much to see. It’s a very upscale, crafty show with a lot of great quality vendors. A bride can get anything and everything there.” Other vendors included the Pittsburgh Party Pedaler, Sweet Treat Buffets, Pennsylvania Wine Cellar, Pittsburgh DJ Company, and Bethel Bakery. After perusing the bridal beginnings, ticket holders made their way into the Women’s Expo. Co-sponsored by KDKA-TV, The CW, 96.1 KISS FM, WHIRL Magazine, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, SilverSport, and Treasure Hunt, the exhibit featured a meet-and-greet with Guiding Light actors, a pet-training presentation, a dance demonstration by Millennium Dance Complex, beauty stations, and cooking tips from Bella Sera. “The goal was to fill the void because there isn’t a women’s expo available,” says Richetti. “We wanted to educate all on the different services, from cooking to fitness to fashion.” This fall, brides-to-be can look forward to Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase’s muchanticipated Boutique Bridal Show, to be held at LeMont Restaurant. — A.B. + E.B. PHOTOGRAPHS BY KASSIE JACKSON



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More than 900 local celebrities and Pittsburgh Film Office supporters, including honorary chair Deb Rice-Johnson, waltzed the red carpet into Heinz Field for the 14th annual Oscars celebration! Hollywood’s biggest night of the year served as the event’s biggest year to date, grossing $275,000 for the organization. As guests perused gourmet food stations following a VIP Champagne reception, eight local salons presented fashions highlighting legendary glamour from the silver screen. Salon Vivace won “Best Artistic” for Brave and Elizabeth, and Salon Christine won “Best Authentic” for American Hustle! As the Academy Awards broadcast on the big screen, dessert and coffee stations opened. Guests indulged in an assortment of chocolate dessert bars and gourmet popcorn varieties like Caramel Graham Cracker, Black and White with Chocolate Drizzle, and Cheese & Chili Oil. Silent and live auctions closed the evening with items such as a framed photo, autographed by Jennifer Lawrence; a walk-on role in Fathers and Daughters; four VIP tickets to the taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; and a Dancing with the Stars experience in Los Angeles. Says Pittsburgh Film Office Assistant Director Jessica Conner, “We were fortunate to have really great silent auction items from stars who have been in town and donated items to us. Local designer Lisa Maria Bruno designed bow ties out of film for several guests, which were really fun. We’re thankful for the support of our mission and to Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for serving as our presenting sponsor for the fourth consecutive year.” — A.B. PHOTOGRAPHS BY KASSIE JACKSON



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American Ireland Fund Gala Anyone with an affinity for books fell deeper in literary love as the American Ireland Fund honored the charming two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Pittsburgh native David McCullough. Heinz Field’s East Club Lounge was transformed into a bibliophile’s dream, with oversized images of library shelves greeting guests and books used as décor for food stations, and transformed into flower arrangements, paying homage to McCullough’s literary works. Literature came to life as John Adams, Harry Truman, and Franklin Roosevelt impersonators — three of McCullough’s biography subjects — mingled with the crowd. A private VIP reception, during which WQED’s Michael Bartley interviewed McCullough, kept spellbound the intimate gathering which included Ireland Fund co-founder Dan Rooney, his wife, Patricia; gala chairs David Malone and Sy Holzer; dinner chairs James Rohr and Art Rooney; and committee members Greta Rooney, Michael Mullen, Andrea Carelli, David Morehouse, and Tony Quatrini. Says event coordinator Theresa Kaufman of the more than $600,000 raised, “We have an amazing committee who are dedicated to making the event a success. It’s a labor of love for everyone involved.” Guests dined on Aramark’s spread of Irish fare, which featured poached prawns, crab legs, and steamed mussels; roasted beet salad; Irish salmon, dry-aged beef strip loin, and leg of lamb; mini Shepherd’s Pie and Irish nachos; and an evening tea service with sweet treats. KDKA-TV’s Larry Richert emceed as McCullough was presented with a one-of-a-kind replica of the 16th Street Bridge, now his namesake, crafted by Wendell August Forge. — A.B. PHOTOGRAPHS BY LINDSAY DILL



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Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly served as the keynote speaker honoring NewsRadio 1020 KDKA morning host Larry Richert’s Hometown Heroes for 2014! Nearly 275 guests gathered at the Lexus Club at PNC Park to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s honorees — all proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. Guest speaker Jason Braase, a member of Warriors Speak, also took the stage. The honorees, who each received $1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice, were Anne David, founder of Horses with Hope; Hazel Jackson, who built a Food Service Ministry at St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church; Monica Michna for aiding the disabled and veteran community as the chapter president of Achilles International; Terrie Suica-Reed, the creator of Phase 4 Learning Center; and Megs Yunn, founder of Beverly’s Birthdays. Says CBS Radio Pittsburgh Vice President & Director of Sales Michael Spacciapolli, “We feel it is so important to recognize this type of hometown hero because many times these people are not getting the recognition they deserve for the extraordinary things they are doing to help make Pittsburgh the kind of city we are all so proud of.” — I.M.

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8th Annual Farm to Table Pittsburgh Conference The Farm to Table Pittsburgh Conference joined foodies and farmers to celebrate spring’s fresh bounty at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Since 2006, Farm to Table has been promoting healthy diets and lifestyles, encouraging Western Pennsylvanians to eat “real” food, while also supporting local farms and food producers. This year’s theme, appropriately, was “Food Sources,” and Pittsburgh native Judy Wicks, author of “Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer,” served as the keynote speaker. The weekend featured a vendor fair, a local food tasting, and a networking breakfast. The conference offered two-day’s worth of speakers and workshops, along with shopping opportunities among the 65 exhibitors. Friday night’s food tasting was attended by 500 people and featured 50 vendors. Menu items included Fabled Table’s Potato Corn Leek Soup; Allegheny Distilling’s Maggie’s Farm Rum; Vegan Veggie Pastries from Lean Chef en Route/Zest Wishes; and Giant Eagle Market District’s Chicken and Mushroom Rye Panzanella. Saturday’s networking breakfast offered a menu of granola and yogurt parfaits, vegetable frittata, oven-roasted potatoes, and French toast casserole. “The Farm to Table Conference is the annual go-to event for Pittsburghers to meet over 30 farms,” says Farm to Table organizer Erin Hart. “People want to interact with the professionals who can guide them through the real food system.” — I.M. PHOTOGRAPHS BY KASSIE JACKSON




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Fresh For Summer Get inspired by these ambitious installations, art shows, house tours, and more!

Structurally Sound Husband and wife Leslie Vincen and Dan Wintermantel have occupied Monterey Street in the Mexican War Streets in multiple ways. They moved to Pittsburgh nearly 14 years ago and just finished “rehabbing” the fourth building on their block. The pair is drawn to structurally unsound properties. “We typically fix them up and fold them on a hobby basis,” says Wintermantel. “But, this last one was for us.” Vincen and Wintermantel chose 1521 Monterey Street, a commercial building with good bones, but no roof, for 30 years. Built around 1860, the 8,000-square-foot space was once a candy factory and the former site of Bidwell Training Center with upper-floor residences. The couple lived next door to the condemned building for some time before making a move after it was announced the city slated to demolish it last spring. “Nothing existed except the shell of the building,” says Wintermantel. “We started construction June 17, 2013 to turn it into a 2,300-squarefoot residence and moved in the first week of January 2014.” During construction, bricks from the partial demolition were used as fill. And, the floor plans were kept as open as possible, with a spiral staircase from the third-floor deck, which leads to a rooftop deck, providing a 360-degree view of Pittsburgh. “We wanted to prevent another missing tooth on the block,” he says. “The city and the neighborhood have been very good to us. We’ve benefited greatly from, first of all, the opportunity, the affordability, and we’ve had good luck with a contractor.” When asked what’s next for the house hunters, Wintermantel says, “We might take a break for a while. This neighborhood is seeing a lot of activity because it’s become increasingly desirable. We plan to enjoy.” Well-deserved! — Andrea Bosco


With the help of John D. Francona, RA, LEED AP, Astorino, and David Menk of Premier Renovations, this couple created their dream home. For more photos from the Monterey Street house project, visit


Photographs from Dan Wintermantel, PPG

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/ NEWS STEAM HEAT What’s more luxurious than a long steamy shower? Add to that advanced steam technology, and you’ve got an at-home spa experience! Distinctly U Kitchen & Bath Design Center & Showroom in Millvale is proud to offer Mr. Steam Steam Baths to its customers. The benefits of steam are incredible and numerous, including improved breathing and opening of the nasal passages related to symptoms of allergies and viruses. Steam bathing also hydrates and cleanses skin, removes toxins from the body, increases circulation, relieves stress, promotes deep, restful sleep, and boosts metabolism. The residential Steam Baths available at Distinctly U can be added to an existing shower by way of a steam generator that produces steam, heated to 110°F, and enters the enclosed shower space through steam heads. Soak it all in for 10-20 minutes, follow it up with a shower, and achieve total relaxation. Distinctly U Kitchen & Bath Design, 419 E. Ohio Street, Millvale. 412.821.1100.

on TOUR The Sewickley House Tour returns for its 36th year of showcasing beautiful houses — for a good cause! — May 2-3. The theme of this year’s tour is “Your Dream Home,” and will highlight the stories of seven local homeowners who have created living spaces of their dreams. Not only will participants be inspired by the featured homes, which will highlight a kitchen remodel, a master bath retreat, outdoor rooms and gardens, totally new construction, and a complete historic restoration, all proceeds from the event will benefit the Child Health Association of Sewickley. “The House Tour provides significant funding for Child Health’s grants to children’s organizations throughout Western Pennsylvania. We are so appreciative of the homeowners who are so graciously opening their homes, and for the continued support of the community and our sponsors,” says co-chair Emily Shipley. Tickets are $35. For more information, visit 86

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Photographs from Mr. Steam, Bill Penberthy

Design Trend:

OUTDOOR Living Outdoor living spaces are increasingly popular in Western Pennsylvania, encompassing everything from in- and aboveground pool installation, to the construction of decorative stone walls and water fixtures, extensive patios, and outdoor kitchens. Westmoreland Pools & Spas is expecting a very busy summer of installing these stunning backyard setups, with appointments already booked through June! Not only are outdoor living spaces luxurious, they also add a great deal of value to a home. The process starts with a design consultation with Westmoreland Pools & Spas owner Gary Pivirotto, followed by a 3D-modeling process. From there, the installation begins, and depending on scale, projects are estimated to take between one to three weeks to reach completion. The hottest design trends currently include natural rock and fire elements, says general manager Adam Spate. And, no matter what type of yard surrounds your home, Spate says there are plenty of options for making these dream spaces a reality. Westmoreland Pools & Spas, 10620 State Route 30, North Huntingdon. 724.864.7300.

Find auction items similar to this Franz Leo Ruben oil on canvas painting.

READY, SET, BID! Get ready to place your bid! Aspire Auctions will host an online auction on May 16, featuring an array of items, everything from antiques to mid-century modern furniture. The week-long auction will also offer artwork, including watercolor, oil paintings, and charcoal drawings, as well as silver, porcelain sculptures, watches, carpets, jewelry, and cloisonné. Create an account at and nab the item you’ve been coveting. Or, if you’d prefer to simply watch the auction action unfold, the event will play out in real time on the website. Aspire Auctions, 5835 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside. 412.894.8221. Photographs from Westmoreland Pools & Spas, Aspire Auctions

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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will host its 78th annual May Market, May 9-10! The “perennially popular” event will welcome horticulturists from Phipps, along with local garden clubs, nurseries, farms, and vendors for an outdoor plant extravaganza on the Conservatory’s front lawn. For sale, plant enthusiasts will find a collection of organic herbs and vegetable seedlings; tropical plants and succulents; low-maintenance perennials and shrubs; native and rain garden plants; and much more. For those aspiring to have greener thumbs, Phipps’ Master Gardeners will be on-hand offering advice, and attendees will have the chance to enjoy delicious hand-dipped fondant strawberries — the special spring treat is a traditional offering at the annual event. Other highlights include half-off admission to the Conservatory, and May 10 is the opening of the Summer Flower Show, which runs through October 5. P.S. Invite mom to join you — this event takes place over Mother’s Day weekend! Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, One Schenley Drive, Oakland. 412.622.6914.

This May, The Shop in East Liberty will launch a new curate 1k Collection, its second collaboration with the art blog, The new collection features colorful, eyecatching, affordable prints and original paintings by Ohio artist Yao Cheng. Store owner Julia Reynolds tells us that The Shop will also be dishing out purchasing advice, so you’re guaranteed the best pieces — and prices — to fit your lifestyle. The Shop in East Liberty, 214 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty, 412.450.0258.





As the weather warms up, we’re marking our calendars for Think Shadyside’s First Friday Art Walks on Ellsworth Avenue. The summer series Gallerie Chiz owner Ellen Chisdes Neuberg with kicks off on May artist Baron Batch at First Friday Art Walk. 2, with additional dates on June 6, July 11, August 1, and September 5. Each event is held from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and will feature live music, shopping, and food trucks along the route, which includes three galleries: Gallerie Chiz, Morgan Glass Gallery, and Mendelson Gallery. Start at the intersection of Ellsworth and Maryland Avenues, and work your way up to the South Highland Avenue pedestrian bridge. Located on Ellsworth Avenue, just steps from the bridge, is Steel City Improv Theater, which will put on a performance at 8 p.m. After that, we recommend looping back and topping off your evening with a cocktail at Soba! For more information, visit 88

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YOUR LIFE Talking color trends, more than 140 top designers, architects, and color-enthusiasts convened for PPG Pittsburgh Paints’ 2014 Color Show at the PPG Wintergarden. The company unveiled its new digital color merchandiser, a simplifier for choosing a combination of paint colors. The touchscreen technology allows customers to preview their color application — a virtual paint swatch — in actual rooms and email it to themselves for planning purposes. During a presentation, Josette Buisson, PPG color trends forecaster, displayed five new color palettes to inspire homeowners to “Pause and Refresh” — Hi-Breed, Mosaic, New Spirit, Magnifigance, Theorem — in hues of Safari, Celestial Blue, Red Gumball, and Honey Bun, just to name a small few! Considering a room redo or a full home transformation? Visit westmorelandsupply. com for a list of store locations offering the PPG Color Work Station. For trends, color tips, and products, visit We’re loving the new hues! — A.B. Photographs from Paul G. Wiegman, The Shop In East Liberty, Gallerie Chiz, PPG

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By Liz Petoniak • Photographs by Michael Fornataro, from LUXE

Explore two city spaces that epitomize clean, contemporary design trends

Downtown living is an increasingly popular trend in Pittsburgh — and for good reason. Chic and new living spaces are under construction; three major sports stadiums and myriad cultural institutions are within walking distance; and innovative restaurants and bars continue to crop up. The city is in a revitalized state, offering fresh residences to match. LUXE, one of Pittsburgh’s premier kitchen and bath retailers with locations in East Liberty and Downtown, is a go-to spot for those seeking contemporary, cutting-edge design and custom work. Tyler Folnsbee, design technician, led us through two of the team’s recent Downtown projects — one at The Residences at Three PNC Plaza and one at Gateway Towers. “They’re great examples of what LUXE has to offer,” says co-founder Brent Hugus. “We’re bringing the latest in design trends and knowledge to the Pittsburgh market to work hand in hand with designers, architects, and the consumer.” In between gawking at the astonishing city view and the stunning interior layout, we snapped some photos and got the scoop on the latest design details and trends. @ LUXE, 5991 Broad St., East Liberty. 412.661.1416. 200 Fifth Ave., Market Square. 412.281.3712.


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The Residences at Three PNC Plaza For this custom job, a flat located in the condominium space above the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel, LUXE worked closely with Jennifer Pavlik of DLA + Architecture & Interior Design to create a kitchen and three bathrooms just as spectacular as the view outside. With a focus on entertaining, every aspect of the space, and especially the luxurious materials, is meant to wow guests.


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1. The island mixes elements. The three-inch solid walnut breakfast bar top is an unexpected choice when matched with the custom metal frame that holds the cantilevering exotic granite Vangura countertop, but it works seamlessly. 2. LUXE created a custom color palette for this Mixed-Up Mosaics hand-cut glass backsplash. 3. The Eggersmann USA cabinets serve as the foundation for the kitchen. “There’s no hardware,” says Folnsbee. “Everything is really clean.” A simple touch at the drawers’ and doors’ corners opens and closes them automatically. 4. German-made cabinetry line Eggersmann USA offers a range of options for organizing utensils and kitchen tools. 5. This suave bar area, constructed with a Cambria quartz countertop, serves as the perfect spot to enjoy the view of Downtown.

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THE POWDER ROOM This powder room proves that style doesn’t have to be sacrificed in a small space. The Laufen wall-mounted toilet saves space and allows other elements to shine — like the Electric Mirror medicine cabinet with a built-in TV. And, the reflection of the Bruck LED pendant lights on the Trend USA glass mosaic tile is eye-catching and totally unique.

THE GUEST BATHROOM A round, back-lit Electric Mirror illuminates the guest bathroom. The room exudes a colorful, hip vibe with the custom-made, zebra wood, wall-mounted vanity; custom aqua blue glass top; and recycled Trend USA floor tile, made of glass and quartz.

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THE MASTER BATH For the master bath, LUXE designed a spa-like space in a soothing color palette with high-tech features, including the 30-inch-by-30-inch Hansgrophe AXOR rain shower head and a fully integrated INAX toilet.


1. The LUXE team designed an 84-inch custom wall-mounted vanity with under-cabinet lighting. His and hers sinks, paired with two electronic lift medicine cabinets from The Furniture Guild’s Nuvo line, end the war for space in the bathroom, while the Island Stone cladding full-wall backsplash adds dimension and texture to the room. 2. After a long week, the free-standing BainUltra ThermoMasseur air bathtub with a Chromatherapy LED lighting system, is the chicest way to get some rest and relaxation.


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gateway towers: kitchen To create this dream kitchen, LUXE first opened up the space by destroying a wall separating the room from the living area. What prompted the makeover? “The owner came into the LUXE showroom and liked what she saw. She said, ‘No one else is doing this in Pittsburgh,’” says Folnsbee.




1. L UXE’s team installed a wall of Eggersmann USA cabinets in a gray gloss lacquer, which houses the Miele oven, microwave, and a 70-bottle-plus wine storage unit, all from Don’s Appliances. The stylish unit also conceals the fridge, sink, and the washer and dryer. The ultra-contemporary kitchen is completed without knobs and pulls, giving the space a streamlined look and feel. 2. The island, also Eggersmann USA, coordinates with the cabinets in a matte lacquer of the same color and is topped with “Silver Touch,” hot-rolled stainless steel. “It’s almost impossible to scratch, and it doesn’t take finger prints like normal stainless steel. Because it’s rolled, it comes with ‘imperfections’ built in, which gives it that cool look,” says Folnsbee. 3. Extraordinarily intuitive, the glass electric Gaggenau stovetop senses pots and pans and cooks through a magnetic field, while the downdraft ventilation hood retracts into the countertop, and recirculates and filters the air.


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With the custom-fabricated metal cantilever support of the island, welded on-site, the Corian breakfast bar stands without legs to give it the appearance of floating.


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CELEBRATION By Nicole Barley • Photographs by Michael Fornataro, from IKEA

IKEA Pittsburgh marks 25 stylish years in Robinson Township

Then & Now: IKEA’s 1990 and 2014 catalogues.

Strolling along the walkway that winds through IKEA Pittsburgh, I probably point to at least 10 different items and exclaim, “I have that!” Fellow lovers of Scandinavian design are sure to have a similar experience as they peruse the store’s nearly 9,000 products, which are both familiar in style and enticing in their newness. (FYI: If you walk the entire path, guided by the arrows, the distance amounts to about ¾ of a mile.) IKEA’s Jennifer Stockdale is my tour guide today, and the visit is not for the purpose of redecorating a room. Instead, we’re chatting about the store’s evolution since its founding 25 years ago. IKEA Pittsburgh was one of the retailer’s first U.S. locations, 96

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preceded only by IKEA stores in Philadelphia, Pa., Baltimore, Md., and Woodbridge, Va., just outside of Washington, D.C. Opened on July 19, 1989, the Pittsburgh store will host an anniversary celebration that same day, 25 years later, on July 19, 2014. In 1989, this IKEA store was the first of its kind within a sixhour radius. It was also one of the first retail spaces to be built in Robinson Township, constructed at the same time as Robinson Towne Center, situated across the street. Prior to these two retail developments, the surrounding region could best be defined as farmland. Says Stockdale, “We were the first thing here, and now, IKEA is located in one of the biggest retail areas in Pittsburgh.”

An established and active shipping infrastructure between IKEA headquarters near Philadelphia, along with proximity to those three existing stores, made Pittsburgh the perfect fit for a fourth location. Thanks in part to its affordability and attractive design, IKEA products are beloved by college students and young professionals alike, of which there are many in the Pittsburgh area. Matched with a stable economy, IKEA Pittsburgh has thrived. Family life is also a focus of the local store. IKEA consultants pay house calls to nearby customers to ascertain how they live, what they like, what is functional, and what is not. From there, the consultants devise the changing displays that are constructed throughout the store. Their goal is to create fully functional living spaces, specific to the shoppers in the Western Pennsylvania region, that invite them to interact and engage. Some aspects of the IKEA experience have certainly changed since 1989 — stereo storage has all but become obsolete; styles are a bit brighter and more modern; and the retailer’s art offerings have increased tenfold. Recently redesigned is the store’s downstairs Market Hall; aisles are wider, shelves are easier to navigate, and there are more products than ever. IKEA’s kitchen remodeling options continue to expand with modern consumers’ needs. But what hasn’t changed is a dedication to creating functional, affordable, and aesthetically pleasing design.

Shown here is IKEA Pittsburgh’s kitchen planning area, which was recently remodeled to reflect the retailer’s growing offerings and design services.

I ask Stockdale where she sees IKEA Pittsburgh 25 years from now. “We’re really headed towards increased online services, buying right from your smartphone,” she says. “But you do still need that in-store experience, no matter how integrated the online gets — there’s just no better way to get inspiration.” @ IKEA Pittsburgh, 2001 Park Manor Blvd., Robinson. 888.888.4532.


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What’s N E W 1. The KLIPPAN Loveseat has been a part of IKEA’s offerings since the company’s start. The modern update? These loveseats, along with many other seating options, are now sold without upholstery. Instead, IKEA offers myriad slipcover options. Two different, fun options are shown here. “You can choose from a variety of interchangeable fabrics. There are washable slipcovers, for a family with kids. If it gets ruined, you don’t have to replace the entire couch. And, if you want a room update, all you have to do is replace the slipcover,” says Stockdale.


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2. The name may have changed, but the style is the same. Known in the early ‘90s at the POEM Armchair, this iconic piece of IKEA furniture is now called the POÄNG Armchair. Versatile, minimalist, and very recognizable, it is now available in a wide variety of finishes and upholsteries. Overall, IKEA has increased its textile offerings, including duvet covers and pillowcases, which are updated on a seasonal basis.

A page from the 1990 catalogue shows the POÄNG Armchair, a highly recognizable piece of IKEA furniture.

3. BESTÅ is IKEA’s latest line of sleek, customizable storage, offering solution for home entertainment storage and display. It’s perfect for putting the spotlight on your TV. It also works well in dining and family rooms, suitable for everything from creating a bar with wine racks, to installing a spacious, discreet place to house toys, games, and books.

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HEy, Sunshine!

Elevate your mood with these anythingbut-mellow yellow accessories

Have some fun in the sun — indoors! Yellow is a color that’s known to boost energy and bring joy. It’s also attention grabbing, and these beautiful yellow pieces from local retailers instantly add visual interest and brightness to any space. We love this suggestion from John Gurman of Loom Exquisite Textiles: “Try adding color to a small powder room with a fun valance, or turn it into a jewel box by painting the walls a sunshine yellow!” Details in WHIRL Directory, page 110. @


Bella Rose Collection modular sectional pieces, prices starting at $1,999, Levin Furniture.

“Hardware is such an easy way to refresh tired-looking kitchen cabinets, bath vanities, or furniture,” says Beth Fay Lane Of SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home.



Hand-Printed Triangle Felt Coasters, $25/ set, The Shop in East Liberty

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Marigold Glass Knob, $29.95, SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home.


Frosted Lucite Mushroom Knob, $14, SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home.


Spiked Glass Knob, $48, SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home.


Square Glass Knob, $18, SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home.

Bright Yellow Butterfly House, $60, The Songbird Sanctuary.

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PhotographS BY MICHAEL FORNATARO, from Levin FurniturE, The Shop in East Liberty, THE SONGBIRD SANCTUARY, House 15143, LOOM Exquisite Textiles, Stone FOrest, BLUESTAR



Yellow and White Geometric Ikat Printed Cotton, $19/yard, LOOM Exquisite Textiles.

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Geometric Cotton Pillows, $68, House 15143.

Verona Vessel Sink in “Honey Onyx” by Stone Forest, $1,030, Crescent Baths & Kitchens.

Sunflower Birdbath, $90, The Songbird Sanctuary.

“Tripot” Bowl, $60, The Shop in East Liberty. +

Yellow Orchid Centerpiece, $649, Schafer Interiors and Fine Art Gallery.

“ This handthrown, ceramic bowl makes a modern design statement — use one as a simple centerpiece or for serving snacks and dips,” says Julia Reynolds, shopkeeper of The Shop in East Liberty.”


Tempera Chair by Vanguard Furniture in faux reptile patent leather with steel frame in black chrome, $845, Artifacts.


Sunflower Stake Birdfeeder, $20, The Songbird Sanctuary.


BlueStar RNB Series Range, $7,999, Hillmon Appliance Distributors.

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The all-new 2-in-1 attachment (available this summer) easily accommodates small foods such as strawberries, carrots, and halved apples. The stainless steel blade and three pulp screens produce customize juices, purées, and sauces. $249.99.

From breakfast links to bratwurst, create the finest of charcuterie. Lightweight and durable, the tube can quickly stuff home-ground meats into sausage casings. $15.


Direct from Italy, this part lets you make homemade pasta like small and large macaroni, bucatini, spaghetti, and fusilli. Recipes, a cleaning brush, and a pasta pusher are included. $179.95.




Grind your own fresh flours from wheat, oats, rye, and barley. Speedy and simple, the attachment’s adjustment knob allows you to create textures from coarse to fine. $129.95.


Roll sheets of dough of desired thickness for fresh pappardelle noodles or squares for ravioli. The three-piece set includes a pasta roller, a fettuccine cutter, and a spaghetti cutter. $249.99.

Great for grinding meats, grating cheese, making bread crumbs, and combining dips, salsas, and spreads, the Food Grinder Attachment helps you tackle a variety of tasks. $64.99.

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in Pistachio, $349.95.

MIX IT UP Whipping up a bulky batch of shortbread has never been so easy. With its 10-speed range and 325 watts of mixing power, the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer reigns supreme among our list of kitchen must-haves. From Bordeaux and Boysenberry, to Pistachio (pictured) and Aqua Sky, the multi-functional mixer is not only versatile in color but in use. Hand-assembled in Greenville, Ohio, the product has a power hub and attachments universal for making meringue, fresh pasta, and ice cream. Its sleek, chromatic design complements counter space, and, with purchase, includes a flat beater, dough hook, wire whip, and pouring shield. It’s perhaps the perfect gift for mom this Mother’s Day — the toughest decision will be which hue to choose. @ 102

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The 6500 Artisan Design Series stand mixer, KitchenAid’s newest model, is Available in four colors, including Sugar Pearly Silver, shown here. Visit for an exclusive Q&A with Williams-Sonoma on tips for using your KitchenAid stand mixer and attachments!

KitchenAid products are available at Williams-Sonoma, 1500 Washington Road, The Galleria of Mt. Lebanon. 412.341.3411. 5514 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.688.9220. 1000 Ross Park Drive, Ross Park Mall. 412.635.7401. By ANDREA BOSCO •




GARDEN PARTY Meander through the lush gardens of these lovely, landscaped properties and stop to smell the May flowers in full bloom

Listed at $2,800,000 210 Creek Drive, Edgewood

Palatial Palace A gold award winner of the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association for Landscape Excellence, this five-bedroom, six full and one half-bath home represents the pinnacle of fabulous gardens. A contemporary water fountain and an extraordinary display of landscaping greet guests. Continuing to the backyard, the stone patio offers a sophisticated and scenic space for dining. The inside is equally magnificent, boasting crown molding throughout; decorative columns; an “opera” style living room with barrel-vaulted archways and a doublesided marble fireplace; a gourmet kitchen with Streamline European Corsi cabinetry, cork flooring, and a 120-bottle wine refrigerator; and a sunroom with fantastic views of the gardens! For more information, contact Brent W. Gephart of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services at 412.741.2200. 104

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Photographs from Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Listed at $839,900 201 Lakeview Drive, Moon

TRADITIONALLY TRANQUIL Find tranquility on the grounds of this custom-built five-bedroom, four full and three half-bath home inside the Cherrington Manor gated community. The governor’s driveway, lined with groomed hedges, makes a statement, while the stunning gardens in the backyard, complete with two ponds with waterfalls and a gazebo, provide the perfect setting for a springtime soiree. The elegant and traditionally styled interior won’t disappoint either. Highlights include the twostory family room with a brick fireplace that reaches the ceiling; the master suite with adjoining sunroom, master bath, and dual walk-in closets; and an enormous lower level game room and den with a full kitchen, for when you want to move the party inside! For more information, contact Iris Marko of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services at 412.262.5500.

Blooming Beauty Beautifully landscaped trees, shrubs, and beds of flowers frame the dramatic entryway of this townhouse, complete with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. Inside, pretty touches such as, a “tulip” sink in the guest bathroom, maple floors, a custom fireplace, and built-in shelving give the space a modern, yet romantic feel. Large windows throughout bring the stunning scenery indoors and plays up features like the stylish first floor master suite and the lofted library. Entertain guests on the spacious back deck, which looks over the private, fenced in, fully landscaped backyard, and take a stroll to feed the koi fish in the small pond below a stone waterfall. For more information, contact Jane Herrmann of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at 412.782.3700.

Listed $675,000 929 Red Oak Drive, Harmar Photographs from Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices

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In Tandem Gear up with Pittsburgh Cyclists who are changing the lanes, one project A time Founded in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists, May is National Bike Month. Created to encourage commuting to work without a car while promoting a healthy lifestyle, National Bike Month in Pittsburgh has helped to foster a cycling culture. On a national scale, Pennsylvania ranks 15th for bicycle friendliness, according to the League of American Bicyclists, and local organization, BikePGH, is hosting Bike to Work Day. On MAY 16, BikePGH will coordinate bikepools and meet-ups. And, throughout the month, there will be several “pop-up bike cafés” in Market Square, SouthSide Works, PNC Park, Friendship Park, and Schenley Plaza. In the early ‘90s, Pittsburgh was named by Bicycling magazine as one of the three worst U.S. cities for riding a bike — currently, the city ranks in the top 50 for biking, according to Forbes Magazine. Says BikePGH Executive Director Scott Bricker, “We have come an incredible distance. As far as infrastructure, fun events, and a power base of people involved, and now we have leadership that believes.” Pittsburgh has been chosen as one of six new U.S. cities to join the PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project, along with Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, and Seattle. The financially supported two-year project will involve the installation of protected bike lanes. The makeover will create on-street lanes for bike riders, separating them from traffic. And, last month, Mayor Bill Peduto said he hopes to have Downtown’s first truly dedicated lane for bicyclists in place by the time the Pro Bike/Pro Walk/Pro Place conference comes to town SEPTEMBER 8-11. 106

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Says PeopleForBikes Vice President of Local Innovation Martha Roskowski, “Pittsburgh has ambitious goals and a strong vision supported by the elected officials and the community. They are poised to get projects on the ground quickly and will serve as an excellent example for other interested cities.” The fall conference will welcome more than 1,000 participants from planners, architects, public health professionals, realtors, educators, advocates, and cyclists. Over the course of three days, the bike symposium will host several mobile workshops, lectures, and networking opportunities. “It’s an exciting time to show off our city,” says Bricker. BikePGH, PeopleForBikes,

+ Win a copy of The Biking Board Game and continue the adventure off the road! The educational and entertaining Schwinn game features biking trivia, safety tips, and fun for the whole family. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Visit today for your chance to win.

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Photographs by Ben Petchel, Michael Fornataro

A Mother of a Workshop On May 18, the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center’s Live Well Yoga Studio will host a ridiculously relaxing Spa Yoga workshop, just in time for Mother’s Day. Created by Spa Harmony and Live Well Yoga & Pilates, the two-hour session invites guests to simultaneously indulge in the calming effects of yoga and the luxury of spa treatments. “Not only will this restorative class provide you with the time of relaxation, rest, and response; the spa treatments provide balancing therapies for overall wellness, inside and out,” says Spa Business Manager Brenda Young. The workshop begins with a soothing paraffin dip to soften hands. Then, as a certified yoga instructor leads you through poses, a licensed massage therapist provides head, neck, foot, and hand massages. Hot stones and calming aromatherapy cap off the de-stressing session. “It’s two hours of a truly soothing and peaceful experience that will be the perfect get-away for any mom or momand-daughter pair,” says Fitness Operations Manager Rebecca Feist. And, for every $100 in Spa Harmony gift cards purchased between April 19-May 11, you’ll receive a free $10 gift card! Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, 240 Wellness Way, Washington. 724.225.9355.


Free Screening Event! One in five Americans develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime, and the most common form affecting young adults is melanoma. In fact, one American dies of melanoma almost every hour. Says Dr. Justin Vujevich, “We are currently living amongst a skin cancer epidemic.” However, he says, “Skin cancer can be easily treated when detected early.” Put your health first and participate in Melanoma Awareness Month this May! Schedule a free screening at Vujevich Dermatology Associate’s South Hills or Washington office on Saturday, May 10 from 8 a.m.12 p.m. Vujevich Dermatology Associates, 100 N. Wren Drive, Scott Township. 412.429.2570. 95 W. Beau St., Washington. 724.228.7006.

Body Language Sign up today for the Bodiography Fitness and Strength Instructor Training session on June 22. The eight-hour course provides personal and tailored instruction on exercise sequencing, alignment and anatomy, pedagogical techniques, and Bodiography’s fitness and health principles. Complete the session, and you’ll be certified to teach the Bodiography class in any gym or dance studio! Bodiography, 5824 Forbes Ave., Floor 3, Squirrel Hill. 412.521.6094. By Rachel Jones •

Photographs from Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, Bodiography

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1. The groom, in a dashing tux from Tuxedo Junction, only had eyes for his beautiful bride, who wore a princess gown from Alfred Angelo’s Disney Fairy Tale Weddings collection. She primped that day at a Philip Pelusi salon 2. Kopriver’s Florist & Greenhouse embellished every bouquet, including the bride’s colorful arrangement of peach and white roses, stephanotis, and purple blooms, with a crystal butterfly pin. 3. Sharissa’s bridesmaids donned guava strapless chiffon dresses with peach sashes from David’s Bridal. The bouquets of dark pink and peach roses from Kopriver’s Florist & Greenhouse brought the tropical color scheme together. 4. Guests indulged in vegan vanilla, milk chocolate, and Cosmopolitan-flavored cupcakes.




Sharissa Sherwin & Uri Shatten Four years after being swept off her feet, Sharissa Sherwin’s prince charming, Uri Shatten, proposed to her on the first night of their vacation in Myrtle Beach, S.C., while watching the sunset from their hotel room’s ocean-view balcony. The perfect proposal set planning in motion for the couple’s wedding at Heinz Memorial Chapel and the Disney fairy tale-themed reception in Summerset at Frick Park’s ballroom, which overlooks the Waterfront. Sharissa got crafty and implemented a few DIY projects to bring the ivory, peach, plum, and guava color scheme to life. Disney instrumentals and Dozen Bake Shop’s tower of cupcakes, complete with a princess and frog topper, delighted all 115 guests. Sharissa’s advice for others planning their own fairy tale wedding? “Smile, be happy, and be married!” she says. “Don’t stress. It’s not about putting on this huge show, but about marrying the one you love. It’s your day to share together, and to share your happiness and love!” Details in WHIRL Directory, page 110. 108

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Lindsay Luongo & Tim Fritz << Lindsay stunned in a sweetheart Rivini gown with a floral motif skirt of layered silk organza “petals ” from Carrie Ann’s Bridal Boutique. Tim looked dashing in a suit from Express.

Soon after meeting, Washington, Pa., native Tim Fritz and Lindsay Luongo of Houston, Pa., knew they were meant to be together. Five years later, the couple began to plan their engagement, selecting a new setting for his grandmother’s heirloom diamond. Though she was involved in designing the ring, Lindsay was still surprised when Tim got down on one knee and popped the question a few days later! They said their vows at First Lutheran Church in Washington, where Tim is a lifelong member, then headed to their reception at the George Washington Hotel to celebrate with their 150 guests. Memories in Bloom created a mixture of high and low centerpieces with white carnations and roses to decorate the historic and elegant ballroom. Uplighting by Modern Era Weddings and gold Chiavari chairs from All Occasions Party Rental accented the romantic blush, ivory, and gold color scheme. Lindsay and Tim couple chose “When You Say Nothing At All” by Allison Krauss as their first dance song, and they recall their “first look” photo session as their favorite moment of the day. In lieu of favors, the couple made a donation to Animals Against the Odds.

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Andrea Sanfilippo & Jeremy Funkhouser << The groom wore a Calvin Klein tuxedo, and the bride wore a Paloma Blanca gown from Bridal Beginning. She carried a fluffy white bouquet of roses, peonies, and hydrangeas, designed by Gerard Boeh Flowers.

Andrea Sanfilippo loves dessert, and her boyfriend of one-and-a-half years, Jeremy Funkhouser, knew that the perfect proposal would have to include a few of her favorite treats. While on vacation in Palm Beach, Fla., Jeremy orchestrated a surprise proposal during an intimate dinner. As the server brought dessert to the table, Andrea saw “Will you marry me?” written in chocolate icing on the plate. Beside her, Jeremy had dropped to one knee. “I was completely shocked since we had not gone ring shopping or talked about a definite time frame. I was beyond excited,” says Andrea. The couple — who met at UPMC Mercy, where they both worked — wed in front of 150 guests at the “breathtakingly beautiful” St. Paul Cathedral, where Andrea is a parishioner. The couple hosted a “heavenly” reception at the Duquesne Club, complete with cocktail hour in the Fountain Room, where Three Rivers String Quartet performed and candlelit images of clouds were projected onto the high ceilings, complementing the light blue, ivory, gold, and chocolate color scheme. The couple shared a first dance to Parachute’s “She Is Love,” and guests enjoyed slices of the four-tier pound cake, iced with raspberry buttercream and decorated with fresh ivory roses, created by the Duquesne Club pastry chefs.

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Food Tour: Toast with the most Bar Marco, 2216 Penn Ave., Strip

District. 412.471.1900. barmarco. Casbah, 229 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside. 412.661.5656. casbah. Crested Duck Charcuterie, 1603 Broadway Ave., Beechview. 412.892.9983. Habitat at Fairmont Pittsburgh,

510 Market St., Downtown. 412.773.8848. The Livermore, 124 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. 412.361.0600. facebook. com/TheLivermorePGH. Meat & Potatoes, 649 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412.325.7007. meatandpotatoespgh. com. Mediterra Bakehouse, 801 Parkway View Drive #8, Robinson. 412.490.9130. mediterrabakehouse. com. Giant Eagle Market District, 100 Settlers Ridge Center Drive, Robinson. 412.788.5392. 5550 Centre Ave., Shadyside. 412.681.1500. 7000 Oxford Drive, Bethel Park. 412.831.1480. 155 Towne Centre Drive, Wexford. Olive & Marlowe, 5975 Broad St., East Liberty. 412.362.1942. Ten Penny, 960 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412.318.8000. Social at Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Ave., East Liberty. 412.362.1234. UP Modern Kitchen, 5500 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.688.8220.

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Blvd., Washington. 724.225.8435. Kristi Boutique, 345 Freeport Road, Aspinwall. 412.782.2033. La Perla of Oakmont, 432 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont. 412.828.5680. One Brilliant, 1 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. 412.781.3443. The Picket Fence, 5425 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.246.0350. picketfenceshadyside. com. Premium Outlets at Grove City, 1911 Leesburg-Grove City Road, Mercer. Pursuits, 740 Filbert St., Shadyside. 412.688.8822. pursuitspittsburgh. com. Roberta Weissburg Leathers, 5415 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.681.8188. SouthSide Works, 527 S. 27th St., South Side. 412.488.8008. Splurge, 1112 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel. 412.252.2242.

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Artifacts, 110 S. Main St., West End. 412.921.6544. Crescent Baths & Kitchens, 6301 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.782.3300. Hillmon Appliance Distributors, 310 Commerce

Park Drive, Cranberry. 724.779.9393. House 15143, 439 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.259.8953. house15143. com. Levin Furniture, West Mifflin, Greensburg, Monroeville, Mount Pleasant, Robinson, McMurray, Wexford. LOOM Exquisite Textiles, 2124 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.586.4346. Schafer Interiors and Fine Art Gallery, 320 Castle Shannon Blvd., Mt. Lebanon. 412.344.0233. The Shop in East Liberty, 214 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty. 412.450.0258. The Songbird Sanctuary, 311 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel. 412.828.5393. thesongbirdsanctuary. com. SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home, 1237 Freedom Road, Cranberry Twp. 724.772.1060. 4807 William Penn Hwy., Murrysville. 412.733.2600.


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Andrea Sanfilippo & Jeremy Funkhouser Three Rivers String Quartet, Bridal Beginning, 450 Cochran Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.343.6677. Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Ave., Downtown. 412.391.1500. Gerard Boeh Flowers, 20555 Route 19, Cranberry Township. 724.779.3900. gerardboehflowerspa. com. St. Paul Cathedral, 108 N. Dithridge St., Oakland. 412.621.4951. Lindsay Luongo & Tim Fritz Animals Against the Odds, AnimalsAgainstTheOdds. Dana Monticelli Photography, All Occasions Party Rental, 3600 Liberty Ave., Strip District. 412.471.2100. 72 Wilson Road, Eighty Four. 724.745.1500. Carrie Ann’s Bridal Boutique, 7358 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale. 412.788.1224. carrieannsbridal. com. First Lutheran Church, 92 W. Walnut St., Washington. 724.225.4040. L.A. Sweets, 724.263.9891. Modern Era Weddings, 3279 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont. 412.478.3863.


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Pedro Alvarez: I like it. I’ve had it pretty much all my life.

How will the team continue to build off last year’s momentum?

PA: By continuing to do what we have been doing: Playing hard, having fun, and having everyone do their little bit to contribute.

What are your walk-up songs this year?

PA: “Juicy” by The Notorious B.I.G. and “Brooklyn We Go Hard” by Jay-Z featuring Santigold.

What’s your favorite video game?

PA: Too many to list! FIFA, Madden, Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed — plus, anything from my childhood, like Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis.

What’s something you miss about New York that you can’t get in Pittsburgh? PA: My mom’s cooking.

What’s something you love in Pittsburgh that you can't get in New York?

El Toro unleashed

PA: Labriola's [Italian Market] in Cranberry and Dive Bar & Grille in Wexford.

In Spain, “el toro” means “the bull.” In Pittsburgh, it means PEDRO ALVAREZ

What’s the best advice you ever got from your mom?

PA: Always be grateful of everything God puts in our paths.

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez covers the infield with speed and agility, and blasts powerful home runs like nobody’s business. Since 2012, he’s hit more homers than any National League third baseman, earning him the National League All-Star and Silver Slugger titles in 2013. We tossed a few questions at the Washington Heights, N.Y., native, and learned that when he’s not playing baseball, Alvarez is usually playing video games, or catching up with his biggest fan: his mom. 112

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WHIRL Magazine - May 2014  

In this issue - The Andy Warhol Museum, Mother's Day, Pittsburgh Marathon, Pedro Alvarez.