This past fall, I took the solo sort of stroll and sat by the Allegheny River, amidst the wildflowers and shrubs. There were boats and quiet breezes. I quietly ate a scone, sipped a coffee and read. The slower, quieter time refreshed me, and the views renewed an appreciation for this steel town.
I’ve often critiqued the underutilization of the Pittsburgh riversides. There have been noticeable improvements as far as trails and overlooks are concerned, but the riversides still have yet to reach their full potential. Hence I was excited to learn about the Riverlife group whose mission is simple: Reclaim, restore and promote Pittsburgh’s riverfronts. Make them the environmental, recreational, cultural and economic hub for the people of this region and our visitors.
I’m also excited to offer my readers a chance to participate in a Riverlife event! I am giving away a pair of tickets (a $250 value) to the annual fundraiser, Party at the Pier…
Party at the Pier
Friday, Sept. 7, 2012
Join Riverlife as Pittsburgh’s North Shore is transformed into a dazzling electric playground for Riverlife’s Party at the Pier 2012: Neon & Nature, presented by PNC. Water, land and light come together at what is sure to be one of 2012’s brightest events. Enjoy dazzling river views, delicious bites, electric cocktails, Gateway Clipper jaunts and a neon dance party at the stunning North Shore riverfront amphitheater in front of Rivers Casino (777 Casino Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15212). All proceeds benefit Riverlife and their efforts to reclaim, restore and promote Pittsburgh’s riverfronts.
The menu will focus on fresh, locally sourced food with a farm-to-table philosophy. Here’s a peek:
Yellow, red and white gazpacho shooters
Grilled corn with chipotle mayo, cojita cheese and lime zest
Seared Lamb Loin with braised white beans, bacon, golden raisin, pine nuts and mint
How To Enter
Leave a comment on this post describing a riverside picnic or dining experience. Describe a riverside meal you’ve already eaten or one that exists purely in your imagination. Tell me about your ideal menu or your favorite spot for picnicking by the rivers. Let yourself be inspired, and maybe we’ll share some farm-to-table food at the Party at the Pier. I will randomly pick from the comments and announce a winner on MONDAY, AUGUST 27th, which will leave you plenty of time to plan your neon ensemble and pick your partner for dancing.
What do you say?
AND THE WINNER IS…
Based on the numbering system of…
3: Kate & Charlotte
4: Hal B Klein
5: The Small Change
Thank you all for your beautiful picnic ideas! Maybe we should all have a riverside picnic?!?