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Eat, Drink, and Explore at Cocktails & Cuisine - May 17, 2019

May 2019

Tickets on sale NOW!

The days are getting longer and the temperature is starting to rise, which means Cocktails & Cuisine is quickly approaching! This spring, Crisis Center North proudly presents our 12th annual signature fundraiser. Top chefs and purveyors will gather outdoors for what promises to be another incredible experience for foodies, sommeliers, and folks who support our community. Funds raised from the event directly support innovative programs and essential services for victims of domestic and intimate partner violence that Crisis Center North has consistently served since 1978.

This year’s Cocktails & Cuisine will once again be held at The Woodlands at Bradford Woods (134 Shenot Rd., Wexford), on Friday, May 17th, from 6:00-10:00p. Channel 11 WPXI-TV’s Peggy Finnegan, long-time news anchor at the NBC affiliate, will serve as guest emcee for the evening.

Please join us as we invite you to sip and graze your way through the some of the region’s finest cocktails and cuisine from leading restaurateurs, spirit purveyors, and dessert specialists. Pittsburgh jazz vocalist Lisa Bleil will once again headline the evening’s entertainment, along with musicians Benny Benack, Jr. (sax, trumpet, clarinet) and John Burgh (piano).

Eighteen restaurants, chefs, and dessert specialists are slated to join us this year, including: Aladdin’s Eatery; Atria’s - Richland; Bakn; Blue North Restaurant; Bonefish Grill; Bruster’s Ice Cream of Ingomar; California Pizza Kitchen; Edible Arrangements - McIntyre Square; Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant; Houlihan’s; Il Pizzaiolo; JT’s Bakery and Café; Nicole’s Kitchen; The Pittsburgh Melting Pot; Pittsburgh Smokehouse Food Truck; Tin Man Sweets; Tres Rios; and, Walnut Grill Restaurant.

Cocktails & Cuisine will host several beverage, beer, wine, and spirit purveyors, including: Arrowhead Wines and Hard Cider; Beer by Fuhrer Wholesale; Country Hammer Moonshine; D’Andrea Wines; Natrona Bottling Company; Pennsylvania Libations; Ustianochka - Real Russian Vodka; and others. We thank all of our vendors for their outstanding generosity and support of Cocktails & Cuisine!

Our esteemed panel of celebrity cuisine judges will vote on their top picks, while guests of Cocktails & Cuisine will also have the opportunity to choose their favorite. This year’s panel of judges are:

Nan Cohen, divorce/relationship expert; author/co-founder of Dinner for 8; Newsradio 1020 KDKA-AM

Dr. Shellie Hipsky, CEO, Inspiring Lives International; Editor-in-Chief, Inspiring Lives Magazine

Doug Oster, Home and Garden Editor, Everybody Gardens and the Tribune Review

Stoney Richards, Morning Co-Host, Y’d Awake, Y108

We are also excited to announce four incredible destination getaways that will be live auctioned at this year’s Cocktails & Cuisine, including:


Hawaiian Islands, USA

Isle of Capri & Amalfi Coast, Italy

Banff National Park, Albert, Canada

Crisis Center North’s signature event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. This year’s confirmed Presenting Sponsors include Allegheny County District Attorney and Bayer. Gold Spoon Sponsors include Allegheny Health Network in partnership with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; and, Savinis, Kane, & Gullucci LLC; while our confirmed Silver Spoon Sponsors include CleanTown USA; La Roche University; Pittsburgh Steelers; PWA Wealth Management; and, WesBanco. This year’s Bronze Spoon Sponsors are All-State Career School; Enscoe Long Insurance Group; Falconi's Moon Township Automotive; McTighe's Flower & Garden Market; Morgan Stanley; PensionMark; Sisters of St. Joseph; VCA Duncan Manor Animal Hospital; and, the Woods Family. Table Sponsors are Bill Few Associates; and Hefren-Tillotson, Inc.

In addition, this year’s Media Sponsors joining us are Inspiring Lives Magazine, North Hills Monthly, Pittsburgh Magazine, WESA/91.5 WYEP, and Yelp. A special THANK YOU to all of our outstanding sponsors for this year’s event! And there’s still time to support this year’s Cocktails & Cuisine…

Purchase your tickets to this one-of-a-kind event today!

Individual Tickets $85 per person. Wine or beer glass included.

Premier Parking Pass $25. While supplies last.

Friend of Crisis Center North $300. 2 Tickets + 1 Parking Pass Acknowledgement in Program if ordered before April 16, 2019.

Early Bird Table of Eight $640. Reserved table for 8 guests – discounted ticket price if you register as a group by April 30, 2019

Why this event is important

Foodies who care make a difference at Cocktails & Cuisine, which raises critical funds to support essential services provided by Crisis Center North for those dealing with domestic violence and abuse.

Celebrate and explore the work of Crisis Center North by supporting the important work of the agency.

As a business sponsoring Cocktails & Cuisine, market your name, goods, and services to 450+ influential attendees while supporting a worthy cause. Plan now to take part via sponsorships, program advertising, individual ticket purchases, and donations of silent auction gifts and general contributions. Find wonderful giving options on our registration form.

Your contribution is tax-deductible and makes a major difference.

Only with your generous support, can we sustain our lifeline for families in crisis and create a safer, nonviolent community for us all.

Support Cocktails & Cuisine with ads and sponsorships.

Contact Jeremy Armstrong at 412-364-6728 or jarmstrong@crisiscenternorth.org


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

A Premier Parking Pass can be purchased for $25. This is the closest parking lot to the party. On-site parking is extremely limited.

General event parking is available at Marshall Middle School (just down the road from the entrance of the event). A continuous shuttle will run prior to the start of the event through 10:30 pm that night to accommodate guests.

What should I wear and bring to the event?

Casual dress is encouraged. This event is held outdoors at the Woodlands in Bradford Woods (134 Shenot Rd., Wexford, 15090.) Some areas are covered by event tents and some areas are in a covered, but open building. Depending on the weather and outside temperature a wrap or jacket might be needed.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Jeremy Armstrong at 412-364-6728 or jarmstrong@crisiscenternorth.org

What’s the refund policy?

No Refunds are available for this charity fundraiser. Charitable donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.