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Party on Penn

Wednesday, September 12, ULI hosted its fifth annual Educational Foodie Crawl highlighting restaurants & bars on Penn Avenue within the Cultural District. Over 60 attendees gathered at Ten Penny to start the tour of this thriving area. Guests enjoyed abundant food samples including seared ahi tuna crostini, Jack Daniels glazed crispy brussels sprouts, and more while they heard from Ten Penny’s Sarah Masterson.

Stop 2 featured Sharp Edge Bistro with cold beer, tasty bar bites, and a word from Dan Riddell. Finally, the evening concluded at Nine on Nine with remarks by owner   Courtney Lynch-Crawford. This stop offered signature drink “The Doberman,” as well as unique hors d’oeuvres including duck wonton with plum sauce and curried chicken with Belgium endive leaf. 

Thanks to our event moderator, who offered introductions and insights at each stop: Executive Vice President of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust – Rona Nesbit. Special thanks to our Young Leaders Group and Event Champion, Sidney Sokoloff – Managing Director of Specialty Group, for organizing this program. And finally, thanks again to event sponsors: First National Bank, Markovitz Dugan & Associates, Rugby Realty, and Pittsburgh Magazine.

The Foodie Crawl is an exciting signature event established in 2013 by the Young Leaders Group that takes a new approach to the ULI mission by adding a food and beverage element. This is a programatic opportunity to showcase various areas of Pittsburgh where there is a clear intersection between real estate development and hospitality adding enhanced economic vitality to a local neighborhood. Past events have featured Lawrenceville, East Liberty, North Side, and the Strip District. Watch for news about the upcoming 2019 crawl!

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