I'm so lucky that I get to go to so many amazing events for my job! I work for a real estate developer, and currently our biggest venture is an urban redevelopment project on the Northside of Pittsburgh. We are in the process of revitalizing a 30-acre site that was a former mall, Allegheny Center, turned office complex, rebranded as Nova Place, this is also where my office is located. We've built a coworking space, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and most recently we added a new restaurant to the mix dubbed Federal Galley. The other night I went to a preview party for the new restaurant.
Federal Galley is a full-service bar & beer garden with 4 restaurant concepts. It's the second food hall developed by Galley Group. Their first location, Smallman Galley, located in the Strip District was designed to give restauranteurs a low-risk opportunity to launch their own restaurants. I love to eat and try new restaurants, so being able to try multiple dishes all the while supporting local purveyors is the ultimate experience!
The building that Federal Galley is in was once an old bank and a fun fact to take with you, the bar is actually where the vault was located and the vault door and safe are still intact! The drink menus are also designed to look like an official bank document. Devils in the details, folks!
During the preview party, all restaurants were serving a limited menu. At El Lugar, you will find traditional Mexican flavors, everything is homemade, from their tortillas to their tacos - I recommend trying out their salsa plate! I also sampled two of the pizzas from Michigan & Trumbull...All I can say is that those pies are DEADLY!!! I'm going to have to reign it in because I can totally see myself indulging the Woodward Avenue White a little too often.
Have you ever tried lentils on french fries? I hadn't either until we ordered the fries from Provision PGH and let me tell you, what a taste sensation! I haven't met a french fry I didn't like so I may be a little bit biased. These fries were smothered in goat cheese, pickled onion, and lemon aioli, topped with a healthy portion of lentils. Did I mention that these fries are Vegan and Gluten-Free...that means they are healthy, right? I didn't get a chance to sample anything from Supper, but when Federal Galley officially opens their doors today, December 5th, I'm coming for you, Supper, I'm coming for you.
Can you think of anything that screams Christmas more than the scent of fresh evergreen wafting throughout your home? I certainly can't. I've only had a live tree once, and that's when we were living in a tiny apartment in NYC. We barely had room for our clothes, let alone Christmas decorations. In what was a quintessential New York moment for me, we were walking back to our apartment one evening and stopped by a pop-up tree lot on the corner of 86th and 2nd and carried our tree back to our apartment.
Since then, we've either put up an artificial tree each year or neglected to decorate because we weren't going to be home for the holidays. However, this year, I insisted that we take a trip to a tree farm with Jackson. My friend Sarah and I conspired together to get our husbands to Hozak's Farm to stage a photoshoot. We both had babies within a month of each other, and no we didn't conspire that as well, we just happened to really luck out. I truly don't know what I would do without a close friend going through the same things, at the same time, and not just to take each other's photos.
Our husbands weren't exactly thrilled when they found out our plan. They thought it was too cold to take the babies out, and they probably would've rather relaxed and had a lazy Sunday, but they begrudgingly indulged us! I'd say our trip was quick, but successful and we both got some great shots to use as keepsakes and for Christmas cards. Stay tuned for pictures of how I decorated my tree, and home for the holidays!
Who run the world? Girls! If you know me, then you already know that’s my mantra. Celebrating the power of women helping other women is what led me to Housewives in the City. One month into my maternity leave, admittedly missing the daily grind of going to a job that I love, I was mindlessly scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook while breastfeeding (raise your hands if you do this), and stumbled across a Facebook ad for Housewives in The City.
I’m a marketing director for a real estate developer, so clicking on interesting social media ads is just something that I do because of the nature of my job. But what truly made me click-through was the idea of getting out of the house to meet a bunch of successful women at one of their Girl’s Night Out events. I LOVE my little dude more than anything, but I was already craving the social interactions of other adult women, and thought I should go to one of these events and do some networking! Much to my chagrin, there was no Pittsburgh group for HITC…I sadly submitted my contact information in hopes that I would get an email one day about a chapter opening up in my hometown. Well, as fate would have it, here I am, just a few weeks later, helping to launch a group in the Burgh! I’m really looking forward to meeting and building a community of powerful women, from all walks of life!
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Photo credit to Nicolette Dixon Photography who captured these beautiful moments of my family.
Hi! I’m Gretchen, a new mom, wife, and marketing exec hailing from the city of champions, Pittsburgh, PA! Becoming a mom hasn’t stopped me from enjoying the things I love most, trying the latest restaurants, traveling, going to concerts, working, and spending time with my family and friends! I’m a DIY fanatic and have an affinity for cooking and baking beautiful and tasty recipes! Follow my latest unfiltered adventures while I try and navigate my new life as a working mom.