Ft. Pitt Block House and other Pittsburgh Area Events & Attractions

Warhol: Out of the Box
On Friday, July 19, you can join The Andy Warhol Museums’ “Time Capsules Cataloguers as they take the first look inside one of Warhol’s unopened boxes. Warhol was an avid collector of art, Fiestaware, photographs, newspapers, dental molds and especially the minutiae of his daily life. In 1974, he began filling the first of his 600 Time Capsules with source material, correspondence and clothing. The Time Capsules reflect more than Warhol’s personal life – they act as an insightful snapshot of the time and contain a wealth of information for researchers. www.warhol.org  

Food Fight
Conflict Kitchen is serving up Cuban. That is, this Pittsburgh take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries that the United States is in conflict with, opened a Cuban version of the Conflict Kitchen on July 1. It started out with favorite dishes like Lechon Asada, Yuca con Mojo, Ropa Vieja, Picadillo, Tostones, Marquitas de Yuca, Natilla and more. The unique restaurant rotates the cuisine every four months to highlight a different country; it recently featured Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq. Each Conflict Kitchen iteration is augmented by events, performances, and discussion about the culture, politics and issues at stake with each country it focuses on. It has been featured in Conde Nast Traveler, MSN News and more. www.conflictkitchen.org/  

Block House Goes Online
Built in 1764, the Fort Pitt Block House – the oldest standing building in Pittsburgh – has entered the technology age with the launch of its first dedicated website – www.fortpittblockhouse.com. The Block House is all that remains of Fort Pitt, the largest and most elaborate British fort in North America and a key defense during the French and Indian War. The new website will make planning a visit or scheduling a tour much easier for the public with directions, parking options and hours of operation easily accessible. The Block House is located in Point State Park, the only state park to be located in an urban environment.  

High Honors
Mark Chambers, the chef concierge at Fairmont Pittsburgh, was inducted to Les Clefs d’Or, USA, the only national association of professional hotel concierges in the United States. Les Clefs d’Or stands for “the keys of gold.” You can recognize Clefs d’Or concierges by the keys they display on the lapels of their uniform. Mr. Chambers is the first hotel concierge in the Pittsburgh area to achieve this honor. www.lcdusa.org