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Your valentine will swoon for a romantic dinner in the lush environs of Pittsburgh's glasshouse.

Why settle for a bouquet when you can have a whole garden of flowers? There’s nothing more romantic than savoring an elegant prix fixe meal by candlelight at Pittsburgh’s gorgeous glasshouse.

Registration for this event is open to Phipps members only. Reservations are $150 per person and include all courses, a complimentary glass of wine and a signature drink. To reserve your spot, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or by Feb. 3.

Not a member? Need to renew? Sign up online or call 412/622-6915, ext. 6500.


Shared Plate Appetizers
Tarragon-mustard lobster salad cup
Roasted dates with pancetta, almonds and chili
Brie-stuffed organic strawberries with chocolate-balsamic glaze
Lightly cured tuna with olives and shaved fennel
Vegan option: Blini with beluga lentil caviar

Petit vegetables from the chef’s garden, olive “soil” and Northeast Family Goat Farms goat cheese foam
Vegan option: Garden of petit vegetables from the chef’s garden, Olive “Soil” and roasted red pepper and artichoke coulis

Citrus Sorbet

Entrée Choices
Hazelnut-crusted Maple Leaf Farms duck breast with sun-dried cherry sauce
Filet of grass-fed Black Falls beef, peppered and grilled, finished with morel mushroom-toasted-garlic-Cabernet sauce and topped with crispy leeks
Organic wild-caught salmon served with lump crab stuffing and fire-roasted pepper and tomato sauce
Vegetable Wellington with seasonal vegetables from the chef’s garden
Vegan Option: Eggplant rollatini with savory millet and spinach filling, seasoned with fresh basil and topped with roasted tomato sauce

All entrées accompanied by braised endive and greens with citrus

Dessert Choices
Key lime tart made with Phipps-grown citrus
Sweet Madeira-poached pears stuffed with mascarpone mousse, candied citrus peel and walnuts
Vegan option: Hazelnut and chocolate chip shortbread with macerated fruit

Other Featured Exhibits & Events

One More Night of Winter Lights
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
5 – 11 p.m.
Take one more walk through the dazzling light displays in our Outdoor and Children’s Discovery Gardens while our indoor spaces transform for the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show.
Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
Jan. 17 – March 1, 2015
Chase away the winter blues with the spectacular sight of orchid specimens arranged in beds and baskets, and see unique selections from our permanent collection of tropical bonsai.
Tropical Sundays
Sundays, Feb 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2015
Wear a tropical shirt and receive 50 percent off admission to relax under the palm trees, sway to music of Matthew Mazza and Carmen Bruno of the Tropical Sands Steel Band, and taste tropical fruit.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting Feb. 5, 2015
6 p.m., with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a Biophilia Network of creative minds meeting monthly to discuss strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action. Meetings are free to attend; advance RSVP is required. Join the conversation!
Tropical Forest Congo
Opens Feb. 7, 2015
The beauty of the tropics flourishes as we unveil Tropical Forest Congo, a new exhibit featuring some of Africa’s lushest landscapes. See varieties of flora never before showcased at Phipps and discover how indigenous tribes use plants to sustain and enrich their lives.
Tropical Forest Congo Opening Festival
Feb. 7, 2015
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Be among the first to see our new Tropical Forest Congo exhibit as our guest at a special opening celebration. Family-friendly activities include a storytelling performance, African-inspired food sampling, cultural crafts and a pot-a-plant station — all free with Phipps admission.
Party in the Tropics
Select Fridays
Next Party Feb. 13, 2015
7 – 11 p.m.
Ages 21+
Gather your friends and get ready to dine, drink and dance the night away at Phipps! Make our paradise your own as you indulge in sweet and savory morsels, taste unique cocktails, and dance to the beats of a live DJ in our Tropical Forest Conservatory. Entry is free with Conservatory admission.
Hothouse Happy Hours
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
6 – 8 p.m.
Join us on Feb. 19 as we partner with the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) to kick off Hothouse Happy Hours, a series of events for young professionals, featuring specialty cocktails, beer and wine, inspired bites and dynamic special guests.
Seed, Perennial and Seedling Swap: 2015 Garden Season Opener
Feb. 28, 2015
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main
Join Phipps and Grow Pittsburgh at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland to swap seeds and plants, learn tips and get ready for a great season of gardening. Bring seeds you saved from last year and take home an exciting selection to grow in your garden this year. Admission is free to the public.
Garden Railroad
Closes March 1, 2015
A unique twist on the traditional Garden Railroad, this year's display takes you back in time to the California Gold Rush — complete with water features, interactive buttons for children to push, and miniature living plants.