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Enjoy a rustic yet elegant farm-to-table dinner experience with fresh, handpicked selections from our region’s farms.

Join us for a rustic yet elegant dining experience featuring a multiple-course dinner highlighting handpicked selections from farms in the Greater Pittsburgh region. Brought to you by local food producers and artisans, and Café Phipps Executive Chef Stephanie Gelberd, this a one-of-a-kind meal made with fresh, seasonal ingredients and served in a casual outdoor setting is one culinary adventure you will not want to miss. Come celebrate the connection between our beautiful farmland and the fresh foods we love to eat!

Registration for Garden Variety is open to all ages at the cost of $150 per person for Phipps members and $175 for nonmembers. To reserve your spot, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or RSVP by Friday, July 12, as space is limited.

Not a member? Become one today to secure discounted prices for this event!


Cured pork belly with local melon, kiwi and mint gastrique
Vegan option: Herb Cured Tofu with grilled local melon, kiwi and mint gastrique

Soup Course:
Phipps grown heirloom tomato stuffed with varietal gazpacho

Salad Course:
Flowers and blooming herbs atop local hydroponic Bibb lettuce with local blueberries, sweet peas, nectarines, and blueberry vinaigrette

Fish course:
Smoked local trout with pickled garden vegetables, grilled patty pan and eight ball squashes, served with horseradish crème
Vegan option: Hand crafted ravioli stuffed with local mushrooms and cashew cream. Accompanied by grilled pattypan squash, broccoli rabe, crushed tomatoes, and basil cream sauce

Local peach sorbet and pineapple mint

Candied braised short ribs with roasted local corn, braised rainbow chard with local mushrooms, and a parsley shallot salad
Vegan option: White bean and seitan cutlet with confit lemon and caper vinaigrette, roasted local corn, braised rainbow chard with local mushrooms, and a parsley shallot salad

Local lemon custard tarts with Phipps-grown lavender cream
Vegan option: Vegan lemon custard tarts with Phipps-grown lavender cream

Served with a plate of local cheese, fruit, and honey (house-made vegan cheese plate also available) 

Local wine pairings with select courses by Burch Farms Country Market and Winery

Farmers Chris Brenckle of Brenckle's Organic Farm and Greenhouse and Nathan Holmes of Clarion River Organics will be present to speak about their selections

Other Featured Exhibits & Events

Two More Nights of Winter Lights
Friday, Jan. 23 and 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.