Meet Chef Stephanie
The executive chef of award-winning Café Phipps shares her background and the healthy food philosophy she brings to every plate.
Hello, my name is Chef Stephanie Gelberd.
Since childhood, I have travelled to many parts of the world and experienced the cuisine of numerous cultures. These opportunities have not only fueled my passion for cooking and creating unique flavors but they have also shaped my own culinary style, which I consider to be healthy, upscale comfort food.
Before coming to Phipps, I earned my degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina. From there, I went on to do an internship at the Harvard Club in Boston; own my catering service; and work at the Dallas Museum of Art, where I cooked for many VIPs, including Jean Paul Gaultier, Neiman Marcus, First Lady Laura Bush, Ross Perot and Jerry Jones. I was even once flown to the Indianapolis Museum of Art to serve as chef for a Quayle family wedding.
If I were to sum up my belief about diet it would be this: We live in a world that has two types of foods—whole ones and everything else. While the “everything else” is what makes people sick and burdens them with preventable disease, the clean, fresh and sustainably produced ingredients we consume actually contribute to good health, and are more exciting to eat with all of the senses, too. So, for me, working at Café Phipps, where we offer food that’s good for people and the planet, has been incredible.
From going out into the Edible Garden to harvest produce and offering cooking demos for our members to helping guests and staff make healthy food choices and create their own delicious dishes, I find great reward in my job. I believe in being as sustainable as possible, and every day I learn more about what that means and how the choices I make as a chef impact others. I wish nothing more than to take food education to a higher level, and it is my great pleasure to be able to cook for you along the way.
Photos by Paul g. Wiegman and Adam Milliron.
Other Featured Exhibits & Events
- Summer Flower Show
- May 10 – Oct. 5, 2014
- The whimsical miniature world of Garden Railroad takes center stage at Phipps this summer. With themed railroad displays in multiple exhibit rooms enhanced by unique plantings, interactive features and more, this show will bring the wonder of childhood to visitors of all ages.
- Romero the Corpse Flower
Turns Over a New Leaf
- Last year, he wowed thousands with his inimitable odor, and this year, he’s back with an amazing new look. After 10 dormant months, Romero has produced an enormous leaf to collect energy for his next big bloom. Visit the Tropical Forest Conservatory to see his transformation firsthand.
- Farmers at Phipps
- Wednesdays, June – October 2014
2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
- Refresh your food shopping experience! Visit our sustainably managed front lawn to browse organic and Certified Naturally Grown fruits, vegetables and more from local farms.
BETA Art Tours
- First and third Saturdays, July – October 2014
11 a.m. – noon
- Discover the BETA Project, a new collection of art at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes designed to enhance and restore the bonds between people and the natural world. Tours are free for members; however, space is limited and reservations are required by the Thursday prior to each tour date. To reserve, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or email@example.com.
- Tropical Forest India Festival
- Sept. 21, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Join us in the Tropical Forest Conservatory for our final Tropical Forest India festival as we celebrate plants, food and culture through fun activities, live music, food tastings and more. The festival is free with Phipps admission.
- Members-Only: Peek Behind the Petals
- Sept. 27, 2014
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
- Take a fascinating look at the global adventures of our Botany in Action Fellows at this edition of our members-only Peek Behind the Petals series. This event is free for members; however, space is limited and reservations are required by Sept. 20. To reserve, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Botany in Action: Meet the Scientists
- Sept. 27, 2014
1 – 2:30 p.m.
- Our Botany in Action fellows will be stationed throughout the Tropical Forest India exhibit to display their research tools, answer your questions and offer intriguing details about the work of field scientists.
- Biophilia: Pittsburgh
- Next Meeting Oct. 2, 2014
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!
- Party in the Tropics
- Select Fridays
Next Party Oct. 3, 2014
7 – 11 p.m.
- 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.
- Fall Flower Show
- Oct. 18 – Nov. 9, 2014
- In celebration of the harvest season and its changing hues, this colorful exhibit showcases beautiful chrysanthemums, vibrant foliage and other festive flowers as tiny trains wind their way through many of the Conservatory’s display rooms.
- Native Plant and Sustainability Conference
- Nov. 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh
- Phipps’ annual Native Plant and Sustainability Conference brings together national experts for a one-day forum on plants, landscapes and our roles as environmental stewards. This year’s program pairs an entomologist with a landscape designer to help illuminate how a well-designed landscape can be a place of beauty while fulfilling several important ecological functions.
- Garden Railroad
- Now Open
- A unique twist on the traditional Garden Railroad, this year's display takes you to Phipps Prehistoric Park — a whimsical world where dinosaurs are brought back to life! Full of surprises, detailed models, moving parts and trains, this can't-miss exhibit is a thrilling adventure for all ages.
- Tropical Forest India
- Now Open
- Explore our new exhibit showcasing one of the most botanically rich regions of the world. Highlights include an Ayurvedic healing garden, spice and tea market displays, a stunning temple facade on Special Events Hall, and more!