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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

Three More Nights of Winter Lights
Jan. 30, 2015; 5 – 11 p.m.
Feb. 6 and 13, 2015; 5 – 10 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.