Hundreds of people were at the Benedum Center Saturday night, but not for a play or a concert. It was the second annual Cultured Cocktails party by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Members of the Cultural Trust and the general public enjoyed a dining-and-drinks celebration. Restaurants offered a sampling of one of their dishes paired with a specialty cocktail made from liquor and mixes from featured purveyors. Singer Mia Z and DJ Soy Sos provided the tuneage, while liquor bottles flew in the air from performance-art bartenders.
Models wore beautiful dresses and several drag queens posed for photos with attendees. The cocktail names were very creative. There was even a Pittsburgh version of the popular Sex on the Beach cocktail. The Commoner featured Sex on the Mon Wharf as their paired drink. All the entertainment ingredients made for a fun and tasty evening.
Participating establishments were: BLEND, Braddock’s Rebellion, Bridges & Bourbon, BURN by Rocky Patel, The Capital Grille, The Commoner, Con Alma, Eddie Merlot’s, Hough’s, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, NOLA; or, The Whale; The Warren, Wolfies Pub, and Yuzu Kitchen. Fashion and decor by Richard Parsakian of Eons Fashion Antique. Hair and makeup by Izzazu Salons. The event sponsors were UPMC and UPMC Health Plan.
Photos and story by Rick Handler, executive producer of Entertainment Central.