This evening will showcase Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano, featuring Lorna McGhee, Jeff Grubbs, Rodrigo Ojeda and Andrew Reamer, as well as other Pittsburgh Symphony musicians, with hors d'oeuvres and dessert by Community Kitchen Pittsburgh.
Community Kitchen Pittsburgh and First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh exist to provide help and hope — and together, we do this through food and relationships.
Every Tuesday night, as many as 150 of Pittsburgh’s most vulnerable citizens gather to enjoy a delicious meal, conversation and live music at First Presbyterian, the city’s oldest church. Community Kitchen is one of FPCP’s strategic partners in this vital community service. All of the net proceeds from “Bolling & Bites” will go toward strengthening and expanding these community-based initiatives.
First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh grew out of a thanksgiving service held in 1758. Those early gatherers continued meeting and formally incorporated in 1787. From a log cabin built on land from William Penn’s heirs to today’s magnificent, 1905 English Gothic-style structure, FPCP has always been “the Church in the heart of the City with the city in its heart!” While the building is an architectural gem — with 13 hand- painted Tiffany windows, massive two-ton oak doors, and a thrilling Cassavetes Frères pipe organ — FPCP’s active congregation operates numerous community-based ministries to support youth, struggling adults, and families.
Community Kitchen Pittsburgh, a nonprofit social enterprise, supports the region's food economy and human capital by providing, free of charge, both culinary job training and job placement for un- and underemployed people. Its graduates become the prep cooks, line cooks, and utility workers who power the back of the house in restaurants and food companies throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. Even before tonight, you no doubt have enjoyed meals prepared by CKP graduates.