806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Ground to Glass Showcase Event: September 15, 2018

Please join us for an intimate event – Ground to Glass. This is a Showcase Event at Holmes Hall, featuring wines from Eberle Winery. Tickets are still available at The event is being hosted by Deb Mortillaro of Dreadnought Wines and catering by Executive Chef Bob Sendall of All In Good Taste Productions.


Ground to Glass : A Showcase Event | Holmes Hall
September 15, 2018 | 7:00 pm

The Gardens of Holmes Hall

Passed Hors d ‘Oeuvres
Citrus Mascarpone and Piave Cheese, Caramelized
Sauerkraut, Pancetta, Capers and Chives

The Grand Ballroom of Holmes Hall

Plates and Pairings

Course One

Herbed Goat Cheese Ravioli, Bechamel, Shaved
Pecorino, Toasted Pine Nuts, Sprouts

Eberle | 2016 Estate Chardonnay

Course Two

Warm Rice Cake, Seared Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna
Terrine, Kimchi Slaw, Wasabi Sprouts

Eberle | 2017 Viognier

Course Three

Roasted Herb Crusted Baby Lamb Chops,
Demi-Glace Sautéed Quinoa, Lentils, Brown Rice, Leeks
Gorgonzola Cheese Pudding
Petite Lavosh Triangle

Eberle | 2015 Estate Cabernet

Course Four

Smoked, Braised Short Ribs, Demi-Glace
Cheesy Polenta, Roasted Tomato

Eberle | 2016 Syrah


Trio of Sorbet – Gilligan’s Sorbet

2016 Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour: Our 35th Year!

Submitted by Carrie Doyle

As I write this, it’s a cold night – 30 degrees to be exact – and I’ve just returned from the Tour Guide training for this year’s tour. This month’s Gazette will be printed post-tour but I wanted to take a moment to reflect and to thank many of you in advance of a busy weekend. A big thank you to Trish Burton, Gloria Rayman, Cathy Serventi, John DeSantis and Carole Malakoff for their words of wisdom and knowledge from the many years of producing such a wonderful tour.

Additionally, Doug Sprague (guides), Brandon Williams (greeters), Mary Ann Murphy & Cecile Canales (trains), Martin Fuess (Christmas Shoppe), Greg Coll (photos, brochure and mailer), Nonie Knauss (house sitters). Of course – our homeowners, too: Clayton Harris, Mark & Kimberly Moore, Carole & Bob Malakoff, Nick Duerlinger & Hal Dixler, Q Development and John DeSantis. I hope to have finalized numbers for January’s Gazette, and a more detailed thank you list as well! Until then, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

AWCC Membership Meeting Agenda – November 8, 2016

Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave
Tuesday, November 8th at 7:30 pm

  • Visitors: Erin Tobin, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Tree and Scholarship for Stella “Yia Yia”
  • Vote on Bylaws
  • Elections!
  • Ways and Means: Christmas Tour
    • Volunteer Signups
    • Two More Houses
    • Five Year Plan with Calvary
  • Housing and Planning
    • Film Guidelines
    • Western Avenue
    • Light of Life
    • Buhl Grant Meeting
  • Green Space: Parklet
  • Membership Events
    • 50th Anniversary: Alleys, Axles and Ales Report
    • Mixers
    • History Project Update
  • Property: 806 Western Avenue Improvements
  • Friends
  • Committee Q&A

Wine Tour Wrap-Up and Thank You!

Submitted by Carrie Doyle

Thanks to all who helped with the 2016 Wine and Garden Tour! I am appreciative of all of those who volunteered to help with this summer’s tour. To the homeowners – John DeSantis, Ross Catalano, Elaine Stone & Mitchell Schwartz, Erik Van Buren & Andrew Gorenz, Carole & Bob Malakoff, Carol Gomrick & Brett Kempf and Trish & John Burton. Your gardens and homes were enjoyed by all. Thank you for your time, efforts and green thumbs (if any of you would like to work your gardening magic on my little piece of Beech Avenue, I’d appreciate it!). As special shout out to Cathy Serventi & Gene Wilson for hosting the after-party (love those milkshakes!).

To the wise ones that have taken upon this effort in the past – Trish Burton, Gloria Rayman, Carole Malakoff, Cathy Serventi and Doug Sprague. I appreciate your knowledge and insight in planning the tour. Doris Short and Greg Coll – great pictures and brochure that was enjoyed by all!

To the volunteers – too many to mention! Thank you for reaching out and offering to help our homeowners and the committee leading up to and throughout the tour weekend. A special thank you to Michael Shealey for walking and cleaning the tour route.

I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from guests from both nights of the tour – and they’re all coming back for our 35th Annual Christmas Tour! And yes…if you’d like to help out on that one, just call or email me!

The 34th Annual Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

Friday, Dec 11 and Saturday, Dec 12, 2015

We are once again planning for the Christmas Tour, which will feature six neighborhood houses in addition to Calvary United Methodist Church. Once again, Holmes Hall will be open to guests as well as those who would like to tour the train museum. Tour-goers (and neighbors) can do early holiday shopping at our shop in Calvary Church.

Much work remains to be done:

  1. Two homeowners have graciously volunteered their homes, but we need four other homeowners (or renters!) Please consider opening your home so that we can continue to host what is our major fundraiser. Without this tour, our neighborhood’s projects and opportunities to impact the surrounding area will be diminished.
  2. Those who have volunteered for past tours will soon be contacted by our sub-chairs. Please respond (positively!) to their emails and calls.
  3. New neighbors are encouraged to consider how they will be able to help with the tour. This is a great event to be involved with. Some ideas:
  • Put your house on tour.
  • Offer to help homeowners on tour with decorating and housesitting during the tour.
  • Be a tour guide (instructions and scripts provided)
  • Greet our visitors at Calvary Church where the tour begins
  • Help our party chair to organize (and perhaps cook or bake for) the volunteer party held on Saturday night
  • Be on the tour committee–or just attend the meetings–and give your ideas and suggestions.

Please contact any of us for more information:

Trish Burton (
Gloria Rayman (
Cathy Serventi (

Last Call: Tickets for A Tour & Tasting in Old Allegheny on June 5 & 6


We wanted to make sure folks who signed up for notifications had one last reminder to purchase tickets for the tour before the write-up about the tour runs in the Post-Gazette this weekend. There are only a few places left for Friday. Saturday afternoon has the most openings if you’re hoping to bring a larger group. There will be no tickets available at the door; advanced purchase required.

It’s a house and garden tour.

Guests will visit some of the most lavishly decorated homes and gardens in the Pittsburgh area. Learn about French architectural and literary influences in the neighborhood.

It’s a wine tasting – featuring wine from France.

Guests will sample a variety of regional reds and whites from France, one at each stop on the tour, and hors d’oeuvres to accompany them.

Dates & Times

Friday, June 5

5:00 – 9:00 pm

Saturday, June 6

12:30 – 4:30 pm or 5:00 – 9:00 pm

Free Parking

We have made arrangements for free parking for people with tickets attending the tour.

Learn More

Questions? Contact Us Getting Here Buy Tickets →

Free Downtown Walking Tours – Fridays in May

12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

With its concentration of major historic buildings and modern skyscrapers, Grant Street is downtown Pittsburgh’s showcase thoroughfare. You’ll explore some of Pittsburgh’s grandest buildings—the Allegheny County Courthouse, City-County Building, Frick Building, Union Trust Building, and William Penn Hotel, among others—and enjoy views from two urban spaces: Mellon Green and Mellon Square. Grant Street is rich in history and full of architectural details that delight the eye.

Grant Street & Mellon Square

Advanced bookings are appreciated. For more information or to make reservations, contact:

Mary Lu Denny – (412) 471-5808 x 527 

AWCC Membership Meeting Agenda – May 12, 2015

7:30 – Guests

  • Bridget Miller, Mary Cassatt Garden
  • Rev. Larry Homitsky, Calvary Church
  • Sarah Sweeney, Artist Model Buhl Grant

7:50 – Historic Preservation Awards

8:00 – Neighbor of the Year

8:05 – Approval of the Minutes from April

8:10 – Treasurer’s Report

8:15 – City Council Grants

8:20 – 2015/2016 Budget Proposal

8:50 – Treewells/Flower Order

8:55 – Upcoming Cleanups

9:00 – Wine Tour Update

9:05 –Upcoming Membership Events

9:10 – Committee Chair Q&A

Send a note to if you have additional agenda items to add.

The Paris of Appalachia:  A Tour and Tasting in the Homes & Gardens of Old Allegheny

Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 from 5:00-9:00pm
Saturday, June 6 from 12:30-4:30pm

We’re well on our way for our summer fundraising event…

It’s a home and garden tour. It’s a wine tasting. It’s an entire evening of great food and entertainment.

This year our tour will be highlighting France and featuring both red and white regional French wines, hors d’oeuvres paired to complement those wines, cheese tastings at seven homes and gardens in our neighborhood. This year we are having all the tours gather together at not only the beginning of the tour at John DeSantis’ but also at the end for a wine and chocolate pairing at Jim Wallace’s!  We have invited a wine specialist to educate guests, guides and homeowners about wine tasting.  Our tour guides will be pointing out French Second Empire influences throughout the neighborhood.

Tickets, $70 each, are now on sale on our website or by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS, M-F from 9am-9pm.  Tickets are limited to 75 on each of the three tours (a total of 225 tickets), and only about 90 remain, so get the word out to friends, relatives and co-workers to purchase them now.

Homes on Tour

  • John DeSantis – Brighton Road
  • Cathy Serventi and Gene Wilson – 800 block Beech Avenue
  • Brian O’Neill and daughters – 800 block Beech Avenue
  • Howard and Shirley Brockenbek – 900 block Beech Avenue
  • Doug Lucas – 900 block Beech Avenue
  • Jim Wallace – 800 block N Lincoln Avenue

Volunteer Opportunities

Our neighborhood cooks and bakers who have volunteered to make hors d’oeuvres to serve at one stop on the tour.  If you can help them in their efforts in creating 225 appetizers — you just need to follow their instructions — please let us know as soon as possible. We need volunteers to help the homeowners with food prep, serving, pouring wine and clean up. Please let us know if we can count on you for one, two or all three tours. It’s a lot of fun to help with this event — and you’re invited to our volunteer party on Saturday!  We need new and creative ideas for publicity for the event. Let us know as  soon as possible if you know of a place of business who will hang our flyers or a website where we should list our event (gratis!). Flyers are available for you to take to work, too—let us know how many you need.

So …… please let us know how you can contribute by contacting Trish Burton (

AWCC Membership Meeting Agenda – March 10, 2015

7:30 – Guests (still waiting on confirmation)

  • Erin Tobin, Allegheny Commons Initiative
  • Darlene Harris (or representative)
  • Sally Stadelman, Office of the Mayor

7:40 – Welcoming New Neighbors and AWCC Members

8:00 – Minutes: Review of Motions from Last Meeting

8:05 – Treasurer’s Report

8:10 – Upcoming Membership Events

  • Marathon Party: Sunday 5/3 (City grant money available)
  • Memorial Day Picnic: 5/24, Hot Dogs & Hamburgers, 800 block of Beech
  • Independence Day Picnic: 7/4, Rib Cook Off, 900 block of Beech
  • Labor Day Picnic: 9/7, Corn Roast, 800 block of Lincoln
  • Next neighborhood mixer on Friday, 3/20, location TBA
  • Last day to bowl is April 29. Starting at 6:30pm now
  • Bocce: Thursdays, May 7 through Sept. 29. starting at 6:00pm
  • Shaw Festival Trip: Tentatively scheduled for June 25 & 26
  • Planning meeting March 13 at 7:00pm, location TBA
  • Neighborhood / Membership voluntary directory.
  • Welcoming new neighbors

8:25 – Friends (aka: Public Space)

  • Upcoming cleanups:
    • 4/11 – Mulching the Tree-wells,
    • 5/16 – Flower planting
    • 5/30 – Alley Clean up; looking for organizations to partner with
    • 7/15 – Babb Insurance service day

8:35 – Allegheny West Candidates Night

  • TENTATIVE: April 14 at 7:00 pm

8:40 – Ways & Means: Wine Tour

  • Paris of Appalachia theme, 3 tours instead of 2, chocolate tasting/wine pairing for dessert
  • Next planning meeting: early April
  • Tickets on sale now on

8:45 – NSLC

  • 2015 Dues
  • Ohio Street Bike Lane Update
  • AGH Update
  • NSLC, Dinner on 6/11

9:00 – New Business

9:15 – Q&A w/ Committee Chairs

Follow ups from last meeting and written committee reports:

  • Audit is scheduled for ???
  • (Philadelphia) Allegheny West lawsuit is now in the hands of our insurance company
  • Final number of flower baskets is ???, see the list of our charter sponsors at