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Pittsburgh Chefs Set Table for Leaders of the World

Pittsburgh Chefs Set Table for Leaders of the World

Bob Karlovits | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

To do that, the convention center operation will have a culinary staff of about 35 to 40 chefs, along with about 100 servers, Metcalfe says. To assist in the process, the Levy operation is bringing in chefs from Chicago, Atlanta and from across the river at its operation in PNC Park.

Levy has more that 100 locations around the country in restaurants, convention centers and sports facilities.

Francois expects to serve more than 1,000 guests at the hotel, and Piacentini, just days before, was awaiting a final guest list for the Phipps event.

Catering at Phipps is done by its own Phipps Cafe, Rania’s Catering in Mt. Lebanon, Opening Night Catering from the Strip District and Big Burrito from East Liberty, Piacentini says.

This gathering of people from all over the world also will demand meeting ethnic and religious food requirements.

“Some of the delegates will be bringing their own chefs,” Page says.

Petter says they are getting daily notices about dietary restrictions, but points out that is a fairly common event in handling food service of this size.

“This is something we do on a daily basis,” he says.

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