Community through Food
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is located on a city block that borders Pittsburgh’s East Liberty and Highland Park neighborhoods. Though our neighborhood has seen its ups and downs, it is experiencing a boom of local small businesses moving into our once vacant storefronts and consequently bringing the people back to the East End. East Liberty is becoming a flourishing area which exemplifies some of the greatest things about living in the city: culture, food, and entertainment.
Our neighborhood is filled with great food! We have Ethiopian food at Abay restaurant, the best Thai food in the city at the Smiling Banana Leaf, Gourmet burgers at BRGR, French cuisine at Paris 66, and the list goes on. My friends and I frequently take Saturday morning walks down to the Food Glorious Food bakery for fresh pastries, with a stop at Tazza D’oro coffee shop for our morning cup of java.
Food brings people together. We cannot survive without it. One of the great things about being at PTS is not only the great restaurants near by, but the connection we make between food and community. I cannot count the amount of times that I have gathered around the table with friends, classmates, professors, and administrators in our neighborhood restaurants. PTS not only fosters our academic needs but also provides community within the Seminary while encouraging us to go out and be a part of our East Liberty community as faithful patrons to our local restaurants (and our neighbors who run them).
Senior, M.Div Student