By Ian Mikrut
Photography: Ben Petchel

Eleven Contemporary Kitchen in the Strip District celebrated its 10th anniversary in a big way, giving back to the community that has helped it become one of Pittsburgh’s premier restaurants. Pre-approved, locally based or operated nonprofit organizations received the entirety of guest donations who attended. Nearly $40,000 was raised for these local organizations! Says big Burrito Restaurant Group Brand Strategist Corey LeChat, “The beneficiaries are really 100 percent responsible for the success of the event. We offered our space, our chef [Derek Stevens], and his team. The organizations did the rest. Reservations for the benefit came in fast and furious.” Plates were $150 minimum and covered the cost of a five-course meal. Forty-two nonprofit organizations participated and 250 people were in attendance. Some of the beneficiaries included the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Thomas Merton Center, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, New Hazlett Theater, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 10th anniversary than by helping to raise funds by opening our doors to the community and so many worthy organizations,” says LeChat.

+ Read more about Eleven and Chef Derek Stevens here.

Event photos are available for purchase in the WHIRL Photo Vault:

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