By Liz Petoniak
Photo from Abie Livesay
Go wild for the new catering menu at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium! Updated with a diverse range of gourmet offerings, it will bring a unique touch to your next special event — be it a wedding, shower, charity gala, or office party. While savoring the ambiance of the PPG Aquarium, Water’s Edge, or the Garden Tent, guests will rave over offerings like pork ragout corn cakes, pistachio-crusted scallops, and macaroons with a sweet cream shooter. Executive Chef Jessica Rattanni changed the menu to reflect guests’ increasingly adventurous tastes, desires to customize (plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options are available!), and cravings for dishes from a variety of cultures. Recently, she even created an Italian-Vietnamese fusion menu to marry the two cultures represented at a couple’s wedding. “I really like to put together flavors that people may not expect,” she says. Chef Rattanni also places importance on sustainable practices. She grows her own herbs, only uses seafood approved by the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch, and sources as many ingredients as possible from local purveyors. With an abundance of seasonal menu items (pumpkin risotto, anyone?) and special holiday packages, now is the perfect time to book your party!