Award-winning Café Phipps Welcomes New Executive Chef

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Amy Tyner selected to fulfill sustainable mission of public garden’s Green Restaurant Certified® eatery.

Pittsburgh, Pa.Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is pleased to welcome Amy Tyner as Café Phipps’ new executive chef. Nestled inside the public garden’s LEED® Silver Welcome Center, this Green Restaurant Certified® and Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability award-winning establishment is committed to serving fresh, healthy food that is good for both people and the planet.

Having more than 15 years of professional cooking and management experience, Tyner brings to Café Phipps a wealth of qualifications. A chef since the age of 17, she has cooked for presidents and celebrities at top-ranked hotels and restaurants in Detroit, Columbus and Pittsburgh, working most recently as executive chef and director of food and beverage for Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North. She is also a Michigan Restaurant Association silver medalist and has served as a board member for Hocking College, The Pittsburgh Culinary Institute and the Columbus chapter of The American Culinary Federation.

“Amy is a passionate advocate for healthy eating and sustainable food practices, which makes her a great fit for Café Phipps,” says Phipps Executive Director Richard V. Piacentini, “With our commitment to responsibly sourcing ingredients and serving nutritious meals, we are always looking for ways to raise the bar. We look forward to working with Amy as we continue to innovate and reach our goals.”

Drawing on the best flavors of the season, Tyner has just launched an inspired winter menu with highlights like the Smoked Salmon Salad made with an artisan greens blend, marble rye bagel chips, goat cheese and caper vinaigrette; and a Grilled Halloumi Plate with pickled vegetables, beluga lentils, scallions, lime and currants. An equally delicious and wholesome children’s menu features such instant favorites as Almond Butter and Berry Sandwiches and gluten-free Quinoa Pasta with Chicken Meatballs.

Lunch and dinner at Café Phipps is served from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday through Jan. 12. Tickets for the public garden’s popular Brunch in Bloom events are rapidly selling out but seats are still available for Dec. 29 and Jan. 5 and 12 at the cost of $28.95 for adults and $13.95 for children five-12, with admission to Winter Flower Show included. Advance reservations for sittings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. are required and can be made by calling 412/651-5281.


About Phipps: Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa. is a green leader among public gardens with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Learn more:

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