5 Best Places to Broaden Your Community

Claudy Pierre is a chef and owner of Arnold’s Coffee & Tea on the North Side and Eminent Hospitality Solutions catering company. But his passion for food is matched by his drive to better his community. He founded The Empowerment Awareness & Training (E.A.T.) Initiative, which aims to lift food insecure communities through hospitality and culinary training programs, cultural workshops and live performance events. These are the events Pierre won’t miss.

photo courtesy deutschtown music fest

Deutschtown Music Festival

The North Side-focused music festival on July 12 and 13 is about more than hundreds of bands and food and art. Even though that would be enough, it’s also about spotlighting an often-overlooked community.


Fresh Fest

The nation’s first Black brew festival features minority-owned and operated brewers as well as other breweries working with Black brewers, businesses and artists. This year’s fest is Aug. 10 from noon to 9 p.m. at Nova Place on the North Side. 

YNGBLKPGH Networking Events

YNGBLKPGH is a social justice collaboration that gives millennial professionals and business owners an opportunity to deepen business relationships and develop professionally in lounges and restaurants around the city. 

photo by laura petrilla

Arnold’s Unplugged

Live music and open mic nights hosted by Chef Claudy himself at Arnold’s Coffee & Tea,


August Wilson Birthday Celebration: A Hill District Block Party

With family-friendly activities, live stage and music performances, food and vendors from across cultures, this is truly the community event of the year, where Pittsburgh residents come to celebrate the life of August Wilson and the Hill District where he grew up. 

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