Ember & Vine Wins The Best Of The Chefs - "People's Choice" At The Prestigious Glass Slipper Ball

The Best of the Chefs is considered one of the best 'foodie fundraisers' in the country

CRANBERRY/PITTSBURGH, PA (April 4, 2017) Ember & Vine Woodfire Oven and Social Bar is the winner of the 2017 People’s Choice Award at The Glass Slipper Ball’s annual The Best of the Chefs competition. Since its inception in 2004, the Glass Slipper Ball, featuring The Best of the Chefs, has raised over one million dollars across U.S. cities such as Houston, Detroit, Colorado Springs and Naples. Funds have created educational awards for single mothers, encouraged girls to stay in school and provided assistance to women suffering from abuse and trafficking.

 Pittsburgh's Glass Slipper Ball is one of the city's premier culinary fundraisers. Restaurants from across the area participate in The Best of the Chefs competition for a chance to win the coveted People's Choice for Best Overall award. Other participating restaurants included: Il Pizzaiola, Andora, Atria’s, Café Notte, Diamond Run, Juniper Grille, Bella Frutteto, Ditka’s, Walnut Grille and Shakespear’s.  

 Ember & Vine served wild caught diver scallops with celery root purée and preserved lemon vinaigrette along with adobo lamb lollipops, Mexican street corn, arugula and lamb jus. Ember & Vine's dishes, created by Executive Chef Sam Castrale, were the crowd's favorites, granting the restaurant the highest honor.

 "This was one of our first opportunities to showcase Chef Castrale's talent at a prestigious event in Pittsburgh. Castrale's dishes are flavorful and imaginative and we're thrilled to have won the People's Choice for Best Overall," said Lance Rihn, General Manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Cranberry.

 Critically acclaimed chefs in every participating city have described The Glass Slipper Ball as one of the best “foodie fundraisers” they have ever supported. Participating chefs return each year with incredible enthusiasm, creativity and passion to support women’s causes locally and globally.

 “This is the first time in The Glass Slipper Ball's 14 year history that the restaurant in the hotel where the event was held won the People’s Choice for Best Overall,” said Event Chair and Founder Debra Dion Krischke. Previous winners include: Off the Hook, Hotel Saxonburg and Bella Frutteto.

Executive Chef Sam Castrale developed Ember & Vine’s menu to showcase his “scratch cooking” philosophy. Ember & Vine uses locally and regionally sourced ingredients and features American classic specialties with enhanced flavors from the restaurant’s custom-made woodfire oven. For more information on Ember & Vine Woodfire Oven and Social Bar visit emberandvinecranberry.com.

Our Executive Chef

bizjournals.com September 22, 2016

Sam Castrale

Date added: September 22, 2016
Submission Type: New Hire
Current employer: Ember & Vine Woodfire Oven and Social Bar
Current title/position: Executive Chef
Industry: Retailing & Restaurants
Duties/responsibilities: As Executive Chef of Ember & Vine, Chef Castale's responsibilities include developing the restaurant's menu, overseeing kitchen staff and ensuring guests' overall experience.

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Our Director of Restaurant Operations

bizjournals.com September 22, 2016

Harry Siebert

Date added: September 22, 2016
Submission Type: New Hire
Current employer: Ember & Vine Woodfire Oven and Social Bar
Current title/position: Director of Restaurant Operations
Industry: Travel
Position level: Director of Restaurant Operations
Duties/responsibilities: As Director of Restaurant Operations, Siebert is responsible for overseeing all aspects of restaurant management including staffing, strategic planning and community involvement. 

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Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry Completes Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

patch.com by Jaymie Macek. September 29, 2016 4:06 p.m.

The renovations feature a modernized, comfortable atmosphere geared towards meetings and gatherings

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation and is the brand’s first hotel north of the city of Pittsburgh. The project revamped everything from the exterior of the building, including the porte-cochere and parking lot, to the interior including the atrium and lobby space, meeting areas and ballroom.

The DoubleTree Cranberry is now beautifully modernized with eclectic yet comfortable furnishings and the open concept atrium and lobby area that have been transformed to a functional space strategically designed to accommodate corporate meetings and gatherings of all types. Situated directly in the center of the atrium is the new Ember & Vine, Woodfire Oven and Social Bar, a delicious, sophisticated restaurant convenient for hotel visitors and open to local guests.

“It has been an interesting process to get to this point but it is a truly impressive transformation that both our transient and local guests are really going to love,” said General Manager Lance Rihn. “Everything from the flow of the atrium and lobby to the comfort of the guest rooms and the functionality of the meeting spaces have been strategically thought through and it shows.”

The property features 23,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The hotel’s seven state-of-the-art conference rooms were upgraded with high-tech “smart” room capabilities including HD televisions, laptop compatible projectors and one touch digital lighting with audio control power sources. Other features include an expanded fitness center with new Life Fitness equipment, business center and indoor/outdoor pool.

The grand ballroom is 13,440 square feet making it the largest hotel ballroom in suburban Pittsburgh. The space can be divided into eight smaller sections and was upgraded with new wall coverings, carpet, light fixtures, doorways and sound system and has the capacity to host dinner events for up to 900 people.

Guest rooms have been updated with new artwork, headboards and luxury linens and the most anticipated upgrade is the deluxe DoubleTree Sweet Dreams® Bed Package. The mattress and box spring set is specifically designed and constructed to offer continuous innerspring support and features a movement reducing foundation. The mattress is topped with quilted top bedding that promotes even more coziness and comfort.

“Walking into the hotel after the transformation is very impressive. The sense of arrival and open space plus Ember & Vine situated in the center are superlative to anything you will find in the Cranberry market,” said Will Smith, Director of Brand Performance, Full Service Hilton Hotels. “We are very proud to work with owners who have a deep understanding of our industry, and embrace our brand culture of creating a rewarding experience for our guests.”

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Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry Completes Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

prlog.org Sept. 29, 2016

The renovations feature a modernized, comfortable atmosphere geared towards meetings and gatherings

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation and is the brand's first hotel north of the city of Pittsburgh. The project revamped everything from the exterior of the building, including the porte-cochere and parking lot, to the interior including the atrium and lobby space, meeting areas and ballroom.

The DoubleTree Cranberry is now beautifully modernized with eclectic yet comfortable furnishings and the open concept atrium and lobby area that have been transformed to a functional space strategically designed to accommodate corporate meetings and gatherings of all types.Situated directly in the center of the atrium is the new Ember & Vine, Woodfire Oven and Social Bar, a delicious, sophisticated restaurant convenient for hotel visitors and open to local guests.

"It has been an interesting process to get to this point but it is a truly impressive transformation that both our transient and local guests are really going to love," said General Manager Lance Rihn. "Everything from the flow of the atrium and lobby to the comfort of the guest rooms and the functionality of the meeting spaces have been strategically thought through and it shows."

The property features 23,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The hotel's seven state-of-the-art conference rooms were upgraded with high-tech "smart" room capabilities including HD televisions, laptop compatible projectors and one touch digital lighting with audio control power sources. Other features include an expanded fitness center with new Life Fitness equipment, business center and indoor/outdoor pool.

The grand ballroom is 13,440 square feet making it the largest hotel ballroom in suburban Pittsburgh. The space can be divided into eight smaller sections and was upgraded with new wall coverings, carpet, light fixtures, doorways and sound system and has the capacity to host dinner events for up to 900 people.

Guest rooms have been updated with new artwork, headboards and luxury linens and the most anticipated upgrade is the deluxe DoubleTree Sweet Dreams® Bed Package. The mattress and box spring set is specifically designed and constructed to offer continuous innerspring support and features a movement reducing foundation. The mattress is topped with quilted top bedding that promotes even more coziness and comfort.

"Walking into the hotel after the transformation is very impressive. The sense of arrival and open space plus Ember & Vine situated in the center are superlative to anything you will find in the Cranberry market," said Will Smith, Director of Brand Performance, Full Service Hilton Hotels. "We are very proud to work with owners who have a deep understanding of our industry, and embrace our brand culture of creating a rewarding experience for our guests."

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DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Cranberry Completes Reno

hotelbusinessdesign.com September 28th, 2016 11:23 a.m.

CRANBERRY/PITTSBURGH, PA—DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation that included the exterior of the building, the porte-cochere and parking lot, the atrium and lobby space, meeting areas and the ballroom.   

The open concept atrium and lobby area were designed to accommodate corporate meetings and gatherings of all types. Situated directly in the center of the atrium is the new Ember & Vine, Woodfire Oven and Social Bar.

The property has 23,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space. The hotel’s seven state-of-the-art conference rooms were upgraded with smart room capabilities including HD televisions, laptop compatible projectors and one-touch digital lighting with audio control power sources. Other features include an expanded fitness center with new Life Fitness equipment, business center and indoor/outdoor pool.

The grand ballroom is 13,440-sq.-ft. making it the largest hotel ballroom in suburban Pittsburgh, according to the company. The space can be divided into eight smaller sections and was upgraded with new wallcoverings, carpet, light fixtures, doorways and sound system and has the capacity to host dinner events for up to 900 people.  

Guestrooms have been updated with new artwork, headboards and luxury linens, as well as the DoubleTree Sweet Dreams Bed Package. The mattress and box spring set is specifically designed and constructed to offer continuous innerspring support and features a movement reducing foundation, according to the company. The mattress is topped with quilted top bedding.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Cranberry Completes Reno

hotelbusiness.com September 28th, 2016, 11:23 a.m. 

CRANBERRY/PITTSBURGH, PA—DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation that included the exterior of the building, the porte-cochere and parking lot, the atrium and lobby space, meeting areas and the ballroom.  

The open concept atrium and lobby area were designed to accommodate corporate meetings and gatherings of all types. Situated directly in the center of the atrium is the new Ember & Vine, Woodfire Oven and Social Bar.

The property has 23,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space. The hotel’s seven state-of-the-art conference rooms were upgraded with smart room capabilities including HD televisions, laptop compatible projectors and one-touch digital lighting with audio control power sources. Other features include an expanded fitness center with new Life Fitness equipment, business center and indoor/outdoor pool.

The grand ballroom is 13,440-sq.-ft. making it the largest hotel ballroom in suburban Pittsburgh, according to the company. The space can be divided into eight smaller sections and was upgraded with new wallcoverings, carpet, light fixtures, doorways and sound system and has the capacity to host dinner events for up to 900 people.  

Guestrooms have been updated with new artwork, headboards and luxury linens, as well as the DoubleTree Sweet Dreams Bed Package. The mattress and box spring set is specifically designed and constructed to offer continuous innerspring support and features a movement reducing foundation, according to the company. The mattress is topped with quilted top bedding.

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DoubleTree Cranberry renovated to target meetings and gatherings

hotelmanagement.net by Mick Tan. October 11, 2016, 6:44 a.m.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry completed a multimillion-dollar renovation and is the brand’s first hotel north of the city of Pittsburgh. The project revamped everything from the exterior of the building, including the porte-cochere and parking lot, to the interior including the atrium and lobby space, meeting areas and ballroom.  

The DoubleTree Cranberry now has new furnishings and the open concept atrium and lobby area were transformed to a functional space designed to accommodate corporate meetings and gatherings. Situated in the center of the atrium is the new Ember & Vine, Woodfire Oven and Social Bar.    

The property has 23,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The hotel’s seven conference rooms were upgraded with “smart” room capabilities, including HD televisions, laptop compatible projectors and one touch digital lighting with audio control power sources.

Other property features include an expanded fitness center with new equipment, business center and indoor/outdoor pool.

The grand ballroom is 13,440 square feet, making it the largest hotel ballroom in suburban Pittsburgh. The space can be divided into eight smaller sections and was upgraded with new wall coverings, carpet, light fixtures, doorways and sound system and has the capacity to host events for up to 900 people. 

Guestrooms were updated with new artwork and headboards.

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Little Bites: Openings

Post-Gazette October 13, 2016, 12:00 a.m.

Ember & Vine Woodfire Oven and Social Bar, a new restaurant in the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Cranberry has opened under the direction of executive chef Sam Castrale. A graduate of the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, Mr. Castrale started out as a sauté cook more than 15 years ago, and his career has taken him from New York to Seattle and Austin, Texas, before recently settling in Pittsburgh. The restaurant is open for hotel guests and local patrons for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a late night menu until 1 a.m. 

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Dining news: Ember & Vine is open

Tribune-Review Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 7:24 p.m.

Ember & Vine Woodfire Oven and Social Bar has opened at the newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Cranberry.

Chef Sam Castrale, who started his career in New York City and spent time in Austin and Seattle before moving to Pittsburgh, has developed a menu that showcases his “scratch cooking” philosophy.

The menu will feature specialties from the restaurant's custom-made woodfire oven — such as the potato pizza with thinly sliced Yukon gold potatoes, fresh rosemary, provolone, pecorino, arugula and garlic oil, as well as chef favorites such as the pan-roasted wild-caught filet of fish with celery-root puree, and house-cured duck Reuben with pastrami and sauerkraut.

Ember & Vine Woodfire Oven and Social Bar in the Atrium of the hotel is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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