Love Pittsburgh

Written By Tia Bailey, Co-Features/A&E Editor

Valentine’s Day-themed treat bags filled tables set up in Lawrence Hall 200 on Monday for CAB’s Love, Pittsburgh event. 

The event was planned by Autumn Plutt, the Coordinator of CAB’s Experience Pittsburgh Committee. The sophomore behavioral sciences major loved planning Love, Pittsburgh. 

“This event was so much fun to plan because I got to contact a local business, Prantl’s,” she said. 

This year’s event differs from past years, where the event would consist of students walking through and picking up their own food. Because of COVID-19, everything had to be wrapped and placed into bags, so no cross-contamination would occur.

“They were able to give us some brownies and cookies and individually wrap them,” Plutt said. 

Plutt was excited that the event would be able to give students a taste of Pittsburgh. The most difficult part for her was having to choose which bakery to bring to the event. 

“I think the hardest part is deciding where you wanna pick to have your bakery,” Plutt said. “Because there’s Prantl’s, and there’s just so many more bakeries in the Pittsburgh area, but it really came down to Prantl’s because it’s like the best one.”

There were three different treat bags at the event—one with cookies, one with brownies and one with candy. They also came with a small Valentine’s Day card from CAB, and a card with application details for coordinator positions. 

Megan Benfer, a junior creative writing major, grabbed a cookie bag from the event.

“It’s always super fun when they bring in bakeries like this when a lot of us probably don’t have the opportunity to go out, especially with Covid and the snow,” Benfer said. 

Kara O’Rourke, a freshman environmental science major, also grabbed a cookie bag, and enjoyed the event overall. 

“I think it’s really nice to have the opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a bit of care from the outside community,” O’Rourke said. “It’s just nice to feel a bit of love.” 

Students were also able to enter a raffle for an Amazon gift card at one of the tables at the event. All you had to do was show that you were following the CAB’s Instagram account, and you were given a ticket to put your information on. 

The Experience Pittsburgh Committee has more events coming up soon.

“City in a Room is coming up on February 24th, and we’ll have card information from a couple of local Pittsburgh businesses,” Plutt said. “And they can enter to win giveaways for some mugs from the local store, Love, Pittsburgh.” 

Students can enter to win Pittsburgh travel-themed prizes from the event. 

“Then we have Tabletop Tailgate, which we’re partnering with Special Events with on the 26th,” she said. “We’re having giveaways and prizes like mini tabletop versions of the Penguins, the Pirates and the Steelers, so people can enter to win some sports-type prizes.”

Keep an eye out for more information on these events.