Pittsburgh: Bistro to Go is Much More than a Bistro.

June 10, 2013
It is no surprise that Bistro to Go was voted as one of the “Best Comfort Food Restaurants” in the 2011 Pittsburgh Magazine Readers poll. The food is great, the atmosphere inviting, and the staff are very friendly. We are glad that it was available for our third stop on FalconNation Tour.

Bistro To Go was inspired by a desire to return to old world tradition, to a time when meals were savored by family and friends. The kernel of the idea came in late 2006 to owner Nikki Heckman: create a neighborhood restaurant where good food brings people together. A passionate and committed businesswoman, she had the first business—Bistro To Go—and team of chefs in operation by the Fall of 2007. Great reviews and growing popularity came immediately. Bistro Catering Company grew exponentially once the word got out.

Two years later Nikki envisioned another kind of place, one that would honor the rich traditions of southern and New Orleans cuisines and serve the tastes of Pittsburgh’s African American community in particular.

Before dinner, we had the privilege of having Nikki talk to our group about her workplace ministry and how the business has grown over the years. Bistro to Go is an anchor business in Pittsburgh’s historic Northside neighborhood of Deutschtown, also known as East Allegheny. Her commitment to the neighbor has been blessed and the community is being transformed. During dinner, several alumni shared how much they appreciated that we chose a restaurant that is so committed to building community, a vision that reminded them of their time at Messiah.

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