Welcome, Neighbor! Dinners: Saturday, November 11, 2017

“Thanks for making civil discourse cool again!” said Douglas Florey, executive director of the Laughlin Children’s Center. He was one of nearly 100 hosts who held dinners, inviting guests of his choosing, as part of the 200 Dinners bicentennial event  organized by Vibrant Pittsburgh and Next Pittsburgh on May 14, 2016. Hosts included Mayor Peduto, the Ace Hotel, and the East End Food Coop, as well as private homes and restaurants all over town, gathering hundreds of guests with one purpose in mind: to engage in a community-wide discussion about how we can improve our city.


This year’s event, Welcome, Neighbor!, focuses on getting to know the people who live around us. Hosts are encouraged to reach out to neighbors (especially those that are new to the region or those coming from a different culture or background) inviting them to dinner on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Conversation topics will focus on building community in our neighborhoods, getting involved in neighborhood life, and welcoming those that are new to southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Organizations and individuals will register to host dinners around the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Each host will be given a “Host Kit”, which includes downloadable, ready-to-print invitations to pass out to prospective guests, along with conversation-starters and other ideas. 

Welcome, Neighbor! Organization Hosts include:

Hello Neighbor
The City of Pittsburgh
Scratch f&b
Asian American Chamber of Commerce Pittsburgh
Global Beats
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Global Links


CLICK HERE to register as an individual host.
CLICK HERE to register as an organization host.

Interested in hosting but unable to host on November 11? Have questions about the hosting process? Contact Lora McKnight, Director of Program Operations, at loram@vibrantpittsburgh.org.






Image credit: NEXT Pittsburgh

Welcome, Neighbor! is brought to you by three Pittsburgh organizations who are committed to the city’s diverse future.  Vibrant Pittsburgh is building a thriving and inclusive Pittsburgh region by attracting, retaining, and elevating a diversity of talent. Next Pittsburgh has created an online community focusing on the cool people, projects and places taking Pittsburgh to the next level as a place of creativity and innovation – to figure out what’s next, who’s leading the charge and where we’re all headed.  The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is the leading forum to ensure that the Pittsburgh region has a dynamic international presence.

Share your thoughts, share your table! Register today to be part of this movement!