Want to learn a bit more about how Rivers Club O.N.E. works for Members like yourself? Rivers Club Member, Ben E.Fits, is here to help. Ben has been a Member of the Rivers Club for about 2 years and recently upgraded his Membership to Rivers Club O.N.E. Last week he began exploring his new O.N.E. benefits and he is looking forward to sharing his experiences with you.
This is what another week of O.N.E. looks like…
On Monday, Ben hit the snooze a few too many times and missed his morning sweat session. Once he got into the office he called Yolanda and the ClubLine for some help setting up the best Mother’s Day weekend possible.
Ben and his wife are headed to Hilton Head, South Carolina for a family vacation for this summer. On Tuesday, Ben used the Benefits Finder to scope out great places to stay, play and dine. With three ClubCorp Clubs in the area they will surly have a ton of fun using their ONE benefits!
On Wednesday, Ben got himself back into the gym bright and early and even had the time to refuel with one of Troy’s Almost Famous Smoothies. By enjoying 50% off all in club dining, Ben saves while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Thursday was another sunny spring day so Ben and his wife booked a babysitter and headed to Treesdale to enjoy their two complimentary rounds of golf. Afterwards they headed to the newly renovated clubhouse to enjoy their monthly 2-for-1 entrees.
On Friday, Ben kicked off Mothers Day weekend with family dinner at the Rivers Club. Saving 50% off of their decadent meal meant they didn’t feel too badly about splurging on a extra special bottle of wine.
Saturdays are all about the family and the Fits family wasn’t going to let some spring showers dampen their day. So Ben and his family headed to Latitude 360’s dine in movie theater to use their 4 monthly complimentary movie tickets. After sitting through the movie, drinking soda and snacking on candy, Latitude 360's bowling alley was a great way to play as a family.
On Sunday, there was no better place to celebrate Mother’s Day than the Rivers Club. Ben and his family came down to the club for the Mothers Day Brunch to shower Mama Fits with all the love she deserves.
Follow Ben E. Fits adventures to continue learning about Rivers Club O.N.E.
If you would like to learn more from Membership Directors, Casey Ellis and Meghan Sekone-Fraser, stop into the Membership Office or call today for more information today!
Want to learn a bit more about how Rivers Club O.N.E. works for Members like yourself. Rivers Club Member, Ben E.Fits, is here to help. Ben has been a Member of the Rivers Club for about 2 years and recently upgraded his Membership to Rivers Club O.N.E. Last week he began exploring his new O.N.E. benefits and he is looking forward to sharing his experiences with you.
This is what one week of O.N.E. looks like…
On Monday, morning Ben indulged his love of Bacon and came upstairs for breakfast after his morning workout. He saved 50% on his breakfast and even came back for seconds.
On Tuesday, Ben hosted a morning meeting in the Grant Room and as a O.N.E. Member, Ben was able to utilize complimentary AV Equipment to make his meeting as on point as possible.
On Wednesday, Ben and his wife needed a mid week break. So they invited 6 friends to come enjoy Wednesday Night Live at the Rivers Club. With great music and 50% off all in club dining for the entire group, a good time was surely had by all!
On Thursday, Ben snuck out of the office early to enjoy the spring weather and play a round of golf in the Pittsburgh Community. With great tee times and 2 complimentary greens fees at Diamond Run, 2 complimentary greens fees at Treesdale and 1 at his choice of Chartiers, Green Oaks or Seven Oaks Country Club each month, it is always hard to say no to a beautiful day.
On Friday, Ben and his wife took and long weekend and headed to Washington, D.C. After the drive they stopped into the City Club of Washington for dinner and to take advantage of their 2 monthly complimentary meals.
On Saturday, Ben and his wife headed to Chantilly National Country Club and took advantage of their two complimentary greens fees and even tested out the TaylorMade loaner clubs provided through their O.N.E. benefits.
After finishing up their round of golf and hitting up a local winery, they headed back into D.C. But not without stopping at Tower Tyson’s Corner to enjoy their 2 monthly complimentary meals as the sun began to set over the Capital.
On Sunday, they did a little sight-seeing before heading back to Pittsburgh to get ready for another week of O.N.E.
Follow Ben E. Fits adventures to continue learning about Rivers Club O.N.E.
Want to learn more from Membership Directors, Casey Ellis and Meghan Sekone-Fraser?
RSVP for a Happy Hour with O.N.E. or one of their weekly Lunch and Learns each Friday at 12pm.
Rivers Club Private Events Director Amanda Offers Her Wedding Planning Expertise
With Valentine’s Day and the winter holidays come plenty of marriage proposals, and you might have been included on the list of those who got engaged this winter! This is the biggest time of year for wedding planning, so now that you’re engaged, what do you do?
Rivers Club Private Events Director Amanda Rapach wants to offer you some places to start when just beginning your wedding planning journey. There are plenty of wedding planning tools and checklists available on wedding web sites and social media, but Amanda’s favorite checklist is the Martha Stewart Wedding Workbook. You can download the guide by clicking here.
The following are Amanda’s top 10 must-dos when you’re first engaged:
1. Enjoy using the word fiancé. Sometimes brides feel awkward changing introductions from “boyfriend” to fiancé. You only get to say it for a short period of time, so say it all the time while you can.
2. Look at your ring. In every light possible, from every direction. Show everyone. Be excited and bask in the attention you’ll get from it.
3. Speaking of rings, get yours insured.Your fiancé has likely worked hard to get you the engagement ring of your dreams, so you don’t want to lose it and not be able to replace it.
4. Perfect your proposal story. After you show everyone the ring, they are going to want to hear the STORY. Take the time to enjoy reliving the moment. If you’re making a wedding website, share the story on your page.
5. Take engagement photos. This is a great opportunity to meet the photographer and get comfortable with him/her before the big day. Get used to being in front of the camera with your future husband, because come the day of the wedding, the spotlight will be on you two all day and night.
6. Join Pinterest. Wedding Pinspiration is an amazing thing! Setting up Pinterest boards is a great way to plan and stay organized.
7. Choose your wedding party. There are some great ways to ask your friends to be a part of your special day. Get creative with it!
8. Go dress shopping. Oh, dress shopping. Something happens to a girl when she puts on a wedding dress. The little princess in all of us comes out.
9. Just breathe. With all the planning coming up for the wedding, consider taking a couple weeks to just be engaged without working on the details for the wedding. It’s nice to enjoy time with your favorite person without feeling the pressure to plan the big day.
10. Call Amanda to tour the Rivers Club for your reception.
About Rivers Club Events
With seven event spaces that boast varying layouts and capacities, we have hosted everything from weddings to networking events, bar mitzvahs to individual meetings.
Personalization is what makes your private event at the Club so unique. Chef Jim Gelzheiser can prepare anything you crave for your special day, and our private event directors, Kari Jensen and Amanda Rapach, are with you through every step of the planning process.
Weddings are especially popular at the Club, with the Three Rivers Ballroom measuring 3,955 square feet and comfortably seating up to 250 guests for a wedding (with a dance floor) and 300 for other seated dinner events.
During weekends, private event hosts can have access to the entire dining level of the Club. This provides separate areas for the wedding ceremony, hors d’oeuvres, and the reception, which means you don’t have to share the space with another wedding party; something all too familiar at other venues. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about last-minute set up and layout changes – it’s all taken care of in advance.
In addition to the Three Rivers Ballroom, other private room options include:
- The Duquesne Room, a traditional space with rich wood décor that can be used for cocktail parties of up to 45 people, luncheons for groups up to 35 or committee meetings of 25 or fewer.
- The Rivers Room, a 60-seat backdrop for an impressive view of Station Square, the Incline and Mount Washington, as well as several pieces of inspiring local artwork.
- The Grant Room, presenting Station Square by way of expansive windows and abundant sunlight, is ideal for an intimate dinner party of 20 people or fewer.
- The Smithfield Room is a corner room that seats up to 12 and faces the Smithfield Street Bridge, best for small team meetings or board discussions.
The Rivers Club has close relationships with many private event vendors that will ensure every last detail is perfect.
If you’ve stopped in the dining room within the last few weeks, you have most likely noticed our new lunch and dinner menus. Starting today, we are also revealing a newly established pub menu with all new items.
We “grilled” our talented executive chef, Jim Gelzheiser, on what Members can expect from the new menus and what he loves most about them.
Q: What are some of the biggest changes to the menus?
A: Actually, only two of our most popular "Member Favorites" remain from the last menu: the Tuna Tostada Salad and the Filet & Wedge Salad.
Q: What new features will members enjoy most?
A: I am proud to say I believe the most noticeable new feature will be that we have begun working with Penn's Corner Farm Alliance to make some great local farm products available to our culinary team. I really think members will taste a difference.
Q: This is the first time the Club has introduced a third menu. What was the reasoning behind creating a menu specifically for the pub?
A: Nothing more than just an attempt to give the pub a breath of fresh air. Our city has become a great food city. We want our members to know you can stop by the pub and have a great micro brew, a great burger, comforting appetizers and maybe a hot, trendy, modern interpretation of a dish crafted by Charcuterie expert Executive Sous Chef David Uram.
Q: Will pub menu items change seasonally as the lunch and dinner menus do or will it remain the same throughout the year?
A: Yes, all three menus will continually evolve throughout the year.
Q: The new pub menu features items under headers of “Pretentious” and “Unpretentious.” What can members expect from these items?
A: Food items under the “Unpretentious” header should be familiar and delicious. Under “Pretentious,” be ready for a little adventure, but hopefully members will find these items to be just as delicious.
Q: What are some of your personal favorite menu items on all three menus (lunch, dinner and pub)?
A: Our burger makes me hungry every time I see it. Kevon, our grill cook, makes the most beautiful smoked brisket quesadilla I have ever seen. At dinner, "It’s All About That Braise" this time of year. The lamb shank with risotto and beef short rib with polenta are sure to take the chill out of the Pittsburgh winter.
Q: What wine pairings would work well with the new menu items?
Is your mouth watering yet? Come try Chef Jim’s culinary treasures for yourself to see what you’re missing. Reserve a spot at our table by calling 412.391.5227 or just stop in the pub! We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by our many new additions.
FitQuest and Personal Training at the Rivers Club Can Get You Back On Track
Has your resolution to get in better shape stalled now that January is coming to an end? We understand the feeling, but you don’t have to bore yourself with that same stale workout routine. The world of fitness is ever-evolving, and there are many new exercise options to optimize your results.
As a Rivers Club member, you have access to the FitQuest program and six personal trainers who will help you evaluate your fitness goals and work closely with you to achieve them. We can tailor a fitness program, just for you, so you can hit the refresh button on your “New Year, New You” aspirations.
Lindsay Marshall, Rivers Club FitQuest coordinator and personal trainer, strongly encourages all new members to take full advantage of a free FitQuest session. In addition to gauging current levels of fitness and developing S.M.A.R.T. goals, trainers help members become more comfortable with the club, learn the ins and outs of the fitness equipment, and build a personal relationship. It’s also a great time to meet other members who use the athletic facilities.
There are three parts to FitQuest evaluations. The first, and most important, is the health history questionnaire. This provides trainers with an overview of past injuries or underlying health conditions so they can develop a well-rounded and customized routine that is manageable.
The next segment involves goal setting, which looks at why you joined the club, what your immediate fitness goals are, any hobbies and workout preferences, and if there are any situations that will hinder you from visiting the athletic facilities on a regular basis. Lindsay works to ensure each member’s fitness goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This enables everyone to have a clear focus during each workout.
“Almost everyone says they want to lose weight,” Lindsay says. “But there’s so much more we can help members achieve. We want to know what areas of your body you feel need improvement or how much weight you want to lose and in what time frame. Setting a goal of losing three pounds in a month is much more attainable than trying to lose 10 pounds in a month. If you set goals you can reach, you’ll be more inclined to stick with your program.”
Lindsay also emphasizes that it’s not always a lesser weight that makes you fit. “We also take your measurements because you might be building muscle and losing inches, but the scale is not moving,” she says. “Everyone is different, and the number on the scale is not the be-all-end-all.”
Finally, your first FitQuest session will evaluate your current level of fitness. We test heart rate and blood pressure, measure your circumferences and put you through some paces to learn your maximum level of exertion—at least for the time being. If you choose to continue past your initial FitQuest evaluation and attend personal training sessions on a regular basis, we promise to challenge you by gradually making your workouts more difficult.
Every member’s level of fitness is unique. For those who are not experienced, Lindsay recommends a personal training session twice a week and working out on your own once a week. For members who regularly use the athletic facilities and are comfortable working out on their own, Lindsay recommends a personal training session one to two times a month to monitor results and to keep routines fresh.
By the way, Lindsay teaches two group fitness classes: Insanity and Zumba, which are two of her favorite techniques. All trainers hold current certifications and consistently educate themselves to ensure the most updated information is being utilized and provided to you. To learn more about our trainers, session pricing and group fitness schedule, call 412-261-1550.
The holidays are over, we’re in the dead of winter, and the weather has certainly been proving that lately!
You may still be feeling the after-effects of the stress of the holiday season, the struggle of the icy work commute and getting the kids off to school. Or, maybe you just have the “cold weather, dark nights” winter blues. If you’re looking to cheer up, de-stress, and relieve some of that winter tension, the Rivers Club has everything you need to do just that. Even better, the Club can help you get HEALTHY and HAPPY at the same time with our athletic facilities.
Rivers Club Athletic Operations Director Jessica Hootman offers tips on the best ways to kick the winter doldrums.
First, she believes relaxation depends on how you prefer to relieve stress. Her preferences, for example, are high-intensity workouts, like cycling, TurboKick, Zumba, or Insanity, all of which are group fitness classes offered at the Club. If you’re looking for high intensity but something a little more private, there are six personal trainers available at various times of the day. We recommend you evaluate your base level of fitness with our FitQuest coordinator and personal trainer Lindsay Marshall. Your FitQuest session is complimentary and is a great motivator to improve your overall health.
If you prefer a more low-key or relaxing exercise, Jessica recommends PiYo (a combination of Pilates and yoga) or Pilates. In fact, the Club offers six different kinds of group yoga classes: energizing yoga, Vinyasa flow, power flow, fundamentals, Iyengar, and strength & conditioning. Again, Jessica explains, the type of yoga that will work best for you is all based on personal preference.
“The early morning energizing classes definitely get you moving and breathing,” said Jessica. “While I find them to be challenging, it's definitely a great way to start the day. The Iyengar classes are probably the best for relaxation, however all yoga classes focus on breathing and creating harmony and balance in the body. You really can’t go wrong.”
Once you’ve found your chi in a yoga class, you can restore your energy with a smoothie at the Rivers Edge packed with vitamins and nutrients. The Club carries most of your typical ingredients for smoothies like berries, spinach, kale, peanut butter, and almond milk. You can create your own combination or let Chef Troy work his magic and make one for you.
If you’re looking for a little more pampering, the Club also offers a variety of private massage options, including Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology, prenatal, myofascial, orthopedic, neuromuscular, Reiki, and hot stone. A good, old-fashioned Swedish massage does wonders for any type of stress, but Jessica believes neuromuscular therapy is the ideal choice for muscle tension. It's a spot-specific technique that isolates areas of tension for maximum relief.
All of the services on the athletic level, including the massages and personal training sessions, can be gifted to friends and family by purchasing a gift certificate. If you know someone besides you who could use some time to recharge, this would be the perfect way to do so!
Don’t forget: Valentine’s Day is only a few short weeks away. Athletics has a great deal for a buy-one-get-one massage special in February (details below).
If you have any questions about services offered in our athletic facility, don’t hesitate to stop in to talk to Jessica or any of the athletic staff. You can also give the Rivers Club a call at 412.391.5227.
It’s back for another year-end - the New Year’s Eve Carnival - complete with games, a bounce house, performers, a DJ, and dancing. If you have children, there is no better way to celebrate the close of 2014 than to join us for what proves to be a memorable family night. Just like at a summer carnival, kids will receive tickets to play games and win prizes. (We know you’d love more stuffed animals and trinkets around the house.) The kids sure do love them though!
Rivers Club Membership Director Casey Ellis brings his five-year-old son every year because he loves the carnival games, along with the music from the DJ and dancing with the other kids.
Of course, no carnival is complete without snacks, right? We’ll have it covered with candy, popcorn, cotton candy, fresh squeezed lemonade, pretzels, corn dogs, and snow cones—goodies sure to keep the kids up all night—err…we mean satisfy their appetites. Our mock countdown will begin just before 8 p.m. (the “kids midnight”). We’ve got you covered, too, parents—a bar will be available to serve adult beverages throughout the evening, including wine, craft beers, and specialty cocktails.
Member Jason Lawrence and his friends particularly enjoy the fantastic selection of food at the buffet while dining in a nice, relaxed setting surrounded by families and others having fun.
The cost of the Carnival, which includes dinner and unlimited access to games, is $29.95 per adult; $15.95 for children ages 7-12; and $11.95 for ages 3-6.
For those wanting a more subdued evening, we’re offering a Toast the New Year’s Dinner for adults only that will feature a champagne toast along with a live performance by Jessica Lee from 5:30p.m. until 8. The Club will accept reservations every half-hour, starting at 5:30 p.m. The cost will be $29.95 per adult.
Member Relations Director Erin Sustar notes it’s just the right amount of time to have fun with the family, then head off to another party or celebrate New Year’s at home. Guests will be in the perfect spot downtown to be able to pop over to —Highmark First Night—Pittsburgh’s official countdown to midnight with fireworks.
As a private club, we make an effort to appeal to the needs of our diverse membership—families, executives, business professionals, retirees, and guests. Part of that includes offering both a formal dining option and our more casual Pub. Both provide the same exceptional service and high-quality food and drink options you’d expect from your Rivers Club. However, which one you choose many depend upon your mood or reason for visiting on any particular day.
- Need to set up dinner with an important client visiting from out of town?
- Looking to relax over a beer with some colleagues?
- Celebrating a family birthday?
The great news is that you have options!
Enjoy a more casual dress code when you visit the Pub and relax over dinner and drinks while watching one of our three high definition TVs. During happy hour (5 to 7 p.m.) on weekdays, you receive $1 off all alcoholic beverages, while Members Only can enjoy the hospitality table just outside the Pub. We vary the appetizers daily so stop by often.
For some more insight, check out this Q&A with our Bar Manager, Rudy Mogush.
Q: What kind of beverage offerings are available at the pub?
A: We have a fairly standard bar setup, but we also offer a number of local products from Wigle Whiskey, Maggie’s Farm Rum, Boyd & Blair, Full Pint Brewing, Rivertowne Brewing, and Church Brew Works.
Q: What are your recommendations for guests in regards to:
A: Favorite beer? We always have a selection of seasonal beers. As we have phased out the pumpkin offerings, we’re receiving a selection of winter beers, so be sure to stop in and try them!
A: Favorite wine? We offer high-end wines by the glass in our wine station, including four white and four red which we change regularly.
A: Specialty cocktail? Right now we’re offering a Manhattan made with Wigle Whiskey aging in a 10 Litre oak barrel. A perfect choice to get you in the holiday spirit!
Q: Tell us more about the Napa Technologies Wine Station.
A: We use an Argon gas system to keep the wine fresh for up to six weeks. It operates similar to a draft beer system. The argon gas is pumped into the bottle pushing the wine out, ensuring you get a fresh glass every time.
Q: How long have you been tending bar at the Rivers Club? How long have you been bartending in general?
A: I have been with the Rivers Club for a year, and tending bar for 25 years total.
Q: What is your favorite part of the Pub?
A: I love meeting our members and introducing them to new products. If you want to sample something, don’t hesitate to ask. It’s the best way to make a switch from your same-old standby beverage.
Q: What are the hours of operation?
A: The dining level closes at 2 p.m. on Mondays because we are not open for dinner. We close at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays.
Q: What kind of events are normally held in the Pub?
A: We regularly have guest bartenders and often host trivia nights. In fact, the Young Executives just hosted a “Merry-Oke” event (where ugly Christmas sweater party meets karaoke). Look for another trivia night coming up in February!
For more information, call the Club at 412-391-5227.
Be sure to come in and check out the latest offerings in the pub. Or, contact us with any questions or to make a reservation today!
On October 15, The Rivers Club hosted Women 2 Women, an event with presentations by women in the Pittsburgh community who have a lot on their plate as both professionals and caregivers, and yet still manage to pull it off. The event stressed that it’s okay for women to put the focus on themselves, even for the night, where women—and even a few men—gathered to listen and share their experiences.
The night began with Jennifer Antkowiak, who is a mother, caregiver, coach, KDKA-TV news anchor, author, entrepreneur and fitness instructor. Jennifer immediately prompted the audience to raise their hand if they have ever assumed the role of a caregiver for someone, whether it was a child, ailing parent or friend. Almost all of the audience responded, proving Jennifer’s point. Research shows that statistically 80 percent of women are voluntary caregivers, and consequently, they end up putting others ahead of themselves.
Jennifer explained that it is so easy to get wrapped up in the caregiver role and forget to take care of you in the process. Women need to make themselves the priority. Jennifer encouraged the audience to go home and Google stress relief tips. Start small. It’s no longer a matter of being a caregiver for others; it’s a matter of making your own moments.
Peggy Morrison Outon, executive director of the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, shared research on the struggles of women working in nonprofit organizations. Peggy shared data on the pay equity gap existing between men and women in the nonprofit world. Some surprising facts: females earn approximately 74 percent of the male-earned dollar, and that a female has to have a Doctorate to earn as much as a male with a bachelor’s degree. Peggy encouraged those involved in the nonprofit sector to take a stand to correct this inequity.
TED Talk speaker and partner of Align Leadership, Christy Uffelman, shared the lessons she learned on her journey to become the strong businesswoman and mentor she is today. She began by questioning, “How do you intend to change the world?” Christy explained that individual achievement is not enough for true leaders. It is increasingly pivotal for women to embrace their accomplishments and rise to self-empowerment.
Bonnie Artman Fox, an insightful speaker and coach for a Conscious Choice, called everyone into a state of relaxation. She asked the audience to close their eyes and sit up straight in their chairs. In a soothing voice, Bonnie urged the group to release any tension and focus on the moment. Her exercise proved that even a few minutes of quiet meditation can be helpful in relieving the stress factors of daily life.
Before and after the presentations, attendees were given the opportunity to learn more about the work of several nonprofits present including Junior Achievement, United Way, Treasure House Fashions, Zonta International and Girls On The Run. Many attendees left the event with much to ponder about their lives, careers, passions and, most importantly, the need to care for themselves.
The Rivers Club has focused on being a family friendly establishment, welcoming those of all ages since 1983.
Since then, the Rivers Club has hosted an event every year specifically to honor the bond a father has with his daughter: the Father/Daughter Dance. Typically drawing in more than 75 guests, it has become a much-anticipated event for daughters who enjoy the special date with their Daddy. General Manager Jack Kimbell even recalls a few current members who attended with their fathers as youngsters.
“It’s been truly heartwarming to watch our members grow within the Club—now bringing their families to share in the memories,” said Kimbell. “This is an extraordinary bond we cherish here at the Club and we enjoy having a way we can celebrate it with our members.”
Member Sean Girdwood had the opportunity to take his three daughters to this year’s Father/Daughter Dance on September 20. His daughters, Addison (8 years old),
Ava (6 years old) and Allie (4 years old), had been looking forward to the dance since the summer. It was Addison’s third year attending the dance.
Nothing could stand in the way of this night for his girls. Girdwood’s oldest daughter, a pee wee league cheerleader in Mars, had to choose between the dance and a rescheduled game that evening. She wholeheartedly chose to attend the dance with her father and sisters.
The theme this year was from the ever-popular movie “Frozen,” including an appearance fromPrincess Elsa & Princess Anna. Girdwood noted his youngest daughter wore a dress similar to Elsa’s and she thought the woman at the Rivers Club was the real Elsa.
More than 100 attendees enjoyed this year’s special event—complete with balloon artists and tiaras. Many described it as a fun wedding reception-like atmosphere with just dads and their girls.
And, of course, there was dancing.
“The girls owned the dance floor this year,” said Girdwood. “In years past, the dads were on the floor too. Not this year—except for slow dancing.”
Girdwood enjoyed a memorable slow dance with each of his daughters—sometimes dancing with all three simultaneously. The girls were able to enjoy quality time dancing with Elsa the princess as well.
Girdwood noted his girls particularly enjoyed the milkshakes and desserts—and he enjoyed letting them eat and do what they wanted that evening.
“As usual, it was a great night. We stayed until the end and had fun dancing and being silly,” he said. “In fact, the Club staff had to throw us out,” he joked.