Holiday Inn Express “Thanksgiving Party” – One of The Best Decorated Rooms This Year!! Plus PhillyChitChatter Gossip



Last night Shady McCoy was at Del Frisco’s missing singer Brandy by one night, who was there on Monday. Wanda Sykes was spotted at El Vez with wife Alex and a few friends. Gordon Ramsay, in town last week to make over two restaurants, Chiarella’s and Zocalo, stopped by On Monday night he came in with two guests and sat downstairs. He asked the server to send out whatever was recommended, so the server, manager and sous chef sent out a bunch of dishes including: guacamole and salsa, ceviche, lamb chops, poblano mole and verde mole. They drank Jefe margaritas (Don Julio tequila with Combier and Lime). The next night he returned with more guests to try out the Jose Garces eatery. (Above in the Fox 29 Good Day Studios with Mike Jerrick (right) and on left Greg Russell, owner of Zocalo, and his daughter Gabriela)

Ron Jaworski is the new spokesperson for mobile tire installer, TireVan, in the Philadelphia market. Now if only I can get a glasses sales person to make a visit to my home.

Opened: Athleta Opens its first Philadelphia store in the 17oo block of Walnut Street. It certainly fills a gap cause I hear two big stores will be leaving Walnut Street after the holiday spirits have died down. Can we get a Crate and Barrel, how about a Container store at the old Borders, please?


The leaves are just past their peak, but it’s just the beginning of holiday party season. Every year my social calendar is kicked off with a visit to the Holiday Inn Express “Thanksgiving Party”, to thank their clients and friends for their business the previous year.
Although it was a cold and damp night out, the ball room on the 7th floor was decked out in fall finery and with lots of delicious delights to nibble on. Provided the food for the night was Moriarity’s down the street. (Although not on tonight’s menu, I recommend their chicken wings.) John Magaldi did the decorations with his team. Really magnificent.Our hosts were JoAnn Bongart, GM Holiday Inn Express, Alicia Raffensberger, Director of Sales, Marny Kolsky, Room Sales Manager, Jennifer Benedict, Sales Representative, and John Magaldi, Meeting Sales Manager. This year the Holiday Inn Express is undergoing a renovation, and the team is looking forward to making your stay even more beautiful.
Danielle Ramey and Meg SokoraiMalika Pitt and Brooke Ransome appreciate that the Holiday Inn has this party especially because they can enjoy their co-workers company away from work where it can sometimes be hectic.
Jeff Liebreich, Ticket Sales Manager, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Joan Rivera, Tour & Travel Sales Manager at Entertainment Cruises Inc.
Christina Buchelz, Darcy Hill and Diane Melino
The turnout was impressive
April Mitchell and Jenette Armentani

Hmm Philly Cup Cakes
Mark Beyerle, JoAnn Bogart, Terese Baltzereit, Marian Deal Smith and Dennis Smith
Brian and Danielle Ramey, Sanh Bahn, John Davis, and Maria Fitzpatrick
Don Howell and Sandra Steward, African American Museum. Check back tomorrow to read my Thanksgiving Day entry on my Gilda’s Club Charity Event in honor of my sister Judy Wilkins (It would have been her 51st birthday too. Thanks to the Holiday Inn for donating an overnight stay for the silent auction.