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October 2014


Heather Greene Signs Books Teaches a Class on the Experience of Bourbon, Whiskey & Rye

Every week Bank and Bourbon offers unique bar experiences with an enhanced focus on Bourbon, Whiskey and Rye.

 Bourbon Master Brian Bevilacqua educates guests to navigate the classics from the rare and the old to barrel aged on site. 
He has taken several of Heather Greene, one of America’s leading whiskey experts classes in Manhattan and thought it would be fun to have her come to Philly to teach a class. It coincided with release of her book Heather Greene, Whiskey Distilled, A Populist Guide to the Water of Life,
Culinary events will feature tastings and experiences with Chef Tom Harkins.

 Loews Philadelphia Hotel Ryan Fitzgerald, Hotel Manager Patrick Magner director of revenue and Omar Vega director of food and beverage

 A nice crowd came out to listen to Heather and learn about Bourbon.

These folks told me their holiday party party was coming up and the theme was The Great Gatsby, so they wanted to be well versed in all phases of Whiskey and the Charleston, they were headed to dance lessons at the Society Hill Dance Studios after the tasting.

 Sean Clancy Managing Director Loews Philadelphia Hotel Heather Greene author Ryan Fitzgerald Hotel Manager Brian Bevilacqua Bourbon Master Bank & Bourbon
 Heather Greene, one of America’s leading whiskey experts.
Everyone got a book, some people picked up more for gifts. Heather was happy to sign them for all. Check out the monthly Whiskey Tasting Events at conducted by Brian Bevilacqua at Bank and Bourbon HERE>
Bank & Bourbon 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia. 215.231.7300

Photos: 2014 Philadelphia Whiskey Festival & Woodford Reserve Cocktail Competition on October 23, 2014

Thursday night, Philadelphia magazine hosted the 2014 Philadelphia Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival
at Lincoln Financial Field. 
Guests at “whiskeyfest” enjoyed spirits
from nearly 100 vendors, cuisine from local steakhouses and restaurants,
and the annual Woodford Reserve Manhattan cocktail competition was
 Contests Judges: Jason Parsons, Jason Sheehan, Arthur Etchells and Chris Chamberlain of Capital Wine & Spirits

The rules included creating an original Woodford Reserve Cocktail that showcases the flavor
profile of Woodford Reserve and that you would proudly serve to guests
in your own bar, then provide your ‘ideal’ recipe for the classic
Manhattan cocktail including the way you would serve it to guests.
 Bartender Daniel Kulisek, Square 1682 with a Woodford Reserve, Broadway Gibb. His bio says he’s a rock star with the gift of gab.
 Bartender Robert Caskey of Barclay Prime with a Woodford Reserve Manhattan.
 Bartender George Rielly of The Twisted Tail with a Woodford Reserve Manhattan.

  Bartenders competing in the Woodford Whiskey Contest: Daniel Kulisek, Square 1682, Nate Churchill, Bartender at Sbraga Restaurant, Vice President at United States Bartenders Guild, PA and Frank Fontaine from Lancaster’s Aussie & The Fox.

And The Winners Are:
Ben Hash (Winner of the People’s Choice), Chris Chamberlain, and Frank Fontaine (Winner of the Judges Choice.)
  Jim Beam Kentucky Fire representatives.
 Ex Eagles player Tra Thomas and James Gambino.
 Musician and Chef Eddie Berner, Vyktorya McLaughlin, and Dino Minelli.
 Smirnoff 80s girls.
 Rich Frankel, Scott Lustgarden President of Martin Dealership Group, and David Lipson of  Philadelphia Magazine.
 Marcela Poueda with the Infiniti QX80.
 Matt Lipson, Tim McManus and Sheil Kapadia from Birds 24/7 Blog.
 Joan Phillips and Tara Lassiter.
 Sean Coyne and Colleen Garvin.

Rob Razzi, Lauren Weindel, Heidi Grau, and Kevin Kleinschmidt.

Photo Shoot: Lord & Taylor Bala Cynwyd Hosts “Shop Chic and Make It Count” 11/4/14

Lord & Taylor Bala Cynwyd (145 City Avenue, City and
Belmont Avenues) presents their inaugural charity shopping day to
support ten local non-profit organizations doing good works in the
Philadelphia region. A few of my friends and I headed out there last week to play dress up, and check out the store before the big event.

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, from 9:00am to
11:00pm, come out and “Shop Chic and Make It Count” with a full day of shopping, styling, pampering, family fun, live music, food and sips, and other surprises. Tickets are only $5.00 each and entitle participants to 25% off a single item, a 15% savings pass and 10% off cosmetic savings – with added bonuses when shoppers use their Lord & Taylor credit card.

 “Shop Chic and Make It Count” with Lord & Taylor as we help ten charities making a difference in our Philadelphia and Mainline communities,” said Lord & Taylor Bala Cynwyd Store Manager Christine Daly.
“We’re excited to give back to our local community while saying thank
you for supporting the store since 1955.

During lunch Gin Canaries will perform a free concert on main floor between 12-2pm.
Throughout the day they’ll be plenty of fun things to do, enjoy and eat.

  • Breakfast bites and complimentary mimosas, plus strolling musicians (9:00am to 10:30am)
  • Complimentary chair massages by Eviama Life Green Spa and Boutique (10:30am to 1:00pm)
  • Special live performance by the Gin Canaries (12:00pm to 2:00pm)
  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres for lunch and dinner (12:00pm to 2:00pm, 5:00pm to 7:00pm)
  • Free Young Rembrandt’s art lessons for little ones (3:00pm to 5:00pm)
  • Storytelling by Rachee Fagg, Head of Children Services from Lansdowne Public Library (3:00pm to 4:00pm)
  • RJ Lewis will razzle dazzle with magic and comedy (3:00pm to 7:00pm)
  • Visit from St. Joe’s Hawk and cheerleaders (6:00pm)
  • Ferko String Band performance (6:00pm) 

  • Meet and greet with Woman of the Week host Marilyn Russel from Ben FM 
  • Meet and greet with Marisa Magnatta (above) from WMMR Preston and Steve 
  • National makeup artists from Dior and Borghese
  • Walk-up signature services from Bobbi Brown, Lancome, Kiehl’s, Clinique and others 
  • Expert stylists from BCBG/Max Azria, Buffalo/David Bitton, Guess, Ralph Lauren, Wacoal
  • Custom engraving services by the Prestige Collection of Fragrances 
  • Preview exclusive holiday collection from William Rast
  • Meet an emerging American designer and preview their collection
  • Expert fittings by Wacoal for Support Fit for the Cure
  • Cupcakes and sweets table, bubbly, beer tastings, other treats
  • Settlement Music School performance

Kurilko and Chef Luke Palladino.

Chef Luke Palladino will preview Palladino‘s 
(1934 E. Passyunk Ave., ) by serving up a tasting between 12-2pm
Salmon Gravlax Grissini – breadsticks wrapped with house cured salmon, tobiko caviar

* Adopt a Pig is
a program designed to help children and their families cope as they
face their greatest challenge, fighting cancer. Proceeds benefit a
variety of support services for patients and their families. For more
info, visit
Boys Latin Charter School
is committed to fostering our students’ success through college
graduation by placing the focus on a strong academic foundation. The
school nurtures a community of young men who value academic success,
hard work, and the development of their intellectual, moral, social,
creative, and athletic potential. For more info, or
call (215) 387-5149.
* Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia
ensures that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge,
strengthened by action, and sustained by community. CSC provides a
comprehensive professional program of social and emotional support and
education designed to enhance the mind, body, and spirit of people whose
lives have been affected by cancer at no cost to participants. For more
info, call (215) 879-7733 or visit

* Eldernet of Lower Merion
enables frail elderly and disabled clients in Lower Merion and Narberth
to live in dignity and safety in their own homes for as long as
possible. Through volunteers, social workers and collaborative efforts,
ElderNet provides free medical transportation, friendly visiting,
telephone reassurance, odd jobs, social work assistance, and a food
pantry and wellness nurses to eligible community residents who have
low-moderate incomes. For more info, call 610-525-0706 or visit

* Jewish Relief Agency
is one of the region’s largest hunger relief programs bringing together
1000+ volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to pack deliver food to
over 3,200 low income families in our community. By providing meaningful
and fun events attractive to a broad base of volunteers, JRA satisfies
our unique desire to take care of each other and do good in the world.
For more info, call (610) 660-0190 or visit

* Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
works to progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes (T1D) from
people’s lives until the world is free of T1D. JDRF collaborates with a
wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the
scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better
treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D until it is no longer a threat
to anyone. For more info, call (610) 664-9255 or visit

* Kinney Center for Autism
at St.Joseph’s University educates and trains the autism professionals
of tomorrow, while supporting and serving the individuals and families
affected by autism today. Not only does the Kinney Center provide a
resource for information, networking and advocacy support, but also an
academic major and minor curriculum and hands-on training opportunities
for undergraduate and graduate students interested in working in the
autism field at St. Joseph’s University. For more info, call (610)
660-2170 or visit

* New Covenant Church of Philadelphia
is located on the 42-acre New Covenant Campus, which has been placed on
the National Register of Historic Places. The campus has the advantage
of being one of the few entities with the natural ability and beauty to
serve both the church and the larger Philadelphia community. For more
info, call 215-247-7500 or visit

* Paws and Affection, Inc.
lays the foundation of manners and obedience for dogs to work with
children with disabilities by training them to build confidence in a
multitude of environments. Founded in 2013, Paws and Affection has
crafted a result is that is a well-adjusted, reliable, and secure dog to
increase positive social interactions and reduce stress on the overall
family and household. For more info, email or

* Please Touch Museum
strives to enrich the lives of young children by creating learning
opportunities through play to lay the foundation for a lifetime of
learning and cultural awareness. With nationally recognized programs,
Please Touch encourages a safe, diverse place for children of all
backgrounds to play. For more info, call (215) 581-3181 or visit

* The Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc. is
an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing
the potential of women, and improving the community through the
effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Founded in 1912,
the impact of JLP has contributed over 5 million dollars and 6 million
volunteer hours to the Greater Philadelphia Area. For more info, call
(610) 645-9696 or visit


Ticket Info: Obama to make Philadelphia campaign stop for Wolf on Sunday 11/2/14

Advisory – Philadelphia: President Barack Obama To Headline a Grassroots Event for Tom Wolf 

Philadelphia, PA –
On Sunday, November 2, President Barack Obama will headline a
grassroots event for Tom Wolf to mobilize voters and urge them to vote
on November 4.
WHAT: President Barack Obama To Headline a Grassroots Event for Tom Wolf 
WHEN: Sunday, November 2, 2014 (Doors open to the public at 4:00 PM)
WHERE: Liacouras Center, Temple University, 1776 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA


is a free, ticketed event. Due to space limitations, only a limited
number of tickets will be available on a first come basis.

are available for pickup starting tomorrow, Wednesday, October 29.
Ticket pick up will continue through Saturday, November 1 or until
supplies last.


South Philadelphia Office
1337 Castle Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: 267-279-4393

West Oak Lane Office
7254 Limekiln Pk.
Philadelphia, PA 19138

Montgomery County Office21 E. Airy St
Norristown, PA 19404
Phone: 484-238-0455

Chester County Office37 High St
West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: 610-692-5811

Delaware County Office104 Gayley St
Media, PA 19063
Phone: 215-593-8173

Bucks County Office123 N Broad St, Suite B
Doyelstown, PA 18901
Phone: 215-605-5740

Limited Hours
Liberty City Office1212 Walnut St.
Philadelphia PA 19107
Mon, Wed, & Thurs: 1pm – 9pm
Friday: 1pm – 6pm
Saturday: 12pm – 4pm

(Press release)


Photos: Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP Annual “Real Deal Reception”

On Oct. 7 at Circ Restaurant-Philadelphia Downtown
Marriott, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP hosted its “Real Deal
Reception” for financial clients and friends, held in conjunction with
the Association for Corporate Growth Philadelphia’s
Annual M&A East Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

 Ray Pennacchia (NovaCare), Trish Cashman
(United Way), Kevin Boyle (Stradley Ronon), Karin Copeland (Arts &
Business Council) & Skip Massengill (Robert W. Baird)
Nabila Sajid (Wells Fargo), Gary Scharmett & William Sasso (Stradley Ronon)

 Dan McGonagle, Evan Zwerman & Atif Bostic of Wells Fargo Capital Finance
 William Sasso (Stradley Ronon), Mike Dresnin (Delaware Investments), Bill Pilling & Todd Vanett (Stradley Ronon)
 Julie Murphy (Stradley Ronon), Edward Marchese (Citizens Bank) & Gretchen Santamour (Stradley Ronon)
  Raymond Abbott & Barb Capelli (WSFS), Len Lewis (Rafter Lewis) & Rose Radcliff (National Penn Bank)
(Signature Bank), William Blenderman (North Mill Capital) &
Calvin Navatto (NewStar Business Credit)
Marisa Facciolo, Carolyn Kozlowski, Elizabeth Morgan, Nevin Murkley of BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Ryan McKenzie (Comcast), Chris Scarpa & Chris Rosenbleeth (Stradley Ronon)
  Barry Fein (Capital One), William
(North Mill Capital), Mike Bonner (Stradley Ronon) &
Andrew Thornton (LBC Credit)
 David Joseph (Stradley Ronon), Norman Smith (The Bancorp Bank) & Caroline Gorman (Stradley Ronon)
Miquel Baptista (M&T Bank), Christine McDevitt & Melissa Pang (Stradley Ronon)


Catholic Church Sells Fairmount Convent, Condo’s to Rise in it’s Place, Maybe

Owner of Property 2322-32 Green Street has applied for a permit
to demolish the former St. Francis Convent. The property
is designated as historic by the Philadelphia Historical Commission.


Meeting #1:

The demolitions application has been forwarded to the Commission. Its Architectural committee will consider the application on October 28, 2014 at 9:45 AM Room 578 City Hall.
Meeting #2:

The Commission will consider the application on November 14, 2014 at 9AM Room 18-029 at 1515 Arch Street (Building is behind Love Park & across the Street from Cret Café.).
The Public is invited to these meetings and its comments are welcome.

Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please call the Commission at 215-686-7660.

 I like how they are going for the red brick look.
 They will have a stellar view of the fireworks on July 4th
 The garage is under the building. This is a win, win for the neighborhood. The last person who wanted to build here was the Donor’s For Life Hotel. Which I was all for, but if the owners decided to move then the property would have already been zoned a hotel.

Who Was There: M. Night Shyamalan Hosts #shyamaween to benefit Shyamalan Foundation Last Saturday Night

The King of Scare: M. Night Shyamalan hosted his annual #shyamaween party to benefit the Shyamalan Foundation, whose mission is  “empowering communities, one leader at a time”.

 The party was held at the Mask & Wig Club 310 S Quince St. A limited
number of tickets were available to the public, and they also auctioned
off a pair of tickets (via Charity Buzz) and entrance to the private
VIP party which was held at someone’s house before the party started.

Professional Poker Player, shoe collector Beth Shak and M. Night Shyamalan

 Preston Elliot, WMMR, Rachel Elliot,Vasiliki Tsiouris, Opa Restaurant, and Marisa Magnatta, WMMR.
Boston Circus entertainers

  Beth Shak (Most possibly one of the new Rittenhouse Square Housewives.
The title of which is really called “The Square.”)

Photos: National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms

What is NAMWOLF you ask?  No, it’s not some hybrid animal that is making
a special appearance at the Philadelphia Zoo this year but rather
something entirely more interesting than that.  NAMWOLF stands for the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms which is a
non-profit trade organization whose mission is to foster and promote
diversity among use of outside counsel by Fortune 500 organizations and
public entities.  Lawyers from Philadelphia and all of the country had the opportunity to learn firsthand  at the 10th Annual Meeting and Law Firm Expo at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott.
 Jessica Mazzeo of Griesing Law (key person responsible for bringing this high profile meeting to Philadelphia. ) and Jane Kalata of Namwolf.
 Rodney Akers Deputy General Counsel for the Governor of PA’s office, Fran Griesing founder of Griesing Law, and Joel Stern CEO of Namwolf.
NAMWOLF was founded in 2001 and has over 120 member firms located
across the country including Puerto Rico.  The process to become a
member firm is extensively vetted to include only top tier diverse-owned
firms.  Some of the criteria include being properly certified by either
NMSDC or WBENC as a minority or woman-owned law firm, respectively,
having a minimum of three full time attorneys and being able to provide
favorable client references from corporations within the Fortune 500.  
 Alva Mather, Kate Legge, Fran Griesing, and Ashley Kenney Shea all of Griesing Law.
 Dave Ganz of Bertone Piccini, Anthony Gay of Exelon BSC, and Hope D’Oyley-Gay of Glaxo.
  Ashley Kenney Shea and  Kate Legge of Griesing Law
 Marianne Schimelfenig General Counsel of St. Joseph’s University and Alva Mather of Griesing Law
 Pamela Harper, Fran Griesing, and Janice Brow
 Anthony Sifre and Jessica Mazzeo.
Virginia Kim, Steve Chung, and Dina Leytes of Griesing Law.
(Thanks to Mike Hirata for shooting this client party.)

#NewRetail South Street Celebrity Dance Studio Opens In November – Millennium Dance Complex

Millennium Dance Complex is coming to Philadelphia, South Street to be precise in the old Pearl Art & Craft Center at 417 South Street, Philadelphia, 19147

The Millennium Dance Complex is known worldwide as the premiere studio
of the commercial dance world and is widely referred to as a ‘the place
where it all happens’.

Although the studio’s A-list clientele and a
faculty of the most sought after dancers and choreographers in the world
has catapulted MILLENNIUM to a global brand, it still remains notably
grounded, welcoming and dedicated to the highest level of service and

Opening weekend will see classes
by instructors that have choreographed for Mariah Carey, Justin
Timberlake, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Beyonce, Stomp the Yard, Step Up 2: The
Streets, So You Think You Can Dance, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros, Dancing
with the Stars, Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Dance Moms.

The rooms have gotten a makeover mural. 
Owner Lori Long is excited for the opening of the new dance studio.
This news is one of several recent exciting development projects for the District:
* The Garden of Eden grocery store announced plans to open on the 200 block 
* Construction has now started on the District’s first hotel by Precision Realty Group
* A Midtown Village retailer will soon announce plans to open a second major space in the district
Several long-time staples are being renovated (Copabanana,
Ishkabibble’s), new spots have opened/re-opened (Tuk Tuk Real, South
Terminal Market, Alleged Pizza), and others yet to come
(Photos Lauren Mame Thomas )

LAST NIGHT’S PARTIES: Zarwin Baum & Citrin Cooperman Celebrity Casino Night & Funky Bresta

Hope you caught my earlier entry about the opening of Century 21. Long story short, with an important lesson, I went hiking in August. My legs got scratch walking through Tinicum Park trying to photograph a few birds. The briar cut me, but I thought I had poison ivy. I later got an infection, but thought I was too busy to take care of it as it was the Social Season. Last week I got a high fever, I thought I had the flu, it turns out it was my infection going to the next level. Went to the doctors and they freaked out, sent me to the ER (UofP) where they had me wait for 7hrs before they saw me. That was annoying. So I am doing heavy antibiotics, and bed rest or they want me in the hospital for a 4 day antibiotic drip. So I don’t want that. Thanks so much to my sister Janine for contacting my clients, for arranging other photographers to take the jobs I was going to shoot. That was a herculean feat. Thanks to Mike Hirata for shooting about 6 events I was schedule to shoot, and Christie Honigman for shooting the two events last night.

Last night Thursday, October 23, 2014, Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. joined Citrin Cooperman in hosting  (Larry Giuffra is concentrating on the win.)
the 3rd
Annual Celebrity Casino Night, benefiting
Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania, at the Crystal Tea Room. In it’s 2nd year at the CTR, collectively in years 1 and 2, the event has raised $38,000 ($15K in 2012 and $23K in 2013) . This year’s event netted $30,000 – which means we topped last
year’s efforts by $7,000!

Sharon Kaplan, and Mitchell Kaplan, Zarwin Baum
“Zarwin Baum is proud to partner with Citrin Cooperman again this year for Celebrity Casino Night,” said Zarwin
Baum managing shareholder, Mitchell Kaplan. “Every day, Easter Seals
shows its commitment to helping individuals with special needs. As both
our firm and Citrin Cooperman consistently think outside the box in
creating charitable events that support our region’s greatest
organizations, Casino Night gives countless others the chance to do the
Evan and Lynsie Solomon.
Hollis Thomas (Who just lost a spot at the Wing Bowl to Tony Luke, Jr. after a “wing off” at Flat Iron Grill in South Philly,) BJ Hoffman, Mike Mamula, Kevin Ryan, Mark Carrow and Daryl Bacchi
Chip Roman, Amanda Roman, Leah Patterson and Kate Nitshe
Vasiliki Tsouris, Opa restaurant and Marisa Magnatta, WMMR

  Lindsay Furman and Whitney Thomas
Jack Levine and Mark Maletti
 Perry Milou whipping up another creation.

Using ‘funny money’ featuring the faces of Zarwin Baum and Citrin Cooperman partners, guests tested their luck on a variety of casino games such as poker, blackjack and Texas Hold’em

 Guest, Fox 29 peeps: Mike Jerrick, Alex Holley and Alisa Ingram (Frick)
 Vasiliki Tsouris, Opa restaurant, Marisa Magnatta, WMMR and Lynsie Solomon.

 Kevin Ryan, Citrin, Jim Cleary, and Chuck Dowds
 Randyl Case, Comcast Sportsnet’s John Clark and Marshall Harris with Molly Sullivan, 76ers sideline reporter.

Molly was on hand at the unveiling if the new Sixers cheerleading squad’s appearance dresses designed by Nicole Miller at the Bellevue on Wednesday. Mary K. Dougherty, owner of Nicole Miller Philadelphia, with a Sixers jersey which was presented to her.

 Stacey Kracher and Billy Nigro
 Mark Carrow, Citrin Cooperman, Darwin R. Beauvais – Zarwin Baum , Gervase Peterson, Owner – Burnz Cigar Vault & Lounge, and Mike Jerrick, Fox 29’s Good Day Philly.

feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to support an extraordinary
organization like Easter Seals of Southeastern PA,” said
Mark Carrow,
managing partner of Citrin Cooperman’s Philadelphia office. “By
partnering with Zarwin Baum, we are able to
assist this great organization as they work to guarantee equal
opportunities for all people with disabilities and special needs in our

CJ Honigman, The Honigman Group and Chef Chip Roman, Treemont
Then PhillyChitChat’s newest photographer headed over to Penn 6 where they were celebrating Halloween with
 Funky Brusta Night.
 Tim Adams holding court.
 The place was packed. The curse is broken, I don’t want to jinx the place, but Penn 6 is doing awesome compared to the other eateries that set up shop here.
Penn 6 has an extensive craft beer selection. Opening this week is their sister bar/restaurant Tap House Logan Square. I’ve seen the nearly open eatery and it’s gorgeous.

The other big party of the night was Philadelphia Magazine’s Whiskey Fest. I think it was the first time in 5 years that I missed it.
We’ll have more on this party as PCC photog Mike Hirata was on hand to photograph the Woodford Whiskey Contest and the rest of the party goers at Philly Mag’s annual event. Stay tune for that next week. Have an awesome weekend, get out and enjoy this weather. Put the top down and check out the fall foliage.