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Election Day and The Best Dressed Election Night Party Ever

Crazy busy past couple days.

 Yesterday was election day, and I decided at the last minute to go check out 4th Street Deli, where for years it was traditional for politicians, those in office and those running for office, would break bread at noon. I had gone in the past and everyone went, this year it seemed to be more of the new guard, and the traditionalists.

I knew Allan Domb was going and to me he was a candidate I really wanted to win. I’ve known him for about a decade, much better in the past year or so, but I’ve always really liked him. I know a little bit about his story, rags to riches, and that doesn’t happen over night. It happens with a lot of hard work. A guy who’s known him a lot longer than I, is Mark Howard, former newsman from 6ABC. Seems he and Allan were once roommates in earlier years. Who’s writing that book?

David Cohen and George Norcross chatting
Although Kenney never showed, his big head did. Seems Kenney and the new/old guard headed to Relish, which was his fav spot during the primaries too. Some grumbled that this might be the last of the big time gatherings as it represents the old style of politics. I kinda like traditions, if you really wanted to get rid of some relics from the past how about that Rizzo statue at the MSB building, Anywho…
 Larry Platt, Buzz Bissinger Allan Domb chat with Michael E. Harris Executive Director South Street, Elliott Curson and others
Lynne Abraham greets an old friend

Lynne Abraham, former DA, Mark Segal, PGN, Jeff Guaracino, executive director Atlantic City Alliance chat with former mayor Bill Green, Sen Larry Farnese (far r)

 Alice Dubow arrives

David Maser greets Sen Larry Farnese

if this is the old guard politicians, I don’t want this tradition to end.
Buzz Bissinger, who last wrote the an extensive article in Vanity Fair on Caitlyn Jenner,  David Cohen, VP Comcast, South Jersey’s George E. Norcross III, The
chairman of Cooper University Healthcare, Larry Platt, The Philadelphia Citizen, former mayor Bill Green, at Neil Oxman’s table.


 That night I headed to Allan Domb’s Election Night Party, don’t call it Victory Party cause even during this “speech”, Allan wasn’t taking a chance to declare victory, although it was nearing 10PM.

The man who is the silent investor in Starr restaurants, held his party at the former Star Group’s headquarters, a building Allan Domb owns. You can rent the 18, 000 sq foot office yourself for $45,000 a month.

Dave Masar, Nina Tinari and Michael Schulson
 Schlessinger’s Deli

Carol Tinari, Paul Rosen and Nino Tinari

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, John Colabelli and Bart Blatstein

 Vegan Chicken Sandwich from Hip City Veg

Jonathan Saidel, Larry Farnese and Allan Domb

Joe Sirbak, Matt Fontana, Kevin Brown, Steve Lutterill, Ready Set Go

Arielle Kerstein, Nicole Faux, Debbie Haltzman and Melissa Valenti

Dr, Harold Yaffe and Alan Epstein, Esq.

Anne Wakabayashi and Alex Rutter

Check out the profile for the former Star Group property HERE

Philadelphia

Philadelphia Style Magazine Hot List Party “Style in Wonderland” 2015

PHILADELPHIA STYLE invited guests to join
Publisher John Colabelli and Editor in Chief Kristin Detterline to the magazine’s
11th Annual Best of Style Party.

This year’s theme was, “Style in Wonderland”, which immersed guests in an Alice in Wonderland ambiance set inside the expansive and picturesque Kimmel Center.

 More
than 1,500 guests dressed to impress and experience an evening of
extravagance with notable Philadelphia socialites, dignitaries and
celebrities. It was a great venue for such a huge party.

 A stunning array of stylish cocktails,
hors d’oeuvres, and desserts were enjoyed

  in addition to an
exclusive casino room presented by Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. All
proceeds from the casino room will benefit the Borgata Heart & Soul
Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to
impacting the lives of others in a positive way through supporting
community, health and human services, culture and education.

The 2015
Best of Style Party is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Audi Dealers. I heard there was an Audi VIP VIP room, but I couldn’t find it. I asked someone where it was and they told me the whole party was a VIP Party. But I still missed a whole bunch of people like the hosts. Although in my defense I only stayed one hour as I am still reeling from this summer cold, and it was Mike’s Bday. So bummed I didn’t take any pixs of him and he looked so cute in his new glasses, from Eye Encounters owned by Billy Nigro, who I saw for a fleeting moment. 

 Who did I see, well legendary Jade Starling, looking as fabulous as ever. Jade tells me she’s been touring this past year since she released her CD “Captive”, and several of the songs were hot on Billboard.

 Brendan Smith (Smith’s, Vesper and  with Salvatore D’Angelo and Michelle DeVecchis DiMatteo at D’Angelo’s Ristorante Italiano and Lounge.

Smith and his partners are opening up a second The Milk House Restaurant, next to Smiths, in the old Matyson restaurant. Smith tells me on the weekend they’ll have late hours closing at 3AM.

 Michael and Bruce Shannon stopped by for a bit
Red hot was definitely the color of the night: 
Lauren Schneider and Jennifer Galle, Valley Forge Casino Resort. Lots happening at the western suburbs casino, besides great gaming, they have a pool, Valley Beach, during the day swim and sunbathe, at night it turns into a nightclub with dancing. I was there last week and it was crowded. The foods good too.
 Noel Zayas, Vasiliki Tsiouris, co-owner of Opa, Sheena Parveen and Anzio Williams.
 Jillian Mele and Laura Elliott

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman,
who was celebrating her daughter Jenna Furman‘s 21st birthday. 

 Lisa Silveri and Barbara Ann Zippi, producer of the TV show Ciao Bella Living Italian Style, has lots of segments coming up on the Pope’s visit to Philly.
 Regina Tuchinsky and Alexander Mason Hankin, shortly after this photo was taken the duo jetted to Les Hamptons est le terrain de jeu de Chavs en Amérique, hopefully Alexander found his socks.



 Newly married Katie English Gagnon still glowing from her fabulous wedding and honeymoon in Greece posed with the Queen of Hearts and sister Kerry English.
 Holden Hummel and Betsy Hummel
Joanna Jatkowska, Kasia Hopek, Rachel Bryn, and Daina Iaman

Newly minted couple, as in FB status changes: Thomas Ashley and Danielle Robinson
 In  the photo booth
This was one of the best, Best of Philly Style Magazine parties ever. So many people, so much food, amazing decor and event planning by Nichole Maurer, Business Development Coordinator at Niche Media, LLC, who with her team conceptualized the entire night and pulled it together.
Matty Benigno and wife Cristina Potito, together they co-own Potito’s Bakery
Will Moscowitch and Chelsea Blasco
Courtney Sze, The Geisha House (149 N 3rd St), Andrienne Volpetti, Baked Sunless Tans 
(815 S 4th St,) (Both ladies are wearing dresses from The Geisha House)
, Ginger Dochner and Andrew Volpetti
Stephanie Stahl, CBS 3 and The CW Philly 57’s Emmy Award-winning medical specialist with Jim Donovan is a 13-time Emmy Award-winning consumer reporter whose honors … reporter for the “On Your Side” consumer unit at CBS 3 and The CW Philly.
Keith Kovalevich, Lindsay Kravitz, Erica Heilman and Ron Hansen.

Matt Vlahos (2nd from right) holds court with the men from Suits Supply and a new man on his arm?

Chris May and wife Lea looking forward to traveling this summer before announcing any news.
Nestor and Cecilia Torres, Casa Papel
Amber-Joi Watkins and Tom Domalski
Dave Warren Fox 29 wife Ali Frick Jeff Skversky 6ABC and wife Mandy Skversky

Ali Gorman, Wendy Saltzman, Eva Pilgrim, Justin Pizzi, Melissa Magee, Nicole Michalik and Kristy Sevag

Steve Wheatley, Steve Elis, Jennifer Shamy and Shawn Johnson, of Delilah’s

A few of the people I did miss: Kate Bilo, Christie Honigman, Nicole Brewer, Jessica Dean, Ukee Washington, Meisha Johnson, Erika von Tiehl, Kristin Detterline, 

Jill Rizen (who wins the internet with the above photo), 
 

Sara Kelly and Garrett Olthuis


Natalie Egonolff, Susie Celek, Mary Dougherty, Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz. 

Chef Robert Bennett of Classic Cake in Cherry Hill.
Robert Fung, President at Robbini Bespoke and Aida Sparta
Nancy and Mark Feldshuh 
Nancy and Angela
Jeff Lankenau and Jimmy Cameron, Slice Pizza
Drew “The Mayor” Carballo (glad to see him back at DelFrisco’s), Brian Taylor, guests and Alp Aktan
Anthony Vittese and Kate Beaver (in another interesting outfit. You’ll recall that in 2013 she made a splash at Hair of the Dog in this number, with Anthony on her arm.) Over the weekend they headed to the shore were there where there was a party going on at the Princeton.

Vittoria Woodill and Matt Schenk, speaking of the shore, catch Tori at the Shore this summer on CBS3 Philly. Reporting on the going ons at our favorite beach resorts. 

Potito’s Bakery created the centerpiece cake for the party, as well as all the cannoli’s
Check out the rest of the Cut and Paste shots here
Philadelphia

Details of the New Observation Tower at Liberty One – Press Conference with the Principles, views, cafe news and more

Tourism officials from various organizations throughout the
City were on hand yesterday as Mayor Nutter and global tourism operator
Montparnasse 56 announced the newest tourist attraction for Center City
Philadelphia yesterday at a press conference in Conversation Hall in City Hall:
Philadelphia’s first large-scale observation deck at One Liberty Place,

scheduled
to open in Summer of 2015. Montparnasse 56 (or M56) is a Parisian-based company
that operates observation decks in the John Hancock Tower in Chicago (Chicago
360), The Pierrelatte Crocodile Park (Rhone Valley, France), Fernsehturm /
Berlin TV Tower (Berlin, Germany) and the Montparnasse 56 Tower in Paris — will
be building the observation deck on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place in
downtown Philadelphia. (One Liberty stands 61 stories.)

Stewart Brown, GM, One Liberty Place and The Shops at Liberty Place, Thomas M. Dempsey, Senior VP at METROPOLIS Investment Holdings Inc. and Jill Scarlett, Retail Shops Manager, Shops at Liberty Place, where the gift shop and ticket booth will be located.
Alex DuFrayne, PHLCVB, Christina Cassidy, PHLCVB, and Megan Ungar, PHLCVB. (one the subject of new, the girls are excited to move into their new offices next week at 16th and Market
Streets)
 Opening in summer
2015, the unnamed observation project is underway and they are hard at work
designing a truly unique and beautiful new way for visitors and locals to view
Philadelphia. What should we call it? (CakeCinema photo)
Mark Ladley, En Route, Bill Gehrman, Founder & President En Route, Laura Burkhardt, Where Magazine, Sam Agoos, En Route, James Zeleniak, Punch Media and Will Andrew.
Brûlée Catering by Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix and Liz Difrancesco, Brûlée Catering catered the press conference, and are a contender for the potential cafe at the new observation deck.
Paul R. Levy President and CEO of Center City District, and Jack Ferguson, PHLCVB President + CEO.
Diane McGraw,  ‎Executive Director of PA Travel, Tourism and Film and Meryl Levitz, CEO of Visit Philly
Evan Evans, GM of Montparnasse 56 Philadelphia greets the guests as Patrick Abisseror, CEO of Montparnasse 56 and Eric  Deutsch, VP Montparnasse 56 USA look on. (Evan told me that he’s excited in his new position, you’ll recall he opened Le Meridien hotel on Arch Street, and before that was associated with the Bellevue as well as working with the Starr organization. Congrats to him.)
Patrick Abisseror, CEO of Montparnasse 56 flew in from Paris to attend the press conference. He’s watched the growth of Philadelphia, with it’s many possibilities. His observation towers have been the number one tourist destinations in each city they are located and know that the same will hold true in Philadelphia.

 Currently Philadelphia has one tourist observation deck at the
top of City Hall (40 stories, which will remain opened as well, go to Room 121 for
tickets & a tour of the building), but with the expanding
skyline another one at Liberty One will give a more expansive view of
the City,
as well as will be open later in the evening as well as on weekends
(City Hall closes at 4:30PM and is not opened on the weekend or
holidays.) 

 Although no price was mentioned yesterday, at Chicago 360, general admission prices ranged from youth $12 (3 yrs old to 11
yrs old) to adults (12yrs+) $18.

Mayor Nutter reads the proclamation in honor of the new observation tower as  Patrick Abisseror, CEO of Montparnasse 56 and Eric  Deutsch, VP Montparnasse 56 USA look on.

There are plans for a café at the Philadelphia
location, but won’t be in place until after the opening of the observation
center (which should be opened in time for the Pope’s mass on the Parkway.) Look for champagne nights, and Wine nights with the sunset and small bites. This will be as much of a Philadelphia destination as it is for tourists.
PS And rumor has it that a new restaurant will open in the next year (2016) on the 58th floor.