Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We wear purple beads to say we are a survivor and we are glad to be here.

I read today of another young person who took their life, I went to their FB page and I saw the out pouring of love and shock from their friends. I wonder are we doing enough out there to tell people, kids, the depressed, that they are loved, they are wanted, they will be missed if they leave us.


 On October 5th, nearly 5,000 people walked in the memory of their loved ones who left us too soon, nearly 10 percent of them walked in honor of themselves, survivors of the negative message some of us allow to seep into our souls and cause us to think the world is a better place without us.
There was a group of Penn Students there walking for all their college peers who have committed suicide over the past few years, notably Madison Holleran who killed herself nearly a year ago by jumping off of the parking garage at 15th and Spruce.



 Participants were able to grab a pin and write their loved ones name on it and wear it proudly.


 There was a beading station where folks could create bracelets with their loved ones name on it.
 We wear beads to represent who has died, a parent, sibling, loved one or friend. We wear purple beads to say we are a survivor and we are glad to be here.

 The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is pleased to honor AFSP Regional Director Patricia Gainey (below left) and AFSP Supporter Craig Robinson with Trailblazer Awards 



at its fifth annual Masquerade Ball to be held November 15, 2014. (Pax Tandon, Positive Psychology Expert leading the stretching exercises.)

AFSP Masquerade Ball

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM (PST)

King of Prussia, PA


 A young man talked of his struggles and how he is winning at life today.
 They walk in the honor of veterans, who put their lives on the line for our freedom.
 5,000 strong, from every walk of life, to tell you they care.
 
Catherine Siciliano (AFSP) with team leaders tell the participants who they are walking for...
 the stories that will break your heart
 and stories that will encourage you to go on.
 In the first year 25 people came to the walk, mid point they were at a thousand, now suicide awareness is out of the closet and we walk 5,000 strong.









 The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Philadelphia Chapter has done an amazing job to get the word out, but there biggest asset was bringing Garden Wellington on board as PR. Tragically Garden has been touched by suicide as her brother took his life a few years ago. She passionately got behind the AFSP and has been able to raise it's profile to the point where the national board gave Philadelphia the prestigious Overnight Walk this past summer, where nearly 3,000 people came from around the world to walk 17 miles in 17 hours.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Photos: Square 1682 The Great Philly Cheesesteak Challenge

quare 1682 is celebrating its fifth anniversary this Sunday, October 12, with a culinary block party along Sansom Street. But this isn’t just a party. It’s also a heated competition.
The Great Philly Cheesesteak Challenge is a delicious way for some of Philly’s best culinary minds to showcase their rendition of a city classic, the cheesesteak. Chefs from Rex 1516, Barren Hill Tavern, Bainbridge Street Barrel House, Devil’s Den, Circles Contemporary Thai, and more will throwdown and whip up some great steaks wit and witout.
And of course you’ll need something to help wash down all those cheesesteaks. Lucky for you, a cocktail competition has been added to the celebration this year. Bartenders from a.kitchen + bar, Crow and the Pitcher, Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., 1 Tippling Place, Oyster House and Red Owl Tavern will compete for both the judges’ love and yours. Sample them all, and vote for the people’s choice award. There will also be beer by Victory Brewing Co. and samples from local distiller, Manatawny Still Works.
- See more at: http://philly.thedrinknation.com/articles/read/13530-High-Steaks-at-The-Great-Philly-Cheesesteak-Challenge-Cocktail-Competition-Oct-12#sthash.b04TSU0H.dpuf
Square 1682 is celebrated its fifth anniversary this Sunday, October 12, with a culinary block party along Sansom Street. But this isn’t just a party. It’s also a heated competition.  The Great Philly Cheesesteak Challenge is a delicious way for some of Philly’s best culinary minds to showcase their rendition of a city classic, the cheesesteak. Chefs from Rex 1516, Barren Hill Tavern, Bainbridge Street Barrel House, Devil’s Den, Circles Contemporary Thai, and more will throwdown and whip up some great steaks wit and witout. 

The judges for the days event: Adam Schmidt, Drink Philly, Laura Burkhardt, Where Magazine, Geno Vento, James Zale, Visit Philly, and Foobooz's own Art Etchells.
 Music by Technical V.

 Jimmy Kolzow, Sonia Kolzow and Hugo.
 Chef Caitlin Mateo from Square 1682.
 Naval Academy Midshipmen Michael Tereo and Yaroslav Khanas.
 Philabundance representatives: Caryn Rubinstein, Liz Edelen, and Joe Sperlanto.
 Amber Wanner, Charles Wiedenmann, and Karin Wolok.
 James Zeleniak, Punch Media (PR for Square 1682) Geno Vento, (Geno is finishing up the Restaurant School. It'll be interesting to see what he does next.) and Kylie Flett.
 Good to see Laura Burkhardt out and about. Since she's adopted her puppy, she rarely ventures out of the neighborhood. i don't blame her he's adorable.
There was also a cocktail competition this year. Bartenders from a.kitchen + bar, Crow and the Pitcher, Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., 1 Tippling Place, Oyster House and Red Owl Tavern will compete for both the judges’ and guests votes.
Generally left-leaning ice-cream company Ben and Jerry’s has refused to rename its “Hazed and Confused” hazelnut ice-cream flavor despite cries from activists that it’s insensitive to hazing victims.
“It didn’t make sense for us to change the name,” Ben and Jerry’s spokesman Sean Greenwood told Bloomberg. “We named it after a pop-culture reference.”

Alison Kessler, Jenine Neff, Kylie Flett, and David Neff.

 The Barren Hill Brewery crew: Rich Benussi, Paul Trowbridge, and Chris Leete.

 Ken Swain and Maggie Carmody.
 Elizabeth Quinn and Michael Budzilowicz.
 Amanda Kryspin, Mary Karcher, and Lynda Karcher.



 The Franklin Mortgage team: Alison Hangen, Mariko Honda, and Colin O’Neill.

And The Winners Are:
Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery won Judges Choice with Short Rib with bone marrow and caramelized onion. 
Davio's won People's Choice with their Cheesesteak Spring Rolls 

Cocktail Competition: 
Lindsey Krueger of Oysterhouse won Judges Choice
Colin O'Neil from Franklin Mortgage won People's Choice.