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February 2013


Kacie McDonnell , Marisa Magnatta, Laura Burkhardt, Brian Sims and Maria Papadakis: Cheer for Prohibition

In the “spirit” of the National Constitution Center’s world-premiere exhibition,
American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, Philadelphia’s top
bartenders will compete to create the “Best ’20s-inspired cocktail” using Blue Coat Gin,
hand crafted by Philadelphia Distilling, as their primary ingredient.

Their creations were judged by popular Philadelphia personalities including
Laura Burkhardt, WHERE Magazine Publisher; Marisa Magnatta, Associate Producer of WMMR’s Preston and Steve Morning Show;
Brian Sims, Pennsylvania State Representative. Maria Papadakis, Emmy award-winning media personality
and host of “Out and About” on; and   FOX 29 traffic reporter
Kacie McDonnell serves as emcee. 

 Maria Farricielli, Fox 29’s Business Development Account Manager. and Margaret Cronan, Chief Communications Officer at National Constitution Center
About American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition – Now
through April 28, 2013, the era of flappers and suffragists,
bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al
Capone and Carry Nation vividly
come to life in the National Constitution Center’s world-premiere exhibition
American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
(I saw it, it was fascinating.)
Mixologist Nate Churchill, XIX restaurant and bar, tells me he created his prohibition drink in about a minute.
He’s a big fan of Bluecoat and knew which ingredients would work well with the gin, lemon juice, fresh OJ, dashes bitters, and honey. He then poured it in a mason jar, as this was the prohibition era and that was what people might drink cocktails in back them.

 Then there was Stephen Diaz’s “The Red Fizz Charleston”, made with 2oz Bluecoat, 1oz Germain, his own reciepe of fresh raspberry syrup topped off with a dry Brut champagnes and a twist of lemon and fresh raspberries on a skewer.

 A recent addition to Palomar Hotel’s Square 1682, Chaucey Scates’ created the popular “Powder Room Punch” with gin, cointreau, jasmine tea, lemon grenadine, peychaunds bitters and angostura bitters.

 Finally house bartender, Bess Gulliver created “The Jazz Baby”, gin, Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth with Pierre Reeand and Dry Orange Curacao, Averna Amaro garnished with a flamed orange peel.

 South Philly Fashionista blogger Michelle Boyles, Julie Shannon, Editorial Events Coordinator for Metro US, Delsea football beat writer, foodie, fitness guru and Philly sports and Anna Aagenes, Greater Philadelphia Area – District Office Director, Office of Representative Brian Sims

Lisa Bass, Bourse Building (Who tells me she loves the Blue Coat as it’s not real ginny) and Lisa Breen

 It was good to catch up with Karen Gross, a former Where Magazine editor that works at the Constitution Center, but is also pursuing a cabaret singing career divides her time between Philly and Manhattan in pursuit of that goal, with Laura Burkhart, Where Magazine publisher.

 Rudy Fleisher, Here’s My Chance (PS I didn’t notice his flawless finger nails til late, I would have asked him if he were a typist?)

Michelle Boyles and Brett Copol both of Metro Philly Newspaper

Alison Young, Vice President of External Affairs at the National Constitution Center and Brian Sims, Pennsylvania State Representative.

Laurel Fairworth,  President at Cachet Communications and Kathy Zapp, Of Montgomery Media

 Kacie McDonnell, Fox 29 Traffic and Maria Papadakis, plus has become a regular contributor to Fox 29 Good Day Philly. Prizes were awarded in two categories—Judge Favorite and Guest Favorite.  

The Guest Favorite will win an annual membership to the National Constitution
Center. And the winner is The Ritz Carlton Fizz!!

 Happy February Birthday to Matt Vlahos, Vlahos PR (2/28), Sarah Cooper Bobersky (2/8) and Big Rube Harley (2/23)

 Adam Judeh, GM XIX restaurant, winning bartender Nate Churchill thanking the organizers, Maria Papadakis, Marisa Magnatt and Brian Sims. Adam Judeh tells me that Orange Blossom will now be served at the XIX bar. (The Judge’s Favorite will receive
an annual membership to the National Constitution Center; a one night’s stay at the Hotel Monaco; a
With Love gift bag, courtesy of and the Greater
Philadelphia Marketing and Tourism Corporation; and a feature on the
National Constitution Center’s website.)

Sunset from the Stratus Lounge. Can’t wait until summer, this place is going to be kickin it

 Then Laura and I headed to Red Owl Tavern for a bite to eat. OMG the Chicken Pot Pie keeps getting better and better. I highly recommend it, as I do the

The curry mussels.

Fashion Friday Night Out – Kembrel’s Replica is Brillant and US U.S. Parties PLUS A RAW Deal

It seemed like it was Fashion Friday Night Out last week as the FBH Philadelphia Fashion Week hosted their 2nd night of runway delectable’s in Northern Liberties and I found myself  running to a few spots in town.

I knew it would be a fun night of fashion as I ran into Sabir Peele as I exited the bus. Sabir is the founder and creative director of the popular Men’s Style Pro blog, where
he models the latest in men’s fashion and doles out advice. It’s a family affair as his wife takes all the photos for the site. Recently he came out with his own shoe line, which he tells me is doing well.

Mike and I hit Kembrel first for their one year anniversary.

Kembrel has two stores in the City, the other is near 12th and Locust. They sell men’s and women’s clothes and accessories. I saw a lot of great shirts, for Mike, cause you know I only wear black.

Chad Boonswang and Ron Hansen

Katie English and Christie Honigman arrive to go party hopping with us.  These two gals could have their own blog with the styles they wear every day.

Fashion Forward
The gift bag is coming back. During the height of the recession, gift bags seemed to have disappeared, now they’re back. That’s a good sign.

Then we headed over to Replica Creative for the PHS Flower Show with  PHS President, Drew Becher, Keith Leaphart, brand manager at Replica Creative and The Philadelphia Flower Show 2013 chair Steven Bessellieu  with an
hourly light and sound show.

PHS officials, Sam Lemheney, Lisa Stefano and guest

The largest indoor flower show in the nation, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is going to be “Brilliant!” in its 184th year.
Capturing the majestic beauty and creative inspiration of Great
Britain, displays at this year’s Flower Show will pay tribute to
centuries of inspiring, influential design sense of London.
Visitors will be greeted by the scent of thousands of English roses
at the Royal palace gates, which open to the show’s grand centerpiece: a
sculptural, digitally enhanced rendition of Big Ben, complete

Then we headed over to the US*U.S One Year Anniversary Party.
Jeffrey Bussmann and designer Lobo Mau Designer Nicole Haddad 
Donna Mitchell wearing designer Lele Tran

@ Us U. S. ONE YEAR Anniversary party in old city w/@chonigman @kerryE @kristynmarie22  and KatieEnglish and designer Lele Tran showing the girls all the different ways you can wear her custom mad scarf. There’s at least 4 ways. Here’s a fun article on about Lele and her unique showroom.

Ian Michael Crumm, Mr John and Donna Cristino
Christie Honigman, Katie English, Kristyn Aldrich and Kerry English
Ross Ericsson, Laura Galindo, and Brent Ericsson

Frederick Calalang is the City Director for RAW: natural born artists Philadelphia and designer Mariel Rojo. THE RUMORS ARE TRUE! BOYD TINSLEY OF DAVE
MATTHEWS BAND is playing a show at RAW, and they are screening his
new film Faces In The Mirror.
As usual RAW is pullin’ out all the stops for our live show; with 4 bands, fashion designers showcasing
on the runway, body painters, visual artists, painters, photographers,
and more. So come see Philly’s version of America’s Got Talent tomorrow
at LIT

 Then we headed over to Ela for dinner. Kristyn, Kerry, Christie, Kory, Teresa, Katie and Mike


Kendra Wilkinson Baskett (& maybe Julie Dorenbos) Swaps Lives With Kate Gosselin Tonight

Tonight is Kendra Wilkinson Baskett ‘s Celebrity Wife Swap with Kate Gosselin on ABC at 8pm. Julie Dorenbos, who has appeared on the E! Kendra show, traveled to Kate Gosselin’s home to visit Kendra while she was playing mommy to Kate’s kids.


It was exhausting, but Julie said the kids were adorable and loved Kendra. I can’t wait to see how easily Kate slides into Kendra’s Hollywood life, a life that Kate seems to desire a great deal. 

Word on the street is there is an epic blow up that would make Krystal and Alexis blush. “Celebrity Wife Swap” starts its second season Tuesday, 2/26 at 8 PM on ABC.