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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