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Anticipating a visit from someone as esteemed as the Pope, El Papa, in the fifth largest American city, Philadelphia, is no minor event. The preparations are so extensive, it is mind boggling to the average citizen. Arriving for a weekend visit may not sound the trumpet, but certainly it requires nothing less. It is expected that over 2 million people will come to see the Pope in person, with many more watching remotely online and via television.

 

Pope Francis, or Papa Francesco in Italian, the language of the Vatican in Rome, will be visiting the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, PA on Saturday September 26 through Sunday September 27, 2015.Photo: slate.com

 

His eminence coming to town, though absolutely appreciated by the volume of onlookers and admirers, unfortunately can also invite religious and political extremists, or others with their own insane agenda. The biggest fear is perhaps that of “lone wolf” terror.

 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated the Philadelphia papal visit as a National Special Security Event. This means that the Secret Service takes the lead in running and maintaining safety issues. However, there are 20 different subcommittees, each covering a separate area, including transportation, government and airspace.

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has also developed a recovery plan, should a disaster befall the area. The surrounding counties have all come together and are participating with public safety officials. Both uniformed and plain clothes officers have come forward to supplement the otherwise thin Philadelphia police and federal Secret service.

 

The city itself has shut down, effective Thursday, with plans to eventually reopen, but not until the following Tuesday, September 29. This visit impacts every aspect of the city, from front and center, top to bottom, inside and out.

 

Transportation and parking restrictions, in addition to overall access to the city, have been in place since September 20th.

 

The Pope Francis visit impacts the city of Philadelphia including the following municipal closures:


  • City Hall

  • City Courts

  • Public Schools

  • Ben Franklin Bridge (closing Friday night)

  • Ben Franklin Parkway

  • Vine Street Expressway

 

Coinciding with the papal visit is the World Meeting of Families, also occurring in Philadelphia this year. The World Meeting of Families comes together every three years, since its inception in 1993 when it was created by the then Pope John Paul II.

 

The combined impact on Philadelphia has brought safety consultants into the city, where their services and expertise have been, unquestionably, in demand. No doubt the Pope himself is the dominant safety concern, and every stone has been turned, every nook and cranny inspected and security is on high alert. Other dignitaries are also present to meet and greet the Pope, requiring their own security details. It is not just a matter of crowd control and street closures.

 

College campuses in Philadelphia are also closed, most notably the University of Pennsylvania. Campus security should also be involved in safety planning, particularly where campus security issues interface with those of the city, according to one safety consultant.

 

Over a million visitors are anticipated to pass through the Philadelphia airport in order to participate in the papal visit and/or the World Meeting of Families. In preparation, airport personnel are being provided with a refresher course in customer service.

 

The Lower Makefield Police Chief Ken Coluzzi, recalled 1979 when Pope John Paul II came for a visit and he was present in uniform. This year the security preparations are “unmatched in scope and scale,” he commented.

 

Safety consultants expressed concern. In particular, a professor of homeland security, mentioned that the volume of road closures, to three tune of 3 square miles, major bridges and highways closed for more than 2-days, offices and businesses closed in the central city zone, he characterized as over-kill.


Safety consultants mentioned that security is best provided with circles of security surrounding, with tighter rings, closer in to the person of interest.

 

 

Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

 

 

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This upcoming weekend, Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget Casino will be hosting their 5th Annual Beer Festival. This is the second time in as many months the casino has put together a similar event. Last month, they recently offered guests the opportunity to sip and savor dozens of wines from California and Italy with the Cal-Ital Wine Festival, the annual two-day event which brought food, jazz and, of course, wine to the Jersey Shore all weekend long.Golden Nugget Casino’s Cal-Ital Wine Festival, Beer Festival recent AC Highlights

The vino celebration kicked off at the Farley State Marina, with the wine and jazz reception held outside, under the stars on the event lawn. Guests had the opportunity to mix and mingle with wine ambassadors, winemakers and wine enthusiasts while enjoying over 25 types of wine from Italian and California wineries complemented by award winning cuisine.

The festivities continued on Saturday with the grand tasting in the ballroom. More than 120 wines were featured from the world’s most prestigious producers for guests to sample with culinary delights and a live band. Guests enjoyed flavorful selections of brunellos, cabernets, chiantis, chardonnays, barolos, barbarescos and other wines.

The Cal-Ital Wine Festival was a sure bet for attendees who were treated to award-winning wines in a relaxing atmosphere down the shore.

To purchase tickets to this year’s Beer Festival, click here.

Veronica Dudo is an award-winning journalist covering everything from breaking news to red carpet celebrity interviews. You can also catch Veronica on Me-TV.  Follow her on Twitter @VeronicaDudo and Facebook

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On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Fireman’s Hall Museum and the Casey Cares Foundation held a special party for critically ill children in Philadelphia. The children dressed up like firefighters, toured the museum, and participated in a scavenger hunt throughout the museum.  The Casey Cares Foundation, a non-profit that provides uplifting support for critically ill children, holds caring connections parties to give children and their families a chance to bond, make friendships, and ever-lasting memories.


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This little lady was so excited to try on a real firefighter uniform! It was so heavy she had to sit down! She explained it as “so hot and heavy."

 

 

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Look at the smile on this little guy's face! He thought it was so cool to have worn a uniform from a real life superhero!

 

 


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Jenna Communications crew with families from the Casey Cares Foundation.

 

 

 

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Wizard World is always a Philly2Philly tradition, and 2015 was no exception.

 

Check out some of our photo gallery from this special weekend!


Photo: Joe Vallee Sr.

 

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Photo: Diane Cooney

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Concourse photos: Joe Vallee Sr.

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It has been close to 20 years since the Sixers drafted Allen Iverson with their first overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft.  Since then, the team hasn’t come close to having a superstar match Iverson’s popularity. Andre Iguodala didn’t turn out to be a true superstar, while Michael Carter-Williams is only in his second season in Philadelphia, and the fans are still getting to know him.

 

On the other hand, Joel Embiid hasn't even played a game yet in a Sixers uniform, but you can already tell he’s going to be a star.Photo: Bleacherreport.com

   

Unfortunately, I didn't get to know or watch Embiid play much during his time at Kansas University. When I did, he was outshined by teammate Andrew Wiggins and was injured for a good part of the season.

 

Immediately after seeing Embiid get drafted by the Sixers, however, I knew he was going to be a star. Even though I heard discussions regarding Embiid’s play from media and sports commentators, I wanted to see for myself.

 

Soon after the Sixers drafted Embiid, I immediately went on YouTube to see the positives and negatives of his game. When it came to centers, Embiid already would seem to have one of the best offensive games in the league  Along with solid form, Embiid has a nice post game and shot (he also hit a couple threes in a few of the highlights).

 

However, what caught my attention that I didn't see from him in college or through his highlight videos was Embiid’s open and fun personality. He’s gained a lot of attention from his Twitter account (@JoelEmbiid), even using the social media site as a way to court beautiful pop superstar Rihanna!

 

 

Overall, Embiid, unlike Iverson, has been in the news for positive and funny situations. Can't wait to see him on the court and get to know more about this future Philadelphia 76ers star in the making.

 

Malik Charlton is a self-described  "Weird dude with no special talent, just a lot of goals and crazy ambitions!" Malik is a 2013 graduate from Community College of Philadelphia, a poet and sports writer who also writes for the blog "The Sports Leek!" at the website ru-crazy.com. You can find him on Instagram  and on Twitter @weirdo_leek

 

 

 

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Christmas is one of the most beautiful times of the year. It is a time to celebrate with loved ones, reconnect with family, and share a special time with the people you love the most. It can also be a time to help others.

 

These are the days so many people look forward to, whether it's to spend quality time with family and friends, or simply get away from ordinary life and experience a nice getaway. Heading away for the holiday season is the perfect way to get refreshed for the new year, but also give you a special place to be with your family. Traveling isn't just for the single 20-something year old. Of course, it can get expensive, and sometimes receiving a loan or taking advantage of auto refinancing can help with costs for the trip.Disneyworld photo credit: www.disneytouristblog.com

 

Walt Disney World Resort

 

The Walt Disney World Resort is one of the most beautiful places to be during the holidays. This resort boasts four unique theme parks, two water parks, and a shopping area also known as Downtown Disney.

 

During the holidays, not only are the parks all heckled up, but the characters are all dressed up for the holidays as well. Join in during one of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, and enjoy shows and parades only available during the holidays.


San Francisco

 

Find cuisines ranging from Latin to Asian. Oftentimes being called a top ranked city in the U.S., San Francisco can be the best place to be for the holidays. You can experience fun fairs and carnivals, along with checking out the Great Dickens Christmas Fairm which has tons of music and fun activities. You can visit Napa or Sonoma to experience some unique wineries, or you can simply enjoy Fisherman's Wharf.

 

 

New York City

 

Like a lot of people, New York City is oftentimes considered the best place to be during the holidays. With Rockefeller Center being the centerpiece to unique activities, like the ice skating rink and seeing the huge Christmas tree, New York is filled with amazing spots to experience the holidays like no other. Everything from meeting Santa Claus at the Macy's department store or checking out the unique decorations all across Times Square, New York City can be one unique experience for everybody during the Christmas season.

 

 

Chicago

 

In Chicago, lights are lit up, decorations are brewing, and get together's are happening. This is why Chicago is oftentimes considered another version of New York. Enjoy seeing the beautiful decorations at Magnificent Mile, the Christkindmarket (which has the ice skating rink) and the holiday themed theme park.

 

 

Key West, Florida

 

In Florida, a lot of people are enjoying their Christmas without all the cold snow. In Key West, they offer a more laid back holiday season with fun beaches, warm weather, and a crowd of people who just want to enjoy without the snow. Just make sure you bring a nice pair of Oakley sunglasses.

 

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Colorado 

 

The entire state of Colorado is known for their unique mountain getaways, cabins, hotels, and their cold weather. Any part of Colorado that you stay in can allow for you to finally relax and enjoy the huge mountains, which can let you experience snowboarding, skiing, and a ton of other winter sports.

 

 

Paris, France

 

By far, one of the best hot spots is Paris, France. Known for being called the City Of Lights, Paris needs to be a place where you spend at least one beautiful Christmas holiday. France has all the streets lit up for the holiday season, and if you want to immerse yourself in the beauty of Christmas, Paris can be the perfect place to experience a Christmassy atmosphere.    

 

 

Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

 

 

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The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey chapter held its 13th Annual Product Parade on Wednesday, October 15 during DesignPhiladelphia week.

 

Ellen Farber, IIDA Product Parade co-chair said, “In the past, the show has been a commercial interior design industry trade show and networking event. But this year the event joined with DesignPhiladelphia, and as a result, opened its doors to the public for the first time—an industry rarity.”

 

Since this year’s Product Parade was registered with DesignPhiladelphia, a nine-day annual event hosted by the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, it paved the way to connect the architecture and design community directly to the real estate industry and business owners as well as other end-users who attended. Habitat for Humanity was in attendance, along with the president of a large not-for-profit nursing home, local artists and many more new guests. This is a clear example of how reaching out to a larger audience enabled new connections and partnerships to be achieved.

 

Cheryl Durst, executive vice president and CEO of IIDA National Headquarters, travels to a lot of trade shows.  This past Product Parade stood out to her because of the tremendous sense of community. “Philadelphia is a great social environment that naturally connects people. It’s an outstanding example of a supportive community. This vibe doesn’t exist elsewhere,” Durst said.   The event provided an informal, but productive way to have the designers see the products. “Dozens of designers came out to the show, and now educating the public with these same resources will be a process and a transition,” added Durst.  

 

The evening started with a booth competition. An impressive group of judges was assembled, including Cheryl Durst, Executive VP and CEO of IIDA HQ, Floss Barber, principal of Floss Barber, Inc., Hilary Jay, Director of the Center for Architecture and DesignPhiladelphia, along with Michelle Ward-Chang, President of IIDA ’s local chapter.  One of the winners of the booth competition is pictured below.  

 

 

Norm Eckert,(Dranoff Properties Realty Inc.) Lisa Silveri (Agency Real Estate Partners), Ellen Farber (Commintz) and Ken Kurtzman (Citibank, N.A.)

Norm Eckert, (Dranoff Properties Realty Inc.) Lisa Silveri (Agency Real Estate Partners), Ellen Farber (Commintz) and Ken Kurtzman (Citibank, N.A.) 

Carol Irvine, CEO and President Abramson Center for Jewish Life,  Ande Adelman, Director of Development, Abramson Center for Jewish Life, Ellen Farber, Chief Strategy Officer, Commintz

Carol Irvine, CEO and President Abramson Center for Jewish Life, Ande Adelman, Director or Development, Abramson Center for Jewish Life, Ellen Farber, Chief Strategy Officer, Commintz (Co-chair, Product Parade).

 

 

Commintz (Online platform for Commercial Interiors): Louise Cohen, CEO, Annie Kirkpatrick, Social Media Manager, Ellen Farber, CSO (and Co-chair Product Parade)

 

 Commintz (Online platform for Commercial Interiors): Louise Cohen, CEO, Annie Kirkpatrick, Social Media Manager, Ellen Farber, CSO (and Co-chair Product Parade).

 

Tandus/Centiva (manufacturer of Flooring and Carpet): Jigna Hicks, Yvonne Pelligrini, John Farr , Rachel Cesario

 

Tandus/Centiva (manufacturer of Flooring and Carpet): Jigna Hicks, Yvonne Pelligrini, John Farr , Rachel Cesario.

Ellen Farber, Cheryl S. Durst (Exec VP and CEO IIDA HQ), Kevin Pitts is National Sales Manager for David Edward, Tim Kalberer-team member/sales rep from FDR, Laurel Logan (FDR), Matt Boyle, FDR, Michelle Ward -Chang (IIDA PA/NJ/DE Chapter President), Floss Barber, Principal Floss Barber Inc.

Winner of Booth Competition for Best of DesignPhila and all things Philadelphia: Facility & Design Resource (FDR)

 

Ellen Farber, Cheryl S. Durst (Exec VP and CEO IIDA HQ), Kevin Pitts is National Sales Manager for David Edward, Tim Kalberer-team member/sales rep from FDR, Laurel Logan (FDR), Matt Boyle, FDR, Michelle Ward -Chang (IIDA PA/NJ/DE Chapter President), Floss Barber, Principal Floss Barber Inc.

 

Winner of Booth Competition: Best Technology AOE (Advanced Office Environments) Pictured, Floss Barber, Cheryl Durst, Angela Leigh, NA, Chris Burke, NA, Pasquale Capocci (Kimball Office), NA , Michelle Ward-Chang , Ellen Farber.

Winner of Booth Competition: Best Use of Technology AOE (Advanced Office Environments)

Winner of Booth Competition: Best Technology AOE (Advanced Office Environments) Pictured, Floss Barber, Cheryl Durst, Angela Leigh, NA, Chris Burke, NA, Pasquale Capocci (Kimball Office), NA , Michelle Ward-Chang, Ellen Farber. In the back: Patrick Oubre (Kimball Office).
 

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Make no mistake about it; the average American consumer is being ripped off left and right by companies across the board. Since the “Great Recession,” a lot of Americans have unfortunately found themselves the victims of skyrocketing monthly expenses. Here is a quick list of eight expenses that you are more than likely paying too much for each month.

1. Gym Membership
Photo: lifehacker.comIf you are spending more than $40 a month for a gym membership, it is time to reconsider your gym. If you live in a major metropolitan area like Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles, it should be relatively easily to find a chain gym that will charge anywhere between $10 to $30 a month for basic gym access.

2. Personal Training
Like gym memberships, personal training is another monthly expense that you can easily cut down to make it more affordable. Long gone are the days when a personal trainer can justify charging $70 to $100 per session. Look for online deals, group personal training sessions and classes to save money versus wasting big bucks on individualized training.

3. Car Loan
A lot of people rely on financing in order to purchase automobiles. If you find yourself in situation where your interest rate is unbelievably high and you are barely paying off the principal, consider auto loan refinancing. By doing this, you will be able to negotiate a lower interest rate.

4. College Tuition
Costs of obtaining a college degree in the last decade or so have gone up tremendously. However, with the advent of online colleges and other low-cost educational systems, students are now able to obtain a college degree for half the price. Shop around before committing to a degree program.

5. Internet
Major internet providers have literally lost their minds charging anywhere between $50 and $70 a month for high speed internet access. Although this doesn't compare to what people paid back in the 90s for dial up internet service; mobile tethering and other low-cost internet services are popping up all over the place. If you live in a large metropolitan area, look into the possibility of sharing Wi-Fi service with a neighbor.

6. Gas
Ever since Hurricane Katrina and the War in Iraq, it seems as though gas prices will not stop going up. However, you do not have to pay those extreme prices to fill up your gas tank. Some metropolitan areas like Chicago have high gas prices because of gases. Shop for gas in a different county or a nearby state that has a much cheaper gas tax rate.

7. Utilities
Utility providers like electric and gas companies for decades have monopolized and limited people's ability to choose between different providers. Many states have recently deregulated this industry and now are allowing smaller companies to offer affordable electricity and gas rates. Do not be sold into thinking you have to choose the large energy provider. Many options are out there and consumers are literally saving hundreds of dollars of month on their utility bills.

8. Airfare
Buying airline tickets can be quite expensive. If you need to fly somewhere but are being bombarded with expensive ticket choices, your best bet is to shop for airline tickets during off hours. The best time to look for tickets is at night and Tuesday through Thursday.

You should always strive to be a conscious consumer and avoid having companies take advantage of you. Money is hard to come by nowadays and we need every penny we can get our hands on!

 

 

Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

 

 

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13th Annual International Interior Design Association Product Parade Open to Public During DesignPhiladelphia

 

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 13, 2014 — The Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware Chapter of the International Interior Design Association announces its 13th Annual Product Parade trade show event slated for 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Wed. Oct. 15. This ticketed event will feature 100 vendors in the 15,000 sq. ft. 23rd Street Armory (22 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19103).   The event is for the real estate industry, business owners, facility managers, and now for anyone who would want to make face-to-face industry introductions.

 

Featuring public access for the first time, the Product Parade has evolved from an exciting exhibition of contemporary design directed at the trade to an unprecedented opportunity for manufacturers, suppliers and designers to connect directly with the public.

 

“My vision for the event is to introduce people outside the commercial architecture and design community to the possibilities presented by these products,” said Ellen Farber, IIDA product co-chair. “There are so many materials to touch and feel for the first time which is appealing to more than just the commercial industry.  Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Community Design Collaborative.” Farber added that the event is unique because the public can meet with these suppliers directly, which is a rarity for the industry.

 

The event is registered as part of DesignPhiladelphia, a nine-day annual event of the Center for Architecture that is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The local IIDA chapter is also excited to have Cheryl Durst, executive vice president and CEO of IIDA National Headquarters in attendance as a judge this year. “Having her recognition and support at our event, and as part of the larger DesignPhiladelphia movement, confirms that Philadelphia is at the center of design innovation,” Farber said.  Along with Durst, Michelle Ward Chang, president of IIDA’s local chapter, Floss Barber, principal of Floss Barber Inc., and Hilary Jay, director at Philadelphia Center for Architecture, and DesignPhiladelphia will all be judging the booth competition at the beginning of the event.

 

The event’s theme this year is “Get Connected and Charge On,” with exhibitors showcasing the role technology and power play in furniture design.  The evening also will include a raffle of products, proceeds of which will benefit Community Design Collaborative, an organization providing pro bono architectural and design services to nonprofits.

 

Admission is free for registered architects, designers and IIDA student members.

 

General admission tickets are $50, and discounts are available for larger groups. Admission includes light food, two drink tickets, music, inspirational products and endless networking.

 

For more information contact Ellen Farber (ellen.farber@commintz.com) or Teenie Bracken (mbracken@ewingcole.com). Purchase tickets to the Product Parade here. For more information about donating products or services to the raffle click here.

 

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About International Interior Design Association 

The International Interior Design Association is a professional networking and educational association with more than 13,000 Members practicing worldwide in more than 50 countries. The IIDA Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware Chapter supports six City Centers across the region and provides programming for local design professionals. For more info, click here.

 

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The 3rd Annual King of Prussia Beerfest Royale is now a memory. But boy, did I have one of the best times ever this year! KOP-BID knows how to put on a great outdoor beer event, which is held on the grounds of the KOP Mall, and I’m already looking forward to next year.

Having just completed their third year and getting bigger and better each time, this Beerfest is the place to be. Starting with the Donnerstag Happy Hour on the first Thursday of October, followed for two full beer-tasting sessions on the first Saturday of October, this event promises good food, good music, good beer and a good time.Recap: King of Prussia Beerfest Royale 2014

My evening started with a delectable dinner courtesy of Steve Olsen and his staff at Maggiano’s Little Italy King of Prussia, where the awesome Sarah took care of Stephen and me, serving up fresh white sangria, and warm, melting pan-fried mozzarella. For our entrees, I tried the new Lighter Take Shrimp Fra Diavolo, with 50% less pasta and hand-cut fettuccine smothered in shrimp, garlic and a warm, spicy sauce.

At 400 calories, this made my day- just enough pasta and shrimp in every bite! Stephen enjoyed his creamy, hearty gnocchi and sausage. We rounded off our meal with cappuccinos and brownie bites with a strawberry balsamic reduction and the apple crostada.

Afterwards, we were happily full and headed back to our home for the night, the Hyatt House. This hotel is amazingly gorgeous and relaxed, located close to the mall, restaurants, Valley Forge Park and minutes from Philadelphia. We had a top floor room with a two-story ceiling facing towards the mall. This room is a home-away-from-home, including a marble bathroom, full kitchen (with a full-sized fridge and dishwasher) with a living room. Gorgeous, romantic and comfortable, after a soak in the hot tub we happily drifted off to sleep. We awoke to a soaking rain, but luckily that cleared out just at the stroke of noon to welcome session 1 beer tasters.

This year, I was asked to be a guest food judge, and many people asked me how I got to become a food judge: I love outdoor events, I love KOP, and I love food (and I KNOW food!)! I was judging the carefully crafted edibles, searching the event for the most inspired food dish. There were many small plates to choose from…and which one did I pick…?

With fellow food judges Amy Strauss, Chris Murphy, Donnie Black, Neal Santos, and Caroline Russock, we chomped and guzzled our way through delectable small plates and international and craft beers. My favorite beer was Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer, sweet and spicy with a slice of lime, this drink was delightful for the warm afternoon. I also quite enjoyed Frecon Farm’s apple ciders such as Early Man.Recap: King of Prussia Beerfest Royale 2014

I tasted a great many edibles- the Shake Shack’s hearty grilled hotdog with fiery jalapeños layered within a heavenly cheese sauce and crunchy onions and a nutmeg-spicy pumpkin custard for dessert; Maggiano’s offered full-bodied meatballs and sausage, and a slow-cooked brisket over a crispy grilled brioche with greens, caramelized onions and a rich cheese slice,  California Pizza Kitchen with a creamy guacamole and crunchy chips, Season’s 52 fresh, flaky salmon over divine chilled cranberry quinoa; and Tony Luke’s hearty staple, the always awesome, yet tricky, Philly cheesesteak with a huge amount of meat, cheese and caramelized onions on a warm roll…just how I like it.

It seems some of the dishes were dished up just to serve thirsty, perhaps tipsy beer drinkers, while other restaurants carefully crafted their edibles.

After a good two hours wandering around and eating and drinking and sitting and talking, I was worn out! Fellow judges and I sat down to dish about our favorite food and drink. We all lined up in front of the bandstand and final food judge, FOX 29’s Chris Murphy, would taste and decide the winners.

Conshohocken Brewing Company took Best Craft Beer for its Chocolate Crush Imperial Porter and Best International Beer was awarded to kronenbourg 1664.

Chris tried Neal’s pick of the hot dog, exclaiming that the Shake Shack should stick to burgers (I loved this spicy hot dog!) and he then tried my pick of Maggiano’s brisket…and he declared my pick the winner! Maggiano’s won Best Inspired Dish of Beerfest Royale 2014!

Then all the session 1 drinkers had drunk their fill and were ushered out to bring in the next round of tasters for session 2. Overall, this was an amazing event, full of beer, food and fun.

Special thanks to Stephen Trimble for photography, Brooke Hersh and her staff at KOP-BID, and Nicole Paloux and Zofia Wleklinski at Red Balloon PR, Steve Olsen and his staff at Maggiano’s and all those that make KoP Beerfest Royale the best Beer event in the area!

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Christine Tarlecki is a food and entertainment writer from Phoenixville and guest judging food and wines. Follow her on her wedding blog: stevechristine2015.wordpress.com or food blog at Engchik Eats at Engchik.blogspot.com. Twitter @engchik.

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Preston and Steve
http://www.wmmr.com/shows/preston-and-steve/
Preston and Steve's Official Site from 93.3 WMMR

Preston and Steve Rock
http://prestonandsteverock.com/
Preston and Steve Fan Site

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