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“Torch Songs Over Easy” Aims to Highlight Region’s Sensuality

Saturday, January 10, 2009 — Delaware River Food and Wine and The Shawnee Gallery invite you to "Torch Songs Over Easy" an exquisite celebration of the romance of the grand resort era featuring the regions best art, music and cuisine. Sunday, February 8, 2009 from 11-1 pm in Shawnee Inn's Worthington Ballroom.

Guests will enjoy a fashionably "eggs-cellent" brunch by two regional chefs. The event will include special exhibitions by gallery artists, vocalists Kara Snyder and Jordan Lewis accompanied by noted pianist Skip Wilson on the Steinway, a French Press coffee bar by Mary Tellie of Electric City Roasting Co. and a Bloody Mary Bar.

The Food & Drink

Chef "G" Navin from Shawnee Inn's River Room will be joined by Chef Daniel Rothman of Quality Thyme Creations and Whole Foods Market. The chefs take inspiration from an era when Julia Child's French cuisine taught a nation how to cook and entertain. "A big upcoming food trend in 2009 is going to be eggs on top of things", says Alisa Tongg Weiler, Founder of Delaware River Food and Wine. The menu for "Torch Songs Over Easy" will feature different kinds of eggs over a variety of brunch fare with a modern twist. "I look forward to seeing what Chef G and Chef Dan come up with, they assure me that something ‘will go up in flames!'".

In keeping with Delaware River Food and Wine's goal to educate people on food and beverage pairings, Mary Tellie, renowned artisan coffee roaster and owner of the Electric City Roasting Company, will provide guided coffee pairings for the different menu items at a special French Press Bar for the event. Electric City Roasting Company participates in Direct Trade Coffee practices, which are considered by those in the industry to be even more "fair" to the coffee growers than Fair Trade.

There will also be an opportunity for guests to express their culinary creativity! The Bloody Mary Bar will allow guests to mix their own concoctions out of an assortment of standard and interesting ingredients.

Delaware River Food and Wine is part of the Weiler Family Foundation (501-c3) and donates all of its profits to local food charities.

The Music

When Christine Griffin, Director of the Shawnee Gallery, found a vintage stack of sheet music in her basement she started concocting a way to share them with the public. "I knew that hearing this music on a grand piano in a beautiful culinary setting could recreate the heyday of the glamorous Pocono Resort culture that the Shawnee Inn embodies. "Torch Songs" is a term often used referring to sentimental love songs popular in the post-war era by composers George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter and Hoagie Carmichael will be performed by opera singers Kara Snyder and Jordan Lewis, who shift gears a bit, and will be accompanied by Skip Wilson on Grand Piano, Paul Rostock bass and Michael Stephans percussion. "I'm so Delaware River food & wine Shawnee Gallery excited that these superstar musicians are combining talents to make this a very, very special event musically and artistically."

The Art

"Presenting Love" will be on location, featuring Andrei Protsouk. "Andrei's images of American glamour and romance are so fitting for this event" says Griffin. Each table will feature a special and unique display: a mini installation by a different gallery artist. This event will be an exquisite presentation of the region's best art, cuisine, and music. For people excited about living on the Delaware River, it is a not to be missed event!"

Seating is limited, so reservations are encouraged.

February 8, 2009
11-1pm Worthington Ballroom, Shawnee Inn
Individuals $65, Couples $120, Group discounts available in advance
Call 570.517.5783 for reservations.

Media Contact:

Christine Griffin 570.242.1952
Alisa Tongg Weiler 570.369.3955

For more information or to schedule and interview with Shawnee's management; please contact Jeromy Wo, Public Relations Coordinator at: (570) 424-4050 ext. 1409 or visit


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List of Accolades

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort would like to thank the all of the organizations that have recognized our efforts towards excellence. We are a proud member of the community and look forward to working together to continue providing outstanding service.


Trip Advisor for Business: Certificate of Excellence

Certificate of Excellence


Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations -National General Manager of the Year, Rob Howell


Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations Chef’s Palate Award for “Best Use of Local and Organic Ingredients”-Chef "G"
Award of Excellence “Most Creative Booth” from the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Expo 2010
Save Our Planet Award, The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association-Rob Howell, General Manager of the Year
Community Service Award, The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau-Jeromy Wo, Public Relations Coordinator, Brand Hero
American Legion Auxiliary-Certificate of Appreciation



The Pocono Business Journals Green List
The Monroe County Historical Associations Historical Preservation Award
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau's Outstanding Tourism Employee - Will Stryeski
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau's Green Award - The Shawnee Inn and Gold Resort
Voted Best Place to Work by Happenings Magazine
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Save Our Planet Award
The Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association's General Manager of the Year Nomination - Rob Howell


Voted Best Place to Work by Happenings Magazine
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerces Save Our Planet Award
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureaus Outstanding Tourism Employee Rob Howell, General Manager
Outstanding Women in Business Monica Startari, Director of Marketing
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerces Chairman of Business Award Charlie Kirkwood, Owner
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations General Manager of the Year Nomination Rob Howell, General Manager


The National Recreation Area of the Delaware Water Gaps Conservation Award
The American Cancer Societys Certificate of Appreciation for being First Property in the Pocono Mountains to go Smoke-Free
Bizzy Awards Best Overall Business