Bethlehem Press

Friday, July 28, 2017

Theater Review: ‘The Bikinis’ a Shore thing at The Pines

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Billed as “a musical beach party,” the Pines Dinner Theatre’s latest production, “The Bikinis,” is an often funny, always entertaining and undeniably nostalgic romp down jukebox memory lane from the 1960s and beyond. “The Bikinis” continues through Aug. 20 at the Pines, Allentown. The opening night July 7 performance was seen for this review.

‘A Grand Tasting’

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Thirty-two top restaurants from throughout the Lehigh Valley served up samples of everything from yellow fin tuna to lamb sliders to kourabiedes (Greek cookies) at the eighth annual Food and Wine Festival in June at the Sands Event Center.

The weekend fundraiser for the Northampton Community College (NCC) Foundation attracted more than 3,000 food enthusiasts who bought tickets to taste some of the area’s unique cuisines, and sample wines from around the world. The event raised approximately $250,000 for scholarships for NCC students.

Cooking with Emeril

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Emeril Lagasse calls it “My Way Grouper Chowder,” and it does have that definite New Orleans character with the Louisiana mirepoix of onions, celery and chopped bell pepper instead of carrots. Of course, how authentic would the dish be without cayenne pepper and Creole seasoning?

Lagasse, the masterful chef and restaurateur, showed his audience at the Sands Bethlehem how to make his version of the chowder, while also giving away trade secrets about stuff like evaporation and condensation.

Food for thought, scholarships

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

It was like watching one of his more than 2,000 TV cooking shows on the Food Network, but this time Emeril Lagasse was up close and personable. The owner of three restaurants at the Sands Casino Resort in South Bethlehem, Lagasse was the star attraction at the start of the 2017 Food and Wine Festival, an annual fundraiser held at the Sands Event Center for Northampton Community College’s culinary arts program.

Theater Review:

Friday, June 2, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Civic’s ‘Angels’ lands

Watching the opening night performance of “Angels in America: Part One: Millennium Approaches” at Civic Theatre of Allentown was a jarring reminder of just how tumultuous was the decade of the 1980s, and how little we have progressed nearly 40 years later.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders directed the award-winning play in 1997, as well as this production 20 years later at Civic, which is highlighted by superb acting, brilliant staging and a masterful script.

Food and Wine Festival supports NCC culinary scholarships

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

‘Transforming the lives of students’

Emeril Lagasse, New Orleans celebrity chef and restauranteur, will be the headliner at the eighth annual Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival at the Sands Event Center in South Bethlehem, June 2-4. The owner of three restaurants at Sands Bethlehem, Lagasse will kick off the event on Friday, June 2 at 2 p.m. with a demonstration of his world-renowned culinary skill.

Theater Review: Civic ‘Angels: Perestroika’ intense, provocative

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning epic play in two parts that explores homosexuality and the human side of the AIDS epidemic in the context of the social and political realities of the 1980s.

This month, Civic Theatre of Allentown is marking the 20th anniversary of its 1997 production of “Angels” with back-to-back performances of “Parts One and Two,” with both parts concluding May 20.

Theater Review:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Civic’s ‘Angels’ lands

Watching the opening night performance of “Angels in America: Part One: Millennium Approaches” at Civic Theatre of Allentown was a jarring reminder of just how tumultuous was the decade of the 1980s, and how little we have progressed nearly 40 years later.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders directed the award-winning play in 1997, as well as this production 20 years later at Civic, which is highlighted by superb acting, brilliant staging and a masterful script.

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton - Area among the safest places in the nation for kids

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

The Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton metropolitan area is the 17th safest city for children in the United States, according to a detailed statistical analysis conducted by consumer research company ValuePenguin. Barnstable Town, Mass., ranked first as the safest city, followed closely by Trenton, N. J.

Addressing the end of life

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Have the conversation before it is too late!

“We need to change the way the people we love are dying,” Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist and Conversation Project founder Ellen Goodman told an attentive audience in Bethlehem during her presentation on “The Most Important Conversation America Isn’t Having,” sponsored by the Dr. and Mrs. Max Littner Memorial Lecture Series and St. Luke’s University Health Network.