LET­TER FROM THE PUB­LISHER

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - John m. co­la­belli

Patti Labelle is a force to be reck­oned with. This, and her long-stand­ing con­nec­tion to our city, made her the per­fect choice for our an­nual Women of In­flu­ence cover. Born here in Philadel­phia, the R&B icon, who still lives in the sub­urbs, helped de­fine the fa­mous Philadel­phia sound. This past Novem­ber, she was hon­ored with the Mar­ian An­der­son Award dur­ing a star-stud­ded gala at the Kim­mel Cen­ter. In May, she will re­lease her new­est al­bum while si­mul­ta­ne­ously con­tin­u­ing her work in the culi­nary world. Last year she launched Patti’s Pies as well as an ar­ray of mari­nades and hot sauces to ac­com­pany her boldly fla­vored recipes.

From the women’s marches that took place all over the world on Jan­uary 21 to A Day With­out a Wo­man in March, our Women of In­flu­ence Is­sue could not have come at a more rel­e­vant time in the na­tional conversation. This same dis­cus­sion in­formed many of our in­ter­views with the six Philadel­phia women we in­ter­viewed for our an­nual fea­ture.

Our Healthy Liv­ing sec­tion re­turns again for 2017. Philadel­phia Style’s res­i­dent doc­tor, Nina Rad­cliff, spoke to some of the area’s top health sys­tems and their tal­ented doc­tors for in­sights into cut­ting-edge treat­ments and pre­ven­ta­tive care tech­niques. Philadel­phia is and has al­ways been at the fore­front of medicine. It’s a legacy that’s wo­ven into the city’s his­tory, like pol­i­tics and ed­u­ca­tion.

I am happy to share this amaz­ing is­sue with you and hope you en­joy the pages ahead.

From left: With Tom Scan­na­pieco and Alan Green­berger at 500 Wal­nut’s top­ping- off cer­e­mony; with Tony Ro­dio, Mayor Don Guardian, and Jose Garces at the rib­bon- cut­ting cer­e­mony of his three new res­tau­rant con­cepts at the Trop­i­cana At­lantic City.

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