Hillary, Celebrity Cooks And A Nordstrom Night

Once again, I begin a blog with an apology. Sorry about this photo. It is video we froze, because the five minutes they give us to do the one-on-one’s don’t really allow you to stand back and snap a photo. It also isn’t really very journalistically appropriate when you are working. Although, blogs are now becoming a new, different kind of journalism, so I probably need to adjust my thinking. Which seems to be the norm for all of us, these days. 

This is the third time I have interviewed Senator Clinton–the other two times were during the April primary. The first was in a gas station in Bloomfield, and the second, which was an exclusive, was in a classroom in a Beaver County high school. 

In this moment, she was answering the only question in which she paused, and thought about what she was going to say. I had asked if, knowing she was so important to the campaign in Pennsylvania (whose primary she had won), eased the pain of losing the nomination. Her answer was that it was gratifying to be asked to campaign, and she had been to 65 events all over the country. She added that people have come up to her, and said they had supported her, and weren’t ready to decide yet, until she appeared to make the case for Obama.  It was not a direct answer, but she was quite gracious, and convincing. She clearly has an unbelievable memory, or ability to act like she remembers you(I prefer to believe it is the former, of course), but our discussion before and after the interview was about shoes. She liked mine (animal print with low heel), and we commiserated that, at our age, we could no longer wear these obscenely high heels her staff members often wore. Then as I left, she told me to check out Tory Burch, for a fashionable, but sensible shoe.

And just so we can play “Six Degrees of Separation,” here is a picture of some of the celebrity chefs for the Celebrity Cook-Off at Nakama on the Southside. The night benefits Cystic Fibrosis, and was the same evening that Senator Obama was here in Pittsburgh. Right after this photo was taken, Obama’s motorcade drove down East Carson Street, creating quite the stir. More six degrees–the Mayor, shown in the picture, supported Senator Clinton, and was at the Obama rally, before he came to cook at one of the tables. The other chefs in the picture–are Mike and Bob, Tall Cathy and Jorge– from Kiss 96.1 (I will be joining all of them on their Halloween Cruise Friday night-can’t wait!) , and Jim Lokay, from KDKA. I cooked with DVE’s Val Porter, on the first shift, and by myself for the second, and couldn’t believe how exhausted I was after cutting steak. I would be a lousy chef. HARD WORK!!!!! There were a couple of Steelers who dropped by to lend their support–Casey Hampton, and Jeff Reed–he was dressed like a Frankenstein with bolts and blood all over him. Sorry, no photo.

and this is another photo from my cell phone. Sorry about the crummy angle. This is a friend of mine, Tricia Kassling. You may have seen her picture with her husband in the Trib for the Nordstrom Gala event, benefitting Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Carnegie. They were both on the host committee, and are some of the most prominent philanthropists in the area. There were plenty of Steelers at this event, too. Kendall Simmons on crutches, Greg Warren ( We were all so upset about his injury-did you seem the replay when his leg buckled coming off the field-ghastly!), and Jeff Reed again, accompanied by punter Mitch Berger. 1600 people in all. It was an incredible evening.

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