Reporters sometimes get weird assignments from their editors; Thetelegraphfield is not immune to this. That’s why I’m here at Tom Wolf’s inaugural party, sampling the foods — because the Associated Press predicted “just about everything” at the party “will have a Pennsylvania angle.”

And my editor decided to send me. Welp, after a stroll through the “Let’s Get It Started” party in scenic Hershey, Pa., I’m happy to report the AP was right. Boy, were they right.

The governor’s party features a decent selection of bottled beers at its open bar, including two different Yards beers (Brawler and Pale Ale) as well as Troeg’s; central PA favs like Appalachian Brewing and Susquehanna Brewing were also on hand. Peep this selection…


But what you DON’T see is Yuengling. The great Yuengling-gate of 2015 continued tonight as more people began to realize that, yes, the lager is *not* being served here. It might be because politics, but we’ll never know for sure. (FWIW, Victory isn’t here, either.)

The party is also featuring three cocktails: The 47, a nod to the 47th governor, which has vodka and some cream in it. Then there’s the William Penn (some blue drink that I have seen zero people actually order, despite secretly willing it to happen for the whole party) and the Mount Wolf … which is just a whiskey sour. Below are the Mount Wolf and the 47.


And these are the wines being served at the open bar — they’re from a mix of California and Pennsylvania wineries.


This is the Hunter’s Elk Meatloaf, which is probably just the most central PA hunting thing they could possibly think of:


This is the “smoked pike,” which is a meaty fish:




There was also a TON of polish food, which makes sense and all. The pierogies had a Kennett Square mushroom Brandy sauce which was quite tasty, if I do say so myself.


And HAAAAALELUJAH SOME PRIME RIB. Sources say this man below is a local hero:


There was also a super swanky White Rose Lounge, named after the symbol of York County. (That’s where Tom is from!) And all the food in that room was white:


But you guys, if you’re at Tom Wolf’s inauguration party tonight, say hi! I’m the one in the black, and I’ll be standing casually by this table all night.


Anna Orso was a reporter/curator at Thetelegraphfield from 2014 to 2017.