Laura Burkhardt’s Big Bang Birthday Celebration

The demure, but beaming Laura arrives at Twenty-21 where her birthday celebration begins A stellar group of her closest friends were there to celebrate another successful year well lived. (pictured here are really some of the mover and shakers of Philadelphia. Lft to right James Zeleniak of Punch Media PR; yikes, yikes, Birthday Girl Laura Burkhardt (Publisher of Philadelphia’s WHERE magazine); Thom Cardwell; Jeff, Carrie Nork, Cashman & Associates; yikes, Dennis & Steve, owners of Tavern on Camac; David Wagman, owner of Capriccio; James Duggan, BUCKmonkey, and Steve McCann
The pastry chef at Twenty-21, the GM and Laura Burkhardt
After a few cocktails, and cake, it was off to the Park Hyatt for the Afterparty
and more cocktails and merriment
Surprise guest, Jesse Archer from the movie “Four Letter Word”, plus noted author of “You Can Run: Gay, Glam, and Gritty Travels in South America (Out in the World)” who has a reading TONIGHT at Giovanni’s Room 5:30PM!!! (Giovanni’s Room is located @ 345 South 12th Street, Philadelphia) Don’t ask about that banana I have no idea!!

Then it was up to XIX for a few more cocktails and merriment and more people met us there
That’s all they really want ~~ Some fun When the working day is done Girls ~~ they want to have fun Oh girls just want to have fun, They want to have fun, They want to have fun…
Laura Burkhardt, Matt Miller, Jesse Archer, hmm Philly Pops GM, Victor Castro and coming through the door EmyLaMarco. It was so much fun to be a part of Laura’s birthday celebration, she is a generous women who really cherishes her friends, and who’s friends adore her.As the clock struck midnight it was just our luck, that Matt Miller, owns one of my favorite pizza places, put in a few pie orders to satisfy our taste buds. To just call it a pizza place is really an understatement, it really is a restaurant that serves pizza, the best pizza in town – Helping to pass out the pizza’s is JD Coleates, owner of Triumph Brewing Company and Jeff who is cute and studying Sports Medicine and is single and available.After a few cocktails he confessed that one of his secret ingredients in his pizza: “IT’s in the cheese, I use ‘Grande Cheese’ and almost no other place does. It’s expensive at about $2.00 a pound, but it really makes a difference” and he’s right it does. (he only uses local produce too) Did I mention that he has a chef on the premise that creates other signature dishes. OK I am gushing, sorry, but when I find a quality product I really do want others to enjoy in my finds. (But don’t take my word for it, after a google search: Look out in future for another Matt Miller production as their is another foodie place that he will be opening on 13th Street.
(PS: IF you were at this party, you must EMAIL me at the above address for the link to the REST of the photos, thanks!)