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November 2008



Remember earlier this month when I didn’t give you enough time to visit the
Marketplace Design Center, well another chance is coming up next week and you can help out a good cause too. I received this email earlier this week:

I am one of the volunteer producers of a Public Service Announcement for the TOY EVENT….

It’s a 1 minute PSA for the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund & Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s TOY event. FYI : TOY is a fundraising event that collects toys for the children in CHOP’s HIV/AIDS unit and raises money for the DVLF – two great causes! Before last year – these brave children in the HIV/AIDS unit were overlooked COMPLETELY by other toy drives. They didn’t even get coal. DVLF and CHOP teamed up to create an event to ensure that those kids DO have a good holiday. This year, we are all determined to make them have a bettter one.

We made this PSA with a voluteer crew of actors, directors, camera people, and production people – straight, gay, bi, black, white, Hispanic, you name it…. Kelly Burkhardt, of TLA and PIGLFF, assembled an incredible team who did all of it for nothing. They were wonderful….We even had KIDS who signed up after seeing how their siblings were affected by last year’s efforts. The one young girl (Dari – the oldest in the final scenes) remembers how much it changes a very terrible week when volunteers brought gifts to her ill brother – AND HER AND HER SISTER. She and her mother took time out of their day to drive an hour and a half from DE to be part of the shoot. For no money…and to suffer throw me running around screaming “QUITE ON THE SET!” (well, not really – i was the producer not the director)

The event is Dec 5th – we’d love to have you there….and we want it to grow into THE LGBT & STRAIGHT ALLIED EVENT of the Christmas season!

Marc Phillips Showroom. Marketplace Design Center 2400 Market St, Philadelphia. For more info and to see the CLIP:


PHILADELPHIA HOLIDAY THINGS TO DO December 2008 (Will add to this list as I come across things)


My coverage of the Philly City Hall’s Christmas Village PHILLY FUN GUIDE HAS A LIST OF THINGS TO DO

The Comcast Experience Video Wall, the amazing display of images and sounds at The Comcast Center, is presenting Philadelphia with a holiday spectacle unlike any other.
From Thanksgiving Day (November 27) through New Year’s Day, the Video Wall will project The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a 15-minute program filled with the images and sounds of the season. 10am – 8pm More info here.


According to Philly Speak from 11/27 – 12/24
Pajama Jam at The Bellevue including Pajama-clad carolers, free bagels and JAM and 10% off at Teuscher and Williams-Sonoma for those who donate a pair of warm children’s pajamas to The Pajama Program. Nicole Miller will also donate 10% of sales that day to The Pajama Program.
WHEN: 11 am to 3 pm, Friday, November 28, 2008

WHERE: The Bellevue
Broad and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia

WHY: The Pajama Program donates warm pajamas and books to children in shelters and the foster care system.

VISUALS: Santas in the Lobby
Pajama clad carolers
Early shoppers enjoying bagels and JAMSANTA ARRIVES AT THE RITZ-CARLTON AT 11:00AM11/29


HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU, I am really grateful for your visit

I’m thankful for you my readers.

I grew up reading the “social” columns, the “What’s Happening” section, the “Neighborhood” articles, I always loved reading the Welcomat, The City Paper, The Suburban and I wanted to create something on a similar level. SO in July 2007, I created Philly Chit Chat. My goal was to cover the social scene, book signings, write about people, but mostly to promote Philly, especially charity organizations here and on a national level;
My blog is based on 2 specific blogs in NYC that I read while I was living there on a paralegal assignment (actually I had read The New York Social Diary even b4 I moved there.) These were the launching pads for my first blog Confessions of a Paparazzi, a behind the scenes look at the red carpet.

SO when I returned to Philly I wanted to capture the social events in my hometown, and Philly Chit Chat was born.

So number ONE I am thankful to you, all my readers, I really, really apreciate you stopping by; I also want to spotlight two of my longest readers, as they came over from my other blog Confessions of a Paparazzi, and now read PCC – Lisa from KC and Alex Rodriguez who loves nyc during the holidays. I just met Alex (with her mom) in person last Sept while I covered Fashion Week in NYC. She came up and said “Are you Philly Chit Chat?”
I want to thank Philebrity, Uwishunu, Foobooz, WHYY, NBC10, Geekadelphia, PhillySpeak,, Phawker, Will Do , The Clog, Kannon on Wired 96.5, Valerie Knight, Michael Klein, Dan Gross, Philly Style Magazine, The Metro, Christopher Gabello , Where Magazine and Laura Burkhardt, The Beat 100.3, Team Derek, folks who give me tips on celebrity photo ops, and anyone else who gave Philly Chit Chat a shout out or featured a story on their blog. Thanks!
Thanks to the PR Firms that invite me to events, who give me ideas, who mentor me, who trust me and who have become my friends.
Thanks to the law firm where I work for being so flexible, so I can be so flexible and create PCC.
Thanks to my friends who I only get to see on Facebook, and for the new friends I’ve met this past year who I photograph a few times a month. And the ones who I keep promising we’ll get together, or I will do a better job at the PCC Calendar.
I am always Thankful for my family, for their support and not complaining too much that I look tired and I don’t visit them anymore. (Ray, Marg, Judy (sitting), Janine, Me, Mom (sitting) and Tracy)

and Crista (here with mom)
I’m thankful that Mike is on the road to recovery and allows me to have the freedom to create Philly Chit Chat even though it takes me away from us, but it makes me very happy especially when I can give PR to a charity or organization that does so many good things for its benefactors. (Mike with her mom at her 75th Bday 2 weeks ago.)


Out and About : Phila Celebrity Sightings

Damn that Dan Gross scooped me yesterday. I was going to write about this later in the week, but since I saw this in his column today here goes:
Actor Chazz Palminteri, Phillies hurler Kyle Kendrick and “Survivor” girlfriend Stephenie LaGrossa and Wired 96.5’s G-N Kang caught DJ Vice spinning at Denim (1712 Walnut) Friday.

Actor Chazz Palminteri (ok I could have been less lazy and left the downstairs VIP area and asked him for a decent photo, but the place was packed)

Happy Birthday GN Kang – Unfortunately I had problems focusing in the dark club, otherwise this show would have been red hot sharp.

Kendrick, LaGrossa and Kang came by after a joint birthday party for the ladies at Gigi (319 Market), which LaGrossa co-owns. Here is Phillies hurler Kyle Kendrick and “Survivor” girlfriend Stephenie LaGrossa with your afternoon drive guy Kannon w/a K. You can listen to all your fave music and Dj’s on the Internet:
Vice stayed limber with shots of Patron in the DJ booth with promoter Brett Perloff throughout his set. Perloff, who recently parted ways with the Stein family at Pearl (1904 Chestnut), in which he was a partner, says he’ll open a high-end boutique bottle-service bar in the Rittenhouse area next month.

Cheers!!He was mum on a name or exact location, since the joint is another bar now. (Really I know where it is, but PCC must be mum on it too)

I don’t know if there was a shortage of women, or I haven’t been at a club in awhile, but I never saw so many men dance with each other since I stopped by Woody’s a few months ago. Maybe some guys are just in touch with their metrosexuality, but it’s kinda nice:)



If Friday night wasn’t a blow out enough, Saturday night was my law firm’s Holiday Party at the Flyers Game.Joe Kohn greets the guests and introduces us to a three VIP Flyers of the golden age, Bob Kelly, Gary Dornhoffer and Bernie Parent. Joe Kohn of the Kohn, Swift & Graf. I couldn’t ask for a more cool, boss who I really enjoy talking politics with and who supports my other life wholeheartedly.Here’s the Swift of Kohn, Swift & Graf, Robert Swift with his wife Meredith. Robert Swift is a pioneer in human rights litigation and a Director of the firm.
The newest attorney Jared Solomon with the newest paralegal Jessica Hall on right and girlfriend on the left Ariana.
Missing the party Karen, Grayson, Megan, George, Bob L, Preston, Neil, Christine, and I can’t believe I didn’t get a photo of Jane and her family.

Rob & Dominic Petracci (The Kohn Firm gave us these great Flyer’s hats)
Bernie Parent thrills the guests with stories of hockey greatness

KSG alumni Mike Boni, who left the firm last year to start his own. For many years he was the president of the Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia, and I occasionally helped stuff envelopes. With him is his longtime secretary Denise Petracci, who I was glad stayed at the Kohn firm. Many of the employees at the Kohn firm have worked there 12+ years including me. We are definitely a family as we have watch each other grow, get married, divorce, weather tragedies and enjoy many happy occasions.

Joan Burt with L-R Mrs. Burt, Kathy and her brother Jimmy
Kim from Reliable our in house copy service, she’s very reliable especially with those last minute jobs, with her is her sister

Tina Moukoulis, Esq. of Bernard Gross and Diane Werwinski, Berger & Montague paralegal work with me in NYC on the project I was assigned to for 18 months, and what is responsible for me starting my other career of celebrity/social/event/blogging photography. On the left is Tina’s fiance who’s name escapes me. I gave the pad a rest tonight and see what happens.I love that song by Beyonce “If I Were A Boy” and have now listened to it about 20 times writing this, but I also listened to “Don’t Stop Believing”, “Landslide” and “Silver Springs” too. I should go to bed. Did I mention Mike’s in the hospital. Segways are not safe to ride in Paris on cobblestones. But I should say it is actually very sad as his recovery period for a shattard wrist is a year. He has to relearn to use his hand with a plate and pins that were inserted. So I am having trouble sleeping as I write this at 3AM.

Russ Henkin and his wife. Russ is an attorney at Berger & Montague in Philly. I worked there on a project between 1/2002 – 7/2004. It was a great gig as I worked in a room alone with 400 boxes and managed the case from inception to the depositions; I learned alot about managing cases from that experience. I also picked up the bad habit of talking to myself.

I have a standing invitation to the Berger Montague holiday party, unfortunately I can’t make it this year, I have a celebrity event to shoot with Dr. Dre My friend Denise’s niece won a ride on the Zamboni
so did her friend
Barbara Moyer our law clerk and her friend
A few more alumni including attorney Steve Asher and Marty D’Urso came by and enjoyed the party

Doug Abraham and family
I work mostly with Bill Hoese. He has a wicked “Cool Hand Luke” kinda humor, he jams to the best 60’s, 70s rock, and has great stories of adventure. He really upgrade his Nikon F5 and take the plunge into digital, cause he has a great eye. At least 5 times a week he will call to me and say “Hugh do you have your camera with you.” By this time you would think he would know I carry it everyday. With him is his son Billy who is a championship golfer and bowler from Cherry Hill East and is now attending college, and wife/novelist/Obama volunteer Kathleen Barrett.
Flyer’s WIN!!!
People always ask me if I would give it up to pursue my other life, I don’t think so, I can’t imagine not going into work everyday to see these people I care about and who care about me. On the other hand if I won the lottery I would certainly visit a lot – LOLCheck out the photo album for photos to download: Photos



People ask if I regret not going to Paris with Mike. No I would have died on that Segway, I am not coordinated at all and I’m certainly not in as great of shape as Mike is. I do regret not getting to see this with him (but look how much I covered last week, plus I should have some exciting news w/in 2 weeks, something that might not have happened if I had gone to Paris 11/14)

I’ve seen this at Washington Sq in NYCMike rode the Segway for 4.5 hrs before his accident, which happend on his last full day in Paris. He was going to go to the Louvre after the tour.

His tour guide was new and the police chased them out of the street sending them down a cobblestone path towards the sidewalk. Mike sped up as to not get stuck on one of the cobblestones; instead it threw him off. Instinctively he put out his hands shattering his left wrist. They wanted to operate in FR (and Mike said the healthcare service was awesome, pay as you go, and what you can afford), but Mike wanted to return to the states. We thought he would have surgery on Sunday after his plane touched down, but they waited for a spot to come available which occured finally on Monday at 5PM. Poor Mike didn’t have a bite to eat from Saturday at 1PM until Monday at 9PM (Mike said he did a double Yom Kippur fast and can skip the next two years). He wanted croissants as he loved them in Fr, unfortunately he’d better not get attached to them as he must refrain from using his arm for at least 3 months, and it will take up to a year to heal. I get to bring him home today…


SABRINA TAMBURINO AND STEVE THORNE’S ENGAGEMENT PARTY – The Social Event of the Season a merging of love, laughter and Respect

FRIDAY NIGHT was a night of parties in the City, but there was no better party to be at then the Sabrina Tamburino Steve Thorne engagement party held at The Franklin Institute.

The guest list was the who’s who in Philadelphia, whether you were a politician, a celebrity, business superstar or just an average Joe like me, it was one big exciting party. Having never been to a party at the Franklin (as it likes to be called now) I was curious how a venue as large as it is would translate into a festive party. Sure enough it was perfect for the 500+ guest list, with minimal decoration (meaning no streamers normally found at any of my parties), but beautifully decorated accents, tables with minimal flowers as to not interupt the flow of conversation, beautiful ice sculptures, glass bowls with marbles and orchids, and most importantlymood lighting. In the early evening as the crowds arrived, the lighting was a soft, yet bold blue, welcoming friends to the cocktail party where there were a lot of welcoming hugs, kisses, introductions and catching up. The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial features a 20 foot high marble statue, sculpted by James Earle Fraser. Originally opened in 1938, the Memorial was designed by architect John T. Windrim and modeled after the Pantheon in Rome. The Hall is 82 feet in length, width, and height. The domed ceiling is self-supporting and weighs 1600 tons. The floors, walls, columns, pilasters, and cornices are made of marbles imported from Portugal, Italy, and France.
Sabrina Strickland, Arthur Kadyshyes and his step-mom who he was very excited to see.
I have to confess, although I had my pad with me, I tried to get most names, but many people said they were family or friends, and as karma would have it at the height of my frenzy I left it with a someone in this group of people I had just photographed and it was never seen again. So some people are going to have to help me out, ‘specially
The girl with the jet black hair, who is a big fan of PCC and said I’ve photographed her before but never put her up on PCC. I must have been crazy. I sure do come across a lot of readers of PCC and I truly, really appreciate you taking the time to read me. Steve, Joann, Bucci, Zarina, Michael & Sharon
Is this a crew or what friend, friend, Carol Tamburino, friend, Anna Verna, Frank DiCicco and a friend. I would appreciate ID’s on these folks. Thanks.

Caution curves ahead

Nina, Nino, Carol and Mia Tinari. Vogue should have called these folks already for a spread.Vince Papale, Joe Weiss, Sharon Pinkenson, Janet Papale (I have a fun story about her. One day I asked the correct spelling of her name, she said it’s Pap like smear, and Ale like beer. Ya gotta love that. ) Carol Tamburino and friends.

Sabrina engagement ring blinding guests, so don’t get out of line around her or you could be next.

There’s just no way this lady was not on American Bandstand. She’s hot, she’s got that sex appeal and later she really cut the rug.Among those celebrating the special occasion included Dana Spain and Anthony Chila who posed on the red carpet before entering the grand hall where Ben Franklin
but tonight instead of the bustling crowds on their way to checking out the many science exhibits that are featured in the museum they were kicking up their heels to the sounds of
the SoulCruisers. Who were just fantastic, and really got the crowd rockin’ early.

And the mood turned to hot, mad classy red hot lighting.

A dipped Donna who does a mean azz dance. Behind her is The Admiral.
And it was getting hot in other parts of the building. Carol Tamburino made sure all the men met the dancers and benefited by their special touch:

The happy couple pose with Lauren O’Dorisio and John Colabelli
Who loves you Erin Elmore, I do and so does Dr Shareef Jandali
Christian DiCicco and Jimmy Contreras It’s no wonder you two are friends, you kinda remind me of each other for some reason, but it’s not your heart melting baby blues. (I completely missed the cakes as I didn’t realize that it was between the columns in the main room. I did see a great photo
Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake your booty, shake your booty
Michael David Smith, Jill Rizen, Sabrina Tamburino and Steve Thorne (My job was to shoot mostly candid’s so this is one of the few photos I got of Steve and Sabrina)
For $8.95 you can pick up a life-sized and molded to closely resemble a human heart at the Reading Terminals Chocolate by Mueller
This group was looking very very chic and elegant as they sat on this bone fashioned into a bench.

A serious couple, looking seriously stylish Table 31’s Lauren O’Dorisio and Philadelphia Style Magazine Publisher John Colabelli. These two are great, have an amazing connection and are really a hot item. Lauren, so nice, so cute, so going places because she’s sincere.
Erin Elmore and Nina Tinari have something more in common then just good taste in style, their friends with single and newly elected State Senate Larry Farnese (If you saw his election flyer the photo used was one I took at the very beginning of his campaign, he looks mighty dapper with his white shirt and greenish tie.)
Bob Brady and James Kenny enjoy a laugh.
Brittany Welsh, Heather Walsh, Casey Marie Matula, Julie Thorne, Grandmom and Jen Hawkins, Remember girls it’s ok to practice your Paris pose, especially in the mirror. I really can’t stand it when I photograph women and they make me take a photo over and over again because they don’t like their smile. Just like everything, it takes a dress rehearsal to get it right.

Oh this is one of my favorite photos, Robert Thorne totally pimp up. I have to tell you Carol T set this shot up, and she was so right. It came out perfectly.Jim Werner with two pretty girls on his arms Caroline Bean and Miss Laura Burkhardt
Nicole looking fabulous in her midnight blue, with Nina Tinari, friend and Donna Coghlin in rockin’ red. Whether I shoot the red carpet in NYC, or here in Philly, black is always in style, but it takes a trail blazer to give us a little color. (while taking this photo and the one right before it, I heard I missed the Mummers, bummers!!) I probably should have asked her to stand for the full appreciation of that dress.
The National Italian American Political Action Committee members and Bob Brady

Nicole Cashman, Justin Wineburgh and Ben Franklin
As the evening began to wind down around 11:30PM, I headed over to the AP at Denin. Plus I heard that Chazz Palmerterri was there and thought maybe I’d get a shot before he hit me or something. You don’t want to mess with a soprano
but then I heard the dancing at The Franklin continued with a DJ until another hour or two after I left. Wish I had stayed. Even though I took nearly 500 photos, there were still a few that got away
Sabrina Tamburino and Carol Tamburino

Above photo from Heather Walsh’s Facebook, below Morgan Obidowski Jeff Guarcino with Sabrina Tamburino and thanks to Julie Thorne for this awesome shot of the cake, which unfortunately I didn’t even see until it was cut open as it was in between the columns in the main room. I didn’t even see the candy table next to it and was confused when I think Lauren was telling me how much she loved MaryJane’s and I told her I loved Bullseyes)




Please visit Philly Chit Chat daily for the continuing coverage of Philadelphia’s Scene, Celebrities and Celebrations.

Continue reading for the story of the opening night gala…

This week Del Frisco’s open’s to add to the upscale steak market that is heating up in Center City.DEL FRISCO’S IS OPENED no doubt the naysayers are eating crow as they thought that no way, no how under any circumstances could Del Frisco open on time as it was such a huge construction job to undertake in such a short time. Well boys it did open on schedule, now come on in and check out what they did to the grande ol’ dame
Over the course of 4 hours Del Friscos gave shelter, fed and entertained over 1500 people. What an amazing feat by the skilled managers, servers and organizers. Guests were greeted by servers with specialty drinks as soon as they entered the reception tent. I was impressed that managers, Del Frisco reps and even the Chef were right there thanking us for coming and wishing us a good night. Below is Chef John Stritzinger and his beaming wife Nicole. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is housed in a 23,000 square feet of retail space in Philadelphia’s historic Packard Building.
Dana Spain is checking her list, checking it twice, making sure that hot naughty and Kathy Orr nice get in Built in 1924 on the southeast corner of 15th & Chestnut streets, the Packard Building is a 407,000-square-foot mixed-use tower rising 26 stories. The long-vacant building experienced a complete retrofit in 2000 at the hands of developer David Grasso of Grasso Holdings, the building’s owner. It includes office and retail space and 153 luxury residential condominiums know as the Packard Grande. Then there’s Matt Vlahos handling the Press List and behind him is Holly Gross greeting the guest
Oh these two are beaming with joy, Steve Thorne and Sabrina Tamburino! No doubt tonight (Friday) will be a memorable night in their lives and I get to photograph it as they celebrate their engagement at The Franklin. It’s gonna be spectacular.
In Michael Klein’s column yesterday (Thursday) he really sums up the excitement going on in the City this week:
Rittenhouse Square probably will be one big traffic mess late tomorrow night and early Saturday. Vegas-based celeb magnet DJ Vice will be spinning at Denim Lounge (after a turn at the nearby Pearl tonight), and attendees of two private parties elsewhere are expected to show up at the Walnut Street nightspot.
One is the engagement party at the Franklin Institute for Steve Thorne, the auto-parts magnate, and Sabrina Tamburino of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. The other is a joint birthday party for Wired 96.5’s G-N Kang and Survivor alumna Stephenie LaGrossa at Old City’s GiGi, of which LaGrossa is part owner. LaGrossa’s beau, Phillie Kyle Kendrick, is expected, as are the Eagles’ Brent Celek and sports broadcasters.
A slight delay for the opening of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle steak house in the Grande at 15th and Chestnut Streets. The first dinner is down for Nov. 28 (no turkey on the menu), with lunch starting Dec. 9. Tonight, about 1,500 people are expected to attend a preview, at which the meatery will donate $20,000 to its charity partner, Project HOME. (End of MK column)

Dan Gross reported in his column 10/28/08 that Sean Landeta, the former Eagles’ punter who went on to join the Giants and win two Super Bowls, and local gal Donna Bretzel told their friend, publicist Sy Presten, that they plan to wed in Philadelphia next May. Landeta, an NFL player for more than 20 years, met Donna while he was with the Eagles.
As soon as you walk in the doors, you feel you’re in a feast. And, as you know, I’m quite a guy for a feast. It’s here you will be greeted by the hostess who will direct you to your table or downstairs to one of the private rooms or hideaway bar

it is also where you find the Vault. Walking through here you will find one of the private dining roomsThis room used to hold the cold hard cash of the well heeled of Center City, now will hold the well heeled heels of some of these people. The carpets been cleaned, it smells fresh and my anal self wants to push everyone out of the room so they don’t soil the carpet.
Magnificent, breathtaking, delicious food someone said. I overheard a guest say “These shrimp make up for the $25ks I lost in my investments today.” Although it wasn’t said by any of these folks, they’re probably smarter than me.
L-R – Maria DiPiertro Jenine Neff, David Neff and Kelly Lyle

On the 2nd floor you will find a wall of booths with tables lining the railing overlooking the first floor
Michael Colleran, general manager of KYW television (Thanks PH, who was accosted at the PO this morning when someone asked why I never take their photo for PCC, so if that has happened to you, just pull me aside and ask nicely and you too could be where), Carol Tinari and her beautiful brood, Nina and Mia with Susan Barnett, David Neff and Chris May
Tiffani McDonough and Tina Winston, who were head over heels in love with the steak sliders and the Papaya Martini. Tina has been to several of the Del Frisco’s and says that each one is unique, and the food is delicious. She really likes the Philadelphia space for one of her favorite restaurants and looks forward to her return visit.

Making the scene of late Hacina Saadi and her Laura (L)The peps behind Foobooz anonymous and Arthur Etchells
The drinks were delicious, the pineapple infused martini. About the food…steak & lobster sliders were also divine! Jimmy Contreras with Aditi Roy,NBC10 and Leslie Van Arsdale CBS3. Mary Patel the night before she flies to LA to finalize the script for the film she is filming here in the Spring. With her is film maker Charles Block and Quinn Blackwill

Making the scene Thom Cardwell, friend and James Duggan of Buckmonkey
Monica Malpass styling it with her holiday crush velvet red outfit and her friend Stacy Jorgensen
The GPTMC group Morgan Obidowski, Linda Huss, Anthony Malerba, huge Phillies Phan Mary Van Ogtrop, Eric Smith and his wild and crazy friend from college James Scarpella. James is new to town and is looking for someone to show him around. You will surely be entertained by his wacky Paul Lynde sense of humor.
David Simon, sporting a new ‘do Jamie Reibenbach and John Tori

Monique Curry and Samantha Brodsky
Breathtaking, don’t you think? The tower in the center holds your wine. The main floor holds an impressive number of people. The food was delicious, the staff helpful, KB Consultants and the Del Frisco people pulled off an amazing night showcasing their new restaurant, the food and the experience. I look forward to returning to enjoy a sit down meal, and to see what the place looks like with tables.

In Dan Gross’ Column 11/24/08:
Out and aboutEagles Jon Runyan and A.J. Feeley and team senior vice president Mark Donovan were among guests Thursday at the super-crowded grand-opening party of DelFrisco’s Double Eagle Steak House inside the Grande at 15th and Chestnut, where food and liquor flowed nonstop.Other guests included 6ABC’s Monica Malpass, Aditi Roy and Harry Hairston of NBC 10, and a gang from CBS 3 made up of Susan Barnett, Chris May, Kathy Orr, Doug Kammerer, Anne-Marie Green and Lesley VanArsdall. The restaurant, whose servers uniforms were designed by Distante (1510 Sansom), opens for dinner Friday and for lunch Dec. 9. Mayor Nutter, City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and Councilmen Jim Kenney, Bill Greenlee and Frank Rizzo were also at the party by KB Consultants, now throwing high-end corporate events.Here are a few updates: At the Grand Opening they served…425 bottles of wine275 bottles of vodka200 bottles of champagne
200 pounds of jumbo shrimp200 lbs of Australian Lobster Tails180 lbs pf Alaskan King Crab legs800 Oysters on the half shell800 lbs of tenderloin beefBest of all the Del Frisco’s donated $20,000 to Project Home to celebrate their opening here in Philadelphia
L to R: Shang Skipper, Mark Mednansky, Sister Mary Scullion, Dee Lincoln and Ray Risley.


First Annual “Toast to the Team,” a fundraising event sponsored by CBS Radio featuring the Philadelphia Eagles

A few Eagles took time out of their busy schedule last Tuesday to attend the first annual “Toast to the Team,” a fund raising event sponsored by CBS Radio – the radio home of the Philadelphia Eagles – with proceeds benefiting the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Since it was sponsored by CBS radio it made sense that there wasn’t a lot of press releases out there for me to read beforehand as I wanted to know what to expect.

What I did know was that for only a $100 ticket, fans could mingle with the players in the ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton in Center City while sampling food from some of Philadelphia’s finest restaurants (Kendra was nowhere to be found)

Chef Joseph Poon prepares a little something for the huge crowd
Bill Bergery does MC host with a Q&A of Quintin Mikell
Michelle DiPietro and Lisa Masino of Meritage Restaurant at 20th & Lombard. I asked Quintin Mikell for a photo, and it was hard to convey to him that 1)I needed the shot to promote this event 2) I had no idea who he was 3) I was not a fan planning to hang his picture with this strange women on my wall, at my office or in my locker. “You want me to pose alone”, me: YES: YES, but he grabbed this lady to be in the photo with him. I thought to myself OK won’t be sending that to my agency in NYC.
It happened again with Isaiah Ike Reese and he grabbed Brooke Honeyford, Public Relations Manager, Pennsylvania Ballet and had her pose with him, sweet as she is again I was irritated because normally when someone walks around with an 8lb camera people generally know I must be a news photographer. Finally I pulled him aside

and told him I was national press and needed to shoot him alone. He got it, and then Karma would have me get this shot – LOL
A friend with Joseph Kotarski and Lisa Gaudio
Trevor Laws says that for most games he has a pretty similar routine. He eats big the night before the game, watches a few hours of movies in the hotel. For breakfast he makes a big cup of coffee. Then has the same pregame meal every game; pancakes with peanut butter and honey on them.

Butcher & Singer was in the house. I was just there last night for dinner, yummy. I had the a Prime Rib and the potato pancake infused with sour cream, yummy. Mom had the halibut, at a steak place. She raved about it. Dad was a sports fisherman, so mom knows a thing about fish or two, so if I were you I would get both the prime rib and the halibut. I had the chocolate cake for desert, mom and the lemon merange. We both love the lemon merange. The cake was good, but is it possible it had too much chocolate. Now it did come with cherries soaked in brandy and well I don’t drink, but after accidentally eating one I thought I would need a designated driver and would have to start my sobriety count over – NOT. Randi Sirkin, Jeanna Chandler, George Waldie and Chef Shane Cash.

CBS folks Nicholas Coffey, Molly Keegan and Michael Braunstein. (Where the heck has he been lately?)
Of all the players at the event, Dawkins’ line for autographs was understandably the longest. He had to be moved out from the center of the room and put at a table to accommodate all of his adoring fans.
he posed with the fans no matter how awkward the shot might appearThe Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a special place in Dawkins’ heart. Prior to the 2007 season, Dawkins and his wife gave birth to twin daughters Chionni and Cionni, who were hospitalized for 17 days after being born prematurely (I saw Mr & Mrs Dawkins at the Marian Anderson Awards on Monday night, grooving to Rev. Kirk Franklin, they were no more than 7 feet from where I was standing). The doctors at CHOP saw the family through. (This shot was in Michael Klein’s INQlings on 11/15/08 and can be found online in the Sunday column 11/16/08; sometimes if I get a really great shot of something ie Brandy, on Friday night, I bump my own photos out of the Sunday paper. Sometimes he puts both in, I never know)

Tina Pyne brought out her whole family to support a cause that is near to their hearts, buying 5 arm lengths of raffle tickets at $20 a pop. Her favorite player of the night Brain Dawkins, she wishes he was single cause she has a special place in her heart for him. With her is Jennifer Turbett-Leighton, Pat Turbett, Bill Turbett and Liam Turbett; and in the back is Ian White and Brooke Honeyford.

Max Jean-Gilles poses with Abbey Greenberg of the Flour Pot Cookies, which are delicious. This week the Flour Pot Cookies have a special celebrating Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet Tour stopping in Philadelphia

BTW welcome to winter. Last week I was out at Tinicum Park and saw a woolly little Caterpillar with a thick mane of a coat. Looks like I am going to have to get used to this weather.


City of Hope presents Wildcats – its annual Hair Ball event. What is a hair ball?

Well, other than what your cat hacks-up, it is one crazy hair fashion show and dance that is always packed to the gills!!! These crazy cats drove up from West Virginia, thank you very much. (I’ve misplaced my holy bible pad and for my late night readers you know its 2:30AM and I just don’t have the patience to look for it, but I really do appreciate these folks for supporting the HairBall)
Carrie Nork-Minelli & Christa Guidi Thank you volunteers for working the table
Harry Giordano in one of three outfits for the night. The boy was on fire. He was so grateful for everyone that came out to support the City of Hope, he really is a geniune guy and you just want to help him, help others.

New York’s Fashion Week has nothing on the runway show at Hairball, the East Coast’s largest annual hair design competition. Models sporting outrageous themed hair designs will paraded on the catwalk at the Hyatt Regency on Philadelphia’s waterfront (Penn’s Landing) L-R my high school friend of 20 years Jodie Shaw (Splitting Hairs Salon, Audubon NJ, a cat, a hottie Kenny and PR Style Diva Sarah Doheny.
another hottie with a painted on Eagles Shirt with a thing or two on his mind. More than 275 stylists will put their shears to work for the coveted top spots, including “Most Intricate Design” and “Most Fabulous Head-to-Toe Look.”

Our friends at Wired 96.5 – Salons are invited to compete in Hairball after hosting a HopeCuts event on Nov. 9 and raising a minimum of $200 for research at their event. Hairball is open to the public. No tickets are issued; a $20 cover is requested at the door. All proceeds benefit cancer and HIV/AIDS research, treatment and education at the world-renowned City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute. For more information, contact Harry Giordano at 215.985.0869. Raffle tickets sold by the arm length
Seriously, if you’re over 40 the days of sandwich dancing should be behind you
Thom’s judging too

The owner of LA Hair Salon is Laura Angiolillo and her assistant is Kim Campanella and makeup done by Christina Regalbuto. L A Hair, that won the hair competition. 2849 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19148 (215) 468-9936

Besides the hair competition, their was a themed costume contest. Since tonight’s theme was you guessed it, Safari, well we got a Tarzan and Jane.
A few tropical birds
an animal or two
or more. I had a chance to speak with one of the cannibal’s mom’s. I asked her how he got the gig, mom said “He heard from a friend that the Phoenix Salon and Spa was looking for a jungle boy, he went down, I guess they liked his body and he was hired.”

Lots of eye candy to see
and not to see
and over $5,000 free products for guests attending the event

entertainment that was amazingbut I had to leave before the event was judge. Matt V threw a little shindig for Jimmy C and I was off to Mercato at 9:30PM and unfortunately missed more than half the competition, but next year watch out!! But L A Hair, won the hair competition.