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May 2009


CHASE AND JEN UTLEY’S 2nd Annual Utley All-Star Animals Casino Night (with the Phillies)

Last night was the 2nd Annual Utley All-Star Animals Casino Night to benefit the Philadelphia Chapter of the SPCA. Many of the well heeled, sports watching folks attended the $250 person a ticket event. The proceeds benefited the Pennsylvania SPCA. Jaime Apody from ABC6 writes “They’re Philadelphia’s ‘it’ couple (An “IT” couple you say, where have I heard that before?) He is a World Champion on the field and together they’re true champions for animal rights. “I grew up with animals, Jen had some animals growing up, that’s why I’ve always been fond of animals, and years it kind of started when Jen began to volunteer at the SPCA,” Chase said. Jen now serves on the shelter’s board.

Outfielder Stylin’ Jayson Werth of the Philadelphia Phillies, and wifeJulia Werth, Jennifer Utley and Chase UtleyI asked Chase if he had a few of these Bud’s with the Phillies World Series logo at home on a shelf? He said “No, great idea, you know what I’m going to buy a case” (This is Chase’s actually beer [Jen’s water]. Should I have swiped it and sold it on Ebay?)
The ladies were sporting some stylish shoes

The food was done by Feastivities Events ( has created the finest corporate galas, weddings, and social affairs in Philadelphia & Main Line Suburbs, New York City, and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region for over twenty years. The menu was vegetarian. Jen Utley is a vegetarian, plus it was an animal event, it’s probably not polite to eat them. (It reminds me of the time I was covering Pam Anderson at a PETA event and the girl from Law & Order showed up (married to football player) in a mink coat. Pam kicked her ass out of there.)Jimmy Rollins is one of the most dapper Phillies, and he and girlfriend Johari Smith will appear in a Playboy fashion feature, most likely in the June issue and on video on Playboy’s Web site. (Chris Cabott of the Center City law office of Lloyd Remick/Zane Management coordinated the Johari Smith & Jimmy Rollins Playboy shoot on behalf of Rollins and Smith. [which would explain why I saw Chris Cabott in the house near Jimmy)
Me trying to capture a candid shot for Michael Klein’s column. (Like 2 weeks ago and the photo I took of Heidi Hamels throwing a baseball in her party dress)Almost a decent candid, but the angle is all wrong. You can see Jayson Werth’s Championship ring fairly clear here, which makes this almost a good shot. There was a table to my left and I was stuck in an odd place unable to move, as it was I missed a few people at the step-up-and-repeat trying to get the candids. When I shoot an event with VIPs, I wear three hats. 1) I shoot for the blog, 2) for my national/international photo agency WENN 3) INQlings and/or other media where they might be interested in a shot.
Philadelphia’s Picnic Company Is Created To Sustain Events in Tough Times
These are food shots from the Festivities Catering Co. I’d like to know what kind of camera was used, I love these shots.

I don’t follow baseball, but does Clay Condrey, always look so damn serious? It’s the Red Carpet Man lighten up? His wife Elizabeth on the other hand, adorable.The Hamel’s so clean and fresh. Seriously these two need to get into commercials they are so squeaky Doris Day and hot. I’d buy a car from them.
This year was even more successful than last year and the room was packed for the Utley event benefiting the PSPCA. Last years event raised over $200,000 for the organization.

Although I didn’t roam around it might be tough for a guy of my size. Did I mention that on June 1, I will begin the NBC10/Fusion Cross Training – Philly’s Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge. That’s right you can see me sweat on TV, then follow my progress here on Philly Chit Chat. We already filmed a segment and it was a laugh a minute, when I wasn’t straining from the pain.
Here’s last years Utley SPCA event. These shots will give you a better idea of how the room was probably set up:


CELEBRITIES IN PHILADELPHIA, recently & in the future

On Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, 2009, the Free Library hosted its third annual Free Library Festival. Drawing our largest crowd to date–estimated at 35,000!–the Festival presented more than 50 authors, performers, and programs, and 80 exhibitors at the Street Fair and Literary Marketplace. Thanks to our Festival Sponsors, the City of Philadelphia, and the Fairmount Park Commission, to the Free Library staff, and to our more than 200 dedicated Festival Volunteers for another fantastic fest!One of the headliners was Kristin Chenoweth who read from her book A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth (and ghostwriter Joni Rodgers, which is listed on the cover too. Is it a biography then?) On the main stage she did a Q&A with Tamela Edwards. Towards the end of the session Edwards mentioned that she had heard that Chenoweth could tell the weather with her hoo hoo. Chenoweth explained that she had fractured coccyx doing a split. “The lasting legacy of the Cooter Smash is that I’m the first to know when it’s going to rain. That’s right. I both sing and predict the weather with my hoo hoo. Mozart, meteorology, plus all the usual stuff.” Edwards asked her if the Phillies would get their game in the next day before the predicted rain. She said yes, and she was correct.
I am a Christian and I don’t want there to be any confusion about what I believe or who I am. I don’t believe gay people are going to hell. I believe that judgment is left to the one upstairs and I believe Jesus is all about love. If I can live my life even just a smidgen the way God made his son for us as an example, I’m happy. I do not judge other people for what they believe, but for me, this is what works.
– Kristin Chenoweth

She met with her fans, signed and posed for photos
Three fans from the Philly area made her Chenolicious White Trash Cookies” — basically, a sandwich of cookies made from commercial chocolate chip dough with a generous slathering of store-bought vanilla cake frosting. She ate two of them on the spot.
John Quiñones is a co-anchor of the ABC newsmagazine Primetime, a correspondent for 20/20, and the sole anchor of the popular Primetime limited series What Would You Do?, which uses hidden cameras to capture people’s unscripted reactions to compelling ethical dilemmas.
Peter Yarrow. Great to see him in person, and interacting with a new generation
The largest audience had to be for the author John Green.
I never heard of him before, but I was in the minority
*Family: Married to Sarah Urist Green.
Education: Graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, with degrees in religion and English.
Books: “Looking for Alaska,” published in 2005; “An Abundance of Katherines,” 2006; “Paper Towns, 2008; “Will Grayson, Will Grayson,” a collaboration with David Levithan scheduled for publication in 2010.
A few weeks back I took this photograph of Heidi Hamels. I wasn’t sure if it would be picked to be in the paper, but a different one of Heidi ran, but I thought 57% of my readers might enjoy this shot of the hottie Heidi. Tonight I will get to see Heidi again at the Chase and Jen Second Annual “Utley’s All-Star Animals” charity casino night benefiting the Pennsylvania SPCA. Chase and Jen are dedicated to the fight against animal cruelty and are focusing their efforts on raising funds toward ending animal abuse in Pennsylvania.
Meet JOE FRAZIER at FYE on June 4th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ 12:00 PM!!! (100 SOUTH BROAD STREET, PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania 19110)
Reese Witherspoon is not in town yet, but her people are looking for a place for her to live. Rumor has it that her ex-hubby Ryan Philippe will also be filming or baby sitting the kids this summer (a friend received a texted message and told her to get her party shoes on because it’s gonna be a wild summer. Did I mention Octo Club is opening on 6/17/09) Their time here will overlap for about 3 months. I predict a few celeb sightings as they share custody of the kids taking them to many our great Philadelphia attractions.


Magee Rehabilitation Hospital 9th Annual Night of Champions fundraiser

Adam Taliaferro Gala 10/16/10
10/16/2010 Hyatt Regency Penns Landing, Phila Pa 6PM

Helping athletes who suffer spinal cord injuriesThe foundation provides emotional, financial and educational support to student-athletes who suffer catastrophic head or spinal injuries in sanctioned team events in New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Delaware. The foundation also provides educational and financial support related to the research, prevention and care of such injuries.

On Friday, May 8, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Philadelphia, Pa held it’s 9th Annual Night of Champions fundraiser at the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union Hall in South Philly.

Enjoying the cocktail party is VP Clinical Operations at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Bob Kautzman, Mary Schmidt Read, Magee SCI Program Director and Magee Research Coordinator, Vickie Underwood, Karen Fried and Rick Read

It also brought out a few celebrities in Philadelphia, VIP’s included Adam Taliaferro, Jon Runyan, Mike Mamula, and Raheem BrockSean and Jamie Mulholland

Ken and Rhoda Fulginiti, with Eileen and Tom Duffy. Mr. Duffy is Magee’s 2009 Champions in the Community awards recipient. Tom is an attorney and is an avid supporter of wheelchair sports.
Many of you may recognize this fellow on the left, I did not as I don’t follow sports. But once he spelled out his last name the light came. Dallas Green with Comedian Joe Conklin or Sir Voicealot is the man of thousand Voices. He is most famous for his work impersonating the voices of local sports figures on the WIP morning show with Angelo Cataldi.
Adam Taliaferro, Erin Mulshenock and Kelli Ziomek. Taliaferro is a former American Football player whose recovery from a paralyzing spinal cord injury sustained while playing for the Penn State Nittany Lions gained national media attention. Given only a 3% chance to ever walk again, he began a well-publicized rehab at Magee Rehabilitation. After eight months of rehab, Taliaferro had learned to walk again. In 2001, an emotional crowd welcomed him back to Penn State where he became an student-assistant coach under Joe Paterno as well as playing in 5 more games. Today he is studying law at Rutgers Univ, and has created his own foundation to help support others with spinal cord injuries. The foundation was created in 2001, and continues to grow each year. The foundation has been said to raise over $80,000 per year for spinal cord injuries.

Indianapolis’s Colts Raheem Brock and Teela Spiller. Former Owl and current Indianapolis Colt Raheem Brock is giving back to his hometown through his new foundation “Through my foundation, I plan to work with underprivileged children with an emphasis on education and giving back to the community,” Brock stated on his web site, “I feel that both of these aspects are important to molding the leaders of tomorrow.” Vince “Invincible” Papale, wife Janet, daughter Gabriella and son Vince Jr. standing by a poster signed by him and Mark Wahlberg who played him in the movie about his life.
Magee Sports Teams Magee sponsors athletes in the sports listed below and works with several other sports organizations. These activities are coordinated through Magee’s Community Programs department. Magee supported athletes can compete in these sports:

The Night of Champions event included dinner, raffle prizes and live and silent auctions. Once again, WIP Radio host Howard Eskin served as the auctioneer, who offered to play golf at the Philadelphia Cricket Club with the person who won the outing, boosting the winning bid to $500.
Those in attendance bid on items such as a Phillies cap signed by the 2008 World Series Phillies ($850) and a B.B. King autographed guitar ($1850). La Salle University coach John Giannini had the winning bid on tickets to the Colbert Report. He got them for his wife for Mother’s Day. The amount of money raised for Magee’s wheelchair sports teams…well over $172,000.
To learn more about Magee or the wheelchair sports programs, visit


Philadelphia Chef Brendan Smith at Lippincott House Debuts his new Catering Business

Looking for a place in Philadelphia to hold your next party, event or even a wedding? The Historic Lippincott House, which when we last visited, had become a very popular Bed & Breakfast, is now partnering with Chef Brendan Smith to host events and special occasions to which he would provide the delish food.

The kickoff party for the B. Smith Catering Company was held at the Lippincott House which lies in the heart of Philadelphia, one block from Rittenhouse Square. For decades it was a private home, but in the last year the owners, Jack Eldridge and Mary Beth Hallman,
who have been in the house for the last 12 years, decided to convert it into a Bed & Breakfast. Now they have decided to also open the house for the rental

The Lippincott House at 2023-2025 Locust Street was built in 1897 by publisher J.B. Lippincott for his daughter, Christina, who returned to Philadelphia after traveling through Italy.
Upon entering the Lippincott House, the foyer leads to a upgraded kitchen with pantry and dining room with beautiful hardwood flooring. It’s here where Chef Brendan Smith will prepare your meal. A staircase leading to the second floor is in the main foyer where you will find the living quarters. The mansion features three floors of event space, a screening room, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a four-room Bed & Breakfast, and grand Victorian decor – including the original Brazilian rosewood staircase and paneling, stained glass windows and an an antique billiards table.

Chef Smith, formerly of the Kimmel Center and the United Nations, is the chef and owner of b*smiths gourmet catering as well as Smith’s Restaurant | Lounge on 19th street in Philadelphia. He has extensive experience in fine dining and events, having spent a decade with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the United Nations, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, the Academy of Music, the Kimmel Center, and, most recently, Smith & Wollensky. At the Kimmel Center, he was one of the first area chefs to commit to local, seasonal ingredients, a tradition he continues today.
Event menu items include seared diver scallops with English pea puree and Vidalia onion foam in spring; grilled Maine lobster with sweet corn hash and a chive buerre blanc in summer; and Bordeaux braised short ribs with roasted Yukon whipped potatoes and a Granny Smith apple reduction in winter. Chef Smith is also known for his versatility, offering event planners a wide range of cuisine and styles, including a la plancha, sous-vide and small plates. Chef Smith also is a certified sushi chef.
Patricia Jobling, Julia Somers-Morley, Photographer Susan Ryan
The house is full of treasures, including a 1660s Dutch wardrobe, antique pier mirrors, and an 1887 grand piano.
Stephanie Smith and Chef Brendan Smith

Dan and Tracey Yerkes
One of the beautifully appointed bedrooms of the Bed & Breakfast which may be available to rent in case you need it. Erin Jackson Director, Marketing & Multicultural chats with Tara Theune Davis
Choose from buffets, food stations or a seated dinner. Chef Brendan Smith will personally attend to your menu selection and catering ideas for the special event. Lippincott also offers a unique “chef’s table” event where guests can cook alongside Chef Brendan Smith in the home’s recently renovated kitchen (featuring an Aga stove). Event rentals are by the hour and begin at $250 per hour.
A carved wooden stair case with beautiful stained glass windows lead to the third floor Billiard Room. Guy Barbarulo and Tara Theune Davis admire the handiwork.
Whether you’ are celebrating life’s milestones or getting down to business, the Lippincott House offers a unique and elegant special event venue. Rooms available for rental include the dining room, parlor and conservatory and/or billiards room. We book only one event a time.

Michael DeBaecke and Joshua Valocchi (Thrillist)
Longtime friends Tara Theune Davis, Casey DeBaecke & Annie Heckenberger

Lippincott Owner Jack Eldridge and Chef Brendan Smith For information on Smith’s Catering, visit or contact 888.399.1990 or For views of the Lippincott House, visit

The Lippencott House has the exclusive privilege of Chef Brendan Smith’s catering, but b*smiths can also travel to your location. Because of it’s Philadelphia base it gives them the flexibility to serve you anywhere in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware.
Event Coordinator Stephen Penwell 888-399-1990



I’m going to listen to one of my commentators and not comment on this, because he’s right I am a Social Diary (Please visit the charities/events I cover on my blog), but because I am getting a lot hits regarding this I just want to direct you to two sites that are discussing this issue.

Check Philly Blunt for Brian Hickey’s take on the piece. Also check out the great article in Philly Mag on Thursday regarding Brian Hickey and his battle to live after a drunk driver almost killed him last winter.

Also fan favorite Philebrity…
Arthur Kade Apparently Not Even Half The Man His Father Is: We were gonna hold off on writing about this until T..


and the Philly Mag Article Here

I hear the issue will be out on the stands Thursday, and the link will go live again then. (Andy Kauffman still comes to mind when I think about Arthur Kade)



PCC wrote about two new dining choices in Philadelphia today. Be sure to check out the entry below too to read about the new Korean yogurt place at 18th & Chestnut with club hours.

On March 18, 2009 I wrote that the Ritz would add outside dining to the menu as soon as they were able to get permission. Today the smokers were kicked off the steps, and the diners were welcomed to dine 10 Arts alfresco with Chef Jennifer Carroll for the first time. Now you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and even just drinks
on any of the 6 tables are on the top landing of the steps at the Ritz.
There are 4 two tops and two 4 tops. Another item I wrote about was the new awnings and signage for the building. The Ritz is still waiting for these items to be approved by L&I. The new awnings will say the Ritz-Carlton, currently they are just blue. And at the corner of Broad and Chestnut, they hope to add a sign that says “10 Arts” restaurant.
Here’s the March 18th entry ***Have a safe Memorial Day weekend. On Tuesday look for the latest happening’s at Smith’s and what Chef Brendan Smith is doing about it.


SWEET ENDINGS yogurt palace to open in Rittenhouse Square June 1

18th & Chestnut final reveal. A few weeks ago I wrote about a Head Shop being opened behind this store, but with the brown paper still taped over the windows I could see what was going on inside what used to be the Amazon Juice store for many years.
I thought for sure it would be a nail salon

I couldn’t have been further from the truth, it is a frozen yogurt store.Although they were still working on the place, I went in with a few questions. They are only going to sell frozen yogurt. The yogurt will be based on recipes from Japan/Korea/Asia.
they will be organic, low fat, sugar free yogurt based on Japanese recipes. It seems to me that this place is going to be similar to a place called Pinkberry, which is a franchise of upscale frozen dessert restaurants headquartered in Los Angeles, California. There are currently 72 stores, mostly located in Southern California with thirteen in New York City. The first store opened in January 2005 by Korean Americans Shelly Hwang and Young Lee.[1] The tart, frozen dessert has a groupie-like following who sometimes refer to it as “Crackberry”[1] (not to be confused with the BlackBerry, which has also been nicknamed the Crackberry). The company acknowledges its cult-like following by maintaining a “groupie corner” on its website. (Wikepedia)
They only had vanilla yogurt on my visit, but he said he would have at least 6 flavors including the popular Green Tea. They will be open 7 days a week with amazing hours for all the club goers. S – Th 10 -11PM on Friday’s & Saturday 10AM – 2AM; One tiny problem, no one seemed to speak English, just a lot of pointing going on, so it’s a good thing it looks like it’s self serve.

So next time you are done with the Continental, cross the street and enjoy “Sweet Ending” before you end your night.I like the complimentary color scheme that they both share.
And there’s ample seating. I wouldn’t be surprised if eventually you could dine alfresco at “Sweet Ending”

I made a mistake it’s called Sweet Ending as they posted a For Help Sign


Barney’s New York Co-op in Philadelphia !! VIP Opening Party by Philadelphia Style Magazine

I had a great time last night photographing Philadelphia Style Magazine’s Opening Night Party at Barney’s. (Did I mention I was on the Hot List in this issue, the 10th Anniversary Issue, it’s true and I am honored. I took over 200 photos last night, and there were a lot of people I just couldn’t fit on PCC. I am going to start something new, in three days time after an entry is posted, I will upload photos to my Gallery [see tab above]. For the price of a large vanilla latte you can purchase your photo w/o the watermark. The photo can only be for personal use ie facebook, framed whatever, but not for mean spirited blogs, or media of any kind w/o permission. I would love it if you gave PCC credit, as I cover mostly charity events and I want people to get to know and support these charities. 2ndly if your photo doesn’t appear it means that it could show up in the media somewhere. For events where I am hired as an event photographer, those photos belong to the organization that hired me, but they could still appear on PhillyChitChat.)

Last night was the Opening Party at Barney’s New York Co-op. It’s about time we got a Barney’s in Philadelphia. The store is located on the first two floors of the legendary Rittenhouse Club.
If you haven’t experienced the new BARNEY’s Store on Rittenhouse Square, I would like to show it to you through Philadelphia Style Magazine’s eyes… We will be hosting a VIP Party in honor of Barney’s Grand opening and would like to invite you join me as we take a rare glimpse at Philadelphia’s new gem.
At this point in my career I am excited to cover a Phila Style Magazine event as it’s a reunion of many of the people I have photographed over the past two years and it’s become easier. Plus it’s fun too.
Although it’s not always easy to get the fun “candid” shots that I like to take, because people like a nice posed photo with their friends, where they can check out the shot to make sure they look picture perfect.

Marykay Raschella, Lindsay Kravitz, Val Daily and Kaci Mitz.
But there are those occassions where friends don’t mind if you get the “gotcha” shot, especially if it is funny, and I don’t know two funnier, fun lovin girls than Sabrina & Strickland Monique Crawford. Sabrina is putting her headband in. L-R Robert Ambrosi (partner in the development company, ARCWheeler, the company that built 10 Rittenhouse), Carol Tamburino, Julianne Glatz, John Mai, Sabrina Strickland and the newly single, out on the town, promoting a Larry Farnese event for June 2 ask her about it Lindsay Furman (I hope I get to cover it for PCC)
Andi Pesacov and Justin Fine. Andi is the broker that worked on the deal to get Barney’s here. A big thank you to you, as I may not be able to afford it, but I appreciate a store of that quality and magnitude anchoring Rittenhouse Row and dialing it up a bit as far as style and quality for Philadelphia.
Rittenhouse’s newest guilty pleasure will feature designers like Rag and Bone, Alexander Wang, A.L.C., Shipley & Halmos, Marc Jacobs, DVF (which btw I have a photo of Katherine McPhee is this weeks Life & Style mag wearing a DVF. I took it during fashion week), Band of Outsiders, and Raf by Raf Simons, just to name a few. The store will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday’s from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vittoria Woodill (a former Eagles cheerleader and LaSalle student, is now with the CW Philly 57 Crew), WOGL’s Jamyra Perry and KYW’s Melony Roy. I love spring colors.
Model Joey Elmo, Kerri Smith, guests, Jill Rizen and guest.
The lovely Toni Crawford (getting out there socially lately, twice on PCC this week) and NYC Celebrity and Socialite Stylist, Derek Warburton, single-handedly is changing the economy by showing the American people how to shop smarter. This week he is filming a few segments in Philadelphia. Look for him around Rittenhouse Row, checking out a few places including Joan Shepp. Speaking of Rittenhouse Row, look for a Nike Y3 shop to open soon, but since I haven’t been given the OK I don’t feel comfortable saying where it’s going to be located.
Tiffany T. Branch and Lisa Cohen are my new BFF’s. Lisa went to school at Widener University School of Law in DelawareWhich is where Mia Tinari is just finishing up her final year with exams wrapping up this week. With her is Real Estate agent Nigel Richards, Check out his page and blog and see if Nigel Knows Philly
Perhaps he’s looking for new digs for Mia’s intended Dave, who’s moving to town in just a few weeks. Dr. Harold Jaffe and Roberta Dranoff. Roberta says that “exciting thing are happening in Philly, it’s a snergy and all developers want to see their competition succeed because in the end it just helps Philly move forward.”
Noah Stein (Artie Lange, cast member of the Howard Stern Show, signs at Borders, Philadelphia 6/3 6PM), Feastivities Events announces the dynamic and innately talented Scott Barnes as Director of Marketing & Public Relations and Alla Kligman. Feastivities provided the food tonight and it was outstanding, and I’m not just saying that, it was unique and tasty. Tony Piazza and Aly Green (I work a lot with Aly and she is a joy, not only is she my “boss” but my friend too)
Speaking of friends, Jonathan Vendrick was my guest (VIP Concierge at Loews Hotel), the kind that I say Jonathan enjoy, meet people, network and I will be running around taking photos the whole time. Jonathan so enjoyed himself he bought a pair of sneakers and shirt to go along with his gift bag at the end of the night. With him is his long lost friend he ran into, Amy Branzuela. They used to work together at HMV on South Street. Those were wild times. Amy is the Marketing Support Associate at Starr Restaurants
Now this is the kinda photo I like, a whole bunch of beautiful women in one shot. Kaci Mitz (who I hadn’t seen since New Year’s Day and since that period she has gone on to meet a man and they live together. You go girl!), Kristin Foote, and would it be a party, especially a VIP party w/o my girl Sabrina Tamburino (the girl is disappearing, rumor has it she’s on that wedding diet’s potential brides do; and thanks to the lovely Brooke de Villanova, we know what kind of wedding Sabs is having. No botox that week for me, ’cause I’m gonna be wearing a mask.) Sabrina Strickland, Marrissa Rosen, Monique Crawford and Erin Elmore.
guest, G-N Kang (who tells me her body is sore from football practice. We will be joined in sore together as I was just picked to be on Philly’s version of the biggest loser by NBC10 and FusionCrossTraining, but I will write more on this later.) Ruben Harley, Meesha Miller and Erin Elmore (winner of this years Philly’s version of “Dancing with the Stars”, hmmm maybe someday I will title myself, winner of Philly’s version of Biggest Loser?)
On the far right, “The Mayor” Drew Carballo serves up as a celebrity bartender at 32 Degrees Luxe Lounge’s “Rise Up Thursday Local Celebrities” TONIGHT 10PM til Midnight. With him is Bobby Hiestand and Erin ChurchillArthur Kade and Steve Ward, the host of reality show “Tough Love” on VH1. These two have more in common than just living their lives on a reality show; if you were at Rouge last night around 10PM you may have been able to connect the dots.
The Mayor – Drew Carballo, Brooke Bugatti, Ruben Harley, and Lee Christy
Donna Coghlan and Amanda Hartung Lily Conner and John Giordano
Reggie Brown and John Colabelli and friends. John is Hampton’s bound this weekend.
Anthony DeMaio and model Brittany Ann Cormack who we last saw at the Ettore 10th Anniversary party. Ironically another big party going on last night was a party at Ettore Salon for Charles Cushing. I couldn’t make it, but heard it was very nice.
Nicole Bilcher, who just had a lovely wedding shower with friends and family. With her is her fiance Charles Paloux. Wedding is within the next 2 weeks.
Leonard and Raya Kadyshes
Guest, Peter Breslow, Dana Spain and Steve Rockman. Dana tells me she’s gonna spend the weekend with her new guy, enjoying Philadelphia. When people leave town for the weekends, she enjoys the town the best. She loves Philadelphia, don’t you?
Girls on the town Lauren Nelson, Alycia Lane and Lauren O’Dorisio. This trio will be with their media boyfriends in the Hampton’s this week celebrating lots of Bdays. Chris Booker (5/20), Alycia (5/10), and Lauren’s (5/28), Lauren O and John Colabelli both January babies, and John Bolaris Feb 12 ( Former Q102 guy Booker just landed a gig in L.A. He told Howard Stern [who he BBQ with over the Memorial day Weekend with the posse] that Lane is coming with him.)


EGAN DAY a Beautiful Jewlery Store in Rittenhouse Square

A few weeks back we met Cort Day and Kate Egan, at Kelly Boyd’s (KB Consultants) house where she held the preview party for the Philadelphia Young Playwrights pre-event which is to Honor Governor Rendell, June 3 at their Annual Benefit (see PCC Calendar), owners of Egan Day fine jewelery and decorative objects in Rittenhouse Square. 260 S. 16th street philadelphia, pa 19102 267.773.8833 mon-sat noon-6pm closed sundays. They told me the story of the origins of their store here in Rittenhouse Square which they just set up in the past year after arriving from LA. They mentioned that they were having a small get together to showcase a few newly arriving pieces and if I wanted to come by and see their store. I was intrigued as they were interesting to talk, as well as very laid back and relax, so I was curious to see what kind of jewelery they carried.
The shop which is adorable, quaint and intimate, is the exclusive representative of the nature-inspired works by renowned designer, Ted Muehling, and will feature his sterling silver and oxidized bronze candlesticks produced by E.R. Butler.
Egan Day also showcases the figurative and highly imaginative creations of Gabriella Kiss, exquisitely set semi-precious gems by Maria Beaulieu, and finely wrought enameled and carved rock crystal cameos by Jonathan Wahl.
Through her renowned jewelry, Gabriella Kiss gracefully honors her enduring fascination with nature, with life cycles, with birth and death and the universe in between. Gabriella Kiss has an eye for the small and is drawn to detail, deriving inspiration from the flora and fauna of nature, the life cycles of the natural world and art history.
Jeweler Maria Beaulieu has a keen eye for rock collecting. “For me, it’s all about the stones,” says the Maine native. “I find inspiration in everything from 123kt aquamarines to Argentinian agates to tumbled beach pebbles. I try to find the most exquisite specimens and then set them with just enough gold to highlight their natural beauty.” Prices range from a couple hundred to the early thousands.
Stephanie Lutzo and Kate Egan. Stephanie and husband Michael own Adresse a dress boutique located around the corner at 1706 Locust St. When I looked up on Yelp for a little info on the store, customer Lulu states the best thing about Adresse is the customer service. I once purchased a little cocktail dress and even though it was from one of the more modestly priced lines they carry, Michael and Jordan treated me as if I were buying the most expensive dress in the store fussing over me and helping me decide whether or not to have it tailored (I hear they have a fantastic tailor),etc. – It’s no wonder these two nice ladies found each other and are friends, they both exude a warm, friendly effervescence.
Cort Day is the author of one book of poems, The Chime, and is currently at work on a novel when he’s not at the store. He has taught writing at the New School and at Pratt Institute, in New York City, before moving to LA and then nesting in Philadelphia. At the end of the evening he entertained us with one of his works.
Perhaps you might want to pick up a memory at Egan Day’s for this special night “The Rittenhouse Square Ball” which is right around the corner; an elegant garden party under the stars. This year’s Ball on The Square takes place Thursday June 18, 2009, at 7 PM. The Ball is the Friends’ most important fundraiser of the year. For information, contact Alan Sandman, Ball Chair, at