TASTE OF THE NATION AT THE LOEWS ON AUGUST 17, 2009
The city’s top chefs, including esteemed honorary co-chairs Jose Garces of Garces Restaurant Group and Marc Vetri of Vetri, Osteria, & The Vetri Foundation For Children, along with a myriad of culinary pros, caem together to take a bite out of childhood hunger last Monday, August 17, when Taste of the Nation returned to Philadelphia’s Loews.Thanks to these folks who are on the board of Taste of Philly that worked all year long on to make the 2009 Taste of the Nation as successful as it was… Thomas Allen, James Zeleniak, Kelly Morrison, Carol Anne Casey, Erin McCloskey, Keren Ini, Mike Kates, Morgan Obidowski Adoff, Brian Adoff, Aaron Matzkin.
BJ Collins, Stacey Ciotti and Ed & Donna Stankovich
Internationally, Taste of the Nation has raised 85% of the more than $10.3 million Share Our Strength has granted to organizations. We focus our efforts in four priority countries, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Haiti and Mexico, that are working toward sustainable solutions to underdevelopment, poverty and hunger.
Bill Adoff, Barbra Adoff, Morgan Obidowski and Brian Adoff; Although this was the first time I met Mr. & Mrs. Brian Adoff I had already Facebook met them as my friend JasonSmith.com had photographed their wedding and I had seen the festive day.
Darren DeBlasis & Cindy Brad hanging out at the Taste of the Nation and discussing life’s possibilities.
Twenty Manning’s – Abby Feiner and Chef Kiong Banh
Dallyn Pavey – Dish Public Relations with Executive Chef, Andrew Masciangelo of Savona
The World’s Sexiest Couple Sandy Sanchez says of she and guy Roland Bui, who I caught lip locked a few seconds before I took this picture. (I’m always trying to get those candid’s but people catch me) Check out Roland’s Blog, but I warn you you’ll be hungry afterwards http://rolandafaim.wordpress.com/2009/08/21/taste-of-the-nation-philly-09/A sexy couple with 3 kids stealing a night out are Alicia Crawford-Zeleniak and James Zeleniak, Punch Media
Luke Elrath, and Kirsten Henri; Acting all Craig LeBan because who knows she could be visiting your restaurant in the near future to write something for her new gig Grub Street
I always enjoy running into Arthur Etchells – Foobooz, with Maryann Martino, and Omar Rosa
Union Trust in the house with Master Shucker Gordon Weldon, Vera Masi – Marketing Dir, and Chef Quincy Logan
Jennifer Andrews and Bobby Andrews, Director of Marketing at Phila Trolley Works
One of my favorite tour companies in the City. They have it all the trolley tours, and my favorite the Big Bus Tours, which go right thru the winter now that they have the weatherproof caps. You can be a tourist in your own City, I’ve taken the trolley tours about a half dozen times in my life, I’m due for another. The Big Bus Tour is awesome too hitting all the historic sites as well as going thru parts of Fairmount Park.
Eclectic, imaginative, modern seafood in a comfortable, hip environment celebrates three years in Philadelphian June 2006. SoleFood Restaurant, located in the historic landmark PSFS Building at 12th and Market Streets offers seafood with a unique flair. Yet, it is not just for seafood lovers, but for anyone that enjoys fine dining in a chic, upscale casual atmosphere.
R. Evan Turney and his girlfriend volunteered for the night dishing out Varga Bar’s delicious Mac & Cheese
Kristin Insalaco, Kristie Bergey and Meredith Lindemon – Daily Candy; Kristin & Kristie are working hard on the upcoming Philadelphia Fashion Week in October; Philadelphia will be the newest city to get its own fashion week this fall. A three-day event that will take place October 8-10, 2009 at the 23rd Street Armory (23rd Street between Market and Chestnut streets), The turnout was outrageously successful and the organizers really appreciate your support
Philebrity sighting of the night NBC10 Weatherman Bill Henly
Steve Thorne, Mike Sheridan – GPTMC, Jim Werner – GPTMC (Jim & Mike will be working double, triple time to work off the bill that will be coming in after scoring about 4 auction items tonight), The It Girl makes an appearance, she’s been incognito down the shore as well as preparing for her upcoming nuptials Sabrina Tamburino, Sabrina Strickland lucky girl is on her way to NYC on Wednesday to see Britney Spears at MSG.
A few of the peeps representing the beneficiaries of tonight’s event David Kleima, Philabundence, Emily Rhodes & Diana Oviedo, Greater Phila Coalition against Hunger
Taste of the Nation Volunteers: Emily Booth, Emily Huegner, Philip Goyette
Laura Price, PR Director Quaker City Mercantile and Nam Lee; Happy Birthday Nam, she hope’s to see some of you a the Alfa Tasting Dinner’s which is just $35 a head; check out the full menu, with drink pairings, at: http://alfabar.blogspot.com/
Thanks to the participating restaurants: