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December 2009

Philadelphia

NEW YEAR’S WRAP UP IN PHOTOS

A few of my Favorite Shots from 2009

Without Mike PhillyChitChat is nothing…

Thank you to my family who I don’t see enough cause I’m busy a lot, and who hopefully understand why I don’t put advertising on my site or try and turn a profit. It’s a labor of love. (Sometimes they ask me, since I guess my neglect would be more palpable is I were making money with my absence.)

Thank you to the folks in Philadelphia that allow me to chronicle their lives in the pursuit of giving a little more exposure to the charitiesThe Tims

Lady Gaga shot in Philly but published in the NY Daily News
Joined Fusion Fitness and took this picture too. This month at Fusion it’s media month, if you are in the media Fusion Cross training Fitness want’s to give you 2 free weeks of fitness. 2 FREE Weeks of Unlimited Cross-training taken anytime during the month.*Guests must register by Jan 15th (stop in or call)

Go to the website for tons of videos, our schedule, and more info. www.fusioncrosstraining.com
Thanks to the Phillies Phanatic for showing up at a lot of the charities, Thorncroft, Little Smiles to name a couple
Thanks to Anna Iredale for keeping me in the loop at the Bellevue and for the occassional lunch at one of my fav spots in the city XIX
DUSK
Paul Rudd
Thanks to the PR that keep me informed of the charitable events, the interesting events, to tipping me off to the celebs that frequent their restaurants. I have had over a dozen philly tidbits in Us Magazine this year alone.

Thanks to Laura Burkhardt, Karen Gross and Where Magazine for letting me shoot their behind the scenes cover as the pro Christopher Gabello captures the cover shots. He does portraits and commercial work to. (Thanks to Reid Rosenthal for his New Year’s wishes.)Thanks to the people who run the institutions in Philly that recognize the value of being on PhillyChitChat, and all they have to do is allow me to bring a guest
Mayor Nutter goes to more events than I do (Mrs. Columbo Kate Capshaw). Thanks to all the bloggers and Tweeter’s who linked to my site that contributed to my success last year. Especially Philebrity, Foobooz, Grub Street Philly, Meal Ticket Philadelphia Weekly Style and all the others that are currently slipping my aging brain, but I would surely add if you send me an email. Thanks
Thanks to Thom Cardwell for being instrumental in the very begining of my career in 1/07.
and then Nicole Cashman for carrying me thru til I could ride without my training wheels 11/07
Project HOME one of my fav charities to cover (Monica Malpass #2 in searches on PCC after Sabrina Tamburino. [ironic eh?]) Everyday Del Frisco’s donates lemon cupcakes to be sold at the Phila Library Cafe where the proceeds benefit Project HOME
Union Trust, Del Frisco’s are my favorite steak houses. Thanks to both for being so generous to my waistline – LOL This past year saw the opening of Union Trust in February.
Hacina Saadi one of the fun girls to shoot. She knows everyone, is sweet and persuasive at the same time. Stop by and see her at Parc.
Sabrina Tamburino Thorne nuff said. After the training wheels came off Sabrina invited me in to photograph her, not only at events but where ever I wanted. That’s what my social diary is all about, I want to know what goes on after the red carpet is rolled up.
I was really excited to make Philly Style Magazine’s hot list. Mike framed it for my birthday the following month.Cousin Jess, still looking for a decent guy for her. She’s one of the nicest girls I’ve ever met.
The Eagles Playoff game last year. Sab, Nicole Cashman, Doug Kammermer, Chase & Jen, Sgt Ray, and Justin Wineburgh.
Union Trust opening Bab Renfrow and his lovely wife
Sabrina and Carol dance at the wedding of the decade.
Jill Rizen and friends at the Philly Style Mag Oscar Party held at the Sofitel
Gerard Butler with what seems to be his character from 300
Thanks to the folks who Hired/Fed Me/Gifted Me this year including Nicole Cashman, Laura Burkhardt, Kelly Boyd, Phila Style Mag, Anna Iredale, Cori Moskow, Tina Breslow, Matthew Vlahos, Aly Green, Brett Perlman, Tara Theune Davis, Danielle Sarna (I will now be dieting.)

Barney’s Co-Op with Andi Pesacov and John Collabelli
Melinda Doolittle from American Idol fame. No other press there to cover it but me.
Wedding of the Decade. Wedding, social event in center city, consider me to cover it for PCC. But make sure you tell your wedding photographer, especially that I keep all the photos.
Congratulations Donna & Charlie
Jimmy, Diane, Christian and Matt last New Years Day
Julie Thorne & Karen Ini
A few less chances of photographing J-Lo as I am not going to NYC to shoot celebs as much as I did the last 2 years. Family, Friends & PCC are my priority now. Quality over quantity.
Lance Bass, Jared Poe, Jackiem Wright & Reggie Berry with celebrity caretaker Aly Green at G Lounge. Thanks to Mark Marek for allowing me the run of the place when I stop by.
Thanks to One Tough Cookie Lynn Abraham for her service.
HAWT models Monique Crawford and Lindsay Furman
Thanks to the Phillies
hmm what’s this?
Ovarian Cancer is one of the most deadly of women’s cancers. Each year, approximately 21,500 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2008, approximately 15,500 women will die in the United States from ovarian cancer. Many women aren’t diagnosed until the disease has begun to spread, but if detected at its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate is more than 93%. Recent research suggests that together the four symptoms of: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and urinary urgency or frequency may be associated with ovarian cancer.
the thrill of friends and a good sports team
fun times Shorti Mas at Strongbox Tuesday
Dreams to be had. Jimmy Contreras at Jimmy Style on East Passyunk
If you are the Kimmel Center, any theater organization (I donated my services to the Barrymore Awards. They hired a photographer too), the Art Museum etc please send me your press releases. Thanks!!

Friends. Thanks to Phyllis Halpern for introducing me to Thom when I returned from NYC in 2007; and for consistly making sure I know all the “right” people, that’s right there are right people that you need to know.
Connie Stevens and Shang Skipper. Good Luck Shang on your new adventure
Megan Smith. Watch this girl, she has it on the ball. Brownstone PRSabrina’s 30th Bday is coming up. It’s gonna be off the hook.
Arthur Kade, love him or hate him, the fameball wanted celebrity/fame at all costs and that’s what he got. I hope he saved his money as meteoric fame fizzles out just as quick.
Alycia Lane, Booker, John Bolaris and Lauren Nelson at the Fur Ball. These folks know who I am, they know this shot will appear on PCC, but more importantly it might appear in the paper. They trust me to do a good job and then allow the shot to appear where ever to promote the event, and maybe eventually save a puppy or two from death. My goal is to make a difference. There was no other press here to catch this shot. Someone once told me “if a tree falls in the forrest and no one is there to report it, the message might not get out. You’re there to help get the message out.”
Funny shot
Thanks for your courage
My Aunts at our annual Memorial Party, Mom’s on the right
My beloved sister. Thanks to Philadelphia Inquirer’s Michael Klein for publishing my photos nearly every week for over two years. This helps my personal mission in getting the word out for these charity organizations.
Thanks to my friends and co-workers at my day job for all their support. I started out in the file room with Jane, on the left. Went to college and am now a paralegal for the same firm for 15 years. Love them.Thanks to Holly Maher (& PhillyGossip.com ‘s Dan Gross), as well as a dozen more PCC readers for donating $$ to support the Ovarian Cancer walk we did with my sister in September. Thanks to the many business that donated charity items to two Cancer Organizations when I requested items. (Here they are a the Best of Philadelphia Magazine party this past summer.)

Big fans of Jen & Joan Carroll. One of best assets of doing PCC is meeting the most wonderful people, seeing the most fantastic moments and the access that I crave as only a Leo could.
Thanks to Mike for letting me be PhillyChitChat.
Thanks to you my readers, you make me want to do the best job I can.

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EXCLUSIVE: FOX 29’S NEFERTITI JAQUEZ HAS LEFT THE BUILDING

I met Nefertiti Jaquez several times, and I was honored that she considered me a friend, trusted me, and even more honored that she allowed me to write her good-bye to you her viewers, friends and fans.
NEFERTITI JAQUEZ’s last day on the air was Christmas Eve. A popular reporter, sexy, hot, mature, thoughtful with a large fan follow as I discovered after I wrote about her the first time there wasn’t a day that went by that someone wasn’t looking her up.

(she’ll probably be embarrassed by my description, because the one thing NEFERTITI JAQUEZ is is humble, shy and private.)

She told me that she left her beloved position to take care of a sick family member, and as someone who just had a sick family member I can whole heartedly agree it was the right decision as this time is so very precious.

She wants everyone to know that she loves PHILADELPHIA, plans to be visiting a lot, and maybe one day I’ll be back. But for now, there are no concrete plans except be with family in Miami. “So I’m definitely taking a STEP OUT ON FAITH.”
AND FOR MY PERSONAL NOTE FROM HER: “As for us HughE, you still OWE me a date. So next time I am in Philly EXPECT an email. With that said, I MISS IT THERE…but I’m not gonna lie 80+ degree weather in Miami, just so nice as well as nice to be with my family.”

I look forward to her visit, because if it’s one thing I learned this year, it’s about quality of life, not quantity. God Speed NEFERTITI JAQUEZ XOXO

UPDATE: I just got off the phone with NEFERTITI JAQUEZ explains to me that Houston is close to Miami, where she is caring for an ailing relative and the weather is warmer. If it’s one thing we all know, cold weather is not good for the ailing. Philly’s loss is their gain. One blogger in the Houston area has already taken not on Nefertiti’s popularity and has written about her, that’s how I found out. And yes to Mike McGuff you should start a fan page you won’t be at a loss to followers for her: http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2010/01/nefertiti-jaquez-lands-at-kprc-2.html

UPDATE:

Former Fox29 reporter Nefertiti Jáquez returned to Philadelphia in 2013 to work for NBC10.
Update: March 9, 2015, Nefertiti Jáquez left NBC10. I’ll miss her she did stellar work.
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What is Open on New Years Day in Philadelphia?

The Mummer’s Parade might be canceled because of the weather on New Year’s day, but that doesn’t mean your day should. There are plenty of things still to do in Philadelphia on New Year’s Day.

The Kimmel Center on New Year’s Day, Photo by Evelyn Taylor

According to UWHISUNU, The Kimmel Center will be open on Friday, January 1st from 9am to 6pm, welcoming in guests with free live music, a bird eye’s view of the Mummers Parade, discounted ticket sales, and a special Cadence Celebration Brunch for those of you who are hungry.
9am – 6pm: Resolution Wall to post New Years resolutions for all to see
10am – 2pm: Free face-painting and balloon twisting for kids
10am – 3pm: Free craft station to mummerize yourself with a mummer hat, mask or umbrella
10:30am: World Music concert for kids with multi-cultural performer Daria
Noon: Cake-cutting to honor all the New Years Day babies
Noon: Interactive family concert by Steve Pullara and His Cool Beans Band
1:30pm: A lively performance for all ages, performer to be announced

You can still catch a part of the Mummer’s Parade inside the Convention Center. For Information Check HERE.

Although most museums are closed, here is a list of things Open or Closed for New Year’s Day

Good News:
Parking:
Regulations suspended The Museums that are Open: Adventure Aquarium in Camden The Liberty Bell and the Independence Hall will be open for tours. 11am-4pm and beginning Jan 1, no timed tickets are required to visit Independence Hall.Longwood Gardens

The Rocky Statue- No trip to Philadelphia would be complete without a run up the famous Philadelphia Museum of Arts steps to the Rocky Statue!

There are plenty of restaurants open for your enjoyment.
Museums closed:Every other one you could imagine is closed.

Mr. Movie Time has a listing for Philadelphia Movie Theaters.
Plus Philly.com has a complete listing of the openings/closing on their site HERE.Although Liquor stores are closed, you may still buy beer at most corner bars, as well as quite a few mom & pop stores. It’s not New Jersey, it’s legal here. One suggestion pick up a Growler at Varga Bar 10th & Spruce Street,

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READING TERMINAL MARKET IS REALLY SOMETHING SPECIAL

Reading Terminal Market Party 2011 http://www.phillychitchat.com/2011/02/reading-terminal-markets-valentine.html

Congratulations to Paul Steinke, Executive Director of the Reading Terminal Market, for being nominated to the Center City Proprietors Association as Treasurer (As well as Kristie Bergey
The KB Experience, elected to the CCPA Board).

That being said WOW the things Paul Steinke and his staff have done to make the Reading Terminal as beautiful and appealing to all as it was yesterday when I visited. (There was a linguist convention in town and the place was mobbed)
Several years ago, I used to work in the Aramark Building. Everyday I either went to the RTM, or at least took a shortcut through it. Back then in the early ‘oo’s it was a dump, disorganized, dirty and creatures stirring about.
Then we moved our offices several blocks away and my visits became more infrequent. But with my visit yesterday I can see changes were a happening, their was a vision no doubt, and it’s been executed. Now the market is very appealing, it’s always been an attraction, but these days I imagine when Philadelphian’s answer the question “Where’s a good place to go to lunch”, they don’t roll their eyes when a tourist says what’s that farmer’s market like? The designs of the shops are much more interesting and clean looking than ever before. There are more farmers market, the design is similar to an old fashion country fair market. The only thing missing is live pigs, there is the brass pig in the center of the food court, where the money donated in the piggy bank goes to Philabundence I recall.
This past year there have been several interesting events occuring at the market. My friend Laura Burkhardt participated as a judge in the Scrapple Festival (BTW I Love Scrapple.) In November there was a Festival of Forgotten Foods – Re-discover forgotten regional favorites, the ad said, such as Pepper Hash, Snapper Soup, Copes Dried Corn, Fried Catfish & Waffles, Teaberry Ice Cream and many more. Experience Philadelphia’s rich culinary heritage again or for the first time!There are Cooking Classes: La Cucina is proud to continue the tradition of cooking and entertaining classes at Reading Terminal Market. When taking a class, you’ll not only get to observe and sample some fine dishes, but you’ll also find great merchants from whom to purchase your ingredients year ‘round. MARKET TOURS Every Wednesday & Saturday Learn the story behind cheese steaks, hoagies, pretzels and other Philly food favorites, and the 116-year history of the vibrant Reading Terminal Market where they’re sold during this 75-minute, food-writer-led walking tour.
Cost is $15.95 for adults and $8.95 for children ages 7 to 11. Private tours also available. Call 215-545-8007×3 or visit www.tasteofphillyfoodtour.com for information and to make reservations.In Mid-March of this year there will be an Italian Festival. The Italian merchants/restaurants will showcase foods from the region they are from. There will be music at the RTM that week celebrating the rich history of Italy, the food, the wine, the romance. There might even be an Italian food contest like the scrapple contest that took place earlier this year. I hope it’s a cannoli tasting contest and I’m a judge. The Amish, they’ll be there too, but get there before three cause they high tail it outta there afterwards, I missed them. (There are a lot of good RTM articles written by some of our fabulous food bloggers HERE: )Tune in tomorrow for the year’s wrap up of some of the best pictures taken by PhillyChitChat, most held back & never published before. Also check the PhillyChitChat Calendar for an update on some of the Charity events coming up. Ck the sidebar for celeb appearances, follow me on Twitter at iphillychitchat for daily tidbits, also I think I will be doing the Chit Chat Philly column on Friday’s instead of Monday’s to cover the weekend, including movies, plus the upcoming week, and well gossip. Thanks for reading me this past year, my traffic was 5 times what I did last year, growing every month except for December where it stayed flat. When I don’t write everyday, my readership really drops off, so it’s good to know that 4000 to 5000 of you really find what I write interesting everyday. Thanks.

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Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation Annual Luncheon “Enchanted Holidays” 12/5/09

Linda Creed (legal name: Linda Creed Epstein Foundation) was founded in 1987 by friends and family of Linda Creed Epstein, a Philadelphia songwriter who died at the age of 37 after waging a 10-year battle with breast cancer. Lyricist Linda Creed teamed with composer/producer Thom Bell to author a series of hits forever linked to the lush and seductive Philly soul sound of the early 1970’s.Born in Philadelphia in 1949, Creed was raised in the city’s Mt. Airy section; her career was launched in 1971 when the great Dusty Springfield recorded her song ‘Free Girl.’
Every year on or near Linda Creed’s birthday, the organization that bears her name holds their “Enchanted Holiday’s” Luncheon. This year the event was held on 12/5/09, at the Crystal Tea Room, which as you know was 2 days after my sister passed away from Ovarian Cancer. I could have easily taken a pass on this event, but I fell compelled to spread the work on this wonderful organization that keeps the money local here in the Delaware Valley to help women, maybe your neighbors, navigate the system of getting proper care and mammograms, as well as services that are provided for low income women in their time of need when suffering from Breast Cancer.

The Linda Creed Board, Committee and Founders including Mary Olssen, Patty Friel, Gerald Olsen, Isabel Momer, Maryanne Cascicato, and Kathy Latinee
The students from Villanova donated a 2500 dollars. Dr. Gerald Olson, Stephanie Gill, Shannon Murphy, Melissa Grenier, Donna M. Duncan, Executive Director of Linda Creed, Nina Lynn, Mary Anna McCab, Kate Kelley, Margaret Mooney, Joanna Dinardi, Kelly Dolan and Victoria Lobusco.
2009 Gene Kaplan Volunteer of the Year Award: Donna M. Duncan, Executive Director; Shirlee Kaplan, Presenter of the award, Mirian Tisdale, honoree, and Kathy Lentini, President of Linda Creed.
2009 Angel Award: Donna M. Duncan, Executive Director; Rosemarie Rahill of Aria Health System, honoree and Kathy Lentini, President of Linda Creed.
2009 Elaine M. Ominsky, PhD Humanitarian Award: Donna M. Duncan, Executive Director; Lois A. Anderson MSW, honoree; and Kathy Lentini, President of Linda Creed.
Selling the tickets that would go in the bags for the auction are L-R Julia Borie, Jean Goldstein, Debbie Borie and Veronica.
2009 Spirit of Hope Award: Renee E. McNear, honoree and family including Tamanen Williams, and Jenga Williams. Thanks to these ladies for having a prayer circle with me right there in the middle of the room, as I saw the spirit in her and just needed a hug and prayer.
Thanks to Lisa Gaudio for her generous donation of two Jersey Boys Tickets, plus this nice gift bag to go along with it. I believe it went for nearly $800 as their was a serious bidding war going on for it. (I believe these were her private tickets and she only gets them once a year, so thank you so very much for this.)
Also thanks to a few others who heard my plea for donations, Union Trust Steakhouse, The Public House, Albert Lee of the Philadelphia Visitor Center, Laura Burkhardt, Where Magazine and Chima. Did I miss anyone, did I thank Kimberley Boutique for the generous donation to the Lisa Reed Beef & Beer Cancer Benefit held the week before. Thank you all so much.
Nell Manning, Katie Jones and Elizabeth Poland enjoy the afternoon.

Gizella & Patricia Bedics
Jacqueline Link, Angie Gilbert and Celeste Collins
Mer Groch and Thea Goebel
Kristen and Kate Pelman
Carol Frieder and Cathy Straus
Master of Ceremonies Michael Tozzi of ijazzglobal.com adjusts Shirlee Kaplan’s mike as she does a few introductions to start the afternoon.
Among this crowd of beautiful women you will find Founder of the Linda Creed Foundation Lisa Brownstein, with hat and our friend Bonnie Young.
Committe Chair Patty Friel, her daughter and granddaughter Izzie, join in on the fun of the Macy’s Fashion Show part of the luncheon.
Karen E Wheeler, Deloreis Roberts, Dolores Garret, Naja Foushee, Elsa Legesse, Sallie Harris and Veronica Suber enjoy the festivities again this year.
This one table had about 5 lucky raffle ticket winners.

And one of the biggest hits of her songwriting career, written for a documentary about Mohammad Ali, and later recorded by Whitney Houston:

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The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance sorrowfully announces the passing of its president, Peggy Amsterdam

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance sorrowfully announces the passing of its president, Peggy Amsterdam. She died peacefully at home on December 26, surrounded by family and friends. (Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown and Peggy Anderson at an event last October 2009) As president, Amsterdam established a new vision for the Cultural Alliance, focusing on arts and culture as a unifying force for the region. Among her proudest accomplishments were: preventing the elimination of Philadelphia’s cultural funding in 2004; the release of several major research reports on the cultural sector and its impact on the region, including the 2008 Portfolio and the 2009 report Research Into Action: Pathways to New Opportunities; and the launch of Engage 2020, a bold $6.3 million research and marketing initiative to double Greater Philadelphia’s cultural participation.Speaking on behalf of Amsterdam’s accomplishments, Cultural Alliance Board Chair Hal Real said, “Peggy established the Cultural Alliance as the collective voice of arts and culture for Greater Philadelphia, ensuring that the sector was an active player in advancing the region’s growth strategies. We are incredibly grateful for everything Peggy did for the Cultural Alliance, for our community, and for our region.” In 2008 Amsterdam worked with the Mayor’s office to re-establish the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy. Most recently, she led a statewide coalition to defeat a proposed “arts tax” that would have expanded the state sales tax to include cultural organizations. She was also instrumental in establishing long-term stabilization funding for the arts in the state of Delaware during her role as the Director of Delaware’s Division of the Arts in 1993. Tom Kaiden, Chief Operating Officer of the Alliance said, “Peggy’s energy, connection, and courage inspired everyone she touched. I am at a loss for words to describe our sorrow at her passing. She was a great leader, and we will humbly carry on her mission of ensuring that arts and culture remain at the core of what defines Greater Philadelphia as a region and what binds us together as a community.” Amsterdam served as a member of the Board of Americans for the Arts; a founding member of the Cultural Data Project; a member of the executive committee of the Greater Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau; a member of the Forum of Executive Women and the International Women’s Forum; and as an appointee of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council. She was also a board member of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. She was the very first recipient of the Ray Hanley Innovation Award, presented by the United States Urban Arts Federation (USUAF) in recognition of outstanding individual contributions to arts and culture in American cities, and of the 2008 Fleisher Art Memorial Founder’s Award, presented to individuals whose commitment and effort have made a significant contribution to expanding people’s access to the arts, supporting excellence in artistic expression, and enriching Philadelphia’s cultural resources. She served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and on the steering committee of the National Arts Education Partnership. Amsterdam was Director of the Delaware Division of the Arts from 1993- 2000 and was a founding member of the Delaware Arts Stabilization Fund. The Cultural Alliance board and staff share their heartfelt condolences with the Amsterdam family.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 30 from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the the Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. There will be a reception to follow at 12:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations can be made to the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.(Don’t forget to read today’s regularly scheduled entry. Click on header to return to front page)

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CHIT CHAT PHILLY – A New Weekly Gossip Info Column

Last year I tried to start a weekly Chit Chatter column, and I guess I just got to busy and dropped it. I will try again but call it Chit Chat Philly cause it’s gonna be just that chit chatter about what’s going on in Philly that wouldn’t normally fit in an entry, probably without as many pixs, maybe things I twittered as I drop a lot of info there daily (iphillychitchat) or picked up on Facebook or from other’s twitter’s (not to be confused with stories broken by other twitters).

Coming up this week in Philly, it’s New Year’s Eve. I have to laugh when people call it amateur night, or whatever. I find those people either have a serious drinking problem or are lacking in a posse to hang with on what is the party of the year no matter how you slice it.

I can understand if you are lacking the funds for some nice duds and tickets to what is usually a 5 hr open bar/buffet event which is pretty good (& did I mention the NJ Aquarium at $99 is a great deal with front rows to the fireworks.), but must you rain your negativity on everyone else? These are also the first people that will tell you how you need to do your job, or run your life. Anyway if you are not the going out type there are still plenty of restaurants, bars that are treating 12/31 like any other night, Del Frisco’s Union Trust, Amada, any Starr restaurant, Applebees, TGIFridays etc. Johnny Brenda’s New Year’s Eve Pay As U go drinks Or do like me, stay at home with a few friends, have some snacks, spirits and play board games.

MOMENTS: This week I want you to keep in your prayers two mothers. Ginger & Joan. One is battling cancer, the other a brain aneurysm. Both are angels on earth, I kid you not. Thanks.

Also Happy Birthday to Erin Elmore 1/2/09. I believe she will be 26th again this year, but of course if you want to know her real age you can check it out on her Wikipedia Page. More reality news, Erin’s sister Ashley is on the new season of ABC’s The Bachelor. There’s a nice spread in this weeks Us Magazine about the show. Peeps on the message boards have been buzzing that if she isn’t the chosen one, then she should be the next Bachelorette. Time will tell. Ck it out 1/4/10 and catch a sneak preview below. As you will see she suffers from shyness like her sister:
Erin Elmore, friend, friend and Ashley Elmore at the Chelsea Pool AC in July 09.

A few weeks back another Philly Reality Celeb from The Bachelorette Reid Rosenthal emailed me to express condolences regarding my sister Judy, who as you may know passed away from Ovarian Cancer 12/3. Thanks Reid, he’s as nice as his fans are, some of whom donating $$ to Gilda’s House in my sister’s name. I asked Reid what he’s been up to lately and he tells me he is focusing on his real estate career, plus he’s happily dating a nice women from NY. So maybe it wasn’t a meeting of the minds after all that kept him off the upcoming show.

Did you know? The Sporting Club Turns 21 on January 21, 2010 and they’re having a party to celebrate. U Must B on the Invite List To Get In.

This is why we need, and I have tried to establish a conflict calendar to avoid these things:

Frank and Priscilla Bardonaro are co-hosting a terrific event for PAWS on 1/21/10 too!! The shindig is being held at the former Real World House, which now like’s to use the moniker the formerly F.U.E.L as it’s changed it’s name to TRUST. (I guess it’s been long enough since El Vez used to be called Trust, but I would just call “RWH” as that has a celeb vibe to it.)

PAWS, tixs $50 7PM
It’s a fashion show and you get to see Fox 29 News’ Keri-Lee Halkett, John Bolaris, model Lindsay Furman, Live Nation honcho Adam Spivak and others strut their stuff. MC for the night Mike Jerrick, FOX 29 News, who’s modeling day’s are behind him.

All is not loss at the Sporting Club event starts at 6PM, PAWS at 7PM, who wants to carpool??

Pictured: Aly Green, PAWS HOSTS: Frank and Priscilla Bardonaro, Tal Jacobsen, Beth Ann Rosenbluth and Danielle Krupa at Rouge 9/25/09;

PICKS OF THE WEEK: See the New Year’s Eve Fireworks at 6PM Thursday at Penns Landing in person. Then enjoy them at midnight when your out, with friends or snuggling at midnight somewhere warm. If I wasn’t going to be home I would be at the Cashman’s party at R2L. What a view!!

Oliver!! Closes at the Walnut Street Theater 1/10/09

Lady Gaga’s CD FAME (I made a mistake and didn’t get tickets for her 1/16/10 concert at Borgata. OY!)
FUTURE: These events are also on my PhillyChitChat public calendar here, but once a week I will highlight a few of the upcoming events. It would be great if you could support these events by attending or sending them a donation:
The Lemon Ball – Alex’s Lemonade Stand
The 2010 Lemon Ball Saturday, January 9, 2010, 7pm-12am Philadelphia Marriott Downtown 1201 Market St., Philadelphia, PA * Tickets are $250 * Sponsorships are available for individuals and companies from $1,000 http://www.alexslemonade.org/special-events/lemon-ball Jordin Sparks Set To Perform At ALSF’s 4th Annual Lemon Ball!

I look forward to working with this crew as it’s near to my heart (Can I get a celebrity/Philebrity at this event? I wish there was a info book on how to do that?):

On February 6, 2010, ChemoClothes will be hosting their second annual Bowl Over Cancer event to raise money for the cancer community! This year’s event will be held at Laurel Lanes in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. Guests can register in advance to ensure a lane reservation, or at the door beginning at 12:30 p.m. the day of the event. Tickets cost $20 and include: – 3 hours of bowling – Food – Soda – Shoe rental – Alcohol specialsChit Chat Philly will appear every Monday along with a regularly scheduled event if I can stay up late enough – LOL

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MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH LOVE PHILLY CHIT CHAT

Remembering family and friends

Those who aren’t with us anymore this ChristmasEspecially my dad and sister Judy. Left to right Mom (saying really Hughe another picture – LOL, dad, Bro in Law Walt, Judy and Mike mom, Mrs. Toub)
People, children, animals who are struggling in this life. Hoping the spirit of the holiday season carries through out the year.
www.SaveTheMummers.com with The Bacon Siblings Hilda, Kevin, Michael and his wife Betsy.
Enjoying life, Having fun. Thanks to Chris Gabello for inviting me to cover the behind the scenes photo shoot of the Varga Bar Calendar Girls. None of my photos were even remotely as this great one he took of Monique Crawford (December’s Girl) and myself.
Pick up the 2010 calendar at Varga Bar 10th & Spruce Streets $15
Merry Christmas with love Philly Chit Chat

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NEW YEARS EVE IN PHILADELPHIA – PHILLY CHIT CHAT TOP CHOICES

My Number 1 Choice to Ring In the NEW YEAR’S EVE 2010

R2L – The Residences at Two Liberty Place, 37th Floor, call 215.564.5337 or email nye@r2lrestaurant.com for reservations; Daniel Stern is giving a sneak peak at his new restaurant at the top of Two Liberty Place this New Year’s Eve. Ring in 2010, high above the city skyline with top-shelf open bar, music by DJ Panther, hors d’oeuvres from Chef de Cuisine Alex Urena, champagne toast, sweet ending dessert display, and the best view of the fireworks! $150/per person – get a taste of R2L before its open to the public. It’s a Cashman Party, so you know it’s gonna be good.
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The sickest graphic I’ve seen of late. This would be the other party I would go to. Again lots of eye candy, movers and shakers, people you might read about in the paper. Sumo Lounge $125. It’s gonna be the other half of the movers and shakers of the city.

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I’m looking forward to checking this place out soon…but who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by all the excitement of a casino and the trappings that go with it. If this is your game, then this is your place.
Parx Casino – 2999 Street Road, Bensalem, 888.588.7279, www.parxcasino.com. Will be hosting a whole day of festivities including: Mummers Band from 1pm – 5pm, Usual Suspects from 5pm – 9pm and Masquerade from 9:30pm – 1:30am both performing at 360 bar and nightclub; a $100,000 giveaway is taking place at parx on NYE from 2pm until 2am Live countdown on all LED screens and champagne toast on the casino floor at the stroke of midnight. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ROCK IN THE NEW YEAR AT JOLLY’S DUELING PIANO
(another favorite, that’s why there in this order)

Get tuned up for 2010 at Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar, Philadelphia’s live deuling piano bar where you’re the star of the show! Grab your spot for this reservation-only event by calling 267.687.1161 or 215.290.8122. But do it soon —you won’t want to miss all your favorite rock and roll hits, free cocktails and snacks, plus a midnight singalong of Auld Lang Syne. Choose from three packages:
Booth Package: Enjoy the best seat in the house at one of three private booths. Includes live entertainment all night, favors and table decorations, one hour of open bar from 9 to 10 p.m., complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 9 to 11 p.m., and a midnight champagne toast for everyone in your party. Charge is $600 per booth. (Please note: Each booth fits six comfortably, but if you want to squeeze, you may add two more guests at no additional cost. There is a four-person minimum.)
Table Package: Enjoy reserved table seating, live entertainment all night, favors and table decorations, one hour of open bar from 9 to 10 pm, complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 9 to 11 p.m., and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Charge is $50 per person. This package can be made in groups of 2, 3, 4, or more.
Party Package: This package offers live entertainment all night, favors, admittance to the bar after 9p.m., and a champagne toast at midnight. Charge is $25 per person.
Jolly’s is located at 2006 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Doors open at 8:00pm. Please call Jolly at 267-687-1161 or 215-290-8122 to make reservations. A non-refundable reservation charge of 50 percent must be made at time of reservation, with the balance due by December 28th.
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Have you bought your 2010 Varga Bar Calendar yet. 12 delicious pictures of local Philly girls with tidbits on their favorite meals. You can only buy it at Varga Bar $15 – 10th & Spruce Streets.


Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial www.battleshipnewjersey.org Spend the First Night of 2010 aboard the Battleship New Jersey! The award-winning Overnight Encampment program will be open for families. Enjoy dinner and breakfast served from the crew’s galley, a tour of the ship, a ride on the 4D flight simulator and the chance to sleep in the bunks the crew of the USS New Jersey once did. PLUS experience the best view of the Midnight Fireworks display over the Delaware River and enjoy a non-alcohol toast! Tickets are $60.95 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling 1-866-877-6262 ext. 203.Guests can also just come aboard to watch the midnight fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Music, prizes, food and bar service will be available. The Battleship will open at 10 pm. Tickets for fireworks viewing only are $8 per person and be purchased online at www.battleshipnewjersey.org, or over the phone by calling 1-866-877-6262 ext. 107 or at the Ticket Office up until midnight on Dec. 31.Deep Sea Splash at Adventure AquariumDress to impress at the inaugural Deep Sea Splash at Adventure Aquarium. Best view of the Philadelphia Skyline and our underwater creatures. Enjoy: OPEN PREMIUM BAR AND CHAMPAGNE TOAST AT MIDNIGHT, DELICIOUS HORS D’OEUVRES AND FOOD STATIONS, PREMIUM VIEW OF THE FIREWORKS, DANCING WITH MUSIC BY CENTER STAGE ENTERTAINMENT, COMPLIMENTARY PARKING. TICKETS $99.00 P.P. PLUS 7% TAX OR UPGRADE TO OUR VIP PARTY FOR $135.00 P.P. + TAX AND HAVE EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO CURRENTS BALLROOM. Visit our website or call 856-365-3300
PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA CONCERT
New Year’s Eve
Thursday December 31 7:30 PM Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra Rossen Milanov Conductor
Audra McDonald Soprano This New Year’s Eve The Philadelphia Orchestra welcomes Tony Award-winning singer and actress Audra McDonald. Ms. McDonald joins Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Conductor Rossen Milanov and members of The Philadelphia Orchestra in songs of Gershwin and other favorites of the Great American Songbook for this very special celebration to ring in 2010. CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE 2009 AT PHILADELPHIA’S FINEST RESTAURANTSRegular Menu
Del Frisco’s
1426 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102-2505
(215) 246-0533Union Trust
717 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 – (215) 925-6000LATE SEATING 11PM
London Grill (2301 Fairmount Avenue, 215-978-4545, www.londongrill.com)

  • In addition to their a la carte menu, Chef Michael McNally will offer a $45, four-course meal featuring menu items such as: Roasted Diver Scallop with French Lentils, Black Truffle and Beet Foam; Goat Cheese Gnocchi with Wild Mushroom and Tomato Chutney; Roasted Filet of Beef with Sweet Bread and Bone Marrow Ravioli, Creamed Swiss Chard and Port Wine Sauce; and Wild Striped Bass with Maine Lobster and Chanterelle Mushroom Ragout. A selection of desserts will also be offered. The a la carte and New Year’s Eve menus will be available from 5 until 11 p.m., with a bar snack menu served until midnight. A kids’ menu will also be available. At midnight, guests will receive a complimentary glass of champagne as they watch the Times Square ball drop on live TV. Reservations are recommended.
  • Chifa (707 Chestnut Street, 215-925-5555, www.chifarestaurant.com ) · Sample Chef Garces’ tempting menu combining the flavors and ingredients of both Asian and Latin cuisines with the choice of a $55, $75 or $95 tasting menu. Some of the special dishes will include: Hiramasa Ceviche with Ginger, Charred Pineapple, Orange and Mustard Emulsion; Empanada with Jumbo Lump Crab, Sweet Chile Reduction and Shaved Cucumber; Foie Gras Buns with Hoisin Glaze, Pickled Daikon & Carrot, Togarashi Mayo; Lobster Noodle Bowl with Rocoto Cream, Bacon, Parmesan and Green Peas; Rack of Lamb with Spicy BBQ Sauce, Ginger Quinoa and Pickled Cucumber; and for dessert, Coconut Tapioca. Reservation times are available for all party sizes from 5 until 11 p.m.; a credit card is required.
  • Zahav (237 St. James Place, 215-625-8800, www.zahavrestaurant.com) Chef Michael Solomonov has created a special Mesibah Gedolah Menu, or “Big Party” menu, to be served on New Year’s Eve. Some of the special dishes will include: Hummus-Pitryot with Locally-Foraged Mushrooms and House-Baked Laffa; Borekas with Potato and Black Truffle; Pompano Crudo with Argan Oil, Apple and Fennel; Quail Confit Al Ha’Esh with Foie Gras, Dirty Rice and Kumquats; Spinach Shakshouka with Harissa and Farmer’s Egg; and Kibbutz-Style Dessert of tropical fruits and assorted traditional pastries. The menu price will be $65 per person, excluding tax, beverages and gratuity. Reservations are recommended and will be taken from 5 until 11 p.m
  • Bistrot La Minette

    Queen Village’s Bistrot La Minette is ringing in the New Year with
    seating throughout the evening until 11:30 p.m. Diners can enjoy the
    regular menu with specials created by Chef Peter Woolsey and a
    complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

    A few of the specials for the night include: Pâtes Fraiches aux
    Truffes Noir (house-made pasta, crème fraiche, shaved black
    truffles), Tournedos de Boeuf au Foie Gras (beef tenderloin, seared
    foie gras, thyme jus, port reduction, roasted Brussels sprouts,
    potato croquettes, chanterelle mushrooms), Homard et sa Sauce de
    Caviar (butter-poached lobster, fennel-caviar sauce, lobster
    reduction, parsnip-potato puree, pan-roasted heirloom baby carrots,
    spinach).

    Bistrot La Minette is located at 623 S. 6th Street (between South and
    Bainbridge Streets). For reservations call 215.925.8000, or visit

  • Mémé

    Chef David Katz welcomes guests to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a
    special five-course prix fixe menu for $55, as well as special $5
    glasses of sparkling wine all night.

    The menu will feature quality ingredients such as Griggstown quails,
    braised short ribs and a selection of cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery.
    Diners can also enjoy a chilled seafood platter for an additional
    $15, which will include east and west coast oysters, clams and
    Florida stone crabs.

    Mémé is located at 2201 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA. For
    reservations please call 215.735.4900.

    D’Angelos Ristorante & Lounge (One of my favorite places)

    Ring in the New Year right and enjoy the regular menu with specials
    by Chef Tony. Seating is available by reservation through the evening
    until 10 p.m. Also, enjoy party favors and dancing with DJ Inga all
    night long in the lounge for $15 per person (no fee for diners).

    D’Angelos Ristorante & Lounge is located at 256 South 20th Street,
    Philadelphia, PA. For reservations please call 215.546.3935 or visit

FOR A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF OTHER SITES RESTAURANT CHOICES:

Philadelphia Grub Street

Meal Ticket The New Year’s Eve Short List

AND finally…

If you’re like me, I’ll be hanging out at home with a few friends enjoying CBS 3 TAKES PHILLY FIREWORKS TO NEW HEIGHTS

TELECAST TO AIR IN HIGH DEFINITION FOR THE FIRST TIME Chris May, Susan Barnett to host New Year’s Eve Special

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LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN PHILADELPHIA – Lisa M Reisman Fine Gifts Rittenhouse Square

Yesterday we got out of work early and I made it a point to run by my friend Lisa Reisman’s art gallery/gift shop as I hadn’t seen her in some time. I stayed away too long as Lisa has a whole lot more of merchandise and I knew I would be there awhile checking it all out. Like these fine miniature vases or the gold plated actual leaf, that can be used as an ornament or fastened to your door knob.
Located at 1714 Rittenhouse Square Street, Tel: 215.735.2781 which is between Rittenhouse Square’s 18th Street and 17th Street and bound by Spruce & Locust. Lisa M Reisman et Cie is a quaint little store on a quaint little street in Philly. It’s across the street from the Rittenhouse B&B where Oprah likes to stay. Besides carrying fine art, jewelery (I bought my mom an exquisite piece that I know she is going to enjoy), it also includes these handy bags, purses and satchels.
Plus this is a super find, Lisa carries these necklace holders which are only $20. Perfect last minute gift. They also have frames, ANTIQUE FURNITURE & DECORATIVE ARTS Soaps, Perfumes, Writing Material, prints, furniture and lots of knick knack to choose from. I was there for over 2 hours just taking it all in.
I also met a nice girl who follows me on Twitter (iPhillyChitChat) who tells me that every year she does most of her shopping here as they have something for everyone, at every age group. Pretty endorsing I would say. SO if you have any last minute Christmas Shopping you need to do, I would consider the Lisa M Reisman Fine Gifts.
If you stop by tell her PhillyChitChat recomended you, plus ask for a cup of coffee, which they give you freely as you browse hassle free, that’s the best part. Thanks.