The Festival of Trees has ushered in the Holiday Season in Philadelphia. The Trees are on display until 12/2/10 at which time they will be delivered to their owners who successfully bid on them to benefit the Philadelphia Orchestra. Last week at XIX and they Hyatt at the Bellevue hosted the first annual event where local designers and ad agency Red Tettemer decorated Christmas Trees to auction off to raise money for the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Above the tree designed by Hoffman Design Group which sold for $1700.
A heated bidding war took place between the host XIX and a private home owner, who finally won out and will be putting this tree up in their 2 story foyer.

Hyatt GM Jeffrey Miller with Marianne Raphaely. Marianne was just honored by The Please Touch Museum with the “Great Friend to Kids Awards.”

Mariska Bogle, City Rep Director Melanie Johnson, Toni Crawford-Major and Margaret Hughes
Brian Whalen and Michelle Boyles (South Philly Phasionista)
Jason Cabrera, Assistant Manager of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Natalie Kidd and Bryan Hoffman, of Hoffman Designs. The Hoffman tree was 12 foot tall and was featured at the top of the entry.
Other design/florist tree designers were Beautiful Blooms, Papertini, Styled Creative, Eclatanté, Evantine,
Morgan and Brian Adoff had a great time last Thursday at their Fishtown neighborhood Thanksgiving Day celebration. Either no one had a big enough house to host the nearly 2 dozen friends, or they really enjoy eating outside in the elements cause the picture they have on facebook is hysterical with the gang bundled up enjoying the bounty.
Aly Cleary – Cooking in Stilettos, Daisy Martinez and Jennifer Reed, One Curly Fry. Daisy had a busy, busy year. We first met her earlier this year at the launch of Philadelphia Wilhelmina, at her book signing at Williams-Sonoma, Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night: Bringing Your Family Together with Everyday Latin Dishes Now she’s back with a cook book Daisy’s Holiday Cooking: Delicious Latin Recipes for Effortless Entertaining
She told me that while on tour for her last book, she created and wrote the holiday cook book. She swears she tries out each and every dish, which tells me that they’re not only delicious but healthy eats too. She looks fabulous!!
Stop on up to XIX to see them, have a nibble, lunch or dinner and bask in the joy of the Christmas Spirit. The far tree is by the eclectic, ecentric advertising agency Red Tettemer.

Eric Smith and Yasmine Mustafa. Geekadelphia Founder Eric Smith is social media director of Quirk Books and recently published his first book: Textual Healing which will be available sometime this month.
Crri Tovsky and Terese Balzereit
Tanti Lina of Papertini, Christina Hill, Kathy Ko and Lydia Sit surrounding the Papertini tree, which was won with a winning bid by Eddie Dseguera and Jeff Miller
Krista Gallo, Sara Fernandez, and Kendall Brown, Eclatante Event Design owner. Kendall’s not only creative, but a perennial optimist as she makes lists everday of what she is thankful for and shares them with her friends.
Michele Seidman grabs a goodie bag on her way out. Besides having some of the most delicious foods, XIX has yummy desserts too.

Greater Philadelphia Gardens released today its 20 page “Guide to Spectacular Displays for the Holidays in Greater Philadelphia Gardens”. With over 60 family-friendly Holiday activities in 12 of its 29 area member public gardens and arboreta, this great resource is available now on the website