Pennsylvania Ballet’s Swan Lake Auction & Gala


Charity News:

Someone just wrote me yesterday about how they can meet a celebrity, well Saturday Night March 19, 2011 some of the finest celebrity chefs in Philadelphia gather for a good cause the 30th Anniversary ACHIEVEability Benefit:
FOOD FOR THOUGHT (I’m so stealing that name for my new food column) presented by PNC Bank – Helps single parent families break the generational cycle of poverty, achieve economic self-sufficiency and self-reliance. 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM call 215-748-8804 or visit
Get Your Rear Into Gear
The Greater Philadelphia Region is looking forward to more than twice the attendance at Philadelphia’s third annual Get Your Rear In Gear, presented by the Stop Colon Cancer Now Campaign, new 10K and 5K Run/Walk to be held in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Martin Luther King Drive (AKA West River Drive) on Sunday, March 20, 2011. To date, more than 2,000 participants are registered and the number is growing daily.

Philly Notables:

Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick & his niece, he says it was his niece and I did hear her call him Uncle Mike, were at The Ritz-Carlton lounge and 10 Arts last night for some of Chef Monica Glass’ sweets. The niece was in town for a teachers convention. Her first time to Philly. Favorite sites City Hall, Reading Terminal & the Liberty Bell at night.

It was Philly Talk Show Heaven Tues Night with home town boy Bradley Cooper on Letterman, (Dave Robert’s boy) David Boreanaz on Jimmy Kimmel and Delaware County’s Wanda Sykes on Leno.

Inside Edition is looking for Philly’s Hottest Bachelors. Maybe you know someone, or once dated one, send him this link, but get a promised for 10% of his cut if he’s picked:

Food For Thought:

Last night @ had me taste a ducky dessert (Duck fat financiers, pineapple, pistachios, and foie gras ice cream) which will be served at Executive Chef Peter Woolsey Bistrot La Minette duck dinner on March 26

The South Jersey Independent Restaurant Association (better known as the SJ HOT Chefs) will host their bi-annual South Jersey Restaurant Week from March 20th through March 25th.

Pennsylvania Ballet’s Swan Lake Auction & Gala
Last week I was invited to a most interesting event, The Swan Lake Auction where guests a walk down the red carpet and to meet the stars of Pennsylvania Ballet on Friday, March 11 at the Academy of Music.
Amy Holihan and Amy Statton;
A leading Philadelphia cultural institution, the Company has earned a national reputation for its impassioned artistry and technical virtuosity, and has received widespread critical acclaim for extraordinary performances from an increasingly diverse repertoire. Call 215-893-1955 for subscription packages or visit PA Ballet Soloist Barette Vance and fiance Chris Widell; “When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” -Wayne Dyer
PA Ballet Dancers Lillian, Di Piazza, Kaia Annikatack, Ryoko Sadoshima, Sarah Hochman and Logan Martin
Ought oh how did I miss the names of these stylish people.
Anne Titerton and Jamie Cleary
Guests bid on one-of-a-kind items like the chance to watch a performance from the wings or a walk-on role in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker!
I wish I had checked out what Deneen Williams was pointing to that had Alicia Williams oooowing
Jacqueline and Gabrielle Meister, Karen and Scott Cooper, Anthony Haller, Pa Ballet Principal Dancers (and husband and wife) Arantxa Ochoa and Alexander Izilliaev
Linda Rogers, Melissa DeRuiter and Marilyn Jefferies
Michael and Stephanie Haugen
Cocktails and a silent auction in the Academy’s exquisite ballroom began
at 6:30 p.m.Metro Reporter Laura Goldman, Susan Tillery and Rita Rome make their way down to the
STAGE. So gorgeous, and to eat dinner on the stage with the dancers among the magnificent Swan Lake sets how cool was that? For the dancers remembering each step, moment, looking into the audience, and the guests to be eating on the very stage they enjoyed so many productions that were produced there. Me I still have fresh memories of the Academy Ball just a few weeks ago, the crowds, the prestige, Renee Flemming and Paul Simon. Event design was by none other than Evantine Design, Inc.. Those peeps are amazing.
Tickets to the black tie event started at $175 and tables were $3,000 and look at the magnificent setting where they enjoyed their meal. WOW. Next up for the Ballet:

Building on Balanchine April 14-17 at the Merriam Theater