Philadelphia

ex·traor·di·nar·y, ex·quis·ite, ex·cit·ing – 7th Annual Chefs’ Dinner for PAWS 2011

I just love covering the PAWS event, not only because it supports a wonderful cause, but for all the beautiful people who attend as well as the stories that need to be told. (PS Sorry in advance if your photo didn’t make it in this entry. Next time I promise, just ask PCC reader Valerie Johnson [who did make it this time].)
Dana Spain is the founder and president of the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the city’s largest rescue partner which operates an adoption center and a public low-cost vaccination and spay/neuter clinic. Here she’s calling everyone in for dinner after the delicious and spirited cocktail hour where I found a few new peeps and old friends enjoying themselves for a good cause.
Singer – Songwriter – Pianist Jessy Kyle entertained us all night. She played one of my fav songs that I keep playing in my head today.

Erika Santana and Arthur Wolk. Thank you to all the sponsors including Mr Wolk who was one of the Furry Friend Sponsors; the evening couldn’t have been the fantastic success it was without everyone’s support, big and small, so thank you.
Ryan Maestas, Alicia Nuss, Giovanni Badalamenti and Joe Greco.
Delilah’s girls: Carmen, McKatle, Isabella, Jana and Angela helped out with the raffle for the evening.
Christie Honigman, Jimmy Delaurentis and Caitlyn Joyce were on hand to make sure the event ran smoothly. Jimmy is a Personal Stylist Home/Wardrobe at The Jimmy DeLaurentis Company i Philly. Looks stylish to me.
Damian Muziani and Adriana Alveario. Damian is the host for WPHL17’s Better Philly. He tells me that the show has been focusing on the ladies of late, and recently had a show called Baseball 101 teaching the women every little detail about the game so they can hang out with their bo’s and understand what’s going on.
Susan Morrison and Lee Leung, Seasons 52
JoAnn Huth, President/CEO at Accessories by JoAnn and Evan Evans, Le Meridian
Sue Manchel, Gail Goldman and Robin Van Laer. Robin and I grew up in Cherry Hill about 2 blocks from each other. She taught me to skateboard, we had a little fort and we would hide away for hours coloring and gossiping with Connie. She saved me once when I choked on a dorito, and helped me clean her parents foyer; when I showed her how if you lit a match near a spray can spray you could create a torch, of course the unburned spray paint will color your white tile floor. We snuck into the Charleston Riding Swim Club after hours and took dips, we played flag football in the Rykiel’s back yard every Friday night and then Dr Rykiel would take us to the Cowtail Bar for ice cream. We collected acorns for acorn wars in the fall, and sled down Box Hill in the winter. Good times!!
Laurel and Tony Werner enjoying their SonomaCutrer
Uri Jacobsen, Andi Pesacov and Lou Chirgott. Andi tells me she’s changed real estate agencies and is now with Sierra as President Northeast Region
It’s like a reunion of my childhood. Robert Sliwowski, aka Bobby Chez and Linda Sliwowski. My high school job was as a dishwasher at Bobby’s restaurant in the Coliseum in Voorhees NJ. It was great the Flyers used to play there on the ice, and there was a strip club in another part of the complex. It was a great youthful molding experience. Bobby tells me that he and his crab cakes were on QVC the night before and they sold out 30,000 in six minutes. He’s done his dad proud using his crab recipe.
Ellen Babb-Kane, and it was nice to see Molly and Frank Napolitano who have been busy with home life, Peter Flaherty, and Maryellen Cammisa
Grey Goose holding Adam Spivak with the beautiful Karen Sajda. The duo are headed out of town this weekend to a warmer climate with white sand and tanned bodies.
The ladies who helped you check in and helped check you out with your auction items L-R: Valerie Johnson, Sarah Kudlack, Amy Fitzpatrick, Michele DiVeterano and Leslie French.
Over 40 restaurants participated in 7th Annual Chefs’ Dinner for PAWS. Chefs creating 4-course food and wine pairings (Sonoma Cutrer Chardonay and Pinot Noir) tableside for 12 guests in decorated pods. Other drinks were available at the open bar including my favorite diet coke as well as Grey Goose, Vodka FinLandia, Jack Daniels Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Sapphire Gin)
Charles Pasquale and Donna Coghlan
Davio’s chef David Boyle tells me that at least twice a season they prepare meals for the Phillies post game dinner. Tonight will be a little different as Chef Boyle and owner Steve DiFillippo will be preparing a meal of veal chops, lobster tail, brochette, potatoes etc and desserts including chockolate chip and peanut butter cookies for both teams. Why? Well Davios first restaurant was founded in Boston Mass, and tonight the Phillies are playing the Boston Red Sox. (Isn’t that a fun story?)
Chef Christopher Lee, Huntington Social, Huntington NY and Bob Huth enjoy some vino
Thanks to Chef Peter McAndrews for my Porchetto Tonnato from Modomio
my Cherry Tomato Confit, Sea Urchin from Monsu. (Plus I got to hang out with Patti Klein for a bit) Chef tells me that he is starting a catering company called “Club Del Buon Gustaio” which means Club of Good Taste. Yesterday was their first day of operation with his partner Robert Moskowitz. They can serve from 6 – 60 people. Give them a call 215-380-1535
Tom Coyne and Dave Hoy enjoying their braised short ribs at Lucky Strikes.
Thanks to Chef Anne Cole of Meritage for my delicious sweet potato and duck dish. Yum!! Plus I got to hang out with Robin for a bit.Jon Adams and Shari Wood both sat at Tony Rim’s RAW. Tony tells me that Raw at the Piazza is going next. WOW that was speedy. Tony was one of those restaurants that had more than one restaurant participating in the event. His other place The Corner was there too. Chef Scarduzio had both Mia and table 31, chef Peter McAndrews was there with Modo Mio and Monsu, Seasons 52 was represented at both their locations. I saw my buds from Del Frisco’s and I would be amiss if I didn’t tell you about their new $99 four course dinner they are serving now. A surf & turf.
Michele Romano, The Union League’s 1862’s Chef Martin Hammand, Carol Tamburino and Capital Grille’s Chef Rob Gary. Michele tells me that the former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders will be having an alumni day cheering on the Philadelphia Soul on July 22. The event will benefit the Susan Komen cancer organization. Let’s Go!!
James AJ Revels, Kevin Sbraga and Jesmary Sbraga. He just returned from the Aspen Wine & Food event and is gearing up now for the late fall opening of his his new place in the Symphony House on the Avenue of the Arts.Michael Schulson from Sampan is a scream and had all the fun people at his table. Have you been in Sampan lately. You have to try the Lobster Gazpacho. Tell them I told you it was the best, yum!! Matt Levin of Adsum served rib eye with peach infused beer. (Guess he’s saving the Four Loco.) He had the entire Spain family sitting front and center.
Sean Reilly, Robert Bogle, Mariska Bogle, Jimmy Contreras, Matt Vlahos and Carol Drumstas (Brown & Forman). The black eye Matt is sporting is not from domestic violence or rough housing, but from a terrible mugging Matt endured last Thursday night around 11PM at 24th & Walnut. So be careful out there.
Zavinos table: Owner Greg Dodge, Steve Gartner, Carmen Tomassetti, CTO Entertainment
No doubt she is giving the thumbs up to Kate Wilhelm and Chris Chimicles news that they are engaged!!
One of the most beautiful settings Chris Scarduzio’s Mia. WOW
Me, Tamar Olitsky, Nicole Cashman, Nina Tinari and Patricia Benitez. I’d better start using some Grecian formula

Brad Waxman, Joan Spain, Bernie Spain, Joan Pileggi and Sharon Phillips Waxman.
Table 31′s Chef Chris Scarduzio and Darlene ScarduzioGarrett Miller and Marla Mazzocco with Jenine and David Neff
Emil Buccilli and Scott Lean of SweetTooth has a sweet story about providing candy to Katy Perry’s meet and greet over the weekend. I’ll write about it tomorrow.Steve Pottash, Steven Olisky, Rouge Chef Michael Yeamans, and Sky Strouth
Dan Cronin, Danielle Tomko and Michael Spain Smith. Dan tells me that Hair of the Dog is changing venue’s this year. It will have the run of the entire Westin Hotel in Center City.
This lady was on her way out and her bag caught on to the SweetTooth’s candy display and like a piece of toilet paper caught on a shoe dragged the whole display off the table leaving a trail of Reese Cups in her wake til I caught up with her half way down the hall. It was kinda funny except there were none left for me.

What a great night for a great charity and every one had a fantastic time. I can’t wait until next year. In the meantime support PAWS and all that it does for your or someone’s future pet.