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PhillyChitChat Celebrity Sightings, Tidbits & Upcoming Sightings

Friday night while I was at the Italian Market’s Anastasi Seafood enjoying the broiled seafood combo, Dawson’s Creek James Van Der Beek was sitting in the window at Rouge enjoying his dinner. Earlier in the week he had filmed a few scenes from his movie “Backwards” up the street at the Art Alliance.
Part time Actor, new resident of Philly, Larry Giuffra poses with Juventus’ forward Alessandro Del Piero outiside the Four Seasons Hotel on Sunday. They are using Philly as their home base this week between games played in NY 7/26 and NC 7/28, using the empty Eagles NovaCare Center. Philadelphia Union loss to the Real Madrid, who stayed at the Ritz-Carlton with what seemed to be their entire families. Saturday night I was down in Atlantic City at Scarduzio’s at Showboat. When I returned home I saw a big tour bus. Thinking in was Rihanna’s I gave it a chase. Turned out to be the Real Madrid players, their parents, spouses and wives. Look for Giuffra in the James van Der Beek movie Backwards.

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Friday kicked off the 9th Annual Charlie Mac’s Party 4 Peace in Philly. The star power that flies into Philly to lend their support to the charitable organization was very impressive, but the biggest surprise was actor Will Smith, who surprised the audience who turned out for the Charlie Mack Talented Teens Finals Competition Saturday night at the Yesha Fellowship Hall. Started in 1990 solely as a celebrity basketball game, The Charlie Mack Party 4 Peace Celebrity Weekend has evolved into a charitable benefit to raise awareness and money for organizations that work tirelessly to eradicate violence in Philadelphia. Smith also walked the red carpet at the Suzanne Roberts Theater for the Sunday premiere of “Streets,” a film Mack produced and which features local actress Nafessa Williams. Also appearing during the weekend Tyrese, Toccara Jones, Lil Mama, Reggie Berry, Jackiem Wright and above with Smith is Arthur Kade.

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Tuesday I had dinner at 10 Arts with my buds from Fox29 Good Day Jennaphr Frederick and Sheinelle Jones, as Mike Jerrick enjoyed dinner at an adjoining table with Food Channel’s Marc Summers and David Neff. (Look for my segments with Jenn beginning this Friday at 9:40AM [nervous])
Owner and Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin came to Philadelphia to help kick off the 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge tasting menu that benefits Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization. Top Chef alumnus and Chef de Cuisine of 10 Arts, Chef Jennifer Carroll has created an exclusive tasting menu that has been carefully crafted and is available for lunch and dinner. For each tasting menu ordered, $1 will go directly to Philabundance and help drive hunger from the Delaware Valley.
Susie Celek, Amber Stires, and Julie Dorenbos, outside their new spray tanning salon and so much more store, Skin Palette on 19th Street a stone’s throw from Rittenhouse Square. Friday was opening day. Stop on by and tell them PhillyChitChat.com sent you.
Newman’s Gallery on Walnut Street is closed for renovations. The sign says they will open in the fall, but where I wonder? The permit says the first floor is going to be a clothing retail store.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel holding his 1210 radio show at the Shops of Liberty Place. Once a month he broadcasts his radio show from the Center City shopping center.
Talking Phillies it’s been rumored that they’re willing to trade Jonathan Singleton for the San Diego Padres’ Mike Adams, seen here leaving the Ritz-Carlton on Friday afternoon as he heads out for the game.
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Saturday night as I mentioned I headed to AC for my birthday and celebrated at the opening night of Scarduzio’s – Steak Sushi Lounge inside the Showboat Casino. I had a 12oz sirloin, that was delicious and Mike had the rack of lamb which he declared was the best he ever had. We even had a dueling fork fight as I tried to grab a few off his plate. For dessert we had the chocolate cake mouse prepared by Pastry chef Deb Pellegrino (above, who just won the chocolatier’s crown and $10,000 on last Sunday’s popular TV series Food Network Challenge. ) with Chef Chris Scarduzio (also owns Mia at Caesars and Table 31). It was delicious. Mike said he would drive down to AC just to buy the cake, and that says a lot since we go to NYC every once in awhile just for his favorite seafood paella. The space is gorgeous with a sleek dining area with reds and dark wood. On the other side of the room is a beautiful lounge area, which I for see will be a beautiful place to hang out for a glam evening.
Today Saxby’s at 21st & Walnut is offering two for one Froyo’s.

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Upcoming Philly Celebrity Sightings:

Top Cheftestant Jennifer Carroll is going to be a busy girl on Monday, August 1st as she will be hosting the Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR. The charitable motorcycle ride supports amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research and takes place July 31-August 6, 2011, making five stops along the East Coast to raise funds and awareness for amfAR. The ride will be led by Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA and Alain de Cadenet, Le Mans racer and ESPN “Speed Channel” host, with reputable motorcyle enthusiasts eager to join the fight against HIC/AIDS, icluding Tyson Beckfor, Saved by the Bell’s Mark-Paul Gosselaar, actress/model Tricia Helfer, actor Justin Chatwin and many more. The August 1st 11AM the route will be from KOP Mall to the Center City Kiehl’s on Walnut Street where a ceremony take place until 1PM For Info: www.kiehlsgives.com

Also Monday for Jen, her 10Arts team is hosting Industry Night at Marc Vetri’s Amis for those folks in the restaurant business. Their theme: Down The Shore. No word on if Jen or pastry Monica Glass would be wearing their bikinis when preparing the seafood dinner.

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Check this out:

July 28 at the Philadelphia Library check out Josh Ritter, singer/songwriter, signing copies of Bright’s Passage at 7:30PM