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January 2015

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Wing Bowl 2015 – Patrick Bertoletti and his $10,000 Prize Money and there were a lot less naked Gals


It was interesting to see corporations buy out sections
Hall and Oates
 Eve Pilgram – 6ABC
 The Winner of today’s competition receives this stunning WIP Wing Bowl 23 Ring
Honestly is it worse than listening, or watching a Howard Stern show?

 93WIP PR Cindy Webster

Hollis Thomas

 Rhea Hughes, co-host of the WIP Radio

Repping St Joes.

Jon Dorenbos

“Gov Chris Christie” gets pummeled by eggs, and so does photo journalist Joshua Scott Albert

Gov Chris Christie enjoying Jerry Jones Box

Reuben Harley doing what he likes best

Tammy Jean

Bernie Parent stops by to say hi to Chris Christie

 Natalie DiDonato

 Jon Dorenbos

  Patrick Bertoletti, champion of WIP Wing Bowl 23 
Amazing media turnout for such a crazy event.

Patrick Bertoletti, champion of WIP Wing Bowl 23,with Steven Singer and his $10,000 prize money.

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How To Meet Sylvester Stallone in Philadelphia

Stallone has been in town a few weeks now as he is working on the movie Creed. Creed will tell the story of Apollo Creed’s grandson (played by
Michael B Jordan), who decides to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and
become a professional boxer. At first he was prepping for the movie Creed at Dive in Old City. Now the movie has started to film. In the evening Stallone has been making the rounds to some of Philly’s most delicious dining spots.

 

He’s gone to Estia,

 He’s gone to D’Angelo’s in Rittenhouse Square.

Sylvester Stallone with Sal D’Angelo
Primo Hoagies in Port Richmond.
Last night (Wednesday) he was at Victor Cafe. I’d say the next place he’s going to show up is Ralph’s Italian Restaurant in South Philly. One thing we know for sure is he likes the black shirts, and is usually wearing his brown bomber jacket. with Brian Johnson

 

 He’s even gone to the top of the Rocky stairs where these lucky tourists caught up with him.

 Here he is at the Army/Navy Store in Midtown Village the first week he was here.
On Monday they started filming and the first location, and one where they will be filming many of the scenes. This formerly empty space in Port Richmond, PA, used to be a local boxing gym, but it has now been
converted into Delphi Boxing Academy, Home of Apollo Creed in January,
2015 for the filming of “Creed”.

 

. Andre S.O.G. Ward Two-time Super Middleweight World Champion, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist has been tapped to be in the movie.

Fans are always writing me, where can I find him. For the past two days Creed has been filming in West Philly. Then I hear it’s back to the Boxing Studio for him. It seems that he’s not in any of the scenes being filmed yet, but he is a producer of the movie, and that’s why he’s on set, and why he could fly to France last week to film a commercial for a bread that he is an official spokesperson for.

Sly at the West Philly location yesterday.

Star of Creed, Michael B Jordan was seen at Fox and the Hound weeks ago, and on set.

To Meet Sly Stallone I would just stake out the film set at the boxing studio, or any one of the Italian restaurants in the City.  I think he’ll go to Ralph’s next. Thoughts? Follow @Iphillychitchat for the latest news. Also read Molly Eichel’s column for an awesome story in today’s paper about Sly stopping by to see his boyhood home. That was cool.

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/molly_eichel/20150129_Stallone_visits_his_former_home_in_the_Northeast.html

 Creed
1/26/2015
Logline: This continuation of the “Rocky” franchise focuses on
Adonis, the raised-in-privilege grandson of former heavyweight boxing
champion Apollo Creed, whose family would prefer that he not follow in
his grandfather’s footsteps, given the tragic end to the elder Creed’s
career, and life, in the ring — but Adonis, who possesses tons of
natural boxing ability and a secret, irrepressible desire to compete,
finds a trainer and mentor in his late granddad’s ex-rival and friend,
Rocky Balboa.
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM)
Production Company: Winkler Films
Director: Ryan Coogler
Executive Producer(s): Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff, Nicolas Stern
Producer(s): Kevin King, Charles Winkler, David Winkler, Billy Chartoff, Sylvester Stallone
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Phylicia Rashad, Tony Bellew, Tessa Thompson
Writer(s): Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington
SSN Insight: This project re-teams Coogler and Jordan who previously worked together on indie darling Fruitvale Station. Per THR, Coogler took Creed to MGM before production on Fruitvale Station,
“It was an idea I took to them and met with Stallone for his blessing.
It’s a universal story about family, so I hope it’ll fly.”
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WHERE TO WATCH SUPER BOWL: TAP HOUSE LOGAN WITH IT’S 15 FOOT Hi-Def Screen

Special offerings are as follows at City Tap House Logan on Super Bowl Sunday: 
Watch with us on the 15 Foot Hi-Def Screen  ***Premium seating and packages available contact jditonno@publichouseusa.com (215)587-9040
Event Start Time: 5:00pm
 Game Start Time: 6:30pm

Craft
Beer Specials-Harpoon, Goose Island, Great Lakes and Brooklyn Beers for
the game will be priced at $5 a piece whistle to whistle. 
Exec Chef Ian Branning (formerly of Parc & The Dandelion) is making delicious food for you to enjoy while watching the game.
  • Seattle Street Dog-  Sauerkraut, Cream Cheese, Brown Mustard, Pretzel Roll  $10 w/ fries 
  • New England Clam Chowder- Quahog, Little Neck and Razorneck Clams, Yukon Gold Potatoes  $10

    There’s also a contest for those who make reservations beforehand. 

  • Make your reservation and enter to wine a trip to a top U.S. brewery. Winners every Quarter!

    For more information and group packages please email Janine at
    jditonno@publichouseusa.com or to make your reservation please contact
    us at 215-587-9040

GIVEAWAYS
All
guests who make reservations enter “Block Pool”:  1 square in the pool
per reservation ( ie 6 person res gets 6 blocks- all guests must arrive
on time)

4 breweries have donated prize packages to be given out at the end of each quarter.  The prize package is determined by the brewery.   

Timing of the visit can be worked out by the individual and the brewery rep. Transportation is booked by the winner, with City Tap House contributing Amex gift cards towards travel expenses.

1st Quarter- Goose Island (Chicago, IL)

  • 1 basket – goose island swag – openers, hoodies, t-shirts, brewers shirt, bourbon county stout bottles)
  • $50 gift card for lunch at the brewpub (Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub)
  • Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub Tour (up to 4 people)
  • Goose Island Private Brewery Tour and Rare Beer Tasting at Tap Deck (Fulton and Wood St)
Halftime- Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Sweetass Brooklyn Brewery Beer/Swag Basket
  • Free Tour+Beers at Brooklyn Brewery for 4
  • 4 Tix to an event in our luxury suite at the Barclays Center (http://www.barclayscenter.com/events).  Take a
    look at what’s coming up through the link above.  I have to request
    tickets in advance, so the further out time-wise the better I can
    guarantee an event.  Saturday events probably make the most sense since
    travel will be involved.
  • 2 rooms at a Brooklyn Hotel
Third Quarter- Great Lakes Brewing Co (Cleveland, OH)
  • Full VIP Brewery tour
  • tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • dinner at Michael Symon’s Lolita
  •  tickets to a Cleveland Indians game
Fourth Quarter- Harpoon Brewing Co (Boston, MA)
  • VIP tour of brewery
  • 4 tickets to one of our annual fests (St. Paddys, Summer Session or Octoberfest)’
  • Friday & Saturday night stay at Seaport Renaissance Hotel
Philadelphia

BLIZZARD OF 2015 SNOW PHOTOS

BLIZZARD OF 2015, never happened and I didn’t get any SNOW PHOTOS. So I reached back two years in my archives and decided to post a few of my favorite shots. Hope you enjoy them. I have two columns that should post today on Philly Mag, Indochino and The Marc Vetri Cocktail Party. I’ll tweet them out when they go live. Thanks. HughE

 

The sunsets are the best after a snowstorm
Wondering if the weather forecasters are going to have to re-evaluate their 30 to 35 inch snowfall predicted for the Winter 2015?
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Epic Story & Photo of Al Pacino – Vanity Definitely My Favorite Sin – Peter Madden Steals a Moment From The Godfather Star

This story is as epic as Al Pacino performing a monologue at the prestigious Academy Ball Concert and Ball Saturday night.

I basically bum-rushed the elevator, he’s
surrounded by security who (of course) immediately want me removed. Al
told them to relax. I said “Al, I’m not into selfies, I’d rather have a
real photo” threw his one (large) security guy my phone. Al’s quote “I
agree about selfies, they breed vanity.” What a guy. Unforgettable! – Peter Madden, Agile Cat


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The Academy Ball Concert and Gala – Saturday January 24, 2015 More Photos and The Phila Mag Link

Saturday night was the Academy Ball, an event I used to read about in Ruth Seltzer’s Society Column in the Philadelphia Inquirer when I was growing up. I was that kid that read the society pages, and for someone that had an aversion to a suit and tie, I was fascinated by the white tie idea.

Fast forward to adulthood and here I am, not only do I get to cover it, but I get to go to it and take a “date”. Mike never wants to go, he’s fascinated like I am. Last year I took Ian Crumm, this year I went with everyone’s BFF

Kory Aversa

Before the concert there is the Chairman’s Pre-Concert Reception, which is a great place for the society photographers to get their shots. I went in with the mind set I need 20 amazing, unique shots for my column in Philadelphia Magazine. Another periodical I read growing up, checking out the photos and now calling my own. You don’t know how humbling, and amazing it is to have that responsibility and I take it seriously. (At the same time I think OMG I was a paralegal, I planned to always be one, how did I get here?)


I had a heck of the time the other day picking out photos to run in my PhillyMag column, everyone looked great and had a story.
Usually I try and pick people who are real standouts, have a story, haven’t been in the column in at least 3 months, and anticipate if they are going to be in an upcoming column (Friday night is the Black Tie Car Show, then there’s the Flower Show). Rachel Moore on the right is in the column with her gorgeous gold Oscar de la Renta dress. I positioned her so that you could see her gorgeous bow on her dress in a nearby mirror. But here’s the dress in full color, in the magazine I had to lighten the photo as the mirror was dark. At the bottom of this entry I’ll have a link.
I love Monique Crawford, but this photo was just wrong with the photo bomber on the right and that not very pretty jacketed person over her shoulder. I wish we weren’t near the stairs. Anyway Monique is wearing one of the big signature colors of the night, gorgeous green.
Scott Quigley, Monique, Alissa Higgins and Matthew Higgings. (Don’t count these photos out from appearing in Philly Mag hard copy though. I sometimes pull from PhillyChitChat to go into the magazine.)
My boss, David Lipson and his always stylish wife Susan.
Anne Callahan and Charles Croce style standouts every year.
Sandy and George Norcross. They were supposed to be in my column, but like Anne and Charles above, I forgot to upload them. So bummed. Love their style.  

Alana and Rich Tosti

The hottest couple on the planet of Philadelphia: Brandon McMullin and Rep Brian Sims
Check out Philly Mag to see Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor and his hot boyfriend of 17 years.
Complementary high style: Stephanie and Dr. Kirk Brandow with Carol Tamburino.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew “A.J.Marsico or as I call them my friends,
AJ Marsico and Annie McCormick Marsico.
Saturday, January 24, 2015 
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Al Pacino Special Guest
Simone Porter Violin
James Alexander Creative Director
Anniversary Concert Program:
attrib. J.S. SMITH/orch. Ormandy
“The Star‑Spangled Banner”
Rachmaninoff from Symphonic Dances, Op. 45:
      III. Lento assai—Allegro vivace—Lento assai, come
      prima—L’istesso tempo, ma agitato—Poco meno
      mosso—“Alliluya”
Kreisler/orch. McAlister “Caprice viennois,” for violin and orchestra
Sarasate “Zapateado,” from Spanish Dances, Op. 23, No. 2 (First Philadelphia Orchestra performance)
Mascagni Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
J. Strauss, Jr. “Wiener Blut” Waltz, Op. 354
Co-chair of Anniversary Ball Linda Siegfried (wearing Oscar de la Renta) special guest star Al Pacino

The concert was terrific, originally I was sitting inside, but when the photo above this happened I slipped outside and shot it through the window in door, as there are rules about shooting after a certain time inside the hall. I’ve shot through the window at other times too. I really needed the photo of everyone, including the chairs on the stage. I had forgotten that happened. The complete photo is on Philly Mag
Flo Celender makes her way down the Academy of Music staircase after the concert.
Flo is wearing vintage Christian Dior.

 

This year they did something really creative and added entertainment as ball guests made their way from the Academy of Music to the Bellevue:


8:30 PM–9:15 PM: Promenade to the Bellevue! Ball at the Bellevue!
Featuring the Delaware County Christian Academy Choir (2013 More 101 FM Choir competition winners!) (above)
The Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble on Broad Street

The Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School Choir at the Bellevue!

Love this whole outfit
And Danielle Hankin and Renee Dubyk

Stunning: PhillyVoice Entertainment and Lifestyle Editor Leah Kauffman with Managing Director Lexie Norcross.
Peter and Celeste Madden
 
I basically bum-rushed the elevator, he’s
surrounded by security who (of course) immediately want me removed. Al
told them to relax. I said “Al, I’m not into selfies, I’d rather have a
real photo” threw his one (large) security guy my phone. Al’s quote “I
agree about selfies, they breed vanity.” What a guy. Unforgettable!

The Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School Choir at the Bellevue!

Lea and Chris May. Their photo was also sent to the Liberty City Press where I have a weekly column in a hard copy newspaper.
Society scribe photographer Susan Scovill and Dr. Curtis Scovill
Sen Vince Fumo and fiance Carolyn Tini
I loved her dress, I just didn’t have a spot for them.Gaia DiGiacomo and Carmine Berardi
Rachel Luber Cevera and Jason Cevera  enjoy dinner and a view of the dance floor from the Balcony. As “Young Friends” these are where our seats are located. I adored this photo, but I chose another shot of someone sitting. Photo tip: Sitting photos never make it in the magazine. Sometimes I will take one of each, sitting and standing and will add the standing one to the magazine. This time I had so many shots to choose from and I know I’ll see these two soon.

Brian Tierney

Carol Fitzgerald, executive director of Penna. Society, Larry McMichael, chairman of Dilworth Paxson LLP and wearing Oscar de la renta Patricia Wellenbach, CEO of Green Tree School in Philadelphia.

Kory Aversa

Carrie Minelli, Director of Marketing at Parx Casino and Dino Minelli

Kim Adu
So many great people in this photo. Oh and there’s Rachel Moore’s Oscar de la Renta and her bow. So many people wore Oscar as a tribute to him at the Academy Ball.
Purple shoes sir
I wear my sunglasses at night. There’s his 33 year old girlfriend Lucila Sola next to him. I love that Debbie Aldelman got this shot, but I dont think it’s posed.

Here’s the Philly Mag Link With The High Glam Shots.

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman Kick Off Party with Kristy Sevag, Beth Minkus & Will Rockafellow

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS)  held a Winter Social for their Man & Woman of the Year campaign on January 22, 2015 at the Sonesta Hotel in Center City Philadelphia. The fun-filled
evening included current and past Man & Woman of the Year candidates and high-level volunteers.

2015 Man of the Year candidate, Jay Michael, with Leadership committee
members, Nina Bernstein and Sherry Litwer, and Executive Director, Ellen
Rubesin
and Director of Marketing, Gregory R. Seitter

Agreeing to utilize their leadership abilities to conduct their own fundraising campaign
for LLS, the Man & Woman of the Year candidates compete in honor of a local boy and girl who care blood cancer survivors to raise the most funds for blood cancer research. Every dollar counts as one vote and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of the 10-week campaign. The top local fundraisers in the country win the national titles. It kinda reminds me of Celebrity Apprentice as each Man and Women is responsible to raise as much money as possible in order to win, by any means possible, sponsorships, their own fundraisers, one year someone even had a bake sale. It’s hard and it’s not for everyone as you have to being a shaker and find ways to raise money.

2015 Woman of the Year candidates, Dawn Warden,  HMP Communications Holdings, LLC,  and Kristy Sevag, Sevag PR with Will Rockafellow, GM, Kos Media, LLC (Daily Kos) (left) and Jeff Sevag, Paul Sevag Motors, Inc (right)

 2014 Man of the Year candidate, Derik Monte Carlo, with 2015 Woman of
the Year candidate, Nicole Morgenstern, and committee member, Beth
Minkus

 2015 Woman of the Year candidate, Mary Pennington, with LLS Eastern PA Board member, Dr. Margie Kasner
The 2015 Red & White Ball™ Mercedes-Benz raffle tickets are on sale now! Purchase a raffle ticket for $100 to have a chance to get behind the wheel of a 2015 GLA250 4MATIC SUV 
LLS staff member, Yana Vinnikov, and 2013 Man of the Year, Brent Evans
Jeff Sevag with 2015 Woman of the Year candidate, Kristy Sevag, and Leadership committee member, Sherry Litwer
The 2015 Man & Woman of the Year campaign kicks off on March 31, 2015 and concludes at the Grand Finale Celebration on June 13, 2015 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The Eastern PA Chapter is still actively seeking candidates for the 2015 campaign. 
For more information, please contact Sarah Hopkins at (610) 238-0360
or Sarah.Hopkins@lls.org, or visit www.mwoy.org/epa.
Pixs provided by LLS.org
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Super Super Bowl Party XLIX at City Tap House Logan Square – Giant 15 Foot Hi-Def Screen – Contests

Chef Ian Branning will be making a “Seattle Dog” & a New England Chowder for the game.  
Craft
Beer Specials-Harpoon, Goose Island, Great Lakes and Brooklyn Beers for
the game will be priced at $5 a piece whistle to whistle. 

To
Go Special….$49 (Super Bowl XLIX-49) Takeout feature includes $25 Ten
Spice Dry Rubbed Wings, 2 Margherita Pizzas & a Growler Draught
beer.  
GIVEAWAYS
All
guests who make reservations enter “Block Pool”:  1 square in the pool
per reservation (6 person res gets 6 blocks- all guests must arrive on
time)

4 breweries have donated prize packages to be given out at the end of each quarter.
The prize package is determined by the brewery.
Timing
of the visit can be worked out by the individual and the brewery rep.
Transportation is booked by the winner, with City Tap House contributing
Amex gift cards towards travel expenses.

1st Quarter- Goose Island (Chicago, IL)

  • 1 basket – goose island swag – openers, hoodies, t-shirts, brewers shirt, bourbon county stout bottles)
  • $50 gift card for lunch at the brewpub (Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub)
  • Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub Tour (up to 4 people)
  • Goose Island Private Brewery Tour and Rare Beer Tasting at Tap Deck (Fulton and Wood St)
Halftime- Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Sweetass Brooklyn Brewery Beer/Swag Basket
  • Free Tour+Beers at Brooklyn Brewery for 4
  • 4 Tix to an event in our luxury suite at the Barclays Center (http://www.barclayscenter.com/events).  Take a
    look at what’s coming up through the link above.  I have to request
    tickets in advance, so the further out time-wise the better I can
    guarantee an event.  Saturday events probably make the most sense since
    travel will be involved.
  • 2 rooms at a Brooklyn Hotel
Third Quarter- Great Lakes Brewing Co (Cleveland, OH)
  • Full VIP Brewery tour
  • tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • dinner at Michael Symon’s Lolita
  •  tickets to a Cleveland Indians game
Fourth Quarter- Harpoon Brewing Co (Boston, MA)
  • VIP tour of brewery
  • 4 tickets to one of our annual fests (St. Paddys, Summer Session or Octoberfest)’
  • Friday & Saturday night stay at Seaport Renasaince Hotel

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1551185018471134/

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Celebrate The Movies at the Philadelphia Flower Show – Check out this Video.

Get ready for a dazzling experience like no other as the Flower Show
“Celebrates the Movies,” with all the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood
premiere. It’s Lights…Camera… Bloom! “Celebrate the Movies” from
February 28-March 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Lights! Camera! BLOOM!

Join us on the red carpet to “Celebrate the Movies” at the PHS 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show.
On Friday, February 27, PHS will host the 2015 PHS Flower Show
Preview Party, an elegant evening offering exclusive access to the
world’s largest indoor floral exhibition. See the sprawling acres of
exhibits and intricate displays of expert designers, locally and
internationally honored, before the show opens to the public.
Don’t miss Philadelphia’s hottest ticket in town!
Whether you are looking for an elegant “date night” or a unique
backdrop to entertain clients, the Preview Party sets the stage, and the
After Party makes dancing shoes a must.
You and your guests will be transported to Hollywood at this star-studded, once-in-a-lifetime event.
All proceeds from the 2015 Preview Party support PHS and its
acclaimed programs like PHS City Harvest that helps feed area families
in need.
Unable to attend? Please consider the impact a donation would have on
the families and residents of the city of Philadelphia and surrounding
areas. To make a contribution, please visit our Preview Party Donation
Page.
For more information, please contact Ellen Wheeler at ewheeler@pennhort.org or call 215.988.8830

(sponsored)

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Random Photos of the Week, with Tidbits, Gossip – Mamou & Green Line Cafe Closed, West Elm Demo Store and Favorite Meals

Good Thursday Morning. I have compiled a few photos I have tweeted or instagramed, and some that have never seen the light of day. I’m dropping some news here, as well as featuring some of my favorite meals of the week. Have a safe, warm day. HughE

 The Green Line Cafe is closed at 136 South 15th Street. 

The sign says they will be adding another location in West Philly, and exploring a possibility of another location in Center City. They still have other locations in West Philly for you to enjoy.

 Mamou (formerly The Corner) 102 S 13th St in Midtown Village is closed. The sign says it’s being renovated until January 10, 2015.

 I took this photo on January 10, and I’ve checked on it every day since and it doesn’t seem renovated or open. I don’t know why The Corner or Marmou haven’t done well at this location, it’s the hottest street in the City (13th Street btwn Walnut and Chestnut), I really like it a lot, the food and the roof deck. I’m sure it won’t be closed for long.

Did you know that the #WestElm on #ChestnutSt
is the demo store for the nation. It’s always one season ahead of the
other West Elm stores. At Christmas it was Spring. They only had the tiniest section for Christmas available and it was behind a pillar.

See it’s summer now. When the time comes the others stores
have to set up exactly like this store is laid out. This is the store
you see in the catalog too. Last week when I walked by they were shooting the catalog.
This is the best dish in the whole city #Casonsei it has smoked ricotta @luke_palladino @alexholleytv #Palladino @eastpassyunk #Foodporn
Then there’s this veal dish I had at D’Angelo’s last night. It’s on the restaurant menu. $35 for 4 courses. WOW.
The snowcast frightened everyone, there was hardly a person in Rittenhouse Square at 7PM last night.
Seriously delicious. The Broccoli soup at Bank & Boubon at 12th and Market Streets. It’s on the restaurant week menu, but also on their regular menu.
The Young Friends of the Academy Ball preparing the sponsor books for the underwriters in preparation for the Academy Ball on Saturday.
Braums is now open on East Passyunk Ave
Chicken and Waffles at City Tap House Logan Square. The best chicken ever.

The seafood cobb salad at McCormick & Schmidt’s at One South Broad. Delicious, pretty and $22

Did you know if you took a photo of your coat check ticket, you can get your coat. I do this because I always misplace mine. I wish I could do it for my parking ticket.

 Oh look, the Cheesecake Factory at 15th and Walnut is coming a long very nicely. I see Windex doing a good business here.