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Philly Gossip: Nicki Minaj & Meek Mill dine in, Eagles Out and About, Kenny Rogers and Bradley Cooper’s Joy

Every Tuesday and Friday PhillyChitChat brings you PhillyGossip:
Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, only 3 more days til Christmas. My plans as you know have been thwarted this year, but I am spending a great amount of time with Mike and him mom, who is in hospice at home. The awesome part she’s lived in our condo building for the past decade, so we get to be there for her night and day and we are having such a good time reminiscing. Anyway as Liza says, the world goes round and round and Philly Gossip is all about. Last night my phone started blowing up with Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill sightings in the 9 O’Clock hour.

Meek Mill is restricted to the Philly area for the next 2 months til his sentencing for a probation violation, in February. Tuesday afternoon he and fiance Nicki Minaj stopped by a Philly group home for girls (see pix). Last night Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill had dinner at Capital Grille with 8 friends. Nicki looked beautiful, in tight blue jeans, a light blue shirt and a dark blue blazer. She was super nice to the staff, even addressing them by name. Meek wore jeans, tshirt and a blue hoodie. The duo smiled through out their steak dinners. (PS Nicki blurred Meek’s shoes cause he wasn’t wearing the ones he has a “contract” for to endorse.)

Earlier in the day Nicki was kinda pissed off tweeting that a staff member of the hotel she’s staying at walked into her room even though the Do Not Disturb sign was on the door. She notioned online she wanted the staff person fired. Hmm that’s not very Christmas spirit like.

Anyway I allowed the duo their space last night, but did tweet greetings to them during their dinner.

HughE Dillon
PhillyChitChat
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Enjoy dinner @NICKIMINAJ and @MeekMill. It’s the holidays and I’ll leave you in peace. Hope to shoot u soon. Philly’s Gentleman Paparazzo

In January it will be a year since they were first seen coupled up, taking an instagram photo at the club 1925 at 17th and Chestnut Streets after attending a Wale concert at TLA on South Street.

Labor Day Weekend they appeared together at Made in America on stage during his set. Now they’re engaged. It’s the real thing. Meek Mills bodyguard was found not guilty of murder in a Philly court yesterday, but he wasn’t at dinner. He gets out of jail today.

Last night Philadelphia 76ers players Jahlil Okafor and Isaiah Canaan surprised 20 children from the YMCA of Greater Brandywine with a holiday shopping spree at Dick’s Sporting Goods, supported by the Believe & Achieve Foundation at King of Prussia Mall.  Okafor and Canaan posed for photos and escorted the children through the store on their special “Shop with a Pro” experience. Check out the full article here.

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Rumor has it: Chancellor Hotel Associates have delayed the “Little
Pete’s” hotel project, which had the parking lot at 17th & Chancellor being torn down and building a luxury Hyatt on the location. Little Pete was to vacate by February, but believes he’ll be there through the summer.

 Tracy Bucholtz is becoming BFF’s with man about town, Philadelphia Eagles most philanthropic player, Connor Barwin. Here the duo were gathering toys at Child Advocate at 19th and Arch Streets Saturday. Someone shot their selfie
 Which looked like this. You’ll recall in the summer they also shared a selfie at another philanthropic event. This past weekend Tracy headed to Longwood Gardens and posted a few beautiful pixs of the local destination. Must put it on the list of holiday places to visit.
 Happy happy birthday Renee Reese, with her hubba hubby Phila Eagles announcer, and former player Ike Reese.
 More Eagles out and about, Jordan Matthews stopped by Del Frisco’s (15th & Chestnut Streets) for a holiday party and to get measured for a new suit by custom clothing by Daniel Morroni Sr., who’s a super guy. Speaking of Del Frisco’s their Sommelier, Jeffrey Mayfield, has created a selection of rare reserve wines by the glass that has recently been added to the restaurant’s extensive wine list.  Del Frisco’s Philadelphia is using a wine preservation tool called a “Coravin,”
which allows servers to pour a glass of wine from a $500 bottle without
even uncorking it. A needle goes through the cork and pumps the wine
into a glass. Once the needle is withdrawn, the cork naturally reforms a
perfectly airtight seal. The wine is then preserved and can be enjoyed
for up to two years.

Speaking of wine – Mayor Michael A. Nutter toasted the owners and new staff of the
Parkway’s historic and picturesque new addition – The Logan Hotel. Joe
Santore
, General Manager The Logan Hotel greeted the mayor and then gave
him a tour around the property. The mayor told the gathered employees
that the building had a special place in his heart as he and his wife
Lisa, had brunch in the Swann Fountain 24 years ago the day after they
were marriage. The mayor marveled at all the art that decorated the
newly renovated hotel, which was curated from local artists. Nicole Cashman & Michelle Conron of Cashman & Associates gave me a personal tour last week. I’ll have photos up soon. Cool place. Can’t wait for the rooftop bar to open next year.

Eagles Sam Bradford has good taste. He stopped by Sweet T’s Cake Shop in Haddonfield and picked up a cake.

Have you seen their cakes, pretty fancy as well as delicious.

 My sister Janine DeFeo who lives in Charlotte works for PhillyChitChat. She and her BFF delivered toys to kids in the hospital in Charlotte yesterday. She’s very philanthropic. When she’s not delivering presents to kids, she’s working on the Ovarian Cancer Teal Project organization she founded.

 Forgot to mention last week my two buds, Ben Haney and Jamie McFadden got engaged in LA last weekend. (Justin Pizzi photo credit) I missed their engagement party on Friday night as I was photographing Kenny Rogers at Valley Forge Casino Resort.Mazel Tov!

Valley Forge Music Fair Presented Kenny Rogers for his Once Again It’s Christmas Tour, featuring Linda Davis (mother of Hillary Scott who is the other half of Lady Antebellum) Friday night at Valley Forge Music Fair at Valley Forge Casino.  Joining Rogers and Davis’ on stage was “Main Line School of Rock and Vocal Fusion” choir. The  choir made up of local students, were chosen to perform in the Kenny Rogers Christmas show. Musical director is Marie Anderson, from Main Line School of Rock, said it was an honor to perform with the country legend. 
Linda Davis, country singer, Jennifer Galle, chief marketing officer, Marie Anderson, Musical Director of Main Line School of Rock and Kenny Rogers, front row with
“Main Line School of Rock and Vocal Fusion” choir
The concert was great and I even got to chat with Kenny Rogers for a brief second backstage. Really a brief second, he said I don’t think that ladder’s gonna hold you, and then probably thought to himself, hope he’s going on a new year’s diet.

 

6ABC’s Walter Perez and son stopped by the MSB Building’s holiday party last week. Mayor Nutter also stopped by to thank his planning staff for a job well done.
Check out yesterday’s column for the best celebrity photos I shot in Philly in
2015
https://www.phillychitchat.com/2015/12/favorite-celebrity-shots-ive-taken-in.html
Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro were last seen together in Silver Linings Playbook which filmed here in Philly a few years back. They’ve re-teamed in Joy, which opens on Christmas Day. 
JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on
the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes
a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of
innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional
and human comedy about