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February 2016

Philadelphia

Congrats to JIM DONOVAN who will be Sitting in Ukee Washington’s Vacated Seat, Erika von Tiehl LEAVES

I heard rumors of good news coming out of the CBS 3 studios in the past few months, and now I have learned that everyone’s favorite Emmy Award-winning Consumer Reporter
Jim Donovan, will be taking over the anchor chair,left vacant by Ukee Washington, who moved on to the 6PM and 11PM slot last summer.  In addition to his new role, he will continue to cover the
consumer beat in his popular “On Your Side” segments.

 

Joining Jim at the desk will be Brooke Thomas, most recently co-host of Tribune Television’s Eye Opener, a live, syndicated morning show broadcast out of Dallas, Texas, who with with Meteorologist Katie Fehlinger and Traffic Reporter Meisha Johnson will continue on in their roles.

It’ll be a sad good bye for Erika von Tiehl, who will be leaving the Philly area.


Erika von Tiehl,
current morning and noon news co-anchor, will be leaving CBS 3 later
this spring. von Tiehl, who
is getting married this June, is relocating to another city for a
position that will be announced later.  In the interim, she will remain a
contributor to
Eyewitness News.  “It’s been a wonderful experience to work in
Philadelphia and at CBS 3, and I am grateful for the friendships that I
take with me, that I know will last a lifetime,” von Tiehl says,

Erika von Tiehl and Charles Kincaid

“but my
fiancé and I want to relocate so we can be
closer to family.” The duo met a few years ago at Parc. So Philly will always have a special place in their hearts. Say goodbye to her on her FB Page HERE

Philadelphia

Photos: Arts + Biz Council – Hosted AMY CUDDY For A Morning Seminar at the Prince

I am so uncool, I never heard of Amy Cuddy. I am in the minority cause last week when I covered another one of the fabulous Arts + Business Council of Philadelphia morning seminars, who was hosting Amy Cuddy at this was, I was taken back by the crush of the crowd of over 500 people.  Seems everyone else knew who Amy Cuddy was and her theory on “Power Posing.” There were a lot of attendees standing up straight, full power posing while networking before the doors opened for the event.

‘Social psychologist, author and Harvard Professor Amy Cuddy’s TED
Talk on “power posing” made her the #2 biggest TED speaker in the
world.   Our host for the lecture was The Arts
& Business Council of Greater Philadelphia which builds relationships
between business and the arts.

The ladies on the left had to alphabetize each of the 550 names. 

 Before the lecture there is usually a generous spread of donuts, bagels and breakfast cakes, along with coffee and water. Tickets are always reasonable, for this event they were $30. It’s great we have a networking event like this in Philly, I always see a lot of connecting going on. 
Rachael Nave, Senior Legal Services Coordinator at Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and Jillian Rafferty, Rafferty Suburu. Mike and I just bought a Legacy Suburu from Rafferty, and their customer service was impeccable. Mike’s a great car shopper he gets three prices and then sees which dealer is able to meet our needs. #BeYourOwnAdvocate
Caleb Timmreck, American Eagle, Jenna Rifkin, and Jonathan Flower, both of North Highland.
Bari Joy – Epstein, Franklin Institute and Casey Anne Drummond, Franklin Institute
A new event on the social scene seems to be “Science After Dark.” 
The next one is Tuesday, March 8, 2016 – 7:00pm to 10:00pm      Adults Evening   Get your tickets early they seem to sell out quickly. I was surprised how packed it got on a Tuesday night.
Natalie W. Nixon, Ph.D., Philadelphia University and Eileen Wainwright, NascentHub
Kristin Detterline, Editor Philly Style Magazine, Toni Leslie, Ann King Lagos and Lynn Norton all of REALM Jewelry

Vanessa Smith and Kim Fraites – Dow, Tierney – Acting CEO and COO at Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania 
At around 9AM the crowd filed into the Prince Theater for Amy Cuddy’s lecture.
Aubrey Fink and Kim Fink were excited to hear Amy Cuddy’s theory on power positions.
Karin Copeland,  Executive Director Arts + Business Council Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce greets the guests and explains the mission of the A+B, which is connecting arts and business in innovative strategic practices.
Amy Cuddy, her TED Talk has been viewed more than 30 million times, with “power posing,”
Her main theme was how our movement becomes
synchronized when we are present — because we are being authentic and
unscripted — and how that makes us more compelling to others, which
exudes confidence in what we are presenting. She demonstrated the many poses that help people feel more confident in various situations.
There was a panel discussion after Amy Cuddy’s lecture which included Jeff Zinser, Right Recruiting, Shelley Potente, MA, SVP and Managing Director for Client Services, The Leaders Edge/Leaders By Design, Stacy Holland, Executive Director of the Lenfest Foundation and author Cameron Conaway. The discussion was moderated by Marc Brownstein, President & CEO of Brownstein Group. They panel discussed various ways to build confidence in clients.

Afterwards there was a meet
a greet with VIP ticketholders, Amy signed her book Presence:
Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, which was
published in December.

Check out the Amy Cuddy Ted Talk HERE
Philadelphia

Miss Philadelphia, Happy Birthday Sheila Hess, The Property Boys, Southside Johnny Fetes Robert J. Mongeluzzi, Players at Del Frisco’s

Good Friday Morning.

A shot of Broad Street the other night when I was running from Chowderblast at Chatterblast to The Opening of the Logan Hotel party. Where I saw my friend Philadelphia City Rep Sheila Hess.

 Who had a very busy week she tells me. Between welcoming dignitaries to the office to

celebrating her birthday. Happy Birthday Sheila!!

Congrats are in order for Desiree Peterkin Bell, who was just sworn in to serve The Commonwealth of Pa as a Commissioner of Gov Wolf’s African American Affairs Advisory Commission. She also announced recently that she’ll be serving as a consultant to DNC2016

Birthday wishes to my cousin Tina Libertella Morrison. This is what 50 looks like, although this photo is 2 years old, 52 looks just as good. You know what. 3 Years ago Tina decided to reinvent herself. She had a successful cleaning service, but had gotten a bit out of shape; she got in shape and now she owns her own gym called Fuel Fitness in Sicklerville, NJ

Happy Birthday to Robert J. Mongeluzzi (r) who celebrated with squeeze Meredith Seigle and a roomful of friends at the Fillmore last Saturday night. Photos to come next week on PhillyChitChat. Here he is singing with Southside Johnny, yes that Southside Johnny.
 #ThisHappened

 

 Jeremy Maclin got together with Drew Carballo, Fletcher Cox and Nick Albater
and friends at Del Frisco’s last night
Have you had their Lemon Cake, it’s the best dessert in the City. 

 Congrats to Mole Street!!

Style Expert, Ian Michael Crumm hosted a blogger brunch at MAMO SoHo, NYC this past weekend in partnership with Brick & Portal, a social commerce platform that let’s users create personal style e-commerce stores.

                                                 What’s Happening This Weekend

TODAY
TOMORROW

And on Sunday we watch the Oscars

Long, long ago The Ritz Carlton used to have the most fantastic Oscar viewing party. These days the lobby of the Ritz is knee deep in construction with the new Richard Sandoval eatery which I wrote about in April 2014, and nearly 2 years later was confirmed by Michael Klein earlier this year.
http://www.phillychitchat.com/2014/04/rumor-chefrestaurateur-richard-sandoval.html

This weekend the Philadelphia Film Society has taken over as what I anticipate to be a high heeled, must see and be seen at Oscar viewing party at THE PRINCE THEATER. A place that has been yearning to be brought back to life in the last few years, and PFS has stepped up to the plate to save it. Check out some of their other events there too. Anywho, Sunday is going to be spectacular. i will be there and will be shooting all the glam, please be glam.
For Ticket Info click on the Link Below
The Philadelphia Film Society’s Awards Party & Screening will take place at the Prince Theatre (1412 Chestnut Street) on Sunday, Feb. 28, starting at 7 p.m.

There’s also this party. Tickets not necessary and it’s a great chill place to watch the show.

This weekend is the Miss Philadelphia contest where Wayne native Julia Rae Schlucter 2015 will give up her crown to the next reigning Miss Philadelphia. The pageant takes place Saturday, February 27th at Drexel University’s Mandell Theater. 
Philadelphia

The Logan Hotel Officially Opens – Sneak Peek Of The ASSEMBLY ROOFTOP LOUNGE – Opening Spring 2016

Last night The Logan hotel had their official opening party. Guests, many of them in the event, and hospitality field got a glimpse of the top notch service The Logan would provide if they decided to hold their event at the newly refreshed hotel.

When you arrive at The Logan, formerly The Four Seasons Hotel, you still approach the stately porte-cochère where a uniformed door man helps you out of your car, and directs you to where you need to go.
The Lobby and bar when you first walk in. I love that there’s plenty of seats through out the lobby.
The Logan features art work created by local artists as well as art featuring famous Philadelphians like Grace Kelly, Marian Anderson and scullers of the Schuylkill

 The guest rooms are all 400 square feet in size and differ in price
based on the view. The Logan has nearly 40 more rooms than the Four
Seasons.

 The hotel also includes an indoor heated pool, a 24-hour fitness center
complete with brand new equipment, a 24-hour business center and a spa
with a new manicure and pedicure area.

Then it was up on the roof for a sneak preview of The Assembly
The Logan hotel will be home to a brand-new rooftop lounge overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway come spring 2016. 


 The magnificent view of the Parkway looking towards The Art Museum

I’ll have photos in Philly Mag and Biz Journal Today.
Philadelphia

The 23rd annual Bancroft Butterfly Ball at Vie, drew a fashionable, Philanthropic Crowd of Supporters

The 23rd annual Bancroft Butterfly Ball took place on Saturday, February 20 at  VIE in Philadelphia (600 N. Broad Street). The black-tie event began at 6 p.m. and this year, 6ABC Action News Anchor   Rick Williams emceed the evening, which included dinner, dancing and unique auction items. Attendees enjoyed special performances by children and adults who participate in Bancroft’s programs, including the Rhythm Players,   The Bancroft School’s energizing drum circle group.

Bancroft CEO Toni Pergolin, 6ABC Anchor Rick Williams and  Jocelyn Williams, a Cooper University Hospital OB-GYN

Adam and Nicole Landau and friends

  The Butterfly Ball supports Bancroft’s mission to provide opportunities to children and adults with diverse challenges to   maximize their potential. Proceeds from the event enable robust educational, social, recreational and wellness activities   for individuals served throughout Bancroft’s programs.

Bancroft Butterfly Ball chaircouple Cheryl and Bob Graham

Debbie and Sean Ravitz, Ravitz Family Markets

 Frank Cervone, Executive Directo, Support Center for Child Advocates, Bancroft CEP Toni Pergolin and Philanthropist Mark Solomon
 Jeff Swartz, Lee and Mrs Solomon and Jack Tarditi
 Robert Stewart and John McShane of Philadelphia Energy with a friend
Friends of Bancroft
“Our signature gala event is an incredible testament to our supporters, families and staff,” said Toni Pergolin, Bancroft   President and Chief Executive Officer. “It enables us to continue providing innovative and results-driven therapies for   the individuals we serve. Our efforts this year will directly support the most exciting transformation in our organization’s   history, Bancroft Campus at Mount Laurel, as we look ahead to exciting opportunities to enrich the lives of individuals   with diverse challenges.” This year’s event raised over $550,000 for the organization.
Philadelphia

DJ Jazzy Jeff Jazzes Up Cheers For Chop Plus the Details on the Event

Most of the time my columns show you who was at the event, and very little of the ambiance. Going forward I want to change that. If a column is placed in a media outlet, and it was particularly spectacular, I’m going to put the photos in PhillyChitChat and tell you who was behind the fun.

Cheers for CHOP is a celebratory evening benefiting Emergency Medicine
at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). This festive event
will include outstanding entertainment, cocktails, and an incredible
silent and live auction.

 Last year’s second-annual Cheers for CHOP raised more than $675,000 for
the Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy program. Nearly 700
guests enjoyed a fabulous evening with a live performance by
Salt-N-Pepa.

 Deets:  Karen Pecora, Philadelphia Event Planners
Karen oversaw the entire event production
Lighting: Bobby Morganstein Events/BME provides event production services to the entertainment industry featuring lighting and visual production, lounge decor rentals, LED dance floors, staging, and novelty entertainment. From essential to over the top extravagant, we will work with you to design a package specific to your party’s needs. Our DJ management division has an experienced team that will match you with the perfect interactive entertainment package for your needs
Dance Floor Company: Light Up Your Floor
cool floor
PR: Corie Moskow, Ilana Waber Gloss PR
 Sponsored cabana set up
 The amazing auction. I talked to the auction committee chair, Gregory Itzenson, who told me they pulled the whole thing together beginning in December, which was later than normal.
 Which Eagles jersey would Susie Celek pick?
 All the restaurant gift certificates are displayed here where guests can see them

 Katy Friedland  Manager of Special Projects Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Founding President and Member Cheers for CHOP/Childhood Friends, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia welcomed the guests to the 3rd Annual Cheers for Chop event. “This is the next generation of philanthropy!!” she proudly exclaimed.

  She thanked the co-chairs 2016 Cheers for CHOP Co-Chairs Allison and Jon Lubert Jen and Jon Rodack, the committee and the sponsors including
The Presenting Sponsor: The Marty & Iris Walshin Foundation
 After an introduction video was shown, the guests returned to the party where they were entertained by
 Philadelphia’s own DJ
Jazzy Jeff
,
and 90’s cover bands Go Go Gadjet and Saved
By The 90s
;
Before you knew it the night was over. Check out the philanthropic, fashionable folks who attended this great charity event: Cheers for Chop at my PhillyMag Column HERE
Philadelphia

Revolution Taco Expands Into Burgers, sorta… SugarHouse Absorbs The Palm

Starting this week, Revolution Taco (2015 Walnut Street) debuts a
secret, off-menu burger (6oz) (BTW a quarter pounder weighs 4 ounces.) The Revolution Burger will not appear on the
menu or website, and will only be available by request at the counter.
Only six will be made per day, and once they are sold that is it for the
day!

The Revolution Burger is an Indian Ridge local dry-age beef
blend of rib-eye and t-bone, topped with house bacon, with Cooper
cheese, with roasted poblano crema and avocado chimichurri sauce. The
bacon is made from Stryker Farms pork belly that is cured in-house with
garlic and cascabel chilis. Served on a brioche roll from Breakin’ Bread
Bakery. The burger will sell for $10.00 each.

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PHILADELPHIA—February
23, 2016—
SugarHouse
Casino and The Palm Restaurant jointly announced today that SugarHouse will make
job offers to all of The Palm’s
Philadelphia staff. The Palm announced in mid-February that its iconic South
Broad Street location will close for renovations after dinner service on
February 29, 2016. The Palm, located in The Bellevue since 1989, will re-open in
late fourth quarter 2016 or early 2017, when its dramatic update will be
revealed.
Until
then, The Palm’s
talented front- and back-of-house teams, led by general manager Jim Haney, were
facing uncertainty about their future. 
Enter SugarHouse Casino, whose $164 million expansion on Delaware Avenue
includes seven food and beverage outlets—among them, Hugo’s
Frog Bar & Chop House by Chicago’s
famed Gibsons Restaurant Group.
“We
have enormous respect for The Palm brand, Jim Haney and his team. They have a
well-earned reputation for delivering superior, personalized
service,”
said
Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino.  “They’re
also our friends. They’re
facing a challenging situation, and we’re
actively recruiting. It seemed like an opportunity for a win-win.”
“We
are thrilled SugarHouse Casino is welcoming our Philadelphia family to their
team,” said Jeff Phillips, chief operating officer of Palm Restaurant Group.
“Many of our employees have been here since opening day and are not able to
relocate for opportunities in other Palm cities. Knowing that their interruption
in employment will be minimal, or better yet, non-existent, is the best-case
scenario.”
Philadelphia

Double Knot Review, PLUS New Eatery Will Have A Bowling Alley, Modells Makes A Move, Coach Mellner Cracks Up

Good Tuesday morning. Sorry about skipping Monday, I was at a loss for our friend Cara McCollum and her passing away yesterday morning and there was nothing happy about the day or gossipy about the day.

I made it to Double Knot Monday night, the decor is a mystery romp full of eye candy delights. I was perusing the books on the shelves to see if there was a rhyme or reason. It definitely reminds me of a place Charlie Chan would wander into to look for leads in solving a case. Although the door to the dining area is not behind a much speculated book shelf as had been written, the bathroom on the first level is behind a door that you would think led to the outside. Downstairs the much anticipated eatery by Michael Schulson chef and restaurateur (MJS Restaurants – Sampan, Graffiti Bar, Independence Beer Garden, Izakaya
at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa, and now Double Knot]) and at the helm in the kitchen, his long time chef from Izakaya –
Kevin Yanaga is a series of rooms, nooks and crannies hearkening you back to speakeasy days. Delightful fixtures, an open kitchen with eating bar, and dramatic murals on the wall were some of the details created to enhance your dining experience.  Highlights from dinner last night with Ian M Crumm – Oyster Shooter (l) and lamb chops.

Broiled Sea-bass (I brought some home for Mike and he declared it was the best Sea-bass he’s ever had in his life. That is saying a lot.), Scallop, Wings,

Apple Tart, which Ian said was one of the best desserts he’s ever had. I had to restrain him from grabbing the one just put down at the table next to us.

Lots of fun notables have stopped by to wish the crew well and delight in the new food. Last night David Fields, Shola Olunloyo  and Joe Beddia. Also seen lately Chefs Jose Garce and Luke Palladino, and over the weekend Nik the Web Chick from Q102.  Next up for the Schulson empire, Harp & Crown (1524 Sansom St.), an American.

Things have changed a bit from the initial plans a year ago. Now on the first floor will be a restaurant, with a sexy, speakeasy in the basement, AND wait for it, so excited for the his plans in the mezzanine – each side will have one bowling lane for private parties (I had him repeat it twice cause I was so overcome with excitement). OMG game changer, so fun. I can’t wait for that. Sounds like a good celebrity magnet too.

Speaking of bowling, Jacklin Rhoads, formerly a Cashman girl, now working with Sen Bob Casey, went bowling with #TeamCasey at the White House last week, that’s epic. I bet the bowling lanes to be installed at Harp & Crown will be a little bit more modern than the ones above.

 

The Goldberg’s is an American television program that premiered on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 on ABC and was created by Philly’s own Adam F. Goldberg. This past weekend,
Bryan Callen who plays Coach Meller on the show performed at Helium Comedy Club. Here he poses with former Penn Charter’s head coach Rick Mellor, who Callen’s character on The Goldberg’s 
is based on. 

 Congrats to Kevin Parker & Kerry Scott for the most successful Philadelphia Fashion Week to date. The shows keep getting better and better. For the second season in a row, their friend, NYFW legend Fern Mallis was on hand to wish them well and mentor them. I regret I was booked every night during their shows. I must get those dates for their next shows in September.

 Congrats to Geno Vento for being honored with the Fashion Icon Award of the Year at Philadelphia Fashion Week. He also modeled on the catwalk later in the evening. Here he is with co-founders Kevin Parker & Kerry Scott
 Taylor Swift Was the Maid of Honor in Her Best Friend’s PA Wedding on Saturday

 Snap Kitchen has opened in Rittenhouse Square. Now maybe when I go to Fairmount, my favs will be on the shelf cause you can stay in your own neighborhood.

 Sweet T’s Bakery created another creative looking cake for it looks like Mark’s 30th birthday. Sweet T’s is in Haddonfield, but they’ll deliver a specialty cake in the tri-state area.
 Happy Birthday Vince Ryan, who celebrated with friend Matt Pellman, 6ABC in Kennsington, Philly the other night. FB is screwing with us, we all used to be in Camden, NJ when we posted, now we’re in Kennsington.
 Happy 42nd Bday Big Rube. Look for him to make BIG moves this year. 
Modell’s is opening on Walnut Street in the old space that used to house City Sports, in a few weeks. Don’t fret I read on Philly Mag that two Wharton Grads have saved City Sports and will be opening e-commerce and eventually brick & mortar sites.  
Philadelphia

PhillyGossip: The Rittenhouse Hotel’s New Restaurant, Caitlyn Jenner, Kanye West PLUS More

Good Friday morning. WOW did this week go by fast. Lots going on in Philly this week, and this weekend. Can’t believe we’re up to February 19 already. Spring is nearly around the corner. In the meantime I’m eating my Snap Kitchen meals and using my SAD light to get me through.

 An Evening with Caitlyn Jenner happened at Penn Wednesday night to a sold out crowd in which the audience had to either be attending Penn or an alumni. Neither Team Derek or I made the cut. Team Derek did meet Caitlyn at the Rittenhouse Hotel, and told me she was super friendly. Posed for photos and signed dozens of magazines for them. Check out Billy Penn for more photos and info on her chat at Penn.

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Speaking of the Rittenhouse Hotel, the Philly foodie community has been on the edge of their seats to see what eatery is going to fill the space left vacant by Smith & Wollensky. Although Michael Klein alluded to it last year in a post, I will tell you it’s more than a rumor now, it’s going to be Scarpetta,
which is an Italian restaurant with locations in New York, Montauk, Las Vegas, Beverly Hills and Miami. Friends of mine had dinner at the NYC one, and the server told them he was excited to begin work at the eatery. I spoke to Philly friends who have put me in touch with the investor behind the project. The transformation of the space hasn’t started yet, and they hope to begin this month and complete sometime in the summer. Some say it could be done by the time Hillary gets nominated, but that seems to be an ambition goal.
George from the Bronx said:
“This place is f——- amazing. I should just end my review here. But as
a yelper I will tell you the food journey I went on because it was
unbelievable. A fatass journey at the very least…because Scarpetta
left me speechless. I wish I lived next door that is how much love I
have for this place.”
 I like their hours too, til 10:30PM every night but Sundays when they close at 10PM.
They also participated in NYC’s restaurant week. I love this place already.
Speaking of Grammy’s, Kanye West thankfully wasn’t there, but he was still making a fool of himself on Social Media when he complained he was in debt for $57 million. The Philly Police stepped forward offering him a job.
But I think Philly Smurfette told us something we all kinda know.
Great shot of a packed Fillmore Philly before the Bryan Adams concert on
Monday night, by Marilyn Russell, BenFM, who hosted the event.
Congrats to Philly fashion designer Michael Thomas who dressed Philadelphia Recording Artist Kriss Mincey for the Grammy’s on Monday night. Michael doesn’t have a website, but told me you could reach him at bewellbefaithful@gmail.com
A couple of Flyers ( Radko Gudas, Ryan White and Michael Nieurberth) leaving the Claude Giroux Foundation 2nd annual event at Lucky Strike Lanes Wednesday night.

 

 It was windy on Monday.
 Condolences to Big Ang‘s family, and so many of my friends who lost someone they adore. My timeline was filled with photos of with Big Ang.
  Geno Vento continues his philanthropic ways in Philly. The other night he was a sponsor of the Nova Temple BBall game, and received the evenings ball. 
All week he’s been the title sponsor for Philadelphia Fashion Week who is having wonderful shows at their new location in South Philly. Tickets are still left for the remaining two nights. Check out the Philly Voice today which covered the show’s street style fashion.
 
Thoughts and prayers go out to Miss NJ 2013 Cara McCollum and family who was critically injured in a car accident Monday night on Rt 55 in SNJ. There’s now a website Prayers for Cara
where you can go to get updates on Cara.  

I met Cara through Miss Philadelphia 2013 Francesca Ruscio a few years back, as did Keith Jones, NBC10 reporter/anchor and boyfriend of Cara.
We were all last together at The Cole Hamels Diamonds and Denin Gala last summer, where we all shared a table.
The duo were in love more than ever. Cara was finally finished school and so excited for the next chapter of her life, at the new start up TV station SNJToday as an Anchor . She was so glad to be able to spend all her days with Keith. We didn’t see each other often, but via social media we’d catch up, and I knew I’d see her at the Red Cross Red Ball coming up, as Keith MC’d it every year.
Philadelphia

Philly Cooks The Details , Plus Link to Philly Mag Posting

Philly Mag’s Philly Cooks hosted their annual soiree the other night at the Downtown Marriott. It was SOLD OUT, and when I got there at 7PM it was apparent. The line to get in was super long, and when I arrived to the ballroom the place was packed.

I like the entrance, which was this canopy, bordered by raw vegetables. Guests were greeted by “Party Girls” in long gowns with spirits to kick off the night.
It’s was Orangy Night. Maybe that’s what the Cars meant in their song

The Infinity Lounge was there again this year. Towards the end of the night there wasn’t a seat left to lounge on.
Emily Turturici, London Faust, Virgina Laskowski and Jackie Bloemker (wearing the cutest dress from Forever 21) I loved this photo, I just didn’t run it in PM.
PS Even if your photo appears in PhillyChitChat, it’s still a contender to appear in PhillyMag so make sure you pick up April’s issue.

I like when the eateries put some thought into their tablescapes at events. This is  Heritage, who had what the crowd deemed one of their favorite dishes of the night –
Sturgeon with Quail eggs.
Evantine Designs did the honors this year. That means they looked at the space and then executed it according to the ideas the Philly Mag marketing department had in mind. Evantine also consults with the lighting design people too, Brian Toner‘s Eventions. Everything look great, and the flow of the room was perfect.
Urban Farmer’s display was the best. They were giving away cute note books as well as corn seeds for your garden. I’ve eaten at Urban Farmer Steakhouse in Logan Hotel, and it’s delicious.
Many of the people I spoke with chose their Bacon Jam and Cornbread as the 2nd most favorite dish.

George Lee, Diane Ranson, Sandy Dawes (PM receptionist) and Nita Lee
Christina Randow and Michael Welsh of Brick & Mortar – Love them, but they were so busy I couldn’t get them to look up so this photo is here, but good thing as Michael posted this on my FB wall today and it’s might be of interest to you. You know how I feel about this issue.

Hey Facebook Friends. I’m reaching out to all of you to invite you to
join us at BAM TONIGHT from 6-9pm. We are hosting Mission 22 to
raise awareness and help end veteran suicide. 22 Vets take their lives
everyday and they need our help. Yes, that is 1 every 65 minutes. Please
join us tonight to show your appreciation of their sacrifice and join
the cause.
This article just came out today, the struggle IS real.
http://www.usatoday.com/…/rand-study-military-pts…/80339552…

Peter Breslow was ready for his close up. It’s obvious why I didn’t use this photo. When there’s an event with a lot of people, I don’t have time for people to decide when they’re ready to pose.

I didn’t even know that’s where Philly’s most colorful chef landed. You’ll find out when you read my Philly Mag column.
Little Baby’s Ice Cream – dots are in
The Sabatino Clan – Jenn and Jett serving up some delish from Aldine
Townsend was at Philly Cooks, but if you have a chance check out amano in Fairmount – and get the Inked Pasta. You’ll thank me.
Everytime I see the sign Caviar on a food table I think, oh good caviar I hope they prepared it like my dad used to.

I have lots of fun photos on Philly Mag and much more detail. This photo was supposed to be in my column over there, but no one could verify the first three guys names. Maybe they don’t have an online prescence, so I’ll put them here. You tell me did I get their names right? I really don’t like shooting groups this large, as this is a problem. You have the grab the names fast as they’re itching to go back to partying, mingling etc.
OK Philly Mag isn’t ready for us yet, but when they are head over to