Julie Ertz Skips ESPY’s, Queer Eye Eats & Hugh Jackman Fights Cancer in Philly

If you weren’t already in love with the story of super athletes, and Philly residents Julie and Zach Ertz after you read today’s romantic gesture you’ll be caught up in their rapture of love. I remember meeting them the first time at Fashion Touchdown a few years ago, it was before they married, they were super chill and friendly. No airs about them. Then he proposed. the question at the stadium where they met.

Then that epic wedding the following year. Then last month he dropped everything to cheer on his wife as she played in the playoffs leading up to the World Cup champion in Europe. I just photographed him at DeSean Jackson’s Welcome Back party, on June 7, and the next day he left Philly to support his wife.

Fresh from the ticker taper parade in NYC earlier in the day World Cup soccer standout Julie Ertz and her husband Philadelphia Eagles player Zach Ertz headed for a celebration dinner at one of their favorite spots Chef Jen Carroll’s (3 time Top Chef contestant) newish restaurant Spice Finch in Center City (220 s 17th street) last night. The dinner was arranged beforehand as a surprise by Zach for his wife. Julie and Zach posed with Chef Jennifer Carroll and Chef Billy Riddle, staff and friends of the Ertz’s. What they ate:
Chef Jen Carroll chose their menu! Garlic yogurt, beet borani,  chicken Kebabs and Zach’s favorite >>  date truffles. I sent this story to both my media partners Fox29 and CBS3Philly << head on over there to see more photos and to see what was for dessert, a Philly favorite. (photos provided by Spice Finch)

Speaking of the World Cup Champs, and the ESPY’s players South Jersey’s Carli Lloyd, Kelley O’Hara, Lindsey Horan, Tierna Davidson and Emily Sonnett all carried Simitri bags at the event. The company was founded by two sister-in-laws, Simran Kaur and Gayatri Chopra, the latter who lives in Philadelphia. (Photo provided by their rep Ilana Waber)

Dining Out:
Antoni Porowski from Queer Eye ate at Pizzeria Beddia, 1313 N Lee St, in Fishtown last night.

Peter from ABC’s Bachelorette stopped by McGillin‘s last week. “Peter is one of the semi-finalists on the current season.  Pete is absolutely charming!  He posed for countless pictures with his fans, worked the room & even sang karaoke.  When Gaby, our manager, introduced herself to Pete and mentioned one of our regulars Ryan “Roller Boy” was also cast this season.  He was thankful for the reminder Ryan lived in Philly & phoned him immediately.  They were reunited at McGillin‘s in minutes!! (Photo credit: Gaby Gock)

The first day of filming for Sally Field in Jason Segel’s anthology series “Dispatches From Elsewhere” starts on Monday. So if you see the Flying Nun around drop me a note – HughE @phillychitchat.com I might be able to get it on TV with your photo credit.

Please save the date for Saturday, October 26th for Philly Fights Cancer: Round 5. Talent for this year’s event was just announced, and will star master of screen and stage Hugh Jackman, former SNL writer and Emmy-winning comedian John Mulaney, as well as Multi-platinum selling pop artist Andy Grammer.

Philadelphia’s most impactful annual charity event returns this year to the Philadelphia Navy Yard on Saturday, October 26th. Last year, a sold-out crowd of over 1,800 grateful families, generous benefactors, faculty, staff and friends attended Philly Fights Cancer: Round 4, raising an extraordinary $10 million. Past headliners for this annual event have included Carole King and Jim Gaffigan; Lionel Richie, Jennifer Hudson and Tig Notaro; Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend, and Earth, Wind & Fire; and Jerry Seinfeld & Maroon 5. More information about the event can be found here.