Jason Kelce Beer, WaterBoys Conquer, and more Philly Gossip

Jason Kelce Beer, WaterBoys Conquer, and more Philly Gossip

Hope everyone had a great weekend, it was beautiful and gorgeous with the snow. I hear we are expecting a dusting Tuesday into Wednesday with the bulk of the storm hitting New England. Let’s see what are friends are up to.

Kory Aversa and Jennifer Logue, editor of Arts & Culture at Metro Philly at the first Newsmakers Round Table
held at the Pyramid Club every first Tuesday. Next up Marilyn Russell, Cari Feiler Bender and than moi in June.



Yesterday Eagles Jason Kelce stopped by Broken Goblet Brewing, in Bristol to help launch “No One Likes Us, We Don’t Care” IPA, with him was pal Connor Barwin,

who’s foundation Make the World Better Foundation received a 10% donation from the sale of the beer.

Speaking of Connor Barwin, he recently join Philadelphia Eagles Chris Long (above) and a group celebrities from the USA National Football League (NFL) and other sports organizations on a successful five day expedition, climbing to the highest peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.


The expedition was organized by the US based Worldforce International and the Chris Long foundation “WaterBoys” in the US side but in close collaboration with Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) targeting raising funds for sustainable water systems to communities. (source)

Connor Barwin, who maintains a residence in Fishtown with wife Laura Barwin, also gave us an update on the progress of Smith Park in South Philly.


Earlier this week I ran into Evan “OG” Harden of the Philadelphia Bar League (Calisthenics), at the opening of Chopper’s Hatchet House he’s helping design the Fitness Pod at Smith Park along with Connor Barwin. Look for news of it’s grand re-opening soon.


Congrats to Micah Gerhartm Assistant Athletic Trainer – Philadelphia Eagles and Korinne Patrice, Eagles Youth Partnership, the charitable foundation of the Philadelphia Eagles Football team who got engaged over the weekend.

Another happy engagement happened at Citizen Bank Park over the weekend when Luke Butler proposed to Megon Ungar . Luke currently works for Curalate, a leading marketing technology company that enables brands to sell online more effectively, but for 8 years served as a spokesman for the City of Philadelphia and a speechwriter for Mayor Nutter, and Megon, now at  ‎Tempest, used to be at PHLCVB for several years.

Congrats to philanthropic socialites Cindy Caccuro and Uri Jacobson who were married last weekend.


Congrats to Marissa Reale, when she graduates Temple University in May she will be taking a full time position with  Braithwaite Communications.  Marissa has previously interned with 6ABC and Vault Communications.

Looks like The PokeSpot at 1804 Chestnut Street is getting ready to open it’s doors soon.

See you tomorrow on PhillyChitChat where I’ll have a wrap up to the Phila Flower Show, and this week the Choppers Hatchet opening party, 12 new contemporary Fishtown townhouses brought to you by @adamsgroupmarket and photos from several James Beard events I’ll be shooting. In the meantime go out and enjoy the day, and make memories.


Photos: Blue Bell Kitchen’s Wayne Grand Opening Party

Blue Bell Kitchen’s Wayne Grand Opening Party

Select industry professionals and valued partners were among the first to view the latest in high-end kitchen design at the new showroom for Bluebell Kitchens

At the event guests met Bluebell’s design and installation experts and were able to check out exciting grand opening give-aways sponsored by Sub-Zero and Wolf.

Light fare, fine beverages and this magnificent cake were served.

Lisa Abdalla and Kevin Sprague   

The designers will create a 3D Sketch Up walk-through of your new kitchen or bath, which also helps make the blueprints come alive.

Michael Dugas, Olga Carlson, Lori Kurnitsky, Claire Lacing, Jake Taylor, Pete Cardamone, and Lukas Steltzer


Blue Bell Kitchens can include many modern elements including Built-in Ovens, Cooktops and Rangetops, Ranges Coffee Systems, Microwaves, Module Cooktops, Ventilation, and Warming Drawers

Leslie Morgan, Tim Ernst, Cynthia Curley, and Joe Ernst

Jake Taylor shows a guest the ample storage in one of the cabinets

Bluebell Kitchens has been the standard for quality and innovation in kitchen design
since 1985. Over time the company has expanded, skillfully designing beautiful
bathrooms as well as other interior spaces. Bluebell Kitchens creates classic designs
that span the spectrum from traditional to modern, and complement both period
and newly constructed homes.

  Trudy Anderson, Ty Anderson, and Kevin Martin
Chris Casella and Ken Cassella

According to their website:  Bluebell Kitchens has been the standard for quality and innovation in kitchen design
since 1985. Over time the company has expanded, skillfully designing beautiful
bathrooms as well as other interior spaces.

Bluebell Kitchens creates classic designs
that span the spectrum from traditional to modern, and complement both period
and newly constructed homes. The success of our business can be attributed to
the friendly staff of talented designers as well as the attention that is paid to every


Thanks to Andre Flewellen for shooting this clients party celebrating the opening of their new showroom in Wayne.



Winter Storm Quinn Made for Nice Photos

Winter Storm Quinn Made for Nice Photos, and a messy commute

Unlike the storm last Friday, it wasn’t nearly as windy, or really windy at all
I know the burbs got slammed, and for a long while I thought it be the case in Center City

15th & Walnut
the streets were fairly sparse with people

OMG this mailman makes his way up Broad Street crossing over Sansom.

The snow was wet, I was drenched and cold within minutes.

I stopped in Wawa to warm up
I’m always in awe of people on bikes in snowstorms

I headed to the Pa Convention Center to check out the Flower Show, I wanted to see if their was a crowd there. I was surprised there was one there. It wasn’t jammed packed, but comfortable for the patrons. In anticipation of the storm, a record number of buses went on Tuesday I was told – 104 buses of flower lovers.

I would have loved more fluffy snow
Before I knew it the snow was over about 430PM, a bit earlier than predicted.
But it made for pretty pictures

Rush hour was non-existent. I took this about 520PM

I do like how dads headed to the Art Museum Steps with their kids to continue the tradition of sledding down the steps, unfortunately Center City got the lesser amounts of the predicted snow, just 6.1 inches. I don’t know if you can see but there’s a child on the steps in a Scooby outfit, and one at the top next to the red sled, so cute. There’s a dad on the right in orange with a shovel helping to create the “sled trail.”


ChitChat: John Bolaris Retires, DelFrisco’s Grille, Creed 2,

ChitChat: John Bolaris Retires, DelFrisco’s Grille, Creed 2,

This weather mind blowing, I can’t believe 2 snow storms hit while Philadelphia Flower Show is happening. The Flower Show is a go in the snow. I’ve gone 3 times already. There’s a lot to see Full disclosure they are a client, and one I love so so so much, it’s a dream come true.

Yesterday I put up the local weather channel predictions for the snowfall. As a huge fan of John Bolaris‘ I noticed he predicted 2 inches of slushy snow for the City. I was kinda shocked, but if it comes true I’d like to see him back on TV.   It was wait and see…as of now, 11:30am he is winning. There’s nothing on the streets in Philly, but I do hear the snow is about to bomb out.

John explained that it was a lot to do both Real Estate and Weather, and has decided to retire from the weather business. But don’t fret, we will all see him much more has he has inked a deal to star in a Real Estate competition reality show which will be seen on Bravo, and be set in Philadelphia. No one deserves it more than John, he’s successfully transitioned into another career after a successful career as a meteorologist. Can’t wait to see it.

Actor Michael B Jordan was in town last week to prep for the upcoming filming of “Creed II” , in between meetings he worked out at the Sixers Training Facility in Camden, NJ. Creed II is looking for extras, “CREED II”, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures release, will be directed by Steven Caple Jr. (“The Land”) and stars Sylvester Stallone (Rocky),
Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Tessa Thompson (Bianca) and Florian Munteanu.
Shooting will begin April 2, 2018 through the end of May 2018 in the
Philadelphia area. They are looking for SAG- AFTRA and NON-UNION men and women, age
18-70, all ethnicity. For more details, or to apply to be an extra, go to:
Casting Directors Diane Heery and Jason Loftus are available for on
camera interviews.

Thanks for this tip

Uh oh, it’s like I sent out a challenge to people. You should see the comments.

DelFrisco’s Grille put up their “sign” on the windows on exactly where they’re going to go in the new Cambria hotel. The hotel opens in March, with a party in April on their rooftop overlooking Center City.

Speaking of new – Congrats to Fran Hogan and Jimmy Contreras on their new home in Cherry Hill.
OK follow me on Twitter and Instagram today for SNOW PHOTOS, and if you have a chance head on over to the Flower Show. The crowds will be light, and they’ll be plenty of room to see the action.


Photos: Market Makers: Philadelphia Real Estate Future

Photos: Market Makers: Philadelphia Real Estate Future


On February 28, 2018, The Condo Shops / TCS Management, Hard Money Bankers and PA Off Market kicked off the first of their Market Makers series with “Market Makers: Philadelphia Real Estate Future”.  Moderated by Gaurav Gambhir of The Condo Shops / TCS Management, George Beatty of PA Off Market and Ian Walsh of Hard Money Bankers,

the prominent panel included Councilman Allan Domb, Gary Jonas., President of HOW Properties; Mike McCann of The McCann Team and Richard Oller, Chairman of GoldOller.

Panelists shared their personal stories and anecdotes as well as statistics, trends and predictions for the real estate market with over 100 key real estate leaders who gathered at The Divine Lorraine Hotel for cocktails and conversation with Philadelphia’s industry leaders. The event featured an insightful panel discussion about the evolution and future of the real estate market. The interest rate, and the excitement happening in Philly is very attractive to buyers.

The goal of the Market Makers series is to provide a rare opportunity for clients and business associates of The Condo Shops / TCS Management, Hard Money Bankers and PA Off Market to hear from and interact with a diverse panel of industry leaders, coming together with the common goal of planning and developing for the growth and continued sustainability of the Philadelphia region.

Allan Domb told the crowd “It’s Better to have 300 new business come to Philadelphia than one Amazon Headquarters.” The City needs to make Philly more attractive to businesses. Another hurtle to overcome is getting more people on board to pay property taxes – “only 41 % of the property owners are paying taxes, 59% are exempt as they are institutions like schools – Univ of Penn, Drexel, Hospitals, Churches and people in poverty. We need to figure out how to tax institutions land, and move people out of poverty, which is desired by everyone, a better quality of living.

After the panel discussion there was a reception

B Smith Catering prepared delicious lite bites

George Beatty, PA Off Market, Grace Krotkov and Tim Stover

Brandon Morrison, PRDC Properties, Stacey Kracher and Gaurav Gambhir of The Condo Shops / TCS Management

Josephy Puggi, TCS Property Management Services, Angela Calvanese, TCS Management Team and Jeremy Bowers, Coldwell Banker

Kenneth L. Baritz Esq. and Vicki Baritz

Josh Weidman, Director of Turnkey Investments, Mike Ferrise and Elyse Choi

Khatim McLean and Charisma Harper

Dan Zitofsky, Zitofsky Capital Management , Dawn Zitofsky and David Ralic, RE/MAX

Jeremy Bowers, TCS Management and Noah Ostroff,

I also have a bit of time and checked out a sample at the newly renovated Divine Lorraine


The Best Dressed at PFS 5th Annual Awards Party at Prince

The Best Dressed at PFS 5th Annual Awards Party at Prince

Fashionably attired guests walked the red carpet at the historic Prince Theater for the 5th Annual Awards Night Party & Screening March 4, 2018.


Guests sipped bubbly and indulge in a night of classic Hollywood glitz as the awards show streamed live on the biggest screen in Center City.

Film buffs enjoy a light fare from 12th Street Catering, and signature cocktails. There was also a silent auction with exciting experiences, sports tickets and gift certificates up for grabs.

with admission everyone enjoyed a buffet, cocktails, and POPCORN

During commercials, the crowd was entertained by comedian Doogie Horner.

Andrew Greenblatt, Executive Director of Phila Film Society, Susan Maddox and E.M. Ricchini

Proceeds from tonight’s event benefits Philadelphia Film Society

Sparkly fun, dapper dan – I like it.
PS see what happens to photo bombers, half a face.

Art Etchells and Michelle Cassidy

Francesca Ruscio
Greg Basile and Karen Basile, get special recognition for dress in the dark at their house where they lost electricity during Friday’s storm.

Ernest Owens and Barry “Golden” Johnson

Xiao Xiao and Ying Ying

Sharon Kozden
glammed for Oscar night. Best hat in the house, last night.
Like a golden Oscar, Dr. Thanuja Hamilton graced the red carpet with Nicholas Perugino

Definitely the best dressed of the night – Sharon Pinkenson. Congrats to her for being honored by
who was just honored by:

Philadelphia Women In Film & Television (PWIFT) at their Inaugural Gala where they presented the Elevation Award to Sharon Pinkenson.
Pinkenson is being awarded for her tireless efforts on behalf of the Philadelphia film community and her inspiring example to women media professionals.  The event will feature spirits, a buffet dinner, and silent auction.  Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Palmer Enfield Directors Grant, to help aspiring female directors launch their careers.

HEAD ON OVER TO Philly Metro for additional photos


Cheers for Chop 2018 is another stunning success

Cheers for Chop 2018 is another stunning success

Free Your Mind and the Rest Will Follow

Cheers for Chop 2018 had another successful party raising funds for hundreds the Division of Orthopedics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  The fun and philanthropic young influencers enjoyed a fabulous evening of music, cocktails, and dancing befitted was nothing short of an unforgettable night for an inspiring cause!

Co-Chairs: Valerie and Geoff Gross, and Katy Friedland , Jason Friedland, with Meisha Johnson, CBSPhilly

Over 600 people attended Saturday night, raising over $600,000

Over the past four years, Cheers for CHOP has raised more than $3 million to benefit CHOP programs such as Pulmonary Medicine and Child Life.

Jennifer Sherlock and Meisha Johnson
As usual the silent auction was extensive offering experiences, restaurant gift cars, trips and health trips



Brian Hickey, Katie Hickey, Allie Hoffman and Andy Hoffman

Bambi and Jarod Ricci

Jon and Alexandra Morgan

DJ Xtina

Scott McIntosh, Theresa McIntosh, Jenny Myers and Chris Myers

Hero Nurses: Gina Bobb, Michele McCormick and Renee Bergandino

Meisha Johnson MC’d the event


EnVogue entertained the crowd singing all their top hits, as well as doing a few covers

They got the crowd grooving

Keeping the dance floor packed.

Thanks to all who came out and made this another stunning success, especially:

2018 Cheers for CHOP Co-chairs

Katy and Jason Friedland
Valerie and Geoff Gross
Allison and Jonathan Lubert



Let Them Eat Cake A Sweet Competition

Let Them Eat Cake A Sweet Competition


The 15th annual Let Them Eat Cake event took place Sunday at the Loews Hotel. 35 of the area’s best pastry chefs competed for the best decorated and most tasty cake. This year, Variety, the Children’s Charity fundraiser’s theme is In the Jungle, so let’s not monkey around and see what they created.


The judges for Let Them Eat cake arrive at the Loews Hotel about 2 hours before the doors open for the guests.

Philadelphia Dance Academy
was on hand to entertain the guests, as was Mole Street Entertainment.

Variety Executive Board – Tangi James-Boone, Maribeth Roman Schmidt, President Of The Board Of Directors at Variety – The Children’s Charity and Jerry Bollenbach, Variety, the Children’s Charity

Amanda Kaewvichien, Executive Pastry Chef at Bank and Bourbon Bourbon.
The fourth annual Bourbon Bash is coming Tuesday, April 17th … get your tickets today!

Chef Amanda creates the most delicious dessert bar for you to enjoy after you dine on the delicious dinner bits from Chef Thomas Harkins

Van Cleve models modeled fashionable wedding gowns and evening wear
Cake was served as slices or in containers like these

Salon Thalia

Best Design winner Masterchef Pastry Shop

Best Themed Unique Cakes

Since 1935, Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley has fulfilled its mission to enrich the lives of children and young adults with intellectual disabilities through social, educational, and vocational programs that nurture independence and self-confidence, and prepare them for life.

If I were the judge I would have picked this for most creative, I love it

Sheila Hess – A huge THANK YOU for recognizing me w/2018 during 🎂🍰 on my bday.What a night! 🎉😉So special presenting award, hosting as Harry Giordano, Marketing director of Variety looks on. ❤📸

Student Winners: Gabriella Messina and Frankie Sangiuliano of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

Audience Choice Diane Michelle, Diane Michelle Cakes

Emily Maynard, Wedding Sales Consultant at Bredenbeck’s and Irvin Boyd with Diana Anello, Head Sugar Artist/ Lead Cake Decorator at Bredenbeck’s winning for Best of Show and Best Tasting cake.


#PCCBuzz Cescaphe Heads to Broad St, Eagles & Tasty Talk

#PCCBuzz Cescaphe Heads to Broad St, Eagles & Tasty Talk

Good Monday morning, it’s time for the #PCCBuzz lots happened this weekend and congrats are in order for a few of our Philadelphia Eagles players, but first we know what’s going in on the corner of Broad & Locust Streets at CAMBRiA hotel & suites Philadelphia ( 219 S. Broad St.)

Tasty Talks

Joining DelFrisco’s Grille  as part of the new Cambria hotel on Broad Street, will be another fabulous Cescaphe event space. No name has been picked out yet for the new space which takes over where the eateries Perch Pub and Varelli’s were located, but I’m sure it will be another fabulous name like other Cescaphe’s other spaces Tendenza, Vie, The Water Works and Cescaphe Event Space.  Philly Mag has a great article on founder Joe Volpe 

The flagship Cambria Hotel will open at Broad and Locust in late March and will feature Attico, the largest roof-top restaurant/bar on the Avenue of the Arts.

The 15-story, 223-room boutique hotel was developed by Pearl Properties and designed by DAS Architects, the City’s foremost hospitality architect. The ground floor of the hotel will be home to a new Del Frisco’s Grille, set to open in October 2018. Look for the new Cescaphe event space to also open in the Fall.

Congrats to Rodney McLeod and Erica Lee on their engagement. He popped the question on 5th Avenue in in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC Friday evening. According to Yahoo news: The Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McLeod — who just won his first Super Bowl Championship earlier this month — asked his longtime girlfriend, Erika Lee, to be his wife. Now, they’re both sporting important rings. Head on over to Yahoo for lots of great details on the engagement. Earlier this month, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz proposed to his girlfriend Maddie.
Jason Kelce had a busy weekend, Saturday he stopped by the Reading Terminal’s 135th Anniversary party and even brought The Eagles Super Bowl Belt. Sunday he headed to 5th Annual Mummers Mardi Gras Parade Sunday in Manayunk. Check out for the full story.
On Wednesday I’m speaking at Tasty Talk at one of my favorite Chinese restaurants YangMing. It’s only 20 for lunch and $5 of that goes to the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia. Buy your tickets online or at the door. I’ll be chatting about how I started PhillyChitChat and the importance of supporting charities.

Plus I’ll be chatting about my years of being a paparazzi in NYC. I have lots of stories of those fun times.


Old City Fire Statement From THE LITTLE LION & Demolition

Old City Fire Statement From THE LITTLE LION & CITY OF PHILA About Demolition

Good afternoon,

We are very saddened by the news this week about the four alarm fire at the buildings near 3rd and Chestnut Street in Old City District. We represent both Old City District and the large restaurant on that corner, The Little Lion.


Below please find an official statement about the fire and the restaurant from the owners of The Little Lion.

“As you may know, The Little Lion was affected by the four alarm fire in Old City in the neighboring buildings to us on the Chestnut Street side of our restaurant. Our hearts go out to the numerous neighbors, tenants and visitors that were displaced, as well as to the owners of the pets that lost their lives in the fire.
While the fire itself was in the neighboring buildings, The Little Lion is greatly affected as we share a common wall and various elements of the building with the buildings that contained the fire.
As of this week, The Little Lion will be temporarily closed for an estimate of at least two months. We have not been formally allowed inside the restaurant to access the damage, begin drying out and making repairs. The last information we have is that the buildings near us are also still in a collapse zone.
We had hoped to have more information by the end of the week, but as of now we don’t have more information to offer and we hope to gain access next week. What we do know is that there is significant water damage to at least one if not both of the kitchens, the mezzanine and the basement level. We sustained major water damage to the back half and lower levels of the building – but the final look at damage will happen in the coming days. City and fire officials are focused on the safety and stability of the neighboring properties at the moment, and during that period we are waiting patiently.  Again, we do not have more information and hope to have more updates to share next week.
While we are temporarily closed, we want to take good care of our amazing Little Lion family and staff. We have over 80 employees and we are seeking temporary placements for them at fellow restaurants, bars and other businesses. We have had a number of generous offers and other restaurant leaders are stepping up to help – and we are working day and night to work with them to help our team.
We are thankful to everyone involved in the fire from the fire department, the American Red Cross, city officials, Red Paws and all other agencies involved.
This is definitely not the last roar for The Little Lion – we will be back and be better than ever. We will simply be hibernating for a period of time while we access and make repairs and fix our historic space. We poured our heart and soul into bringing new life to this corner of 3rd and Chestnut – and we have been honored to host thousands each week for dinner, drinks, brunch, anniversary parties, receptions, weddings. We have been so fortunate to share so many memories with our patrons and guests – and we look forward to hosting those occasions in the near future. We aim to try to open in time for Mother’s Day and late spring wedding season, but once we are inside we can give a better sense of timing.
Please stay tuned as we will host a Old City Fire Relief Benefit for The Little Lion employees while they are out of work – we will announce details on Monday. We will also support Red Paws during that event as this fire affected so many companion animals, a cause important to our owners’ and team members’ hearts.
For anyone with temporary positions or wants to help offer our team jobs, please contact me direct at or 267-971-9341.
Thank you for all the well wishes, calls and emails. We will start posting updates on social media next week to keep you in the loop – and we will post our fundraiser information at that time. Thank you in advance for your help.
Chris Younge and Jason Dills,
Owners, The Little Lion
Demolition of Chestnut Street Fire Building to Preserve Historically Significant Cast Iron Façade
Where it says B&B is incorrect, it’s actually a private home. I know the people who live there. I shot a party there before they bought it. Here’s the link to see inside this fabulous space. Sorry pixs are a little dark, I was new at this back then, I had no idea what photoshop was.

PHILADELPHIA – The Department of Licenses and Inspections has announced plans for the demolition of 239 Chestnut Street, where Sunday’s four-alarm fire originated.

In the aftermath of the blaze, L&I had determined that the structure was “imminently dangerous”.  Although the building was almost entirely destroyed in the fire, much of the Chestnut Street façade, while unstable, was still standing. L&I and engineers from the firms Keast & Hood and O’Donnell & Nacarrato have since discovered that original brownstone construction remained beneath the plaster-covered façade. The inspection team concluded, however, that the brownstone is severely deteriorated and could not be salvaged.  The two engineering firms donated their expert services at the request of the Preservation Alliance of Philadelphia.

L&I will salvage the first-floor façade of 239 Chestnut, which — unlike the rest — is made from cast iron poured into molds. In addition, L&I has arranged for Langan, an engineering and consulting firm, to perform a 3D laser survey of the building façade today.

“By fully documenting the structure’s exact dimensions and detailing,” stated L&I Commissioner David Perri, “this survey will be instrumental in informing an appropriate design for reconstruction of 239 Chestnut Street.”

Before 239 Chestnut Street can be demolished, 237 Chestnut, also heavily damaged by the fire, must be stabilized to make the demolition process safer and to avoid further harm to its structure. The owner of 237 Chestnut St. has begun preparing the building for the necessary shoring work.

Demolition of 239 Chestnut is expected to begin during the week of February 26th and will likely take at least a week to complete.

Chestnut between S. Bank and S. 4th Streets; Elbow Lane between S. Bank and S. 3rd Streets; S. Bank between Elbow Lane and Chestnut Street; and S. 3rd St between Elbow Lane and Walnut Street will remain closed to traffic at this time. Additional temporary road closures may become necessary during the demolition process to allow for movement of heavy equipment.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.