Robert Irvine & Boston Market Support Our Veterans & You Can Help

Celebrity chef, author and TV personality Robert Irvine is partnering with Boston Market to help Veterans.

TAMPA, FLORIDA (July 1, 2021) — The Robert Irvine Foundation is thrilled to be partnering with Boston
MarketⓇ by offering special menu items to raise awareness of the Robert Irvine Foundation and its
mission of providing services and support for military personnel, veterans, first responders, and their
families. These dishes will be available at all Boston Market stores starting on July 1st through July 11th.
Items can be ordered online at or via their app, and includes free delivery on orders
over $8.99.

Robert Irvine created the Foundation as a way to support American heroes who have given so much to our
country. The Robert Irvine Foundation assists military, (active, retired, and veterans), first responders, their
families, and those in need through resiliency, health, and wellness programs, in addition to the financial
support of top-rated military and responder organizations.
Since the Foundation’s launch, they’ve served
hearty meals to thousands of service-members and veterans, supported the training of PTSD service dogs
for injured first responders and veterans, provided relief grants to veterans and Gold Star Families, and
provided life-changing mobility devices for injured heroes, and so much more.
“I’m incredibly grateful to the folks at Boston Market for partnering with me and my foundation on such an
exciting partnership,” Chef Robert Irvine notes. “Food does so much more than nourish our bodies, it has
incredible power to bring people together. This summer at Boston Market, families will be able to come
together to enjoy a chef’s special from yours truly–and knowing that while they do so, they’re easing the
burdens on our veterans and their families. It’s a perfect win-win all around.”


Robert Irvine created the following limited time menu items:
● Create Your Own Smokehouse Platter (Two-Meat Combo)
○ ¼ Chicken and Sausage – $13.99: A generous section of Robert Irvine’s signature smoked
cheddar pork sausage paired with Boston Market’s quarter rotisserie chicken.
○ ¼ Chicken and Pulled Pork – $12.99: A heaping portion of Robert Irvine’s hickory smoked
pulled pork alongside Boston Market’s quarter rotisserie chicken
○ Sausage and Pulled Pork – $12.99: BBQ heaven. Two of Robert Irvine’s best BBQ
entrées on one plate. Hickory smoked pulled pork and smoked cheddar sausage.

● Create Your Own Smokehouse Platter (Three-Meat Combo)
○ ¼ Chicken, Ribs, and Sausage – $20.99: Two Boston Market favorites, quarter rotisserie
chicken and fall off the bone ribs paired with Robert Irvine’s smoky cheddar pork sausage.
○ ¼ Chicken, Ribs, and Pulled Pork – $19.99: A perfectly cooked quarter rotisserie chicken
and delicious ribs from Boston Market alongside a generous portion of Robert Irvine’s
hickory smoked pulled pork.
○ ¼ Chicken, Sausage, and Pulled Pork – $16.99: Three all-time favorites together at last.
Boston Market’s slow-cooked, rotisserie quarter chicken and Robert Irvine’s smoked
cheddar pork sausage and hickory smoked pulled pork come together on one plate.

“It’s an honor to support the Robert Irvine Foundation and the great work it does on behalf of veterans,
active service members and their families” states Jay Pandya, (c) Chairman of Boston Market Corporation. “We
are proud of our veterans and thrilled to support them as we showcase Chef Robert Irvine’s delicious
smokehouse and pulled pork menu items. Thank you for all that you do Robert Irvine Foundation and our
men and women in uniform.”


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Philly Turned Out To Celebrate The Broadridge Grand Opening Party

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Earlier this month the newest luxury apartment building BROADRIDGE to open in Philadelphia welcomed their first guests, as well as friends, family and potential residents to their opening party at Broad & Ridge. The 478-unit apartment community’s address 1300 Fairmount Ave. is near downtown Philadelphia.

The property spans 305,000 square feet of residential space within a 14-story building. Units feature studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans, and amenities include two outdoor terraces totaling 30,000 square feet,

a pool, grilling area, yoga lawn and a dog run.

As one of the first big events since the lifting of the restrictions I asked many of the guests what they were looking forward to in the upcoming months.
Bar Woidislavsky, Jaclyn Markowitz (ready for her Margate days and nights) and Britny Keyes, celebrated Alexiss Hauser birthday on the Wildwood beach recently, and is looking forward to feting more friends with fantastic moments.

Sam Boss and Brianna Rivera hanging in the amenities room where you can enjoy a game of pool, shuffle board or watch a little TV.

Outside there was bocce ball courts

During the party guests were able to tour the sample apartments, play bocce ball, and billiards while enjoying entertainment was provided by Gypsy Wisdom & Music from DJ Hollywood!

Megan Stannard, Caoline Sotterfield (who chose Broadridge sight unseen because of it’s spacious apartments, amenities, doorman/concierge service and convenience to Center City, a few blocks away) and Aletta Ryan
Mike Toub, Brian Stevenson, Shachu and Vinay Chawla . Dr Chawla, my oral surgeon, now friend, is the most incredible book and pastry chef on the side. Thanks for brunch last week. it was as delicious as it was pretty.
Oeuchi Adikmema and Crystal Garnett, who recently moved into Broadridge. She loves everything about the building, the atmosphere, the variety of amenities, and if she doesn’t want to venture into Center City, all the nightlife and conveniences are right there in the building.
Julia Thompson and Riley Barrett look forward to nights at Cavanaugh’s Riverdeck and weekends in Stone Harbor

Jordan, Shadyra, Morgan and Shanelle are all PhillyChitChat readers, and are looking forward to more events like this party full of people from all walks of life, looking to mingle and have fun.

Earlier I took a tour of Broadridge and I wrote that it was one of the hottest new living spaces in Philly. It really is. I think you will too. Go check it out.

Contact: Angela Calvanese (c) for more information –
TCS Management | Real Estate Professional | Director of Sales & Leasing


Philly To Do: To See BalletX Summer Series at the Mann – Pixs From Opening Night

Christine Cox co-founded BalletX
Christine Cox co-founded BalletX with guests from Julliard
I did a fun reel of the evening, catch the two future ballerinas dancing in the aisle at the Mann. Tickets are still available for today’s show, and catch a future show. BalletX

Philly Beer Garden Pop Ups…Plus More HughE Around Town

Happy Friday. The weather was so beautiful this week. So many events are happening. It’s so great to see so many happy people out and about returning to life and each other. Yesterday I attended a few events myself. The Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel Break Ground On The West Tower At Schuylkill Yards, then a fabulous new house on the market in West Mt Airy, which I will feature next week, and BalletX’s Summer Series happening right now at the Mann Music Center. I walked around the City on Wednesday and saw a few changes, new places, a sad closed spot and lot’s of pop ups to party at. Let’s Chat!!

Th Pod Hotel in Philly is not more, the micro hotel which opened before the pandemic in fall 2019, has changed flags and is now called Motto, and is operated by Hilton. The 31 S. 19th St. hotel

Pod Philly, the city’s first micro hotel, has changed flags and now falls under the Hilton umbrella. According to the Philly Business Journal “Defined Hospitality, the Philadelphia restaurant group behind concepts including Suraya and Pizzeria Beddia, operated three concepts at Pod Philly: rooftop Mexican eatery El Techo, a 140-seat ground floor Mexican restaurant dubbed Condesa, and an all-day light fare concept called El Café. Those offerings remain at Motto Philadelphia, with El Café already open and El Techo and Condesa reopening in June, said Cafritz. 

Looks like the 200 block of S 17th St has found tenant for the long vacant stores next to Miel Patisserie 204 S 17th St. A CBD shop CBD Kratom, and City Nails on the Square which relocated from 100 N 17th St. There are a few others around town as well. Welcome to Rittenhouse Row!!

On Saturday, at 3PM The Lawn at Loveluck Pop-up beer garden opens at Love Park. Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran of Safran Turney Hospitality (STH) partnered with Terence Lewis, a longtime manager and beverage director for the pair’s restaurants who has worked alongside them for over 14 years. Popping up in late June through October, guests may visit The Lawn at Loveluck along the 15th Street side of LOVE Park. There’s lots of picnic tables, a few deckchairs, a food truck, bathrooms and fun to be had. Definitely a sunny spot, with a cool vibe to hang with friends. The only thing missing at this beachy bar is a mist’er for those hot days.

Across the street Uptown beer garden is opening at a new spot.

Uptown Beer Garden has moved downtown to 16th and JFK, across the street from The Lawn at Loveluck Pop-up beer garden. Uptown Beer Garden has a cool vibe, shady trees, intimate tables, friends tables, bathrooms and subs, hearty meals and beer. I like this vibe too, more of a date night, ladies night, upscale at uptown. Both Pop-up beer gardens are the perfect pair of fun this summer.

Welcome to my Neighborhood: Pier Bar in Fairmount, operated by Fare restaurant PIER BAR. At 2025 Fairmount Ave on the corner of Corinthian formerly the old Hickory Lane, Pier Bar will feature what is really lacking in our area, and in Center City, a small, local seafood restaurant (although I do recommend Seafood Unlimited in Rittenhouse as well)

I couldn’t find a website, so give them a call for info/reservations 215 763 – 7300. I’ll be back on Sunday for more chit chat. So much to talk about. If you’re not a subscriber sign up for my daily email blast in the top right corner or HERE.


Realtors Take A Peek at Arthaus

Dranoff’s crown jewel property Arthaus opened it’s Doors to realtors in the area in anticipation for the showing of the property for potential buyers to live at the luxury building under construction on the Avenue of the Arts, which will be accepting residents in early 2022.

The soaring 47-story skyscraper with luxury condos and amenities is located at the corner of Broad and Spruce Streets, overlooking the Kimmel Center in the heart of the city. If you’re a view guy like me, the views from Arthaus the views from Arthaus are incredible of the Avenue of the Arts from the Linc to City Hall, to the Delaware Waterfront including the beautiful Ben Franklin Bridge to the Schuylkill and beyond.

Arthaus is comprised of 108 light-filled units, floor to ceiling windows, with more than 36,000 square feet of world-class amenities, including a unique rooftop greenhouse and more than 4,200 square feet of ground floor retail space. The building’s outdoor spaces will feature a year-round rooftop greenhouse, individual planting beds, a reflecting pool, lawn, and sun deck. Additional amenities include a 75-foot indoor lap pool and state-of-the-art fitness center overlooking the Kimmel Center, a tranquil library, board room, club room, dining salon, café with demonstration kitchen and children’s playroom.

Dax Hamilton, Dranoff properties, shows a sample apartment to realtors.
Norm Eckert, Melissa Taylor Ron Bloom

At a press conference in 2019 Dranoff said it was the goal of his team and architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox to bring a vertical tower that would be a sort of landmark for the Avenue of the Arts. The upper levels look like steps going to the sky, while the lower levels feature brick and clay tiles that relate to the Kimmel Center across the Street. For more information and to schedule a visit to Arthaus head to their website.


To Do: Re Opened: The Beautiful Andalusia Historic Home, Garden Tour

On June 12, 2021, friends and supporters were invited to a Garden Party at Andalusia Historic House and Gardens! Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while taking in breathtaking views of the Delaware River, and blooms at Andalusia Historic House and Gardens.

An enchanted evening where the weather cooperated majestically, guests had the rare opportunity to stroll the grounds during evening hours among the colorful spring blooms. All proceeds benefited the Annual Fund of The Andalusia Foundation, the nonprofit that works to preserve the gardens and buildings of this National Historic Landmark.

The “Big House” Reopened for Guided Tours | June 21, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
On Monday, June 21, 2021, Andalusia Historic House, Gardens and Arboretum reopened the Biddle family’s early 19th-century Greek Revival home to guided tours for the 2021 season. The “Big House” has been closed since the spring of last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Visitors will be able to purchase tickets for small, guided tours of the “Big House” that will begin at designated times.  

They will also have self-guided access to the 65-acre estate’s stunning native woodlands and spectacular formal gardens before and after their tour of the National Historic Landmark. This Bucks County riverfront estate, located just 13 miles from Philadelphia, is an ideal day trip for those looking to spend time outdoors with plenty of space for social distancing.

Cost: Public tours with self-guided access to the gardens are $15. Guided house tours can be added to public tour tickets for an additional $5.

Sex and the City at Rouge

Sheila Hess, City Representative for the City of Philadelphia, Candace Bushnell and Tony Award winning Alexander Fraser, Producing Director of the Bucks County Playhouse

Happy Summer everyone. The City is sizzling after the lifting of the restrictions, especially in Rittenhouse Row along 18th Street. Last week Candace Bushnell stopped by Rouge to talk about her one women show “Is There Still Sex in The City” which is premiering tomorrow June 22 at the Bucks County Playhouse, in New Hope, Pa.

The event attracted many girlfriends, who were greatly influenced by the SATC story line as these two ladies mentioned in the Q&A part of the morning.

Corie Moskow, Executive Director or Rittenhouse Row welcomes the guests exclaiming that if Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha made Philadelphia their home, they’d be right here, night after night dining along Rittenhouse Row. (And she’s not wrong.)
Rittenhouse restaurateur Norris Jordan presents his Lou Bird’s Cosmo to Candace Bushnell and Billy Cavallo.
Sisters Laura Perlberger Swartz and Jennifer Lynn Robinson brought the fashion to the early morning meet and greet.

And the winner is: the Cosmo Frosé by The Library Bar at The Ritenhouse Hotel. The winner received a copy of Candace’s book “Is There Still Sex in The City” as well as a pair of tickets to the show, beginning tomorrow and running through July 18. More info on Candace’s one women show HERE


Photos: Juneteenth Celebration at The African American Museum

Juneteenth was celebrated across the country Saturday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. It was also the kick-off day for Wawa’s Welcome to America event in Philadelphia happening throughout the City. I caught up with the Juneteenth Celebration at The African American Museum.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) hosted a full-day, free outdoor event. In partnership with Wawa Welcome America and Visit Philadelphia, the all-day event kicked off Philadelphia’s annual July 4th festivities and marked the launch of a special series of events and activities that will honor Juneteenth and explore its connection to July 4th, entitled Freedom-Liberty:1776 – 1865.   There was a steady stream of visitors waiting to get into the museum at 7th and Arch Streets with free, timed admission to the museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., courtesy of title sponsor Wawa. 

As well as guests enjoying the festival like atmosphere in the adjacent parking lot where they enjoyed food, music, make and take away art as well as free samples of highlights from Wawa’s drink menu and patriotic hats and flags.

Ready.Set.Philly! was on hand to excite people to return to the office and enjoy all Philly has to offer when you’re in town. It’s a collaborative return-to-work civic initiative between the City of Philadelphia, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and a broad coalition of employers and organizations throughout the region who care deeply about Philadelphia.

Queen of everything production – Brenda Goldsmith is the person behind many of the large scale productions in our City, from July 4th events, to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, to events in the USA like the Citrus Bowl Parade, The Rose Parade, the Memorial Day Parade in our nation’s capitol. She works alongside of a great team consisting of so many people John Best and Todd Marcocci. (In my next life I want to do what they do.) (Thanks to AJ Mattia who introduced me to them all, that’s why a few years back I got to see the behind the scenes at the 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade. That was a dream come true!!)

For more information about July 4th Festivities especially what’s happening today as we lead up to July4th, visit Wawa


Pixs: We’re Here, We’re Queer and We Like Beer – Pride Day at Parks on Tap

Pride Month has never been more visible in Philly than this year. Kory Aversa came to me about a month ago and said I haven’t read anything about an organized effort to celebrate Pride Month in Philly. I’m going to do something about it, and he did. He created the Philly Gay Pride website, out a call out to other PR folks to gather info on their pride events, partnered with lots media outlets and Philly Gay Calendar (and me) and wow a month full of incredible events for the community. It’s been fun. Leads right up to the 4th gayest holiday July 4th….

No wonder he’s being honored with the 2021 PPRA PRoactive Award Congrats Kory!!

Parks on Tap is a cool traveling beer garden, with a chill vibe. This summer it’s set up a few locations through out the park including the hidden gem – Trails End, which is on the Schuylkill River Banks. To get there you can take the stairs at South Street, or the walking bridge next to CHOP Roberts Center. It’s to the left of the building. When you arrive on the trail head South towards the beer garden. You will see signs as well. Advice to the weak of bladder, the bathrooms are located near the South Street bridge, so it might be best if you go before you go, as it’s a 5 minute walk in either direction. OK let’s see who came out to celebrate Pride on Saturday.

DJ Robert Drake provided the tunes for the day. Next up for Robert, Sex Dwarf @Setup Stage on July 11. TICKETS HERE