One of my favorite writers Julia Hatmaker from PennLive did an interview on moi and it was published last week about celebrities dining in town. The article is a fantastic chronicle of all things fabulous on celebrity sightings around town and which restaurants they like to dine at, as well as where you might be able to see one. Thanks so much to my many reader and tipsters who help me out over the years!! Celebrities Love These Restaurants!!
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom leaving Vedge restuarant
Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman photographed going out to dinner at Tashan, in Philly, after filming their new thriller Paranoia
I hope you’re out getting your bread and eggs as snowmaggeden is upon us.
Actor, Philadelphia native Kevin Bacon was in town over the weekend to attend 45th Masterman’s School reunion, which was held at Han Dynasty in Old City pictured here Han Chiang, owner with Harry Spivak, Bryce’s Catering, one of the co-organizers of the event. 50 people came, including Jim Friedlich who’s wife Melissa Friedlich was one of the organizers. Jessica Molly Brown, principal of Masterman now came as a couple of our teachers from the 60s and 70s, Mr. Melton and Mr. Cohen. A few who had rsvp’d but couldn’t make it were Michael Coard (attorney and activist), Judy Fiest Moore (running for City Council, a VP at Garces) We had chicken potstickers, Dan Dan noodles, Szechuan cucumbers, salt and peppers wings, sauteed snow pea shoots, salt and pepper wild mushrooms, veggie spring rolls, scallion pancakes, pork buns and a few more delicious dishes.
Eric Roberts in Philly on the set of The Arrangement, here he’s with Susan Helfrich, co-owner of Breaking Glass Pictures. Filmed on location throughout Philadelphia (including sets in University City and King of Prussia) by local father/son filmmakers Andrew Hunsicker (producer) and Jake Hunsicker (director), The Arrangement is a supernatural thriller following two detectives as they attempt to solve a string of murders. But, as they get closer to the truth, they begin to discover the culprit may be something other than human. The film stars cinema legend Eric Roberts, who graced Philadelphia this weekend to film intricate scenes, alongside local talent including Aralyn Anderson (Netflixâ��s Maniac), Deborah Twiss, Brian Anthony Wilson, Jennifer M. Kay, Danny Donnelly, Beverly Gunn, and Allison Kessler. Fresh off filming of the locally produced horror film Epidemic, Andrew Hunsicker also plays a supporting role in the film, while guiding his son Jake on his first directing venture. A modern-day retelling of Faust, The Arrangementâ��s cast and crew is also entirely comprised of Philadelphia talent aside from Mr. Roberts, a truly fitting testament to the local film scene and the city’s dedication to cinema. The Arrangement is set to complete filming this year.
Philly Style Party, Rupert Grint and Chit Chat About Last Night
Happy Thursday, we’re almost there. Last night I covered a wonderful event in Manayunk at the Starfinder Foundation. It’s an organization who’s mission is “Using soccer to help Philadelphia’s underserved youth grow, learn, and succeed, both on and off the field. #soccerforsocialchange.”
It was a lot of fun, even when the soccer ball hit my camera at 100 mph. I’ll feel you you sports photographers, lol. Hope I don’t get a black eye. (Every Saturday I will have a blog entry with all the links to the various events I’ve attended the week before, so look for it.) Afterwards I headed to The Fitler Club to catch the last half hour of the Philly Style Magazine’s 2019 Datebook launch. It was so much fun, I didn’t take any photos with my camera but grabbed a few shots off of Instagram and posted below. It was quite a party, so much fun and people were DRESSED to the nines. The Filter Club impressed me so much more last night, then when I saw it earlier this month.
Recently Feedly.com named Philly Chit Chat as the 2nd most popular lifestyle blog in Philadelphia. Feedly is an aggregate service where people subscribe to blogs and websites. They calculate how many people subscribe to my blog, and social media to determine popularity. #1 was Visit Philly
Philly Chit Chat blog is now accepting Advertisements. Earlier this month I told you how I upgraded the back end of my blog, and now it’s much easier for me to add advertisements. When you advertise with us, your business or event will also be featured on my social media. Philly Chit Chat receives over 55ks visitors a month, and my social media receives nearly a 1 million views a month. We offer reasonable rates. The advertisements that I currently have, Allan Domb Real Estate, DelFrisco’s, Replica and Parx Casino have all advertised with me for over 5 years. Email me HughE@PhillyChitChat.com for the rates Thanks HughE
Let Them Eat Cake Was Another Sweet Success raising money for Variety
More thank 750 cake loving guests enjoyed delicious and unique cake while simultaneously helping a great cause? Variety. The popular foodie event, Let Them Eat Cake, celebrating a sweet 16 years , this year’s event had 18 competing cakes, all following the theme of Under the Sea!
With my new updated website, you can click on a photo to make it larger to check out a few of the cakes created.
Jill Rizen and her husband Andy Hennighave just opened a K9 Resorts Daycare & Luxury Hotel in Cherry Hill. Now you can go on vacation and not worry about Fido, he’ll be in good hands.
The Judges for this years Let Them Eat Cake Competition included One Curly Fry, Marilyn Johnson, Cakes by Maryellen, Marilyn Russell, Marni Manko, Collette Peters, Victoria Andrehcchio and Eric Boerner
Gina Colon and Victoria Andreacchio, VSCupCakery, who was wondering why no one created a cake flavored a salty, Carmel taste since the theme was under the sea?
Marley Gates, Ruth Levitt Scott, Cupcakes by Ruth and Tra Thomas.
Always a fan favorite, the Loews Hotel’s Executive Pastry ChefAmanda Kaewvichien. In a few short weeks Amanda will be creating a spread of her deliciousness at the Loew’s Bank & Bourbon’s 5th annual Bourbon Bash, I can’t believe it’s been 5 years already. Guests at the Bash will also enjoy all the menu items the popular restaurant has to offer, like a nice slice of my favorite – The Cowboy Steak, with mushrooms, yum. Tickets are still available, and proceeds go to a great charity – DonorsChoose.org, an organization that empowers public school teachers from across the country to request much-needed materials and experiences for their students. INFO HERE #PCCinTheHouse
At the time of publishing, I didn’t have the winning cake info. When it’s provided I will update this post. Have an awesome day and I hope to see you at the Flower Show next week, and don’t forget about the Saturday night Dance Party “Flowers after Hours!!”
Sorry about my missed posts last week, I’m still getting used to my new website, where EFS Solutions upgraded the back end of the site. They did a great job, I just didn’t have time to read the instructions since I’m tweeting all the time, Mike says. He’s right – LOL. OK the Oscars are over and we can all calm down. There’s no way Gaga and Cooper will become a couple, but it was fun speculating about it all weekend. Congrats to our Lady for her win, let’s check out another winner…
About 2 weeks ago I attended a media/influencer first look at the Fitler Club, a private, membership club opening soon at 2400 Market Street. The event was to unveil four event spaces available for rent at the Fitler Club: Pre-Function, The Garden, The Trophy Room and The Ballroom.
When guests enter the event space area there’s a coat check when you first walk in the door, and then there’s an “L” shaped hallway which is used for cocktail parties before heading into the ballroom for the main event.
The Trophy Room is perfect for a smaller event, or the after party for your event. As a Fitler Square member,when not in use it’s part of your membership as well. Think Cigar Room at the Union League, this is where you’re gonna want to hang out.
Check out the Fitler Club Events Page for more on the rooms available, and prices. I’m looking forward to shooting events at the new versatile event space. For more on the private club check out this recent Philly.com article.
I’ll return to party coverage tomorrow, so stay tuned. As always follow me on SOCIAL MEDIA where I keep it fresh every hour, and more Philly Gossip happening Sunday 2/24/19. Kendall will be back in town by then, and Rupert Grint will be spotted eating out between scenes of M Night’s new TV Series #CelebsinPHL
Last week I traveled to Florida to visit Mom, and birds. When not photographing people I enjoy wandering around observing and photographing wildlife and nature. It’s peaceful, and quite beautiful. When I go to Florida to visit mom, who lives in the Keys, I make it a point to fly into Ft Lauderdale, or Miami International, the latter is a crazy large airport but in recent years has made it more simpler to navigate. So if you haven’t been there in a while, it’s gotten better, even I was able to go from Rental Car drop off to gate in under an hour. Also did you know if you’re a big guy like me, you can order a seat belt extender from Amazon.com so you can save embarrassment asking a flight attendant when you board.
One of my favorite National Parks in the Florida Everglades, it’s about an hour from Miami. If you’re renting a car, take their option for the “Sun Pass” as Easy Pass doesn’t work on their highways and there are not toll booths. It’s not that expensive about $4 a day, with tolls, which seem to be only $.80 cents every 10 miles or so. If you’re in a hurry you can go to the first nature stop in the Everyglades, Royal Palm. They have a boardwalk that travels around a body of water and you’re guaranteed to see alligators in nature, birds, turtles and get plenty of enjoyment, especially making memories with the kids.
This Anhinga, sometimes called snakebird, darter, American darter, or water turkey successfully swallowed this whole fish.
The sunset in the keys is a happening. Everyone stops what they’re doing, and they go to a clearing to watch it, even on cloudy days. Then they cheer at the conclusion of a day well spent.
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