Philly Zoo Kicks off Spring with Urban Green, Zoo Key and Creatures of Habitat

On Thursday April 4, 2019 the Philadelphia Zoo made several exciting announcements which included the ribbon cutting of The Urban Green, an exciting new dining destination and outdoor food marketplace, featuring three food trucks which will debut today, Saturday along with the opening for Creatures of Habitat animal LEGO® exhibit and the return of the Zoo Key.

Creatures of Habitat Rabbit and her hoppy friend at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Rachel Harvey and Suzanne Harvey. Rachel won a contest about her childhood memories of the Philadelphia Zoo Key at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019. She wrote “I was so excited to read that the Philadelphia Zoo decided to bring back the beloved Zoo Keys. Just the other day I was cleaning and found mine (what a great and coincidental timing) and was immediately flooded with great memories of growing up and visiting the Zoo with my mom, brother and Nana. My brother and I always “fought: over who got to use our keys to learn more about each animal exhibit, facts that we had probably already heard, but it didn’t really matter, we were always still so excited. Here’s to hoping my old zoo keys still work when they reinstate them at the zoo this April. #zookeymemory

Zoo Board member Jody McNeil Lewis wore her children’s original zoo keys around her neck to the reception at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Sheila Hess, City Rep at the Press Conference

Vikram H. Dewan, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Zoo

There are the Zoo keepers who recorded their stories and behind the scenes information used in the special zoo key audio books at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Amy Shearer, Chief Marketing Officer at The Philadelphia Zoo, Vikram H. Dewan, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Zoo and Sheila Hess, City Representative cut the ribbon to Urban Green with the help of local school kids at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

The Creatures of Habitat is a gazillion piece animal adventure featuring 12 life-size (and larger than life size) sculptures designed by artist Sean Kenney and meticulously crafted from thousands of individual LEGO® bricks!

The exhibits will spotlight the issues animals in the wild are facing and the heroes working to save them.

A boy trying out his Zoo Key unlocking insider secrets and stories about the magnificent creatures living at Philadelphia Zoo, told by animal keepers who care for them at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019. You can use your Zoo Key, or buy one for $3.00 at the Zoo to hear the stories.
For more information or to purchase and print tickets online, visit us at www.PhiladelphiaZoo.org.


Kelly Drive, MLK & Parkway Closures 2019

It’s that time of year again where lots of fun and exciting activities happen in from of my yard, otherwise known as the Parkway area. I want you to attend these events, but to know which areas are closed to traffic to avoid the congestion, and if you’re on your way out of town, or coming into town it’s best to be informed. Definitely listen to KYW1060 for the latest traffic woes. At the bottom I will have a link to the information below so that you may keep on hand. This entry is basically for folks searching on Why is the Parkway Closed? Why is MLK Drive Closed or why is Kelly Drive Closed? When Driving in the City be patient, give space and be courteous. Thanks and have a great day. HughE

Martin Luther King Drive Seasonal Weekend Closures 2019
April 6, 2019 MLK Drive Seasonal Weekend Closure Begins 6 AM to 5 PM

1st Saturday of April -April 6, 2019 Hot Chocolate 5K and 15K 6 AM to 11 AM 2nd Saturday of April- April 13, 2019 Cherry Blossom 5K & 10K 6 AM to 11 AM 2nd
Sunday of April -April 14, 2019 Donor Dash 6 AM to 11 AM
3rd Saturday of April – April 20, 2019 Clean Air Run 5K & 10K *b/c NFL 8 AM to 11 AM
4th Saturday of April – April 27, 2019 Sandy Rollman 10K 6 AM to 11 AM
1st Saturday of May – May 4, 2019 MS Walk 6 AM to 11 AM
2nd Saturday of May – May 11, 2019 Walk to Make America Love Again 6 AM to 11 AM
3rd Saturday of May -May 18, 2019 Eagles Ride for Autism 6 AM 3 PM
3rd Sunday of May – May 19, 2019 Philadelphia Bar Run 10K 6 AM to 11 AM 1st Saturday of June -June 1, 2019 Million Dollar Bike Ride 7 AM to 11 AM
1st Sunday of June -June 2, 2019 Run Fest Half Marathon 6 AM to 12 PM
2nd and 4th Weekend NOTHING
3rd Sunday of June – June 16, 2019 Phila Father’s Day 5K 6 AM to 12 PM
4th of July – July 4, 2019 Welcome America 6 AM to 12 Midnight

1st Sunday of July – July 7, 2019 Women’s Philadelphia Triathlon 6 AM to 12 PM
2nd Saturday of August – August 10, 2019 Mayor’s Cup 6 AM to 11 AM 5th Saturday of August – August 31, 2019 MIA Concert 6 AM to 11 PM First Sunday of September – September 1, 2019 MIA Concert 6 AM to 11 PM 2nd Saturday of September – September 14, 2019 Undy 5000 6 AM to 12 PM 3rd Sunday of September – September 15, 2019 Rock n Roll Half Marathon 6 AM to 12 PM Last Sunday of September – September 29, 2019 The Parkway Run 6 AM to 12 PM 1st Saturday of October – October 5, 2019 Perfect 10 Mile 6 AM to 12 PM 1st Sunday of October – October 6, 2019 Suicide Prevention Walk 6 AM to 12 PM 2nd Sunday of October – October 13, 2019 Kidney Walk 6 AM to 11 AM 3rd Sunday of October – October 20, 2019 AIDS Walk 6 AM to 3 PM 4th Saturday of October – October 26, 2019 Light the Night Walk 5 PM to 8 PM 4th Sunday of October – October 27, 2019 JDF Walk To Cure Diabetes 6 AM to 12 PM 4th Sunday of October – October 27, 2019 MLK Drive Seasonal Weekend Closure Ends 6 AM to 5 PM 1st Saturday of November

November 2, 2019 Step out for Diabetes 6 AM to 12 PM
2nd Saturday of November 9, 2019 Rocky Run 6 AM to 12 PM
Saturday before Thanksgiving November 23, 2019 Philadelphia Marathon 8K, Half Marathon & Kids 9 AM to 12 PM
Sunday before Thanksgiving November 24, 2019 Philadelphia Marathon 9 AM to 2 PM

4th Thursday of November – November 28, 2019 Thanksgiving Day Parade 9 AM to 2 PM 1st Saturday of December December 7, 2019 Big Chill 10K 6 AM to 11 AM
The above special events are held on M.L. King Drive in addition to the Drive’s normal closures for recreation activities on Saturdays and Sundays 6 AM to 5 PM, lower portion of M.L. King Dr. from Eakins Oval to Sweetbriar Dr. reopen to traffic at 12 Noon between April and October Most events fit within the normal closure hours, gray shaded is outside normal closures
2019 M.L. King Drive Event Closures tentative

H Philadelphia Parks and Recreation2019 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PARKWAY EVENT CLOSURES

4/6/2019 The Hot Chocolate 5 & 15K Run7 AM to 12 Noon Inner and Outer Drives 1700 to 2500
4/7/2019 Greek Independence Day Parade8 AM to 4 PM Inner Drives2000 to 2400
5/3/2019 Philadelphia Science Festival 10 AM to Outer Drive – Inbound Only 2000 to 2400
5/4/2019 Philadelphia Science Festival 6:00 PM Outer Drive – Inbound Only 2000 to 2400
5/12/2019 More than Pink Komen Walk6 AM to 12 Noon Inner and Outer Drives2000 to 2500
7/4/2019 Welcome America Concert & Fireworks11 AM to 11 PM Inner and Outer Drives 1600 to 2500
8/30/2019 thru 9/2/19 MIA Concert 6:00 PM Inner and Outer Drives 2000 to 2500
9/15/2019 Rock n Roll Half Marathon8 AM to 11 AM Inner and Outer Drives 1600 to 2500
9/28/2019 Rathra Yatra Parade 8 AM to 12 PM Inner 1600 to 2300
9/29/2019 Puerto Rican Day Parade 10 AM to 4 PM Inner Drive1600 to 2500
9/29/2019 Parkway Run7 AM to 10 AM Inner and Outer1700 to 2500
Oct10/13/2019 Pulaski Day Parade10 AM to 4 PM Inner Drive1700 to 2200
10/20/2019 AIDS Walk 8 AM to 1 PM Inner and Outer Drives 2000 to 2500
Sat. before Thanksgiving 11/23/2019 Philadelphia Marathon Half, 8K Run6 AM to 4 PM Inner and Outer Drives 1600 to 2500
Sun before Thanksgiving 11/24/2019 Philadelphia Marathon & Half 6 AM to 4 PM Inner and Outer Drives1600 to 2500 4th Thursday of Nov11/28/2019 Thanksgiving Day Parade7 AM to 1 PM Inner and Outer Drives 1600 to 2500

Here’s a link to these recreational street closings on the City site


Shazam! Philadelphia Filming and Movie Review

In December I got a tip that the movie “Franklin” ie Shazam! was filming a few scenes on the Art Museum Steps, conveniently across the street from where I live, so I popped over a few times.

As I wrote in PhillyChitChat in December, Shazam is set in Philly, but filmed in Toronto (isn’t that ironic for us). Billy Batson, a troubled 14-year-old orphan living in Philadelphia, is set up to move into a new foster home – his seventh in a row – with the Vazquez family and their other five foster kids. One day, Billy gets on a subway car and finds himself transported to a different realm, where an ancient wizard gives him the power to transform into a godlike adult superhero by uttering the word “Shazam!” Billy and his new foster brother Freddy Freeman must learn what Billy’s new powers are and how to use them in order to stop the villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana from wielding powers of his own.[6][7]

When I took these photos I wasn’t sure what I was shooting, but now I understand, spoiler alert, but not story alert, it was two different scenes, used at different times in the movie. One was shot during the day, the other at night.

The Movie Shazam! set in Philly filmed in Toronto, came to Philly to shoot a few pivitol scenes. Plus my mini review. It was good, a little violent.

This is the scene which was filmed on the Art Museum Steps that day. Note the scene is flipped as the cars are going in the opposite direction and the City is on the left side of the steps. You can match up the girls on the right in the red coat and the tan hat, with where they’re standing in the photo above.

The second scene was with the main actors Shazam Zachary Levi and Freddy Jack Dylan Grazer . looking at the skyline. The cast and crew literally waited until the clouds parted to get the shot they needed, and unfortunately it was after midnight when some of the skyline was dark. I’m sure they were frustrated cause the forecast stressed that the rain, and clouds would part by 5PM, but you know Mother Nature has the last word.

Shazam! Trailer

Review: I thought the film was fun, kids will like it although it’s a little violent. I absolutely hated the first 10 minutes, and felt the foundation of the story could have been established some other way. Know that the film gets better after the the first 10 minutes and isn’t so shocking. The two hours went by in a whiz, and I didn’t nap at all, so that’s a good sign.


Brilliant Partnership: Wigs.com and Breastcancer.org

On March 29, 2019, Wigs.com and Breastcancer.org came together to empower and educate women with a three year partnership, at Lankenau Medical Center. To mark this occasion they hosted a wig wearing demonstration, as well as a panel discussion on Breast Cancer treatments. Wigs.com presented a a $100,000 donation check to Breastcancer.org in honor of their mission which is dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer and breast health as well as an active and supportive online community.

Haley Newbanks, Wigs.com and Hope Wohl, CEO Breastcancer.org

Carol Thomas, Adam Leitenberger, Melissa Jenkins, Cindy Pelton, and Delores Slaughter

Carliz Sotelo Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of Wigs.com assists Delores Slaughter on how to wear a wig as Dr. Marisa Weiss, founder and Chief Medical Officer, Breastcancer.org looks on.

Dr. Marisa Weiss, founder and Chief Medical Officer, Breastcancer.org accepts a check from Carliz Sotelo Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of Wigs.com celebrating their three year partnership in restoring confidence in women going through chemotherapy.

Carliz Sotelo Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of Wigs.com assists breast cancer survivor Rita Lusen, Breastcancer.org with her wig.

With a common goal to educate and help people who are going through breast cancer, Wigs.com and Breastcancer.org form a three-year partnership worth $100,000 in donations. The Breastcancer.org community of people with breast cancer will have access to Wigs.com experts, as well as hair loss education, including videos and content available on Breastcancer.org’s website.

Wigs.com will make purchasing from the larger collection of wigs on its website easier for the breastcancer.org community offering 10% off through a special coupon – BC10, which can be applied during checkout. For each purchase, Wigs.com will donate 10% of the proceeds to Breastcancer.org


Door 19: Clams Casino Royale

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University wants to invite you to: For Your Eyes Only: An evening of science and inquiry with a martini (shaken, not stirred) in your hand. A quarterly party, after hours inside the museum for folks over the age of 21.
Bring 007 of your friends and register soon; tomorrow never dies but the early-bird discount does. Throw on a tuxedo t-shirt or rent the real deal, and get ready to spy on some fun!

Get shaken AND stirred at the open bar Sneak a secret peek at the specimens of the REAL James Bond or fictional Bond Girl Honey Ryder behind the scenes in our Ornithology and Malacology collections. Enjoy the sultry vocals of Meg North and the Victor North Trio. Get as close as you dare to nature’s assassins. Discover why spy tech experts are turning to geckos for inspiration. Shoot some “craps” and learn about scat identification

Try a little target practice with a twist. Assign yourself a cheeky animal code name. Be seduced by the heat of the Butterflies! exhibit. Test your movie acumen with spy flick science trivia. Eat great food from our exclusive caterer, 12th St. Catering (vegetarian options available)

And … did we mention the open bar?

Early Bird Price: March 20–April 2: $75 Public/$65 Members/$65 Drexel Alumni

April 3–April 10: $85 Public/$65 Members/$65 Drexel Alumni

Buy your tickets now! https://ansp.org/programs-and-events/adult-programs/door19/

There are only three times left where you will have the chance to go beyond the galleries and into specimen collections off-limits to visitors, alongside experts who will bring our coolest specimens out to play. Our rogue scientists will go a little bit off script to share their most incredible knowledge—from creepy taxidermy to medicinal botanicals. You’ll be reminded that no, in fact, you haven’t seen it all—far from it. Don’t miss out on this fun party.


Spotted: Oprah, Harry Styles, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Jennifer Lopez Works Out in Philly, A Rod Tours NoLibs

Hey there Sunday readers, hope you had a fantastic Saturday. What a beautiful day, and a taste of spring. It’s Sunday and here at Philly Chit Chat that means one thing time for a little Philly Gossip.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez were in town Sunday to attend the Phillies game last night as A Rod is an announcer with ESPN.  Before the game J Lo went to the new Sweat Gym at Broad and Chestnut to do a quick work before the game. Her trainer Lauren Findley @laurenlf posted a photo of them after working out.  J Lo is wearing Niyama Sol her new leggings design, under $100 a pair she says it will show your butt the way you want it to be seen. What did former Yankee Alex Rodriguez do, I hear he headed to NoLibs to check out his new boutique studio TruFusion which is under construction at 1150 N. American Street (right down the street from the Piazza). The Las Vegas gym expects to open the first of many in our area this summer. No doubt next time J Lo is in town she’ll be working out there.

Thanks @iradiophilly for this screen shot

Right after the game they were escorted by a bevy of security, where J Lo slid into the waiting SUV, while A Rod signed for fans before making his exit. I hear they headed for the Walt Whitman bridge back to Manhattan.

Photo by https://www.instagram.com/ambientdjs/

Thanks to so many tipsters who told me that Oprah and Gayle King were spotted at the Reeds Hotel (Reeds at Shelter Haven) in Stone Harbor, NJ Saturday. They’re no strangers to the Jersey shore and periodically pop up as Oprah’s fiance, Stedman Graham is from nearby Whitesboro. In the 90s Oprah and Stedman even rented a house for the summer on 112th Street near the point, my mom would see Oprah running early in the morning and they’d just wave to each other from familiarity of a daily routine. Oprah posing with high school sweethearts Sara Paton and Wesley Krempel who tied the knot in Stone Harbor at the Reeds.

Gayle King was in Stone Harbor with her kids Will Bumpus, Jr and Kirby Bumpus and posted yesterday.

In recent years when Oprah and friends have come to town they stay at the Reeds or in Cape May. Last September they celebrated Labor day in Stedman’s hometown at the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, N.J. 30th reunion. Just a few weeks ago Nick Vadala, at Philly.com reported Oprah, Gayle King and Stedman Graham were spotting dining in Cape May, where the trio enjoyed several dishes from the Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel in town. In 2013 They stayed at Congress Hall and Oprah told her fans they were getting ready for India Arie on Super Soul Sunday.

Unfortunately this visit wasn’t for something on a happier note. They were hear to attend Stedman’s brother’s funeral . James Owen Graham was born in Cape May Court House, N.J. on September 4, 1956 to Stedman Worth and Mary Jacobs Graham. Affectionately known as Jimmy, he passed away peacefully in the early morning of March 24, 2019 at Cape Regional Medical Center. He was sent home yesterday at a beautiful mass in their hometown church Christ Gospel Love Center. 2209 Route 9 South, Whitesboro, N.J. 08252 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, P.O. Box 412, Whitesboro, N.J. 08252 and Caring for Kids, 31 East Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210.

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Folks are on the look out for Harry Styles who was snapped at the Philly Airport last night. Is he here to visit his friend Xander Ritz, who grew up on the Mainline.

Spotted dining at Estia was Bryce Harper’s grandparents the night before his debut at the Phillies Opening Game.

Friday night Aaron Nola celebrated the Phillies win with dinner at Capital Grille with his family.

Photo by Shira Yudkoff

THE PUBLIC, written and directed by Emilio Estevez, which opens to the public today, had a fundraising screening Thursday night at the Philadelphia Film Society on Chestnut Street in Center City benefiting the Mental Health Partners of Philadelphia.   The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalized, as well as an exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who often build emotional connections and a sense of obligation to care for those regular patrons. Before the screening there was a VIP reception where Emilio Estevez, and Alec Baldwin mingled and posed with film goers. In this photo is taken by Shira Yudkoff
Emilio Estevez, and Alec Baldwin with  Dr. Adriana Torres-O’Connor President, CEO of Mental Health Partners, and husband Kerry O’Connor.  Friday morning Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria were turning heads as they walked up Walnut Street before returning to their hotel at the Union League. (Yes there are hotel rooms in the Union League.)


The Philly Zoo Key Goes to the Phillies Opening Game

Another winning moment yesterday at the Phillies game was when Kory Aversa, PR for the Philadelphia Zoo, and I walked around chatting about the Philly Zoo Key returning April 6, after it’s absence since 2007.

The Zoo Keys, the animal-shape pieces of plastic synonymous for many with childhood trips to the zoo, returns on April 6 to the Philadelphia Zoo, and will unlock book-shaped boxes throughout the park with prerecorded stories from zookeepers and “insider secrets” about the animals. Yesterday Kory and I were at the Phillies Opener promoting the return. When we approached

Hey Angelica, who’s a PhillyChitChat reader. Thanks for saying hi!!

Mark D. Kuhn IV, ceo Oat Foundry, who’s team created the “30th Station” sign behind the bar.

Before Questlove threw out the ceremonial pitch, he spun a set in the concourse. Tune in next week to see Questlove’s reaction when he saw the Zoo Key. Exclusive photo, and story soon to be published.

Legendary DJ Bob Pantano, a South Philadelphia native, started spinning at the record hops in the late 1960s and then the nightclubs in the ’70s. Every Saturday night you can find him at Adelphia’s in South Jersey, and legendary florist Ann Catania both had Philly Zoo keys when growing up. They’re excited for it’s return.

I loved meeting my greatest fan yesterday. She has the dance moves too.

Brandon Downey says it was the best Opening Day ever. The weather was great. We won, and now the Zoo Key is back.

These guys not only owned Philly Zoo Keys, but they knew the song.

Check out this video I caught of Mayor Kenney singing the Zoo Key song a few years back at the Zoo Gala.

Roberta and Carl Dranoff are excited for the return of the Zoo Key. In April his newest apartment building is opening in Ardmore, and look for a game changing announcement about the property at Broad and Spruce, formerly known as the LLS property, and the Home of the Philadelphia Sound.

What a fun day at the Phillies Opener. Walking around with the Key created smiles in my wake, with people eagerly running up to me to check it out, and they shared so many childhood memories of visiting the Zoo. It was a great Phillies opener indeed!!


Phillies Opener, Free Food, Peruto’s and Antiques and Art Show Chit Chat

Happy Opening Day Phillies!! I have an insanely busy day. I’ll be at CBP with the Philly Zoo Key from 1PM til about 2:30PM inside 3rd Base Gate / Pass and Stow, then at 6:30pm I’ll be back in town for Sherry Knowltons book signing at Shakespeare & Co (come by, it’s free) and finally a movie screening of Emilio Estevez‘s documentary, all of which I’ll share more info on Friday with you. Let’s Chit Chat Philly Gossip…

Earlier this week the Phillies had a media preview of the new food offerings at the stadium. I was feeding giraffe’s at the Philly Zoo and missed it, but the Phillies were nice enough to send a few photos over shot by
Copyright © 2018 The Phillies/Mitchell Leff The new area, which will have food, a retail section and features the old Liberty Bell from Vet Stadium is called Pass and Stow and is behind Third Base.

Immediately upon entering the Third Base Gate, fans will experience the outdoor beer garden, Goose Island Bar at the Park featuring a variety of beers, wine and spirits, and Foundry Pizza of Pass and Stow. The first of its kind at Citizens Bank Park, this open-air, food and drink destination will span 11,500 square feet, seat 250 fans, and have ample standing room.

Additional features include fire pits, picnic tables, a 30′ x 50′ pergola adorned with lights, and a Phillies-etched water feature. Pass and Stow will also include a 7,000-square foot, family-friendly sports pub with seating for 150 fans. Other highlights: garage doors that open and a split-flap board (similar to the former Amtrak’s board at 30th Street Station) that shows game updates.

They’ll have chicken wings, and a hot Chicken Sandwich. A house-made kielbasa with cornichons, pickled mustard seeds and arugula, tater tots, and burgers, shakes and fries from Shake Shack. PLUS Questlove’s Cheesesteak, he’ll be there today on Opening Day too.

Located adjacent to the Third Base Gate, the expansive team store featuring official Phillies merchandise and the largest cap display you’ll ever see, is open year-round, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On game days with a start time of 1:35 p.m. or earlier, the store can only be accessed from the concourse with a game ticket. The store is closed on major holidays. Enter from inside the park during events (behind Section 134) or outside during non-event times (on Citizens Bank Way).

This year’s Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show will be held from Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28, 2019, at The Navy Yard, with a Preview Party on Thursday, April 25, and a jazz night on Saturday, April 27. Over 60 of the country’s preeminent antiques and fine art dealers are participating from across the US, and a full schedule of special programs is planned, including social events, lectures, panel discussions and tours. This year, The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is organizing the Preview Party, show programming and providing volunteer support for the show. Several Main Line residents are volunteer organizers of the 2019 Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show, including: (seated L-R) Michele Lockwood, Robin Williams, Hannah Henderson, Eve Walker (otherwise known in my family as my mom’s best friend); (standing L- R) Margo Eremus, Martha Morris, Ann Calvert, Ellen Caplan, Stephanie Simmerman, and Margot Sullivan.

Congrats to Chuck Peruto and the formerly known as Lindsay Glasgow, now Mrs Peruto, on their recent nuptials. The destination wedding took place in Mexico 2 weeks ago, and

nearly all of their friends flew down to celebrate with them that weekend, which would explain the dip in revenue for the Rittenhouse eateries. It was even possible to get a table outside at Parc on what is usually a busy Saturday afternoon the first weekend of spring.

Sunday I stopped by Tradesman with my pals Alex Holley and Thanuja Hamilton, where Sixers personality Christian Crosby, and his Live Life Nice crew, partnered with Not Your Basic Brunch, a monthly brunch party held there to bring the fun and it was a lot of fun, before I left to cover Mission Possible at XFinity.

Wednesday I headed to Geno’s Steaks to try out their newest menu item, Geno’s Meatball Sandwich. It was delicious, I kid you not. You are going to thank me. It’s $9.50, the serving is generous, and they start selling them on Friday!! I even got to wear my new bib.

Food Chit Chat

Speaking of Meatball Sandwiches, although Wawa is calling this a hoagie, for a limited time you can eat a sandwich for a good cause instead of just your satisfaction –
Wawa teases ‘new hoagie’ with opening of South Street location

A Fair Shake
Shake Shack Is Giving Phillies Fans Free Tickets on Thursday


Dish It Up For Women Against Abuse

The 11th Annual Dish It Up, which took place on Thursday, March 21st at VIE in Center City Philadelphia, was a smashing success, raising approximately $195,000 for Women Against Abuse’s life-saving services and attracting more than 400 advocates, supporters and foodies!

The Judging Panel: Tony Bruno, The Tony Bruno Podcast; Eddie Keels, Philly Current; Gina Gannon, 6ABC Traffic; Barbie Marshall, celebrity chef; Tony Luke, Jr, Cheese Steak King, and Chef Rick Tarantino, TV personality

The Feast Your Eyes crew with their savory sweet cotton candy

Roz Bratt Wholesale and Retail Bake Shop and Mary Clair Whitehead

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Mary Lochary from Westin
Auctioneer Jeff Hammond working his magic

Carolyn Massey and Renee Norris-Jones

Anna May Abbott and Sally Rio

Justice Pritchett, Kathleen Albano and Danielle Fratandono, of Cescaphe

All dishes had to have a purple element to them, Here’s Ena Widjojo and her daughters Maylia and Diana, who run Hardena, the humble Indonesian restaurant on a South Philadelphia Cauliflower Ubi Potato Soup dish.

Lynda Murtha and Brianna Mirachi of Jamonera and their Pickle Beets

The Purple Dish Award went to Rachel Klein of Miss Rachel’s Pantry – Rodger Holst, Jess Urena, Rachel Klein, Jeannine L. Lisitski, Executive Director & President Women Against Abuse and Honorable Jane Cutler Greenspan (ret.) honorable Chair.

Purple Dessert Award went to Ruth Scott of Cupcakes by Ruth.
Jeannine L. Lisitski, Executive Director & President Women Against Abuse and Honorable Jane Cutler Greenspan (ret.) honorable Chair.

The 2nd incHUGHbator Networking Event

In 2013 I had an idea to bring my friends in the Media and PR for a party in hopes of collaborating on projects, as well as get tips on pitching the media.

The first event was more of a networking panel event. I spy Danielle Triplett, Kristyn Aldrich, Kory Aversa and Kristen Johanson. (they were at Monday nights event as well) It was a great success, many of those folks did collaborate on future projects, as well as made connections with the media.

I’ve always wanted to do another one, but time was not on my side until last night. Capital Grille (Broad and Chestnut) and I partnered on my 2nd InHUGHbator. This time I decided to do a less former get together, but still invite media, PR (many of whom have hired me my entire career.) I didn’t do a panel, or speak this time, but I did take everyone around and made introductions including the backgrounds of people, and potential story ideas. It’s fun to connect people.

Thanks to Capital Grille’s Taylor Orsini, Sales Manager and Chef Y Moore for a delicious night. Did you know they have 5 event spaces you can host your own event. Also thanks to our server Tamara. Ask for her when you stop in for a bite to eat. I recommend the sirloin steak with a wedge salad.

Gloria Esposito, PR, Miguel Martinez-Valle, NBC10/Telemundo and Drew Smith, NBC10
Bill Gehrman, Enroute Marketing and Lisa Stephano, PHS

Danielle Triplett, AACR, Marilyn Russell, WOGL and Lisa Stephano, PHS

Leslie Patterson-Tyler, Kimmel Center, Cari Feiler Bender, Relief Communications and Kristen Johanson, KYW1060

Although Capital Grille was generous with the size of my event, I wanted to keep it manageable at 30 – 35 people. I invited about 75 people and deleted the FB invite as soon as I hit 35 people.
Michelle Miller, Alex Holley, Fox 29, Leslie Patterson Tyler, Kimmel Center and Marilyn Russell, WOGL
Karin Copeland, Create X Change and Skip Massengill
My Fox29 TV Family – Alex Holley, Shaina Humphries and Mike Jerrick. I did invite friends from CBSPhilly (they were preparing for the telethon today and couldn’t make it. Go support them please) and 6ABC but they weren’t able to make it.
Hey Sheila Hess, City Rep, Thanuja Hamilton, M.D., Justin Pizzi, Visit Philly, Kristyn Aldrich, experimental marketing
Thanks everyone for coming. Camera shy Rachel Vigoda Eater Philly, Michelle Conron, Cashman & Associates, Nichole Maher, Philly Style Magazine, Amanda Wozniak, Hoopla PR, Nick P (T’s Boyfriend),
Natanya DiBona, Diner en Blanc, Lauren Lipton, KYW106 and
Emmanuel Capó, Telemundo
If you want to be considered for the next incHUGHbator, you don’t have to be a client, just in media, a business and or a PR person. I’ll add you to the list HughE @ PhillyChitChat.com. Also if you want PhillyChitChat in your email box everyday, subscribe at the top of the page. Thanks and have a great day!!