Karin Copeland’s CreateXChange’s Presents: Marie Forleo Everything is Figureoutable Book Party

Marie Forleo and Karin Copeland

“There has never been and never will be another you. You have a purpose – a very special gift that only you can bring to the world” a popular quote by Marie Forleo and repeated to a crowd that gathered to hear her speak last month at Karin Copeland’s CreateXChange’s 2019-2020 “The Next Big Thing” Master Class Series at 2300 Arena in South Philly.

When guests arrived they enjoyed a networking cocktail party where they could also fashion and functional items for sale at the pop up boutiques.

Marla McDermott and Courtney Walsh
Tara McLaughlin, Lorie Vaughn, and Kathy Piccari, owner at Pineapple on Main

Karin Copeland has been creating thought provoking events for nearly a decade with global thought leaders are Amy Cuddy, Sheryl Sandberg, Simon Sinek, Malcolm Gladwell, Ariana Huffington, Peter Thiel, and more including panel chats with local leaders. Check out her website, and follow her on Social Media for her curated content to keep you thinking. Karin will be speaking Saturday at 11AM at #GREATPPHL19 – “What’s your next big dream?: Founders Over 40” with Karin Copeland Of CreateXChange  Link

*Thanks to Andre Flewellen for shooting this for PhillyChitChat. Check out additional photos on Philly Style Mag.


Toby Keith Surprises a Bride & Groom; Hilltown & Alice Pizza On Market

Happy Fall, I think it’s finally here. Break out the pumpkin spice, flannel and rakes. Let’s check out Around Town With HughE which you’ll find every Thursday on the blog.

I missed this little nugget last month, but a surprise wedding guest attended the wedding reception of Dana Gallo White and Matt White on Sept. 14, at Cescaphe Events Vie!! As the father of the groom’s speech concluded with “Let’s have a party!”… out came country super star Toby Keith along with Red Solo Cups for all of the guests for the sing a long. He also serenaded the couple in a solo dance on the floor. **In case you weren’t at the wedding, you still have a chance to see Toby Keith as he’s appearing at Parx Casino Xcite Center on Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2.

A Roxborough popular spot called Hilltown Tavern, is now expanding into Fairmount at 23th and Brown. They’re hiring as well. 795 N. 24th Street

Speaking of expanding, I see the very poplar by the ounce pizza, called Alice, is expanding to Market Street in the Septa building at 1234 Market Street.

Another business booming is coming to Center City is Joseph Anthony’s, a very popular Glen Mills, PA Spa and Salon. They’re expanding and moving into The Loews Hotel. I highly recommend them. Super nice people and philanthropic. See you on Social Media, or right back here on Friday for more party coverage. Have a great day!!

Congrats to Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. on becoming Ms. Pennsylvania 2020. “ Please allow me to re-introduce myself. My name is Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. and I’m your United States of America’s Ms. Pennsylvania 2020. I also won Ms. Congeniality, the Service Award and Most Photogenic.

Delicious Brain Food

Over the past 10 years Philadelphia has really come into it’s own with it’s hot, hot, hot food scene, arts & culture, collaborative spirit, development and a concerted effort to create a future filled with interesting and thought provoking projects. One of those projects if definitely the upcoming GR8PHL 2019 This 24-Hour Ideas Festival Marathon at 421 N. 7th Street. They have an extensive list of thought provoking leaders in the community who are going to talk about what’s going on in these areas I just mentioned, and where we are going. Similar to Phila Magazine’s Think Fest, but on the grass roots level where a lot of great ideas begin. I plan to pop in and out between my gigs, I hope I see you there.

Another fantastic similar event coming up is the B.PHL Innovation Fest October 15 – 17. Philadelphia’s first citywide innovation festival. The three-day event, which will take place October 15-17, is designed to further Philly’s reputation as the most innovative city on the East Coast, though, as Independence Blue Cross CEO Dan Hilferty noted, groundbreaking discoveries in the life sciences are already helping the city make its mark. Read more about it over at PhillyMag Then remember in November, there’s Philly Mag’s Think Fest. It’s great to have these events which brings like minded, and not so like minded folks together to move Philly forward. One thing is for sure, it’s an exciting time to be in Philadelphia.


Authentick Opens in Rittenhouse Square

The owners of East Coast Time / Authentick celebrated the opening of their new store/showroom in Rittenhouse Square with a party for friends, family and clients last month, and Mike Hirata, of Philly Chit Chat was there to capture it.

Alan Havkin with his son Authentick Co-Owner Eric Havkin.

From there website: For over 25 years, AUTHENTICK and East Coast Time have been proudly serving the luxury watch and timepiece community. Our store, showroom, and service facility are located in Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia. We take great pride in providing first class service to our clients and collectors all over the world buying, selling, and trading high end watches. We specialize in new and pre-owned watches from exclusive prestige brands including A. Lange & Sohne, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Cartier, F.P. Journe, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Officine Panerai, Patek Philippe, Richard Mille, Rolex, Ulysses Nardin, and more.

Authentick sources their inventory from independent distributors and suppliers who they trust and have worked closely with for many years.

East Coast Time / Authentick
1737 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 355-3585info@authentick.com


Opera Philadelphia O19 Gala Was An Exquisite Event

Opera Philadelphia Festival O19 celebration Honoring Maestro Rovaris

For the past three years, Opera Philadelphia’s seasons began with Festival O, and as is the case this year O19. On September 21, 2019 Opera Philadelphia held their annual gala, this year at the iconic Academy of Music, the Grand Old Lady of Locust Street with ticket prices beginning at $1,000.

Dr. Claire Boasi walks the orange carpet, in a nod to the opening Opera “The Love For Three Oranges.”

Many guests arrived promptly at 5:30pm for Maestro’s Reception in the grand ballroom of the majestic building, a start to the magnificent evening which unfolds over the next few hours.

Soprano Tiffany Townsend who appeared as Princess Ninette in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges with Opera Philadelphia during O19, with Opera Philadelphia’s General Director & President David B. Devan. Earlier this year David received the prestigious Anne d’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence from the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia in a ceremony on Wednesday, May 29.  .

After cocktail hour guests enjoyed a concert by soprano Brenda Rae and pianist Grant Loehnig, before heading to the stage for a sit down three course dinner prepared by Garces Events. Festival O19 is over now, but tickets are available for the 2020 season with the fabulous Requiem and Madame Butterfly opera’s Look for info HERE
Then next year Festival O returns September 17–27, 2020 – O20


Philly Gossip: Sally Field and Andre 3000 Jump Rope on Dispatches from Elsewere, Plus a New The Servant Teaser

Hope you’re out and about enjoying this beautiful day. I have a feeling that we are now w/i months of our first snow storm.

The new IPhone takes great photos, but not so great through windows with yellow street lights…just saying.

Thanjua welcoming Jason Segal to her neighborhood, he’s a few feet in front of her.

Thursday I started getting tips that Dispatches from Elsewhere with Jason Segel, André 3000, Sally Field, Eve Lindley and Richard E. Grant, would be filming on Locust St, but as I am in the middle of Social Season I didn’t think I’d be able to catch them. Luck be a lady, after my Friday night event I heard they were just starting to film. I was a little surprised they could secure a set on Locust St on a Friday night, but they did. I headed to my favorite deli Schlessinger’s and got a front row seat.

Although the reflective window was a bit to deal with I think you can make out Andree 3000 and Sally Field.

Although I had my camera with me, but I took these photos with my phone as I didn’t want to create a ruckus as sometimes happens when a paparazzo is on the scene. Everyone was great and recognized me, including Jason Segel who gave me a thumbs up and greeted me with a big smile when he saw me through the window at Schlessinger’s. That was very nice.

Earlier in the day they were filming at 832 Lombard Street. Thanks to a PhillyChitChat instagram follower for sending me this shot. There’s a smiling Jason in front of the window. If you’re keeping track, this is probably filming for the 6th episode of the 10 episode series. Filming is scheduled to continue through November.

M Night Shyamalan’s new Apple TV Series formerly called Crumpet, now called The Servant has dropped. The new TV series was filmed in the Philadelphia area. See you tomorrow on PhillyChitChat. Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and FB for up to the moment happenings.


South Street Oktoberfest – Plus info on Upcoming Annual Armory Oktoberfest

For the 11th year, the South Street Oktoberfest was held in front of the Brauhaus Schmitz, on the street and beneath a massive tent with seating in the 700 block of South Street. Festival goers enjoyed 10 German beers, lots of German food, German dancers and live music, with lots of sing a longs.

A half dozen guys participated in the LITER Lift Competition to win $500

Don’t Miss The 2019 Armory Oktoberfest 

Brauhaus Schmidtz made some changes for this years event
Our Beer Partners Hofbräu are returning, we have changed up the layout so VIP & UBER VIP receive a more efficient service, and the dance floor is being moved to the middle (EVERYBODY DANCES!!) Think BIGGER & BETTER! The Maipole might even make an appearance in disguise!

Friday, October 18, 2019, 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 7:30pm to 11:30pm

Ticketing Options:
General Admission 22 South 23rd Street
$25 Includes: entry, first Liter of beer and a pretzel. Food is pay as you go. Plenty of communal seating for everyone. Table service will also be available in GA.

$70 (per person, groups of 2-8) Includes: reserved seating, table service, Commemorative glass liter mug to take home, 2 liters of beer, private bathrooms and 1 food ticket good for an entrée platter. Choice of sausage, roast pork or ½ chicken with sauerkraut and potato salad. (Get this, get this, you won’t regret it!!) See you there Friday night wear comfortable clothes as it gets fun, wild and crazy.


Photos: The Next Les Dames d’Escoffier Heritage Farm Dinner (Women in Food)

On September 15, 2019, Les Dames d’Escoffier Philadelphia held their Fourth Annual Heritage Farm Dinner at Bartram’s Garden. This year they proudly recognize Ellen Yin, as the 2019 Outstanding in Her Field honoree.

Natanya DiBona, President and Co Chair of the Les Dames Farm dinner, Ellen Yin, restaurateur and Lynn Buono (Feast Your Eyes) Co Chair of the Les Dames Farm dinner.

The honor recognizes women for their accomplishments in the food, beverage or hospitality industry. Proceeds from the dinner benefited the LDEI Scholarship program.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception where guests caught up on their summer happenings, bid on wonderful silent auction items, followed by a three-course farm dinner on the beautiful grounds of Bartram’s Garden. The meal was created by twenty area chefs using locally sourced ingredients- including from The Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden. Menu includes vegan and gluten-free dishes. Wine, signature cocktails and spirit-free beverages included.

Since it’s beginning in 1976, the organization has grown to more than 1,350 members in 27 chapters across the U.S. and Canada, its grants, scholarships, mentoring and community service programs continue to be LDEI’s hallmarks. Through chapter fundraising efforts, nearly $4 million has been awarded in grants and scholarships and other philanthropic endeavors and countless volunteer hours have been logged on behalf of chapter communities.

Collectively known as Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), the Philadelphia Chapter is a talented and philanthropic group of women chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, bloggers, media personalities, wine and spirits specialists, educators, nutritionists and farmers. Membership fees are $215 . Contact Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), the Philadelphia Chapter for information on how you can join this wonderful, philanthropic organization. Check out additional photos here on CBSPhilly and Philly Style Magazine. As well as the November issue of Philly Mag.


Shia LaBeouf & Deniro to Film in Philly, Snack Shop Pop Up, Jason Segel’s Just Like Us, Azuri Elizabeth Debut

Hope you had a fantastic weekend. I’m ready for fall temps, how about you. Pumpkin Spice coffee when it’s 90f out is not my idea of sweater season. Let’s check out Around Town With HughE and see who’s where, and what’s happening…

Jason Segel, who’s been in town for several months filming Dispatches From Elsewhere with Sally Field and Andre 3000 was spotted around town this past weekend with his longtime girlfriend, photographer Alexis Mixter. (So last week when he was out with her at the Jewelers Row Festival, he was pulling our leg when he said he was on a “First Date” while declining photos, they’ve been dating since 2014.) Saturday night they dined at one Jason’s favorite restaurant Pinefish (my favorite too as you know, plus an advertiser. ) I reported a few weeks ago he had visited twice and ordered the Swordfish and wanted it blackened , which wasn’t a choice. Now Pinefish has added it to the menu that way. Here he’s posing with his frequent server Lindsay (Thanks to my Tipsters for these shots) Sunday in the Park with Jason – spotted yesterday being a Philadelphian, hanging out in the park enjoying summer and hopefully stomping on Spotted Lantern Flies.

Sunday afternoon I spent it with friends: Brandon Morrison and Stacey Kracher celebrated their daughter Auri Eliz Morrison Blessing on Sunday at Union Trust with family and friends. It was great to see so many friends, most I met before they had even had met their loves, married and started their families.

I noticed last week that a bus was parked at the base of the Phila Art Museum with the words “Shop & Snack” on it. I had a chance to go over and check it out this weekend and chatted with the Parks & Rec folks, who run the pop up shop. They showed me around the gift shop that is a partnership with the Art Museum, Visit Philly and Fairmount Park. They’re selling tourist items related to Philly, and especially an extensive collection of items promoting and celebrating Rocky. As I noted last week with the opening of the North entrance to the Art Museum, and the items in the new museum store, the Art Museum has done a complete turn around in the last few years, embracing Rocky, and the Creed movie franchise, even noting on their website that the West Entrance of the Art Museum is at the top of the Rocky Stairs. Bravo!!

The snack truck wasn’t in place yesterday but I did get a bad photo of it last week as my bus drove by. They’ll serve regular Philly fare like cheese steaks, pretzels, hamburgers, chips water and soda.

I forgot to mention a few weeks earlier that the cast and crew of Concrete Cowboys enjoyed PBJ softserve on the set on a hot summer night in August.

They’ve since wrapped, but maybe PBJ will serve the cast of the new Kate Winslet series being filmed for HBO which will be filming in West Chester starting in October or perhaps the Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf film “After Exile” scheduled to start in November.


Opera On The Mall Photos and Late Night Snacks

Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O19 kicked off with a free showing of “La bohème” at Independence Mall on Saturday September 14, 2019.

Over 4,000 people brought their picnics and blankets to Opera Philadelphia’s revival of La bohème at the Opera on the Mall on September 14, 2019 at Independence Mall.

La bohème” is regarded as one of the greatest love stories in opera. Set in 19th century Paris, it tells the story of how a chance encounter changes everything for Mimì and Rodolfo. Concertgoers began arriving as early as 4 p.m. for the 7p.m. show to get prime, front-row blanket seats near Chestnut Street where one of the screens was located.

Ashley Marie Robillard and Troy Cook stars of revival of Puccini’s La Bohème at the Opera on the Mall on September 14, 2019 at Independence Mall. Opera on the Mall: La bohème, presented by PNC Arts Alive and Knight Foundation.
David Maser, Ronnie Artigues, Allison Young, and Zoe Maser at the Opera on the Mall on September 14, 2019 at Independence Mall.
Devin Carter and Ebony Bobino at the Opera on the Mall on September 14, 2019 at Independence Mall.
Glen and Linda Fraser attend every year with their traditional picnic basket spread at the Opera on the Mall on September 14, 2019 at Independence Mall.
Frank Luzi VP of Marketing & Communications for Opera Philadelphia, captures a moment for social media at the Opera on the Mall on September 14, 2019 at Independence Mall.
Vaughn Brown and Daniel Kredensor

Festival O19 celebrates great music and storytelling with 12 days of exciting and groundbreaking performances, including an award-winning world premiere and a cabaret in South Philly ( “Late Night Snacks”, a Fringe Festival show starring the Bearded Ladies and honored guests ). O19 unites seasoned opera lovers and audiences experiencing their first shows and began Sept. 18

Tonight at the Academy of Music is the first show of Opera Philadelphia’s main stage season reviving a comedic opera that is rarely performed in the United States, but remains a favorite on European stages. Famous for its “March”, Sergei Prokofiev’s satirical opera “The Love for Three Oranges” follows the story of a young sweet prince cursed by a witch to wander a faraway land in search of three oranges. “The Love for Three Oranges” runs for four performances from Sept. 20-Sept. 29. Tickets are $25-$275.


Sneak Peek of Pod Hotel and Eateries

I had an opportunity to check out the public spaces of the newly opened Pod hotel at 31 S 19th Street.

The popular, economical micro hotel by Modus Hotels is in the midst of it’s soft opening, and they are already completely booked this week. What people are really excited about is the hotel’s food program which will be operated by Greg Root and Nick Kennedy, the team behind Fishtown’s Root and Suraya restaurants. The pair’s Defined Hospitality group also will run the hotel’s rooftop bar, which is to feature a retractable canopy.

The Lobby of the Pod Hotel, is expansive with tables and couches. The public space is spacious as the rooms are micro at 170 sq. feet or as Jacob Adelman at the Inquirer describe, about the size of two cars next to each other. (Source)

Adjacent to the lobby, with a view of 19th Street is an all-day cafe – El Cafe– centered around baked treats from Suraya pastry chef James Matty, and will feature coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters of Portland, Ore. When I was there last night people were already enjoying the lounge area.

The team that brought you R&D, Pizzeria Beddia and Suyraya are excited to bring you their next passion project, Condesa. Inspired by their trip to Mexico City and beyond Chef Nick Kennedy, Greg Root, Al Lucas with Natalie DiBattista (Project Manager at Defined Hospitality) are opening the full service restaurant around October 1, a Mexican inspired coffee bar (El Cafe) this week, and

an exciting all season rooftop Taqueria/bar (El Techo) in the heart of Center City Philadelphia shortly. The food will be inspired by all seven regions of Mexico as well as the beverage program which is being designed by Aaron Deary of R&D and Suraya fame. (They are hiring too)

Check out the retracting roof. The room was spacious, with lots of tables, nooks and crannies for all kinds of get togethers with friends, loved ones and future loved ones. The room has wrap around views of Center City, and when the roof is retracted the skyline is right there casting light on you. I can’t wait for it to open, I really liked the layout, can’t wait to try the food, and look forward to it’s late night loungy future.

The main entrance is on Ludlow Street. This leads directly to the restaurant and the Front Desk.

Welcome to Philly Pod. I loved you in NYC, and we’re so lucky to have you. It’s amazing what you have built on what seemed to be a tiny lick of land. The 11-story Pod Philly Hotel by Modus Hotels, which broke ground in April 2018 and is now opened in September 2019. Not only is it a hotel, but it’s a destination for us, in the Philly area.