Join the REVOLUTION – You won’t want to miss it on 12/7/19

Join the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) for the largest indoor cycling event to raise money for cancer research at Philadelphia’s spectacular music venue, The Fillmore! AACR Revolutions for Research brings together cyclists of all levels, led by high energy instructors. Let’s get moving and #PedalToBeatCancer!

The third edition of this high energy, fun filled event is sure to change how you look at cycling! 

We have some of the area’s top instructors who will be leading the rides: Kate DeGennaro, Alexis Rose, Tori DeSimone and Jordan Deane.

Our amazing Ambassador, cancer survivor and international make-up artist
Jordan Liberty
will be in attendance.

Mission Kids Celebrates 2020 Gala

On November 5, 2019 at the home of Lindy Snider and Dr Larry Kaiser, their son Garret Snider hosted a reception to celebrate the Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center gala at the Four Seasons on April 3, 2020. At the event guests signed up to serve o committees. The gala is held to support the organizations mission of achieving healing and justice for victims of child abuse, the event raises awareness of child abuse in the Delaware Valley.

Donna Coghlan, Tom and Stephanie Chiacchio
Wade Berrettini, Chris Berrettini, Bill Hoblin and Scott Brown
Sharon Pinkenson, Ed McDavitt and Bonnie Young
At the cocktail reception friends, supporters and committee members discussed the upcoming Mission Possible 2020 gala which will be held at the Four Seasons April 3, 2020

Dr. Larry Kaiser, Stephanie Stahl and James Trichon .

Save the Date Boyds Shopping Event 12/5


City Winery Opens in Philly and It’s A Welcomed Site

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Welcome winter right, but I’m ready for it, I love spring, summer and fall but I’m ready for sweater season. Bare with me as I write about events I covered over the past 20 days. You might have seen the photos in my other columns, but now I’ll be focusing on the sites, sounds and decor more than just who went like City Winery.

Tom Hutchinson, Pennsylvania Convention Center and Erika White, Pennsylvania Convention Center
The main floor has a full scale restaurant and bar

City Winery is known for its eclectic, A-list musical performances by the world’s most respected artists. City Winery Philadelphia will feature a robust live music calendar with custom designed audio acoustics by world-renowned Meyer Sound. Meyer Sound has worked with City Winery in all locations, providing a superior listening experience for our guests. Our Philadelphia venue has been designed to provide comfortable sight lines and an intimate connection with the performers on stage. City Winery is proud to offer full food and beverage service during concerts and has trained its staff to provide superior service without compromising the listening and/or viewing experience.

Check out additional photos here and here. I’ll see you at City Winery!!


The PMA Craft Show Is Happening this weekend with crafters from Israel

The 43rd Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is a show and sale of contemporary craft and design featuring 195 artists from across the United States, with 36 artists participating for the first time. The Guest Artist Program will showcase 22 artists from Israel and runs from today until Sunday.

The 43rd annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is organized and coordinated by Show Chair Anja Levitties (l) and Show Manager Nancy O’Meara (r)

Best new Artist Martha Collins. I asked her how long it took her to make this exquisite wooden bowl with 5000 pieces, she said it takes several months. This bowl, which measures about 3 inches high, is priced at $2000, and one was sold while I waited to do my interview. Martha also offers lower priced bowls, which take less time and material, as well as beautiful, natural wood earrings for $75. Congrats Martha Collins, a well deserved blue ribbon!!

A favorite of mine is the bags from Hammill/Diebolt Studio
Leah Evans offers unique artistic items

Batit Studio Booth 310 is my favorite . Here’s Tal Batit an industrial Designer | Ceramic Enthusiast from Tel-Aviv, Israel. Check out more PMA Craft Info here at 6ABC


Sally Field is as Perky As You Thought; Kate Winslet Spotted on Set; Local Doc Thanuja Hamilton on Dr Oz

Happy Thursday, as we’re on the brink of serious holiday happenings. Today if you’re around and near Love Park 6ABC is having a press conference to chitchat about happenings surrounding the Thanksgiving Day Parade November 28. So come by cause it’s going to be two hours of fun, food and information. Let’s see who’s in town this week, and what’s happening in Around Town With Hughe…

Thanks to a reader who sent me this shot of Sally Field after she dined at Parc restaurant with actress Eve Lindley and a friend on November 1.

Sally was busy on November 1, she appeared at the Philadelphia library and chitchatted about her autobiography “In Pieces”. The books been out for about a year and recalls many highlights and low lights of America’s sweetheart, we like her, we really do. Check out the 2nd clip in this Instagram post. She talks about her favorite market in Philly, and it’s not Reading Terminal. It’s hysterical. While here in town filming Dispatches from Elsewhere, Sally has kept a low profile. For a long time she stayed at the Korman’s long term stay the Ben Franklin at 8th and Chestnut, but now has move to a hotel as we get to the end of filming.

Sally signed all these books for those who attended her talk at the Philadelphia Free Library. (Photo: Jason Freeman )

This week she flew back to her home in LA to spend her birthday with family, but I hear she’ll be back next week, allegedly the last week. While here she did venture out to Parc as I mentioned, a.kitchen, Whole Foods, and The Love. Such a funny story. She stopped by one Saturday afternoon with a party of 6, no reservations. They didn’t have any space, then someone recognized her and brought her to the event space, where they also have diners, and sat them there next to the windows to enjoy lunch with a view. Everyone I’ve talked to who has chitchatted with Sally tells me she is a delight.

As I mentioned late last month actress Kate Winslet has arrived in town to film the “Mare of Easttown,” an HBO Limited Series. Filming is happening at Sun Center Studios in Aston and other Delco area locations. (Soon I will be roaming random streets in the area looking for them, but if you know drop me a line.) Some locals have spotted them, and Peg DeGrassa of the Daily Times has a nice story about the filming. (photos by Darren Fromal-Ferrell)

The cutest thing you’re going to see today is Fox 29′s Alex Holley as Rose DeWitt Bukater while ChitChating about #katewinslet in our area to film

Speaking of Fox29, Dr. Thanuja Hamilton makes her 4th appearance on the Dr. Oz Show tomorrow to chitchat about her specialty SLEEP. She’s my sleep doctor and I can vouch she knows her stuff. She’s the reason I went from a full face mask, to a petite under the nose apparatus which is so much nicer. Let’s all tune in and give her out support Fox 29 at 2PM


Photos: Taste America “Raising the Bar” at Porta

The James Beard Foundation’s seventh annual 20-city Taste America tour stopped by Philadelphia this week for the third time, and they added a second night of festivities highlighting some of the city’s top chefs and bartenders for 2019. On Wednesday, October 30 at Porta the new event took place “Raising the Bar”.

Nicole Cashman, Cashman & Assocs., Jeff Guaracino, President & CEO Visit Philadelphia, Julie Marshall, James Beard Foundation Staff, Director of Events and Marketing and David Bowen, President and Founder, Bowen & Company at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.

Guests enjoyed lite bites and cocktails from local chefs and bartenders including Resa Mueller and Mike Cher of Lalo, Baology’s Judy Ni and Andy Tessier and mixologists including Damien Langarica, a.bar, Philadelphia , Funds raised from the event go to support the James Beard Foundation’s Good Food for Good and Food Recovery Network programs.

Emma Richards, Goldie’s Chef Caitlin McMillen and Nicholas Jordan served Humas Tehina at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.
Mike Strauss, Troy Morris and Fred Muser of Mike’s BBQ served their take on the Gyro using smoked shawarma-spiced brisket, which was delicious. Probably one of the best Gyro’s I’ve ever had, at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.
Mixologist Aaron Deary of Suraya, Condesa, creates a Pineapple Negroni at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.
Porta’s chef Caroline Hough says the most popular pizza’s ordered are the Margharita classic, and the 14 ½ which is very spicy at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.
Jessica and Zachary Davis at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.
Mixologist Damien Langarica of a.bar at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.
Mixologist Maria Polise from ITV served Flip ‘Em the Bird George at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.

Check out more photos on CBSPhilly from this event.

Restaurateur Ellen Yin of High Street Hospitality Group and Neal Santos, co-owner, Lalo at The Bourse Food Hall at Raising the Bar, a James Beard Foundation event at Porta Philadelphia on October 30, 2019.

Friday night I photographed the James Beard Foundation Taste of America Dinner. Check out some of the photos here. Later in the week they will be published in Philly Style Magazine and I will put a link here.


Congratulations Sabrina and Steve Costume Anniversary Party. Some of these Ladies will be the RHOPhiladelphia

Congrats Sabrina and Steve on your 10 year anniversary!!

Thanks to this duo for allowing me to capture their courtship, engagement, wedding, life happenings and now 10 years later. In the begining of PhillyChitChat there were very few events, charity happenings, but there was Sabrina Tamburino, her fantastic life and friends who I photographed for about two years. They created events, happenings people wanted to know about, go to, experience or vicariously attend. This was before Social Media, selfies etc, and these nightly escapades help event planners see that Philadelphian’s would go out every night of the week if there was something to attend. And here we are a decade later and there are events every night. Thanks Sabrina for allowing me to photograph you, then, and always.

It was so great to see so many old friends, many of who were responsible for establishing PhillyChitChat.

Looking forward to the 20th anniversary party!! Here’s my coverage of Steve and Sabrina’s wedding. You have to click on the photo to see the photo as it was technology 10 years ago. https://phillychitchat.com/2009/11/02/dd/


NRG Gives Celebrates 3 NJ Charities

NRG’s crowdsourced charitable donations support special needs kids, cancer research, and youth career opportunities

Three deserving nonprofits making a difference in the lives of children and families in New Jersey learned the results of the latest NRG Gives crowdsourced charitable campaign on October 29, 2019. The organizations enlisted the support of the public to decide how the funds would be shared.

The three charities gathered at Lincoln Financial Field’s presidents club on Tuesday for the NRG Gives ceremony, with friends, supporters and the NRG employee who nominated the charity.

An employee nominates a charity for consideration. The three top winning charities compete in a public crowd souring vote.

For the first time since NRG Gives launched in November 2016, the donation each charity gets was determined by the percentage of total votes it received. In another first, this campaign featured exclusively New Jersey-based charities serving primarily New Jersey residents. In total, NRG Gives has now awarded more than $635,000 to support 23 regional nonprofits.

“NRG is so grateful for the tremendous work these nonprofits do to make lives better for so many people in New Jersey,” said Mike Starck, Vice President and General Manager, NRG Retail East division. “We hope, in addition to the financial support provided, being a part of NRG Gives will raise awareness so others will learn about and support them.”

Camp Fatima of New Jersey, which gives dozens of children with special needs a unique week-long camp experience

“100% of this donation will go directly to funding groundbreaking research for melanoma,” said Lauren Miller (pictured above), Executive Director, Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation. “Tara started this foundation to change the odds for melanoma patients that would come after her and with every dollar raised we are one step closer to that goal. We would like to thank NRG for the opportunity to participate in the NRG Gives program and for the generosity in supporting organizations throughout the community.”

Hopeworks Camden, which provides real-world career opportunities for youth.

NRG, a leading energy provider, is headquartered in Princeton, NJ, with its consumer energy business based in Philadelphia. NRG is committed to supporting the communities where its customers and employees live and work and the NRG Gives program is one of the ways it does that. Thanks NRG!!


Halloween Costume Ideas from Parties I Shot This Month

Happy Halloween Eve. Still thinking about what you should wear for Halloween. I shot a few parties this month where folks wore magnificent costumes, to simply grabbing items from Target and putting something together. Let’s take a look…. Also catch me tomorrow on Fox 29 for their annual Halloween extravaganza.

Academy of Music Young Friends on Friday, October 11, 2019 for the Ninth Annual Monsters Ball Masquerade at the Exchange at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia. See additional photos in December Philly Mag and on CBSPhilly. Join the Young Friends and learn about it’s mission for the Restoration Fund of the Academy Music

The Gravediggers Ball at the Mutter Museum. Check out more photos at Philly Voice, CBS Philly and Philly Style. Then on Monday Night I photographed the annual Rodney McLeod’s 3rd Annual Bowloween Bash at Lucky Strikes which benefits the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR)

Erika and Rodney McLeod as their older selves. The duo talks to Comcast Sports about their dog. Here’s the link to the CBSPhilly photos, and the atrocious spelling of Rodney’s name, cause I edited the photos at 3am.

Steppingstone Scholars Celebrates 20 at The Comcast Tech Cafeteria

Steppingstone’s Annual Gala, A Night Unplugged: Celebrating 20 Years with a special performance from Questlove took place at the Comcast Technology Building on October 19, 2019.

The lead sponsors of the Gala are Hirtle, Callaghan & Co, Hess Foundation, Inc., and the Burke Family Foundation.

Since our founding, we have changed the lives of over 3,000 Philadelphia students and have had amazing support along the way. Funds raised through the Gala will help strengthen Steppingstone’s capacity to better meet the needs and dreams of our incredible Scholars and to build Philadelphia’s college and career pipeline. 

A special evening called for a special event space and having it on the 27th and 28th floor of the Comcast Technology Building (their lunch room, which was designed by Karen Daroff – Daroff Design) was exactly that, as it had never been used for a public event before; Catering was done by Flix, which is the food service provider for Comcast.

Duchess Cooper, Faheiim Cooper (who has excelled in schooling and life as a Steppingstone Scholar) and Sharon Cooper at Steppingstone Unplugged: 20th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser.
Anthony Gay, Mimi Copp Johnson, Grant and Donor Administrative Coordinator at Steppingstone Scholars, Inc and Hope Gay
Gail Redpath, Marybeth Medernach, and Amy Corolla

I couldn’t love the student drawing step and repeat anymore. I think it’s the winning one of the year.

The Gala will recognized three individuals who have been essential to our success with Impact Awards: Nina Weisbord (l), who served as President from 2006 to 2012,with the Leadership Award for her foundational work leading Steppingstone, which is still reflected in much of our success today. Tim Spady (c) will receive the Service Award for his leadership, commitment to others, and excellence in education as a member of the 1st class of Scholars and a Steppingstone summer faculty member for 8 years. The first ever Founder’s Stone will be presented to Eddie Mensah (r), who served as Steppingstones’ Director of Program for 11 years, for his defining impact on the lives of our Scholars.

The night ended with a special performance from Questlove, dancing and dessert. Check out Steppingstone Scholars if you’d like to know more about this great organization which provides a brighter future for all of us. Also check out additional photos on CBSPhilly and PhillyStyleMagazine