Relax it’s only Sunday, but if you’re looking for something to do I have a suggestion the annual La Festa Street Festival on East Passyunk from 11am to 7pm. I’ll be shooting the event between 1PM and 330PM, you can find me at the spaghetti eating contest at 3PM. Bon Appétit!!
Yesterday we chatted about Spanish Olives, and today we’re talking about wine.
Vine Street Importscelebrated their 20th anniversary at the Met Philadelphia on May 15, hosting a tasting event for friends, family and customers.
We set out about 20 years ago to really change the way wine packaging is viewed,” said Vine Street Imports CEO Ronnie Sanders. “Vine Street Importssees wine as a lifestyle, and we strive for our labeling to be provocative and edgy; something that will pique our customers’ interest and lead them to something special inside the bottle. Sanders explained that the company often tries to tell a story through its packaging, usually about the winemaker. (source)
Vine Street Imports is a Mount Laurel, N.J.-based, family-owned wine importer and distributor. They pride themselves on telling a story through its packaging, usually about the winemaker, according to CEO Ronnie Sanders and sister Lori Sunders with Aaron Meeker of Vine Street Imports at the Vine Street Imports 20th anniversary party at The Met Philadelphia, on May 15, 2019.
Check out Social Media posts from the special day here
After the daylong tasting celebration Vine St Imports family and friends enjoyed a night at Zahav restaurant for a first class dining and spirited event. Check out more photos at Philly Style Magazine for photos from the night.
Philadelphia hosted a delectable event on May 15th, “Have an Olive Day,” featuring the prestigious Spanish chef José Andrés,
Chef Andrés has been twice named by TIME Magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential people. In its final year, this initiative is promoted by Olives from Spain, with the financial support of the European Union.
As part of the Olives From Spain “Have an Olive Day” campaign, Andrés last week turned the The Versailles Residences roof deck and private resident space, at 16th and Locust Street in Center City into a delicious olive field with dozens of varieties, including Hojiblanca, Queen and Manzanilla, as part of his ambassadorship introducing Spanish olives to the United States.
“Have an Olive Day” campaign invited guests and journalists to know more about their varieties, versatility and benefits. The promotional program developed by the European Union and the Spanish olives sector, is the leading producer and exporter of table olives in America.
Spain is the world leader in production and export of table olives,
representing 21 percent of world production and 30 percent of world
exports. The United States imports more than 155 million pounds of
European olives every year.
Popular at the party was the Olives from Spain Philly cheese-steak
For recipe inspiration and more information on the rich history of olives, please visit www.haveanoliveday.eu or follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest at @haveanoliveday – Thanks to Andre Flewellen for photographing this for HughE Dillon LLC/PhillyChitChat.
On the evening of May 16, 2019 Richie Graham Photography hosted Capture To Conserve at Terrain Gardens in Devon, to celebrate the partnership of local investor and photographer, Richie Graham and 1% For The Planet. The evening began with a cocktail hour, live
Over dinner guests were taken on a journey around the world through the
eye of Richie Graham’s fine art landscape photography, including stories
from his most recent travels to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, to
learn about and capture the work of network partner, Working Dogs For
Joining the presentation were Kate Williams, CEO of 1% For the Planet sharing their organization’s mission of connecting dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving and Joe Whitworth, President of The Freshwater Trust entertaining and educating the room on his approach of Quantified Conservation, to move beyond a procedure based past to an outcome-based future to restore our country’s rivers.
With gratitude for the natural beauty that surrounds us and his commitment to meaningful environmental preservation, 100% of the profits from the sale of Richie’s photography are donated to 1% for the Planet nonprofit member organizations. The concept of Fine Art Photography for Environmental Conservation enables art consumers to appreciate Graham’s art from a creative and philanthropic perspective, knowing that every purchase of a print supports initiatives to protect our planet for future generations.
The Capture To Conserve event was a successful fundraiser for 1% For The Planet, but the mission continues! Aside from embarking on the journey of conservation on his website, Richie Graham’s work from around the world will be on display and available for purchase at United By Blue. The partnership kicks off with an artist talk on June 13th at the Walnut Street location on University of Pennsylvania’s campus. To keep up with the art and travels of Richie Graham Photography, follow along @richiegrahamphoto on Instagram and Facebook.
The 89th Radnor Hunt Races, presented by BNY Mellon for the 35th year, was held on Saturday, May 18. Normally when I attend the event, which I’ve gone to for the past decade, I head to the sponsor tents for a couple hours, and then crossed the track to photograph the tailgate picnics and party tents.
This year I started at the tailgate party, to check out the tailgate parties, and well never really made it back to the tent as I was a bit overcome by heatstroke. I had forgotten what it was like to be sunny on race day as for the last 5 years it was cloudy, drizzly or a downpour like last year. Plus not having the shade of a tent really made a difference.
When I first attended it was proper to wear a sports jacket and long pants. Think fun, colorful, eye catching clothing – Derby Wear. Now it’s acceptable to wear shorts, and most guys wear them with a jacket, like the guy to the left with the hat. But definitely wear a hat and sunscreen.
This year a lot go guys hung up their jackets on their chairs and enjoyed the day in comfort. My next year self advice is hang up the jacket, drink more water and look for shade. Thankfully Mike was there and steadied me on my feet helping me back to our car where I sat in AC until our guests made it back to the vehicle. For some reason we never have cell service at the Hung. Ok lets check some of the fun I captured before that point.
This year’s Patron Picnic Tailgate Party theme was “Old McDonald Had A (Phil in the blank)”, in honor of long time Picnic Chair Phil McDonald who passed away last year. I had fun checking out all the picnic areas and asking the hosts what the theme was, Phil in the blank. For instance Valerie D’Amico’s theme was “Old McDonald Had An Italian Love Affair!” (top right)
More beautiful tailgate parties
Besides delicious eye candy, mouth watering spreads, Radnor Hunt Races always brings out the best derby dress, and Saturday did not disappoint.
The First Place Winner and Best Overall Picnic Tailgate Party went to the Ex Pirates Society for the 2nd year in a row, for their Caddy Shack theme, which was Phil McDonald’s favorite movie.
All proceeds from the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the land and water preservation programs of the Brandywine Conservancy which protect open space preservation and water protection in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. Check out additional photos at CBSPhilly, Philly Voice and Philly Style Magazine. As well as in print in Mainline Media News in 2 weeks, and Philly Magazine in August.
On Thursday, May 2nd a lovely lunch took place with guests who want to save lives. There were several notable people from our area hosting the event including Jay Wright, Villanova men’s basketball coach, Etan Thomas, former NBA player, jewelry designer Moira Anne Rubino, Josh Broudy & Michael Rosenthal of RLB Law Group, and artistDori Desautel Broudy hosted an intimate luncheon at Louie Louie for the launch of the Philadelphia chapter of the charity Gene Spotlight, which raises money for rare disease medical research.
Villanova Basket Ball coach Jay Wright of Berwyn speaks to the guests
The luncheon raised over $65,000 which will fund vital rare disease medical research at the Orphan Disease Center at Penn, CHOP, and other universities and hospitals.
Judith Broudy of Penn Valley, Alison Brady, Gladwyne and Sally Bachman
Kari Richards of Haverford, Alida Pegg of Bryn Mawr, Tanisha Salmons, Dori Broudy of Haverford and Rhonda Brown of Broomall
Mainline Today’s associate editor Melissa Jacobs wearing “Game Changer” bracelet with creator jewelry designer Moira Anne Rubino. Local Philadelphia jewelry designer Moira Anne Rubino who launched her “Game Changer” wrap bracelets by Moira Anne at the event. They are adjustable on the wrist and can fit women, tweens, and men. Made from repurposed materials, seven different styles in an array of bright colors, metal, and letter beads which spell out the words “Game Changer” will be available for sale at www.MoiraAnne.com. Prices range from $32 each, to a stack of two bracelets for $58 with 20% of sales benefiting Gene Spotlight.
Tracy Jones and Ray Priore, Head Football Coach at the University of Pennsylvania.
Honey Tishgart of Ardmore and Elise Westhoff of Haverford
At the event, former NBA player Etan Thomas signed copies of his latest book We Matter: Athletes and Activism.
Chip Brady, Allison Brady, Weiss PR, Jennifer Lynn Robinson and Kristin Detterline, Editor Philly Style Magazine.
Project HOME announced that it raised a total of $10 million at its 30th Anniversary Gala at the Marriott Downtown Philadelphia on April 16, 2019. Attendees and committed citizens donated $3.5 million leading up to the gala. During the event, more than 1,400 civic and business leaders, philanthropists, and young adults had the opportunity to make additional gifts to Project HOME in multiples of 30, with Jon Bon Jovi providing a $300,000 gift from the JBJ Soul Foundation. Lynne and Harold Honickman, who were honored with a lifetime achievement award during the gala, committed an additional $6 million to help Project HOME reach the $10 million mark.
1400 Philadelphia business leaders, politicians, philanthropists, supporters and Project HOME volunteers came together to celebrate thirty years of work against chronic homelessness. Since 1989, when Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon founded Project HOME they have helped more than 8,000 people break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by providing a continuum of care that includes street outreach, supportive housing and comprehensive services that focus on health care, education and employment.
Honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their tireless fight against homelessness and support of Project HOME were Lynne and Harold Honickman. Which includes the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs in North Philadelphia . “One of the most important lessons of the last three decades is that no one person can do this alone,’ said Jon Bon Jovi. “The mission of ending homelessness and ensuring that everyone has a place to live…it takes everyone and what I like to call, “The Power of We’.”
“When Project HOME began 30 years ago, we couldn’t have imagined the impact it would have thanks to the support of so many generous and visionary individuals,” said Sister Mary Scullion, Project HOME co-founder and Executive Director. During the gala, Sister Mary and Joan Dawson McConnon laid out a five-year plan focused on three core areas – increasing and preserving housing, expanding education and workforce development programs, and expanding outreach for chronically street homeless individuals. . (source)
The Philadelphia Red Ball lived up to its tradition of glamour and generosity which took over Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, March 30, 2019 raising much needed funds to support the Red Cross House, a center for families who suffer a disaster.
The VIP lounge featured the jazz sounds of Gerald Veasley. His musical odyssey has taken him to the top of the contemporary music world as a bassist, bandleader, composer, producer, educator, and curator.
Guests enjoyed Cuisine from the Region’s Hottest Restaurants and Caterers a Dessert Lounge, a Beer Garden featuring local breweries Wine and Spirits Bars, Dancing and Live Music by CTO Tribeca and CTO Midtown Express which kept the party going and an extensive Silent Auction with experiences and sports memorabilia.
The Lucy opened in December 2018, I took the following photos in January and March. I was supposed to take more photos at the open house on Wednesday, but when I arrived my camera I had a camera problem which I explain at the bottom of this post.
I was pleasantly surprised at what a wonderful job they did on the space. They completely gutted it, and created a beautiful, versatile event space, with a cocktail are that overlooks the “banquet area”, which can be used with or without a dance floor, and it has a stage. The space seemed very open, with great sight lines. It also seemed more intimate as well.
Additional seating in the form of high tops, can be found on either side of the circular tables situated in the center of the room. Although most events will probably have valet, there is several parking lots nearby including across the street at the Bellevue Hotel, it’s $32.
The Lucy weddings feature the Cescaphe signature cocktail hour-and-a-half. You and your guests will enjoy the finest cuisine and top shelf open bar from the second floor Mezzanine that overlooks the ballroom. With its whitewashed brick accent walls, large picture windows and custom bars, the elevated room provides plenty of ambiance and space for guests to enjoy all that cocktail hour has to offer. (source)
The 17,000-square-foot space holds up 325 guests for a seated dinner, and up to 800 for a standing celebration. To the left are tables which hold the cocktail party food.
The bathrooms are stage left, which is where you’ll find the elevator, and a back stair case as well. The men’s bathroom has fancy metallic wall covering and a beautiful floor. They definitely put a lot of thought into them.
The space is beautiful, and Cescaphe’s vast menu of delicious food is always a delightful, but the dramatic backdrop of the Avenue of the Arts is the real winner here and can be viewed from two sides of the ballroom.
I remember when I took this photo in January, I sent it to my friend and said, I think this is one of the best event spaces in Philly; it’s beautiful, the layout is perfect. I love how the spacious mezzanine overlooks the ballroom, creating an anticipation for the rest of the evening. I especially love the floor to ceiling windows, flooding the room with excitement of the bustling City streets, with the celebration going on inside The Lucy.
Yesterday I was supposed to go to The Lucy open house, so I was waiting to write the post after I took updated photos. Unfortunately the craziest thing happened after I arrived, my camera’s shutter got stuck and I couldn’t get good shots (That’s the first time in my 8 year career that this ever happened where my camera failed.) I ran home to grab another camera and tried to make it back before my next event, but I didn’t have time. I was so bummed too since I missed out on a great lunch as I love their seafood buffet, and Italian Sausage and onion dish. Disclosure- Since the time I took these photos, Cescaphe has become an advertiser, but I honestly love The Lucy, and believe you will too. Welcome to the family of Cescaphe Events which includes
Cescaphe Ballroom, Tendenza (another favorite spot of mine) both in Northern Liberties, the classic Down Town Club in Washington Square West with an amazing view of Independence Hall), Vie, and The Waterworks (the best sunsets on the Schuylkill.)
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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 Habitatanimal 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.
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.
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