Open House: Spring Art Neighborhood Sunday

What are you doing Sunday. There’s an open house in the Spring Arts neighborhood – 1125 Lemon St Sunday 11-1pm

A 4 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath home features 1 CAR GARAGE and is waiting for you to call it home. This home has plenty to offer its new owners. Enter the home into the foyer hallway to the living room and kitchen area.

Four year old construction four bedrooms, 2.5 bath home available in Northern Liberties. Corner unit with windows all around, Hardwood floors throughout! Washer/dryer in unit! Walk through a large living room into your very own custom kitchen. , granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances can be found throughout. Check out more information here.

RE/MAX @ HOME Maria Quattrone Real Estate Experts 2054 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19146 Email:mquattrone@liveloveathome.com Office: 215.607.3535 www.liveloveathome.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


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.


Gerald Henderson Sr. Wins The 5th Anniversary Julius Erving Golf Classic

Last week I photographed the Julius Erving Golf Classic which took place at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa In Atlantic City, and the Atlantic City Country Club not too far away, on Monday morning for the golf tournament.

The Fifth Annual Julius Erving Golf Classic was held over the weekend September 7-9 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. On Saturday the Erving Youth Basketball Clinic was held at the state-of-the-art Sixers training complex in Camden, NJ. Youth participants enjoyed an incredible experience with the 76ers dunk team, Q&A session with Dr. J, a gifting from Converse and lunch was provided. On Sunday night, the annual Red Carpet & Pairings Party was held at Premier Nightclub at Borgata.

The Atlantic City Country Club was host to the tee-it-up day for the Official Julius Erving Golf Classic Tournament.

On the final day, September 9, all golf participants headed to the Atlantic City Country Club to tee-it-up in the Official Julius Erving Golf Classic Tournament. Let’s check out the photos from the golf day. Proceeds from the weekend supported Grab a Ball and Play and The Salvation Army

Christian Crosby, Philadelphia 76ers, in-arena host/ personality emceed the opening ceremonies
Jessy Kyle at the Julius Erving Golf Classic at Atlantic City Country Club on September 09, 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Hall of Fame Basketball forward and icon Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving greet friends to The Julius Erving Golf Classic which supports support of Grab a Ball and Play and The Salvation Army.
Dr J’s friends who participated in the Julius Erving Golf Gala at Atlantic City Country Club on September 09, 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 2019 Erving celebrity guests included former NBA and WNBA stars Charles Barkley, Alonzo Mourning, John Starks, Reggie Theus, Mike Woodson, Greg Anthony, Gerald Henderson Sr., Gerald Henderson Sr. Clyde Drexler, Jimmy Jackson, Festus Ezeli, Ron Harper, and Nancy Lieberman; MLB and Hall of Fame legend Ozzie Smith; boxer and Hall of Fame star Winky Wright; R&B legends Jeffrey Osborne and Johnny Gill; actors and comedians Chris Tucker and Flex Alexander; former NFL Legends, Ahmad Rashad, Victor Green, Seth Joyner, Mike Quick, Keith Byars, and Marcus Allen and former supermodel Beverly Johnson
Dr J doesn’t play golf, but he greets each golfer as they head out to the green at the Julius Erving Golf Classic at Atlantic City Country Club on September 09, 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Legendary model Beverly Johnson has attended all 5 of at the Julius Erving Golf Classic weekends.
Chris Tucker lines up a shot. He and Beverly Johnson were picked as best dressed on the greens.
Football great Marcus Allen and basketball great Charles Barkley, who just got his own statue at the 76ers Complex in Camden, NJ
ESPN’s Jay Harris warming up on the putting green.
Golfers practice with Atlantic City silhouetted in the background.

Reggie Theus reads a bit of history about Dr. J on this signs which were posted at each hole. He’s an American retired basketball player and the former head coach of California State University, Northridge. He formerly served as head coach for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and New Mexico State University’s men’s basketball team.

“It is such an honor to be able to come here each year for Julius. We started out thinking that we didn’t have much of a chance, but as the round went along, we really made some clutch putts and had great team energy,” said NBA Legend and Philadelphia 76ers Star Gerald Henderson Sr., who’s team won of the 2019 Erving Classic.

Julius “Dr. J’ Erving and Dorys Erving ; On the evening of September 8, guests dressed in their finest attire and headed to the weekend’s Erving Red Carpet & Pairings Party at Premier Nightclub at The Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa. Hosted by ESPN’s Jay Harris, professional golfer and fashion designer Seema Sadekar, the evening featured some of the most influential athletes and entertainers who honored Erving for his contributions both on and off the court and the five-year tradition of the Julius Erving Golf Classic. Check out Philly Style Magazine, Philly Voice and CBSPhilly for photos from the red carpet event.

Photos: The Irvine is Online and Renting in West Philly

The Post Brothers‘ new luxurious living quarters is open and accepting tenants now. The Irvine Apartments, in a century-old former warehousing facility at 780 South 52nd Street near the Baltimore Avenue corridor.

According to a Globe Street article “This isn’t one of your cookie-cutter, ground-up luxury high-rise buildings. The Irvine has history and roots in industrial Philly. Our mission was to honor its history and character while creating an elevated, yet practical living experience,” says Michael Pestronk, CEO and co-founder of Post Brothers. “We’re keeping in line with the ever-growing cultural renaissance of West Philly, where we’re seeing an influx of new residents who really care about health, sustainability, and the concept of community, so we wanted to create an experience that echoes those values.”

I was there earlier this month for an open house. I met a lot of the new tenants including these three young ladies posing here with mom (2nd from left).  In 2017, the Post Brothers paid $2.4 million for the 115,835-square-foot building which had been a storage facility and then sat vacant for more than 10 years.  There will now 150 households at this spot.

Neon is prominent through out the building as it is here in the community room. Also on each floor when you get off the elevator their is a neon sign with the floor number illuminated.

The property includes a variety of both indoor and outdoor amenities, including:

  • A fitness center equipped with top-of-the-line cardio and exercise equipment such as Peloton bikes, Precor treadmills, stair-masters, HIIT options, and a variety of selectorized, plate-loaded and free weight stations.
  • A community garden where residents can plant and grow their own flora and produce
  • Fully-equipped outdoor kitchen with grills, dining tables and lounge areas
  • A K9 turf lawn and pet park
  • A co-working space that features a large open area with ample seating, natural sunlight and custom artwork
  • Concierge services including dry cleaning, package storage and online services
– They have lockers where you put your clothes and Tide Cleaners will pick up your clothes for dry cleaning and laundry service from the makers of Tide detergent. What a great idea.

The windows let a lot of light in making the living space bright and spacious. They must have knocked out a lot of walls to create these windows since it was a storage facility. The official word: The interiors include roller shades for apartment windows and customizable mill work for closets, along with full-size stainless steel appliances, antimicrobial quartz countertops, and tile backsplash in the kitchen.

Bathrooms feature matte black fixtures, artisanal tile surface, glass shower doors, rain-style shower heads and high-pressure body jets.

“The building was originally designed for storage,” says Post Brothers Asset Manager Josh Guelbart. “And then it sat vacant for 15 years, and people started painting really cool graffiti” on its walls. (Philly Mag Article)


650 Park Avenue, King of Prussia – A Demo Party

Work has begun on a joint project with Brandywine Realty Trust and Coscia Moos Architecture at 650 Park Avenue . A few weeks ago the two companies held a “Demolition Party” to kick off the re development of the building, with plans to build a state of the art office complex in place of the outdated, decades old building.

The current building is 3 stories, a bit dated and not wired for today’s modern technology. Whereas in 16 months the new four-story, 100,000 square-foot workplace structure will have the much desired amenities which companies desire and need to operate in modern times.

Jerry Sweeney, President/CEO, Brandywine Realty Trust greeted guests to the “Demolition Party” exuding the virtues of the new building, which include open-air amenity spaces, communal work environments, a building meeting room which can be rented for $250 daily, and a fourth-floor terrace designed for classes, lunch meetings and evening gatherings.

Guests enjoyed a continental breakfast, DJ music and a chance to take a whack at the old building via sledgehammers, rocks and even throwing an ax, mostly at a target but there was a few that went astray.

Check out additional photos on Philly Style, and CBSPhilly. And an in-depth article at Philly Voice

Roman Square Town Homes Only 3 Left – UPDATE 2 LEFT 8/16/19

In close proximity to the Passyunk Ave corridor bustling with a plethora of restaurants, nightlife, coffee shops, gym, shopping and Columbus Square Park, a new townhouse project, Roman Square, was built. Located on the southwest corner of 11th and McKean Streets, Roman Square is a community featuring only eight exclusive town home residences with garage parking for one or two cars. Buyers are able to chose from several different floor plans featuring 3 or 4 bedrooms by acclaimed architects, Canno Design.

The town-homes feature 10 ft ceilings and oversized Pella Windows allowing maximum flow of natural light throughout the living room, dining room and kitchen. Each unit features a gourmet kitchen equipped with every modern amenity including French door refrigerator, 5 burner gas range, eat in, dishwasher, canopy hood and slide out microwave, all clad in stainless steel. Additional features include hardwood flooring and recessed LED lighting throughout all living areas and bedrooms, quartz countertops and more .

There’s a 10-year tax abatement and one year builder warranty included for added piece of mind. A superb walk score of 96, bike score of 78 & transit score of 79 providing easy access to the Broad St line and other public transport. Contact

An expansive 280 sq ft roof deck with amazing views tops off this quality filled home.
Check out additional info on this article published by The Passyunk Post, and then contact the Listing Agent Maria Quattrone
RE/MAX @ HOME – Philadelphia
Office Ph: (215) 607-3535
Ph: (215) 607-3535

Sofitel en Blanc Offering Another Opportunity to attend Diner en Blanc Philly

Diner en Blanc, the most desired dinner party to attend says 6,000 people. All the RSVP’s are in, and you haven’t received yours. There is another way to get in and you don’t have to carry your table, food or schlep through subways (although I always have fun doing that as well.)

Once again this year, Sofitel Hotels & Resorts is partnering with Dîner en Blanc International to bring a new level of luxury to this iconic occasion. Guests in 6 North American cities will be able to claim a highly coveted ticket to Le Dîner en Blanc and skip the carrying of tables, chairs and dinnerware – to seek out the extraordinary, an exclusive dining experience fashioned by Sofitel and inspired by the elegance and sophistication of high French culture, right in the heart of Dîner en Blanc. Places are extremely limited. To learn more, visit www.sofitelenblanc.com.

Experience the new French art de vivre. Experience Sofitel en Blanc.

Exclusive Sofitel en Blanc Package includes:

  • Highly Coveted Ticket to Le Dîner en Blanc
  • Welcome Champagne Toast at Sofitel
  • Luxury Transport to Preferred Meeting Spot
  • Elegant Tablescape at Le Dîner en Blanc (Pre-Set; No Carrying Required)
  • Gourmet Menu Curated by one of Sofitel’s Premiere Chefs
  • Selections of Fine Wines
  • An Evening of Revelry & Dancing

Pricing is $600.00 per pair**.

Learn more about our partnership with Dîner en Blanc International, click here.

** Sofitel en Blanc All-Inclusive Passes have a maximum capacity of 50 pairs for the Philadelphia event. Sofitel en Blanc Passes are non-refundable and based on per pair pricing of $600.00 USD ($300.00 USD per guest). For complete terms and conditions, click here.


Dîner en Blanc Wants You

Many of us are counting down the days til the 8th annual Dîner en Blanc, which rolls around every August.

Last week the folks at Dîner en Blanc held their annual sponsor party at the Bourse Food Hall in Old City. Unlike the main event in August, the preview party is open to all without registration. It’s a great way to be introduced to all that is fun and stylish of the summer white party, although I did meet a lot of people who have already been to one, to all of the parties.

The highlight of the evening were the 9 tables on display and decorated by Dîner en Blanc table captains. The table decorating contest theme was “Philadelphia’s Festivals and Outdoor Celebrations.” A panel of judges chose the best decorated table, and guests at the party chose the “People’s Choice.”

Judge’s Choice: Bastille Day at Eastern State  by Danielle Milbourne  This table was fabulous- complete with Tastykake Krimpets (a nod to the tradition of throwing them during the event)  and  Marie Antoinette’s head rotating on a cake stand!  It was fantastic!!
East Passyunk Car Show which is coming up July 28
The Diner en Blanc after party will be at the Sofitel Hotel this year.

Miguel Martinez-Valle, Emmanuel Capó, Syrmarie Villalobos and Alondra Anaya– Comcast/NBC10/Telemundo team.

  • Event date is Thursday, Aug 22nd (4th Thursday instead of the usually 3rd Thursday)
  • Number of Guests – 6,000 making us the largest Diner en Blanc in United States. REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW, they’re accepting 500 new guests this year.
  • At the event they gave away 8 free registrations for this year’s event through drawings that encouraged participants to purchase from the Bourse Food Hall vendors and raffle ticket purchases that benefited Broad Street Ministry raising $1,000 for Broad Street Ministry through the raffle.  This is the second year in a row we are supporting Broad Street Ministry through raffles and auctions that will continue through registration and the actual event.  
    At the the May Franklin Square Gala, two seats for Diner en Blanc were auctioned off and received over $5,000, with funds going towards the mission of Franklin Square Gala.
  • A DEB team also volunteered earlier this month at Broad Street Ministry for their Breaking Bread lunch service.
Natanya Dibona, co hostess for Diner en Blanc (with Kayli Moran ) and Hadas Kuznits, KYW1060