Scene & Heard in Philly – Mary J Blige in Town, AI’s Weekend, Sixers Nerlens Noel Birthday Party, Carlo’s Bakery

 Hope you had a terrific weekend with that amazing weather. I had to run out yesterday to cover the BenFM Women of the Week Luncheon, so I didn’t have time for my Scene and Heard in Philly.

What an amazing weekend it was, Saturday I attended the WDAS Women of Excellence luncheon, it was great to see so many beautiful, empowering women, hear inspiring messages and enjoy thoughtful performances.

One of the “Shereos” Sheinelle Jones, with her dad Federal Judge Darnell Jones in 3rd Circuit located in Philadelphia.   

Mary J. Blige was at the WDAS’ First Annual Women of Excellence Luncheon
on Saturday, April 11, 2015 held at First District Plaza in
Philadelphia, where she was given the WDAS Trailblazing Woman of
Excellence Award, which will be renamed as the WDAS Mary J Blige Women
of Excellence Award beginning next year. The event was held to recognize
9 extraordinary women in the Philadelphia area including former Fox 29
Good Day Morning Anchor Sheinelle Jones, now at the Today Show, Faatimah Gamble and
Commissioner Susan Slawson, doing extraordinary things in their
community that improved peoples lives.  

 At the luncheon Mary J Blige was really humbled and the
emotion really comes through in this photo. She’s being honored by

Allen Iverson was in town this weekend. First he was spotted Saturday night watching the Garcia fight at Dave and Buster’s then yesterday he was at Sugarhouse trying out his luck there. Has anyone ever seen him in anything but sweats? (Thanks to my tipster who sent this photo)

Congrats to Sixers Nerlens Noel who celebrated his 21st Birthday at 1925 lounge (ie the former G Lounge) last Thursday. I hear it was a jam packed good time at the new don’t call night club.

Recently Philly Mag reported that “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro was opening a Location of Carlo’s Bakery in Rittenhouse, I took this shot the other day seems like it’s coming along nicely. It’s been reported that the opening will be late Spring, early summer which I would agree with. 
Speaking about anticipated eateries, I hear Mercadito, at 2116 Chestnut Street is shooting for a September opening. When I walked by the other day they were not working on it yet.
So sad the Food Bazaar has closed. I peeked through the little space in the door and the relics of the Food Bazaar were strewned about.
Remember Oh So Good, the delicious food buffet at 19th and Market, they closed up shop quickly last summer. (They have since opened at 1700 Market St.,) I was walking by their old spot and it’s starting to be gutted. I’ll keep a lookout to see what might pops up there. So much fun and development in Center City.
2015 Walnut Street has one of those “orange” L&I signs. It says that this spot is going to be a restaurant and for take out. I am crossing my fingers cause I really need a Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood. I’ve been jonsing for one since Wok closed. 

UPDATE: just informed me it’s going to be a BYOB taco place run. Oh well, maybe Chinese will follow somewhere Walnut St soon.


 This spring has brought a lot of engagements, congrats to my good friends Amanda Giddings and Michael Dana
And then there’s baby news!! Congrats.
Saturday night after shooting Blingo, I headed to Zama for a late night bite. I ran into my old friend Angelo Soldevila, who I used to work with when I was a paralegal. He was out celebrating his wife Lea for her birthday!! Great to see them.

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So glad I met this girl Alex Holley. I have so much fun with her. Sunday, Mike, Alex and I went to the Manayunk Street Fair. It was packed.


Erin Elmore and Craig Spitzer Take The Plunge – Congratulations!!

PS readers please don’t take the photos off PCC for 24hrs – Thanks
Congratulations to Craig Spitzer, chief executive of A2C IT Consulting and Erin Elmore, Director of Business Development for US Legal Support seconds after they were pronounced husband and wife at their wedding on Saturday!!

The wedding and reception happened high in the sky at R2L.
 Nearly 200 invited guests were there to celebrate the happy union between these to soul mates.

 Including such notables as the brides family Jim Elmore, Peggy Elmore, Ashley Elmore, Joe and Francis Oliver, and the grooms family Laurence Spitzer, Toni Spitzer, Heather Spitzer and John Spitzer, Uncle Harold and Cousin Harold. Friends: Billy and Melanie King, who introduced the couple, Lin Spivak and Ed Snider (recently engaged themselves).  Jason Dills was in the house repping Pittsburgh.

 Barette Widell was the wedding coordinator for the evening, and everything went as smooth as butter. “You were an amazing wedding coordinator. You should make it a second full time job. xoxoxoox” – Erin Elmore. 1/4 of the guests were seated, and the other guests stood and surrounded the beautiful white runner sprinkled with roses, leading to the alter.
Jim Elmore walking his daughter towards her future

 passed her friends Kristen Foote, Nadia Maransky, Jill Rizen and Andy Henning

 Leeza Garber

I never thought of R2L as a place to hold such a large party, but it
works. Lots of sofas, chairs and fabulous views of the City.

Chuck Peruto and Genna Squadroni
 At the reception there was plenty of delicious food prepared by Chef Daniel Stern and his team

 Jill, Andy and Elaine Grabar
Lauren Colabelli


 Francis Oliver and Jason Dills. Francis is my oldest reader. She saw me and said I know who you are, you’re PhillyChitChat, I read you ever day. Hi!
State Senator Larry Farnese, Eric Robbins and  Barette Widel. Larry made the opening statements at the wedding, Barette was the wedding organizer and Eric performed the wedding. That’s right! Recently he graduated from the Universal Life 

 Tempa Barrish and Eric Robbins

 Jimmy Maransky and Nadia Maransky
 Dan Gross and Holly Maher

 R2L’s pastry chef Peter Scarola.
I caught Carol Tamburino fixing the veil and flowers, to the left, just perfectly.
 Everyone was dressed to the nines
 Joe and Francis Oliver and Ashley Elmore

 Steven Thorne and Sabrina Tamburino Thorne. It was only a few years ago Sabs hosted her Lady Gaga gag I’m 30 party, at the nearly opened R2L restaurant.
 Kristen Foote and bff Sabrina Tamburino Thorne

 Noelle Zane and Jamie Reibenbach
 Craig Robinson and Chef Daniel Stern. (Today I start my new once a week column in Philly.com. Jennifer Stern is featured in my column. – I will still be contributing to PhillyMag.com and have my column in the magazine. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you will recall I’ve been tweeting I have too much content and not enough outlets.)


 Peggy and Jim Elmore with daughters Erin and Ashley.
 Craig Spitzer, former Eagle Mike Mamula and Erin with friends


Leslie Padilla

 Heather HeoMonique Crawford, Menaka Sampath and Jessica Yurocko Lesley Kozloff, at R2L

Danielle Poe Hershman, Scott Hershman and Stacey Renée Benedetti
Congratulations Craig & Erin!!

HAIR OF THE DOG January 19, 2013 . Kick off the new year right!!