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Save The Date: Best of the Main Line Party

And it’s back : Main Line Today and Today Media announce the grand return of the Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs Party on Thursday, July 28th, at Drexelbrook Special Event Center (4700 Drexelbrook Drive).

Eat, drink and dance the night away while celebrating the 2022 winners that include top restaurants, bars, retail shops, small businesses and people of the region as voted by the people and the critics. This year’s event will feature over 50 top businesses and special guests.

There will be food samples, as well as cocktails and beer to enjoy

From 5:30pm to 9:00pm, guests will sample fabulous food and drink from this year’s winners, dance to live music from the award-winning band Jellyroll, and participate in a silent auction to benefit Brandywine SPCA. (Tickets)

Many of the Best of Mainline Winners will be on hand to show you why they were chosen.

Main Line Today and Today Media thank this year’s sponsors, including Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS /The Trident Group/Prosperity (Melissa Cunningham); Exton Dental Health Group; Pinnacle ENT, LLC; Republic Bank; Roots Landscaping; Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar; Main Line Chamber of Commerce; and Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. We’re also thrilled to be partnering with Drexelbrook, Aversa PR & Events, BVTLive!, Pictures by Todd and Valley Creek Productions.

Main Line Today proudly announced this year’s beneficiary for the event, which is  Brandywine SPCA. Guests will be invited to support the organization, meet the staff and some adoptables, and bid on the silent auction that will go to fund the group’s critical animal welfare and rescue work. Founded in 1929, the Brandywine Valley SPCA exists to end animal suffering and to involve the entire community in the welfare and well-being of animals.mission is to put the “human” back in humane animal treatment and advocate on their behalf. Our vision is to be the recognized leader in animal welfare that empowers communities to treat life with respect and dignity. Donations can also be made direct at: https://bvspca.org/donate/

“The party of the year is back on the Main Line,” said Main Line Today Associate Publisher Marie Edwards. “Celebrate this unforgettable evening of bites, drinks and dancing – and get ready to toast the best of the best! We are thrilled to be back inside the ballroom with an exciting and diverse line-up of winners that include the region’s best restaurants, bars, boutiques and so much more. This event is truly a celebration of the top quality businesses and people that make the Main Line and Western Suburbs special. We can’t wait to see everyone again. Come with your dancing shoes ready to party!”


17 Favorite Photos of 2017 From Hot PA Guy to Carson Wentz

I like to post the best of 2017 photos in 2018, when more of you are at your desk. Here goes….

Hot Production Assistant Guy on M Night Shyamalan’s movie Glass. The photo went VIRAL and his story was picked up by the Metro, who even did a Q&A with him. His now in Atlanta, assisting on another movie making hearts flutter.

Sunday another hot guy I made famous, is getting married. Geoff Pierce met his future wife Samantha Keenan, in directly from my write up, they tell me.

The winner for the best dressed for the 90s party at the Phila Flower Show, which is coming up again in a few
weeks March 3 – March 11

The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention Gala 2017, this year they’re honoring Eddie Tully. Tickets on sale now.

Jenna Communications had a clever hook to promote The Plaza Grande Showcases the Revitalization of the Historical Garden State Park Racetrack in a Media Tour. They brought in a former horse jockey who rode at Garden State Park, to chat about the good old days. He rode a horse in the “dog park” on the new site, which used to be where the stables were. It was great visuals and made for some interesting stories while still promoting the 55plus housing.
Lynsie and Evan Solomon’s wedding in Anguila. Great time. Sad face this restaurant was destroyed in hurricane Irma.
Event of the year – Marian Anderson Award with legends Dionne Warwick, Kenny Gamble and Clive Davis.

The wedding of Chris Konopka and Maria Papadakis
Erica Lee and Rodney McLeod Jr. at Zarwin Baum’s March Madness

Ron Harper, Elaine I. Grobman and Frank Giordano at The Pink Tie Ball

Trish Gohl, founder of No Dog Gets Left Behind with a dog that will be paired with a veteran.
Snow, it was beautiful, and very unusual to happen in December. Now I am ready for Spring. I was in Florida this past week
so hopefully when I return home to Philly tonight it won’t be anything like this.
Loved this Safian & Rudolph engagement contest, as well as their & Bench

Thank you M Night for having me as one of your house photographers for Shyamaween 2017 what a dream come true. Here’s a story I did on CBSPhilly as well as the photos at the bottom of article.

Yasmina Moukarzel, John Giordano – The New York Times

Have their marriage reception at the Academy of Music

The Rittenhouse Square/Philly Style Mag Gang all grown up – 10 fabulous years of photographing their lives

Fly Eagles Fly, Carson Wentz films a series of commercials for NRG. I was the house photographer for the afternoon.



Info: Walk For Suicide Awareness and Prevention October 2 at Phila Art Museum

Thousands Walk to Prevent Suicide  ***  2016 Philadelphia Out of the Darkness Community Walk  Benefiting American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  Philadelphia, Pa., (September 21, 2016) –


The 12 th Annual Philadelphia Out of the  Darkness Community Walk takes place Sunday, October 2, 2015, at the Philadelphia  Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and  the walk begins at 9 a.m.  The Walk is hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American Foundation  for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). More than $500,000 was raised in 2015. An expected  5,000 participants from across the Greater Philadelphia area will attend.  AFSP Philadelphia Board President Jan Evans announced that the AFSP  Philadelphia “Buck in a Bucket” Suicide Prevention Program will be launched at  the walk. “Buckets will be a vehicle for fundraising but more importantly – the risk  factors of suicide will be printed on the buckets for people to see and understand,”  Evans said. “Our fundraising focuses on delivering community based programs that  help eliminate the loss of life from suicide by delivering innovative prevention  programs and educating the public on the risk factors associated with suicide.”  It is estimated that each year, nearly 1 million Americans make a suicide attempt, more  than 38,000 die by suicide, and more than 20 million suffer from depression; which is a  precursor to suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens and young  adults and the second leading cause of death for college students. Additionally, older  Americans over the age of 65 account for 16 percent of all suicide deaths.  To register for the walk, go to www.afsp.org/philadelphia.



Be Social: Charity and Notable Events in Philly, Plus #PCCBuzz

Be Social – Every Sunday I’ll post upcoming events that have been sent to me that I think you’d be interested in attending, but since I’m creating this new “column” I want to play catch up. Often I put these events on on twitter, not so much on my other social media outlets. Nearly every time I photograph an event, a reader will ask “I wish I knew about this event.” I’ve always wanted to add these to my “public calendar” but doing that is too time consuming. So they’re here for you to put on your calendar.  Be sure to follow me on Twitter @iphillychitchat (#PCCBuzz), Instagram and Facebook: PhillyChitChat where I will post various events daily.

The Philly Social Scene is underway, whether it’s a grand gala, a trunk show, Forbes 30 under 30 I’ll fill you in, and in most cases will have photos and info from the event. Next to the events where I know I’ll be shooting I will say Smile, I’ll be here shooting.
but that doesn’t mean I won’t be at the other events it all depends on my client event schedule.


10/9/15 – “Barcelona on Broad” Gala – The Pa Ballet Gala  – Pennsylvania Ballet Kicks off Artistic Director Angel Corella’s First Full   Season with “Barcelona on Broad” Gala – Smile, I’ll be here shooting. (before 9PM)

10/9/15 – MANNA 25th Anniversary Celebration at the 23rd Street Armory, for an incredible night of celebration honoring our past 25 years and sharing our exciting future. Las Vegas legend Wayne Newton will help MANNA honor Steven Korman, Founder of Korman Communities, for his tireless efforts and deep commitment to MANNA’s mission. Smile, I’ll be here shooting. (After 9PM)


 @bbbs_sepa ‪#‎bigbrothersbigsisters‬ turns 100 years old and we are going to do it BIG #101315! You must get your tickets for the ‪#‎bignightout‬. – Smile, I’ll be here shooting.

Event Highlights:
• Celebrity Emcees Marlon Wayans & Mo’ne Davis
• Performances by Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins, Macy Gray & Shontelle
• 1,200 Guests Brought Together for an Epic Centennial Celebration
• Live Concert & Awards Ceremony produced by Live Nation
• VIP & Gala ReceptionOur Award Honorees:
• The Corporate Partner of the Century Award: Comcast NBCUniversal
• The Humanitarian Award: The Bentley Family
• The Charles Edwin Fox Memorial Service Award: Wilson Goode, Sr. D. Min
• The Community Service Award: Fox Rothschild
• Big Brother of the Century Award Finalists: Lee Fisher, Tom McElvogue, Doug Tolbert
• Big Sister of the Century Award Finalists: Angela Soto-Hamlin, Joan Tishgart, Kris Townsend
Congrats to PGN founder Mark Segal, legendary Gay Rights Advocate, on his new book “And Then I Danced” which publishes today. You can pick it up on Amazon, and book stores like Barnes & Noble on Rittenhouse Square, where he will be doing a signing next week. He’s having a private book party Wednesday that I will be photographing, so check out those photos in Philly Mag on Thursday.
Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse Square Wednesday October 14, 2015 7:00 PM

Because of activists like Mark Segal, whose life work is
dramatically detailed in this poignant and important memoir, today there
are openly LGBT people working in the White House and throughout
corporate America. 

 Fashion Under the Shambles 2015 South Street Headhouse District Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) Philadelphia, PA Smile, I’ll be here shooting.
Great Networking and lecture event. 10/15/15

Join us for a conversation, in partnership with the Arts + Business Council, with pioneers from the worlds of arts and technology: prolific
street artist and activist Shepard Fairey (Photo by Jon Furlong. Courtesy of Shepard Fairey.), and co-founding entrepreneur of Android and Google Ventures lead Rich Miner. Tickets and Info:
(I highly recommend attending this event, if not only for the fascinating Shepard Fairey, but the Arts & Business council is a great networking event)

Smile, I’ll be here shooting.
Oct 16, 2015 6:00 PM – Oct 16, 2015 10:00 PM
You’re invited to PHeaSt, the region’s most delicious event! PHS’s
one-of-a-kind celebration to benefit the City Harvest program, PHeaSt
pairs local growers and top-tier regional chefs for an extraordinary
garden-to-table dining experience. Sample garden-fresh dishes from the
region’s finest restaurants, sip playful cocktails and craft beers, and
get gardening tips from growers.
Smile, I’ll be here shooting.

Pink Tide Ball – The Susan Komen Gala
6:00 PM – Main Event

8:30 PM – Young Professionals 

Party Vie by Cescaphé Event Group 600 N. Broad Street,
Smile, I’ll be here shooting.
6:00 PM – Main Event
8:30 PM – Young Professionals Party
Vie by Cescaphé Event Group 600 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia Call for tickets/tables: 215-238-8900 – See more at: https://komenphiladelphia.org/events/ptb/#sthash.wGxvVLVg.dpuf

Launch Party Photos: Philly Happening Is Happening

The website Philly Happening has been around for a year, but I don’t think anyone heard, I never did. In the past few months Nicole Michalik came on board and the site began to take a hold as the go to place to find out what’s going on in the City as well as a place to read in depth news on Philly Happenings. Recently they held their luanch/award party to honoree Philadelphian’s. The event was held at the new subterranean bar Ubahn on the 1300 block of Chestnut Street.

Marisa Magnatta, Justin Pizzi, Joe McCollum, Nik the Web Chick and Diana Quattrone, the latter two are the editors of Philly Happening. The “Launch Party” also acknowledge some of Philly’s Phinest by handing out best of Philly certificates which were based on fan voting.
Octavia Latuisor, Elina Shaterncova and Ursula Augistine
Donald Carter, Doug Freshness and Ruth Wessberg
Happening is Philadelphia’s premier digital magazine.  We
share valuable insights about dining, culture, shopping, entertainment
and events. The Philly Happening team is dedicated to keeping you in the
know about everything happening in Philly! – See more at:

Philly Happening is Philadelphia’s premier digital magazine.  We share valuable insights about dining, culture, shopping, entertainment and events. The Philly Happening team is dedicated to keeping you in the know about everything happening in Philly!

Billy Creagh, Sumo Steaks (just voted Best Cheesesteaks by Philly.com)  and Samantha Shorette
WOGL Morning Vixon Valerie Knight husband, Frank Sestito DJ from the famed Second Story club, which was located right up the street at 12th and Walnut.
The placed was packed with well wishers

Philly Happening isn’t just limited to us, they’re are franchises in all the big cities in the USA for your traveling needs.
Cindy Brown, Core Fitness and Perry Ohearn, Best Trainer – Philly Phitness
Christine Briganti and Michelle Jennings – The Girlfriends – Music Band

Penny Ordway is one of the city’s leading green pioneers – and owner of green designed and operated spa – Eviama in Midtown Village, Kory Aversa, of Aversa Pr and Kayli Moran, co-hostess of Diner en Blanc

The check in gals

Dr Casey D’Arcy, chiropractor and Steven D’Arcy

Women Paying It Forward: United Way’s 2013 Women’s Initiative Gala

On Wednesday, March 13, 2013 the United Way hosted the 2013 Women’s
Initiative Gala at the Crystal Tea Room. 

The Women’s Initiative mobilizes women to give,
advocate and volunteer in support of at-risk women and girls in our
region. It plays an important role in supporting United Way’s efforts to
improve the lives of young girls through out our region to learn how to
develop and maintain healthy relationships and enhance their leadership
skills. Laurisa Adorno, “I’m a leader because I speak up when I believe someone or something goes against what I feel is right, volunteer to make a difference in my community and encourage others to work to achieve their dreams.” Stephanie Astimbay-Sosa, Julissa Bermudez-Rivas, Marnay Blackwell, Dariel Burton, Abigail Campoli, Ansela Corney, Tatana Divine, Leticia Ezekiel-Lundy,Zaria Fatal, Samiyah Finger, Sabrina Ford, Rashay Gambrell, Johnnya Gibson, Breyance Gilyard-Butts, Saviona Goode, Asia Goodwin, Ashnay Graham, Samira Guzman, Delainie Hain, Stephanie Hanton, Jaiannah Hardy, Janiya Hicks, Nasirah Huff, India Johnson, Kishia Johnson, Madison Jordan, Aniyah Levertte, Nickol McKeown (wants to be an actress someday.) Antoinette Moss, Keyonna Mungin, says a leader makes smart decisions, Samira Nash Cook, Cassandra Pittman, Bryana Presock, Cheyanne Ricks, Ah”Niya Rome, Anyah Ryan, Shakrya Streater, Nydia Truehart, Kennee Walker, Imani Weeks, Bobbie S Xayamoungkhoun, Kalhima Young, wants to work in Childcare Services.

The 2013 Women’s Initiative Honoree this year was long time volunteer
Mary Stengel Austen, (2nd from right) President and CEO of Tierney. Another honoree was
the presenting sponsor, Independence Blue Cross. Their continuous
support of the United Way’s work in the areas of Education, Income and
Health has made an indelible impact on the lives of hundreds of at-risk
women and girls. Jill Michal, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Chris Cashman, Independence Blue Cross, Amy
, Managing Director, Marketing & Sales Leader, PwC, LLO, Nancy Threlfall, President Threlfall Marketing Group

Joy Slabough and Liz Tammaro
Christine Bonfigilo, Christen Cohen and Chrissy Baxter
 Rev. Bonnie Camarda, director of partnerships for The Salvation Army of
Greater Philadelphia and Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds- Brown
Michael Starker, Trish Cashman and David Yadgaroff
Char-Elle Vassall, Jaiannah Hardy, a participant in the “Girls Today,
Leaders Tomorrow”
program, Grace Geci and Frannie O’Connor
Amy Nelson, Beth Huston, Carolyn Sherry and Jane Ulrich

William Carter told me he admires what the United Way has done with this program
where it’s inspired the young girls and matched them with role models to emulate, with Teralyn Carter

Betty, United Way and Sara Ward at the United Way Celebrating 10 Years of
Women Leaders in Philanthropy and Volunteerism at Crystal Tea Room

Josh Belle (who is my 2nd cousin-in-law) and Charlie Young at your service at the United Way
Celebrating 10 Years of Women Leaders in Philanthropy and Volunteerism
at Crystal Tea Room

Barb Doyne, Erin Charey and Brian Taylor, were excited to be here to see the young ladies of the 2013 recognized for the growth them made over the past year in this program.

Renée Cardwell Hughes, CEO of the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of
the American Red Cross at the United Way Celebrating 10 Years of Women
Leaders in Philanthropy and Volunteerism at Crystal Tea Room

Rachel Walker and Sarah Lack
Meredith Setzman, Hersha Hospitality and Courtney Flanagan, Tierney
Over the last five years, United Ways has partnered with a number of local agencies that share their commitment to improving the lives of children throughout the region.
Lynne and Ellie Utter 
They include the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Philadelphia
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, Congreso, Discovery Charter School, Education Works, Excell Community Development Corp, Foundation for Pottsown Education, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pa, Greater Philly and SNJ, Healthy Communities Initiative, Inc, Phila Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network, Phila Department of Human Services, Phila Prevention Partnership, Public Health Management Corp, Say Yes to Education, The Wellness of Young, United Communities of SE Pa, and YWCA Tri-County Areas.
Alona Karpuzi and Victoria Ivery

Lori Wilson, Anchor NBC10 Philadelphia, took time away from her vacation
to host the United Way Celebrating 10 Years of Women Leaders in
Philanthropy and Volunteerism at

Jill Michal, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

Tatyana Divine and Shakyra Streeter tell the guests how the “Girls
Today, Leaders Tomorrow” (GTLT) program has changed their lives.

Amber Martin GTLT alumni, said when she came to the program she was angry and withdrawn, but now she’s outgoing and confident with big plans for her future in college.

Amber Martin GTLT alumni, Mary Stengel Austen, President Tierney accepts
the 2013 Women’s Intitiative Award, Jill Michal, President and CEO of
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, at the
United Way. It’s really one of my favorite programs that the United Way offers. If you want information on how you can help contact the United Way


The BUZZ: Cole & Heidi Hamels – Shania Twain – Jen Carroll – Julie Dorenbos & Susie Celek – Blondell Reynolds Brown – DeSean Jackson

PhillyChiChat The Buzz:

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and you spoke with your mother either in person, on the phone or through prayer.
This week the weather looks fantastic. If you have time stop by the Azeala Garden on Kelly Drive behind the Art Museum, it is gorgeous and at the height of bloom.
John Legend performed at the Steppingstone Scholars Gala on the steps of the Art Museum. The intimate setting was under a large tent with a beautiful view of the spring skyline of Philadelphia. – Happy 1 year anniversary Picture Philly, who took the above shot of the evening. Everyday Picture Philly posts a photo of Philly that you’ll want to see.
Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, along with wife Heidi traveled to Kennett High School in Kennett Square last week to thank the Kennett community for its efforts and generosity with respect to “Kennett Pitches In for The Hamels Foundation”,a community project that raised money to help the Foundation build a school for youth orphaned by the HIV/AIDS virus in Malawi, East Africa.
Cole and Heidi Hamels with Julia Baumel, a Kennett High School freshman, created the “Kennett Pitches In” project which has successfully raised $10,000 from the kids and families in the Kennett community, enough to build a named classroom (the “Kennett Classroom”) in the Malawi school funded by the Hamels Foundation. You can help support the foundation by donating directly to their website here, or by attending a dodge-ball fundraiser 5/21/11. (Photos Hamels Foundation)
Last week I attended a Blondell Reynolds-Brown’s campaign party at the Ritz-Residences. Blondell is flanked by KB Consultants President Kelly Boyd, and Karen A. Lewis Executive Director of the Avenue of the Arts.
Also at the party Frank DiCicco, Paul Smith, and above Carol Tamburino, Sabrina Tamburino-Thorne, Philadelphia City Councilman-at-Large James F. Kenney and Dana Spain.
Friday night I headed to the Ritz-Carlton where Perrier-Jouet Champagne was hosting a special cocktail party with Top Chef Jennifer Carroll and her Canapé. On left: Herve Deschamps cellar master of PerrierJouët, Pierre-Aymeric Du Cray, Perrier-Jouet Global Sales Director and Brad Waxman, Southern Wine and Spirits. Perrier-Jouët is a Champagne producer based in the Épernay region of Champagne, France.
10 Arts Chef Jennifer Carroll and Susan Gay of the Mainline enjoy the evening. As we chatted at the Champagne party Frankie Avalon and his family were enjoying the evening on the other side of the lounge. The next day I heard that Shania Twain was spotted admiring the dome ceiling above the room before heading out to her book signing “From This Moment On” in Chester. At about the same time a whole bunch of Flyers were celebrating the end of the season at the new Tweed Brunch disco hosted by Ryan Dorsey. I got a bunch of tips on the sighting, but I was getting my tan on at a local flea market which I will be writing about later this week. i brake for flea markets. Back to my Friday Night Out
After the Perrier-Jouet Champagne I headed to Phila Eagles Brent Celek and Todd Herreman’s bar 879 near Front and Chestnut Street to see my buds Julie Dorenbos and Susie Celek honored by Kisses for Kyle also honored Joe Gaglioti, Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon.
Also hanging out ABC6’s Jamie Apody and Paul Coleman who are getting married two months from today. Last fall I wrote about how they met in my PhillyMag.com column.
I knew that both Julie & Susie loved Krispy Kremes and couldn’t make it to the opening as they are busy busy getting their spray tan salon, Skin Palette ready for the opening on June 1, so I brought them a dozen. It was so worth it to work through the crowded bar to see the thrill on their faces. Above Julie getting an assist by husband Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos.
Around 10PM I got a call to join the Keren Ini Bacherlorette Party full on at D’Angelo’s in Rittenhouse Square. Before I headed for my car I stopped into the corner cafe next to where my car was parked, Sphinx Cafe, a middle Eastern cafe (Saturday nights 10PM they have belly dancing.) In the cafe I met Felix Thillet and Abutalal who were enjoying their Hookahs. Felix recognized me from NBC’s Non-Stop show The Scene, and well it’s a good thing cause when I turned to chat with him I saw a mean ass PPA tow truck back up and try and tow my car. Who knew after 10PM the 100 block of Chestnut Street turns into a tow away zone. WTF. That is just crazy. I ran out in between our two vehicles leaving my camera in the cafe. The tow truck driver wouldn’t let me go in and get it or he was going to tow me he said. Thankfully the owner of the cafe came out and gave me my order and camera. I can’t believe what a money trap that is to tow unsuspecting drivers. The signs that are marked are about 3×4 inches at the very top of the post. #FAIL and now I have a $76 ticket given at 10:06PM, probably while I was in the cafe.
OK then I went to D’Angelo’s, which is a great Italian restaurant owned by Sal D’Angelo and as the diners leave the dance floor opens up to small groups of locals and people who discover the gem, where the John Travolta’s all the way to the Elaine’s from Seinfeld take over the floor and no one thinks any different. Keren Ini celebrates her upcoming wedding with friends, at the end of the month. Then I went to Paradiso Restaurant and Wine Bar, 1627 E. Passyunk Ave. Spent the rest of the night chatting with owners Lynn and Cary, celebrating Laura Burkhardt’s new job with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
This Friday 13th no bad luck will occur at the Waterworks as DeSean Jackson hosts his Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Annual Gala. DeSean Jackson’s father, Bill, succumbed to pancreatic cancer on May 14, 2009 and DeSean started the Foundation in his honor. Just 2 weeks ago on Easter a good friend of mine told me he had stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. So this cause is very near and dear to my heart too.


BILLY PAUL, Gamble & Huff & The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Concert

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Lifetime Achievement Award Gala Honoring Music Icons Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST BILLY PAUL JUST CONFIRMED CHAMBER ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM CLASSICAL VERSIONS OF GAMBLE & HUFF HITS
Since it’s Cinco de Maya I’m posting the Spanish subtitled version of the great song.
WHAT: The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, a founding resident company of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, presents its Lifetime Achievement Award Gala in honor of Philadelphia music legends Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. The Gala will kick off with cocktails and a three-course dinner, followed by the award ceremony and an evening of dancing and live music. In a special presentation for Mr. Gamble and Mr. Huff, Chamber Orchestra Music Director Dirk Brossé will direct members of the Orchestra in classical orchestrations of Gamble & Huff songs. Silent and live auctions will also take place, featuring travel opportunities, sports and music memorabilia, concert tickets and more. The event is black tie. WHO: The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, with Gala honorees Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, and Gala Chairman The Honorable Edward G. Rendell. Grammy Award winner Billy Paul and the TSOP Band led by Emmy Award winner Bill Jolly have been confirmed to help celebrate the award. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Billy Paul has released over ten albums with Mr. Gamble and Mr. Huff’s record label, Philadelphia International Records. Mr. Paul won a Grammy for his #1 hit written by Mr. Gamble and Mr. Huff, Me and Mrs. Jones, which he will perform at the Gala. WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2011 · 6 p.m.
The Westin Philadelphia · 99 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

WHY: To honor the groundbreaking song writing and production team of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and their accomplishments, which include the 40th anniversary of Philadelphia International Records, the duo’s numerous #1 soul and R&B hits as well as their service to the community.
HOW TO RSVP: Individual tickets and full-table sponsorships are available until May 13. Please visit www.chamberorchestra.org/gala or call 215.545.5451 x29 for more information.



After a fifteen year hiatus, Reading Terminal Market will host Valentine to the Market a gala fundraiser featuring dancing, dining and live entertainment from 7pm to 1am. Tickets are available for $125 for the Valentine to the Market or $300 for a pre-Gala VIP party starting at 6 p.m. featuring champagne tastings, hors oeuvres, celebrity guests and a commemorative gift (while supplies last). Proceeds benefit the Reading Terminal Market Preservation Trust and will be used to preserve and enhance the historic Reading Terminal Market for future generations. (ie It’s A charity Event) Time is running out as only 100 or so tickets remain. For the VIP Pre-Party begins at 6:00PM includes: – Champagne and specialty open bar – Passed hors d’oeuvres – Live Entertainment – Celebrity Cook-off Challenge and Martini Mix-Off – Special commemorative gift bag (at coat check upon departure) – Followed by The Valentine to the Market Party from 7:00PM – 11:00PM
Celebrity Chefs participating in the appetizer Cook-Off include: Michael Schulson, Daniel Stern, Delilah Winder and Joseph Poon.
Media personalities scheduled to participate as judges, sous chefs and celebrity bartenders include 6ABC’s Alicia Vitarelli; FOX 29’s Mike Jerrick and Steve Keeley; CBS 3’s Jim Donovan; NBC 10’s Lu AnnCahn; Comcast Sportsnet’s Dei Lynam; Mix 106.1’s Donna Storm and Rocco; the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Rick Nichols and cookbook author and former news anchor Janet Zappala.

Remember I am having a contest for a ticket if you send me an email Buzz @ PhillyChitChat.com mention Reading Terminal in the subject line. I will enter you in the contest and add you to the PhillyChitChat.com mailing list so every day you will receive my blog entry in your box. If you can tell me you don’t want to be added, I won’t add you. I’ll pick the winner tomorrow in time for the 11AM mailing. Thanks (Next week check out my Nicole Miller “The Bellevue Get’s Engaged Party”

Now on to the Beer Garden News. It’s always been a fun hang out, the food is a ok, but I always thought the space was dark and unappealing. Things are about to change as one of the most successful vendors in the Reading Terminal have bought the space.

The Iovine Brothers – Purveyor of fresh produce from around the world, have bought the Beer Garden and are changing the name to Molly Malloy in honor of their mother whose maiden name was Malloy. The renovation where they will be completely gutting the place and changing the entrance to the front near the seating area, of the space should begin soon and be completed by April and it will then become a Gastro Pub focusing on Farm Fresh food. Which should be easy to obtain since Iovine is known for having some of the best produce procured from local farms.
The money raised from the Valentine to the Market will also be put to good use when the Reading Terminal renovates the market later this year including new bathrooms, a demonstrator kitchen will now be located behind the Flying Monkey Area and there will be many more classes for the general public. There will also be a new cordoned off “reserved seat area” for rental. This is perfect for bus groups visiting the Convention Center as well as any other large organization that wants to keep their group together. Next year when the renovations are finished there will also be an additional 4 – 6 retailers as the terminal creates additional space. Frommer’s, the respected tourist information service, has included Reading Terminal Market on their just-released list of America’s Best Public Markets:. So think about it, Saturday night are you really doing something better than supporting one of Philly’s most beloved treasures all while having a great time with friends, making new friends and experiencing the Reading Terminal Gala.