That Meatball Contest Controversy, and Pixs & Links to Media Placements This Week

That Meatball Contest Controversy, and Pixs & Links to Party Pics This Week

Hello gorgeous Sunday. GET OUT, really today is probably the last really nice weekend day of summer before Wednesday’s cold front comes through. The Social Season is winding down; PhillyChitChat was out and about shooting a lot of fun events which happened this week. If I photographed you towards the end of the week, your link will be here next Sunday or follow me on Social Media and find the link there. Let’s check out a few photos, followed by a link to additional photos.

SUNDAY: Taproom on 19th Meatball and Gravy Contest, not so much gravy judging though. Good thing cause one contestant told me she dropped her gravy slow cooker on the way to setting up


The judges in the Meatball Gravy Contest

Charles Roxland‘s meatballs came in 2nd

Winner Jena Leigh Lucas won with her tradition pork, veal & beef, gluten free bread crumbs. She told me the recipe was from her mom who got it from her Nonna, and each women added their own ingredients to make it special. Originally it was a DEAD HEAT between the first and second winner, but I told the judges of her sweet story, and about the cute apron she wears while cooking. The apron was created by her Nonna when she was a little girl.

South Philly’s Jennifer “Fear” Zavala , and her son at the Taproom on 19th Meatball Contest last week. Jennifer created a delicious chick pea meatball, which wreaked havoc with the old school meatball lovers of South Philly. Some people went as far as to assume Jen’s meatball won the contest and began blowing up the internet. I guess all gals with tattoos look alike?  Mary Sellers was MAD AND LET US ALL KNOW ABOUT IT ON HER ZAGAT REVIEW

– Mary Sellers (left this on Zagat under Taproom on 19 s review)


Check out Victor Fiorillo’s column for more deets and

Tune into Fox 29 Monday to find out what happened at @taproomon19th Meatball/Gravy Challenge?
@foxyladychef & @missmalloryknox will be on @mikejerrick@alexholleytv@fox29philly 8:30 Monday ! #meatballmadness#basicbitch

Plus Check out CBSPhilly for photos from the contest



Monday night I attended another in a series of author/panel conversations of the Arts + Business Council of Philadelphia. This one was Turning Big Orgs into Lean Startups with Eric Ries + Adam GrantWrestlingIt was held Monday night at the Prince Theater, and was well attended. Usually they’re held during the morning hours before people head to work. I think A+B might now consider mixing them up holding them both in the morning and in the evening. The ticket price is always reasonable, usually about $35 to attend, and the event is between 2 and 3 hours long. There is a higher VIP price, which includes a meet & greet with the author, receiving a book and getting it signed.

Dane Copeland, Karin Copeland, executive director of the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and Jason Whitelock (Get to know Karin)

During the VIP on Monday night there was a performance by Ballet X, a partner of A+B. BalletX is Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, who perform at the Wilma Theater at Broad and Spruce. Their season kicks off November 29. Wrestling
Eric Ries signs his latest book for a fan
The doors opened up and the crowds were ready to be schooled. Check out additional photos at CBSPhilly

Komen Philadelphia’s Annual Pink Tie Gala, this year’s them was The Great Gatsby’s. What a great event, and theme. I’m going to write a longer piece on the event to showcase the decor and the smartly dressed guests.

Philly Style Magazine
Philly Metro Online


CureDuchenne | Finding a cure for Duchenne  
Saturday night PhillyChitChat’s Andre Flewellen photographed Blingo, a blinged out fundraiser for Duchenne, muscular dystrophy is fatal muscle disease that usually affects young boys.

I headed there after photographing Komen’s Pink Tie Gala just in time to photograph the last two Blingo games. Blingo is played just like bingo, but all the prizes are gift certificates, or blingy jewelery. Here’s sponsor Geno Vento pulling balls to determine the next winner

Farah Hassanbhai-Kapoor and Rahul Kapoor

Farah wants me to remind you to save the date for the 125th Anniversary of the Reading Terminal Market

Lucie Walker, Maria Kent and Sarah Bryns flank former Eagles player Tra Thomas

Decor by Ann Catania, Creative Director of Ten Pennies.
Philly Style Magazine

Philly Metro Online

Philadelphia Theater Company Presents Wrestling Jerusalem By Aaron Davidman
October 18 – November 5, 2017

I headed to the opening night after party which was held in the theater lobby

Paige Price, artistic director at the Philadelphia Theatre Co. and Aaron Davidman. writer and performer of WRESTLING JERUSALEM

Check out party photos in CBSPhilly

Check back next Sunday for more party links, and every day on PhillyChitChat for events happening near you.