Media Event


Have an Olive Day With Chef José Andrés

Philadelphia hosted a delectable event on May 15th, “Have an Olive Day,” featuring the prestigious Spanish chef José Andrés,

as the campaign’s brand ambassador. 

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.

95 percent of the pimento-stuffed olives consumed in the United States come from Spain

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.

Syrmarie Villalobos, Telemundo 62 and chef José Andrés

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.

Chef Martinez helped guests taste and discover olives, a basic ingredient in the Mediterranean diet.

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.


Photos: The Ritz-Carlton Wedding Experience

Photos: The Ritz-Carlton Wedding Experience


Late last month I attended a lovely event at the Ritz Carlton Hotel for media to experience their wedding experience. Clever idea. I was only able to make it to the first event, and just a bit as my schedule was packed.  They sent a long some copy of the event and what they were out to achieve for this post. I will be returning soon to experience the rest of the great adventure when time permits. ….




A small exclusive group of national, regional and local members of the media were invited to attend a Wedding Experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia on April 21-22.


This 24 hour event was hosted at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia by Bradley Pacana, Dayna Leaventon and Jimmy Contreras. The Wedding Experience was created for members of the media to experience Weddings at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia and everything we offer at our property. At The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia we love weddings and celebrations of every kind.
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The Wedding Experience Event included overnight accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, lunch in the Grand Ballroom with coursed cuisine by the Ritz-Carlton Chefs and Pastry Team lead by Patrick Morrison, Spa time with signature treatments at Richel D’Ambra Salon & Spa (you don’t have to stay at the Ritz to enjoy her services), Lavish Family Style Dinner at Aqimero with a five course meal,

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Guests experienced Club Lounge on the 30th Floor for Breakfast on Saturday morning and Explored Philadelphia. Visit Philly and Philly Phlash provided VIP Passes to see Philadelphia’s museums and cultural institutions and rides on Philly Phlash.
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Partners of the event included Aqimero a Richard Sandoval Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, BVTLive!, Carl Alan Floral Designs LTD., Casa Papel, Evantine Design, MK Photography, Nicol Floral Design, Philly Plash, Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon, Van Earl’s Cakes, Visit Philly and Whipped Bakeshop.
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Here’s a list  of our partners:


Aqimero – Private Dinner experience

BVTLive! – Live music for the lunch event

Carl Alan Floral Designs LTD. – Tablescape and Floral Designs for Dinner at Aqimero

Casa Papel – Invitations for event, signage, menus and gifts

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Evantine Desgin – Tablescape Floral Designs for lunch in Grand Ballroom

Mk Photography – Photographed event

Nicol Floral Design – Flower Wall at Lunch

Philly Plash – Provided Travel for Exploring Philadelphia

Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon – Spa Treatments

Van Earl’s Cakes – Personalized mini wedding cakes for all guests at lunch

Visit Philly – VIP Passes for media to Explore Philadelphia

Whipped Bakesshop – LOVE cookies for guests gifts
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delicious sorbet, and the presentation was spectacular
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Van Earl’s Cakes – Personalized mini wedding cakes for all guests at lunch

Ritz Ritz

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Nicol Floral Design – Flower Wall at Lunch

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Thanks to Jana Bannan, MK Photographer for these shots.