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May 2009


CHASE AND JEN UTLEY’S 2nd Annual Utley All-Star Animals Casino Night (with the Phillies)

Last night was the 2nd Annual Utley All-Star Animals Casino Night to benefit the Philadelphia Chapter of the SPCA. Many of the well heeled, sports watching folks attended the $250 person a ticket event. The proceeds benefited the Pennsylvania SPCA. Jaime Apody from ABC6 writes “They’re Philadelphia’s ‘it’ couple (An “IT” couple you say, where have I heard that before?) He is a World Champion on the field and together they’re true champions for animal rights. “I grew up with animals, Jen had some animals growing up, that’s why I’ve always been fond of animals, and years it kind of started when Jen began to volunteer at the SPCA,” Chase said. Jen now serves on the shelter’s board.

Outfielder Stylin’ Jayson Werth of the Philadelphia Phillies, and wifeJulia Werth, Jennifer Utley and Chase UtleyI asked Chase if he had a few of these Bud’s with the Phillies World Series logo at home on a shelf? He said “No, great idea, you know what I’m going to buy a case” (This is Chase’s actually beer [Jen’s water]. Should I have swiped it and sold it on Ebay?)
The ladies were sporting some stylish shoes

The food was done by Feastivities Events ( has created the finest corporate galas, weddings, and social affairs in Philadelphia & Main Line Suburbs, New York City, and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region for over twenty years. The menu was vegetarian. Jen Utley is a vegetarian, plus it was an animal event, it’s probably not polite to eat them. (It reminds me of the time I was covering Pam Anderson at a PETA event and the girl from Law & Order showed up (married to football player) in a mink coat. Pam kicked her ass out of there.)Jimmy Rollins is one of the most dapper Phillies, and he and girlfriend Johari Smith will appear in a Playboy fashion feature, most likely in the June issue and on video on Playboy’s Web site. (Chris Cabott of the Center City law office of Lloyd Remick/Zane Management coordinated the Johari Smith & Jimmy Rollins Playboy shoot on behalf of Rollins and Smith. [which would explain why I saw Chris Cabott in the house near Jimmy)
Me trying to capture a candid shot for Michael Klein’s column. (Like 2 weeks ago and the photo I took of Heidi Hamels throwing a baseball in her party dress)Almost a decent candid, but the angle is all wrong. You can see Jayson Werth’s Championship ring fairly clear here, which makes this almost a good shot. There was a table to my left and I was stuck in an odd place unable to move, as it was I missed a few people at the step-up-and-repeat trying to get the candids. When I shoot an event with VIPs, I wear three hats. 1) I shoot for the blog, 2) for my national/international photo agency WENN 3) INQlings and/or other media where they might be interested in a shot.
Philadelphia’s Picnic Company Is Created To Sustain Events in Tough Times
These are food shots from the Festivities Catering Co. I’d like to know what kind of camera was used, I love these shots.

I don’t follow baseball, but does Clay Condrey, always look so damn serious? It’s the Red Carpet Man lighten up? His wife Elizabeth on the other hand, adorable.The Hamel’s so clean and fresh. Seriously these two need to get into commercials they are so squeaky Doris Day and hot. I’d buy a car from them.
This year was even more successful than last year and the room was packed for the Utley event benefiting the PSPCA. Last years event raised over $200,000 for the organization.

Although I didn’t roam around it might be tough for a guy of my size. Did I mention that on June 1, I will begin the NBC10/Fusion Cross Training – Philly’s Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge. That’s right you can see me sweat on TV, then follow my progress here on Philly Chit Chat. We already filmed a segment and it was a laugh a minute, when I wasn’t straining from the pain.
Here’s last years Utley SPCA event. These shots will give you a better idea of how the room was probably set up:


CELEBRITIES IN PHILADELPHIA, recently & in the future

On Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, 2009, the Free Library hosted its third annual Free Library Festival. Drawing our largest crowd to date–estimated at 35,000!–the Festival presented more than 50 authors, performers, and programs, and 80 exhibitors at the Street Fair and Literary Marketplace. Thanks to our Festival Sponsors, the City of Philadelphia, and the Fairmount Park Commission, to the Free Library staff, and to our more than 200 dedicated Festival Volunteers for another fantastic fest!One of the headliners was Kristin Chenoweth who read from her book A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth (and ghostwriter Joni Rodgers, which is listed on the cover too. Is it a biography then?) On the main stage she did a Q&A with Tamela Edwards. Towards the end of the session Edwards mentioned that she had heard that Chenoweth could tell the weather with her hoo hoo. Chenoweth explained that she had fractured coccyx doing a split. “The lasting legacy of the Cooter Smash is that I’m the first to know when it’s going to rain. That’s right. I both sing and predict the weather with my hoo hoo. Mozart, meteorology, plus all the usual stuff.” Edwards asked her if the Phillies would get their game in the next day before the predicted rain. She said yes, and she was correct.
I am a Christian and I don’t want there to be any confusion about what I believe or who I am. I don’t believe gay people are going to hell. I believe that judgment is left to the one upstairs and I believe Jesus is all about love. If I can live my life even just a smidgen the way God made his son for us as an example, I’m happy. I do not judge other people for what they believe, but for me, this is what works.
– Kristin Chenoweth

She met with her fans, signed and posed for photos
Three fans from the Philly area made her Chenolicious White Trash Cookies” — basically, a sandwich of cookies made from commercial chocolate chip dough with a generous slathering of store-bought vanilla cake frosting. She ate two of them on the spot.
John Quiñones is a co-anchor of the ABC newsmagazine Primetime, a correspondent for 20/20, and the sole anchor of the popular Primetime limited series What Would You Do?, which uses hidden cameras to capture people’s unscripted reactions to compelling ethical dilemmas.
Peter Yarrow. Great to see him in person, and interacting with a new generation
The largest audience had to be for the author John Green.
I never heard of him before, but I was in the minority
*Family: Married to Sarah Urist Green.
Education: Graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, with degrees in religion and English.
Books: “Looking for Alaska,” published in 2005; “An Abundance of Katherines,” 2006; “Paper Towns, 2008; “Will Grayson, Will Grayson,” a collaboration with David Levithan scheduled for publication in 2010.
A few weeks back I took this photograph of Heidi Hamels. I wasn’t sure if it would be picked to be in the paper, but a different one of Heidi ran, but I thought 57% of my readers might enjoy this shot of the hottie Heidi. Tonight I will get to see Heidi again at the Chase and Jen Second Annual “Utley’s All-Star Animals” charity casino night benefiting the Pennsylvania SPCA. Chase and Jen are dedicated to the fight against animal cruelty and are focusing their efforts on raising funds toward ending animal abuse in Pennsylvania.
Meet JOE FRAZIER at FYE on June 4th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ 12:00 PM!!! (100 SOUTH BROAD STREET, PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania 19110)
Reese Witherspoon is not in town yet, but her people are looking for a place for her to live. Rumor has it that her ex-hubby Ryan Philippe will also be filming or baby sitting the kids this summer (a friend received a texted message and told her to get her party shoes on because it’s gonna be a wild summer. Did I mention Octo Club is opening on 6/17/09) Their time here will overlap for about 3 months. I predict a few celeb sightings as they share custody of the kids taking them to many our great Philadelphia attractions.


Magee Rehabilitation Hospital 9th Annual Night of Champions fundraiser

Adam Taliaferro Gala 10/16/10
10/16/2010 Hyatt Regency Penns Landing, Phila Pa 6PM

Helping athletes who suffer spinal cord injuriesThe foundation provides emotional, financial and educational support to student-athletes who suffer catastrophic head or spinal injuries in sanctioned team events in New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Delaware. The foundation also provides educational and financial support related to the research, prevention and care of such injuries.

On Friday, May 8, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Philadelphia, Pa held it’s 9th Annual Night of Champions fundraiser at the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union Hall in South Philly.

Enjoying the cocktail party is VP Clinical Operations at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Bob Kautzman, Mary Schmidt Read, Magee SCI Program Director and Magee Research Coordinator, Vickie Underwood, Karen Fried and Rick Read

It also brought out a few celebrities in Philadelphia, VIP’s included Adam Taliaferro, Jon Runyan, Mike Mamula, and Raheem BrockSean and Jamie Mulholland

Ken and Rhoda Fulginiti, with Eileen and Tom Duffy. Mr. Duffy is Magee’s 2009 Champions in the Community awards recipient. Tom is an attorney and is an avid supporter of wheelchair sports.
Many of you may recognize this fellow on the left, I did not as I don’t follow sports. But once he spelled out his last name the light came. Dallas Green with Comedian Joe Conklin or Sir Voicealot is the man of thousand Voices. He is most famous for his work impersonating the voices of local sports figures on the WIP morning show with Angelo Cataldi.
Adam Taliaferro, Erin Mulshenock and Kelli Ziomek. Taliaferro is a former American Football player whose recovery from a paralyzing spinal cord injury sustained while playing for the Penn State Nittany Lions gained national media attention. Given only a 3% chance to ever walk again, he began a well-publicized rehab at Magee Rehabilitation. After eight months of rehab, Taliaferro had learned to walk again. In 2001, an emotional crowd welcomed him back to Penn State where he became an student-assistant coach under Joe Paterno as well as playing in 5 more games. Today he is studying law at Rutgers Univ, and has created his own foundation to help support others with spinal cord injuries. The foundation was created in 2001, and continues to grow each year. The foundation has been said to raise over $80,000 per year for spinal cord injuries.

Indianapolis’s Colts Raheem Brock and Teela Spiller. Former Owl and current Indianapolis Colt Raheem Brock is giving back to his hometown through his new foundation “Through my foundation, I plan to work with underprivileged children with an emphasis on education and giving back to the community,” Brock stated on his web site, “I feel that both of these aspects are important to molding the leaders of tomorrow.” Vince “Invincible” Papale, wife Janet, daughter Gabriella and son Vince Jr. standing by a poster signed by him and Mark Wahlberg who played him in the movie about his life.
Magee Sports Teams Magee sponsors athletes in the sports listed below and works with several other sports organizations. These activities are coordinated through Magee’s Community Programs department. Magee supported athletes can compete in these sports:

The Night of Champions event included dinner, raffle prizes and live and silent auctions. Once again, WIP Radio host Howard Eskin served as the auctioneer, who offered to play golf at the Philadelphia Cricket Club with the person who won the outing, boosting the winning bid to $500.
Those in attendance bid on items such as a Phillies cap signed by the 2008 World Series Phillies ($850) and a B.B. King autographed guitar ($1850). La Salle University coach John Giannini had the winning bid on tickets to the Colbert Report. He got them for his wife for Mother’s Day. The amount of money raised for Magee’s wheelchair sports teams…well over $172,000.
To learn more about Magee or the wheelchair sports programs, visit


Philadelphia Chef Brendan Smith at Lippincott House Debuts his new Catering Business

Looking for a place in Philadelphia to hold your next party, event or even a wedding? The Historic Lippincott House, which when we last visited, had become a very popular Bed & Breakfast, is now partnering with Chef Brendan Smith to host events and special occasions to which he would provide the delish food.

The kickoff party for the B. Smith Catering Company was held at the Lippincott House which lies in the heart of Philadelphia, one block from Rittenhouse Square. For decades it was a private home, but in the last year the owners, Jack Eldridge and Mary Beth Hallman,
who have been in the house for the last 12 years, decided to convert it into a Bed & Breakfast. Now they have decided to also open the house for the rental

The Lippincott House at 2023-2025 Locust Street was built in 1897 by publisher J.B. Lippincott for his daughter, Christina, who returned to Philadelphia after traveling through Italy.
Upon entering the Lippincott House, the foyer leads to a upgraded kitchen with pantry and dining room with beautiful hardwood flooring. It’s here where Chef Brendan Smith will prepare your meal. A staircase leading to the second floor is in the main foyer where you will find the living quarters. The mansion features three floors of event space, a screening room, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a four-room Bed & Breakfast, and grand Victorian decor – including the original Brazilian rosewood staircase and paneling, stained glass windows and an an antique billiards table.

Chef Smith, formerly of the Kimmel Center and the United Nations, is the chef and owner of b*smiths gourmet catering as well as Smith’s Restaurant | Lounge on 19th street in Philadelphia. He has extensive experience in fine dining and events, having spent a decade with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the United Nations, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, the Academy of Music, the Kimmel Center, and, most recently, Smith & Wollensky. At the Kimmel Center, he was one of the first area chefs to commit to local, seasonal ingredients, a tradition he continues today.
Event menu items include seared diver scallops with English pea puree and Vidalia onion foam in spring; grilled Maine lobster with sweet corn hash and a chive buerre blanc in summer; and Bordeaux braised short ribs with roasted Yukon whipped potatoes and a Granny Smith apple reduction in winter. Chef Smith is also known for his versatility, offering event planners a wide range of cuisine and styles, including a la plancha, sous-vide and small plates. Chef Smith also is a certified sushi chef.
Patricia Jobling, Julia Somers-Morley, Photographer Susan Ryan
The house is full of treasures, including a 1660s Dutch wardrobe, antique pier mirrors, and an 1887 grand piano.
Stephanie Smith and Chef Brendan Smith

Dan and Tracey Yerkes
One of the beautifully appointed bedrooms of the Bed & Breakfast which may be available to rent in case you need it. Erin Jackson Director, Marketing & Multicultural chats with Tara Theune Davis
Choose from buffets, food stations or a seated dinner. Chef Brendan Smith will personally attend to your menu selection and catering ideas for the special event. Lippincott also offers a unique “chef’s table” event where guests can cook alongside Chef Brendan Smith in the home’s recently renovated kitchen (featuring an Aga stove). Event rentals are by the hour and begin at $250 per hour.
A carved wooden stair case with beautiful stained glass windows lead to the third floor Billiard Room. Guy Barbarulo and Tara Theune Davis admire the handiwork.
Whether you’ are celebrating life’s milestones or getting down to business, the Lippincott House offers a unique and elegant special event venue. Rooms available for rental include the dining room, parlor and conservatory and/or billiards room. We book only one event a time.

Michael DeBaecke and Joshua Valocchi (Thrillist)
Longtime friends Tara Theune Davis, Casey DeBaecke & Annie Heckenberger

Lippincott Owner Jack Eldridge and Chef Brendan Smith For information on Smith’s Catering, visit or contact 888.399.1990 or For views of the Lippincott House, visit

The Lippencott House has the exclusive privilege of Chef Brendan Smith’s catering, but b*smiths can also travel to your location. Because of it’s Philadelphia base it gives them the flexibility to serve you anywhere in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware.
Event Coordinator Stephen Penwell 888-399-1990