Friday, January 9, 2009
PHILADELPHIA AUTO SHOW BLACK TIE GALA IS A GREAT WAY TO PREVIEW THE SHOW IN STYLE & Help out a good cause to boot
The 2009 Philadelphia International Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate Preview Gala is being held on Friday, January 30, 2009 from 7:00PM to 11:30PM at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Proceeds from the Black Tie Tailgate benefit the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia through the Auto Dealers CARing for kids Foundation (clever CARing) Below are some of the people responsible for this awesome event that kicks off the Philadelphia Auto Show beginning January 31, through Sunday February 8. L-R - Joe Magarity, Scott Lustgarten, Kevin Mazzucola with Dr. Stephen Altschuler President and CEO of CHOP, and Robin Austin, Director of Development at CHOPTonight's gathering was a cross between a tasting of the Auto Show's fundraiser the The Black Tie Tailgate Gala where you can purchase a ticket for a dining, dancing event the night before the auto show open's to the public. The event is held at the convention center among the cars that are shiny new and still have that new car smell. From 7 - 9PM cocktails in Hall D sponsored by Hyundai Motor America, Kia Motors America - Eastern Region and Mazda North America; at the same time in Halls A, B and C dine on hors d'oeuvres and cocktails sponsored by Chrysler Quality Plus Ford Dealers, General Motors, Lincoln Mercury Dealers, Suburu and local Volkswagon, finally dessert and dancing in the Grand Ball room featuring luxury automobiles from lexus and Mercedes-Benz, dessert and coffee in the Grand Ballroom sponsored by Audi of America and Infiniti. This is the part of the gala that I really look forward to, not because I sampled the fabulous ice cream bar or Mexican Brownie from El Vez, but I have always wanted to attend a grand event in the ballroom where the trains of yester year dropped off the hurried Center City workers back in the day, and who's headhouse is now restored into a magnificent Grand Ballroom still with the soaring ceiling. Kevin Mazzucola Executive Director Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia greets the guests at tonight's event, fills them in on the details of the upcoming Black Tie event, and is basically the cheerleader of the event, while also conveying what everyone knows in the industry, car sales are slow but things will get better, and let's have a party, it's for charity after all. Another speaker was Starr Restaurant's Simon Powles who describe some of the delicious items that will be served during the Gala, and some of the food that people will have a chance to taste at last night's event. Starr Restaurant's participating eateries include El Vez, Barclay Prime, Parc and Alma De Cuba.Did I mention Pod - I didn't have much time to eat, but I did have enough time to sample Pod's offerings and well they are my favorite. We're talking quality food, upscale dining with Starr restaurants, so when I look at the ticket pricing not only does the money go to a wonderful charity, but I get to sample foods from several of Steven Starr's restaurants, it's a special night.
Lisa, Sarah and Chris Magarity (The Auto Show runs from 1/31 - 2/8, tickets are a steal at $10 during the week, $12 weekends and can be bought online here
El Vez is in the house. I love their Taco Salad and dining outside along 13th Street
Suzanne and Donald Franks J.L freed & Sons, of with Dominic and Karen Conicelli (disclosure, I don't know these folks but I have leased all my cars from them except my current Suburu, as they don't carry Suburu) www.conicelliautoplex.com
The legendary Carol Springer at work. I spoke with Carol and she tells me that because of a few cutbacks, she is now the only social photographer covering the Mainline. After a nuclear attack there will be Roaches, Cher and Carol Springer left.
Tickets to Black Tie Tailgate start at $200 each.
Your ticket purchase supports Children's Hospital of Philadelphia through the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, and is partially tax-deductible.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Tuesday night a few people in the food industry media gathered at the invitation of Valanni's to try out their new “Forks + Corks” Series with a Wine and Paella Dinner which they are going to be featuring on 1/20/09 at two seatings. Sometimes before a restaurant debuts a new menu or a special menu night, they invite the media or foodie people for a sampling, so they have an idea about what they may be writing about in order to promote an event if they desire.I love going to these events, not for the meal as much as really enjoying spending time with my peers in the media biz. When I photograph people, celebrities etc in NYC, I have a lot of company in the sense that there are alot of photographers, fans & autograzzi's at the events I attend, but here in Philly it can be kinda lonely as I have no one really doing my thing at the events, so I really enjoy these nights. Plus when I shoot events, I try not to talk to too many people so I don't miss a shot that might manifest itself.
Matthew Siwek, NBC10's Mac Francis, Zelinda O'Hora, Jimmy Contreras, Valanni publicist Mathew Vlahos, and photographer Christopher Gabello, who takes a lot of the food photos for many restuarants in Philly including Valanni's.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
The students from Villanova donated Four Hundred dollars
Shirlee Kaplan awards the the Gene Kaplan "Volunteer of the Year Award" to Karen E. Wheeler. I wish I had photographed her shoes, they were electric purple.
Gerard Olson, Ph.D. Linda Creed Volunteer of the Year Award
Lisa K. Jablon, M.D. Elaine M. Ominsky, Ph.D. Humanitarian Award
Banfield, The Pet Hospital Angel Award
Chestnut Hill Hospital Women’s Center Angel Award
One of the most famous songs Linda Creed wrote, "The Greatest Love of All" sung by Whitney Houston
Thank You Sponsor's: AirTran Aldo’s Lamberti’s Restaurants Alison II Restaurant Art Is Salon Bistro Cassis Bourjois Cosmetics Lisa Brownstein Bucks County Biscotti Co. Linda Camerota
Centre Bridge Inn D’Angelos Ristorante Dante & Luigi’s Derek’s Restaurant Diane Lovell DiBruno Bros. HughE Dillon Photography Ettore Salon & Spa Fogo de Chao
Fork Restaurant Pat Friel Janet Genuardi Barbara Gilhool Nancy Gustitis Giovanni & Peleggi Maureen Glanzmann Janet Jandura Shirlee Kaplan La Locanda Restaurant
Levinthal’s Loews Philadelphia Hotel Kathy Lentini Majestic Wines McKenzie’s Brew House Adele Miller Isabel Momenee Movado Mary Olson Marsha Brown Restaurant Naked Chocolate Fran Orodeckis P.F. Chang’s Bistro Panorama Restaurant PECO
Pierre & Carlo’s Salon & Spa Portofino Restaurant Rembrandt’s Restaurant & Bar
Rescue Rittenhouse Spa Rittenhouse Hotel Robert Mand Photography Steven Ruzac, Century 21 Sofitel Hotel Starbucks Coffee Sweet Lucy’s Smoke House Terme di Aroma
Thunder Hair Salon Wegman’s Markets
Monday, January 5, 2009
This year I splurged and got a spread, I think I was inspired by all the parties I attended. So no dessert only, I went all out and got a tray. Mike was a bit freaked out when I invited 50 people this year, and although 22 RSVP'd a few brought their plus ones and we had a crowd of about 25. Meg Rider, Director of Events and Communications at Manna graced us with her presence. She had to duck out early to play Florence Nightingale to Natalie Hope McDonald Philadelphia Nightlife Examiner with my Mike.
Three old friends. Mark, Bill & Arthur. Mark and Bill have lived an adventurous life living the life of Riley in cities across the country. As of late they have settled outside of DC. Bill Rimmey is a South Jersey friend, also a huge adventurer having been in the travel business for about 25 years.Did I mention my cousin has move into town, into my condo building. I convinced her it was the right move. My baby sister moved in in 2004, and w/in 2 years met and married her husband; my sisters BFF moved in in 2005, met her man and is now engaged, and well Jessica girl has moved in and well you will meet her I will be dragging her around with me introducing her to the sights of Philly. Jared Poe are you single? Here are a few of my friends. Scott Righter, Marty Dellwo, Darren Fava, Steve Tyson, Jimmy Contreras, Matthew Vlahos and Phyllis Halpern
See that "closet" behind Mike and Jeremy. That would be the PhillChitChat office. Hmm what will that tax write off be for a 4 x 5 ft room?
I love my view New Year's Day - Dragged myself out of bed about noon, and oh didn't make it to Diane Johnson's brunch til 1:30PM (Hmm I wonder if she were cursing me out like I was cursing my friends out when they were 90 minute late the night b4) Jimmy, Diane Johnson, Christian Dicicco and Matt (Darn I don't think Christian is available for Jessica). Jimmy and Diane are rockin the New Year with those kicks, well Jimmy's looks like pimp kicks electric blue.
Amy and Colin Evan met at the Brassiere Pierre, which is no longer in business as of New Year's Day!! What a shock to read that they closed up shop. Although I only ate there a handful of times, I often bumped their tables as I tried to navigate the sidewalk along Walnut Street. And although that was a pain to do, it still added a lot of ambiance to the neighborhood. I remember about 10 years ago I spotted Brass in Pocket Chrissie Hynde eating at one of the outside tables. I went into City Sports and shot a few frames through the sweatsuits, but she got a glimpse of me and gave me the finger - LOL That was before digital so you'll have to take my word for it. (I would be remissed if I didn't mention that Colin Evan was one of the co-founder's of StubHub and later sold it to E-Bay so he's a gazillionaire and super nice and unassuming. In fact he has big plans for Philly's Brain Drain, so watch him do some important stuff in the near future.)
Next door there was a party going on which included a few Comics from the 2009 Mummers Parade. I was disappointed the parade ended so early, I like when they march into the early evening, as I was late getting to Aly's I only caught the tail end.
The Philadelphia City Paper and The Pen & Pencil Club invite you to join us for a beef and beer benefit to support fellow journalist Brian Hickey.
Pen & Pencil Club1522 Latimer St.Philadelphia, Pa. 19102
Jan. 10, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets: $50
Please reserve tickets in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org
Send checks payable to City Paper, and mail to:
City Paper123 Chestnut Street, Third Floor Philadelphia, PA 19106
Food and beer donated by the Pen & Pencil ClubMust be 21 or over, or accompanied by an adult