Friday, March 13, 2009

5th Annual Flavors of Philadelphia - the American Liver Foundation

The American Liver Foundation Delaware Valley Chapter’s 5th annual Flavors of Philadelphia will be the hottest ticket in town, Tuesday, March 3, 2009, as the city hails the culinary soiree of the year. Twenty “prep kitchens” will roll into the elegant Crystal Tea Room to provide ea ch of the local celebrity chefs a private space to prepare their outstanding, gourmet four-course dinner tableside for twelve lucky guests.Last year they added a TWIST, with the cities most notables to assist as Sous Chefs. We are please to announce a few of this years sous chefs, Laura Burkhardt – Group Editor of Morris Publications, Harry Giordano – Senior Director of Development for the City of Hope, Thom Cardwell – Managing Director of the Philadelphia Film Festival. Matthew Izzo of is a lifestyle store located in Center City Philadelphia. We carry clothing as well and you can shop with us online. Some of our clothing lines are Acne, Filippa K, Surface to Air, Scotch and Soda, Rogues Gallery, Harry Giordano – Senior Director of Development for the City of Hope, Michele DiVeterano, City of Hope, Tony Luke of Cheesesteaks and Phyllis Halpern of the Pennsylvania Tourism Office.
Vince Papale, Frank Lewis – WOGL 98.1 and the Wine Steward from Georges
Thom Cardwell Philly CineFest and Harry Giordano – Senior Director of Development for the City of Hope; The next big event benefiting the City of Hope is "Let Them Eat Cake" More than 40 of the regions top pastry professionals and students will compete for top honors at the Fifth Annual Let Them Eat Cake, a Wedding Cake Design Competition on Tuesday, April 14th at LOEWS Philadelphia. Once the cakes have been judged, fondant foodies and brides-to-be will be able to sample the entries, toast the talent with Champagne provided by KORBEL , dance the night away to Back 2 Life by Brandywine Valley Talent, view tables created by EVENTRICITY and instant photos by Majestic Images .A donation of $40.00 per reservation through the City of Hope or $50.00 on the night of the event. Tickets for Let Them Eat Cake or for more information or entries please contact Harry Giordano at 215-985-0869 contact him at . Proceeds of this evenings donations benefit cancer research, treatment and educational programs at the City of Hope Doors open at 6 p.m. to the public
Phillies Ballgirl Janita "Applebaum" Styles and Vince Papale. (He was so gracious greeting all the volunteer sous chefs)
Sous Chef's Matthew Izzo and Fashionista Jimmy Contreras.

The benefits of being the Sous Chef, making sure everything is perrrfect!

Sarah Doheny and John Snoden. It's been awhile since we've seen this stylish duo.

Brenda Davis, Christine Schentz and Allison Carow enjoy the festivities
Survivor Gervase Peterson and son Donelle Tynes. Gervase is participating in a celebrity boxing match against Travis Knight on 4/3. The key fight for the night is Michael Lohan vs Rocco from Q102. But I would really like to see him fight his daughter's girlfriend Sam Ronson, who would kick his ass.
Tony Luke's movie premiere "The Nail" premieres 3/27/09 at Phila Cinefest, is dancing with joy with Where Magazine publisher, Laura Burkhardt
The American Liver Foundation is the nation’s leading nonprofit promoting liver health and disease prevention. The Foundation provides research, education and advocacy for those affected by liver disease, including hepatitis.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


On Saturday, March 7th the 9th annual Friends of the Red Cross's Red Ball raised over $120,000 this year for the Red Cross organization. A new venue for the popular young friends' ball - the new Please Touch Museum. Surprisingly, as Julie Thorne noted on her FB page, The Red Ball...where no one wore red!!! (Sponsor Exelon's Employees on the Carousel) Thanks to all the Sponsors

There was also the obligatory silent auction. I always love to see what's on sale. (Off Topic [OT] I am watching Oprah right now, seems she uses Skype for some of her guests, I guess even the economy is effecting her as she doesn't have to fly them in. OK now back to our regularly scheduled blog)

Let's just start out with my favorite photo of the night. The camera loves Sabrina and I love shooting her. Like my niece Kelsey, when the camera sees Sabrina magical things happen and she's not afraid of stepping out of the shadows to give us what we need. In the background is Julie Thorne who came down from Connecticut to enjoy in the festivities. The main room was where the dance floor was located as well as the many restaurants that provided the food.
The Ketel One Martini Ice Bar
The Ketel One Martini Ice Bar will return for another year. Enjoy tasty cocktails freshly mixed on their 6 ft customized ice bar.

There were two levels of ticket prices, General Admission and VIP Admission.
VIP Ticket - $275
($200 is tax-deductible)
All of the benefits included with Main Event ticket PLUS:
Exclusive access to the VIP Lounge featuring cuisine from Gigi Restaurant + Lounge
VIP Express Entrance
Complimentary Tommy Bahama Rum bar*
Private top-shelf open bar*
Private cigar bar provided by Maduro Cigar Club*
Separate VIP coat check
VIP gift and more! - The VIP Room held the Carosel which was very popular that night.

Here are peeps from CBS3 and it's sister station the CW; Included in this photo is:
Jamyra Perry, Brandis Smith, Vittoria Woodill, Kharisma McIilwaine, Rachel Ferguson, Hadas Kuznit, Marlo Polonsky and HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELONY ROY
Vp, Suburu Sales Bill Cyphers and Martha Cyphers
ABC6 news team Mara Webb, Kristie Gonzales, Monica Malpass, Ali Gorman
Philly Chit Chat reader David Dixs, with Robert Williams, State Rep Tony Payton (Who believes that eating breakfast is the first step toward a productive school day and a healthy lifestyle. I’ve introduced a bill to invest $6.5 million in the health of Pennsylvania’s children by ensuring that more students have access to school breakfast and lunch.) and Uche Ojeh
MAIN EVENT Ticket - $175 ($110 is tax-deductible)
Enjoy tastings from 40 of Greater Philadelphia’s hottest restaurants.
Complimentary Ketel One Martini Bar*
Complimentary beer and wine bars (non-alcoholic refreshments will also be available)*
Live music and dancing by CTO Big Walt & the Groove and CTO Tribeca
Bid on great items in our Silent Auction and test your luck in our raffle
Play in the museum’s exhibits

This looks like fun
WOW in heels girl you are crazy!!Red Cross Manager Lynda Connelly and Kristin Alexander
Mary Patel and Thom Cardwell. This Friday is a public screening of Mark Webber's Explicit Ill's at the Bourse at 7:30PM, tixs $9. A scene from the movie was filmed at Mary's house in Old City. Check out Thom Cardwell's column in the Legal Intelligencer tomorrow and every Thursday, he writes about food, culture and the arts.
Media Babes G-N Kang and Aditi Roy
The beauty behind Philadelphia Magazine includes Jessica Hawkes, Tracy Seng and Nataliya Browarek
Sheila Wilson and Stephen Malloy (who is not related to the Malloy's that had a house down the street from our shore house in Stone Harbor, NJ where my little sister married their cousin Michael)
The river room which has a big tree growing in the middle. It reminds me of the Tree of Life in Walt Disney World.
The beautiful and smart Dr. Adriana Torres with the debonair Kerry O'Connor. Director of PR for the Magee Rehabilitation would like you to Join Billy Cunningham, Bernie Parent, Mike Mamula and Adam Taliaferro at The Night of Champions on May 8 in Philadelphia Join local sports, entertainment and media champions in an event the supports Magee Rehabilitation Hospitals wheelchair sports programs. Please contact Suzanne Smalley, Ron Siggs or Mark Chilutti at (215) 587-3090.
Clayre Brown and Jamie Reibenbach. Both girls are affiliated with Mission Grill in Center City strongly encourages all to make resvs 4 Mission's $40, Three course Wine Dinner hosted every Wednesday. It's an incredible deal plus first round's on me:). Tell her you saw her on PhillyChitChat
Erin and Kevin Hexstall. He is the Chairman of the RAWLE & HENDERSON's Criminal Defense section. He caught my attention by saying "You forgot to take a picture of the most beautiful girl in the room." and he may be right about that.
Arthur Kade, Julie Thorne, Sabrina Tamburino (who's mom returns to Philly today hopefully bringing with her some Florida sunshine) and Steve Thorne.
Geoffrey and Angela Delany
Some of my favorite news people. Some of them had never met each other before, and had really genuine conversations that I was privy to. A lot of compliments and sincere well wishes. After I took this shot most of them sat down and continued conversing into the night. I hope they do have a news reunion another time like we spoke of, maybe a quarterly happy hour or dinner at one of our fab restaurants in town. (BTW I was at Union Trust Tuesday night, YUMMY. Seriously very good, and fairly crowded for a school night.)
Keki R Balsara, NBC 10 Aditi Roy, David Fineman, CBS3 Pat Ciarrocchi, FOX29 Shenielle Jones, Uche Ojeh, CBS3 Susan Barnett, CBS3 Chris May (I still don't recognize Chris May in person, and he is always so gracious. If Philly Mag had a category of "Which newsperson would you leave your spouse for?", no doubt it would be a double date with Susan Barnett and Chris May, those two are breathtaking and nice to boot, who wouldn't want to watch their newscast?)


First I am going to take advantage of my large readership this week due to the Gerard Butler fan surge and that I was featured on CBS3 in a piece yesterday. I need you to keep my sister Judy in your prayers. Some of you may recall that last April Judy was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer stage 3; after 8 Chemo treatments, the cancer still spread. We just got the news last Friday, so needless to say professionally this has been an awesome week, personally I'm devestated. Today we hear more news about the future. Judy as usual is faring much better than all of us. So please keep her in your prayers. (My family, Mom in the center in pink, 5 sisters, a brother, me & spouses. Judy is in the blue dress)The above photo was taken St. Patrick Day's weekend in Florida in 2005. This weekend is the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Philadelphia. The parade goes up the Parkway towards the Art Museum. Please stop by one of my favorite coffee/sandwhich shops Capriccio Cafe Cret at 16th & the Parkway (I took the photos for the website and I think they are some of my best - Did you know the next time the parade actually falls on St. Patrick's Day is 2013
St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade is the nation's 2nd oldest. Due to a change in the route, this year's parade will pass in front of Capriccio's patio at the corner of 16th and the Parkway on its way toward Eakins Oval. Capriccio @ Café Cret is a perfect family-friendly location to take-in the parade's sights and sounds.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we will feature the following special drinks -
  • Shamrock Milkshake - Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream blended with milk and topped with whipped cream.
  • Leprechaun Latte - A delicious latte with a hint of green mint syrup to add a bit of color to your day.
  • Irish Cream Mocha - Our traditional mocha dressed up for St. Patrick's Day with delectable Irish Cream flavoring.
  • White Chocolate Mocha with green mint syrup - Capriccio's decadent White Chocolate gets an official Irish makeover.
The parade starts promptly at 11 am, passing by Capriccio shortly thereafter. Make sure to get there early and reserve your spot on the patio!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


I just wanted to republish this page since CBS3 just did a piece on me today....SCROLL DOWN FOR TODAY'S ENTRY ON WXPN'S BEGGAR'S BANQUET WITH KEVIN BACON & OTHERS.

When I am not shooting Philly's socialites, Charity Events, your events and interesting people, I really like to photograph celebrities, especially in candid moments. I started photographing celebrities 3 years ago this month, when I lived in NYC. Those photos went on my first blog .By definition a Paparazzi takes candid photos of celebrities. Last week an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer called me the self appointed Philadelphia Paparazzi and I can own it; I pride myself on being a friendly paparazzi, more times than not I will ask for a photo, and if the subject says no, well I can walk away, not a problem.

Most celebs do know it comes with the territory, VIP service and photos for the public to enjoy as well as promoting good causes Like Alex's Lemonade. Philadelphia has celebrities and celebrities come to town to do movies, press junkets, etc. We read about them in Dan Gross' column, Michael Klein's Column, The Clog, Philebrity and other media sources. If you're tipping them off, just tip me off too. I have a camera, and a picture says a thousand words. The tips you give will still be published with those peeps, but now with a photo the story can be kicked up to a national level, it's not gonna happen by just saying that Jamie Foxx ate at Parc, or Dave & Buster's or shopped at Macy's, but a picture with that story can make it national entertainment news. (Buzz @ PhillyChitChat. com)Thankfully another photog tipped me off to this event, which happened 11/2007, but is still being placed with the story that it was taken in Philadelphia at a McDonald's.

Although this shot was originally taken 11/08, an placed in Us Weekly with the story of how McDonald's in Philly & NYC were promoting the Ronald McDonald Houses, it has placed many times, as recently as 10/30/07 on this site.Most photographers are employed and get assigned to shoot "events", sports, or news, the sure things like this appearance by Julie Andrews at Macy's; freelancers like me are much more flexible and can send the photos to the wireservices, we own our photos.
People always ask me how I know where a celebrity is going to be, well people tip me off; the tipster could be another patron, someone walking by, a server, an owner, a friend, a friend who gets a call from their friend who says "Guess what so and so is in HERE!!" If I am available I'll run to get it.

So I am here to tell you I'll take my chances, and do it in a polite manner, and get you the press you desire. So tip me off buzz@ PhillyChitChat .com (no spaces)Ted Turner leaving his Broad Street restaurant Ted Montana's Grill. This photo has been published in Star Magazine too.Last week I got several tips from people eating at Del Frisco's about "I think it's Stephen King", few Flyers and "a director and actor". Now had if he known who it was "Gerard Butler and F. Gary Gray" or even the names of the Flyers, I would have run over there in a second in the rain/snow at 10PM and waited outside to get that shot.Sometimes people invite me to a party, or dinner where they will be meeting with a "celebrity". If they ask me to come and shoot the event, I always make sure they ask the celebrity first.

Hometown TV Interviewer Butch Cordova is celebrating his 9th season on WYBE/DUTV hosting "In Bed With Butch", was going to be dining with actor/model Keith Collins (MTV & Calvin Klein ad's) after interviewing him for his show. He invited me to get a few shots at Valanni's.

Tonight you can catch the Keith Collins interview with "In Bed with Butch" on DUTV ch. 54 at 10:30pm and it repeats all weekend long.

A photo in a media publication, is a good for your business and Philadelphia; A photo in the national media great, and that doesn't happen a lot for us as most photographers work for a media outlet, instead of freelancing.

A friend called saying "Marley & Me" was filming in front of their office. I got there in minutes, captured this shot and it was published in Ok Mag, Phila Inquirer, Us Magazine, and on the E! Entertainment Website worldwide. In the copy it states the film is being made in Philadelphia. You can't beat that kind of press, word are good, but words with a picture is better.
It's great to get copy in the local press, but without a photo the fact that Demi Moore at at the Continental, Tria, D'Angelo's, shopped at Lago's or Urban Outfitters is not going to go anywhere but the Delaware Valley. This was the photo I got after I asked Demi for a shot, and promised never to bother her again. I didn't and I am the only one who got it, as she they didn't ask and she didn't give it. (She could have smiled though, she looks kinda miserable. She should be happy, I got the call about her and the family eating at the Continental on Mother's Day, and I told them no since I had made her a promise)

The other day I was reading, it stated Jamie Foxx was eating at Parc "right now". I ran over there as I was on my lunch too, waited about 20 minutes and then he came out. I asked him for a photos, no answer, but his assistant did move to the right so I could get these shots.
Here the shots appear on Concrete Loop, which gets about 23,000 hits a day
Guess he's not used to 40F and was bundled up. Next to him is the director F Gary Gray. Also dining with them was Regina King, but I didn't get a clear shot, and frankly after I took the 4 of him, just wanted to get out of their way as to not draw attention to them.So tip me off, you can trust me to do a respectful job.

HINT: I won't even photograph them until they depart the venue, so they don't know who tipped me off, another patron, someone window shopping, someone that recognizes there car, or anyone else.

Doug Reinhardt from "The Hills" was here in November and stopped at JL Sullivans. This shot was picked up by this national website which gets about 3,000 hits a day.These are just additional shots that have been published since the initial posting: