Friday, April 10, 2009


Earlier this month I stopped by 10 Arts at the Ritz-Carlton across from Philadelphia City Hall to attend the book signing of On the Line: The Stations, the Heat, the Cooks, the Costs, the Chaos, and the Triumphs (co-authored with Christine Muhlke). Eric Ripert was in the house signing for his fans.

Each of these hor'devours were from the book and passed around to the guests.

Chef Eric Ripert, Where Magazine Publisher Laura Burkhardt and 10 Arts Chef Jennifer Carroll.

Mark & Leigh Baker. They have eaten at 10 Arts several times. They are big fans of the rabbit dish.
Chef Ripert and Peter Leokum, GPFO
Jean A. Durling Chief Recruitment and Professional Development Officer, Jordan Roznowski and Julia Rariz all from Fox Rothschild LLP, (Named One of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother), enjoy the happy hour book signing.

Laurel Fairworth - Cachet Communications, Jamie Gordon PR Director Ritz-Carlton, Sunny Yi - Walking Elephant Marketing, and Heather Seok enjoy the afternoonPastry chef Monica Glass and Chef Jennifer Carroll. Both women are from the Philadelphia area. Who doesn’t have fond memories of a delicious cupcake snack after school? Well the cupcake has grown up and it is now part of a unique happy hour pairing being offered at the Lounge at 10 Arts at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.
Beginning March 20, 2009 – the first day of spring – 10 Arts will offer cupcakes and champagne as part of their VERY happy hour. Sommelier David Weiss and 10 Arts Pastry Chef Monica Glass have paired their talents to offer Philly’s happiest happy hour! “There are many wonderful champagnes that will compliment and enhance the flavors of the cupcakes we will offer,” Weiss explained adding “Of course guests can always go the traditional route and have coffee, tea or even a glass of milk with this culinary confection!” Glass said she always had a penchant for baking cupcakes, “Cupcakes and muffins were always my favorite things to bake as a child. I remember I spent many years of my childhood on the quest for the perfect chocolate cupcake recipe. Though I love experimenting 20 with new flavors and combinations, I'm partial to yellow butter cake and a rich chocolate frosting,” she admits. (I'm partial to the yellow butter cake too)

Also happening on this day was a visit from a class from The Restaurant School, posing with Pastry Chef Monica Glass, Chef Eric Ripert and Chef Jennifer Carroll.

Jennifer gives them a behind the scenes tour of the kitchen. I was excited that I could go along to. The kitchen is beautiful, clean and lots of dinners were being prepared that evening. Fun to watch the action.
Later stayed and enjoyed dinner, as I had eaten in the lounge before. The food was so delicious. There were a couple of salads on the menu, I had the house salad at $12 (apps $10 - $14), which was a meal by itself, but forced myself onto the Trout, which I had heard many of my friends rave about. DELICIOUS and reasonable at $26. Most entrees range from $26 - $34. There is also a menu for the lounge and prices range from $8 to $16 with a fish slider at $19. Of course I love the fish sliders. You really have to try them.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Macy's Flower Show - Philadelphia - Grand Court 4/5/09 - 4/19/09

Last week I took my regular short cut through Macy's and saw a sign:

The Macy's Philadelphia Flower Show will be showcased in the Grand Court at Macy's Center City, the site of Wanamaker's flower shows from the 1930s through the early 1970s. For this year's Flower Show, we're proud to be partnering with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, founded in 1827. The PHS runs the Philadelphia Flower Show, the world's oldest and largest indoor Flower Show.

Featuring stunning landscapes, celebrity guests and renowned floral designers, Dream in Color will transform our Center City store into a vibrant, colorful dreamscape, showcasing unique garden environments overflowing with thousands of exotic trees and flowering plants.

Wednesday, April 15

Grand Court
1PM – Behind the Dream in Color lays the design magic. Explore the making of the Macy's Flower Show with designer Burke Brothers, Landscape Design & Builder from Wyndmoor, PA. Discover what it was like to build and design this beautiful and unique show. My sister loves these Dooney Bourke bags and I thought I would take a few shots for her to shop by internetTuesday, April 14
Women's on 2
5:30PM – A Rose by any other name… Floral enthusiasts are welcome for a special discussion and book signing with Douglas Brenner and Stephen Scanniello authors of the book, A Rose By Any Name: The Little-Known Lore and Deep Rooted History of the Rose Name.

(Ralph Lauren Table. Did you know Ralph Lauren's son David is dating Lauren Bush and if they got married her name would be.....)

Thursday, April 16

Home on 3
1PM – Fashion and home designer Rebecca Moses makes a special appearance to introduce her new Heart Soul Style Summer Entertaining Collection exclusively at Macy's. Inspired by her life in Italy, Rebecca will demonstrate how to create three affordably beautiful table settings with her colorful, whimsical and refreshing new collection, just in time for spring. Although most of the displays are on the first and 3rd floors, springtime flows onto the sales floor too.

Take advantage of our 15-minute specially guided tours! They're available at 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm at The Eagle. During the tour, you'll learn all about this year's flowers and plants, plus we'll give you an insider's look at The Eagle and the Wanamaker Organ. Tours are complimentary.

This set up is by Martha Stewart (Please buy Martha Stewart, her stock is in the dumpster. A few years back I thought I would make a killing and bought 1000 shares; thank god I didn't quit my day job)

Saturday, April 18

Kids on 3
12:30PM – Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the Big Top! Come one, come all, join us for a special performance by the world-famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus® Clowns. Enjoy face painting, popcorn, and many other special surprises. (Coulrophobia is an abnormal or exaggerated fear of clowns. A lot of people I know are afraid of clowns. One of my favorite movies is Killer Klowns From Outer Space)If I ever get married this is the china pattern I would like. It's by Vera Wang. It's very simple and classy, just like a beautiful Vera Wang wedding dress.

BTW NEXT TUESDAY 4/14/09 Come on out and support City Of Hope's "Let Them Eat Cake" It's Philadelphia’s Wedding Cake Design competition for professionals, students and those who love to bake to create. After the cakes are baked and judge, the doors open and the Brides-to-be and cake lovers converge for the fourth annual competition featuring the best of the best and you get to try out the various cakes, check out the latest bridal vendors of every variety. Gift bags for the first 100 peeps.

Reserve your tickets now >> Tues., April 14th, 2009
Loews Philadelphia Hotel 1200 Market Street
Doors open: 6 p.m - 9PM Advance tickets: $40 At the door: $50
For tickets, please contact Harry Giordano:
800-344-8169 or

I know this is the Macy's Flower Show, but it looks like a subliminal JW on the flamingo's. What do you think?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Phillies Pup Rally with Jen Utley at Rittenhouse Square

PSPCA is one of the pet projects of Jen Utley and last week, before the first game of the season, Jen held a Phillies Pup Rally at Rittenhouse Square.
The Invite Stated: Dress your dogs in their Phillies best and join the Red Phanatic, Phillies Broadcasters and Phillies Ballgirls to raise funds and awareness for the Pennsylvania SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Drop off much-needed blankets and toys. Cash donations will also be accepted. Cats and dogs will be available to adopt. There will also be a raffle for a variety of items. Donors will receive a special ticket discount for a future Phillies game.
The Red Phanatic? What's that about? This is such an odd picture I like it.
Do I even need to say how cute this is? i love the little dog standing up to the red Phanatic.
My friends Janita Styles and Jen Utley. Jen's with Jack, and as you might recall in an earlier entry this year, Jen & Chase adopted Jack from a litter where the mother was put down after being a fighting pit bull. Originally Jack was named Simon, but Chase didn't like the name. One day they were driving in NYC and saw a billboard that said "Jack" on it (Jack in the Box? she couldn't remember). Chase thought Jack was a manly man name good enough for a pit bull. Jack's shy, and I wasn't going to call him or pet him, I'm afraid of pit bulls. I probably won't be visiting the Utley's much.
Here at the PSPCA, we address the needs of thousands of homeless animals a year. We started out with a single center in Philadelphia and, with the help of our dedicated staff and generous donors, burgeoned into a state-wide operation with six busy shelters.

Learn about our fascinating history reflecting the human capacity for good, get to know the exceptional, dedicated people who staff our shelters, and learn about our endless mission to prevent and relieve suffering. Become a supporter and help us continue to materialize our mission, helping not only animals in need but also inspiring people to be more humane.

This event brought out a lot of interesting folks, like this politician and his bulldog
A couple girls from Hollywood Tan came by and pedaled their wares in the park. They were offering a free tanning session for 4/4/09,
I bet if you mention that you saw their photos on PhillyChitChat and blame me for putting them up a week late maybe they would give you a free tan.
That hair, what is up with that hair? Is the Red Phanatic supposed to be female?
Poor muzzled puppy
I hear they had a dog parade and judge the best dressed pup, but I had to run.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Last night I attended a soiree high above the city streets, looking down on the citizens of Philadelphia where this little fella lives,
In conjunction with Philadelphia Style Magazine and The Residences at Liberty Two they held a join WELCOME HOME to Phillies COLE HAMELS & HEIDI HAMELS PARTY
Before they got to their home I strolled around and took a few snapshots of the folks there to welcome them, as well as a few mover's and shakers that might be in the market for a new home say for $3 million to $15 million bucks. Over the next dozen photos or so you will meet the man who just purchased the 55th & 56th floor (57th pictured here), but I can't identify him as per his request. Former Sixers president Billy King and wife Melanie, who's son, Reginald James King named after his uncle, former Pacers great Reggie Miller, just turned one years old, chatting with David Maser Ben & Dana Oller
One of the most attractive couples gracing the social scene of late Tony Rufo and the lovely Lindsay Kravitz.
Natalie Czastkiewicz and Nick Gaudiosi enjoy the party. Missing from the scene was man about town Arthur Kade , who I hear is filming Air Bender this week with M. Night Shyamalan and Dev Patel here in Phillywood.

One of Philly's finest Real Estate Teams (and best looking, you should see their ads) Michelle Ranieri, Antonio and Georgine Atacan, Jill Rizen and Cristian David
Did I mention that Moet was one of the sponsor's and everyone seemed to really be enjoying themselves. Those are tiny personal champagne bottles. Jessica Matthews, Matthew Vlahos, The guy you should thank for outfitting some of Philly's best dressed women, Boyd's Women's fashion buyer Sean General and Fran Dambrosio, Jimmy "Style" Contreras, Christian DiCicco and Diane Johnson

Unfortunately for me, this was only the 2nd time I was every in Liberty Two and it was a rainy night. Now that I know two people that live in the building I am going to have to impose to get a few good shots, hmm maybe the guy from Brazil will let me house sit the six months that he's at his other house?The girls were getting restless while waiting for Cole
Laila Ahmadinejad, Jessie Lane and Stephanie Twinning (thanks to her and Sarah Schafferfor placing the photos I take in the pages of Philly Style Mag that give the Charities of the City just that extra little PR, and every bit helps)
on the 52nd Floor, Del Frisco's and DiBruno's set up shop. This is also where I found the sample residences. I think I am going to have to pretend to be a buyer to get up here for the wrap around views. The DiBruno chefs.
Their spread in the living room. I know a lot of people think that it would be tough to live in a building where the windows don't open, but I didn't feel that way, the views are so spectacular that anything else I can just look past. ( Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora is letting his well-decorated pad serve as a model unit until the rest of Two Liberty is sold and then he will move in, his home on the 52nd floor cost $2.5 million - See following pictures)
Today was a tad stressful for me, just a tad though. I took my lunch at 10AM so I could cover this great event for Project Home that I will write about later this week; but when I pulled my camera out of the bag 2 knobs had fallen off. I should have known because the Tribeca Film Festival is in two weeks and it was this time last year that my last camera broke, I kill them. The Murphy's Law part is the warranty ran out Sunday, but them I check and was smart enough to buy a 2 yr warranty. Whew. In the meantime I will just use the camera I got fixed last year.
And now back to our regularly schedule entry. I ran back upstairs just in time to see the fiercely dressed Sarah Schaffer escort Cole Hammels and his pretty young wife Heidi into the party.
He gives good face
Another one for you ladies...

Since it was hot, and a cluster you know what I decided that I would forego trying to get the Cole Hammels shot and instead went back to the photos I enjoy taking the most
My friends, and as you know this is one lady I never get tired of shooting. C'mon she gives it up, comes alive and makes it happen. (Oh and btw she lives at Liberty Two: The Residences) You don't need to watch Spencer Pratt and his fake wife, you just need to tune into PhillyChitChat and get the real deal with Sabrina Tamburino, just as pretty with less drama.
Douglas Pearson and Donald Pearson - Soethby's International Realty
Renee Freeman ASID and Don Freeman ASID.. INTERIOR DESIGN & INTERIOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN of Freeman Interiors. Renee, a big fan of PhillyChitChat, wanted to make sure that it was on my list to cover Donors are Heroes, in conjunction with the Gift of Life Donor Program, are hosting ‘THE Party’ on Friday, April 17 at Park Hyatt Philadelphia at The Bellevue. Tickets are only $75 and can be purchased at ; and please remember to check will donate organs on your drivers license, and say yes in the hospital for the organ donation. I read when Natasha Richardson passed her family donated every viable organ to those in need (it's not going to be the same covering the Met Gala Costume ball without her in May)
At first I thought this was Wanda Skyes and I wanted to ask her where her new talk show was going to be film. Did you know she lives out on the Main Line, and she just came out of the closet a few months ago, love her. I don't who this band was, but I enjoyed listening to them. The name of the band is Crosstown Traffic -- Greg Davis on guitar, Ms. Jeannie Brooks on vocals, Wally Smith on keyboard and Neil Simpkins on drums.
Tonight at the Loews it's the Sake Fest 6PM - 8:30PM. Tickets are $75 at the door, and among the food to be served is Morimoto. I'll be there.Dan and Jaclyn Fisher (it was so great to see Jaclyn, I never had a chance to say goodbye when she left), and her mom and Dad, Denise and Norman Vosko.

Natalie Alvarez and Chris Chafin

Marci & Nicole Blicher. Nicole says that her theater company, The Nice People Theater
is getting ready for a really big season, so look out world.
She's really nice too, styling it with that flower in her hair. She said she's getting married in two months, but Nicole let me tell you something, May 30, is not two months ahead baby, you'd better get crackin'
Did I mention how hot it was on the 57th floor, well it only got hotter with this crew. John Bolaris, Lauren D'Orsio, Lauren "sporting the super sexy librarian looking glasses" Nelson, Alycia Lane (who I just adore), John Colabelli, Howard Eskin, Phillies marketing man Mike Harris and bad me for not asking his girlfriend. Hmm I wonder how many Phillies box tickets I can get for this exclusive shot? I promise to donate a couple to a charity.
Sponsors of last nights party included Daniel Stern & the restaurant at Two Liberty (Can't wait for that), Boyd's, Moet & Chardon, Stella Artois, Bud Light, Coca-Cola, Philly Pretzel Factory (must have missed those), Bernie Robbins, Kiehls, Hugo Boss, (did I mention I didn't get a gift bag, so we won't be able to report what was in it but it sounds like it was good), Del Frisco's and Di Bruno Bros. Also donations to the Hamels Foundation were being accepted at the party. (Philadelphia Philles P Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi have started The Hamels Foundation, which will focus on AIDS in Africa and education in Africa and Philadelphia. Then after spring training workouts in Clearwater yesterday, Hamels told reporters that the couple is trying to adopt a child from Ethiopia)

Carol Tamburino and the Boyd's owner, another name I didn't get, did I mention I was going to pass out soon. Sadly I didn't make it to the closing night of the Philadelphia Film Festival Party. I thought I would go home and get some sleep, but alas it's 2AM as I write this so basically I'll be getting to bed my normal too late self, and trying to hit the gym before I go to my paralegal job in the AM. Oh well it was fun reliving this night, great to see everyone, and meet the new folks I hope to be shooting a lot in the future. One last thing, Carrie Nork Minelli, who was a guest at the soiree as Cashman & Assoc were not handling this party, notice my absence near Cole Hammel and came right over and asked if I had gotten what I needed, well no I didn't and she
arranged it so Cole and Heidi posed for a few shots, and I really appreciate. Thanks Carrie.By the way, again I plead heat and the excitement, I did not get these two kids names. If anyone knows who they are I would love to send them this photo.
As I was leaving I saw Cole, Heidi and Nicole Cashman head towards the Hamel's new pad with a huge, I mean huge bottle of champagne. Idiot me should have asked if I could come and photograph the popping of the cork which would have made my night. Oh well, that's one good photo that got away.