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February 2010



Keep the party going with The Black Eyed Peas following their performance in Philadelphia on Wednesday March 3rd at Voyeur Nightclub.

This exclusive after party will be hosted by members of The Black Eyed Peas where the official BACARDI E.N.D. World tour
cocktail will be… featured. This appearance will include a special dj set by members of the Black Eyed Peas.

OPENING DJ FOR THIS EVENT AT VOYEUR (I guess Questlove is off from Jimmy Fallon that night)


3rd Annual Philadelphia Fashion Week produced by FBH Entertainment

A little snowacaine didn’t stop the 3rd Annual FBH Philadelphia Fashion Week‘s opening night VIP party at Banana Republic at Broad & Walnut Streets last night. You will recall that we covered the 2nd annual event that was held inside City Hall’s Courtyard in 2008, A spectacular event the likes of which Philadelphia had never seen. Since that period another Philadelphia Fashion Week has taken place which Philly Chit Chat covered last October with lots of fashions produced by CMK Entertainment. Can this City handle two Fashion Weeks, absolutely as both are unique in their own right and produced by fashionista’s that have a passion for presenting cutting edge, eye catching fashion with a purpose.
Kerry Scott, co-founder of FBH Phila Fashion Week welcomes guests consisting of Models, Designers, Stylists, and the who’s who of fashion celebrities and press, to the black Tie and diamond opening night party. Cheryl Ann Wadlington, Creative Director of Evoluer Image Co gave an inspirational speech. FBH one of the fastest growing modeling and entertainment companies in the Philadelphia area, was organized four years ago to serve underprivileged youth by providing a gateway to those who envision themselves working in the fashion industry. FBH provides free workshops in acting, modeling, dancing and make-up applications. FBH-The Agency also provides access and networking to some of the most talented hair stylists, runway coaches, event coordinators, photographers, fashion models and designers. Most notably, FBH has and continues to produce crowd-pleasing and exciting fashion events such as their Philadelphia Fashion Week runway shows. In addition to showcasing the latest fashion collection, a portion of the proceeds from Philadelphia Fashion Week 2010 will be donated to The Evoluer House ( for at-risk teenage girls.
The weekend shows will be held at the Crane Arts Building located 1400 N American Street in the exciting and vibrant part of Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties section. Both Friday and Saturday night admission is $35, or both nights can be yours for $60
Mervinson Lopuz, Wilhelmina Pa/Felipe Mgt and Allison Minto, Wilhelmenia Pa

Liz Thompson and Will Ball. Will tells me that the Philadelphia office of Wilhelmina Models will be opening in early spring. Their offices are almost ready in Conshohocken. Currently they are looking for interns who would be interested in assisting them.
Tish Bracy touches up a FBH fashion model. FBH Entertainment has a crew of their own models. I love the concept of FBH which is exposing talent to the fashion world that they might not have had a leg up in for whatever the reason. Although this girl wouldn’t have a had a problem she’s beautiful.
Genevieve Manzoni wearing a strapless dress her model brother created. (Couldn’t find anything on line that gave me more info on the line, sorry.)
Our friends from Omega Optical, Tracy and Steve Davis. They cringe whenever I see them and ask where my glasses are, usually in my pocket. I can see fine, except when driving. Check them out they have a shot in the Comcast Bldg in the retail area.

Francella and Sophie from Banana Republic. Francella tells me she’s a folding specialist and Sophie is BR’s top seller.
Kevin recently stated in an interview that the androgynous look is back in, the masculine but still feminine, I think dark colors are back in, the black, leather, zippers, and crazy stuff. [Laughs]
Kerry says: A lot of detail is in right now, the baggy sweaters and such. I also think by you coming to PFW you’re going to be shocked by some of the stuff these designers come up with. I tell people it’s definitely something you have to experience. Seeing it on film and seeing pictures are all one thing and in the magazines, but it’s nothing like seeing it up close. You appreciate things much more when you see it up close, those things that the camera doesn’t capture, such as the detail, the movement of the garments coming down the runway. It motivates people.

Stephanie cain, Zineman Furs Fashion Specialist with Ron and Julie Wilch.
Howard Verrlin, Kathleen Raub and Jinous Kazemi, Millesime a home and design boutique located at the Piazza in Northern Liberties.
Two FBH Models looking forward to wearing hawt clothes are Donte Wikins and Devon Stubbs. Donte says he can see just fine wearing his sunglasses inside the store. You know how that’s my pet peeve, as I always get that song stuck in my head when I see it. I wear my sunglasses at night, so I can, so I can seeeeee

La Dolce
Looking to model: and inquire about how to join.

Carla Clarkson, Marki Starr Hair Studio, Ra’Chelle Rogers, Phila-sophy PR
A shot of mine was in Michael Klein’s INQLING’s column Sunday. You might not realize, but my photos are usually published at least weekly in his column.


Dancing With The Philadelphia Stars to benefit Sickle Cell Anemia 4/18/10

Last year a young up and coming Megan Smith Principle of Brownstone PR, had an idea. She wanted to bring the excitement of the popular ABC TV show “Dancing with the Stars” to Philadelphia, and she wanted to tie it in as a charity fundraiser to bring awareness and support to a disease that has affected her family and friends she has known, Sickle Cell Anemia. She created Dancing With The Philadelphia Stars, and it was a smashing success. Jimmy “Style” Contreras and Audrey Julienne doing the “Quick Step” at last year’s contest. The list of this years contestant’s is below with tidbits of each person. Here’s Megan with the March issue of Black Enterprise which features an article about successful African Americans and it includes a story about Megan. Congrats girl!! (We were at Parc celebrating)One dance floor. Nine notable Philadelphians. Winner takes all. On Sunday, April 18, 2010, 5:00pm-10:00pm at the Hyatt Regency at Penns Landing, guests will assemble for the 2nd Annual Dancing With The Philadelphia Stars – presented by Brownstone PR and benefiting the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Brian Freedman, Noted Food & Wine writer, Wine Educator and Consultant; you are one of the contestant’s in the 2nd Annual Dancing With The Philadelphia Stars. Brian and his wife Steffi Freedman reside in Center City and are very instrumental in a charity that I mentioned last night and one I am involved in, Donors are Heroes – The Party being held 4/16

Jason Evenchik, Owner of TIME, Vintage Wine Bar, and Bar. Jason was an instrumental part of the revitilization of the Midtown Village 13th Street corridor, opening his latest project Bar right around the corner on Sansom, just last month. There’s a great Drew Lazor article which appeared in the City Paper 8/2/06 here:
Dorothy Johnson-Speight, founder of Mothers in Charge

is an advocacy and support organization for families affected by violence. Dorothy Johnson-Speight’s 24 year old son was murdered over a parking space in December 2001.
The mission of Mothers In Charge is violence prevention, education and intervention for youth, young adults, families and community organizations. In addition, Mothers In Charge works with elected officials on legislation to support safe neighborhoods and communities for children and families and collaborates with community and faith based organizations.

On the far right: Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown (L-R Kelly Boyd, Sen. Larry Farnese and DA Seth Williams).
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is dedicated to enriching the lives of Philadelphia residents by “Putting People First.” As an educator, community activist, political leader and concerned parent, her focus and commitment to help others defined her work prior to her election to Philadelphia City Council. Next week an organization that she founded will be having their event at the same location as the Philly Dancing with the Stars will be held.
Friday March 5, 2010
Celebration of Moxie Women
Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
201 South Columbia Boulevard (at Dock Street)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
for ticket info: CMW@LeaveIt2Mia – Sen Larry Farnese you’ll recall attended last year’s event. I thought maybe to check it out in case he wanted to hoof it out this year, but that will not be the case, instead I hear he’s set to be a judge. (Maybe a foreshadowing of the future?)
Public television cooking show host Christina Pirello is the woman who put the fun back into healthy cooking. In one of her books, Christina Cooks she’s responded to the hundreds of questions that her viewers and readers have put to her over the years-with lots of sound, sane advice, hints, tips and techniques-plus loads of great recipes for scrumptious, healthy meals with a Mediterranean flair.
Charitable entrepreneur Dana Spain, with Center City District’s Michelle Shannon at a recent Nicole Miller fundraiser. Dana Spain is the founder and President of Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the city’s largest rescue partner which operates an adoption center and a public low-cost vaccination and spay/neuter clinic. She also sits on the boards of the Philadelphia Police Department Foundation, AND she’s going to be dancing in the Dancing With The Philadelphia Stars
G-N Kang, co-host of Wired 96.5’s Chio in the Morning and a player on the newly formed Philadelphia Lingerie Football team Here’s G-N’s take on her upcoming star turn on the Dancing With The Philadelphia Stars on her blog
I have to laugh as she starts out by saying she doesn’t consider herself being a star, which is ironic as this was the very first photo I took of her when I moved back to Philly from NYC where I did cover peeps who would be considered a star. Anyway, having read about her in the gossip columns and listening to her on the radio, I bee lined to her when I saw her at an event and got her to pose for this “fashion shot” cause as far as Philly is concerned she’s a celebrity I tried to convince her. The photo was picked up by a national blog about radio chicks.
AAhh baby you’re a star to me. Sabrina Tamburino Thorne. Do I need to say anything more. First of all Sabrina is one of the most vivasious, fun women in Philly, full of life, active and sweet as can be. And did I mention charitable, she and her giving husband attend many charity events where their money makes a difference in peoples live. Now that’s a star to me. Plus she’s fun to photograph in a Kim Kardashian kinda way.
Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams, lead singer/MC, of Black Landlord. According to Suite 101, Black Landlord’s first full-length album “Addicted to Distraction” fuses funky big-band brass with Motown soul and Hip-Hop. The result: an eclectic musical tirade.
Making a special appearance last year’s winner Erin Elmore who will perform a little number and hand over the title to the 2010 winner of Philadelphia Dancing with the Stars.
The purpose behind Dancing With The Philadelphia Stars is to not only recognize over 25 years of extraordinary service by SCDAA/PDVC, but also assist in raising money to fund Sickle Cell education and programs, and shine the spotlight on a genetic disease that exists in staggeringly high numbers in the African American and Hispanic communities.
Tickets are $90. The official event site will also launch this Monday, March 1. In the meantime, be sure to follow at and friend us on Facebook “Dancing With The Philadelphia Stars” for all updates!

Here is a list of the Dance participants: Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown Christina Pirello, Emmy Award-winning host of the television series Christina Cooks! Dana Spain, Founder and President of the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Dorothy Johnson-Speight, founder of Mothers in Charge G-N Kang, co-host of Wired 96.5’s Chio in the Morning Sabrina Tamburino Thorne, Finance & Budget Coordinator at GPTMC Brian Freedman, Noted Food & Wine writer, Wine Educator and Consultant Jason Evenchik, Owner of TIME, Vintage Wine Bar, and Bar Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams, lead singer/MC, of Black Landlord



Wednesday, February 24, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Philadelphia, February 24, 2010 – Beginning Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 9:00 am, Managing Director Camille C. Barnett will declare a snow emergency. All vehicles parked on Snow Emergency Routes must be moved to an alternate parking location by 9:00 a.m. Any vehicle remaining on a Snow Emergency Route during the declared Snow Emergency will be ticketed and towed. If your car is towed, call 215-686-SNOW for its location. Do NOT call 911. A list of snow emergency routes can be found at and is attached to this press release.

Current forecasts predict rain and sleet to begin Wednesday evening around midnight and intensify Thursday afternoon with heavy, wet snow. An accumulation of at least 8 to12 inches is expected. In addition to the snow, high winds are expected, creating zero visibility and major drifting that will make travel nearly impossible.

Since this storm will begin with sleet and accumulate to heavy, wet snow by Thursday’s evening rush hour citizens are asked to be careful while traveling home on Thursday. “Drivers are strongly urged to avoid unnecessary travel, but if you must travel, allow extra time and drive cautiously during this snow emergency,” said Director Barnett. “Please be mindful of pedestrians and children arriving home from work and school.”

Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson advises residents of the Streets Department’s plans in preparation for another significant snowfall. “We are asking residents for their patience and cooperation again as we prepare to fight our third snowstorm in four weeks, said Streets Commissioner Tolson. “Our crews will focusing efforts on removing snow in a timely manner, but illegally parked cars and throwing snow back into the streets will hinder our ability to clear the roads, especially around some of the smaller streets.”

Streets Commissioner Tolson also announced trash and recycling collection will be postponed for residents that have Thursday and Friday pickup. Residents are asked to place their trash and recycling out Thursday and Friday of next week when they will be collected. To prevent Sanitation trucks from being unable to access impassable driveways, residents who have rear driveway pickup on Mondays and Tuesdays are urged to set out their trash and recycling in front of their homes for curbside pickup.

For successful snow and ice management, Streets Commissioner Tolson urges residents to follow these tips:

  • Apply any commercial de-icer on steps and sidewalks early to prevent residual moisture from freezing over and creating icy conditions.
  • Clear a sidewalk path at least 30” wide within 6 hours of the end of the storm as listed in the Philadelphia Code (10-720).
  • Clear snow from neighborhood sewer drains to allow melting snow to drain.
  • Be conscious of the environment – use de-icing salts only as much as needed. One pound of de-icer can cover 100 to 200 square feet .
  • Salt should be applied as soon as a light accumulation has developed on the surface. This will break the bond between additional accumulations and the pavement surface, and will make it easier to shovel.
  • A final light application of a de-icer may be required after removal is completed to melt the residual snow.
  • Make sure you park your car as far away from the corner as possible. Cars parked too close to the corner limit the turning radius of salting vehicles.
  • Stay tuned to local media for further updates.
  • Check on sick and elderly neighbors.

In preparation for tomorrow’s anticipated snow storm, the Philadelphia Parking Authority announced that beginning at 4:00 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2010 and ending Saturday morning at 8:00 AM, the following PPA owned and operated center city garages will charge a 24 hour flat parking rate of $5.00:

  • Auto-Park at JFK (16th & JFK)
  • Auto-Park at Independence Mall (5th & Market)
  • Auto-Park at Jefferson (10th & Ludlow)
  • Auto-Park at Gallery Mall (10th & Filbert)
  • 8th & Filbert
  • Old City at 2nd and Sansom
  • PPA Lots at:
  • 8th & Chestnut
  • 19th & Callowhill
  • 15th & Arch

“The Philadelphia Parking Authority is committed to working with Mayor Michael Nutter during the upcoming snow emergency by encouraging people to remove vehicles from city streets and take advantage of the PPA’s discounted garage parking rate,” PPA Executive Director Vince Fenerty said.
To report a street in need of salting or plowing or for more information on any Streets Department program or service, call 3-1-1. You may also visit us online at



The area’s top chefs competed for Dish of the Year 2010, Best Appetizer, Best Entree and Best Dessert, last night at Philadelphia Magazine’s popular Philly Cooks event held at the Loews hotel in Center City. The event benefited The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. Tickets were a bargain at $75 and allowed guests to sample dishes from all 40 restaurants that participated as well as enjoying an open bar.I swear every table I visited was dessert but it might be an illusion as now that I have a week under my belt I can tell you that I gave up the three “C’s” for Lent, candy, cookies & cake. Although I am a recovering Catholic, I am a Christian, and I am thankful for so much as well as wanting to honor my sister. So hopefully this is the kick start to the promise I made her, as well as leading a more healthy life. OK so if you’ve been watching Ellen and her sugar cleansing, you know I may be a little more flaky than usual these next couple weeks.
This girl is so sweet, so glad I ran into her again. It’s Marisa Magnatta the associate producer of Preston & Steve on WMMR. With her is Nick McIlwain Producer and webmaster.
My squeezes. I want to start chronically these two girls lives. Hadas Kuznits, KYW Radio Reporter who has a terrific blog: she already did the write up for Philly Cooks, and she was one of the judges too. With her is Kate Ryan. Kate used to work for KB Consultants, and has now ventured out on her own. Kate is getting married in 2 weeks to Garret Baird. Congrats Kate and Garret.
Another of the judges is Brian Kappra (Look for Brain’s next big event The Party, Donors are Heroes on 4/16 at the Park Hyatt Bellevue.) Jan Shaeffer, Executive Director at St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children and Craig Osterhact,
6ABC’s Adam Joseph’s was on hand to assist in the MC’ing duties. Thanks to Cori Moskow, Gloss PR for inviting me, and for walking me around in the beginning to get the shots I needed. Also good to see Tracy Seng, Marketing Dir of Philly Mag. Forgot to get a snap of her too.
Here are the dishes that were judge; Each dish was assigned a number and judges critique them on appearance and taste. BTW if you were following me on Twitter (iphillychitchat) Tues you might have seen that I was asked to be a judge for Delilah’s Exotic Dancer of the Year on 3/24. That is as about out of my realm of expertise as it would have been if I were a judge at last nights event. The dish that won the overall contest, was not even in my top 5. Two of the judges that I hang on every word they say on their blogs (I don’t know if I am allowed to release the judges names, is it like the Witness Protection Program?) LOVED THE DISH. Now they are the experts. (Of course u have to wait til the end to find out which one it was.)
Max Brenner of Chocolate by the Bald Man was in the house, signing his latest book and chatting with fans. Did you catch The 10 Show yesterday morning, Justin Pizzi stopped by for a little hot chocolate at their Center City restaurant located at 15th & Walnut behind Butcher & Singer. Max Brenner gave him the run down of the flavors and the reason behind the unusual shape of their hot chocolate cups. It’s one of my fav stops in town and you do know they serve much more than just chocolate, they have salads, sandwiches etc.

Krista Peffler, John Muharg and Ronald Poulin of the Restaurant School of Philadelphia enjoyed the evening.
This was the judging station. next year I am showing up early and crashing it cause to me the judges were the “celebrities” and they are definitely on my get list. THE PHILLY COOKS 2010 JUDGES: Ann Michelle Albertson, Albertson’s Cooking School; Peter Callahan, Callahan Catering; Katie Cavuto, Next Food Network Star Contestant; Hope Cohen, Host of the Fretz Kitchen; Mary DiGennarro, Mercedes-Benz; Martha Esposito, Food Editor, Burlington County Times,; Arthur Etchells, Foobooz; Aliza Green, Cookbook Author; Brian Kappra, Evantine Design; Linda Knox, Philadelphia Chaine; Drew Lazor, City Paper Food Editor; Maia Lystad, Diageo; Pam Parseghian, Nations Restaurant News; Maureen Petrosky, Iron Chef Judge; Larry Platt, Philadelphia Magazine; Ashley Primis, Philadelphia Magazine; Christina Pirello, Host of Christina Cooks on PBS; Karen Rogers, 6ABC; Michelle Shannon, Founder, Center City District Restaurant Week; Marilyn Russell, Ben FM; and Izabela Wojcik, James Beard House. Tomorrow night I will be listing the contestants for this years Philly Celebrity Dancers benefiting Sickle Cell Anemia, and Michelle Shannon’s BFF is one of them.
Michael Herman and Debbie Parnes
Karen Brogan and Julie Santogusso. Karen liked Bocca’s and Julie well she’s Italian and she like everything she said.
Loved this guacamole/bean soup from Casona of Collingswood. Plus it was a beautiful presentation.
The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving care at local Philadelphia hospitals. We also run the Ronald McDonald Camp in the Poconos for oncology patients and their siblings as well as two Family Rooms in the Oncology and Cardiac Centers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to provide respite space for families away from the bedside.
Loved the shrimp dish from The Palm.

Cows tongue was Susan Glass’ favorite dish, and she went back for seconds. Jana Challenger was into The Palm’s crab cake sliders. Jana is on the committee for the Red Cross event coming up on March 6 at the Please Touch Museum, The Red Ball. That is always a fun event, especially when it’s at the popular kids museum. Merry Go Round anyone? Check the PhillyChitChat calendar for all the information. Mack & Tom Harkin of Sole Food at the Loews
made my favorite dish: Pastrami Pork Sandwiches, #2 was the Peppercorn prime rib on a bed of mash potatoes by GlenMorgan Bar & Grill, St. Davids, Pa. Jocelyn Dillon was generous enough to give me two servings so I could make absolutely sure of my decision. Mack said that I had to try Susanna Foo’s dish, it was one of his favorites. Bummer she was OOF when I stopped by.
Iris Brownstein, Sherri Resnick & Joan Denneberg
Melissa Bizzak & Sara Neal man the check in table
Valanni’s John Strain and one of my favorite chefs Varga’s looking skinny hot & ready to mingle R. Evan Turney. Bummer Varga’s was serving their delicious cereal ice cream. I had to pass. Maybe I can lose 30lbs like Evan and look so hot.

The winner of the best entree, which was pork shoulder was the team from Derek’s. Derek is on the left. Chew Man Chu won best appetizer, take that Craig LeBann.
Tonight’s overall winner was the Moshulu’s Scallop dish on top of a bed of risotto. It was tasty, but I guess I was in the mood for meat tonight. Any way you slice it though, I do love dinner on the Moshulu, what a view!!
Hmmmm desert. Everyone seemed to love all the dishes, I went home and had a Vitamin Water 10 Very Berry, it’s like near beer. Best Dessert: Apollinare (crescionda con gelato by chef Andrea Scatacci) For a list of all the winners check out Michael Klein’s The Insider Blog.
Participating Restaurants include: 333 Belrose Bar and Grill, Alison Two,
Becca’s Restaurant, Blackfish Restaurant, Bourbon Blue, Buddakan, Butcher
& Singer, The Capital Grille, Casona of Collingswood, Cavanaughs
Rittenhouse, Chew Man Chu, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Derek’s,
The Dining Car, Downey’s, Funky Lil Kitchen, Glenmorgan Bar & Grill,
Golden Pheasant Inn, Jones, Kaya’s Fusion Café, La Na Thai – French
Cuisine, La Scala’s Restaurant & Bar, Le Castagne {2009 Winner-Dish of the
year}, Marathon Grill, Margaret Kuo’s, Moshulu, The Palm Restaurant, Penne
Restaurant & Wine Bar, RiverWinds Restaurant, Rouge, SoleFood, Supper,
Susanna Foo, Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse, Valanni Restaurant & Lounge, Varga
Bar, Vino Restaurant and Lounge, White Dog Café, Yangming, Zento and more.