Friday, May 28, 2010

UNION TRUST STEAKHOUSE 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Before you head to the shore, and after you've read Philly Chit Chat, read my column in Philly Mag Online today about last nights party at Union Trust. Have a great weekend.

Last night Union Trust threw their 1 year anniversary party. On a much smaller scale than the grand opening and with a more intimate crowd who enjoyed cocktails and appetizers in The Mezz.
Greeting the guests were Rosalina Iannucci, Vera Masi and Pam Valentino

Julia Bart, with Ron Hansen and The Nouveau Image PR CEO Michelle Miller

François Pierre and Hacina Saadi were inseparable for the evening.

Peter Klier, Michelle Sergio and Scott Stein. Michelle

Michelle A. Smiley, Property Manager at The Murano and Michael Narciso, Analyst at Hill International Real Estate Partners, LP


Andi Pesacov and Tina Wilson.
Kerri Smith and Garrett MillerRobert Mendelson and Tracy Allen
Marlena Schaefer and Staci Hagenbough wrap up the filming on the Bradley Cooper/Robert De Niro filming today. They recognized me as one of the paparazzi that were getting shots of the filming. They, like I hope you will call the Gov, and legislative houses to urge the film tax Credit program continues.
Christy Adams, Nicole Gerson, Meredith Seigle and Dana Spain
Janice Lin and Heather Seok

Jessica Concannon and Chad Boonswang. Chad always has some beautiful blond on his arm.
The Twinns: A beaming Stacey Kracher and Anne Nikolaus. Last Friday we were all at Union Trust celebrating Stacey's bday. Good times.
The place was packed with lots of regulars, a few investors and friends.

Bersiana Kuri, David Bond, Heather Seitz and Robin Stellwagen were enjoying a lot of laughs.
Kristie Bergey, Garrett Miller (partner in Union Trust) and Audrey Julienne

Business partners in PR Scott Stein and Peter Breslow
Kerri Smith, Hacina Saadi, Janice Lim, Courtney Grant and Jessica Concannon

Thursday, May 27, 2010

SEX IN THE CITY 2 INVADES PHILADELPHIA

SEX AND THE CITY 2 PARTY PICTURES PHILADELPHIA
Tuesday night I joined the Philadelphia Eagles Wives at Del Frisco's for a Sex in the City celebration hosted by Renee Reese of Jada Renee Style (as I first reported in my PhillyMag Column yesterday along with Flyers goalie Michael Leighton having dinner with Eagles assistant coach Marty Mornhinweg and Drexel surgeon William Myers with a pix) Kijafa Frink,, Tammy Reid, Lindsay Mornhinweg, Loretta Runyan, Kristel Demps, Julie Dorenbos, Renee Reese, Susie Celek, Suzanne Bianca, Simona Douglas, Melissa Young, Eicka Areh, G-N Kang, Julie Brayer, and Christen Goldestein. (thanks to their Renee's photographer Mark Lewis for this creative shot)
OK I am biased to Tammy Reid as she really got Carried Away with the theme of the night. As I stated in my Philly Mag Column she had never seen Sex in the City, because I'm a Mormon ya know. But even though she's never seen the show she has the essence of the show and not because of the clothes she wears, but because of the kinship shared experience with the other players wives, especially her BFF Lindsay Mornhinweg, who she has known for over 20 years. Together they have raised 9 kids together, they shop, the gossip and they have a bond that transcends any differences they may have. And that's exactly what Sex and the City is about. Friendships, loyalty, share experiences and support.

Like the one share by some of the women I photographed last night where over 400 women got together at two different theaters to catch a sneak preview of SATC2. First it was over to Swanky Bubbles in Old City to check out the Wired 96.5 pre-party

It was packed with single ladies, married ladies, sisters and BFF's. The shoes, cocktails and fashion were the star of this party.

ashley heller and gina schrader excited to see the movie


Megan O'Marra is heading to the beach this weekend, while friend Gen Haney is attending a wedding. They said the movie was "Funtaneous".
Cherrymae Pangaldi, Katrina Musa and Amanda Evans


Nicole Roche left her 3 boys, all under the age of 10, home with their dad when her BFF Michelle Redmond won tickets off of Wired 96.5 for the screening. She got all gussied up, put on her best Carrie Bradshaw pump, left her mommy hood at home and escaped for a few hours.

Nicole Roche, Stephanie Burrows, Linda Burrows and Michelle Redmond

Well that little night paid off big as Nicole Roche later won the raffle prize of Jimmy Choo shoes. Here she is with Wired 96.5's Chio in the Morning co-host G-N Kang and Michelle Miller, The Nouveau Image.
And we all headed over to the Ritz Theater to catch some SATC2. Spoiler Alert: SATC2 is a wonderful night out with the girls. It's a celebration of love, heartaches, bonding, jealousy, exuberance, life and most importantly enduring friendships. That's one of the qualities I admire about the hostess' of the Moët et ChandonSATC2 Party I attended after my 60 minutes of watching SATC2.


I could have stayed to see the whole show, but I'm no dummy, I know a hot party when I'm invited to one and when the name Moët et Chandon and Philly Style Magazine are attached, you'd better go or you will be missing out.

Nicole Cashman, Kristen Foote, Sabrina Tamburino-Thorne and Lauren O'Dorisio. Now I would like to know who picked out the name's for the drinks that were named after them. Let's see if you can guess who the Bombshell is, The Socialite, The Slut, er only kidding the Cosmopolitan, and the Fashionista? Thank you girls for wearing some hot, colorful dresses.
Rachel Sklar, Shaina Olitsky and Ali Becker dressed in their spring Charlotte outfits.
Hmm someone in this group may be a Samantha, someone is definitely Carrie and one is Miranda. What are your thoughts? Stacey Appelstein, Jil Jacobson and Kathy Jacobson.
All Carries in this group, well except one could be a Charlotte. Margaret Hughes, City rep Deputy, Erica Atwood, former City Rep Deputy, Melanie Johnson, City Rep Director, Gina Cusano and Anna Schneider of the Palomar Hotel's Square 1682. I'm sure they are as sad as I am to hear that Peggy Trott is leaving in June to move to Missouri.
Candace Bushnell has nothing on these girls. A few of them could write the tale of Sex in the City, and the movie would be x-rated, with laughs and fun. But I'm not naming names. This town is small enough to figure out who embodies a little bit of Samantha and isn't afraid to embrace it. Stephanie Rybczyk, Dara Gaddis Lazaroff, Sabrina Strickland, Danielle Poe, Jill Jacobson, guest, Brigitte Addimando
Renee Freeman and Mike Jerrick Biana DeMarco, Tamar Olitsky, and Kristen Foote
Karen Ini (who is involved with Taste of the Nation coming up on June 15), Tiffany Nork, Vicky Martinelli and Carrie Nork

Sharon Coia and Donna Massanova looking fabulous. Where's my Carol?

A man with a lot of style, Philly Magazine's John Colabelli surrounding by a lot of beautiful women including Danielle Poe, Kristen Foote, Kaci Mintz, Lindsay Kravitz and his main squeeze Lauren O'DorsioI'd watch Jared Lazaroff read a phone book, here's he's doing an impression of Michael Jackson in one of his videos. Can you guess which one?


A few of the sexiest in the City
Elaine Grabar, Marrela Valencia, Patricia and Christopher George
Elaine Grabar, David Ciurlino, Jill "Va Va Voom" Rizen, Michelle Ranier and Ellana Raggio
Lauren Nelson and friends in no particular order: Maise Han, Adeline Addesaken, Brittany Burkeitt, and Nicole Brigati
Jared and Dara Lazaroff, with BFF's Jill and Tal Jacobson who are all spending the weekend at the beach this memorial day, so jealous am i.

Shannon Garrier Andrea Karabetsos, Ebony Simons, and Tina Fellner

Happy Birthday Kristen. May all your wishes come true!!
At the end of the week, Saturday, I will upload all the pictures taken this week and put them in a folder for youse to purchase for $5 a download. Pretty reasonable I think. And it makes it so much easier for me as I spend so much time email pixs to people. Thanks Hughe

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Philly Mag Column Today: HughE Dillon: Michael Leighton at Del Frisco’s Plus: Tammy Reid kicks up her heels, and movie madness hits Philadelphia

http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2010/05/26/hughe-dillon-michael-leighton-at-del-friscos/

Frog Commissary Steve Poses Comes Out

Last night I walked by the Franklin Institute
and saw that the tent was up next to the giant airplane outside the Franklin Institute: Caterer and pioneering restaurateur Steve Poses is getting ready for Saturday's soft-opening of Frog Burger, serving burgers, fries, crab cakes and shakes. The reason I say coming out is for the past 20 years he's been the caterer for the Franklin Institute. Now he's ready to step back into a public foray of selling his wares outside the Institution. The new eatery is located smack dab on the Franklin Museum's front lawn. I guess regulations are against actually buildings being built along the parkway, historic area, art commission approval, red tape?
As of last night there was no sidewalk in place to reach the tented burger place, so leave your Jimmy Choos at home. The closing time of the burger palace is 8PM. Officially opening day is Flag Day, June 14. I love the idea and look forward to burgers for dinner as it's on the route home for me. UPDATE: I've eaten here 3x's. The burgers which come with lettuce, tomato and onions, are delish, about $6.50 with cheese. Free pickles though, and the good kind.
Check out Michael Klein's column for more details and the Menu