Saturday, October 2, 2010

Apothecary/APO Closing Party after the Midtown Fall Festival - will ReOpen as The Corner this Fall with

Farewell Party on Saturday, October 2nd. Enjoy a drink on us between 8pm - 9pm to be part of the farewell toast! We are looking forward to see all of our loyal customers! Apothecary/APO the hot, happening bar for the last two years, closes it's door tonight. Within weeks it will emerge as "The Corner" with delicious, quenching drinks, relaxing atmosphere on one of the hottest, hippest streets in Center City. I hope they don't change the outside cause I love the design of the place. But I am excited that they're gonna serve food, comfort food someone told me today.

Friday, October 1, 2010

TODAY'S PHILA MAG POST: FASHION WEEK ER MONTH REALLY, KENDRA WILKINSON & HANK BASKETT HEAD TO Le Méridien's Amuse for Dinner. Does she ever dress up?

Kendra and Hank dine with Jon and Julie Dorenbos. Menu included salad, steaks and Grey Goose followed by a Patron nite cap. Wow the life. (exclusive here for you peeps that peeped here.)

http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2010/10/01/hughe-dillon-fashion-in-philly/

Suburbanites Unite! (actually some city folk there) for Isabella's Soft Opening on Wednesday.

(This is the first of my advertorial entries which will appear twice a week when available, as well as when I don't have enough time or content as my PhillyMag column requires a lot of my events.) First up an event PR Jaime Joffe put on, photos by Sari Lifshutz.

Suburbanites Unite! (actually some city folk there) for Isabella's Soft Opening on Wednesday.

Space is owned and was completely rehabed by developer + entrepreneur Tom Richter (Coyote Crossing, Ice Cafe) and will be managed by restaurant Veteran + generally insane foodie Peter Dissin.

Elizabeth Wellington and guest


Notable Guests - Elizabeth Wellington, Nancy + David Gansky, Invincible productions' Andee Heffler, The one and only Philadelphia Socialite Gerry Sills (who just turned 90 and was seen grooving to the Rolling Stone's "Gimme Shelter" mixed by DJ Marc Fisher), Her daughter, Today show Contributor Judith Sills, Warren + Penny Weiner (G Lounge), Michael Katz (owner of Wonderland) + his wife Pam , reigning retail queen of the 'burbs who has a new store opening in the next few weeks, Jennaphr Frederick (FOX) + Carie Brescia (NBC), Michele Malin Seidman, Barry Eichner (3000 BC) and his adorable new boyfriend).
The place was PACKED. There was only a small list, but everyone showed + munched on neapolitan speciality pizzas, Fruta Del Mar, Plato de Quesos, Charcuterie, and Kobe Burgers. It was so insane that guests Steven + Jamie Greenspan (Toland Family) jumped behind the bar as fill ins :)
The Vibe: funky - rustic hardwood floors, burnished copper accents - indoor seating for 40, outdoor flagstone porch seats 16 + features an unbelievable built in brick pizza oven. Walls are adorned by mixed media pieces created by celebrated (and award winning) Philadelphia Artist Karen Schectman Cole. Upstairs offers a loft style private dining room with floor to wall windows, stained glass, and high ceilings.

The menu will emphasize organic, fresh + locally sourced ingredients, Chef Michael Cappon was previously Director of Culinary Operations at Marathon + at El Vez.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A few Shots that didn't make it in any of my media outlets, but are interesting - Kim Delaney, Phillies Gaga, Erin Elmore, Michael Schulson,

Bummer, if you follow me on Twitter you would know I turned down a hired job the other night because I didn't want to back out of a commitment I made to cover the Midtown Village Sponsor Party and Phashion Phest. Sometimes at these events a little surprise pops up, whether it Jane Seymour, Danny DeVito or the other night it would have been Kim Delaney.
Actress Kim Delaney (Kim born in Philly and has appeared in many TV Shows including the soap All My Children playing the beloved Jenny [ok I loved her]) was a guest of builder Jeff Orleans at Tuesday's open house for the new offices of law firm Offit Kurman at Ten Penn Center. The firm sent me the above picture guest, Kevon Glickman, Kim Delaney, Jeff Orleans, guest. You might remember Kevon Glickman, Esq. as he is a partner in Invincible Pictures; They have a movie studio in Northern Liberties, and earlier this year I published photos of Bradley Cooper doing his test shots for the movie "How Do You Know", starring Reese Witherspoon. Now he's also joined the Offit Kurman law firm.
A few weeks back WMMR's Pierre Robert, Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq.,, Aids Law Project PA
and Rob Richard, AIDS Fund, The AIDS Walk Philly 2010 in Sunday 10/17/10. This annual fundraiser supports AIDS service organizations (including us!) in the Delaware Valley.
Were at Tutti Frutti after a night supporting Bar Aids in the City.
Thanks to Erin Elmore, Jimmy Contreras, Matt Vlahos and Phyllis Halpern
for renting cars to attend my sister's charity event on Monday night. Now that's a mitvah. Here's Erin at the Cole and Heidi Hamels event last week.
GN Kang films her TV show at Chifa with Chef Jose Garces, Stewart Bradley and Todd Herremans.
Fashion, fashion, fashion all month long and into October. Caught these cute shoes last week at the kick off party at 10 Rittenhouse
Fun night out at Sampan's Graffiti bar with Chef/Owner Michael Schulson and Rob Wasserman (Rouge)The warm days are not numbered at the Graffiti bar as there's a partial roof and ample heating to keep your party warm all the way thru November. (Who'd think this kid from NJ would be hanging out with the likes of these peeps: Jennie Hatton, Laura Burkhardt, John Westrum, Chris and Patrice DiGeorge, Stephen and Tamar Olitsky and Realtor to the stars, Steve Gartner

One of my readers took these next two pixs. Design student at the Arts Institute Diego Hernandez
He paid $150 for his VIP GA tickets, which got him entrance into Wells Fargo 30 minutes before the masses, a gift bag and eventually these awesome photos. Thanks

The First Annual Judy Wilkins Benefit for Gilda’s House of South Jersey - More Pixs & Sponsor Thanks















RANDOM SHOTS, Graffiti Bar, Erin Elmore, Kim Delaney

A few Shots that didn't make it in any of my media outlets, but are interesting



Thanks to Erin Elmore, Jimmy Contreras, Matt Vlahos and Phyllis Halpern
for renting cars to attend my sister's charity event on Monday night. Now that's a mitvah. Here's Erin at the Cole and Heidi Hamels event last week.

GN Kang films her TV show at Chifa with Chef Jose Garces, Stewart Bradley and Todd Herremans.
Just a shot I like that I took

Fashion, fashion, fashion. Caught these cute shoes last week at the kick off party at 10 Rittenhouse

Fun night out at Sampan's Graffiti bar with Chef/Owner Michael Schulson and Rob Wasserman (Rouge)

The warm days are not numbered here as there's a partial roof and ample heating to keep your party warm all the way thru November. (Who'd think this kid from NJ would be hanging out with the likes of these peeps: Jennie Hatton, Laura Burkhardt, John Westrum, Chris and Patrice DiGeorge, Stephen and Tamar Olitsky and Realtor to the stars, Steve Gartner

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

TODAY'S PHILLY MAG POST - GILDA'S CLUB OF SOUTH JERSEY PIXS, CELEB SIGHTINGS, WHAT'S KENDRA UP TO

I will have additional pictures and a big thank you to my sponsors hopefully by the end of the week, or whenever I have a spare hour or two to compile them, but thank you so much.

http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2010/09/29/hughe-dillon-gildas-club-benefit/

MIDTOWN VILLAGE FALL FESTIVAL 2010 INFO & SPONSOR PARTY

Last night the Holiday Inn Midtown hosted the Third Annual Sponsor party for the Midtown Village Festival, which is this Saturday 10/2/10 on 13th Street between Walnut and Market, and several side streets.
On hand for the festivities were Kelly Magnoss, Aubrey Allen and Leslie Girove
Fusion Cross Training Fitness' Jesse Frank,& Meredith Magoon , with Bill Gehrman and Tutti Frutti's Kevin.
Michael and Ellen Feist were on hand. And even though Ellen was telling me about how scary the Eastern State Penitentiary's Halloween Tours are, not once did she shout Boo and scare me. (Thanks to Ellen & ESP for the charity donation for Gilda's Club)
Fruit Flowers, Susan Ellman and Ellen Davis. Love this place.
Silent Auctions are always a huge hit
Tony and his crew from Raw. Tony tells me that the Sumo Wrestling boxing ring was damage by the last renters, and if they aren't able to get it fix in time, peeps might be jousting instead. That sounds like fun too.
Rick Naughton and Jason Lewis
Starr Restaurants (Cashman & Associates) Thanks for getting me the dinner for two at any Starr Restaurant for the Gilda's Club event I had.
Noel Zayas, Vasili and George Tsiouris and Annette Cintron are gearing up to open their new restaurant on Sansom called Opa Modern Greek in the fall.
Joanne Sprung, Holiday Inn Midtown with Karen Lewis, Ave of the Arts director. Karen has a big trip to Egypt in the coming weeks. WaHOOO
The White Brothers, David and Gary flank Midtown Village President James McManaman. James and David also own Absolute Abstract and were kind to donate a beautiful print to the Gilda's Club charity event I did on Monday night.
The Beer Garden by the pool was a popular spot to hang
Ray Cromer and Mike Fanalle(www.Bozeken.com)were on hand. The Gold Mardi Gras necklaces were your ticket to drinks and food. I made the mistake of wearing it on my wrist. Major fail for several reasons. Scary looking and got in the way of shooting cause neither of us are wrapped too tight.
Paul Stango and another of his great creations. (Katie Ryan was the PR of this event and did a great job. As well as Chris Mullins, from McGillin's, Mark Beyerle, Joan Rivera of SpecialtyUSA)

VALANNI'S FASHION SHOW ON THE EVE OF PHILADELPHIA FASHION WEEK 10/5/10


Thank you Valanni's & Mercato for your generous donation to Gilda's Club

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A FEW EMMY PICTURES OF MY FRIENDS SATURDAY NIGHT

The 2010 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards were held at the Loews Hotel Saturday night, and unfortunately after the show I was on won an Emmy, it was hard for me to concentrate on much else.


Jackie Pitts and Brad Berner, NBC photographer
Brad Berner, NBC photographer, Aditi Roy, Justin Pizzi, Reporter NBC10 and Me. NBC10 reporter Justin Pizzi and Brad Berner, who filmed the Be A 10 in 10 Weeks program. Our participants includede Joseph Matthews (Matthews Interiors), Q102's Nicole Michalik, Megan Smith (Brownstone PR), me, and Gavin McKay (Fusion Fitness). Won and Emmy … in the category of Human Interest Program/Special.
Brad wanted to take a picture of me with the Emmy's jumping up and clicking my heels. I guess he only shoots in a horizontal fashion
Aditi and Justin.

Matt Maiorano, NBC10 photographer. He edited one of the 10 in 10 shows, plus was the cameraman on the G-N Kang show I covered at Chiefa last Thursday. With girlfriend Mee Mee Nguyen
Erin Como, Danny Schuyler, Lauren Richmond and Joe Benner
Norman and Helen Felsenghal. He's on the Emmy Board, and was a Professor at Temple for 32 years.
Lauren, Brynne Aston, and Erin. That Emmy got passed around like a cheap cigar

Someone was doing a Justin Timberlake
So sweet they let me pose with it, and each of the ten in ten participants get to keep it for a week. I will be clipping it to my belt like a key chain.