Friday, April 8, 2011

Sampan's Dim Sum Brunch with Picture of Custom Made Dim Sum Car

I remember months ago when the Michaels - Michael Schulson and GM Michael Wirzberger told me about their new Dim Sum Brunch they were starting in the Spring. They had me come in and look at the material they were going to use on the cart, told me of their plans, then hooked up with Silencia to created a fun atmosphere on Saturday and Sunday's for the brunch. And now they are ready and I am so excited for them....

Starting tomorrow Sampan and Silencia have teamed up to bring you the hottest new brunch.
Michael Schulson's Sampan,
has a new kind of brunch addition to its establishment this Spring.
Sampan's Dim Sum Brunch,
will be Philadelphia's newest weekend hot spot in Center City beginning April 9th.
As the cities young professionals indulge in Sampan's newest menu,
every Saturday11-4 and Sunday 11-CLOSE,
they will also relish the beats of Philadelphia's most wanted DJ's,
playing a remix of today's hottest hits and classic dance music of 70's and 80's throughout the day.
Some specials include
Togarashi, Bloody Mary's, Yuzu-Rosewater Mimosa's, Steak & Egg Banh Mi, and BLT Satay, just to name a few.

Dim Sum Highlights

Corned Beef Char Sui Bun with sauerkraut and smoked mustard

General Tso Soup Dumplings with soy, ginger and scallions

Pork Bao Bun with spicy shallots, mint and sweet chili

Shrimp and Scallop Shu Mai with cilantro, citrus and soy

Chicken Feet with black bean, soy and ginger

Steamed Ribs with chili, black beans, and five spice

Plates Highlights

Spanish Octopus Satay with lemon, arugula, and soy-balsamic vinaigrette

Crab Rangoon with cream cheese, scallion and wonton

Steak and Eggs, a filet, sunny-side up and fries

“Eggs Benedict” with Berkshire pork belly, spinach, and sriracha hollandaise

Beef Chow Fun with short ribs, green chives and chili. P

Chef Schulson is proud of his newly assembled management team which includes Chef de Cuisine Khamla Vongsakoun who worked as Sous Chef at Philadelphia’s Buddakan and under Chef Michael Mina at SeaBlue in Atlantic City. Together, the chefs created the new Dim Sum Brunch which includes: Corned Beef Char Sui Bun with sauerkraut and smoked mustard; General Tso Soup Dumplings with soy, ginger and scallions; Pork Bao Bun with spicy shallots, mint and sweet chili; Shrimp and Scallop Shu Mai with cilantro, citrus and soy; Chicken Feet with black bean, soy and ginger; and Steamed Ribs with chili, black beans, and five spice. All dim sum are just $6. Plates will range in price from $12 to $21.

Special Brunch Cocktails

Yuzu-Rosewater Mimosa with yuzu, rosewater and Champagne

Togarashi Bloody Mary with fresh wasabi, fish sauce, lemon juice, and roasted tomatoes with Ketel One and a Togarashi rim

Sampan is open seven days a week for dinner and serves lunch Monday through Friday. Brunch is served every Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until close. For more information about Sampan, or to make a reservation, please visit or call (215) 732-3501. For more information about Chef Michael Schulson, please visit Follow Sampan on both Twitter and Facebook @Sampanphilly.

Cooper Gala raises $1 Million at their Gala at the Hyatt Penns Landing

Thanks to all of you who were able to attend or support Cooper Hospital and the Simulation program!! Your support means so much to us and the Hospital community!

Enclosed please find a portion of the press release from Cooper Hospital. Thanks again!

--Guy and Amanda

The Cooper Foundation raised more than $1 million at the first ever Red Hot Gala.

The Gala, held at the Hyatt at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia on Saturday night, honored Mr. Norcross and his wife, Sandy, for their long-time commitment to Cooper and the City of Camden.

More than 800 guests attended the event, including medical, business and community leaders from across the Delaware Valley.

"This was a million dollar night for Cooper University Hospital and the people of the Delaware Valley," said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation. "Thanks to our generous and committed donors, Cooper takes another step forward in achieving its mission of delivering world-class patient care in a state-of-the-art setting that promotes education, research and community."

Proceeds from the Gala will support the expansion of the hospital's Simulation Laboratory, which provides high-tech training for thousands of medical professionals each year.

The Gala was co-chaired by Amanda Burden, M.D. and her husband Guy Aiman and Michael Goldberg, M.D. and his wife, Melody.

Dr.Burden is the Director of the Simulation Laboratory at Cooper and an attending physician in the Department of Anesthesiology.

Simulation-based medical education at Cooper uses interactive technologies in realistic healthcare settings to help participants develop and refine specific diagnostic, cognitive and surgical techniques in a safe setting - before caring for real patients. The planned $10 million expansion of Cooper's Simulation Laboratory will create an 8,000 square-foot state-of-the-art-center with six fully equipped labs, four control rooms and four classrooms.

PIFA Opening Night Gala Presented by Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

It's here...after years of planning the vision of Leonore Annenberg's City celebration of arts and culture has come to fruition with the kick off gala at the Kimmel Center last night. The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts April 7, 2011 – May 1, 2011 is a collaboration of over 100 performances and events throughout the region, the month-long festival promises to create a city inspired. Join the moment.
Many notable people were in attendance like Sharon Pinkenson and Joe Weiss
Jane Pepper and Andrew Greenblatt, although not together that's him in the back with the shades on
Anna Bedic, PAB, Larae Junior, Kimmel Center, and Sally Eckhoff, Tyler School of ArtMrs. Suzanne Roberts
Anthony Clifton, Review Publishing and Catherine R. Clifton currently serves as a Vice Chair of the Kimmel Center Board of Directors and Chairs its Education and Audience Development Committee, Rosemary Hankowsky, Lex Norcross and William Hankowsky, Chairman, president and CEO, Liberty Property Trust (KCI Board Chair)
Tia Bianchini and Andrew McQuiston
Ed Salvato, Linda Pham-Vertleih, Frugal Philly Mom, and Aaron Stella, Philly Broadcaster
Heeseung Lee and Aaron Ashley
Judge Rendell, Jesse Rendell, Gov Rendell and Beka Rendell. Beka was so excited yesterday telling me she has discovered a roof deck at her new offices of Style Creative in Old City. I have an open invite - yippee!!
Donald Carter and volunteer of the century Pearl
Then it was into the Kimmel Center for the gala performance. Anne Ewers, CEO of Kimmel, welcomes.
The night also included a dinner by Wolfgang Puck in honor of Chef Georges Perrier who was presented a gift on stage before the concert.

Brian Kappra, of Evantine Designs puts the finishing touches on the table settings. I ran into someone last night who asked me my opinion of his decorations and I said the proof is in the pictures, he's fantastic. So she'll be booking him for her daughters wedding.
Here's the exquisitely designed table settings from last nights event.

Mural Arts first projection project! Isn't it pretty?
Checking out the digital mural arts project was Margie Green (Councilman Bill Green's lovely wife)and Patricia Benitez.
Inside the concert was over and people began to gather for the dinner prepared by Wolfgang Puck catering.
Dining was Kristina Jenkins Where Magazine Editor, with former Where Magazine publisher, Laura Burkhardt

Chris Chimicles and Kate Wilhelm, Senior Vice President of Business Development at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Coming up for them on May 4 is the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society 2011 Party in the Garden. So much fun and beautiful. See you there.
Bruce and Cara are preparing for their summer wedding? So exciting!
Philadelphia Daily News Editor Larry Platt and Bet Mizgala-Platt. I can't think how much fun it is for him to run around town in his new influential position after some folks probably thought that he was down for the count after leaving Philly Magazine.
Drew Becher, the 36th President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, guest and Eric

Dessert was served on these "balloon trays" which added to the Parisian theme of the night and
inclusive of the dessert entertainment by the performance by Grounded Aerial.

The show was unbelievable, and scary for someone like me who is afraid of heights.

I left around 11:30 PM and the party was just winding down, but the festival was just getting started. Check the website for upcoming scheduled events. Some events are ticketed at affordable prices, but there are free events too and here's a great list at of free events
This post is brought to you with the support of PIFA, but the photos and editorial writing is my own.

Philadelphia Zoo Warns about Extinction in new Program which runs til 10/31/11

Something fun and furry arrived at the Philadelphia Zoo earlier this week. The Philadelphia Zoo, in partnership with the Jim Henson Company, will present the opening of the first and only exhibit of its kind: X•tink•shun: A Wild Puppet X•perience tomorrow, Saturday April 9.

Designed with the usual Jim Henson Creature Shop textures and expressions are Leo the Golden Lion Tamarin, Alfreda Cheetah, Iggle the Eaglet, Phibi Frog, Igor the Tiger and Douc ("the Duke") Langur. Some are smaller than the creature they represent, and others much larger. They all have wide-open Muppet eyes, flapping mouths and colorful, cuddly hides.

It tells the important story of endangered animals through live theatrical puppet performances at stations throughout the zoo. Each “eco-stage” will feature a puppet animal that — with the help of a human puppeteer — will teach guests about the plight of its species. Above: Amy Shearer, Chief Marketing Officer for the Philadelphia Zoo
The theme song for the March of the Wild Parade, "Hail the Creatures!", was written and performed by Grammy award-winning artist Dan Zanes.

Emma DiNuzzo, 2, of Southampton, pets Igor the Tiger at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Emily Rosen, 2 1/2, and her mom, Stacy, of Havertown, Pa., reach for the giraffe puppet at the Philadelphia Zoo's "X-tink-shun: A wild puppet x-perience" show.
Each animal puppetized — with the exception of Didi the Dodo, who went extinct in the 17th century — is an actual zoo resident, said Vikram H. Dewan, president and CEO of the zoo, 2nd from right. L - R Dr. Andy Baker, Philadelphia Zoo Chief Operating Officer, Dan Zanes, and Thomas Woodward, Market President for Bank of America
If you go: “X-tink-shun: A wild puppet x-perience” opens at the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, Saturday and runs through Oct. 31. For zoo hours and admission information visit, For more information about “X-tink-shun” visit,

These cupcakes didn't last the day, but don't let that happen to the beautiful animals in the world.




PHILADELPHIA (April 7, 2011) – In the event of a federal government shutdown, Philadelphia museums and attractions, which are not federally funded, will remain open and operate under regular business hours.

All City offices will be open and City government services and programs will continue without interruption during a federal shutdown.

The National Constitution Center, Independence Visitor’s Center, Betsy Ross House, Franklin Square and the historic Philadelphia Center showing Lights of Liberty 360 will continue operations daily and will be open to the public.

The following, however, will be affected by a shutdown in the Independence National Historical Park: Liberty Bell Pavilion, Independence Hall and Constitution Hall. All National Park properties will be secured but closed during a shutdown.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

CHITCHATTER: Cliff Lee goes to Bat for the Kids with Holman, Michael Vick, Hamels & Victorino Graphs,

Philliesdelphia News:

Cliff Lee goes to bat for the Kids

Returning Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Cliff Lee has agreed to team up with the Holman Automotive Group, Inc., to sponsor “Cliff’s K’s for Kids.” For every strikeout Lee throws during the 2011 season and post-season games, Holman Automotive will donate $150 to CADEkids, an organization that helps kids make smart decisions. A running total of donations will be posted on the Holman Automotive Web site,

“I am pleased to announce Cliff Lee is joining the Holman family to help us continue our tradition of giving back,” said Holman Automotive Group President and CEO Mindy Holman. “We are truly excited about how we will partner with Cliff to help make a positive impact on kids in our community.”

Last Monday Phillies stars Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino highlighted the second annual JCC Sports Award Dinner on Monday, Apr. 4 at the Katz JCC. The event, presented by Sun National Bank and open to the community, featured Hamels and Victorino as this year’s keynote speakers. The event also honored three local sports figures and community leaders who serve as role models to children, teens and adults in the community. There was a live auction of sports memorabilia and after the last live auction item, Shane Victorino took it upon himself to run up on stage and offer up Diamond Club tickets and a meet and greet with players. He started the bid at $2,000 and it went up to $8,000.On April 16 you can get another chance to meet Victorino and Hamels at a Philadelphia Baseball Signing event at King of Prussia Mall. Carlos "Chooch" Ruiz, will also be there as well as Pete Rose and Steve Carlton, but it's gonna cost you.

Then there's the Collectors' Showcase of America (CSA) Show in Oaks, Pa. Look for Eagles quarterback Michael Vick to be among the celebrity athletes appearing to sign autographs as well as former Eagles quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, former N.L. Rookie of the Year and A.L. MVP Dick Allen, 1983 NLCS MVP Gary Matthews, 1969 NFL MVP Roman Gabriel, former Phillies pitcher and 16-time Gold Glove winner Jim Kaat, 1952 AL MVP Bobby Shantz, former Phillies shortstop Bobby Wine, former Eagle Vince Papale, Globetrotter legends Meadowlark Lemon and Curley Neal, former Phillies pitcher Dick Ruthven and Eagles Hall of Famers Bob Brown and Tommy McDonald.

The show, which runs from April 15th through April 17th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, will feature 400 tables of baseball cards, sports memorabilia and collectibles. Dealers will be set up to buy and sell sports-related merchandise.

For a complete list of guests, dealers, and autograph fees and admission prices or to purchase advance tickets, visit

Super hot Susie Celek and Julie Dorenbos are just about ready to launch their new biz Skin Palatte in the Rittenhouse Square area. 126 South 19th Street. Followed by a kick ass launch party at Bar 879, otherwise know as Susie's husbands place, Brent Celek and Todd Herremon's hangout. The other day the Susie, Julie and Jon Dorenbos and G-N Kang taped a piece for's Marnie Hall's "One Great Idea" for the City at Sigma sound studios. Check out Susie spray tanning the WMMR interns here.

Philly on TV

Dana Delany's new show "Body of Proof," is allegedly based in Philly, except for the skyline which includes the beautiful Philadelphia County Medical building and a few palm trees.

Deflowering a Co-ed

A new website that hopes to replace the “casual encounters” section of Craigslist for college students may soon offer its services to Penn. ­opened in March. It started at the University of Chicago and has since expanded to 10 other schools, including Brown, Columbia and Yale universities. According to a spokesman from the anonymously run site — who went only by “Daniel” — Penn is among eduHookups’ next targets. The site’s most recent goal is to bring the Chicago project to all Ivy League schools. (Source)

The American Liver Foundation’s 7th annual Flavors of Philadelphia

The American Liver Foundation’s 7th annual Flavors of Philadelphia was the hottest ticket in town, on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, as the city hails the culinary soirĂ©e of the year. Each of the chefs prepares their outstanding, gourmet three-course meal for their very own table of twelve lucky guests. The selection of the guests is done by lottery when the guests check in they are given a number. Right before dinner starts the lottery is drawn and that is how the guests find out where they are eating that evening. She also represents its sister restaurant Panorama in Old City too.
The event was held for the first time at the Loews. The space was much more intimate, but not crowded. Before when the dining experience was held at the Crystal Tea Room it felt as if each restaurant was on it's own, where on Tuesday night you may have been eating with Chef David Wiederholt of The Capital Grille, but still enjoyed the charm of Chef Eric Paraskevas of Terra a few tables over.
Not only were you assigned to eat at a notable chef's table, but the table you broke bread at shined on it's own.
Sous Chef Michael DeLone,Maria Conicelli and Chef Brian Wilson of Le Castagne

Ristorante Panorama has started Friday Night Flights which will benefit various charities going forward. This month the flights benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It includes cheese, hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting discussion with sommelier William Eccleston and guest representatives from each week’s region or importer. Tickets are $25 per person in advance/$35 at the door and can be purchased at
Co-Chairs Anthony Masapollo, Le Castagne and Sophia Stogiannis, Water Works Restaurants.
David Hall of the Loews is co-chairing the Living Beyond Breast Cancer 20th Anniversary event on November 12th . Other co-chairs are Jen and Al Simmons, Maureen and Nathan Doron, (Maureen owns the Mainline store Skirt), and Karen and Ed Garnier.
Participating restaurants included:

Sole Food (above)

Chef Thomas Krieble


Chef Chip Roman

La Famiglia Ristorante

Chef GianLuca Forasticre

Le Castagne

Chef Brian Wilson


Chef Rosario Romano


Chef Roberta Adamo

Tavern 17

Chef Benjamin Young


Eric Paraskevas

The Capital Grille

Chef David Wiederholt

Union Trust Steakhouse

Chef Quincey Logan

Water Works

Chef Darryl Harmon

Cori Moscow, Gloss PR and first client Anthony Masapollo, Le Castagne
In 2004, Anthony called Corie and said you are starting a PR firm, and I'm going to be your first client. That was easy to do as Cori had fallen in love with the pasta and could genuinely tout it as the best in the City. She also represents it's sister restaurant too - Ristorante Panorama

Mike Jerrick of Fox's Good Day with Luca Sena of Ristorante PanoramaLook for the Jewish National Fund Poker Tournament at Del Frisco's on May 4 with event chairs David Dinenberg and Marc Rayfield
Sophia Stogiannis, Water Works Restaurants - The March of Dimes will host its 2011 Signature Chefs Auction Volunteer Reception on Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Water Works Restaurant.
Penne Chef Roberta Adamo with the executive chefs lined up to be introduced to the room
Honorary Chef Food Georges Perrier- Le Bec-Fin with Patti Klein
were sitting at Chip Roman's table representing Blackfish. Above Chip is with his wife Amanda. Chip recently opened Mica in Chestnut Hill too (I ate there it's delicious). Kevin Sbraga, season seven winner of Bravo's Top Chef, shares some history with Chip Roman, both got their start working for Philly's own Georges Perrier - Sbraga at Le Mas Perrier in Wayne and Roman at Le Bec Fin. And on Monday, May 2, the two chefs will team up to create one tip-top meal. The collaborative six-course dinner for $85 will be held at Blackfish, located at 119 Fayette Street in Conshohocken, PA. Blackfish was recently named Philadelphia's top restaurant by Philadelphia Magazine. For reservations call 610.397.0888. Blackfish gorgeous table done by Phyllis Jablonowski or Eventricity. She's also involved in creating some of the great lounges for the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival on Sat 5/21
Quincy Logan of Union Trust
Cheryl Coursley, Laura Egan and Richard Liu. Mike and I met at Rich's graduate college graduation party 16 years ago. Thanks Rich, he was the best gift bag I ever picked up from a party.