Saturday, October 22, 2011

MY PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE, My Hypnotist Appt, Del Frisco's and 12 hr nap

If you were following me on twitter, you know I was out all day yesterday. First I went to a hypnotist to help me get over my sugar tooth, and eat more healthy. Believe it or not I think it's working. I had dinner at Del Frisco's again. I had the seafood plateau, $49. And I didn't want coffee or chocolate after wards. That's a change cause I usually want one of them after I eat a good meal. Yesterday I also went to the gym, The Sporting Club. I'm serious about dropping some weight, it's getting harder to maneuver around the skinny socialites, or dodge the drunken messes at bars who think I'm bumping into them on purposed when it's just me, the bull in the china shop. Then I fell asleep at 8PM fully clothed watching TV, and that's why there were no more tweets from me @iphillychitchat But

Yesterday I had two columns in Philly Mag that I didn't promote like I wanted to.

The Pa Ballet Opening:

and the opening of the Phila Film Festival

HughE Dillon One-Shot: Haley Joel Osment

Then there's these shots I submitted to my photo agency that were picked up my a gossip site. No doubt Haley would not be too happy with me over that top photo, but I too was mesmerized at how if taken at the wrong angle someone could look so terrible. He should only be shot from his left side.

I should have broke through the groupies and got the head shot that I needed. I only had this one to submit to my agency.
Bruno O. Barros
"I see fat people"

Friday, October 21, 2011

PORTOFINO'S Back From Vacation BECOMES ....

A sign went up at one of my fav Italian restaurants Portofino (1227 Walnut St. Philadelphia PA 19107 ) this summer that said they were going on vacation and would be opening soon...Then in early October another sign appeared..Now I can reveal that Portofino is now going to be called THE Walnut Street Supper Club! James McManaman (aka Jimmy McMan) is teaming up with Ralph Berarducci to open The Walnut Street Supper Club at 1227 Walnut Street. The restaurant will serve dinner seven nights a week in its expansive dining room, with floor and mezzanine seating, all overlooking a nostalgic stage where the magic happens.

James is a Jed Nolan’s Music Hall & Yesterday’s Restaurant alumnus, who has spent 25 years in the Hotel/Restaurant management industry. His experience in concept restaurant development and hands-on operations are a perfect fit when teamed up with the culinary expertise of his partner Ralph Berarducci. “It has been a long time dream of mine, to bring the magic of singing waiters and waitresses to Philadelphia” says James.

Ralph is a successful restaurateur who has owned and operated successful restaurants in the Philadelphia area over the last 40 years. His attention to detail and his “Italian” style of guest service is part of what has made his restaurants so successful in Philadelphia.

“I was ready for an exciting change, and wanted to bring entertainment to the city” says Ralph Berarducci.

Now they're looking for a few talented people: Open auditions for our singing waiters, waitresses, bartenders, host/hostess and bus boys will take place on November 1st and 2nd from 1-6pm at 1227 Walnut. Please tell anyone that you know who loves to sing and would like to be a part of this. We just hired our Musical Director - Jeremiah Downes and he will lead the cast of servers. The entire staff will take turns singing from the Great American Songbook, songs from the 1920's-1960's. So a constant show included in the price of a great meal!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wildest Philadelphia Wedding Dancing Ever with the Bride crowd surfing

Kaci & Joe's wedding in June at the Sheraton Old City

Stradley Ronon “Shaken Not Stirred Martini Mixer” , Plus Deniro Dines

The law firm of Stradley Ronon recently hosted “Shaken Not Stirred Martini Mixer” at Sole Food in the Loews Hotel.. (BTW Robert Deniro ate at Cuba Libre Philly Wednesday night. This morning on Fox 29's Good Day Philly, I'll be chatting with Jen Frederick about Deniro and Bradley Cooper around town.) More than 200 of the firm’s clients and friends in the financial services and M&A industries attended the function.
Stradley Ronon Attorneys Ryan McKenzie, Christine McDevitt, and Caroline Harkins, advise a broad range of public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, securities, public financing and corporate organization
Laura Lombardo, Richard Zucker, represents banks, commercial finance companies, private investment groups, mezzanine funds, second-lien funds and various other nonbank at Stradley Ronon , Robert Bush and Ken Frank, Sovereign/Sanlander
Christopher Rosenbleeth, Stradley Ronon and Tony Liobos, Keltic Financial. For more than 85 years, Stradley Ronon has helped private and public companies – from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations – achieve their goals. With six offices and more than 200 attorneys located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, Stradley Ronon is proud to have helped companies manage their legal challenges so they can focus on growing their businesses.
Bruce Pavesich, Keltic Financial, Michael Bonner, Stradley, and Damon Gray, Jara Investments
The M&A conference helps business leaders focused on driving growth in industry. Above: Steve Nardi and Debbie McKinnon of The Pine Hill Group.
Paul Schuldner, Wells Fargo, Mark Boren, James Hunter and William Bahis
Julie Murphy, Stradley Ronon , Jody Lurie, Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC Michael Rovinsky, TD Bank; Yesterday, Timothy C. Scheve, president and CEO of Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC, unveiled plans for the new 146,000-square-foot headquarters to be located at 1717 Arch St. in Center City.
Janice Simonson, Ikea and Donna Coghlan, Business Development at Advanced Staging Productions
Todd Vanett, Stradley Ronon , Grace Flannagan, Verizon Wireless and Thomas Killeen
Make up artist Yari Murray and Mary Pat Kessler, Vice President of Employee Benefits at The Benefit Solutions Group USI Affinity
Judd Day, Exponent, John McGrath, Stradley Ronon
Stradley Ronon Firm partners and hosts Mike Bonner and Todd Vanett presented grand prize winner Dan Miller, of M&T Bank, with an iPad2.

It's important to have a talented team of legal professionals to have a successful law firm, but these days with the speed of the information highway mass communication it's also helpful to to develop a strategy to get the message out that sets your firm apart from others. Marketing departments have established themselves in most of the major law firms helping Stradley Ronon is their Creative Team: Gary Bagin Chief Marketing Officer, Maria Boncardo, Cheryl Toscan, Cheryl Jackson, and Caitlin Cherkin

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Goodies Giveaway: Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour

Goodies Giveaway: Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour

The 2011 Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour with special guest Ted Allen will be wrapping up at the Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival on October 21-23 at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia. To celebrate the tour, Robert Mondavi Winery is offering a prize pack giveaway for one lucky Philly Chit Chat reader.

Now in its sixth year, the Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour is an interactive event that brings the Napa Valley wine country experience to wine lovers across the United States at various food and wine festivals. On Friday, October 21, the festival will feature cooking demonstrations and tips by Food Network Chopped host Ted Allen, a Robert Mondavi Private Selection Food & Wine Ambassador. Along with Ted at the Robert Mondavi Winery’s Napa-inspired tasting pavilion will be educational seminars and other interactive events. Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour highlights include:·
  • Educational Seminar – a Wine 101 class to help learn the basics on what to look for (and taste) in every bottle
  • Wine & Cooking Stage – demonstrations and tastings by local chefs and wine experts
  • Essence Station – put your senses to the test and learn how to appreciate wines' subtle aromas
  • Interactive iPad – email recipes and wine pairings, see photos, sign up for Winery news, and view tasting notes all at the touch of a button
  • Mondavi Theater – watch a short documentary film showcasing how Robert Mondavi revolutionized the American wine industry
The Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival will take place on Friday, October 21 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, October 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $30 in advance ($40 at the door). Children 6-12 are $5 and children under 6 are free. (Seminars, Chefs on Stage series and VIP Cocktail Party are additional.) Tickets for all events can be purchased online. You can also learn more about Robert Mondavi wines by liking the winery's Facebook page. Robert Mondavi's wines are gluten free.

The prize pack includes a Robert Mondavi chef’s apron, Sigg Steel water bottle, keychain, and copy of Ted Allen’s The Food You Want to Eat cookbook. To enter send me your email with the subject line Robert Mondavi contest.

Some brief guidelines: (1) Must be 21 years or older (2) U.S. residents only. 3) Tell me if you're a subscriber to PhillyChitChat daily email, and if not if I can subscribe you.

I’ll randomly select one winner tomorrow at 4PM and will contact him or her Thursday by 5PM

Good luck!

Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation 8th annual Philadelphia Dinner

On Saturday, October 15th, 2011, the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation held its 8th annual Philadelphia Dinner and Gala at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City.
The purpose of the Foundation is to provide Scholarship assistance to children of deceased United States Marines and Law Enforcement Personnel. Above the Police and Fire Pipes and Drums Corp. There are currently on 85 living recipients of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. It is bestowed to any member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguishes himself "conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States." Above there are four: Medal of Honor Recipients: Brian Thacker, James Taylor, Jon Cavaiani, and Harvey C. "Barney" Barnum, Jr Lieutenant General George Flynn with Philip Parkinson.

Chief Inspector (Philly Police Department) and MCLEF Board Member Tony Boyle, Sgt. Major Jon Cavaiani (US Army Ret), Col. Harvey C. Barnum Jr (USMC Ret.), Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery, Lt. Brian Thacker, (US Army Ret.), Lt. James Allen Taylor (US Army Ret.). In September, Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey honored members of the Philadelphia Police Department who have served our nation in the U.S. Military since the attacks in New York and Washington, DC on September 11, 2001 which included Tony Boyle.
Susan Brennan, William Brennan, Dean Picciotti, Col. Harvey C. Barnum Jr (USMC Ret.) (He was the fourth Marine to receive the medal for valor in Vietnam. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1989 after more than 27 years of service. Barnum is currently serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Reserve Affairs, a position he has held since July 23, 2001.) Lisa Picciotti, and Supreme Court Justince Seamus McCafferty
Colonel Ken Brier, Chairman and president, Sealord LCC and Sealord Holdings, Inc. and Bill Zebrowski
Bill Zebrowski with his grandson Philip Parkinson and Medal of Honor Recipient Jon Cavaiani.
Christie Adams, Dave Dembe, George Bochetto.
General Ronald Coleman, was the Second African-American in the Marine Corps History to reach the rank of Lieutenant General. Rob Bender, General Craig Crenshaw. Crenshaw is the commanding general over about 3,600 Marines in the 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, in Okinawa, Japan.
Lieutenant Colonel Paul Noyes, Molly Noyes, Jackie Mitrosky, Staff Sergeant Jonathan Mitrosky .
Additionally this year there was a truck at the event to take donations of new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. Can you believe the holiday's are just around the corner.
(Photo Credit: Mike Hirata for


Monday night The Philadelphia Hospitality organization held their 2011 Vision for Philadelphia Award event at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. It's like the super bowl of all the power brokers, movers and shakers in this City. No doubt a few new ideas and "visions" were seeded at this event because
all the players were in the room at this event. Above Meryl Levitz, GPTMC and Laura Burkhardt, The Lab (Consulting firm.) Thank you Laura who introduced me to Phila Hospitality by taking me to an event a few years back at a behind the scenes look at Craig and Tania Drake's home in the sky. Check out who else was there in My Philadelphia Magazine Column here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

KATE BEAVER IS A YEAR OLDER and Friends throw her a Beaver Bash at Kings Oak

PS I wrote a column for PhillyMag today and ran out of time to do my 2nd entry. Tomorrow I promise to devote more time to PhillYChitChat and bring you some good stuff. In the meantime... PhillyChitChatter: Almost all the Eagles sans Michael Vick, showed up at G lounge to celebrate their victory Sunday night. I'll be there this Sunday if they beat Dallas. Now that's something to celebrate. I hear the Flyers coach caught our coverage of the Recess Anniversary Party last week, and warned the Flyers about their image of party animals.

Last night a limo picked up Kate Beaver, Editor Philly In, Model, Muse and everyone's best friend, at her house. The driver said we're going on a scavenger hunt. Slowly they made their way through the City picking up friends along the way. Amber-Joi Watkins at Chickee and Pete's cause that's where they met when they both tried out and made the 76ers cheer leading squad,

Courtney Grant (above left) at Love Park (where she met a lot of men she told me, homeless or occupied, but men nonetheless;
then Jason Cichonski in Fairmount Park cause one time Kate and Jason watched amovie while on a picnic in the shadow of Lemon Hill, except it wasn't daylight, and eventually the Fairmount security kicked them out of the park.and a few others who's stories I didn't catch, finally reaching Kings Oak

Alexis Sophia and Kate check out the cake that was created by Jessie Prawlucki, of Fond, but who is also opening Belle Cakery, a pastry shop on Passyunk Avenue near Dickinson.
Alexis, Kate and Courtney
Samantha Trasatti, Jason Cichonski and Billy Riddle Jr, sous chef at Ela extraordinaire, who can now operate a sledge hammer and paint brush with ease as he and Jason renovate the Ela at 3rd and Bainbridge, which will be opening early November. I gave Jason my ideal date and we'll see if that's the one he picks. The moon and stars are aligned Leo then (I'm a Leo)
Kwame Osseo-Asare and Amber-Joi Watkins
Happy Birthday Kate, may all your dreams come true.

Monday, October 17, 2011

What happened after Archbishop Charles Chaput gave an impromtu Blessing to David Boreanaz on The Mighty Macs Red Carpet

What happened after Archbishop Charles Chaput gave an impromptu Blessing to David Boreanaz on The Mighty Macs Red Carpet, that involved his wife Jaime Bergman. Check out my Philly Mag column, link below, to find out.


Sunday started off with a beautiful sunrise, and continue with the 25th Annual Philadelphia AIDS Walk in Fairmount Park. I ended my night in Fairmount Park at the American Cancer Society Gala and will post those photos on Thursday.
The Philadelphia AIDS Walk's annual event supports organizations in the Philadelphia area that provide AIDS and HIV-related services, education and prevention.
some people biked
(Center) Mike's been volunteering for the AIDS walk for the past 15 years.
The crowd seemed a little lighter than in previous years, but the organization says they raised more money this year.

Sisters are doing it for themselves, picking up a few condoms to protect themselves in the future. The Pill does not protect you from HIV/AIDS

The reading of the names. Mondo Guerra, a contestant in the upcoming “All Stars” season of the hit television show “Project Runway,” and fellow designer and show alum Jack Mackenroth, brought the national HIV education campaign Living Positive By Design to Philadelphia for AIDS Walk Philly yesterday.While I was there I heard a few of my friends who have died, including my good friend Wayne Cohen. Many people think the serious threat of this disease is over and since it can be managed by drugs. You do not want to manage it by drugs, first of all these drugs are toxic and have serious side affects. Recently one of my friends told me he had a heart attack because of the interaction of the 21 drugs he takes to manage his disease.

NBC10's Tim Furlong
The AIDS Quilt makes an appearance at the Philadelphia AIDS Walk. This year I didn't see my best friend's panel, Shawn Conley, who died in 1992.
Ryan White was an American teenager from Kokomo, Indiana who became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS, and it's fight to end discrimination against those with the disease. shake it up
Faces in the Crowdfamilies

Lots of high schools and colleges came out to support the cause
as well as some families to recall the passing of a loved oneIt was one of the nicest days for The Walk in years.