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April 2017

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Congrats Mr & Mrs Connor Barwin, More NFL Draft Sightings and Caitlyn Jenner Sightings all Over Town

Congrats Mr & Mrs Connor Barwin, More NFL Draft Sightings and Caitlyn Jenner Sightings all Over Town
Philly Gossip Sunday Edition

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Welcome to Sunday, you made it through the NFL Draft in Philly, and it was spectacular. The weather was perfect, Philadelphia shined and a record 250,000 people came out to enjoy the
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What did Connor Barwin do during the NFL Draft, he got married to his long time girlfriend Laura Buscher in Upstate New York. Guests included Jason Kelce, Beka and Jesse Rendell.

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Come out and support Connor’s MTWB Foundation Sept 21

BarwinCaitlyn Jenner was in town to promote her book “The Secret of my Life” at the Phila Library on Friday night. She stopped into Macy’s to visit The Mac Team there, where Kristen Bierr, of McGillin’s was shopping on her lunch break. Caitlyn was spotted checking into the Rittenhouse Hotel on Rittenhouse Square. After her appearance she had a late dinner at Stephen Starr’s Parc, where friends told me she is much prettier in person.

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Dion Dawkins, Temple University football star had his draft party at Gran Caffe L’Aquila at 1716 Chestnut St, He skipped the official draft festivities and decided to throw a party with friends and family and celebrate together when he got drafted.  He wound up going 63 overall in the second round getting the phone call from the Buffalo Bills.

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Newly picked Jacksonville Jaguars Leonard Fournette stopped by The Sporting Club Thursday to shoot a few media spots. He’s the spokesperson for MET-Rx which hosted the event.

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Congrats to Marcus Allen who took part in Night at the Fights! last night at Liacouras Center to raise funds for The Urban League of Philadelphia. He raised the most money for the organization.  Here he is at WMMR for an interview where he ran into Carl “Apollo Creed” Weathers, who in town to announce the start of the NFL Draft in Philly.

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Congrats to Josh and Toni Moshen, of Sweet T’s Bakery, Alex Holley’s favorite spot, on the birth of their baby girl.

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Join us for our Second Annual Run to Read 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk & Community Festival. It’s a celebration of food, music, and community!

Enter the Center School Run to Read 5K/1 Mile Fun Walk and run yourself right to a Bahamas dream vacation!

We’re pleased to announce that all runners and walkers over 18 years of age will be entered into a raffle to win the holiday of a lifetime at Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas, consisting of 4 days/3 nights at the Royal Towers in Atlantis. Atlantis offers a variety of gourmet restaurants by celebrated chefs, a relaxing spa, sports center, several pools throughout the property, beautiful beaches, water slides and other activities, the largest aquarium in the Caribbean, and a casino. Also includes airport land transfers in the Bahamas upon arrival and departure. *Airfare not included.

Drawing to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11 am!

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NFL in Philly Draft Parties Last Night and other fun photos of the day

OK The Draft is pretty spectacular to have in Philly. For me I don’t really know who the players are. Thankfully my new friend Eddie Alderson was with me Wednesday and could fill me in even on our own players. So bad of me right.  Eddie wasn’t with me last night, so we’re just going to post the photos and I bet you know who these guys. It was a fun night. I didn’t get to go to the NFL Experience yet, tonight I will I think. I do have one more party to attend.  I really hope you guys get out there and enjoy.

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Thanks Logan Hotel for allowing me to come up and shoot this

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Thanks to my neighbors the Bernick’s for allowing me to shoot this from your balcony

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AMAZING Eagles Fashion

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I do know my buddy Brandom Brooks. What a great guy, always says hi Hughe. HD1_7815 (Custom)

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World Wide Wes getting down

Look for additional photos from these parties in Metro Philly and Philly Style Magazine, if not today then on Monday.

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It was great meeting so many readers and followers out on the streets, you’re the best.
Wear Sunscreen ~ HughE

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It’s Back and Better: EAST PASSYUNK HOSTS NEW FLAVORS STREET FESTIVAL “Flavors on the Avenue” 2017

It’s Back and Better: EAST PASSYUNK HOSTS NEW FLAVORS STREET FESTIVAL “Flavors on the Avenue” 2017

EAST PASSYUNK HOSTS NEW FLAVORS STREET FESTIVAL WITH 27 AWARD-WINNING RESTAURANTS, LIVE MUSIC, SIDEWALK SALES AND FREE FAMILY FUN

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Philadelphia, PA – East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District presents Flavors on the Avenue: A Street Festival on Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. The brand-new street festival will feature five blocks of street food, seasonal sips, craft beer, live music, sidewalk sales and free family fun on five blocks – from Broad to Dickinson streets.  Twenty-seven award-winning restaurants and bars will bring their signature cuisine outside under the blue skies.  Craft beer and wine will pour from the festival beer tent – and select restaurants will also offer seasonal cocktails, beer and wines for the crowds.

 

Peter Giannopoulos and Tim Goulet serve up some Sly Fox.

Peter Giannopoulos and Tim Goulet serve up some Sly Fox.

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East Passyunk Flavors on the Avenue is free to attend and open to all ages. Food will be specially priced between $3.00 and $6.00 (average) and be pay-as-you-go from individual restaurants. Craft beer at the EPABID tent will be $5.00 each, and wine will be $7.00 a glass.

For those seeking a more exclusive – and an even tastier experience – a limited number of VIP ticket books are available to benefit EPABID’s programs and services. Each book is $50 and includes a ticket for food at all 27 restaurants, plus two drinks from the beer tent, and complimentary valet parking. For more information and VIP tickets, visit: http://www.visiteastpassyunk.com
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Flavors is East Passyunk and Philadelphia’s premiere food festival, showcasing the talents of the best chefs and restaurants in the city,” said Executive Director Pam Zenzola. “This year, we are expanding the event. Come for the food and drink, then stay for the day – we have it all with food, drink, sidewalk seating, shopping, family activities and entertainment.”
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East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia’s restaurant row, will feature something for every taste and palate – with sweet to savory, casual to fine dining, American to International. A record-setting 27 restaurants will offer signature dishes, off-menu specials and twists on street food.  Participating restaurants and eateries, along with their menus, are as follows:

Bing Bing Dim Sum: Pork Buns, Corn Rangoon
Birra: Pizza slices, plain and pepperoni
Brigantessa: Chorizo Cotto with whipped ricotta and peas
Cantina los Caballitos: Tacos al Pastor, Elote, Classic and Cucumber Margaritas
Chhaya: Fried chicken and waffles, Iced coffee
El Sarape: Tacos al Pastor, Pina Coladas
Fond: Salmon Tartare with sesame, nori and avocado
Izumi: Pork Gyoza
Laurel: Chocolate egg cream pudding pops
Le Virtu: Octopus and chick pea salad
Mamma Maria: Cheese ravioli
Marra’s: Mozzarella pizza
Noir: Arancini balls, watermelon salad
Noord: Bitterballen (Dutch meatballs with nutmeg and mustard)
Paradiso: Arancini Di Riso
Perla: Pork Belly, Adobo with garlic rice
Plenty Cafe: Choripan (Traditional South African sandwich with chorizo, chimichurri, and pickled red onion on a baguette)
POPE: Zucchini feta fritters, Cashew teriyaki
P’unk Burger: Pulled Portobello sandwiches, Caprese pesto burgers
Sate Kampar: Achat (carrots, cucumber, peanuts and chile sauce), Sago Gula Melaka (sago pearls, coconut cream, palm nectar) and Chicken Sate
Stargazy: Sausage Rolls, Potato Masala Rolls, Sticky Toffee Sundaes
Stateside: House-made steam buns with duck confit, peppadew and radicchio
Stogie Joe’s: Meatballs with Toasted Bread
Townsend: Roast pork sandwiches
Tre Scalini: Tripe in Umido
Vanilya Bakery: Buttercream cookies, Buttercream cupcakes
Will BYOB: Caramelized onion crepes, Banana and caramel crepes

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Come thirsty for craft beer, wine and signature sips along East Passyunk. EPABID will present a beer tent featuring $5.00 drafts with selections from local brewer Yard’s Brewing Company. EPABID will also pour wine by the glass for $7.00, sponsored by Southern Wines and Spirits. Selections will include Chole Rose Sonoma, Chole Chardonnay Vintage, Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc Special Selection and Concannon Cabernet Sauvignon. Select restaurants will also serve seasonal refreshments along the strip – and in sidewalk café areas.

Beth Serowsky and Harry Jamison enjoy a Rum Runner from Lucky 13.Along with ample food and drink, Flavors will offer free family friendly activities – including a music zone, art zone and activity zone (at the Singing Fountain). Lume Studios, East Passyunk’s new community art center, is teaming up with the neighborhood’s resident toy store, Tildie’s Toy Box, to create these distinct kid-friendly zones for families to enjoy. Look for them scattered throughout the festival, making the perfect pit stops as parents enjoy all of the sights, sounds, and tastes of the event. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will also be participating, and hosting an art show from noon to 4:00pm at The Gateway, at Broad Street and East Passyunk Avenue. Additionally, boutiques and businesses along East Passyunk will also host workshops, activities and family fun inside their spaces.

 

Over 80 of the region’s top makers and crafters will also line the streets. “East Passyunk wants to celebrate local talent, local makers, local artists,” added Zenzola. Local Passyunk gift boutique Nice Things Handmade will curate the makers and crafters that will offer home décor, paintings, candles, jewelry, pottery, furniture, soaps, artisan foods, handmade pet treats, fashion – and everything in between.

While East Passyunk has the top eats in the city – and a thriving makers’ scene – the Avenue also boasts some of the city’s hottest new retail and fashion boutiques. Look for sidewalk sales, spring fashions, gifts, greenery and more along the strip.

While you sip, shop and savor, look for live bands and entertainment to come alive throughout the festival.

For more information and directions, visit www.visiteastpassyunk.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @EPassyunkAve and on Instagram at @eastpassyunk, and use the hashtag #FlavorsOnAve before and during the event for a chance to win great prizes.

Flavors on the Avenue is presented by the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, with sponsors Acme Markets, Alphabet Academy, Bell Beverage, Constitution Health Center, Gold Medal Environmental, Lume, Nice Things Handmade, PARC, ParkOps, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Samuels and Son Seafood, South Philly Review, Tildie’s Toy Box, Yards Brewery and Yelp.

HISTORY OF FLAVORS

Flavors on the Avenue is inspired by East Passyunk’s former Flavors fundraiser held under a tent each year. After eleven years, many of which sold out, the event goes from under the tent and into the street. Capacity expands from 1,000 guests to thousands. The tent is gone and the event goes from a parking lot to five blocks. Instead of food and drink, the event now includes family activities, music and retail sidewalk sales.

“This year we wanted to go bigger and include more businesses and invite the entire community,” added Zenzola. “We sold out for nearly eleven years. We were limited in what we could do with size of the tent and scale of the activities. Now, we want to invite everyone to five blocks of the best food in the city. Come enjoy the day with us!”

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ABOUT EAST PASSYUNK

East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District is home to 150 independently owned shops and markets that perfectly balances the best of the old and the new, mixing old world shopping, authentic Italian restaurants, world famous cheese steaks, with trend-setting boutiques, handmade arts and world-class cuisine.

Chef-driven restaurants have pushed this once-faded community into the national spotlight. East Passyunk Avenue boasts more than 35 eateries, from authentic traditional Italian restaurants to gastropubs, including ten of Philadelphia magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants.

Anchored by the beautifully restored Singing Fountain, a communal gathering place on Tasker Street, this store-lined commercial corridor hosts events of all shapes and sizes. Annual outdoor favorites include Flavors on the Avenue, the East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival, Farmers’ Markets and East Passyunk Craft Beer Day.