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May 2017


Bourbon Bash 3 Celebrates Bank & Bourbon’s 4th Anniversary

 Bourbon Bash 3 Celebrates Bank & Bourbon’s 4th Anniversary
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Chef Tom Harkins was on hand, presenting the most popular dishes from Bank & Bourbon’s at the 3rd Bourbon Bash earlier this month.
The menu included appetizers, entrees and desserts, while the restaurant’s own bourbon master will be serving up signature cocktails.


Danny Smith, Director of Engineering at Loews Hotels, Scott Nassar, Managing Director at Loews Hotels Philadelphia, Alex Amato, Director Of Food And Beverage at Loews Hotels and Ed O’Boyle, Director of Marketing at Loews Hotels

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There was a great raffle where guests could purchase a ticket for a chance to stay at one of the Loews somewhere in the USABourbon Bourbon Bourbon
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Proceeds from the event benefit, an online charity that helps teachers receive the school supplies they need to further enhance the classroom. HD1_2773 (Custom) Bourbon Bourbon

Also new at Loews is their new Pod which serves coffee (LaColumbe), tea and pastries for those in a hurry.


Bok Bar Opens with a New Menu and Fun Furniture

Bok Bar Opens with a New Menu and Fun Furniture

Bok Bar, located on the roof of a former elementary school is South Philadelphia, opened last week for the Summer of 2017.

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As if the place wasn’t already the hottest roof top bar in Philadelphia, owner Lindsey Scannapieco decided to make a few improvements this season with new furniture, a new menu and cocktails.  I photographed the friends and family party on Wednesday May 24, 2017.


Bok owner Lindsey Scannapieco greets the guests

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The fabulous view of Philadelphia from Bok Bar



From the Bok website: On Monday and Tuesday only the bar is available for private hire. For more information please contact us here. We are a 21+ bar with the exception of Sunday’s when dogs and children are welcome. All other evenings babies under 6 months of age and physically attached to a person can also join.

Most beers are $6, wine $7 – $10 and bottles $30 – $40. Dumplings are $1, rice bowl $8 and Tacos $10;


Coffee – LaColumbe $5, soda $2 and water $1


This year, Humble Dumpling, a new dumpling concept created by Hayden Mink, will take the
reins in Bok Bar’s kitchen. Featuring $1 dumplings, nourishing rice bowls and shareable tacos,
the menu is affordable, delicious and unexpected. Humble Dumpling will be dishing out food
Wednesday – Saturday evenings all summer long.

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The furnishings displayed on the roof this year are the result of an open call to the maker and  design community. Interested parties were invited to submit their portfolio for an opportunity to  design and create a new collection of furniture which will be used and enjoyed on the rooftop  this summer. From over 25 entries, 8 submissions were selected to create tables, benches,  stools, chairs, high tops and more over an 8-week period through a collaborative and open  workshop-based process. Participants ranged from recent graduates to artist collectives to  seasoned furniture designers and architecture practices. The final pieces range from the  traditional to the unexpected and include works by KSS Architects in collaboration with  studioRON (the above piece of furniture), artist collaborative studio Traction Company, the Dufala Brothers, and designer  Jeff Rubio.


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Bok Bar sits atop the historic Bok building which has been transformed into a new hub for makers, entrepreneurs and small businesses. Today, BOK’s tenants range from glass blowers, a daycare (Project PLAY), textile designers, a tattoo parlor, photography studios, a letterpress printer, a wholesale bakery, a hair salon (Fringe Salon), a clarinet repair shop, architecture firms and more.


Bok Bar

1901 South 9th Street Philadelphia PA 19148  Entrance on Mifflin Street (closest to 8th Street)
Free parking across the street during bar hours
Hours of operation are Wednesday (5pm – 11pm), Thursday (5pm – 12am), Friday
(5pm – 1am), Saturday (6pm – 1am) and Sunday (12pm – 10pm).


JD Rivera, Kevin Hart, Mike Schmidt, Roots Picnic , Save The Date, Dana Spain Married

JD Rivera, Kevin Hart, Mike Schmidt, Roots Picnic , Save The Date, Dana Spain Married

Good Sunday, hope you are having an enjoyable weekend.  Here’s another edition of Philly Gossip, tidbits and Save The Date’s for events I think you might enjoy attending. Also just want to tell you I’m leaving for Alaska this week, don’t fret I’ve filled Philly Chit Chat up with blog posts so keep coming back every day for photos and food for thought. Last summer Cabot Cheese surprised me with a cruise to Alaska with 50 or so more charitable minding folks. Seems my friend Marilyn Russell nominated me for the Cabot Cheese program for the charitable work I have done over the years with the Linda Creed Foundation, PAWS, Donors Are Hero’s, Gilda’s Club,  American Foundation of Suicide Awareness all of which I’ve volunteered for 6 plus years. And then the more recent organizations – MANNA, Komen Philadelphia, Comfort Home For Veterans, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and many more which I promote through my various social outlets.  Even charities who hire me to photograph their events, I try and give back in ways that go beyond my reasonable rates. I’m excited to meet other volunteers from around the country. I also volunteer for Cabot Cheese Foundation, participating in their annual poker tournament every summer at the Borgata for the past 3 years. We Honor Volunteers & Support Communities Our Department of Gratitude reflects the values of the farm families who own Cabot Creamery Cooperative.

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Congrats to Philly boxer and hometown hero JD Rivera, Rivera beat the odds to go pro and moved to Philly because of its rich boxing history. His career in the ring has been full of hard knocks, but the sport has given him a new lease on life. That’s why Rivera does what he can through his gym, the Warrior Boxing Academy, to make boxing accessible to working class folks in his community of South Philadelphia. New equipment was sponsored by Coors Light they believe in celebrating the journey of those who see challenges as opportunities, which is why we chose to feature Rivera as part of our digital short documentary series, “My Climb, My Story.” The film series features individuals across the country who conquer their personal mountains to better themselves and their communities.

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I was so busy this week, but really wanted to go to this all day radio marathon – the All Star Day Live! featured 97.5 The Fanatic’s All Star Personalities and Celebrity Contributors Live, On-Site, for an all-day broadcast at Commerce Square. There was food & beverage specials from Pagano’s, fun & games, and meet & greet pictures with celebrity athletes including Jaws above, fresh off of the NFLDraft. Their goal was to promote, fund-raise and help further AACR’s Mission:
The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration. Through its programs and services, the AACR fosters research in cancer and related biomedical science; accelerates the dissemination of new research findings among scientists and others dedicated to the conquest of cancer; promotes science education and training; and advances the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world.

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ACCR comes on board as a client of PhillyChitChat starting June 1.

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Congrats to Dana Spain and Walt Moore Married. So happy for them.
Opps #FakeNews, Dana tells me it was Walt’s engagement ring….stay tuned

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Another Philly Socialite off the market
Congrats Allie and Steve!!

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Thank you Mike Schmidt in your efforts to prevent skin cancer. Take it from someone who is a candidate, who sometimes forgets the importance of sunscreen, or it wears off during the day. What an amazing idea to have sunscreen dispensers through out Philly. I love that they’re yellow too. The dispensers will be located at City Hall, on Kelly Drive near Lloyd Hall and at CBP Phillies home


Brought to you by Philadelphia Social Calendar– Click on the link and add your event to Philly’s latest and greatest calendar

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Memorial Day Weekend Events

Historic Philly’s summer programming launches Memorial Day Weekend with historic reenactors leading pub crawls, military musters, puppet shows, and more.

  Betsy Ross House
Flag-Raising Ceremony, May 29, 10:00 a.m.
Start your day in the charming Betsy Ross House courtyard with Betsy Ross and one of her Colonial friends, raising the thirteen-star flag with pomp and circumstance. FREE

Ø  Various Locations Throughout Historic Philadelphia
Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches, May 27 – 29, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Specially-trained, uniformed storytellers delight and entertain with free, short five-minute stories while sharing the secrets of Philadelphia’s and America’s history. Children can pick up a Story Flag at any Storytelling Bench, and collect a star from every storyteller on their journey. Flags with all the stars can be redeemed for a History Hero Certificate and a free carousel ride on the Parx Liberty Carousel. FREE

GETTING AROUND:I love using the PHLASH all summer long

The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop™ is the most convenient and affordable way for visitors to travel with 22 stops to key destinations, including stops throughout Historic Philadelphia. Providing daily service every 15 minutes from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., the PHLASH is only $2 per ride or $5 per day. Passes are available onboard (with cash and exact change only), at any Visitor Center location, or online at

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Festival Pier (at Penn’s Landing), Philadelphia, PA
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 12:00 PM

Details: The Roots Picnic, The Roots, Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne, Solange, Jeezy, 21 Savage, Kimbra, Black Thought, J. Period, Fat Joe, Mobb Deep, Thundercat, Pete Rock,
I’m partnering with Live Nation to promote this event.


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 Kevin Hart‘s Wednesday, June 7 book signing and chat with Quincy Harris at Temple University announced last month to promote his new book ” I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons”  is now a photo op and meet-and-greet that’s been moved to the Parkway Central Library says Nick Vadala, over at Read it here.

Then a month later he’ll be back in Philly for Kevin Hart Day in Philadelphia on July 6.

PS one day before PhillyChitChat’s 10th Anniversary. I’ll be posting some of my favorite photos of the past ten years in the month of June, July and August and tell you the best dressed of the decade, the best party of the decade, and favorite celebrity moments of the last decade. So fun, right? I must say Kevin Hart is one of the nicest celebrities I’ve ever photographed.5-27-2017 1-50-08 AM

“An Evening with Stephen Schwartz” takes place on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 7:30 pm in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. A diverse group of 360 choral singers ages 8 to 18 will perform selections including “Day by Day” (Godspell), “When You Believe” (Prince of Egypt), and “For Good” (Wicked), accompanied by a four-piece band. Kimmel Box Office at,
An Evening with Stephen Schwartz” will raise money to benefit endARTSlessness, a campaign that seeks to ensure every Philadelphia public school has at least one arts program serving as a lifeline to lift young people up and out of creative poverty. Stephen Schwartz has embraced the campaign and has been recognized by his peers for nurturing future artists. In 2015, Schwartz received a special Tony Award for his commitment to serving artists and fostering new talent.
more on Commonwealth Youthchoirs, the endARTSlessness campaign, and CY’s music programs can be found at

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Please save the date for the 12th Annual Great Chefs Event! On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, guests will sample curated dishes and meet internationally-acclaimed culinary stars– all for a great cause, benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation & Vetri Community Partnership, with last year’s event raising over $800,000.    Discover and indulge in award-winning cuisine at The 12th Annual Great Chefs Event—experience the city’s most anticipated culinary event where top chefs and mixologists from around the globe converge to share their expertise and prepare succulent creations.     There’s an after party for sponsors, chefs and a few VIP ticket holders near Vetri’s eatery Lo Spiedo


Have a great holiday weekend – Thank you service men and women who fight for our freedom.
See you on Tuesday.


Fun at The 32nd annual Arts + Business Council Awards Celebration

Fun at The 32nd annual Arts + Business Council Awards Celebration

Hundreds of business leaders, art innovators and supporters turned out for  The 32nd annual Arts + Business Council Awards Celebration which were held Tuesday May 23, 2017 at the Philadelphia Art Museum. The annual event honors local arts initiatives and people in the arts in the City. Although many notable and worthy individuals were honored (listed below), the highlight of the ceremony had to be The Anne D’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence winner – Kevin Hart, American actor, comedian, writer and producer for his contributions in his field to Philadelphia.


Marc Brownstein, Board Chair of the Arts + Business Council, Kevin Hart, Karin Copeland, executive director of  Arts + Business Council, and Rob Wonderling, President and CEO of The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Recently Hart finished filming a movie here with Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman called “Untouchable.” In August 2015, Kevin Hart played to 53,000+ audience at Lincoln Financial Field for his stand-up comedy movie ‘Kevin Hart: What Now?’ During his acceptance speech at the Arts + Business Council Awards Hart said “Expect to see me doing more, expect me to be giving more. As things get bigger for me in my career, expect me to put my City on a higher level.”


Mission: We work with connectors and community builders to lead, serve and inspire a more creative region. Culture and creativity are built into everything we do, from the way we envision new opportunities and evaluate outcomes to the way we collaborate across programs and cultivate deep partnerships.

For the first hour of the celebration there was a cocktail party held through out the Philadelphia Art Museum.
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Josh Goldblum,  ‎Founder + CEO, Bluecadet  (Creative Economy Award for Distinction in a For-Profit Creative Field) and Jane Golden, founder and executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia (The PNC Arts Alive Award for Innovation in Honor of Peggy Amsterdam
Mural Arts Philadelphia’s 47 Stories) Rhonda Lauer, Foundsations, Inc and Rue McLaughlin, IBM Corporation
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Catherine Pelietier, Knoll Inc, Eileen Tognini, Eileen Tognini Designs, and Bob Wegbreit fun
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Kristen Alderson, actress One Life To Live,  Kathy Alderson and Sheila Hess, City Representative


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Amira Smith, Greater Philadelphia Film Office and Erica Hawthorne-Manon, Small But Mighty Arts
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Join Greater Phila Film Office for a rally for Philly’s film industry! Meet us at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, bottom of the Rocky steps, 10-11am. Bring your colleagues, family, friends, and anyone who cares about our industry! Let’s show how many people care about and depend on #PhillyFilm!


There was a larger screen above the stage and before the ceremony photos from their morning networking events flashed. I always recommend entrepreneurs and business folks attend this informative sessions; people are genuinely excited and engaged to chat with others at these events. They’re about 2 hrs long, include a continental breakfast, a panel discussion and a great speaker like Clayton Christensen who spoke in January. I shoot all these events for Arts + Business.

Brian Bernhardt, CFP, Morgan Stanley
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Edmond Ghisu, ‎Associate General Counsel and Chief Investment Counsel at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  accepts the Business on Board Volunteer Leader of the Year Award from Lori Armstrong Halber, Partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP HD1_4517 (Custom) (Custom)
Jacob Field, Accenture (Technology Connector Volunteer of the Year 2017 Award Winner) and Florentina Dragulescu, Dechert LLP
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 2017 Awards Celebration Winners:

Anne D’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence
Kevin Hart, American actor, comedian, writer and producer

G. Fred Dibona Jr Individual Leadership Award
Keith L. + Katherine Sachs

The PNC Arts Alive Award for Innovation in Honor of Peggy Amsterdam
Mural Arts Philadelphia’s 47 Stories

Creative Economy Award for Distinction in a For-Profit Creative Field
Bluecadet’s Josh Goldblum

Designing Leadership Alumni Award
John Orr, Executive Director, Art-Reach

Business + Arts Partnership Award: Large Business with an Arts Organization
Taller Puertorriqueno + PECO

Business on Board Volunteer Leader of the Year Award
Edmond Ghisu, Associate General Counsel and Chief Investment Counsel, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For board service to Rock to the Future

Technology Connectors Volunteer of the Year Award
Brendan McGeehan, Senior Manager, Enterprise Business Intelligence, Comcast + Jacob Field, Procurement Operations Associate, Accenture
For volunteer consulting work for Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center

Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Volunteer of the Year Award
Sekou Campbell, Managing Member, Law Offices of Sekou Campbell, PLLC
For work with Individual Artist Rashida Holmes

Business Volunteers for the Arts Volunteer of the Year Award
Christine Ostrowski, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, School District of Philadelphia
For volunteer consulting work with Rock to the Future