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February 2018


Cheers for Chop 2018 is another stunning success

Cheers for Chop 2018 is another stunning success

Free Your Mind and the Rest Will Follow

Cheers for Chop 2018 had another successful party raising funds for hundreds the Division of Orthopedics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  The fun and philanthropic young influencers enjoyed a fabulous evening of music, cocktails, and dancing befitted was nothing short of an unforgettable night for an inspiring cause!

Co-Chairs: Valerie and Geoff Gross, and Katy Friedland , Jason Friedland, with Meisha Johnson, CBSPhilly

Over 600 people attended Saturday night, raising over $600,000

Over the past four years, Cheers for CHOP has raised more than $3 million to benefit CHOP programs such as Pulmonary Medicine and Child Life.

Jennifer Sherlock and Meisha Johnson
As usual the silent auction was extensive offering experiences, restaurant gift cars, trips and health trips



Brian Hickey, Katie Hickey, Allie Hoffman and Andy Hoffman

Bambi and Jarod Ricci

Jon and Alexandra Morgan

DJ Xtina

Scott McIntosh, Theresa McIntosh, Jenny Myers and Chris Myers

Hero Nurses: Gina Bobb, Michele McCormick and Renee Bergandino

Meisha Johnson MC’d the event


EnVogue entertained the crowd singing all their top hits, as well as doing a few covers

They got the crowd grooving

Keeping the dance floor packed.

Thanks to all who came out and made this another stunning success, especially:

2018 Cheers for CHOP Co-chairs

Katy and Jason Friedland
Valerie and Geoff Gross
Allison and Jonathan Lubert



Let Them Eat Cake A Sweet Competition

Let Them Eat Cake A Sweet Competition


The 15th annual Let Them Eat Cake event took place Sunday at the Loews Hotel. 35 of the area’s best pastry chefs competed for the best decorated and most tasty cake. This year, Variety, the Children’s Charity fundraiser’s theme is In the Jungle, so let’s not monkey around and see what they created.


The judges for Let Them Eat cake arrive at the Loews Hotel about 2 hours before the doors open for the guests.

Philadelphia Dance Academy
was on hand to entertain the guests, as was Mole Street Entertainment.

Variety Executive Board – Tangi James-Boone, Maribeth Roman Schmidt, President Of The Board Of Directors at Variety – The Children’s Charity and Jerry Bollenbach, Variety, the Children’s Charity

Amanda Kaewvichien, Executive Pastry Chef at Bank and Bourbon Bourbon.
The fourth annual Bourbon Bash is coming Tuesday, April 17th … get your tickets today!

Chef Amanda creates the most delicious dessert bar for you to enjoy after you dine on the delicious dinner bits from Chef Thomas Harkins

Van Cleve models modeled fashionable wedding gowns and evening wear
Cake was served as slices or in containers like these

Salon Thalia

Best Design winner Masterchef Pastry Shop

Best Themed Unique Cakes

Since 1935, Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley has fulfilled its mission to enrich the lives of children and young adults with intellectual disabilities through social, educational, and vocational programs that nurture independence and self-confidence, and prepare them for life.

If I were the judge I would have picked this for most creative, I love it

Sheila Hess – A huge THANK YOU for recognizing me w/2018 during 🎂🍰 on my bday.What a night! 🎉😉So special presenting award, hosting as Harry Giordano, Marketing director of Variety looks on. ❤📸

Student Winners: Gabriella Messina and Frankie Sangiuliano of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

Audience Choice Diane Michelle, Diane Michelle Cakes

Emily Maynard, Wedding Sales Consultant at Bredenbeck’s and Irvin Boyd with Diana Anello, Head Sugar Artist/ Lead Cake Decorator at Bredenbeck’s winning for Best of Show and Best Tasting cake.


#PCCBuzz Cescaphe Heads to Broad St, Eagles & Tasty Talk

#PCCBuzz Cescaphe Heads to Broad St, Eagles & Tasty Talk

Good Monday morning, it’s time for the #PCCBuzz lots happened this weekend and congrats are in order for a few of our Philadelphia Eagles players, but first we know what’s going in on the corner of Broad & Locust Streets at CAMBRiA hotel & suites Philadelphia ( 219 S. Broad St.)

Tasty Talks

Joining DelFrisco’s Grille  as part of the new Cambria hotel on Broad Street, will be another fabulous Cescaphe event space. No name has been picked out yet for the new space which takes over where the eateries Perch Pub and Varelli’s were located, but I’m sure it will be another fabulous name like other Cescaphe’s other spaces Tendenza, Vie, The Water Works and Cescaphe Event Space.  Philly Mag has a great article on founder Joe Volpe 

The flagship Cambria Hotel will open at Broad and Locust in late March and will feature Attico, the largest roof-top restaurant/bar on the Avenue of the Arts.

The 15-story, 223-room boutique hotel was developed by Pearl Properties and designed by DAS Architects, the City’s foremost hospitality architect. The ground floor of the hotel will be home to a new Del Frisco’s Grille, set to open in October 2018. Look for the new Cescaphe event space to also open in the Fall.

Congrats to Rodney McLeod and Erica Lee on their engagement. He popped the question on 5th Avenue in in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC Friday evening. According to Yahoo news: The Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McLeod — who just won his first Super Bowl Championship earlier this month — asked his longtime girlfriend, Erika Lee, to be his wife. Now, they’re both sporting important rings. Head on over to Yahoo for lots of great details on the engagement. Earlier this month, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz proposed to his girlfriend Maddie.
Jason Kelce had a busy weekend, Saturday he stopped by the Reading Terminal’s 135th Anniversary party and even brought The Eagles Super Bowl Belt. Sunday he headed to 5th Annual Mummers Mardi Gras Parade Sunday in Manayunk. Check out for the full story.
On Wednesday I’m speaking at Tasty Talk at one of my favorite Chinese restaurants YangMing. It’s only 20 for lunch and $5 of that goes to the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia. Buy your tickets online or at the door. I’ll be chatting about how I started PhillyChitChat and the importance of supporting charities.

Plus I’ll be chatting about my years of being a paparazzi in NYC. I have lots of stories of those fun times.