On Monday night, the Fourth Annual XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia were honored at the restaurant XIX in the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The women (listed alphabetically) include Andrea Agnew, Angela Val, Dr. Beatriz Garces, Bele Shehu, Courtney Apple, Desiree Peterkin-Bell, Diane Dalto Woosnam, Dianne Semingson, Eden Kratchman, Elizabeth Wellington, Heather McDaniel, MPH, Heidi Hamels, Karen Daroff, Kate Wilhelm Chimicles, Kazumi Teune, Kristin Gavin, Patricia Coulter, Robert Gruber and Wendy Crawford. Also photographed are Babs Snyder, Mayor Michael Nutter, Janice Waitkus and Steven Lagos.
Last Wednesday night, Old City restaurant and lounge Positano Coast hosted an exclusive cocktail party called “Autumn in Amalfi”; guests enjoyed tasting stations of wine, crudo, olive oil, pasta and meats, limoncello and other specialty cocktails. Here is hostess Rosita Lamberti (left) with Steve Rockman and Dana Spain.
Dan Aykroyd, below with members of local Ghostbusters fan club, was at the new Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store at 2040 Market Street this afternoon to promote his Crystal Skull brand of diamond-filtered vodka. On a day when people lined up outside the Apple store for the new iPhone 5s, the crowds may have been larger to see the former Ghostbuster.
Actor Chazz Palminteri (below, left) hung with Barry Gutin. Early in the evening they ate at Cuba Libre, then headed over to Happy Rooster. Palminteri is doing a one-man show, A Bronx Tale, at the Prince Music Theater Sept. 19, 20 and 21. I happened to be walking by the Happy Rooster at around midnight, and they called me in to take the shot. Chazz is excited about his one-man show opening tonight, and as I was leaving, he said to Gutin, “Your paparazzi in Philly are so nice.”
The Miss America Pageant has returned to Atlantic City after seven years in Las Vegas. Here is the new Miss America, Nina Davuluri of New York, dipping her toes into the Atlantic Ocean as had long been the tradition. Last night she was crowned in Boardwalk Hall. She’s the first Miss America of Indian descent.
Rain nor wind nor high humidity could keep 1,500 people from attending the fourth-annual Audi Feastival last night. This year’s event was held on the waterfront at Pier 9 under the shimmering lights of the Ben Franklin Bridge. When the rains came, however, the acrobats at the entrance of the Feastival were forced to abandon their poles and cease giving roses to the attendees. This year’s event featured live performances by critically acclaimed artists, a culinary feast from more than 75 of the city’s top restaurants and bars, and silent and live auctions. All proceeds will benefit FringeArts.
Former Secretary of State, US Senator and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton received the 2013 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center last night at a well-attended ceremony. Many notables were in the audience as Clinton affirmed the National Constitution Center’s mission, stressing the need for “active citizenship” and debate that “sometimes can get pretty noisy.” Action News anchorman Jim Gardner hosted the live broadcast of the ceremony on WPVI-TV/6ABC, which kicked off with 50 performers from the Bright Hope Baptist Community Singers of Philadelphia and the Princeton Girlchoir singing “I Believe I Can Fly.” The choirs were joined by Washington, D.C.-based saxophonist Brian Lenair, who has performed with Billy Paul, Al Jarreau, Grover Washington Jr., Peabo Bryson and George Benson.
Over the weekend, the much anticipated Ocean Prime restaurant at 15th and Sansom streets held preview dinners for tastemakers in the Philadelphia area. Nearly 500 people dined on delicious seafood, steaks and the most amazing desserts in what felt like an elegant supper club tucked into the most luxurious ocean liner, complete with warm woods, bright, intriguing lighting, a dramatic two-story bar, wall fixtures that mimicked portholes and a gorgeous red coral installation that separated the reservation desk from the main dining room.
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The Budweiser Made In America Festival benefiting The United Way rolled into Philadelphia for the second year over the Labor Day Weekend, bringing with it nearly 60,000 fans, 44 musical performances, a carnival atmosphere and lots of happy people. Although I thought last year’s festival was great and well organized, with only one reported incident, this year’s installment went one step further in really laying out a much better festival landscape. Everywhere you turned there were things to do and see.
Yesterday was a picture-perfect day for Dîner en Blanc, Philadelphia-style. Dîner en Blanc is what some call a food flash mob — people converge at a top-secret location that is not been revealed until 30 minutes before the event happens. Originating in Paris 25 years ago, the event now attracts 10,000 people there. In Philadelphia 2,200 people attended this year’s event. Kicking off the the second annual Dîner en Blanc were Betsy Ross and Ben Franklin at Independence Hall.