The Walnut Club Launch Party

Jess Chang, Giula Valtieri and Alina Alter

Tuesday night was the launch of The Walnut Club at Positano Coast in Old City where they served some of their most popular dishes, along with specialty cocktails and beer. The Walnut Club is a new networking club which introduces ambitious women to the best people, resources and events for advancing, connecting and playing in Philadelphia. Many of Philly’s movers and shakers, turned out to learn about the club from founder Marla McDermott, who you might know from her business “I Heart PHL.”, she certainly does and that’s why she wants to take the guess work out of who women should network with to create the business they want to have. Check out to see if it’s a fit for you.

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L’Hermione Reception and Recreation at Tall Ships Exhibition

A replica of the 18th-century ship L’Hermione visited Penn’s Landing this past weekend as part of the Tall Ships traveling exhibition. The ship, a 216-foot-long, 1,260-ton replica of the French frigate that took the Marquis de Lafayette on his second journey to the United States during the Revolutionary War. Yann Cariou, captain of the French tall ship L’Hermione, welcomed Councilman Mark Squilla on board on Friday night for a cocktail party to celebrate the arrival of the ship in Philadelphia. Afterwards, there was a reception — including a small program — hosted by Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne in the courtyard of City Tavern. Then it was inside for a re-enactment of a dinner that occurred on the voyage when it was docked in Philadelphia. The dinner was prepared by Chef Walter Staib. Staib is culinary ambassador to the voyage, and he had filmed a PBS special onboard the ship in June 2014 in Rochefort, France, in anticipation of this voyage. He is preparing a similar re-enactment dinner in Boston on July 11. More Photos after the jump

Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Discovering the Impressionists” Opening Gala

From left: Jennifer Thompson, Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Hannah Henderson, Trustee Emeritus, Board of Trustees, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Sally Sharkey; H. F. "Gerry" Lenfest, Chair Trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Gail Harrity, appointed President and COO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted a party celebrating the museum’s new exhibit: “Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting” The opening gala was held on Saturday, June 20, 2015. The exhibit features works by world-famous painters such as Mary Cassatt (a Pa. native), Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, and others. The event began with champagne toasts on the East Terrace, followed by hors d’oeuvres in the Great Stair Hall, where guests could enter the exhibition halls to see the great artworks. Guests also enjoyed live entertainment and festive summer fare by Stephen Starr Catering. They then ascended the grand staircase to enjoy dinner in the balcony overlooking the Grand Hall. After dinner, there was a dance party with a DJ and desserts served in the Grand Hall. The exhibit opens to the public on Wednesday,
June 24 and runs through September 13. More Photos after the jump

The 32nd Annual Ball On The Square

Credit: HughE Dillon

Credit: HughE Dillon

Last night, The Friends of Rittenhouse Square and Arthur Wolk (The Wolk Law Firm) & Boo (the law firm’s house pooch) hosted the 32nd annual Ball on The Square. A record number of people attended the soiree, which sold out by June 1.  Over 400 well-dressed guests attended, dining on Starr Events Catering and listening to the Eddie Bruce Orchestra while surrounded by the beautiful decor of Evantine Design, all to raise funds for the popular park.

The annual celebration brings much-needed funds for the maintenance of the well-liked square; last night was especially sweet as the Friends of Rittenhouse Square announced that they have raised $1.6 million in the past 3 years from the galas. The evening’s gala was held around one of the benefits of these galas — The Duck Lady Fountain — which has been restored and was flowing freely last night.  Other improvements included increased lighting, security cameras, the restored and cleaned balustrade, and the illuminated guardhouse and lion.

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SKCC Next Launch Reception

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The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) at Thomas Jefferson University hosted its SKCC Next launch reception at the Ritz Residences for members of the next generation of supporters, as well as potential members. SKCC Next is not a “young friends” organization, but the next generation of supporters of any age, business leaders and philanthropists interested in getting involved with SKCC through funding, volunteering and collaborating in innovative ways to support the Center and its goal of finding a cure for cancer.

Guests enjoyed two hours of networking with their peers, as well as with Dr. Karen E. Knudsen, Ph.D. (director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center); Paul Gunther (director of development, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center); Joseph Weiss, (chair of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center advisory board); and the leaders of SKCC Next. They enjoyed complimentary cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres and music by Fishtown Beats. For more information on this organization, contact the office of protocol and special events by phone at 215-955-9100 or via email at events@jefferson.edu.

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Career Wardrobe “A Perfect Fit” Gala and Fashion Show

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Last night the Career Wardrobe hosted its annual gala, “A Perfect Fit: Change Your Suit. Change Your Perspective. Change Your Life,” at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City.

The evening started with a cocktail party, where guests enjoyed buffet stations lined with delicious appetizers and dinner. During the cocktail party, guests were able to participate in an extensive silent auction. At around 7 p.m., guests were ushered into the grand ballroom for dessert, coffee and the program, which included the very popular fashion show with local news reporters, notable Philly businesswomen, and former clients of the Career Wardrobe. The proceeds from the event go toward helping ease the transition of women from welfare to work and education, empowerment programs to assist women back into the work force, and guidance about what to wear for job interviews.

Did you know you can pick up decent second-hand clothing from the Wardrobe Boutique store at 1822 Spring Garden Street? Goals for the Career Wardrobe this year include moving their office from inside Center City to the Spring Garden location, and accepting men’s clothing at the boutique to help men make the transition into the workplace.

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Marc Vetri Hosts Annual Great Chefs Event at Navy Yard

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More than 1,200 guests attended the 10th annual Great Chefs Event on Tuesday, June 9th. The yearly eating party thrown by Philadelphia super-chef Marc Vetri was held at Urban Outfitters in the Navy Yard, with proceeds going to help Alex’s Lemonade Stand fight childhood cancer, and to the Vetri Foundation for Children. Neuroblastoma took Alex Scott’s life when she was eight, and her parents, Jay and Liz Scott, carry on her goal of helping doctors find a cure for the disease.

The event attracts four dozen top chefs from the U.S. and Italy who created delicious dishes and desserts, and features both a live and a silent auction — which included clothing, lavish trips, sports tickets and experiences — that raises nearly $100,000 every year.

This year the after-party was held just a few blocks away, under a white tent in front of Vetri’s restaurant Lo Spiedo, with Questlove spinning at the bash again. 

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PHOTOS: Locals Don White for a Sneak Peek at Diner en Blanc 2015

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia will return to a secret location somewhere in the fabulous City of Philadelphia on August 20th. Last night, organizers held a “pop-up preview party” complete with beautiful table spreads where a few of the volunteers created 9 options that might be worthy of the glitzy white summer picnic.

Also on hand were the three eateries that will be providing food for the picnickers (at a reasonable cost) to enjoy at the August 20th event. Guests enjoyed food samples from DiBruno Brothers, Garces Events and Luke Palladino Catering. Guests also got schooled on what to wear, what to bring and where to buy it from organizers and past participants. Check out some photos from the event below.



Opera Philadelphia’s Yardbird Opens to a Standing Ovation

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Friday night was opening night for Opera Philadelphia’s much-anticipated Charlie Parker’s Yardbird at the Kimmel Center. Tenor Lawrence Brownlee stars as Charlie Parker with soprano Angela Brown, who mesmerizes as his mother, Addie Parker. Baritone Will Liverman makes his debut as jazz icon Dizzy Gillespie. The opera is set in the famed NYC jazz club Birdland. About 100 Opera Philadelphia theatergoers attended the opening night party on the second tier of the Kimmel Center, including Ann Ziff from the Metropolitan Opera in NYC, Mayor Michael Nutter, First Lady Lisa Nutter and several people from the Apollo Theater in NYC, where Yardbird will appear later this year. Guests dined on cuisine from Jose Garces Catering, walked the red carpet, posed for photos and relished in the evening’s show, which concluded with a standing ovation. I wish I could say go see it, but it’s completely sold out.
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Living Beyond Breast Cancer Supporter Party

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Last week, Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) held its sponsor and supporter party at the home of Nivedita and Shruti Singhal (2 of the 8 co-chairs of the gala)in Bryn Mawr. The rain held off long enough for the party to take place on their deck overlooking their well-maintained, beautifully landscaped backyard, where an intimate invite list of 75 enjoyed delicious Indian food and scrumptious drinks while discussing the upcoming gala, “The Black and White Butterfly Ball,” to be held Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Many of the honorees were in attendance, including this year’s Going Beyond Award recipients Jewel Ajibade, Lynn Folkman Auspitz and Dana Donofree, all women who have used their personal experience with breast cancer to help and inspire others.Donna Noce Colaco, president of White House | Black Market, will receive the Founder’s Award for her longstanding and incredible support to LBBC. Greatly missed was Debra Strauss, who was at home recovering, but her husband Ed was on hand. Our thoughts are with Debra at this time.
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