A thousand revelers packed the big-top tent at East Passyunk’s annual Flavors of the Avenue culinary festival on Sunday. The sold-out event featured over two dozen East Passyunk chefs, a street festival with live music and the April Showers Craft Show hosted by Crafty Balboa at the Singing Fountain.
Sarah Devinney and Danielle Pettolina at Cantina Los Caballitos, where they served jackfruit carnitas tacos.
Travis Masar, Mike Latorre and Sara May served pastrami and Swiss bao.
Kristine Kurilko and Dash Sears serve up delicious Palladino's zuppa di ceci.
Joan Verratti, CEO and president of Pollyodd, serves Donald Carter some of her famous limoncello.
Sean McColgan, Dave Levin, Gabrielle Rubino and Gavin Robinson.
Guests enjoy the East Passyunk Street Festival as We Are Fauna and The Star Band played on the stage.
Peter Giannopoulos and Tim Goulet serve up some Sly Fox beer.
Annabelle Aispuro, Cavin Aispuro, Margaret Frederick and Mike Noonan.
Sarah Sheldon, Erin Coltrera, Jaclyn Jennings and Tracy Buchholz.
Elise and John Streckenbein, Janeil Gilyeat and Ashley Sinnard model T-shirts they found at the Crafty Balboa Craft Show.
Beth Serowsky and Harry Jamison enjoy a rum runner from Lucky 13.
Judicial canddiate Christian DiCicco, Councilman Mark Squilla and former Councilman Frank DiCicco at Paradiso.
Jay McCarroll, winner of Project Runway's debut season, with his spring fashions at the Crafty Balboa Market.
Jennifer Ruiz-Perekupka, Andrew Perekuta with Isla and Izabella.
Jessie Donafrio and Drew Bergman with mayoral candidate Jim Kenney.
Entertainment for the day included local bands We Are Fauna and The Star Band, who played in the picnic area; and DJs Linz and Mars spun at the Singing Fountain. The stars of the afternoon, however, were the dishes. I heard people raving about Ippolito’s lobster roll, a stinging nettle vichyssoise from Will BYOB and Tre Scalini‘s slow-cooked honey-roast tripe dish, trippi in umido.
On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University held the Sixth Annual Men’s Event benefiting prostate cancer research and patient care. The event was held at the Union League in Philadelphia.
The Men’s Event was emceed by Brian McDonough, medical editor on KYW Newsradio. His honorary co-chairs were Dr. Leonard Gomella, chair of the Department of Urology, and Karen E. Knudsen, newly announced Director of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. The evening began with a cocktail party and silent auction, before guests sat down to enjoy dinner and the program. During the program Dr. Steve Klasko, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System, talked about the great strides Jefferson was making in the field of prostate cancer, as well as how the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center medical team works well together in all fields with the goal of ending cancer. Stand-up comedian Billy Gardell, who currently stars in the popular TV series Mike & Molly, had the 360 guests in stitches as he took shots at the medical field, but mostly focused on marriage, children and aging parents.
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Last year Leah Kaufman founded Rad-Girls.com, a digital platform that celebrates innovative and inspiring women making a difference in Philly. This year they hosted their first ever awards ceremony and celebration to honor local inspiring female leaders in the fields of technology, media, culture and business.
The Rad Awards were held at The Dreaming Building in Northern Liberties, an innovative co-working space for artists and young entrepreneurs. The venue was “rad” itself as the building filled with many of the nominees and supporters, allowing just a sliver of a stage for the awards to be given out.
The focus of the evening was on networking and celebration. The spirits flowed with speciality cocktails from Bluecoat American Dry Gin and light fare from Rouge (who knew they catered?). Music from DJ Diamond Girl kept the crowd grooving before and after the ceremony.
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On April 16th BalletX hosted its fundraiser gala on the 50th floor at the Top of the Tower, 1717 Arch Street. Guests gathered just in time to catch the sun setting over the the city in celebration of another successful year of BalletX; they dined on a buffet from Top of the Tower catering and enjoyed specialty drinks including the XMopolitian which was made with Pravada Citron Vodka.
In nine years the company has produced more than 55 world premiere ballets exploring relevant, emotional and honest happenings of the world. During the evening several new BalletX works were performed including Edgar Anido‘s “Mis Amigos, My Friends, Mes Amis “ — with Richard Villaverde and Zachary Kapeluck, and Amy Seiwert‘s “It’s Not A Cry” — with Villaverde and Chloe Felesina. The company also honored friends and supporters Linda and David Glickstein and Jeanne Fisher.
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The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund celebrated its 75th anniversary Thursday night with a dinner and tribute program. The honorees for the evening were four central forces in the fight for racial justice, William T. Coleman, Jr., Honorable William H. Hastie, Jr., Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., and Honorable Louis H. Pollak, whose families were on hand for the celebration, held at the Kimmel Center in the Hamilton Garden.
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Saturday night the Rittenhouse Hotel was the scene of a lively bingo game — except that the guests were not the blue-haired ladies I’m used to playing with. The night was called Blingo, as every winning card won a prize that was blinged-out, with proceeds from the evening going to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare, fatal disease which afflicts only boys, usually by the age of 5, most of whom die in their 20s.
Mistress of ceremonies for the evening was WMMR’s Marisa Magnatta who assisted in the Blingo games with local celebrities John Bolaris of WeatherSavior.com, comedian Joe Conklin, former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley, CBS3’s Stephanie Stahl and former Gov. Ed Rendell,who called out the numbers for Blingo. Jesse and Beka Rendell, along with Sonal and Manu Gambhir, were co-hosts of the gala. During the program the Gambhir’s son, 13-year-old Yuva Gambhir, who has Duchenne and is in a wheelchair, spoke on how the disease affects his life.
His body may be weak, but his mind is sharp, he said, and he talked about the future cure which was just on the horizon. We were all smiling through our tears during his speech.
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On Saturday, WDAS held its First Annual Women of Excellence Luncheon and paid tribute to the “Sheroes” who are essential contributors to the Tri-State Area. Surprise guest Mary J. Blige received this year’s WDAS Trailblazing Woman of Excellence Award — which will be renamed next year the “Mary J. Blige Woman of Excellence Award.”
The afternoon’s Sheroes included:
Faatimah Gamble, Universal Companies
Susan Slawson, Commissioner, City of Philadelphia
Sheinelle Jones, News Anchor, Weekend Today
Dr. Robin L. Smith, Relationships Expert
Tanya R. Hill-Holliday, McDonald’s Owner
Sister Margaret McKenna
Rochelle Yates Whittington
Rhonda E. Willingham
At the event there were performances by Kenny Lattimore, Johnny Gill and Tamar Braxton, who all wowed the crowd at the five-hour luncheon at the First District Plaza in West Philadelphia.
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Last night I attended a friends-and-family party at The Vesper Club, an old drinking establishment reimagined as a classy, modern twist on a private dinner club. Vesper, located at 223 S Sydenham St. (the alley that runs between Walnut and Locust, just above 15th Street), was founded in 1941 as one of the premier private supper clubs until it closed last year. Now reopened under new ownership, the three-level club offers lots of options: a main dining room, two bar areas, several lounges, and room where live music will be played and dancing is encouraged. On the third floor is an event space which can be rented out for parties. The remodeled club has retained some of its yesteryear glamour, from the flooring in the main bar — where the original Vesper insignia tile remains — to the Philadelphia mural which people always marveled at, to the original basement bar which is now known as the “speakeasy.” (To get down there you have to know the password which allows the hidden staircase to be revealed behind the bookshelf.) The Vesper Club officially opens on Monday, April 13th, at 4 p.m. To see more photos of the inside of the club check out PhillyChitChat.com today.
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At the Phillies home opener on Monday, the fans gave former Phillie and current Boston Red Sox star Shane Victorino an extended standing ovation for his first time back at Citizen Bank Park since being traded to the Dodgers in 2012. Shane told me he really appreciated the love given to him. Last night he and his wife, Melissa Victorino, hosted friends at an intimate dinner at Palladino’s on East Passyunk. About 45 people attended the private dinner party prepared by chef Luke Palladino, a fundraiser for the Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys & Girls Club, which the Shane Victorino Foundation helped renovate with a million-dollar donation in 2011. The proceeds from the dinner and raffle items will go toward supplies and sporting equipment for the kids. Shane and Melissa told me that Philadelphia would always be their adopted hometown: They have many friends in the area, visit occasionally and still maintain a house here. Wouldn’t it be great if he retired a Phillies player?
Photos from the Shane Victorino Foundation dinner and fundraiser after the jump »
Thursday night the Philadelphia Academies, Inc. threw their annual shindig “The Party” with 300 guests filling the Fringe Arts/La Peg Brasserie building at 40 N. Columbus Blvd. The theme this year was “Out of the Box,” which Lisa Nutter, President of Philadelphia Academies, Inc. (PAI, ) and First Lady of Philadelphia, says is about creating a career by following your own path, even if it doesn’t fit society’s norm. PAI supports Philadelphia public school students with career-focused programs that prepare young people for employment and post-secondary education, and student ambassadors from Roxborough and Abraham Lincoln high schools were on hand to espouse the virtues of the program.
During the event, David L. Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast, accepted PAI’s The Party 2015 Stand and Deliver Award in recognition of the company’s commitment to innovation. Also honored were 2015 honorary chairs David Devan — general director, Opera Philadelphia, and Seun Olubodun, owner, Duke and Winston. PECO was presented with an Academy Award, for the company’s deep commitment to the PAI model, accepted by Mary Krick, PECO’s vice president of human resources; as was ESM Productions in recognition of the agency being a long-standing partner of PAI, accepted by ESM president Scott Mirkin. After the program, guests enjoyed delicious food, spirits, and dancing by the dueling DJs.
Photos from Philadelphia Academies Inc.’s “The Party”