Winners Announced in Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off

On Saturday afternoon South Street hosted its third annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off, an afternoon of hot dog-eating and beer drinking under the historic Headhouse Market building. By all accounts it was the best-attended Dog Days of Summer event so far. Folks were standing in lines 20- to 30-deep to munch on wieners served up by local joints like Hot DiggityBrauhaus Schmitz, Serrano, and more.



At the same time, there were a few contests going on—one for the local restaurants serving hot dogs that afternoon, and a topping contest for Philly amateur cooks. Here’s the list of wieners, I mean winners:

Best Dogs

1st Place: Chef Michael Stollenwerk of Headhouse Crab & Oyster
Hot Dog: “The Sea Dog” with Sabrett’s hot dog, spicy pepper relish, crab salad, split-top bun, and a splash of Old Bay.

2nd Place: Chef Nick Mezzina of Misconduct Tavern
Hot Dog: “Sriracha Pork Dog” with sweet Sichuan chilli.

3rd Place: Chef Keith Garabedien of Hot Diggity
Hot Dog: “Corn Salsa Dog” with fire-roasted corn, 1732 meats, paprika-bacon salsa, radish tortillas and cilantro.

Amateur Toppings Winners

1st Place: Lily Vamberi
Hot Dog: “Dickmom Dog” with Elixr Coffee BBQ sauce, Kenzinger battered onion strings, roasted long hot relish.

2nd Place: Brant Williams
Hot Dog: “Pho-natic Dog” with pho beef bullion paste, mung bean sprouts, cilantro, Thai basil, thinly sliced jalapenos, lime hoisin.

3rd Place: Gabrierl Raab
Hot Dog: “Tova Dog” with amba Sauce, pickled vegetables, falafel crunch

Peoples Choice

Chefs Ricardo Rodriguez & Anthony Santiti Jr of Bistro Romano
Hot Dog: “Scala Duck Ragu” with grilled romaine, shaved parmigiano-reggiano, pancetta.

PHOTOS: Crowds Pack Eastern State Penitentiary for Bastille Day

On Saturday Fairmount celebrated the 20th Annual Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary. The event commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on the 14 July 1789. The Bearded Ladies Cabaret Company performed an artistic interpretation of the story, with founder John Jarboe playing French cabaret great Edith Piaf. Terry McNally, co-owner of the nearby London Grill reprised her role as Marie Antoinette, telling the citizens from the roof of the “Bastille,” “Let them eat Tastykake!”

This year I wanted to do something a little different and photograph the event from the performance stage as well as from behind the scenes, which my partner Mike Toub photographed. Check out our shots below to find out why Marie Antoinette’s head was spared at this year’s celebration.



Update on Two Big Projects at 15th and Chestnut

The latest available rendering of Brook Lenfest's proposed dual-hotel tower, via this recent Center City District report

The latest available rendering of Brook Lenfest’s proposed dual-hotel tower, via this recent Center City District report

We’re seeing progress on two major projects that’ll radically change the intersection of 15th and Chestnut: Brook Lenfest’s long-discussed W and Element hotel tower right behind the Residences at the Ritz Carlton, and, right across 15th Street, Alterra Property Group and the Scully Company’s conversion of 150,000 square feet of class B office space into 180 apartments, with a small amount of office and retail space. (That latter project was mentioned in an Inquirer story a few days ago.)

Earlier today, we noticed that the parking lot on the hotel site was closed (temporarily, a sign said). Philly Chit Chat’s HughE Dillon explains:

This week they are beginning to test the soil in anticipation for the building as well as the extensive underground parking lot they’re building.  Last week officials from the project went around to the surrounding buildings, including the new Alterra project, and took photos of them inside an out – “The Before Photos”, just in case vibrations from the drilling and building the W causes any cracks in the neighboring buildings.

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PHOTOS: Philly LGBT Business Leaders Honored at IBA Luncheon

Philly LGBT business leaders gathered for a lovely luncheon yesterday at the Sofitel. The annual event — hosted by Independence Business Alliance (IBA) — serves as a networking soiree, a chance to spotlight what LGBT entrepreneurs are doing in Philadelphia, and an award ceremony honoring one local business with a $5,000 grant. I reported yesterday that this year’s honoree was Roger Harman and Vincent Whittacre from Gold Standard Cafe in West Philly. (More on their exciting plans for the grant money here.)

Big-namers like Mayor Nutter, and state representatives Brian Sims and Mike O’Brien were in the house, but I was most impressed by the range of businesses represented at the event. I chatted with everyone from Michael Kelly-Cataldi, owner of Kelly-Cataldi Home in Glendside, to allies Antoinette Johnson and Tyler Westnedge from At Media, and Chris Bradie, who’s responsible for opening new businesses at the University of Pennsylvania. Another thriving LGBT businessman, Mr. HughE Dillon, was there taking snapshots of the whole affair. Check out more of the afternoon’s attendees (and support their businesses!) in the slideshow below.



PHOTOS: Equality Forum’s SundayOUT at the Piazza

Whether you’re a fan of the Equality Forum or not (and some people really aren’t), yesterday’s closing party, SundayOUT at the Piazza, brought out lots of shining LGBT faces for an afternoon of performance by DJ Cassidy and the Fuego Dance Company, and, of course, lots of gay revelry. HughE Dillon shares some shots from the NoLibs bash below.



PHOTOS: Laurie David Attends Fed Up Screening at the Kimmel Center

Movie goers withstood the rain storm Wednesday night to attend a screening of Fed Up at the Kimmel Center. Philanthropist Garrett Getlin Snider and Greater Philadelphia Film Office’s Sharon Pinkenson hosted the event with the Vetri Foundation for Children. Fed Up Executive Producer Laurie David, who won an Oscar for Inconvenient Truth, was also in attendance.



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PHOTOS: TSquared Pop-Up Art Gallery at The Comcast Center

The Market and Shops at Comcast Center recently kicked off a new signature event series called TSquared that will take place every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Formats for the event space include fashion and beauty pop-up parties, art installations, fitness, professional seminars and concerts. This week: a Pop-Up Art Gallery featuring more than 50 works from local artists. Guests, and students from the University of the Arts, Moore College of Art, Tyler School of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art celebrated with an opening reception, enjoying works of art, spirits and light fare from Di Bruno Brothers. I snapped some photos of the event below.



PHOTOS: Gay Bowl’s Flip Cup Championship

flip cup

Mac’s Tavern co-owner Ben Haney (far right) taking on his next opponent. Philly Vanity Fair editor Michael Callahan (center) makes sure everyone’s following the rules, dammit!

On Friday a slew of Philly beer-loving do-gooders gathered for a friendly Flip Cup Championship that raised funds for both the Gay Bowl Committee and National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The event was organized by Penn 6 and Field House rep Tim Adams, who wrote on Facebook that, “Two-hundred people packed the Upstairs Loft [of Field House] and we were able to write Gay Bowl and MS Society checks rounding up at $2,000 each.” That’s a lot of cup-flipping.

After the jump, some photos of the rowdy occasion from our pal HughE Dillon, and photographer Jenna Herman..

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PHOTOS: Black-Tie Gay Bingo 2014

The stars of the evening, the Bingo-Verifying Divas.

The stars of the evening, the Bingo-Verifying Divas.

On Saturday AIDS Fund hosted the 15th annual Black-Tie Gay Bingo, an annual springtime event that raises money for the nonprofit’s mission to provide monetary aid to regional HIV/AIDS organizations. Gays, drag queens, allies and shirtless waiters packed the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building for a night of cocktail-ing, Bingo-ing, dancing, and mingling. The much-loved Bingo-Verifying Divas did one number, Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” awards were handed out to locals working to bring HIV awareness to Philadelphia, and the whole shebang ended with a fantastic dance party. Check out some photos from local paparazzo HughE Dillon after the jump.

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