More than 1,500 people packed Dilworth Park last night for the 2017 Best of Philly Soirée. Guests enjoyed samplings from many of this year’s Best of Philly restaurant winners, including Blue Duck Sandwich Co., Butcher Bar, Shake Shack, Slice Pizza, and Vedge. DJ Adrian Hardy kept the dance floor packed as the night went on, with many people opting for dancing in the fountain to cool off. At the end of the main event, guests headed to the after-party at Gran Caffe L’Aquila on Chestnut Street, where they served the “HUGO” as the official cocktail to celebrate winning Best Italian Restaurant in the Philly Mag readers’ poll. Read more »
Simon’s Fund held its annual gala, Simon’s Soiree, on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel in honor of Darren and Phyllis Sudman’s son Simon, who died suddenly of a heart defect in January 2005 at the age of 3 months. The family later learned that children aren’t regularly checked for heart defects, and began the nonprofit to provide EKG tests for students in schools. Simon’s Fund has raised more than $1 million and provided free cardiac screenings to more than 11,000 kids.
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James, a new eatery at 1835 Arch Street, celebrated its opening with a party last Wednesday with friends and family. The restaurant is named after James Logan, the Irish-born colonial American statesman who served as the fourteenth mayor of Philadelphia. James serves a modern American cuisine including dishes such as steak, lamb, double cut pork chop, and lobster ravioli. There’s a separate bar menu as well, which serves food until midnight and includes favorites BBQ beef shortrib tacos and The James Burger. Chef Michael Suminski, formerly of Mac’s Tavern, runs the kitchen. James owners Eric Vesotsky, Ben Haney, and Ronald Donatucci Jr. are also part owners of Mac’s Tavern.
On Saturday, September 17th at the Logan Hotel, “#LOL for ALZ,” was held to raise money for Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter and Hilarity for Charity, founded by Seth and Lauren Rogen in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. The event started with a cocktail party and auction. After the cocktail party, guests were led to the ballroom for dinner and short program emceed by Karen Rogers, 6ABC. Former NBC Saturday Night Live writer and comedian John Mulaney had the guests in stitches to close out the night in laughter. Olympic gold medalist Jeff Henderson, who won an Olympic gold medal in the long jump during the Rio Games this summer, joined for the evening. The Arkansas native dedicated his gold medal accomplishment to his mother, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease.
The annual Battle of the Burger presented by Budweiser concluded last night with a party at Citizen Bank Park, where attendees voted for the winner of the last two choices from a field that started out with 20 restaurants’ burgers in July. The online competition started on July 5th and ended on July 25th. Readers of Philadelphia Magazine voted once a day for their favorite burger from restaurants located in the Philadelphia area, with the top two battling it out last night. Attendees at the event were able to sample both of the top burgers, enjoy a Budweiser, play fun bar games, meet the Clydesdale horses, pose in the photo booth and run the bases on the field and hang out in the Phillies dugout.
On Thursday night 5,000 people brought their own white tables, tablecloths, chairs and meals to take part in the 5th anniversary of Dîner en Blanc, a pop-up picnic and worldwide epicurean phenomenon. Local residents and friends Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran saw the chic pop-up Dîner en Blanc take place in Paris and Montreal and, when it moved to New York in 2011, they wanted to be a part of it and thought it would be great in Philadelphia. Read more »
The biggest party of the year — Philadelphia magazine’s Annual Best of Philly — took place last Thursday night under the stars at Dilworth Plaza. Guests enjoyed food from Philadelphia’s best restaurants, mingled with Philly Mag’s best personalities and talented winners, enjoyed live entertainment from DJ Adrian Hardy and the Brian LaPann Band in the Mercedes Benz VIP Tent, and were sketched by Best of Philly winner Denise Fike Designs. The party was hopping all night. During the last half-hour, guests started dancing in the fountain, which seems to have become a tradition since Philly Mag began having the party at Dilworth Park.
The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia Celebrity Invitational Golf Outing took place on Monday at Aronimink Golf Club in Newton Square on Sunday night. The celebrity golfers — including Dr. J, Mike Quick, Gerald Henderson, Sr. and Jr., Beesley Reece — were paired with the young adults from The First Tee program at a reception in the historic club house. Billy Cunningham, Michael Vick, Ron Jaworski, Aaron McKie and Ukee Washington also joined the next day. The First Tee is a national organization which provides young people with character-building and life skills lessons using golf as the platform.
The African American Chamber of Commerce of PA-NJ-DE, along with Mayor Jim Kenney and members of Philadelphia City Council, hosted a welcoming reception for members of the Congressional Black Caucus at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse last Tuesday. Many local politicians welcomed political officials to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, including the honorable Wilson Goode Sr., State Rep. Jordan Harris, Councilwomen Helen Gym, Jannie Blackwell and Cindy Bass, and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. The event honored G.K. Butterfield, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
On Tuesday night lifestyle tourism and fashion entrepreneur Chloe Johnston hosted the Bastille Day Fireman’s Ball at Local 22 Philadelphia Firefighters Union (415 N. 5th Street) to celebrate the French national day. Guests danced to tunes by DJ Mr. Hollywood while enjoying French-inspire fare, including crepes from Philly’s popular food truck, The Smooth Cow, and desserts from Bruleé Bakery. There was also a Best Dressed contest: Tyler Magura took home the honor for the men and Meredith West for the ladies. Fifteen percent of the proceeds from the raffle auction went to the Local 22 Fireman’s Widows Fund.