On Monday night at Twenty Manning, a sponsor party was held to announce the details of the 2015 Audi FEASTIVAL, which will take place on September 17th, 2015. On that night, the FringeArts Headquarters on 140 N. Columbus Boulevard will host an exclusive, chic party for the hottest movers and shakers in Philadelphia’s business, culinary and arts scenes — but most importantly, a fundraiser for FringeArts, whose Philadelphia Fringe Festival runs from September 3rd through 19th. The co-chairs for FEASTIVAL this year are Jesse & Beka Rendell, David & Susan Lipson, Tony Forte and Ryan Hummel. Guests at the patron party enjoyed samples of dishes that will be served at the gala, as well as an open bar. The purpose of a patron party is to thank the sponsors for their support and to preview what they can expect at the gala on the 17th. Tickets are still available and can be bought here. Photos after the jump
Best of Philly Soirée
A good time was had by all.
Citizen Diplomacy International Annual Fundraiser
Guests came out to support programs aimed at creating "citizen diplomats."
Post Brothers’ Presidential City Renovation Party
Real estate buzz surrounded the opening of the first renovated tower.
Vertical Block Party at Avenir
Fun and real estate, wrapped up in one.
Philadelphia magazine held its annual Best of Philly Soirée at Dilworth Park, and this year was unequivocally their best “Best of Philly” party yet. Nearly 1,000 fashionable, fun, scenesters and business folks filled the park and enjoyed hor d’oeuvres by Brulee Catering and small plates by Jose Garces’ Rosa Blanca cafe. Many of the “Best of” restaurants served their winning dishes, like the delicious crab fries from Varga Bar and The Olde Bar’s version of shrimp cocktail. There was a whole table of Philly soft pretzels from the Philly Pretzel Factory, and there were open bars with beverages provided by Stella Artois. Sip-and-Glo Juicery was on hand with their healthy juices. It was a great night, and an innovative event space. Congrats to Philly Mag for putting on a successful party.
The Young Friends of the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) presented A Midsummer’s Eve at the museum on July 30th. Guests wore white in the spirit of the holiday tradition while enjoying a kosher dessert reception by Betty the Caterer and an open bar. The event — a celebration of Tu B’Av, the Jewish holiday of love — was held in the ballroom at the NMAJH, which overlooks Independence Park. Guest mingled with other young friends, posed for photos in front of the step-and-repeat, enjoyed views from the expansive fifth floor terrace, danced to the tunes of DJ Adrian Hardy and checked out the Richard Avedon: Family Affairs portraiture exhibit, which ended its run on August 2nd.
Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia held its annual fundraiser, American Summer Experience, at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, attracting international guests, students and notables from our area. Attendees enjoyed French and Italian wines, domestic and imported beer and a buffet dinner by Catering by Design. Funds raised from the event benefited CDI’s “Today I Met” Education Program and their State Department & Sister Cities Exchange Programs for the country and region. CDI is Citizen Diplomacy International, formerly the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia. More photos after the jump!
In 2013, the Post Brothers bought the prestigious Presidential City and are underway with a $100 million renovation of the highly visible complex on the edge of Fairmount Park and the drives. Last week they held a party to celebrate the first of the four buildings renovated, which already has tenants moved in. The Presidential was built in the 1950s, and maintained that style of living all the way down to the window air conditioning units that dotted the building’s exterior. Since the renovation, the Post Brothers installed central air in the units, expanded some of the windows to create a floor-to-ceiling effect, replaced the wiring, upgraded the piping and completely gutted each unit, installing top-of-the-line appliances. The Presidential offers studios to two-bedroom penthouses with wrap-around views of Fairmount Park, soaking tubs and showers. There are plenty of amenities that make the Presidential apartments very attractive as a new home, including the Sora Pool Club with its pool, saunas, massage rooms and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Last night I went to a Vertical Block Party in the new building on Chestnut and 15th – the Avenir. The building features sleek apartments — ranging from “flats” (just 300 square feet) and studios to one- and two-bedroom (835 square feet) units — as well as amenities like a screening room, a community room and a state-of-the-art exercise facility, as well as several “Think Rooms” for studying or for zen moments I imagine.
The party was open to influencers, and business leaders who enjoyed local bites and spirits. Avenir promotes itself as “micro living” at it’s best, but it didn’t feel claustrophobic, and 300 square feet didn’t seem as small as that number. (Be forewarned, micro living doesn’t mean micro rents.)
The location of Avenir is sweet, across from City Hall and Dilworth Park, near public transportation and a few blocks from the mega chic shopping on Walnut Street as well as a stones throw from the Shops of Liberty, where it was just announced the new Bloomingdale’s Outlet will be opening.
On Wednesday, 95.7 Ben FM with Marilyn Russell hosted a “Woman of the Week” Networking Luncheon at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, with special guest Alex Holley from FOX29’s “Good Day.” “Woman of the Week” is a weekly program on 95.7 Ben FM hosted by Russell — the morning DJ — and highlights women in the Delaware Valley who are making an impact in the community. After a short networking period, guests sat down to enjoy a delicious Jose Garces Catering buffet luncheon and enjoyed the program, which featured speakers including Holley, who talked about her career path and how she’s adopted Philadelphia as her second home. Check out the interview with the Woman of the Week here. More photos after the jump
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.
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
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