Philadelphia VIPs celebrated the official Grand Reopening of Historic Strawberry Mansion in Fairmount Park. The four-year restoration and preservation efforts of the largest historic house in Fairmount Park, including its collection of antiques, fine art and collectible treasures from the 18th and 19th century, were on display. A cocktail reception was provided by Brûlée Catering.
On October 10th, 2013, the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and CEO Timothy Rub (above with guest Pia RoyChowdhury) hosted nearly 700 guests to celebrate the opening of Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis, which runs through January 5th, 2014. Guests enjoyed a “City of Lights”-themed evening, with cabaret music, light fare from STARR catering and cocktails (including the raspberry beret) as the museum was stylishly transformed to evoke the streets of Paris.
Wednesday night Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. partnered with Citrin Cooperman for the second annual Celebrity Casino Night at the Crystal Tea Room. Co-host of the evening, Mark S. Carrow, managing partner of Citrin Cooperman, greets the guests as co-host Mitchell S. Kaplan, managing shareholder of Zarwin Baum, looks on. The event drew nearly 400 people to mingle with local celebrities while playing poker, blackjack, roulette and craps.
The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America stopped in Philadelphia this past weekend. The five-weekend traveling national food festival will visit nine other cities from September 20th through October 19th. Co- hosted by chef Patrick Feury (above, left) of Berwyn’s Nectar, Carla Hall of ABC’s The Chew (above, right) and David Katz of Creekstone Farms Philadelphia (not pictured), the event consisted of a legacy chef VIP dinner as well as a general admission food festival featuring local chefs.
Last night, Chef Jose Garces, and his wife Dr. Beatriz Garces (right), hosted their second annual Garces Family Foundation Gala at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. The Garces Family Foundation was founded to provide access to healthcare and education for immigrant families in and around Philadelphia. Nearly 800 people attended the event which kicked off with a 6 p.m. VIP reception and dinner prepared by some of Philadelphia’s finest chefs in the Dorrance H. Hamilton rooftop garden. While this was happening upstairs, the general admission party started at 7 p.m. in the Kimmel Center lobby. MCing for the second year in a row was a very pregnant Alicia Vitarelli (left), 6ABC.
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On Monday night, the Fourth Annual XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia were honored at the restaurant XIX in the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The women (listed alphabetically) include Andrea Agnew, Angela Val, Dr. Beatriz Garces, Bele Shehu, Courtney Apple, Desiree Peterkin-Bell, Diane Dalto Woosnam, Dianne Semingson, Eden Kratchman, Elizabeth Wellington, Heather McDaniel, MPH, Heidi Hamels, Karen Daroff, Kate Wilhelm Chimicles, Kazumi Teune, Kristin Gavin, Patricia Coulter, Robert Gruber and Wendy Crawford. Also photographed are Babs Snyder, Mayor Michael Nutter, Janice Waitkus and Steven Lagos.
Rain nor wind nor high humidity could keep 1,500 people from attending the fourth-annual Audi Feastival last night. This year’s event was held on the waterfront at Pier 9 under the shimmering lights of the Ben Franklin Bridge. When the rains came, however, the acrobats at the entrance of the Feastival were forced to abandon their poles and cease giving roses to the attendees. This year’s event featured live performances by critically acclaimed artists, a culinary feast from more than 75 of the city’s top restaurants and bars, and silent and live auctions. All proceeds will benefit FringeArts.
Former Secretary of State, US Senator and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton received the 2013 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center last night at a well-attended ceremony. Many notables were in the audience as Clinton affirmed the National Constitution Center’s mission, stressing the need for “active citizenship” and debate that “sometimes can get pretty noisy.” Action News anchorman Jim Gardner hosted the live broadcast of the ceremony on WPVI-TV/6ABC, which kicked off with 50 performers from the Bright Hope Baptist Community Singers of Philadelphia and the Princeton Girlchoir singing “I Believe I Can Fly.” The choirs were joined by Washington, D.C.-based saxophonist Brian Lenair, who has performed with Billy Paul, Al Jarreau, Grover Washington Jr., Peabo Bryson and George Benson.
The Budweiser Made In America Festival benefiting The United Way rolled into Philadelphia for the second year over the Labor Day Weekend, bringing with it nearly 60,000 fans, 44 musical performances, a carnival atmosphere and lots of happy people. Although I thought last year’s festival was great and well organized, with only one reported incident, this year’s installment went one step further in really laying out a much better festival landscape. Everywhere you turned there were things to do and see.
Yesterday was a picture-perfect day for Dîner en Blanc, Philadelphia-style. Dîner en Blanc is what some call a food flash mob — people converge at a top-secret location that is not been revealed until 30 minutes before the event happens. Originating in Paris 25 years ago, the event now attracts 10,000 people there. In Philadelphia 2,200 people attended this year’s event. Kicking off the the second annual Dîner en Blanc were Betsy Ross and Ben Franklin at Independence Hall.