On October 1, 2016 Estia celebrated Philadelphia’s inaugural Greek Wine Week (10/17 – 10/21) at their restaurant at 1405-1407 Locust Street. Nearly 250 people attended the event which benefited the newly launched Hellenic Hearts charity.
The Wistar Institute Discovery Gala was held Friday night at The Logan Hotel. The fun-filled science event highlighted past and future Wistar discoveries while raising funds for cutting-edge biomedical research. Where else could you bid on paintings of collagen and cancer cells, as well as check out what’s under the microscopes at discovery tables nearby, or enjoy fresh air at the Oxygen Bar. The fundraiser was co-hosted by Wistar’s Leadership Council and Ambassadors committees and featured dinner stations, open bar, dancing to the tunes of The Kyle-Tully Experience. Funds raised by this gala support impactful research discoveries to advance cures for cancer, HIV and infectious disease.
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.
Les Dames d’Escoffier honored Philadelphia culinary pioneer Chef Esther McManus on Sunday, September 25th at the inaugural “Outstanding in Her Field” dinner party, a new annual event to recognize talented women making a difference in the region’s culinary field. The locally sourced harvest farm dinner was set amidst the vines of the Inn of Grace Winery in Glen Mills and paired with its fine wines. Guests sat at a long table beautifully set with white tablecloths and were served dinner prepared by Esther’s friends, colleagues and students. Outstanding in Her Field not only honored McManus, but also raised funds for a Les Dames’ educational scholarship and Green Tables initiative. A few notable chefs were on hand for the honorary dinner including George Perrier, Claire Boasi, Susanna Foo, Aliza Green, and Geno Vento.
The Opera Philadelphia Gala was the perfect event to kick off the Philadelphia social season on Friday night. Nearly 350 guests converged at Dilworth Park by 5 p.m. to enjoy cocktails and light bites on the plaza. Dinner was served around 6:45 p.m. under a big tent beautifully decorated by An Affair to Remember to reflect the lavish production of Puccini’s Turandot, the opening production for Opera Philadelphia’s 42nd season. By 8 p.m., guests were taken to the Academy of Music by trolley to watch the rousing production lasting two hours and 35 minutes (starring Christine Goerke, Marco Berti and Joyce El-Khoury) before returning to Dilworth Park for dancing and dessert. On October 1st, at 7 p.m., Opera Philadelphia will host the 6th Annual Opera on the Mall (Independence Mall) and show a broadcast of Turandot. It’s free, but registration to attend is required at Opera Philadelphia.
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.
Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. celebrated the new academic year with its annual Fall Gala under the bright lights at Dilworth Park on Saturday night, September 17th. During the gala, guests enjoyed Garces Group catering with hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner, delicious desserts and cocktails. Steppingstone honored PECO for their guidance and partnership with Steppingstone Scholars over the past 16 years. The College of Education at Temple University was also honored with the Outstanding School Partner Award. There was also an informative live on-stage interview with students who participate in the scholars program. Funds raised from the gala helps Steppingstone Scholars broaden the sustainability of its programs and pursue other ways to impact underserved students and families across Philadelphia.
Last night nearly 300 fashionistas celebrated King of Prussia Bloomingdale’s store’s 35th birthday while raising funds to support the Vetri Community Partnership. Guests enjoyed light bites by the Vetri Foundation and beverages from Kevin Sbraga’s Fat Ham (which opens next week at the King of Prussia Mall). There was a runway show starring Bloomindale’s newest designers and the biggest trends of the fall season with live commentary by fashion blogger Alisa Frederico, who curated the show.
Einstein Healthcare Network continued its year-long celebration of its 150 years caring for the healthcare needs of Philadelphia at its Great Thinkers Series, a series of short, powerful talks Thursday, September 8th, at the National Museum of Jewish American History. New York Times best-selling author, award-winning entrepreneur, and contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America, Tory Johnson served as the moderator and keynote speaker. Read more »
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.