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POSTED: Monday, June 16, 2014, 11:56 AM

The 15th installment of InLiquid’s signature fine art sale, Art for the Cash Poor, kicked off on Friday, June 13, 2014 with a preview party hosted at the Crane Arts building.

There were works from over 50 local artists selling items like photography, accessories, paintings, pottery, and much more. My favorite item was the Polydactyl catnip products that looked like they were wrapped in condiment packets. There was a delicious buffet by Birchtree Catering and Sweet Box. El Dorado Rum, Tito's Handmade Vodka and Philadelphia Brewing Company provided the drinks while guests had the first look at the merchandise, which would continue to be offered to the public during the weekend.

POSTED: Friday, June 13, 2014, 3:41 PM

University City Dining Days will celebrate its tenth anniversary this summer with the return of its popular “3 courses, 3 prices,” promotion Thursday, July 17 through Sunday, July 27.

On Thursday night, University District hosted "Taste of University City Dining Days" at The Porch at 30th Street Station. 12 of the restaurants participating in the annual weeklong event served some of the dishes that will be featured on their special menus. Skinny Girl wine and Yards Brewery were there with delicious beverages and guests were entertained by a three-piece band playing classic tunes. When it wasn't raining, guests ventured out from the tent and enjoyed a free game of miniature golf at The Porch.

The 26 participating restaurants will offer a pre-fixe three-course dinner special for $15, $25 or $35. Some of the eateries will be offering lunch. To see the complete list of 26 restaurants head on over to ucdiningdays.com and to preview the menus

POSTED: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 1:18 PM

The Great Chefs Event was held at the Navy Yard, at Urban Outfitters headquarters, in South Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Chefs from Philadelphia and across the country – even from Italy – served up delicious bites for the nearly 1,500 people who came out to support the Vetri Foundation's annual charity event, which benefits Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

The real fun began later at the VIP after party, which was held at Vetri's restaurant Alla Spina (1410 Mt Vernon St). Sweet Box Cupcakes, Nomad Pizza, DeBragga BBQ and a delicious spread by Alla Spina fed the masses. Questlove provided the tunes and kept the "dance floor" rocking. For those who wanted a more spacious area to mingle, there was a tent sent up outside with tables and chair, a spot to relax, eat and catch up with friends. Again, it was one of the most fun and exciting parties I got to attend this year (and every year).

POSTED: Monday, June 9, 2014, 1:49 PM

The Spruce Foundation (TSF) held their 7th annual gala on Saturday, June 7 at Union Transfer. TSF is an organization that encourages philanthropy and cultivates the next generation of philanthropists. Throughout the year they host events to engage future patrons to various charitable organizations in our region to help foster relationships and serve in their committees or on their boards. TSF provides grants of $5,000 in each program area at the event. This year’s recipients’ were: Asian Arts Initiative (for arts), iPRAXIS (for education), Girls on the Run (for health & wellness), The Attic Youth Center (for LGBTQ).

After the program guests enjoyed a buffet dinner provided by Marathon Grill, 4th Street Deli, Shake Shake, and danced to Swift Technique's horn infused blend of funk and hip hop, playing tunes like "Super Freak", "Shakedown Street" and some of their own.

POSTED: Monday, June 9, 2014, 12:00 PM
This past week, photographer Tim Blackwell made stops at "Locals Only" with Ed Christof and Jason Hunter at North Shore Beach Club on Monday, "Thursdays at Silk" featuring Matthew Law and Sonny James of Illvibe Collective at Silk City Bar and Lounge on Thursday and "The Bounce" with Emynd and Bo Bliz, hosted by Phlight School's Chris Vance at The Barbary. 
POSTED: Friday, June 6, 2014, 4:25 PM

Last night the Career Wardrobe hosted it's 18th annual fashion show and networking event at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City.

The evening kicked off with an expanded cocktail hour with lots of delicious food by Finley Catering. In tradition with previous years, the Perfect Fit Gala hosted an extensive silent auction. Afterwards guests entered the main ballroom for dessert and coffee, and a fashion show featuring clothes from the Career Wardrobe Boutique at 18th and Spring Garden. The clothes were worn by “celebrity models" that would be donated at the end of the event. A few of the models this year included Fox 29 reporters Karen Hepp, Sue Serio and Dawn Timmeny, as well as 6ABC's Monica Malpass and Amy Buckman, NBC10's Lu Ann Chan and Denise Nakano, and Amber Hikes, who is the director of Penn's Upward Bound high school student college prep program.

Proceeds from the event went to Career Wardrobe to empower women in transition by providing educational programs, networking tools and opportunities in order to make it easier for the women to transition into the workforce by providing professional attire.

POSTED: Monday, June 2, 2014, 2:55 PM

Philly Beer Week took over East Passyunk Ave for 16 hours of craft beer events at nine bars and restaurants on Sunday, June 1, 2014. The craft beer event also coincided with the avenue's annual Italian National Day Festival, which was made particularly special with a ribbon cutting at the History of Italian Immigration Museum, hosted by Sue Serio of Fox 29 Good Day Philadelphia. Along the Avenue there were food tents, tastings of various craft beer, and fun for the whole family—including a bounce house and bungee jumping. The day was perfect and officials claimed the crowd was double what the festival experienced in the past.

POSTED: Monday, June 2, 2014, 12:56 PM
This past weekend, photographer Tim Blackwell made a stop at "The Roots Afterparty" with Questlove and DJ PHSH at Voyeur Nightclub, "Bodyrock" with the Illvibe Collective at Kung Fu Necktie, and "Red Bull BC One Philadelphia Cypher" at the Skybox Event Center.
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