Philadelphia VIPs, from an Action News anchor to an Eagle, tell us what’s on their social calendars in November — plus where they’re eating and how they’re giving back this holiday season.
1. Alicia Vitarelli
Anchor, 6abc Action News
• Parades and more parades! I have the honor and absolute pleasure of helping host almost all of the city parades we air here on 6abc. On Nov. 8, we will be live on Independence Mall for the debut of Center City’s Veterans Day Parade. Then, before I book it up to Brooklyn to celebrate and eat (and eat and eat more) with my family, I will be live with our amazing team along the route of the 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade.
• This time of year I’m all about Sister Mary’s Sinfully Delicious Cranberry Sauce. Sister Scullion of Project HOME does amazing things to help the city’s needy and hungry, and she employs those down on their luck to help her make her now-famous cranberry sauce. The proceeds come full circle, letting Project HOME help the less fortunate get back on their feet.
• It just so happens that this is my birthday month! That means a lot of celebrating and a lot of dining out (my favorite pastime). I couldn’t possibly narrow down a list of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. But I will say, if there’s fresh pasta and burrata on the menu, I’m in!
2. Malcolm Jenkins
• Monday, Nov. 2, I’m hosting the second annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon benefit at Union Trust to raise money for my foundation, and I invited some of my favorite chefs, including Francis Hagan from Sbraga Dining, Thomas Harkin from Bank & Bourbon, Josh Lawler from Farm and the Fisherman, Luke Palladino from LP Steak and Palladino’s, and Chip Roman from Roman Restaurant Group. Proceeds help the foundation expand education and development programs for youth and families throughout the region.
• The Little Lion is opening in the former Haru spot at Third and Chestnut, and I look forward to heading to Old City to check it out for their grand opening. They tapped chef Sean Ciccarone from Pennsylvania 6 —I’m looking forward to seeing what he does in the kitchen.
• My favorite coffee spot is Cafe La Maude. It’s a small place but has great coffee and awesome food. It’s a must when going out for Sunday brunch. For food, my favorite place is Barclay Prime. If you enjoy a nice ambiance, good wine and an awesome steak, then this is your place.
• My wife likes tequila, so there is no better place to take her for drinks and authentic Mexican food than Tequilas. If you find yourself wondering which drink to order, I suggest Brent Celek’s Margarita.
3. Beka Rendell
Founder and creative director, Styled Creative
• Check out the RAIR Trash Bash Silent Auction and Fundraiser on Nov. 11 at the Crane Arts Building. You can bid on one-of-a-kind pieces that RAIR — Recycled Artist In Residency — artists have created from waste materials provided by Philly’s most innovative recycling company, Revolution Recovery.
• November is all about giving thanks for what we have and giving to those who are less fortunate. Chosen 300 is one of my favorite organizations, and they offer great opportunities to help feed those in need.
• We love taking the kids to the annual kickoff of the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. Starting Nov. 12, more than 50,000 lights illuminate the square during the Electrical Spectacle. But it’s not just for the kids — the festival includes the Barren Hill Brewery Winter Beer Garden.
• Little Smiles hosts its annual celebration and fundraising event, Stars Ball, on Nov. 14. This year’s event, “A Night at the Oscars,” will award 13 children battling illnesses or other life-altering conditions for their courage and resilience. The children will be dressed up in beautiful gowns, jewels and tuxedos, and will arrive in a stretch limo.
4. Alicia DiMichele
VH1’s “Mob Wives,” designer, boutique owner
• Look for me Nov. 2 at Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon with Eagles player Malcolm Jenkins. Great chefs, live entertainment and the city’s top movers and shakers make this a must on my list!
• On Nov. 14, I’ll be attending the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Lifesavers Gala at the Lowes hotel, which is near and dear to my heart, as I am a true believer that courage can conquer anything. My dear friend HughE Dillon of Philly Chit Chat is being honored.
• Talking about celebrities and the paparazzi, I’ll be heading out to Valley Forge Casino Resort on Nov. 28 for Artie Lange. We’ve crossed paths at many society events and parties, and this will be the first time I’ll be checking out his full show. After, I’ll be checking out the new Vault nightclub.
• I’ll be back at it on Nov. 29, making an appearance at the Hottest Brunch Party at Patsy’s Pizzeria in Westchester. I love anything centered around Italian cuisine and good conversation — um, that is my way of saying I am a talker!
5. Geno Vento
Owner, Geno’s Steaks
• I’m excited to be supporting the Jessica Beth Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Fund. This year Jessie’s Day, on Nov. 8, will be held at the Independence Seaport Museum, located on the picturesque Delaware River waterfront. I’ve been a huge supporter of local charity events, and this one seems like it will be fun.
• On Nov. 14, I’ll be going to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Lifesavers Gala. This year they are honoring my good friend HughE Dillion for his volunteer work with the foundation. It’s a huge honor, and he deserves it.
• I’m looking forward to seeing the musical “Rent” at the Ritz Theatre. I’m a huge fan of Cory Wade from “America’s Next Top Model,” and I’m looking forward to see him live on stage as Angel. I'm a theater buff and "Rent" is one of my favorite musicals.
• I’ll end the month celebrating the most magical time of year. Look for me at Christmas Village at LOVE Park. This is one of my favorite traditions as it brings so many people together from around the city to share the joy of the holidays. Plus, Santa will be there to tell me if I’ve been naughty or nice!
6. Eric Blumenfeld
President of EB Realty, owner/developer of the Divine Lorraine Hotel
• I’ll join Rev. Dr. Herbert Lusk on Nov. 10 at the People For People Inc. 26th Anniversary Gala honoring Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode Sr. I’m a proud supporter of Rev. Dr. Lusk and PFP, as we share a common vision of bringing transformation to North Philadelphia.
• Nov. 12 is the ribbon-cutting ceremony and cocktail reception for my newest property, Mural Lofts on Broad and Spring Garden streets. A portion of each unit’s rent will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters SEPA to support a mentoring program for Ben Franklin High School, located across the street.
• Philadelphia is home to an exceptionally rich and diverse culinary scene — my favorite restaurants include Vernick, Zahav, and Marc Vetri’s family of restaurants.