International House Colors of Brazil Giveaway


I am excited to share this post with you, especially since its about my Brazilian culture. International House Philadelphia channels the rhythm of Carnaval during the 53rd Global Gala: Colors of Brazil, an annual cocktail party and dinner-dance that spotlights a different country each year.  On Saturday, May 17th, guests will enjoy authentic cuisine provided by Modern Palate, music from Dendê & Band and DJ Ben Arsenal, vibrant decorations from Papertini Floral & Event Design, and a silent auction with food, retail and luxury prizes. 

Headliner Dendê & Band will have guests dancing to Brazil’s rhythm heavy music with the grooves of afrobeat, reggae, merengue, and others sounds from around the world. Each performance is a mix of sizzling showmanship and great versatility through a dance party atmosphere. This performance is produced and coordinated with Mamadele Productions (  

“The Global Gala helps us strengthen our community by providing an authentic and immersive experience for guests to share,” said IHP President & CEO Tanya Steinberg. “Our goal is to bring people together for a night of food, music and celebration so that they can better understand, respect and cooperate with each other.”

For 50+ years, International House Philadelphia has celebrated the countries and cultures of the world by hosting a Global Gala (formerly known as the International Festival Ball). Each year, a different country or region is highlighted. This annual black-tie fundraiser is held at IHP’s award-winning building at 37th and Chestnut in University City. It brings together both foreign and American students, as well as the larger Philadelphia community, including corporate and government leaders, and other influential regional residents.

Last year, IHP travelled to the Eurasian country of Armenia, a nation rich in cultural heritage and tradition, as well as a contemporary culture that includes riotous fun music, beautiful artwork, and inspired cuisine. This year, IHP honors the country of Brazil as this long-time jewel of South America expands its global presence and strengthens ties with the Philadelphia region.

Over the last twelve months, Philadelphia took part in a Brazilian trade mission, which successfully brought new Brazilian business to our region while introducing Brazil to our historic city of Brotherly Love. With a direct flight from Philadelphia to Brazil on US Airways starting this year, it’s not a moment too soon as Brazil will host the World Cup this summer, and in two short years, the Summer Olympics.  IHP’s Global Gala is the perfect teaser to these larger global celebrations that will continue to elevate Brazil’s profile. Additionally, the Brazilian government has been investing in its young people by developing and fostering educational partnerships for them around the world.

“The Global Gala supports our work to attract the brightest individuals from around the world to the Philadelphia region,” said Steinberg.  “We want the leaders of the future not only to go to school and experience life in Philadelphia, but ultimately to live and work here .”

The 53rd Global Gala is presented by IHP, with support from Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (Presenting Gala Partner), as well as University of Pennsylvania (Sustaining Gala Partner), Progressive Business Publications (Supporting Gala Partner), Phoenix IP Ventures (Supporting Gala Partner), Druid Consulting LLC (Supporting Gala Partner), Elliot-Lewis Corporation (Gala Partner), Drexel University (Gala Partner), PNC Bank (Gala Partner), Windstream Communications (Gala Partner), Zipcar (Gala Partner) and Fraser Advanced Information Systems (Gala Partner). Other sponsors include Innovative Printing & Media Group, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, Leblon Cachaca and Brazil Productions.

Black tie is recommended. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (215) 387-5125, visit or visit the IHP box office.  A portion of the proceeds from the Gala will support a housing scholarship fund for a resident advisor from Brazil. Other proceeds will support the on-going work of IHP, the first International House worldwide.

Now for the other part.  1 luck person will have the chance to win a free year membership for the International House Philadelphia.  For more information on the membership program check it out here

All you have to do is leave a comment below. Good Luck!



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Preakness at the Piazza 2014

Preakness at the Piazza 2014

The 2nd Annual Preakness at the Piazza is guaranteed to be
the highlight of the spring season in Philadelphia! Join the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
on Saturday, May 17 from 5– 10 p.m. at the Piazza at Schmidt’s for a viewing party of the 139th
Preakness Stakes.
Last year, Preakness at the Piazza raised $95,000 from just over 800 attendees, and with your
help we plan to double our efforts in fundraising. Says Co-Chair, Geoff Gross, “When my best
friend was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I knew I wanted to do something for him. Along
with the MS Society, we created an event that was a fun, unique and rewarding annual
fundraiser for young people. That’s how Preakness at the Piazza was born.”
Preakness at the Piazza invites young professionals from Philadelphia to dress in their finest
Derby attire for this year’s new fashion contest. Categories include Best Hat, Best Couple, Best
Shoes and Best-Dressed Male and Female. Our special guests judges include Maria Papadakis
(, Susie Celek (Skin Palette), Seun Olubodun (Duke and Winston), Natalie Egenolf
(WIP and Phillies Nation TV), and two more surprise special judges to be named soon. Our red
carpet hosts include Gina Gannon (Tango Traffic), Miss Philadelphia 2014 Diamond Edmonds,
and Miss Philadelphia 2013 Francesca Ruscio.
Another anticipated new highlight to this year’s Preakness at the Piazza is Boyds Philadelphia’s
VIP Pre-Party for media and early bird ticketholders. On Wednesday, April 30th from 6 – 8 p.m.,
guests can enjoy complimentary bites and specialty cocktails while mingling with the city’s most
fashionable crowd. Boyds is generously donating a portion of the night’s proceeds to the
National MS Society.
Tickets are on sale now at $75 for General Admission and $100 for VIP, with ticket discounts
offered for couples and groups of two and more. For more information, please visit To receive the latest updates, follow on Twitter and Instagram
@PreaknessPiazza and on Facebook at

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

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I am excited to be judging some cocktails tonight. The 2014 Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Preview Party will be held on Thursday, April 24th from 6:30-9:30PM in the Ballroom and Grand Salon at The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 West Rittenhouse Square. The evening will feature cuisine and cocktails from Rittenhouse Row’s best bars and restaurants, as well as a silent auction with Rittenhouse Row experiences and merchandise.

Participating bars and restaurant include (list incomplete): a. Bar, a. Kitchen, Butcher & Singer, Continental Mid-Town, Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse, The Corner Foodery, D’Angelo’s Ristorante Italiano and Lounge, Devon Seafood Grill, The Dandelion, DiBruno Bros., The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., G, Hip City Veg, Lacroix, Ladder 15, Library Bar, Le Pain Quotidien, Luke’s Lobster, Marathon Grill, The Prime Rib, Ranstead Room, Rouge, Rosati Ice, Russet Restaurant, Sbraga, Square 1682, Sutton’s Parlor, Termini Brothers Bakery, Whisper, Zama and more. Participating bars will be competing to see who makes the judges favorite cocktail.

DJ and live music will be provided by Mole Street.

Tickets are $75 per person for general admission and $125 per person at the Patron level and can be purchased in advance by visiting, Those who purchase Patron level tickets will be given access to the VIP Area at the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival.

To honor its 25th anniversary this year and showcase the newly renovated hotel features, The Rittenhouse will provide a glimpse into several of the best ways to experience its luxurious offerings, including a sneak preview of The Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Hair by Paul Labrecque, delicious and innovative treats from Executive Chef Jon Cichon and Pastry Chef Tova Du Plessis of Lacroix as well as handcrafted cocktails from Papi Hurtado of the hotel’s Library Bar. Keep the night going after the event by enjoying a few more of Papi’s specialty drinks at the hotel’s exclusive Library Bar.

Taste of the Nation Philadelphia


Its back!!! This was one of the very first events I attended as Homemade Delish back in 2012.  I look forward to this event every year.

Join Chef Chair David Katz, Honorary Chair Greg Vernick, and Mixology Chair Phoebe Esmon for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Philadelphia event. This year’s event will bring together the area’s top chefs and restaurants who donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America. Along with a bounty of culinary delights, guests have the opportunity to sample select wines, specialty cocktails and premium beers. 

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the NationPhiladelphia announced its lineup of restaurants for the annual event, taking place Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia. The highly anticipated annual event supports Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, working to end childhood hunger in America.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit I hope to see some of you there.


Homemade Delish and Le Creuset Giveaway!

I am super excited to partner up with Le Creuset again on this awesome giveaway. Please see flyer below for more information. To purchase or for  information on Homemade Delish cookbook visit Thanks again for all the support and good luck.


Homemade Delish Cookbook Signing/Demo

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After the exciting news comes all the fun.  It’s time for demos and book signings.  I have a list of upcoming events where I will be doing demos, book signings and panels.  I hope you can come out and say hello.

4/12/14  Demo/Book Signing-William Sonoma at the Bellevue ~ 200 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, from 1-3pm

4/13/14  Demo/Book Signing- Philly Farm and Food Fest ~ Pennsylvania Convention Center Annex, PA Convention Center Annex, Hall G, Broad Street Atrium Entrance, Philadelphia, PA 19107, from 2:30 – 3pm

4/19/14   Demo/Book Signing -Whole Foods South Street ~ 929 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147,  Noon – 2pm

5/17/14    #Foodporn (food photography) Panel/Book Signing – Mid Atlantic Wine and Food Festival  ~ DoubleTree Downtown Wilmington, 700 N. King Street, Wilmington, Delaware, First Panel 9am then again at 4pm.  Book Signings in between.


Homemade Delish Cookbook!


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It’s finally here…The Homemade Delish cookbook.  “Create It, Plate It, Style It, Eat It, Love It,” is something small and sweet to start out with. This was a last-minute project that was presented to me and we (the Homemade Delish team) made it happen.  It took long nights and serious editing but it’s here.  I find it hard to believe that I have my own cookbook, and this is just the beginning.  I hope you enjoy. I will have a post with all the upcoming events, demos and book signings Homemade Delish will be a part of.  Below please find where you can purchase the book.  It will soon be available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Thanks again for all the love and support all of you have given Homemade Delish.

 To purchase Homemade Delish cookbook go to



Crepes are a delicious French thin pancake which are very versatile.  They can be filled with virtually anything from sweet to savory.  It is a super easy pancake to make, which will impress your guests.  I love to fill them with fresh fruit and ice cream, but go ahead and get wild with ideas for fillings.  This is of course anther favorite for my kids too.  If you are having a party and want to have a dessert bar I would recommend having crepes. I hope you enjoy.

Crepe Ingredients: 

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup milk

pinch salt

2/3 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup vegetable oil


In a stand up mixer or blender add eggs, flour, vanilla, milk and salt. Blend until smooth and well incorporated.

Heat a skillet on medium to high heat. Take a brush and brush on some oil to the skillet. Pour about a 1/4 cup of crepe batter into the skillet, titling to completely coat the bottom of the pan. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes turning only once, until golden. Set a side

Tip: You don’t need to brush on extra oil unless the pan begins to stick.

Filling Ingredients:

Dozen Strawberries

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar, to taste


In a blender add 6 strawberries, zest, powdered sugar and blend for about 2 minutes until smooth.  If you don’t want any of the strawberry seeds pass puree through a sieve.

Take crepe, fill it with vanilla ice cream and strawberry puree, & roll it up. Top with extra strawberries, almonds, drizzle some warm caramel on crepe and sprinkle some powdered sugar.





ACHIEVEability’s Food for Thought event with Presenting Sponsor PNC Bank, will take place on Saturday, March 22nd at 7pm at Urban Outfitters at the Navy Yard.  This premier foodie event will feature more than 20 Greater Philadelphia area top chefs and restaurants.  The participating chefs and restaurants include: Joseph Baldino (Zeppoli), Phoebe Esmon (Emmanuelle), Nathan Johsson (Garces Trading Company), Steve Linneman (Shop 543), Chip Roman & Fred Ortega (Tradestone Confections), Keith Rudolf (Terrain Garden Cafe), Lance Silverman (Sabrina’s Café), David Simms (Eatible Delights), Brad Spence (Pizzeria Vetri), Justin Swain (REX 1516), Karen Weinstein (Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House), Peter Woolsey (Bistrot La Minette), Harvest Seasonal Grill, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Shake Shack, and La Colombe Torrefaction.  In addition, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse will be treating our distinguished VIP guests to some of their signature drinks and tasty dishes in our VIP Lounge.  Tito’s Handmade Vodka will be providing their handcrafted and award-winning vodkas and Yard’s Brewing Company and Weyerbacher Brewing Company will be serving a selection of their craft beers. 

Food for Thought attracts prominent corporate sponsors (including PNC Bank, Urban Outfitters, Inc., PECO, Higgins Group, Inc., and Morgan Lewis) and individuals who are committed to helping support ACHIEVEability build stronger families and communities in our region. Food for

Thought is ACHIEVEability’s most important fundraiser of the year – raising funds to support its work to break the generational cycle of poverty through their Family Self-Sufficiency Program and their Community Services Office.  Since 1981, the Family Self-Sufficiency Program has provided subsidized housing to low-income and formerly homeless single parent families who desire a better quality of life.  The program requires all of the parents to balance school and work while caring for their families.  Our parents take a minimum of 5 college classes per year and also work at least a minimum of 30 hours per week.  In recent years, ACHIEVEability has extended the core principles of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program into the Haddington and Cobbs Creek communities through their Community Services Office.  The office works with residents to organize, access, plan and implement activities and utilize information which will contribute to achieving a healthy, vibrant, technologically-savvy and hopeful community. The Community Services Office also connects community residents to valuable resources including utility assistance, foreclosure assistance, and financial education classes.

Food for Thought 2014 will be a great event filled with world-class cuisine, live music, and fun activities including a wine and beer toss and an auction.  Tickets are available for purchase now!  General tickets are $200, VIP tickets (includes reserved parking, access to the VIP Lounge, and a special VIP gift) are $300 and Young Friends tickets (35 and under) are $100.  All tickets can be purchased via ACHIEVEability’s website.