Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Red Ball 2011 - Picture & Coverage Update!

I am such a lucky foodie to be able to attend this event - I look forward to it all year. In my opinion, it's one of the best culinary events in Philadelphia, and it's all for a great cause. So sit back, relax and enjoy the show....

And try not to drool on your keyboard!

Guests bid on an item in the silent auction - there were lots of Philly-themed items, wine, jewelry and even vacations...

Do you see what I mean about ambiance? When the Red Cross calls this a BALL, they really mean it! Every girl wants to attend a ball, right?
Here's some of my favorite shots of the beautiful people - they were everywhere...

Hurry and smile before you ride by!

Awww, doesn't my hubby look cute? Here he is waiting in line with me for the photo booth.

Cocktails + carousel = pretty darn fun

Beauty Queens! Thanks for posing, ladies!

Photo booth master...

Lovely ladies in red browsing the silent auction....

Funtown Productions had a LIVE painter! So amazing to watch this....

And my favorite people picture of them all is......

Tah-da! See, I told you! Here my proof of meeting professional poker player, Beth Shak. She was very gracious.

And now, what I'm really here for...the food. Of course, duh!

Anyone care for some bubbly? I ADORE these glasses, so vintage. Courtesy of Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. I had two of these...heehee. Yummo!

Shrimp Creole over a hoppin' john cake with a baby collard green salad by Alpha American Tavern.

Steak slider, created by Tavern 17.

Eatible Delights Catering definitely wins my award for best/most original display of the night! Here's David K. Simms posing for me.

One of my most favorite things about this event is that the actual chefs serve the guests their food (not just the restaurant's employees). This is extremely important, people! They will watch your face closely for reactions to your bites, too. Here above it's all about teamwork for the chefs from Ristorante Panorama.

Friendly staff from Rum Bar...thanks for the smile, guys!

Mmmm, beer. There aren't many things better in life than beer. Just sayin.

Shrimp from City Tavern. You might remember that I met Chef Walter Staib
at last year's Taste of the Nation. I went and shook his hand again (not sure if he remembered me or not but he was in my favorite picture from that night).

Apple jicama salad in cucumber with tarragon dressing from Victory Brewing Company. Fan-freaking-tastic.

Yes the ball and the plate were actually spinning when I snapped this picture - so funny! The guy next to her (the husband?) looks unimpressed hehe!

Fire & Ice: sushi grade tuna, coconut milk, cilantro, aji amarillo, lime with spiced blood orange gratinee, from Max & Me Catering.

Grilled scallions and peppers...

The VIP room, baby!

Red velvet cupcakes...

Naw-lins punch, anyone? (get it?) This was really delish and such a fun idea...

My most favorite tarot card reader ever, Marilyn Sukonick-Zeff, was there. I gave her a big hug and said hello but seriously, the woman had a line around the entire room of people wanting to see her, so I let her get back to her people. Way to go, Marilyn!

Here's TLC's winner of Next Great Baker Dana Herbert's display from Desserts by Dana (you can see him on the far right behind the cakes).
Thanks to Mod Space, Dave Schrader and everyone at Red Cross for producing such an unbelievable event. All proceeds from The Red Ball directly benefit Red Cross House – The Center for Disaster Recovery, the SEPA Chapter’s one-of-a-kind short-term housing facility in West Philadelphia where hundreds of local families every year begin their recovery from fires, floods, and other disasters.
In all, the Red Ball raised $285,000, the most ever for any SEPA Chapter single day event.
So that's it! I hope you enjoyed my coverage of the 2011 Red Ball. I had a fabulous time, got to meet and mingle with some great people and...that's right, bitches...I'm the media! :P
Want a copy of one (or more) of my pictures? Email me at
For more coverage on The Red Ball, 2011, visit the or like them on Facebook.


PorkStar said...

wow damn!!! that's a whole lot of awesome delicacies!

Nice pictures!

Mrs. Jeremy said...

Uh, yeah, that pretty much looked like the most awesome night ever. So jealous!! Did you get to keep your photo booth pic? Fun!

KT said...

Damn. I need to get out more. I am so going to try to replicate the jicama cucumber salad.

Gretchen said...

I'm so jealous that you get to do these cool events! I love vintage looking champagne glasses too. On our first anniverary, the hubs and I hit up an antique shop in Eurkea Springs and I picked up the cutest pair of them. We toast with them every year.

Anonymous said...

Great pics! You definitely captured the vibe of the Red Ball. What a great time!! And thanks for checking out my live painting performance! I'm glad you liked it. :D


Tasha said...

Thanks for stopping by, Matt!

Lys said...

That's it - I'm so going next year! Heard one of my fave spots was there as well. Great coverage Tasha!

Anonymous said...

This looks soooo fun and yummy!! And congrats on being athe media. Does this mean I know someone in the media? lol :)

Related Posts with Thumbnails