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Philly Socialholic: Barnes Foundation Names Thom Collins New Director

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 8 - 2015


The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation announced that they have named Thomas “Thom” Collins as the new Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation. An innovative educator, accomplished art historian, administrator and author, Mr. Collins, a Philadelphia native, has more than 20 years of experience at some of America’s top arts institutions. He comes to the Barnes after serving for five years as director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida (PAMM). At PAMM, Mr. Collins oversaw construction of the new Herzog & de Meuron-designed building located in downtown Miami, which opened to great acclaim in December 2013. During his tenure, the museum achieved an overwhelming increase in membership, annual giving, attendance, and major gifts, published important exhibition and collection catalogs, added significant works of art to the collection, and began in-house production of critical new digital education tools.

“It will be a privilege to lead the Barnes Foundation in its next chapter,” said Mr. Collins. “With its world-class collection, critically acclaimed new building, award-winning programs, growing membership and engaging array of courses in art and horticulture, the Barnes has become increasingly accessible to a more diverse audience than ever before. I look forward to working with the staff and Trustees to further its mission.”

Prior to joining PAMM, Mr. Collins served for five years as director of the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York. Mr. Collins’ tenure at the Neuberger Museum of Art was highlighted by significant growth in attendance and annual giving, and the creation of major endowments for new programming initiatives and capital improvements. He also oversaw the museum’s exhibitions, permanent collection displays, and a far-reaching platform of community-based educational programs for school children and adults in Westchester and Fairfield Counties.

Before heading the Neuberger Museum, Mr. Collins served as director of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, 2003–2005; chief curator at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, 2000-2003; associate curator at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington, 1998-2000; and Newhall Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, 1994-1997.

Mr. Collins earned his MA in Art History from Northwestern University and his BA with honors in Art History and the History of Religion from Swarthmore College. He currently holds memberships in the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Art Museum Curators, and the College Art Association. For more information visit:

Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 4 - 2015

new yearSiena Tavern Miami was a celebrity Mecca on New Year’s Day, as celebrity chef Fabio Viviani hosted actor Chase Crawford, WB’s Arrow star Colton Haynes,  JC Chasez , Gotham star Ben McKenzie,  Ryan Phillippe, and Glee’s Matthew Morrison.

Debra Messing rang in the New Year with a party of 10 at Midtown Miami’s Bocce Ristorante.

Ryan Phillippe was also spotted at the SLS South Beach and Hyde Beach. Seen at Thompson Miami Beach for Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution were:  Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Fall Out Boy, Fifth Harmony, The Band Perry, Becky G, La La Anthony, Rocsi Diaz, Benjamin McKenzie, Ed Weeks, Lamorne Morris, Taraji P. Henson and Lee Daniels.

Entertainer, Nick Cannon DJed at WALL lounge at the W South Beach on New Year’s Eve.


Breakfast with Santa at Hard Rock Café Philadelphia for Toys for Tots

The Christmas season is just around the corner! Instead of waiting in line for hours at the mall for a picture with Santa, join Hard Rock Cafe for their annual Breakfast with Santa. On December 13-14 and 20-21, 8:30am – 10am, Hard Rock will offer a delicious breakfast buffet, complete with story time with Santa, goodie bags, and digital photos with Kris Kringle himself. Tickets are $18, and children 2 and younger are free with a paid adult. In keeping with the Christmas spirit, Breakfast with Santa will benefit Toys for Tots. This is the perfect excuse to skip the holiday madness without skipping the photo op, so make your reservations today. Tickets available here:








Délice by Chandon

Chandon, known as California’s sparkling wine pioneers, have introduced Délice their newest addition. In keeping with the style established when the winery was founded, Délice draws on French heritage and the innovative spirit of California. Like all Chandon wines, Délice is a sophisticated and vibrant sparkling wine that enlivens all occasions; Available in Florida and Texas in 2014 and nationwide in spring 2015.With a generous creamy, luscious mouthfeel, Délice is semi-sweet and refreshing. It tantalizes the palate with nectarine, pear, golden apple and ruby grapefruit flavors. Délice is the perfect match for all kinds of spicy dishes, such as Thai curry, Cajun jambalaya and Mexican salsa. It is also delicious with creamy cheeses of all kinds and rich, decadent desserts such as lemon meringue pie or crème brûlée.





holiday-boutique-canonicalOn Friday, December 5, join the Women’s Committee of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for a Holiday Boutique Shopping Day on from 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. at the Merion Cricket Club. Lunch and Shopping are $35 at the door. Shopping only tickets are $10/person at the door. 25 percent of all boutique purchases and all ticket sales benefit The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through the Women’s Committee grants process. Vendors are curated from top boutiques and artisans, around the country and locally.


Non-local vendors include:

Atlantic Nantucket (Nantucket, MA) European designer clothing, jewelry and decor

Boo Gemes (Bronxville, NY) Fun, stylish women’s clothing

Charbellum by Sabra Albert (Aspen, CO) Aspen made jewelry, JOTT USA down jackets

Clara Williams (Chicago, IL) Bold classic jewelry with interchangeable embellishments

Collared Greens (Richmond, VA) Eco friendly men’s apparel and gifts

Devon Baer (New York, NY) Luxury women’s apparel

Glamourpuss NYC (New York, NY) Chic, easy accessories for carpool to cocktails

Island Outfitters (Newport, RI) Cashmere sweaters and jewelry

Jingle Nog (Armonk, NY) Glass ornaments and gifts

johnnie-O (Santa Monica, CA) West Coast preppy clothing with a twist

Lined Design by Marni Gutkin (New York, NY) Personalized stationery and gifts

Oliver and Adelaide (New York, NY) American, luxury made gifts for babies and children

Recreo San Miguel (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) One of a kind wraps and shawls

Rungolee (St. Louis, MO) Unique and unusual women’s clothing

Sister Parish Design (Bedford, NY) Home and fashion accessories

Susan’s Jewelry Collection (Jupiter, FL) Jewelry from around the world

The Silk Road (Bronxville, NY) Unique gifts from around the world


Local vendors include:

Argyle Boutique (Ardmore) cut flowers and arrangements

Blue Claw Co. (Philadelphia) Travel bags and accessories made in the USA

Main line Monograms- formerally Dragonfly Gifts (Newtown Square) Onsite personalization of gifts

Jennie Seward & Co. (Bryn Mawr) Hand painted desk and home accessories

John & Kira’s Chocolates (Philadelphia) Artisan confections

The Ellie Rose (Chester Springs) Sweet simple children’s clothing and accessories

Valley Forge Flowers (Wayne) Topiaries, home accessories and holiday accents

Vanessa Fox (Bryn Mawr) Whimsical and colorful swim trunks and resort dresses


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<> on November 23, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida.Last night at Villa Azur in Miami Beach, Gilt City celebrated Andy Cohen at the official book launch party for his new memoir “The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year.” The intimate event, held exclusively for Gilt City Miami members, featured a live chat and Q&A with the Bravo TV impresario.

The Andy Cohen Diaries is a pop-culture time capsule covering a year in his life. In his own candid and irreverent words, Cohen lets readers inside the world of New York City celebrity. Nothing is off-limits as he recounts backstage hijinks on the set of his Bravo TV talk show Watch What Happens Live, nights out with famous friends, and romantic nights at home cleaning up after his new canine roommate, Wacha.

Philly Socialholic: Baubles, Bubbly , Brunch + Jean-Charles Boisset

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 5 - 2014

PhillyBaubles, Bubbly, Brunch + Boisset

On Friday, November 7, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., local favorite Joan Shepp will host Baubles, Bubbly + Boisset. Guests will have the chance meet and greet Jean-Charles Boisset, the owner of more than 20 wineries around the world and the recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for their Bacchanal Wine Auction fundraiser and sip hand-selected vintage champagne. Along with classic bubbly, patrons will view timeless pieces from iconic designers including Oscar de la Renta , Chanel, and Yves Saint Laurent selected by one of the “Dukes of Melrose”, Cameron Silver of Decades, the exclusive vintage boutique in Los Angeles. The event is free and open to the public and champagne will be poured while supplies last.


On Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. join Jean-Charles Boisset for an unforgettable VIP brunch, pairing delectable items from Rittenhouse’s finest chefs with sparkling wines from the JCB Collection. Chef Sam Noh at Rouge will combine the sweet and savory smoked salmon with caviar, a lemon creme fraiche, on a Parmesan butter “cookie” and brioche toast, strawberry compote, champagne whipped cream paired with JCB 69 Cremant de Borgogne Rose; 11:00 a.m. Chef Eli Kulp at a. Bar, will create high street pastry with sea bream ceviche paired with JCB 21 Cremant de Borgogne Brut; 12:00 p.m. Chef Jon Cichon at the Library Bar at The Rittenhouse Hotel will prepare coddled egg, black trumpet mushroom and parmesan paired with Charles de Fere Brand Reserve Blanc de Blanc Brut. The event is $75/person and tickets can be purchased at