Programs for Jan 7-Feb 28

Please make event/meal reservations with Steward Shefqet @ (215) 732-0334 or
Shefqet and Chef Tamara Van Winkle absolutely depend on day-ahead reservations in order to prepare enough food and drink!!

Monday, January 7, 2019 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Palmer Hartl is our quarterback.

Menu: Baharat Carrot Soup, Egg and Broccoli Soufflé, Dessert TBD.

Thursday, January 10 — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Speaker is Laurie Olin, a distinguished teacher, author, and one of today’s most renowned landscape architects.

Topic: “Does Philadelphia have any good architecture?”

From vision to realization, Laurie has guided many of OLIN’s signature projects, which span the history of his studio from the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, DC to Bryant Park in New York City. His recent projects include the AIA-award-winning Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and the Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland, Oregon.
Menu: Green Salad, Cheese Tortellini, Dessert TBD.

Monday, January 14 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Michael Brooks is our quarterback.

Menu: Green Salad, Chicken Fricassee with Rice, Dessert TBD.

Friday, January 18  Annual Meeting and William White Dinner, starting at 5:30 PM

Menu: Snapper Soup, Roast Lamb, Brown Basmati Rice, Seasonal Vegetable, Flourless Chocolate Torte.

Non-meat eaters:  please request the Roasted Salmon option.

Monday, January 21 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Roberta Kangilaski is our quarterback.

Menu:  Green Salad, Tuscan Bean Stew, Dessert TBD.

Thursday, January 24 — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Speaker is Deborah Block, Artistic Director of Theatre Exile, a thriving stage in South Philly for 18 years.

Deborah is a pioneer in the Philly theater scene. She brought the Fringe Festival to Philadelphia in 1996, she has taught classes at University of the Arts and Walnut Street Theater, and this season at Exile she’s directing “Smoke” by Kim Davies. She appreciates the Philly theater community, valuing the changing cultural landscape. “The philanthropy is great in Philly, and I enjoy getting to know people and speaking the truth of Theater Exile.”

Menu: Green Salad, Chicken Tagine, Dessert TBD.

Monday, January 28 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Basil Talbott is our quarterback.

Menu:  Green Salad, Ginger Chicken over Lentils, Dessert TBD.

Thursday, January 31 — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Speaker is Sheldon M. Bonovitz, a prominent Philadelphia art collector.
Chairman Emeritus of the Duane Morris LLP law firm, Mr. Bonovitz is CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Title of his talk: “The Art Collector: Who, Why, How Exit.”

Menu:  Green Salad, Pasta with Bolognese, Dessert TBD

Tuesday, February 5 — Buffet Dinner, starting at 6 PM
Speaker is David Boardman, Dean of the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University. He has academic and financial responsibility for one of the nation’s largest programs of its kind, with more than 3,000 students and 250 faculty members. In three years in this position, he has raised nearly $15 million for the school and has led major strategic initiatives that have raised its profile and standing.

Previously, Boardman was executive editor and senior vice president of The Seattle Times, the largest news organization in the Pacific Northwest. Under his leadership, the Times won four Pulitzer Prizes and produced 10 Pulitzer finalists.

Thursday, Feb. 7 — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Speaker is Bruce Lafferty, Curator of Architecture at the Philadelphia Athenaeum
Topic: “Finding Real Philadelphia in Real Photo Postcards”

A native and life-long resident of Philadelphia, Mr. Laverty is 1979 graduate of LaSalle College. Since 1983, he has been the Gladys Brooks Curator of Architecture at the Athenaeum, where he prepared that institution’s first published catalog of architectural drawings. During his tenure, the Athenaeum’s architectural collection increased six-fold. He has curated more than 75 exhibitions, including “Modern Classics: Selections from the Paul P. Cret Collection.” In 1998 he received the Preservation Achievement Award for his work as curator, editor and co-author of “Monument to Philanthropy: The Design and Building of Girard College, 1832-1848.

Mr. Laverty is the Founding Director of the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project, an on-line database of architectural information and images consulted more than 150,000 times daily. He also serves as Project Director of the Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network, a Mellon Foundation-sponsored project that has digitized and web-mounted more than 10,000 historic map and survey images. He also is an adjunct faculty member at Drexel University, where he teaches “History of Philadelphia Architecture”, “Intro to Historic Preservation” and “History of the Philadelphia Rowhouse.”

Friday, Feb. 15th — Club Dinner, starting at 5:30 PM
Speaker is Timothy Rub, Director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Title of his talk:  “Making a Classic Modern.”   Mr. Rub began his PMA tenure in September 2009, after serving three years as director of the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Prior to that, he served for six years as director of the Cincinnati Art Museum and for nine years as director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College.

Mr. Rub graduated from Middlebury College in 1974 with a BA and highest honors in Art History. He enrolled in the doctoral program at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where he earned an MA and Certificate in curatorial studies. Later, he received an MBA from the Yale School of Management and participated in the Harvard University program for art museum directors. A specialist in architectural history and modern and contemporary art, Mr. Rub began his curatorial career as a Ford Foundation Fellow and curator at Cooper Hewitt in New York.

Thursday, Feb. 28th — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Speaker is Antonio Regalado, senior editor for biomedicine at MIT Tech Review, on “Human gene editing—technology promise and controversy.” Mr. Regalado is a well-known writer on controversial topics like IVF (in-vitro fertilization) and CRISPR, an exciting new tool for gene editing.  His recent Tech Review article is online at