SOUTH PHILLY: Tasting South Philly

by Maria Merlino

The May 4th A Taste of South Philly Fundraiser, held at the Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School’s Goretti gym was a rousing success, as the crowded gym took on a festive air.

The hosts, WOGL-98’s Bob Pantano, a Bishop Neumann graduate, and his beautiful wife, Debbie, provided the finest that the culinary world has to offer. Another Neumann graduate Councilman Mark Squilla, stopped by and mingled with friends and family.

The throng sampled wine, beer, gourmet foods and delectable desserts while listening to the sounds of oldies, disco and line dance music. In addition, there was also a silent auction.

Pantano also brought his “Live Sounds of Philly” with various bands and vocalists. Some of the providers were, Dad’s Stuffing, Galdo’s, Scannicchio’s, Swan Catering, Anthony’s Coffee House, Mary’s Catering, So Mello Treats, Grassia’s Italian Market Spice and Caramello Corn.

THE TWO presidents meet! Ed McBride, President of the EOM and Bruce Robinson, President of Nuemann/Goretti HS, dish about the tasty food that was being served. Photo by Maria Merlino

THE TWO presidents meet! Ed McBride, President of the EOM and Bruce Robinson, President of Nuemann/Goretti HS, dish about the tasty food that was being served. Photo by Maria Merlino

COMBINING FORCES, four businesses, Grassia’s Italian Market Spice Market, Dino’s Party Center, Somello Treats, and Mary’s Catering pulled together for an outstanding display of hot foods and cold treats. Photo by Maria Merlino

COMBINING FORCES, four businesses, Grassia’s Italian Market Spice Market, Dino’s Party Center, Somello Treats, and Mary’s Catering pulled together for an outstanding display of hot foods and cold treats. Photo by Maria Merlino

HERE WE GO! Throwback to the 60’s! Former Neumann teachers, Jim Stinger, Gayton Bongiorno and Kenny Adams, catch up and reminisce about their former students. Photo by Maria Merlino

HERE WE GO! Throwback to the 60’s! Former Neumann teachers, Jim Stinger, Gayton Bongiorno and Kenny Adams, catch up and reminisce about their former students. Photo by Maria Merlino

IT’S NOT a party until WOGL-FM/98 DJ, Bob Pantano gets up on the dais with his blend of oldies, disco and line dance tunes. Here he is with his beautiful wife, Debbie. Photo by Maria Merlino

IT’S NOT a party until WOGL-FM/98 DJ, Bob Pantano gets up on the dais with his blend of oldies, disco and line dance tunes. Here he is with his beautiful wife, Debbie. Photo by Maria Merlino

FROM THE class of John Neumann 1976, Radnor Township Police Superintendent, Bill Colarulo gives greetings to St. Maria Goretti grads, Marie Argentina and fiber artist, Jane Scafici. Photo by Maria Merlino

FROM THE class of John Neumann 1976, Radnor Township Police Superintendent, Bill Colarulo gives greetings to St. Maria Goretti grads, Marie Argentina and fiber artist, Jane Scafici. Photo by Maria Merlino

MICHAEL JONES, whose been given the gift of song, sang operatic numbers and Frank Sinatra tunes to entertain the throng. Photo by Maria Merlino

MICHAEL JONES, whose been given the gift of song, sang operatic numbers and Frank Sinatra tunes to entertain the throng. Photo by Maria Merlino

GORGEOUS Janice Di Joseph gives her main squeeze, Judicial Candidate for Common Pleas Court, Vince Giucini, a special hug for good luck! Photo by Maria Merlino

GORGEOUS Janice Di Joseph gives her main squeeze, Judicial Candidate for Common Pleas Court, Vince Giucini, a special hug for good luck! Photo by Maria Merlino

FRANK GOLDEN, Councilman Mark Squilla, Jim Stinger and Salvatore Lancellotti explore the gym for handmade pasta and gelato. Photo by Maria Merlino

FRANK GOLDEN, Councilman Mark Squilla, Jim Stinger and Salvatore Lancellotti explore the gym for handmade pasta and gelato. Photo by Maria Merlino

COUNCILMAN Mark Squilla, Candidate for Common Pleas Court, Vince Giucini, and Salvatore Lancellotti enjoy the camaraderie at Taste of South Philly. Photo by Maria Merlino

COUNCILMAN Mark Squilla, Candidate for Common Pleas Court, Vince Giucini, and Salvatore Lancellotti enjoy the camaraderie at Taste of South Philly. Photo by Maria Merlino

LOOK OUT Gordon Ramsey! Here comes Nathan Murawski! 11 year old Nathan, son of John Murawski and a fifth grader at the Meridith School, has built up his business, Awesome Sauce Catering, to the point where he had his own table at the Taste of South Philadelphia event. “Sometimes, food combinations just strike me and I have to put them together,” he said. Photo by Maria Merlino

LOOK OUT Gordon Ramsey! Here comes Nathan Murawski! 11 year old Nathan, son of John Murawski and a fifth grader at the Meridith School, has built up his business, Awesome Sauce Catering, to the point where he had his own table at the Taste of South Philadelphia event. “Sometimes, food combinations just strike me and I have to put them together,” he said. Photo by Maria Merlino

 

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