Eddie Keels’ Tasty Talk at Yangming Proves a magnet for Philly’s Creative Talents
Eddie Keels is a warm and genuine guy, a fact made immediately apparent by the legions of friends and fans who gathered in Yangming’s elegant banquet room Wednesday for his Tasty Talk. These diverse creative talents came from as far away as Washington DC to hear Eddie’s Talk, and included writers and bloggers, photographers, filmmakers, designers, and local media stars like Chef Geno Vento of Geno’s Steaks, Gina Gannon of 6ABC Action News, and Chef and TV host Roberta Pipito. NFL great Fred Baxter was also on hand to share his latest creation, “Plush,” a wonderfully rich, smooth vodka which, according to plans, will soon be distilled in New Jersey.
Eddie spoke with modesty, humor and passion about his desire to use his creative talents to make a difference, and how he made peace with the crazy hours and major risks his ambitions demanded: “Did I think starting a print – let me repeat that, print – magazine in 2012 was a great idea? No. But I got over my fears about how embarrassing failure could be, and I was confident I’d make it work.”
Eddie shared how his “love letter to the city,” Philly Current, came to be: “One of my design firm clients announced his desire to start a concierge magazine with a really fresh layout. Two weeks later, the client called to say they weren’t pursuing the idea. But all that time, Eddie had been thinking about the magazine he would create, and when he “asked the universe – the best sounding board there is – for advice,” the answer was yes. Tasty Talk alumnus and celebrity photographer HughE Dillon of PhillyChitChat.com was on hand to speak about how his friend crafted moving stories about “real Philadelphians from everyday life.”
Yangming’s March benefit for Child Life Services at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia owes much to the dedicated co-Chairs of Tasty Talks, Realtor Michelle Leonard and Dr. Thanuja Hamilton, who select each speaker and cultivate a loyal following. Proprietor Michael Wei also expressed his sincere gratitude to the many loyal guests who return for each new talk, such as Chris Drucquer of Chester Springs, who reserves two tables for his Certa Pro employees “to support such good causes.”
Yangming’s next Tasty Talk on Wednesday, April 18 features FOX 29 News anchor and reporter Karen Hepp, whose Tasty Talk will benefit Bryn Mawr’s own Lifecycle WomanCare (formerly The Birth Center). Hors d’oeuvres begin at 12:30, followed by Karen’s talk and a wonderful communal lunch, all for just $20, including dessert, tax and tip ($25 at the door, if seats available).
Call 610-527-3200 to reserve your seat via credit card, or visit YangmingRestaurant.com to pay via PayPal.