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POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2008, 11:48 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Before the opening of Zahav last spring, chef Michael Solomonov led a culinary trip to Israel for business partner Steve Cook and a few friends, and it ended up in the pages of Food & Wine.

He's going back in March, and the trip is open to anyone who'll pony up $3,950 plus tax (double occupancy). Among the highlights: the spot in Jerusalem's Old City that served as Zahav's inspiration, a traditional Druze dinner, and lunch with Solomonov's father.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 6:52 AM

Philadelphia is now #8 in Arbitron's rankings of radio markets by population, as Atlanta nudges ahead.

It's not by much. Only 25,200 people separate the two cities. The Philly area's estimated population (4,352,800) actually grew by 2,800 over last year, while Atlanta's grew by 110,500 to finish this year at 4,378,000.

As recently as the 1980s, Philadelphia (the city plus Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties) was Arbitron's 4th-largest market, behind New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Then, through population shifts and redrawing metro areas, San Francisco and Dallas-Fort Worth drew ahead.

POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2008, 8:42 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

After four years as food editor and seven-plus years on Philly Mag's staff, April White will leave next week. She'll become communications manager at The Food Trust. No successor has been named.

White wrote Jose Garces' new cookbook, Latin Evolution, and contributed to the mag's Ultimate Restaurant Guide.

POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2008, 9:23 AM
Audrina Patridge, the star of MTV's "The Hills," visited The Pool at Harrah's Atlantic City Saturday night.
POSTED: Saturday, November 15, 2008, 12:11 PM

Friday night's fog in Philly kept singer/actress Brandy's plane on the tarmac at LAX for three hours, delaying her planned 7 p.m. private show for Wired 96.5 listeners till nearly 11 p.m.

At the aloft (the luxury hotel with the Annoyingly lowercased name near Philadelphia International), Brandy decided that the show had to go on, right then and there. She elected not to change outfits or apply stage makeup.

After apologizing for being late, she sang two songs and did a Q&A for about 10 minutes. Photogs were barred from the performance; these were taken through a door. She told the Wired crew that she had flown to Philly just for this gig and was flying back to L.A. on Saturday as she has promotions on Saturday and Sunday. Then it's back to NYC on Monday.

POSTED: Friday, November 14, 2008, 1:54 PM

Just announced in the CBS3 newsroom: anchor Dave Huddleston, who left Fox29 in June after his contract was not renewed, was hired to coanchor on weekends with Mary Stoker Smith.

Talk about landing on your feet. Though it's likely that his new three-year deal with CBS3 pays less than his Fox deal did, Huddleston, 44, says is delighted to be able to remain here.

His daughters, middle-schoolers Kysa, 13, and Kalley, 11, essentially grew up here, as they were in second grade and kindergarten when Huddleston and wife Tracey moved here from Minneapolis in mid-2002. They did not want to leave Glen Mills, he says.

POSTED: Thursday, November 13, 2008, 12:23 PM

B101 joined the Christmas music fray today shortly after noon, launching into Gloria Estefan's "Silver Bells."

Its normal  light-rock playlist will return Dec. 26. B101, the city's top-rated music station, gets monstrous ratings from Christmas music.

Last year's holiday sign-on was Nov. 20 -- but then again, B101 had only Wilmington's light-signaled WJBR (99.5) as a competitor.

POSTED: Thursday, November 13, 2008, 11:25 AM

Back in April, Fox29 and NBC10 started exploring the idea of sharing video and helicopter time as a cost-saving move. Today, the parent networks said the arrangement would become formal, effective Jan. 1, and would spread to the Fox and NBC news outlets in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Dallas and Washington, D.C.

Executives were not prepared this morning to speak to the media. In a statement, the parent companies said, "The service will gather and distribute general market video coverage to the participating stations, allowing them to efficiently use resources to focus on more specialized franchise reporting. The stations will continue to operate independently in all other respects regarding their individual newsgathering operations."

Further, the statement said the footage "will be available to interested local media outlets in each market, including television stations, print publications, radio stations and digital media."

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