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Archive: June, 2009

Try out for "The Next Food Network Star"

Monday, June 22, 2009, 1:42 PM
Food Network has greenlit a sixth season of its highest-rated reality series, The Next Food Network Star, and the net wants chefs and home cooks to try out for the 2010 season. Philly folks have made it in past seasons (Aaron McCargo Jr. and Adam Gertler) and Katie Cavuto is on the current season... Read more

Free yummies at Bonté

Sunday, June 21, 2009, 9:04 PM
All day Monday (6/22), the Bonté waffle shops are handing out free affogatos and selling $1 mini-Belgian sugar waffles. An affogato is a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a fresh shot of espresso on top. Bonté is at 922 Walnut, 1315 Walnut and 130 S. 17th. Read more

The industry to remember Gary Papa

Sunday, June 21, 2009, 11:07 AM
The Broadcast Pioneers, which remembered Harry Kalas at its June luncheon last week, will honor Gary Papa at its next luncheon -- Sept. 16 at Bala Golf Club. Ticket info will be announced later. Papa, who died Friday, was inducted into the group's hall of fame in 2007. Read more

No corned beef for Seinfeld

Saturday, June 20, 2009, 6:25 PM
Jerry Seinfeld, here to play the Academy of Music, delighted the Saturday lunchtime crowd at the Kibitz Room (1521 Locust St.) with a sit-down comedy appearance. Out with fellow comedian Mario Joyner, he ordered honey turkey on rye with mustard and a side of coleslaw, plus chicken soup. Whereupon... Read more

On the road: A limo ride with Phillies bullpen

Saturday, June 20, 2009, 7:41 AM
In the second episode of "The Pen" -- the MLB Network reality series about life in the Phillies bullpen* -- pitchers Chan Ho Park, Chad Durbin, Clay Condrey, Brad Lidge, Jack Taschner and Scott Eyre take a limo ride from San Diego to Los Angeles. The episode, narrated by Mitch Williams... Read more

Strongbox taking a breather

Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 6:28 PM
The Rittenhouse Square lounge Strongbox, which opened at 2029 Walnut St. in March, is closed for regular business till Labor Day, says owner Brett Perloff. "Due to a few factors including the annual exodus to the shore of our clientele, the current economic state and our venue becoming more and... Read more

Neil Patrick Harris movie seeks nude people

Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 5:57 PM
The Best and the Brightest, the Philly-shot comedy that has Neil Patrick Harris and Bonnie Somerville playing parents from Delaware trying to get their kid into a ritzy Manhattan school, is looking for actors. The "type"? Talent that's "comfortable with nudity for background work."... Read more

Free burritos!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 5:36 PM
California Tortilla -- a franchise operation out of sunny Rockville, Md. -- will mark the opening of its first store in Philadelphia on Tuesday (6/23) by giving away burritos and drinks. It's in the Far Northeast at 10000 Roosevelt Blvd., at Red Lion Road. Giveaway will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30... Read more

Perrier extending his pay-as-you-wish promotion

Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 1:53 PM
Georges Perrier has extended his novel promotion at Le Bec-Fin that allows patrons to pay what they wish for a four-course tasting dinner. July's seatings have sold out, so the phone lines are being open for August. It's limited to 20 people a night for the 7 p.m. seating Mondays through Thursdays... Read more

Food writer to open a restaurant

Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 1:55 PM
April Lisante, who spent 10-plus years as a reporter, food writer and editor at the Daily News, is going into the restaurant biz with her husband, Christian Gatti. It'll be Avril -- French for "April" -- a 50-seat white tablecloth BYO at 134 Bala Ave. in Bala Cynwyd, in the corner space... Read more
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