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Archive: July, 2009

Denzel Washington movie is back on

Thursday, July 23, 2009, 3:34 PM
Variety reports that Denzel Washington will indeed shoot Unstoppable, Tony Scott's runaway-train movie, this fall. He may be taking a pay cut to satisfy 20th Century Fox bean-counters. The action-adventure story, about a train loaded with chemicals, will be shot partly in Pennsylvania -- mainly upstate... Read more

Chefs' "Chopped" show rescheduled

Thursday, July 23, 2009, 3:22 PM
Back in April, chefs Jeremy Duclut of georges' in Wayne and Peter Karapanagiotis of Privé in Old City taped an episode of the Food Network show Chopped, the Ted Allen-hosted culinary contest. The network initially had it scheduled for Aug. 25, but now it's been pushed into October. Read more

Taquet: I shall return

Thursday, July 23, 2009, 3:14 PM
Oui, Jean-Francois Taquet agrees: His Restaurant Taquet is gone from the Wayne Hotel. But non, he's not out of the local restaurant scene, though he's now living in New Zealand. Taquet tell me that he and his fellow chef Francis Layrle are scouting locations in the region for what he calls a "casual... Read more

Coming to Haddonfield

Thursday, July 23, 2009, 2:56 PM
The Javier space on Kings Highway in Haddonfield wasn't vacant too long. Coming: Cross Culture, a Northern Indian BYO featuring organic meats and produce. Owner Monty Keinth opened a small venue in Peddler's Village back in 2005 and then opened the initial Cross Culture in Doylestown in 2006. This... Read more

Need a rich date? Try Ardmore

Thursday, July 23, 2009, 10:09 AM
Ardmore has been ranked 12th on Money mag's list of 25 best places for the rich and single. (Beverly Hills was #15.) The mag notes that singles make up 31.7% of the population and that median family income is $100,471. Blurb reads: " can chat up fellow foodies in line for sushi or waiting... Read more

Top sandwich at the Bellevue is...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 9:41 PM
The words sandwich and repeat in the same sentence usually is not good, but not when it came to the Bellevue's fourth annual Sandwich Make-Off, a benefit for PhilAbundance. The winner of Wednesday's contest was John Gulino at Bassett’s Turkey for his barbecue beef brisket, which goes on the... Read more

Susanna Foo auction is online

Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 9:18 PM
Double Take Auctions has put the contents of Susanna Foo (1512 Walnut St.) online for an auction, and it looks as if nothing's been missed: art, dishes, chairs, tables, woks, light fixtures, sinks, wine coolers, yes -- even the toilets. Ends 7 p.m. Aug. 15. Russell Heidenrich, who's running the sale... Read more

Blackfish restarts lunch

Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 9:01 PM
Blackfish in Conshohocken has started lunch again (Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). Craig LaBan waxed happy about chef Chip Roman's Big Burb Burger: There are more sophisticated, more haute things to order at this superb new suburban BYO. But there's a reason everyone in the... Read more

Taquet is finis

Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 8:52 PM
The Wayne Hotel closed July 6 for an extensive renovation, and now the owner says the landmark Restaurant Taquet will not return when the hotel reopens in late August. Taquet, which chef-owner Jean-Francois Taquet relocated from the Radnor Racquet Club to the historic hotel in 1992, was the height... Read more

Starr takes over Rat's in N.J.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 10:45 AM
Stephen Starr strikes again. He's taken over the très posh Rat's Restaurant in Hamilton Township, N.J. -- it's a management deal, much like his Steak 954 in Fort Lauderdale -- and he's installed Kevin Sbraga as chef. The Willingboro-bred Sbraga, who won multibells at the Ritz-Carlton a few... Read more
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