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Archive: September, 2010

Vetri's "Iron Chef" date!

Thursday, September 16, 2010, 10:35 AM
Better late than never, I say. A year ago, Marc Vetri of Vetri, Osteria, and Amis fame challenged Michael Symon to an Iron Chef battle in Kitchen Stadium. Food Network says it will be on Oct. 17 at 10 p.m. Read more

Sleepless Sbraga

Thursday, September 16, 2010, 10:03 AM
Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga says he got "two and a half, maybe three hours" sleep last night between between a finale-viewing party at Osteria and the start of a round of media interviews in New York. Asked what the win would do, he said: "First and foremost, it will help me get my... Read more

The back story of Feastival

Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 7:01 AM
It's not easy being an arts group in 2010, so when the Philly Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe realized earlier this year that $125,000 in grant money was going away, organizers knew they had to do something. Restaurateur Audrey Taichman, a board member, suggested bringing the arts and restaurant... Read more

Restaurant notes: New S.W. tequila bar in Rittenhouse and a Conshy boom

Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 4:36 PM
This will answer the question about the new occupant of 1904 Chestnut St., which was a Little Pete's location before it got spiffed up as Pearl and then spent about four minutes as Akoya before it closed last year. By later this year, the operation will be Kokopelli under entrepreneur Adam Solomon... Read more

New morning meteorologist for CBS3

Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 3:57 PM
CBS3 has hired a morning meteorologist, filling the slot vacated by Maria LaRosa (now at the Weather Channel) and later by Doug Kammerer (now at the NBC station in D.C.). She's Kate Bilo (say it "buy-low"), who starts the week of Oct. 4. Bilo grew up in Phoenixville and has worked in State... Read more

Paying off those Stanley Cup bets

Monday, September 13, 2010, 9:54 PM
With the Flyers season in sight, it's time to make amends and close out old debts from last season. Al Burba, a Philly-based exec with the shipping company DHL, paid off his Stanley Cup bet with the Chicago office. Last week, Burba got a cheesesteak-making lesson at John's Roast Pork from owner John... Read more

A free "Always Sunny" lunch

Monday, September 13, 2010, 2:57 PM
To mark the premiere of the sixth season of the FX comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Square 1682 (in the Hotel Palomar at 17th and Sansom Streets) will give out 200 free lunches to go on Thursday (Sept. 16): It's a crispy chicken breast topped with a sunny-side-up egg, frisée and bacon-soy... Read more

Musical chairs for caterers

Monday, September 13, 2010, 1:14 PM
The institutional catering biz is town has been moving around a bit. In a nutshell: - Restaurant Associates got booted from the Art Museum, landed the gig at the Penn Museum, and is now getting help at the Kimmel Center from Wolfgang Puck. - Starr Events snapped up the catering and sitdown... Read more

Pain and joy for Lesley Van Arsdall

Monday, September 13, 2010, 12:44 PM
CBS3 just announced CBS3/CWPhilly anchor/reporter Lesley Van Arsdall and her husband, Mike Joson, had a baby boy on Sept. 10, just before 4 p.m. Grayson Robert Joson weighed 7 lbs 1.2 oz, and measured 19.5 inches long. The good news is tempered with sadness: Van Arsdall's mother, Sandra, passed away... Read more

It's Pat's vs. Geno's on "Food Feuds"

Monday, September 13, 2010, 10:08 AM
Philly stars in the debut episode of a Food Network series called Food Feuds, hosted by Iron Chef Michael Symon. It's a look at local rivalries. Symon samples, confers with local experts, watches them work, and then announces his favorite. When Philly based producer Marc Summers was casting about... Read more
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