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Archive: May, 2010

POSTED: Saturday, May 8, 2010, 3:49 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings

Jake's Sandwich Board opens Monday (5/10) at 122 S. 12th St., near Sansom. (See previous.)

They'll give away free pork sandwiches from 11 a.m. till the pig is kicked.

In the video below, owners Gary Dorfman and Sean Stein go shopping at the Italian Market, and host a sandwich-tasting attended by WIP’s Glen Macnow and a few friends.

POSTED: Friday, May 7, 2010, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Call it case of bad, bad timing plus bad, bad luck. That's the story behind the recent closing of Jasper in Downingtown. In May 2008, literally the day before the web-posting of a rock-solid two-bell from The Inquirer's Craig LaBan, chef-owner Nick DiFonzo was stricken with a brain aneurysm. DiFonzo closed for two months. But by then, "business never came back," he told me. "Then the economy went south." Fully recovered physically, he has decided to step out of the kitchen and watch his sons, ages 9 and 10, grow up. "Someday, I'll be back," he said.

On a happier note: Tuesday, May 11, is Free Iced Coffee Day at the Philly region's Dunkin’ Donuts; 16-ounce smalls for everyone.

Max & Me Catering has taken on consulting chef Jean-Marie Lacroix as chef-partner. Lacroix, who wore the toque at the Four Seasons followed by the Rittenhouse Hotel before "retiring," has worked for Max & Me' owners Barry Gutin and Larry Cohen for two years.

POSTED: Thursday, May 6, 2010, 1:40 PM

Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro set the intersection of 16th and Market Streets on fire at lunchtime Thursday by shooting a scene for the movie The Dark Fields. The crush of onlookers, on a beautiful workday, was huge.

The two were filmed walking in and out of the KPMG office at 1600 Market St.

Later today, Cooper has a makeout scene planned with costar Anna Friel at Paradigm in Old City. (Details here.)

POSTED: Thursday, May 6, 2010, 1:06 PM
Marmoleum floor at Bar Stella

Stephen Starr's Pizzeria Stella (Second and Lombard Streets) is getting a bar next door, in the former pilates studio on the Second Street side.

It opens Friday (5/7) and workers are in those furious final hours. Hence, the photo of the floor, a retro-looking marmoleum, because the rest of the joint was unphotographable.

You can get in through the front door (open facade, like Parc) or head through a passage from Stella. The 12-seat wooden bar, recovered from a VFW post in upstate New York, and the painted bricks give the bar an oldtime tap vibe.

POSTED: Thursday, May 6, 2010, 11:06 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings

After 14 months in the making, what's a few more days?

Monday (5/10) is the public opening of City Tap House on the Radian Balcony (3925 Walnut St., 215-662-0105) as owners Brian Harrington, Gary Cardi, Chris Coco, and Frank Falesto want to hit Penn graduation weekend. The partners also own Mission Grill, Field House, and Public House.

Sixty beers on tap -- arguably the region's largest list -- developed by Bridgid's alum Andrew Farrell. (CTH will be part of Philly Beer Week next month, natch.)

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 11:23 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Mike Stollenwerk of fish (1708 Lombard St.) has a cheffing date with the James Beard House in NYC.

It's Aug. 25, and Palateur Imports will sponsor the wine program. The price has not been set; it's not yet on the James Beard site.

Hors d’oeuvres
- Peeky toe crab fritters
- Tuna ceviche, sherry vinegar, red beet, egg yolk
- Classic vichyssoise, wild blue point oyster
- White corn waffle, chili, lobster
Champagne J. Dumangin Fils, Block 31, Premier Cru Rose, France, NV

POSTED: Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 6:42 AM
Apply voltage here.

Been there, done zapped...

Got the T-shirt.

Scott Soffen, aka "Clothing Scott," has whipped up this little number in 100-percent cotton.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 8:23 PM

97.5 The Fanatic has signed former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton to host a nightly one-hour call-in show through the baseball season with Mike Missanelli and Jon Marks.

They're calling it.“Talking Baseball With Dutch” (6 to 7 p.m.) and it starts Monday 5/10.

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