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Archive: December, 2009

POSTED: Friday, December 4, 2009, 6:03 PM

Chefs Nunzio Patruno (Nunzio Ristorante Rustico in Collingswood), Andrea Luca Rossi (soon-to-be Cichetteria 19*), and Luciana Spurio (Le Virtú in South Philly) will battle at 11 a.m. Friday (12/11) at Reading Terminal Market in an Iron Chef-like competition. 

The secret ingredient: Radicchio Rosso Tardivo di Treviso IGP and Radicchio Variegato di Castelfranco IGP. (That stands for "Indicazione Geografica Protetto," and in this case it means that the radicchio is grown in Treviso, Padua, or  Venice under the supervision of the Consorzio Radicchio di Treviso.)

Announcer Christina Pirello of Christina Cooks will provide running commentary, and after 30 minutes, the judges will get ahold of the food.

POSTED: Friday, December 4, 2009, 3:53 PM

Former Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell will make his broadcast debut as a guest-host from 10 a.m. to noon next week (12/7-11) on 97.5 The Fanatic.

Mitchell will be on with Dan Schwartzman.

POSTED: Friday, December 4, 2009, 12:09 PM
Iverson putting pen to paper.

The teardrop-soaked Cross pen that Allen Iverson used to sign his contract with the 76ers on Thursday will be auctioned off via Sixers.com to benefit Sixers Charities and the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation.

It's up here, with an opening bid of $160.

POSTED: Friday, December 4, 2009, 11:56 AM

Gawker reports that DailyCandy, a daily shopper e-mail blast, will stop the specific editions for seven of its 12 cities, including Philadelphia, where it's been spitting out copy since mid-2006.

Besides the likely impending departure of Philly editor Meredith Lindemon, the move looks bad in another way: In summer 2008, Philly-based Comcast paid $125 million for it.

After Jan. 1, according to the memo that Gawker obtained, the city editions for New York, London, LA, Chicago and San Francisco will remain. Miami, Dallas, D.C., Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, and Philly will go.

POSTED: Friday, December 4, 2009, 8:45 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk

MIXX will be the name of the restaurant planned beneath Azie on Main in Villanova, in the lower level of the former Maia.

MIXX -- whose logo will have martini glasses in place of the X's -- will focus on comfort food, with a casual air, and is due to open Jan. 25. The draft menu has nothing over $18 on it, with fare like buttermilk fried chicken, ribs, burgers and pizzas.

Besides Azie on Main and the original Azie in Media, Win and Sutida Somboonsong also own Parker's Prime, Teikoku, Mikado Thai Pepper, and Flavor on the Main Line.

POSTED: Thursday, December 3, 2009, 4:58 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Chef Mark Smith of Collingswood's Tortilla Press is trying again in Pennsauken.

On Friday (12/4) at 4 p.m., he'll reopen Tortilla Press Cantina (7716 Maple Ave., just over the Cherry Hill border), which he shut down 13 months ago.

TPC got off to a bad start. Construction on the Maple Avenue bridge began a month after the opening in November 2007.

POSTED: Thursday, December 3, 2009, 4:36 PM

The Lovely Bones, the Peter Jackson-directed chiller that was shot here in 2007 (and later in New Zealand), will hit  theaters Jan. 15.

Paramount will sneak-preview it next week for the local cast and crew, as well as local officials who helped with the suburban shoots. I hear that neither Jackson nor the stars (Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, and Stanley Tucci) will be there.

Novelist Alice Sebold supposedly set Lovely Bones' plot in Norristown, Chadds Ford and the rest of the Route 202 corridor, and modeled the school after General Wayne Middle School in Malvern, now a grade school.

POSTED: Thursday, December 3, 2009, 12:09 PM
Jennifer Carroll is mobbed by friends and coworkers after she emerged from the kitchen at 10 Arts last night. (HUGHE DILLON / PhillyChitChat.com)

Lots of tears last night at the Top Chef viewing party at 10 Arts, the restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton.

Finalist Jennifer Carroll, the Northeast Philly-bred chef de cuisine at the Eric Ripert-run restaurant, won't move on to next week's finale.

Judges grumbled about her oversalting a goat cheese dish.

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