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POSTED: Thursday, April 29, 2010, 1:36 PM

Phil Collins is coming to town in June to play a rare two-nighter at the Electric Factory.

Collins recently announced his first album in eight years (Going Back, due in September) and a three-night New York engagement at the Roseland Ballroom.

The Electric Factory dates are June 20-21, the day before he starts the New York engagement. On June 17, he will receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Johnny Mercer Award.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 8:49 PM

And you thought Austin Powers was an international man of mystery.

Seth Green, the Overbrook Park-bred actor (Scott Evil, Robot Chicken, etc.) and his fiancee, actress Clare Grant, are keeping their wedding plans close to the vest -- and everything is so quiet that his parents, Herb and Barbara, are unaware of where the ceremony and reception will be.

Story goes that guests are being told to wait for word Saturday morning and will be instructed to meet limos, which will cart them to the festivities.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 10:55 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings

Tom Konidaris says he was sitting at the bar of his longtime Manayunk spot Zesty's, bemoaning the state of business with a customer/adviser, who told him: "You can’t even get a monk and nun in here."

The customer explained that two trick-or-treaters dressed as a monk and nun had just walked by.

And so Munk & Nunn -- no religious connotation -- is the new name of Zesty's (4382 Main St.), which is being redone as a Mediterranean-influenced gastropub specializing in small and medium plates, sandwiches, salads, and his signature hummus and tzatziki, jumbo lump crab cake and grilled octopus. (Talk about amassing every trend in one, eh? Pizza? He's got that, too: A guy dressed as a monk and wearing a chef's hat will be baking pizzas in a brick oven by the front window.)


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POSTED: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 4:03 PM

TLC's new series Best Food Ever, a cross-country culinary tour narrated by John Goodman that counts down the top 10 locations in different food categories, premieres this Monday (5/3) at 9 p.m.

Barclay Prime turns up on the first episode called "Sensational Sandwiches"; yes, they're trotting out the $100 cheesesteak.
Brown Betty is on the "Bodacious Bakeries" episode (Monday, May 10).
Sam's Morning Glory is on the "Darn Good Diners episode (Monday, May 24).
Bebe's BBQ is on the "Buzzworthy BBQ" episode (Sunday, June 20).

POSTED: Monday, April 26, 2010, 8:31 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Kevin Mayberry, an owner of Ortlieb's Jazzhaus, confirmed that the Northern Liberties club closed after business Sunday after more than 23 years -- a little more than three years after he took it over from founder Pete Souder.

"It is what it is," Mayberry told me, adding that he managed to hang in a year longer than he thought it could run.

POSTED: Monday, April 26, 2010, 5:39 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Gayot and MSN have scoured the country for the best pizza restaurants, and Cooper's Brick Oven Wine Bar -- the next-door neighbor of Jake's in Manayunk -- was named to the top 10.

MSN blurbs: "Fired in a brick oven at the back of the open kitchen, Cooper's pies come topped with crimini mushrooms, fennel sausage, pulled barbecue pork and smoked Gouda. More than 25 wines by the glass along with tasty, well-priced salads and daily specials draw a crowd at this stylish gourmet wine bar, including demanding Main Liners unhappy about waiting. Forget the snippy swarm and tuck into a Roquefort wedge spiked with bacon, or a plate of andouille-stuffed scallops with tarragon pickle sauce, and you'll feel just fine."

Read it here.

POSTED: Monday, April 26, 2010, 2:22 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings

More than 200 area restaurants will donate a cut of their dinner proceeds Thursday 4/29 for Dining Out for Life, a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS run by Action AIDS. Details here.

You know there is no Elena Wu at Chez Elena Wu at the Ritz in Voorhees? Wu sold the place two years ago. She is getting back into the business with an upscale French-Asian bistro called Très Elena Wu in the former Ebenezer's Cafe at 3131 Route 38 (at Larchmont) in Mount Laurel. Opening is expected by late May.

Robert Halpern, chef/owner of West Philly's Marigold Kitchen, has a few spots left in his six-course "Intro to the Avant-Garde" dinner he has up for 6 p.m. Wednesday 5/5. It's $40 a head, plus tax/tip/wine pairings. It initially was opened only to the University City District and friends. Details/rezzes: 215-222-3699.

POSTED: Monday, April 26, 2010, 10:28 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk Specials

The University City District will expand its summer Dining Days promotion to two weeks -- July 15-29.

This time, a record 29 restaurants are on board to provide three-course dinners.

New are marked with an asterisk.

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