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Archive: April, 2010

POSTED: Saturday, April 10, 2010, 10:22 AM

Fourteen past and present Eagles attended Friday's wedding reception for long snapper Jon Dorenbos and Julie Lesicki held at Cescaphe Ballroom in Northern Liberties.

The couple tied the knot at St. Augustine's Church. She grew up in Delaware County, and he grew up in Washington State and later California.

Attendees included Michael Vick, Brian Westbrook, Asante Samuel, Stewart Bradley, David Akers, Quintin Mikell, Hank Baskett (with his dad, not his Kendra), Chris Gocong, Reggie Brown, Jon Runyan, Sean Considine, Brent Celek, Victor Abiamiri, and of course punter Dirk Johnson.

POSTED: Friday, April 9, 2010, 3:18 PM
Rune on the scaffold.

Rather than decry graffiti as blight, Michael Schulson of Sampan restaurant (124 S. 13th St.) has hired three people to decorate the walls of his 30-seat, private open-air patio behind the restaurant.

A Lot, Rune and Distort -- not their real names -- were at work Friday.

POSTED: Friday, April 9, 2010, 1:34 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Chef Tyson Wong Ophaso says he's leaving Chew Man Chu, the Asian eatery that opened in the Symphony House (Broad and Pine Streets), to go home to Thailand.

Ophaso didn't want to elaborate on his decision.

Owner Marty Grims says he's working out a replacement.

POSTED: Friday, April 9, 2010, 11:42 AM

Singer Bobby Rydell is mending at his Main Line home after surgery to fix a shoulder he broke in three places last weekend after he fell on ice.

He and the other  "Golden Boys" -- Frankie Avalon and Fabian -- played the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Ore. He played one show before the fall and one after.

As fan club president Linda Hoffman posted on Facebook, Rydell, who turns 68 at the end of the month, had a plate and screws installed to repair it.

POSTED: Thursday, April 8, 2010, 3:16 PM

You're not really a Facebook friend of Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler.

As Comcast SportsNet's Leslie Gudel announced on Twitter (and I have confirmed with the Phils), Wheels is not on Facebook.

The page certainly looks real, displaying publicly available bio material and a photo.

POSTED: Thursday, April 8, 2010, 3:00 AM
The winner: The South Philly, an all-beef dog, topped with broccoli rabe, spicy roasted peppers and sharp provolone on a crusty Italian roll.

After months of debate and taste-testing, fans voted on a signature hot dog to be served at Phillies games at Citizens Bank Park this season.

I describe the process in Thursday's Food section, how Aramark's chefs came up with three varieties:

  • South Philly Hot Dog: An all-beef dog, topped with broccoli rabe, spicy roasted peppers and sharp provolone on a crusty Italian roll
  • Olde Philadelphia Hot Dog: An all-beef dog, topped with Amish pepper hash, dill pickle and yellow mustard on a poppyseed roll
  • Citizens Bank Park Summer Hot Dog: An all-beef dog, topped with cucumbers, pickled onion salsa and ancho pepper sauce on a pretzel roll.

After 6,455 votes at the ballpark and online:

POSTED: Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 11:00 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings

Shola Olunloyo, who's been delighting foodies with ambitious private meals under the name StudioKitchen (after stops at Bleu and Blue Angel) has taken to his blog to spring details for his first restaurant.

Name: Speck.

Under construction now, it'll open in what I believe will be late spring in the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties, near the video screen and across the way from The Swift Half in a 2,600-square-foot spot on the Hancock Street side.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 10:17 AM

Entrepreneur Elliott Hirsh of Amazing Beverages -- remember Elliott's apple juice? -- is relaunching an old Philadelphia soda brand on April 12, the date of the Phillies' home opener.

It's Champ Cherry, the cherry soda and drink of choice at the old Levis hot dog and fishcake shop on Sixth Street between Lombard and South. Hirsch bought the formula when he bought the business in 1990; the shop closed in 1992 and is now Gianna's Grille.

Champ Cherry was "Champagne Cherry" around the turn of the 20th century. But in 1950, Levis founder Abe Levis celebrated the Phillies' first National League championship in 35 years with the new name.

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