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Archive: April, 2012

POSTED: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 3:54 PM
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Riversharks cupcakes.

Starting with the bad news: Eiselen's Pastry Shoppe, in Roxborough's Ivy Ridge Shopping Center for five decades, is closed, as reported on the Roxborough-Manayunk Patch. You might want to know why, I suppose, so I called owner Lucy Eiselen. Though hesitant to get into it, she told me that she and her husband had been on a month-to-month lease since last October, as the shopping center wanted them to sign a 10-year lease. But Rick Eiselen just got a new hip, and the couple's three kids have all pursued non-baking professions, so the long-term future is up in the air. Lucy, however, says they want to continue in the business. Know of an empty bake shop that could use a tenant famous for cream doughnuts? Let me know, and I'll forward to her.

Classic Cake of Cherry Hill and Washington Township, under the direction of Le Bec-Fin alumnus Robert Bennett, has been named the official bakery for the Camden Riversharks, which means fans get to eat "Finley" cupcakes at concession stands.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 3:23 PM

Comcast workers at its corporate cafeteria got a visit from the Phillie Phanatic. who stopped up to plug Saturday's Comcast Cares Day, the company’s annual day of service.

This year’s event - the 11th - is expected to attract 67,000 volunteers nationwide to more than 630 sites.

POSTED: Monday, April 16, 2012, 5:07 PM

Pixels have been expended lately about Divan Mediterranean Grill at 622 S. Sixth St. (opening tonight), coming as it has just after the closing of Divan Turkish Kitchen & Bar across town in the Graduate Hospital/Southwest Center City area.

The logos look identical, so are they related? Yes and no.

Not by ownership. Ilker Ugur, who owned the now-closed Divan, told me he has nothing to do with the new one.

POSTED: Monday, April 16, 2012, 12:54 PM
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Italian Village, at 902 MacDade Blvd in Milmont Park, will subject itself to a makeover at the hands of Robert Irvine and his crew from Restaurant: Impossible on the Food Network.

Restaurant: Impossible will shoot on April 19 and 20, and the restaurant is taking reservations for the "after" meal on the 20th.

To apply to be shown on national TV with food in your mouth, call 610-237-0200.

POSTED: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 9:51 PM
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Reading Terminal Market's Tommy DiNic's gets the Man Vs. Food treatment. (Michael Klein )

Mark your calendars for the following.

April 16 is the opening of HipCityVeg (127 S. 18th St.). Hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

April 17 is the rebirth of what was Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus (847 N. Third St.) in Northern Liberties as Ortlieb’s Lounge, under Four Corners Management. Tex-Mex food, live music six nights, including a Tuesday jazz jam session hosted by longtime Ortlieb's owner and booker Pete Souders. Website is here.

POSTED: Friday, April 13, 2012, 9:58 PM
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The arts and food usually meld quite nicely, as we've seen the last few years with Feastival, the splashy, food-focused fundraiser for the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and the Philly Fringe.

It's become a rite of September as 75 restaurants and bars get together under one roof to feed about 800 arts lovers, who also take in live entertainment from Fringe performers.

The 2011 Feastival was held inside Pier 9 along the Delaware River and will return there on Sept. 12. (Info is here.)

POSTED: Friday, April 13, 2012, 9:00 PM
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The city's pizza scene has been elevated of late, and you can credit the wood-fired ovens deployed at such spots as Osteria, Zavino, and Pizzeria Stella.

When American-raised Antimo DiMeo, 20, expressed interest in following his Neapolitan-born father, Pino, 43, in the pizza business, the son insisted that he wanted to cook in the old-country way. (Pino's parlors use conventional gas ovens.)

At Pizzeria DiMeo's, a BYOB that opened this month in Andorra Shopping Center (8500 Henry Ave., 215-621-6134), they not only installed a wood-fired oven, they are using bottled water from the Naples area in their dough. The dough, Pino DiMeo says, is made two days in advance to get a natural rise. They import mozzarella weekly and say they use fresh San Marzano tomatoes.

POSTED: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 4:32 PM
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Zeke's on April 12, 2012.

Society Hill landmark Zeke's 5th Street Deli (318-20 S. Fifth St.) closed recently after two decades, but the spot has a new tenant.

April 19 is the target opening of Union Gourmet Restaurant 5th Street. Owners are Theresa Fera and Felix Maietta, who have run the food operation for many years at the Down Town Club at Sixth and Chestnut Streets. (They also briefly had a Union Gourmet market/cafe at 1111 Locust St. where Garces Trading Co. is now.)

Maietta says he'll retain a little bit of the popular deli food, but it will be more of casual American restaurant serving breakfast and lunch daily and dinner (Tuesday through Saturday).

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