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Archive: August, 2009

POSTED: Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 9:45 AM

Philly-area locales will play heavily into this season's work on the Food Network show Dinner: Impossible.

Wednesday's season premiere (10 p.m.) was shot in May in Wildwood at the Colossal Coastal Roller Derby Convention, hosted by the South Jersey Derby Girls.

Chef Robert Irvine prepared a meal for 250 skaters and fans attending the event and one Derby Girl, Rachel “Billy Rae Siren” Morera, spent the day helping Irvine, his staff and skaters.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk

The very well-traveled husband-wife team of David Gilberg and Carla Goncalves (Matyson, Loie, Coquette, Ugly American) is taking over the Northern Liberties storefront at 614 N. Second St., which previously housed Copper Bistro and Aden.

Their BYOB will be called KOO ZEE DOO, the phonetic pronunciation for the Portuguese adjective for “cooked” (and the first word in the traditional dish cozido á Portuguesa, a boiled dinner with a variety of meats, including smoked sausages and vegetables).

The couple -- her background is Portuguese -- married seven years ago, a year after their graduation from Haverford College. The idea, they say, is to use quality ingredients prepared simply. Check average will be under $20. After some sprucing up, they hope to open in mid-September.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 10:38 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Diego Ramos, released from Q102 in January after 19 years, is getting into the bar business next week with Diego's, at 2670 Bridge St. in Bridesburg, near the Bridge Street exit off I-95.

The place is currently Scruffy's. He starts Monday but plans to spruce up the facade and do a grand opening in early October. The second floor is a lounge, while the first floor is a traditional bar.

Ramos says the hook is that instead of displaying photos of himself with celebs, he'll feature photos of his customers posed with famous people.



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POSTED: Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 7:15 PM
Matt Senreich and Seth Green chilling in their Philly hotel.

This is how Seth Green and Matthew Senreich roll:

If the creators of  the loopy Adult Swim animated sketch comedy Robot Chicken seem a bit groggy this week, it's because they've been riding on a tour bus to plug the DVD release of Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II.

At each stop, they strap on roller skates and host a skating party.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 5:58 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

The smoke has cleared and here's the list of winners from Saturday's Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge outside Citizens Bank Park, a benefit for Maddox's Youth Golf & Academics Program:


Chicken Competition
Pit Master Division
1st place: Jason Pascal & Butt Ugly BBQ (Titusville, NJ)
2nd place: Michael Wister & Smoke Daddy's BBQ (Lansdale, PA)
3rd place: Steve Fontaine & Team Fontaine (Philadelphia, PA)
Honorable mentions: Shawn Brown & Stumpy Coals BBQ (Holland, PA)
Bill Dudek & The Stu-Pit (Oaklyn, NJ)

Restaurant/Caterer Division
1st place: Carolina Blue (Pitman, NJ)
2nd place: Jones (Philadelphia, PA)
3rd place: Riverton Country Club (Cinnaminson, NJ)
Honorable mentions: Capt'n Dick's BBQ (Malvern, PA)
Rubb (Philadelphia, PA)

Chef's Choice Competition
Pit Master Division
1st place: Bill Dudek & The Stu-Pit (Oaklyn, NJ)
2nd place Michael Wister & Smoke Daddy's BBQ (Lansdale, PA)
3rd place Shawn Brown & Stumpy Coals BBQ (Holland, PA)
Honorable mentions: Steve Miletta & Big Steve's Grill (Cedarville, NJ)
Brian & Donna Olthoff & Lazy River Barbecue (Franklinville, NJ)

Restaurant/Caterer Division
1st place: Carolina Blue (Pitman, NJ)
2nd place: Communities in Schools of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
3rd place: Capt'n Dick's BBQ (Malvern, PA)
Honorable mentions: The Big Easy Saloon (Paoli, PA)
Riverton Country Club (Riverton, NJ)


Rib Competition
Pit Master Division
1st place: Tom Bera & Blind Pig BBQ (Philadelphia, PA)
2nd place: Shawn Sweeney & Sweeney Brothers (Sharon Hill, PA)
3rd place: Michael Wister & Smoke Daddy's BBQ (Lansdale, PA)
Honorable mentions: Steve Tallant & the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame (Wyncote, PA)
Shawn Brown & Stumpy Coals BBQ (Holland, PA)

Restaurant Division
1st place: Bomb Bomb BBQ Grill (Philadelphia, PA)
2nd place: McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon (Citizens Bank Park)
3rd place: Great American Pub (Narberth, PA)
Honorable mentions: Buddakan (Philadelphia, PA)
Capt'n Dick's BBQ (Malvern, PA)

Garry's Rib-Off
(both divisions compete together for a trip to the 2009 World Series)
Winner: Tom Bera & Blind Pig BBQ (Philadelphia, PA)
Runners up: Anthony Sica & Rhapsody in Blue Smoke (Philadelphia, PA)
Donna & Brian Olthoff & Lazy River Barbecue (Franklinville, NJ)

POSTED: Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 3:27 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Aimee Olexy and Bryan Sikora of Talula's Table in Kennett Square have run into balky bankers, so their ambitious plan for a large restaurant across the street has been scaled back.

Olexy and Sikora -- who got on the map through the Queen Village bistro Django, which they later sold -- had signed a contingency deal on the corner property at 101 Main St., with an adjacent property at 108 Union St.

Olexy says they spent much on preliminary work but could not rustle up a loan for the kind of business they wanted to create.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 2:42 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Bertolini's -- which opened in 1995 in the expansion of the Plaza at King of Prussia -- is toast, effective today.

Calls are being forwarded to Morton's Restaurant Group's corporate office.

Morton's has one Bertolini's left, in West Las Vegas, as well as a former Bertolini's now called Trevi at the Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 9:02 AM

Michael Barkann of Comcast SportsNet will be out much of this week after surgery to insert two screws in his left heel, which he banged up while frolicking with his son in the surf off LBI.

"The heel bone just came off at the end of my Achilles tendon," Barkann reports. In tech terms: Displaced calcaneus avulsion fracture.

His main medical issue: keeping the leg elevated during 90 minutes of Daily News Live.

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