Dan Gross: Partying for Cheri Honkala, sheriff candidate

ACTOR/DIRECTOR Mark Webber was in town Tuesday night at a party for his mother, Cheri Honkala, the Green Party candidate for Philadelphia sheriff.

The party was held at the Center City offices of the Bochetto & Lentz law firm where George Bochetto introduced Honkala, a longtime advocate for the homeless through the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, whom he is supporting.

Former City Paper columnist Mary Patel was among the guests. She was a producer on Webber's directorial debut, "Explicit Ills."

The North Philly-raised actor's credits also include "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World," "Storytelling," and "Drive Me Crazy." You can read about Honkala at CheriHonkala.com.

Answer back

Allen Iverson hosts a party Saturday at Vault (460 N. 2nd). Starts at 10 with reduced admission before 11. No word on what time The Answer will be in the house or whether he'll pre-game at T.G.I. Friday's on City Avenue.


* Chefs Jose Garces and Marc

Vetri caught up over dinner Tuesday at Pub & Kitchen (1946 Lombard).

* Eagles tight end Brent Celek

had a beer and ate pickle chips Monday evening at the bar at Varga (10th & Spruce).

Food stuff * 

Good luck to local pastry chef Chad Durkin, a partner at frozen-desserts company Desserts International, who will compete on the Food Network's "Sweet Genius," which premieres at 10 tonight.

* The Dapper Dog Food Truck will be at 2nd & Poplar and the Buttercream-Cupcake Truck at LOVE Park from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. They're giving out food in a promotion for ABC's "The Chew," a daytime food/cooking show, which premieres at 1 p.m. Monday.

Charitably minded * 

Tabatha Coffey of Bravo's "Tabatha's Salon Takeover" will emcee the Style Wars fundraiser Oct. 2 at the Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon (243 W. Baltimore Pike) in Glen Mills, which benefits the childhood-cancer charity Adopt a Pig Foundation.

The foundation raises money by having children with cancer paint piggy banks, which are then sold or auctioned.

Tickets are $100 for the event, which starts at 5 p.m.

For info or tickets, visit JAStylewars.com.

* Eagles Brent Celek and Todd Herremans host a Kisses for Kyle Foundation fundraiser starting at 8 tonight at their 879 Lounge (110 Chestnut).

The charity benefits childhood cancer and costs $35 at the door or online at kissesforkyle.org.

The event is also an after-party for Brent's wife, Susie Celek, and Julie Dorenbos, wife of Eagles longsnapper Jon Dorenbos. Susie and Julie are celebrating the opening of their tanning salon, Skin Palette (125 S. 19th), earlier in the evening.

Hooters at SugarHouse

The Hooters headline the SugarHouse block party, which starts with a Mummers string- band show at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in one of the casino parking lots along Delaware Avenue. Eddie Bruce, who sings with the Tom Adams Trio Fridays at SugarHouse, hosts the concert. Also performing will be the Soul Survivors, the Heartbeaters, Go Go Gadget, Right on Band, the Verdict and the B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute act. The Hooters are scheduled to play about 8:30.

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