As if Philly needed another bruise on its battered collective psyche: Bobby Flay, the New York-bred Food Network star, came down to Reading Terminal Market for a cooking challenge yesterday - and beat Market merchant Delilah Winder at her own game.
That would be macaroni and cheese, Winder's signature dish, the favorite of Oprah Winfrey.
(It's like Carlos Beltran of the Mets whipping Ryan Howard in a home-run derby at Citizens Bank Park.)
In fairness, Winder didn't know Flay was coming. She had been told that Food Network was doing a show on the best dishes in America and wanted to feature her mac and cheese.
Flay and Winder set up at the Market's center court to tape the challenge for his show Throwdown With Bobby Flay. Judges Patrice Rames of Patou restaurant and Kevin Washington of Ron's Ribs tasted both, blind.
Flay's included browned pancetta, two kinds of cheddar, fontina, and asiago, while Winder's is a veritable brick o' cheese: two kinds of cheddar, mozzarella, asiago, Monterey jack, muenster, and Velveeta.
Winder seemed to take the loss in stride. The show is expected to be on TV this spring.
Media activityThe Streets Are Talking, the Wednesday night show on WURD-AM (900), has added a white panelist to provide a different point of view: Theo (no last name), a 29-year-old from Lansdale. "I purposely went for . . . an average Joe who is opinionated," says host Corey G. Theo's first show will be 9 p.m. tomorrow. WURD is Philly's remaining black-talk station since WHAT-AM (1340) is changing format.
The PBS series History Detectives sleuthed locally recently while shooting an episode about a woman who owns a pin that, according to family lore, is made of metal from the Liberty Bell. The woman's great-grandfather said he wore it to an event important enough to lend credibility to his story. The show's Elyse Luray met with bell expert Karie Diethorn and a metallurgical specialist. A true story? We have to wait till it's shown this summer.
Work proceeds on CBS3's new home at 1500 Spring Garden St. and the station plans a March move from Fifth and Market Streets. 6ABC is getting into construction, too. But it will expand. A spokeswoman says it's buying a small parcel from its next-door neighbor, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Schedules for groundbreaking are not firm yet.
Win-winCenter City's Gershman Y got a pleasant surprise. After booking the klezmer group Klezmatics and the Philly-bred gospel group the Dixie Hummingbirds for its second annual benefit concert on March 10, Gershman organizers learned that both outfits had received Grammy nominations. Awards are Feb. 11.
Phoenixville rocker Cliff Hillis' version of the Chili's "Baby Back" jingle won a national contest sponsored by the restaurant chain. He'll get four round-trip tickets to L.A. and a meeting with execs from New West Records. Hear it at www.myspace.com/chilis.
Get me wardrobeWhy the thermostat might be set a touch higher at University of the Arts' black box theater at the Gershman Y this weekend: London-based actress/writer Aviva Jane Carlin will perform two monologues, Jodie's Body and The Mother Teresa Girl. Jodie's Body, is done primarily in the nude; Carlin's character is posing for an implied art student and pontificates about the human body and the beginning of apartheid in South Africa. Jodie's show times are 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.
The shows will be the Philly directorial debut for Amy Feinberg, head of UArts' Applied Theatre Arts program. Carlin and Feinberg first worked together in New York at the Hypothetical Theatre's production Sitting Pretty, about a woman who answers an ad for a live model but doesn't know the modeling is nude and, once she finds out, still takes the job.
Civic prideClothing magnate Scott Soffen bought the Web domains Negadelphia.com and Posidelphia.com, and sat back to field interest. "I have had 35 offers to buy Nega," he notes. "Not one to buy Posi."
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