Inqlings: Chef Puck to cater at Kimmel

Posted: August 05, 2010

Celeb chef-restaurateur Wolfgang Puck will set up this fall at the Kimmel Center in a just-signed partnership with in-house caterer Restaurant Associates.

Puck, who landed on the map with Spago in Beverly Hills and who has Wolfgang Puck American Grille at the Borgata in Atlantic City, has a similar catering twin-up with RA at the Newseum in Washington and the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

A Puck rep said the company also was negotiating to run Cadence, the Kimmel's underutilized restaurant.

Iverson finally connects

Two-time 76er Allen Iverson and his estranged wife, Tawanna, finally sold their Villanova mansion after three years, according to Main Line real estate sources who peg the tab at $2.6 million. In 2002, the couple paid $5 million for the five-bedroom on four acres. In July 2007, they listed it for $6.3 million. The mortgage satisfaction, but not the sale, has hit Montgomery County records.

Phils notes

More than a dozen of the 2,500 Ryan Howard garden gnomes that the Reading Phillies gave away Tuesday have hit eBay, and bids edged north of $50 on Wednesday. The gnome shows Howard holding a bat, not a crutch. The line outside FirstEnergy Stadium began at 12:20 p.m., nearly four hours before game time. On Sunday, the R-Phils will hand out Domonic Brown T-shirts; the promotion was booked before he was called up to the majors.

The Phillies are sixth this season in radio audience, Arbitron says. Games on WPHT average 159,500 listeners ages 6-plus. The Yankees (441,000) are followed by the Mets (368,500), Cubs (259,700), Tigers (193,400), and Angels (166,600).

Foodstuff

Guy Fieri, bleach-blond host of Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, blanketed the area shooting segments. Stops Tuesday and Wednesday included Good Dog Bar in Center City, Honey's Sit 'N Eat in Northern Liberties, Memphis Taproom in Kensington/Port Richmond, and Pineville Tavern in Bucks County. Episodes are not yet scheduled.

Gino's Burgers & Chicken, the chain that represented the standard in fast food for many Philadelphians of a certain age, is a step closer to a comeback. Tom Romano, chief operating officer in 1982 when Gino's sold to Marriott Corp., has secured 611 W. DeKalb Pike in King of Prussia, most recently the King of Prussia Diner. Gino Giants, the signature triple burger that predated the Big Mac, are due by late fall.

Benefits

A mini-golf course will be set up outside the Comcast Center from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. For $20, folks can putt with ex-Eagle Jon Runyan as he hosts the Score for the Cure Mini Golf Challenge, benefiting the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson.

Though the golf outing is sold out, tickets are available to Saturday's $30-a-head beef-and-beer in memory of Northeast Philly's Shaun Negler, who died of bone cancer in 2008 at age 18. Boxer Bernard Hopkins will host the Make-A-Wish Foundation benefit from 7 to 11 p.m. at Bensalem Country Club; details: www.shaunstrong.com.

Hoops coach-couples Ree and Fran Dunphy (Temple), Judy and Phil Martelli (St. Joseph's), Aida and Jerome Allen (Penn), Rene and Bruiser Flint (Drexel), Donna and John Giannini (La Salle), and Patty and Jay Wright (Villanova) are up for Saturday night's Coaches vs. Cancer Ball at Stone Harbor Golf Club in Cape May Court House. The $125-a-head do benefits the American Cancer Society; details: www.phillycoachesvscancer.org.


Contact columnist Michael Klein at mklein@phillynews.com. Follow his blog at http://go.philly.com/insider and on Twitter @phillyinsider.

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