Dan Gross: This Saturday, get some soup from the Nazi himself

Jessica Szohr (left), of "Gossip Girl," took time out after her dinner with date Aaron Rodgers at Bistro Romano to pose with server Jennifer D'Ottavi, who said that the actress was "a sweetheart."
Jessica Szohr (left), of "Gossip Girl," took time out after her dinner with date Aaron Rodgers at Bistro Romano to pose with server Jennifer D'Ottavi, who said that the actress was "a sweetheart."
Posted: January 10, 2011

YES, SOUP for you!

Larry Thomas, who played the Soup Nazi on "Seinfeld," serves up soup from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the newly opened Doc's Gourmet Soup (169 W. Girard).

Thomas, who you may also remember as the blackjack dealer in "Austin Powers," is proud of how closely identified he is with the Soup Nazi character.

"I live in a community of journeymen, working actors who have been doing it for 30 years, like I have," Thomas says. "It's kinda cool to have something like that. Even if I had tried to get away from it, I could not."

Thomas says that it takes a real "Seinfeld" fan to recognize him when he's cleanshaven, but when he has a mustache, people stare.

"Wayne Knight, who played Newman, lives near me, and I've bumped into him a few times at the market and people think it's funny to see Newman and the Soup Nazi standing there talking," Thomas told us by phone.

The actor sells autographed Soup Nazi photos and "No soup for you!" soup ladles at his website, soupnazi.tv.

Brooklyn-born Thomas says that his favorite soup has always been New England clam chowder.

He's excited about "Stork," an animated film he completed, as well as "For Robbing the Dead," a Western he recently wrapped that co-stars Margot Kidder, Barry Corbin and Edward Herrmann. Thomas is also looking forward to meeting "Seinfeld" fans who come to buy soup from him Saturday afternoon.

Kelly Boyd, doc split

Kelly Boyd, of KB Consultants, and Dr. Robert Kreb have broken off their engagement and their relationship. We reported in July that the couple had gotten engaged in Nantucket. Not long after the engagement, Kreb, 65, and Boyd, 44, returned to Nantucket, where she was involved in a disturbance at the Westmoor Club, an upscale country club.

On Oct. 27, Kreb was arrested at his Haverford home on simple-assault and harassment charges, according to Lower Merion police records. Police responded to the home and noted that Boyd was uncooperative at the scene with bruising on her arms and wrists and red marks on her face. On Nov. 4, the charges were dropped, as Boyd declined to press charges, said police Capt. Bob Boegly.

Kreb, who works in sports medicine and has several local offices, said in a voicemail yesterday afternoon that the charges were false, but did not discuss the split. About the breakup, Boyd said only, "We're friends. We're no longer engaged," and declined to discuss the police incident. Sources close to Boyd tell us that after the split she spent several weeks in California getting some longstanding issues under control.

"She's in a great place right now," said William R. Sasso," Boyd's attorney. "She is a fine, upstanding member of the business community and gives back to the community."

Out and about

_ Looks as though we can confirm the rumor that Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is dating "Gossip Girl" actress Jessica Szohr. The pair dined Saturday at Bistro Romano (120 Lombard), along with Packers center Scott Wells and a date. Szohr, who recently broke up with co-star Ed Westwick, posed for a few pictures with the wait staff. Rodgers paid the bill in cash, tipping well.

_ Vice President Joe Biden and wife, Jill Biden, joined Comcast-Spectacor chief Ed Snider in his Wells Fargo Center suite to watch Saturday night's Flyers win over the New Jersey Devils.

_ Olympic champion Carl Lewis and a crew of 13 Saturday morning stopped into Darling's Diner at the Piazza, where the Jersey-raised running legend went for the foot-high California Club sandwich.

_ Former Phillies hurler Jamie Moyer and wife, Karen, the other night joined a few friends at Morton's (1411 Walnut), where she shared a bottle of Barbaresco and Moyer went for a N.Y. strip and a baked potato. Moyer popped into the kitchen after dinner to greet the staff, whom he had met at Ryan Howard's Celebrity Server event there in July.

_ Speaking of Morton's, former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil will join ESPN for its "Lunch with a Legend" series at 11 a.m. Thursday at the restaurant. Tickets are still available for $50 by calling 215-557-0724.

_ Ashley Elmore, recently seen on ABC's "The Bachelor" and "Bachelor Pad," helped her sister, local attorney and former "Apprentice" Erin Elmore, celebrate her birthday at Union Trust (717 Chestnut), where dozens of Erin's friends, including defense attorney Chuck Peruto Jr., came out to party.

FredEx gets fixed up

Freddie Mitchell's "Millionaire Matchmaker" episode airs at 9 p.m. tomorrow on Bravo. The former Eagles wide receiver, whose famous fourth-and-26 reception against the Packers was being talked about leading up to the Birds' game against the Pack yesterday, is the "millionaire" who asked the show's host, Patti Stanger, to help him find love. No word on how successful he was.

We asked FredEx about the show in July, when we first reported he had taped the episode, but he declined to comment.

A word to the wise

Confidential to new Big Talker 1210 morning host Chris Stigall: Next time you open your radio show chanting the front-page headline of that day's Daily News, as you did Thursday with "Save Our Snacks" about TastyKake, a product you probably didn't have in Kansas City, you should probably acknowledge where you got your rallying cry.

Visit PhillyGossip.com for Dan's latest updates or follow PhillyGossip on Twitter. Have a tip? Call 215-854-5963, or e-mail grossd@phillynews.com. For recent columns, visit go.philly.com/dangross.

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