Dan Gross: This Bird will be cookin'

Alex Trebek: First class
Alex Trebek: First class (ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO)
Posted: October 19, 2011

EAGLES DEFENSIVE TACKLE Trevor Laws will get an on-camera cooking lesson from "Iron Chef" Jose Garces in a couple of weeks at Amada (217 Chestnut). Laws loves the Garces spot and loves to cook. The cooking lesson will be taped by the Eagles Television Network and aired on the Linc's big screen during home games.


Robert De Niro went for escargot and a salad while dining outside at Parc on Rittenhouse Square Monday. The actor is in town shooting "The Silver Linings Playbook," co-starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Sunday night actress Carla Gugino, in town to promote "The Mighty Macs," ate at Parc.

* This "Jeopardy" host sat first

class on a USAirways flight from LAX to PHL yesterday morning.

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* Flyers Matt Read and Zac Rinaldo signed the wall at Outta Philly (200 Whitehorse) in Voorhees, N.J., when they stopped by the other day for steaks. The shop is not far from the Flyers Skate Zone.

Radio waves

John Rodio, better known as "Signman," whose anti-Andy Reid sign displayed outside the NovaCare Complex last week continues to make headlines, will host an hourlong radio show on WNJC (1360-AM) from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. WNJC's John Forsythe has known Rodio since 1990, when he hosted a show from 1990 to 1992 in Somers Point. At the time, Forsythe worked at 1400 WOND, where he was the VP/GM.


Kevin Liles, former Def Jam president, Twitter business developer Je Carr, former Nike brand strategist Que Gaskins, and Lilliahn Johnson, the NBA's director of team marketing and business operations, are among those who will join Mayor Nutter Saturday at Benjamin Franklin High School for the Dream Project.

The event is designed to provide mentorship and stories of success to 500 high school students. (Register at ruvilla.com to attend.) Patrick Walsh, of sneaker store Villa, is behind the partnership, which involves the footwear retailer, the city, PhillyGoes 2College, the Philadelphia Youth Network and the University of Pennsylvania.

* Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame R&B singer Darlene Love will be in town Saturday performing at the Drexel University College of Medicine's Black Tie/White Coat Ball to raise money for Alzheimer's research. The event will honor Capital Management Enterprises' CEO, Manny Stamatakis, former chairman of Drexel's med school; and Aqua America's president and CEO, Nicholas DeBenedictis.

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