Guy Fieri stops in Philly

This Oct. 11, 2012 file photo shows chef Guy Fieri at the "On The Chopping Block: A Roast of Anthony Bourdain" in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
This Oct. 11, 2012 file photo shows chef Guy Fieri at the "On The Chopping Block: A Roast of Anthony Bourdain" in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Posted: February 13, 2013

 GUY FIERI, host of the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," stopped by the 76ers game against the Clippers on Monday night.

The bro-tastic Fieri is in town filming spots highlighting local delicious dishes. Word is he was at South Philly Taproom (1509 Mifflin St., 215-271-7787 or at south on Monday and will hit up the Standard Tap (901 N. Second St., 215-238-0630, and Sidecar (22nd & Christian St., 215-732-3429, thesidecarbar. com).

Sources at South Philly Taproom say Fieri was nice, and quick. TV host Marc Summers was also around for the taping and kept everyone laughing.

Gotta say: Fieri chose well. Now if he would only take off that puka shell necklace . . .

After experiencing some grub at the game, Fieri might change his itinerary, though. And, no, I'm not talking hot dogs. Fieri chatted with chef Tim Spinner of Fort Washington's Cantina Feliz (424 S. Bethlehem Pike, 215-646- 1320, at the Lexus Club.

'Creature' feature

Starving for "The Hunger Games"? Warner Brothers is hoping the next YA sensation to hit the big screen is "Beautiful Creatures," based on novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, in theaters Thursday.

"Creatures" is about a Ethan ( Alden Ehrenreich), a small-town Southern boy who falls for the mysterious Lena ( Alice Englert), a Caster (or witch, if you want to get impolite). Lena wrestles with her destiny as her 16th birthday approaches, and she's chosen for the Light or the Dark.

"It's very different from other teen franchises," Zoey Deutch, who plays the stuck-up Emily in the film, told me while she was in Philly. "It's from a male's perspective so it's about a guy chasing a girl, rather than girl being at his beck and call."

"Beautiful Creatures" has a heavy-hitting cast, including Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons and Viola Davis.

"We were trying to do an Oscar count," said Thomas Mann, who plays Ethan's buddy Link, an innocent bystander seduced by a campy Emmy Rossum ("Shameless"). "We were constantly trying to hold our own. It's really the best acting experience you can ask for."

The Macy's at the Cherry Hill Mall will get Beautified tomorrow. Find someone in a "Beautiful Creatures" tee between 6 and 8 p.m. and say "I want to be Claimed" to receive a black velvet-wrapped heart-shaped box filled with chocolates, half light, half dark.

* The Free Library of Philadelphia announced that "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer will be at the Free Library's Central Branch for a book-signing at 11 a.m. on Fri., Feb 22. She'll be promoting her next book-to-movie adaptation, "The Host."

'Idol' gals

"American Idol" sways to the beat of the sounds of Philadelphia Wednesday, when local contestants perform on the first night of Hollywood week.

Keep an eye out for Bucks County's Courtney Calle, 16, a Council Rock North junior, and Taylor Rand, 19, a waitress at Chickie's & Pete's and bartender at Italian Market spot Connie's Ric Rac every Thursday.

We hear that both Philly ladies get screen time on Wednesday's telecast. Check 'em out on Fox at 8 p.m.

Charitably minded

* Wednesday, NFL vet and Temple and Dobbins grad Raheem Brock will host a dinner at fancy-shmance Indian restaurant Tashan (777 S. Broad St., 267-687-2170, mytashan. com). Tickets are $75 per person, $130 per couple, and include a four-course meal and open bar from 7 to 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Raheem Brock Foundation, supporting Philly's youth. WDAS legend Patty Jackson will host a live auction. Go to raheembrock. com to order tickets.

* Unfortunately, most restaurants won't let you bring a pet to dine with you on Valentine's Day, but considering that dogs are more loyal than most significant others, hit up the 23rd Street Armory (22 S. 23rd St.) Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for the Sixth Puppy Love Valentine's Party, hosted by Devil's Alley and Smokin' Betty's, which will provide grub and cocktails. There's also a silent auction and puppy-related swag. The best part? If you don't have a date, you'll get paired with a bachelor or bachelorette dog to sashay you around the par-tay. All proceeds benefit the PSPCA. Go to smokinbettys. com for tickets.

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