January 8, 1989 |
A festive atmosphere and decent food make Copperfield's an attractive place for South Jersey's younger set. In the tradition of T.G.I. Friday's and Bennigan's, Copperfield's is a good place for an after-work pick-me-up and quick, informal dinner. With bright lights and loud, almost deafening music, this spanking-clean, 17-month-old bar-restaurant is remarkably similar to H.T. McDoogal's, its predecessor, although the food is much better. Some relief from the general go-go atmosphere may be found in the far reaches of the rambling building where a raised, softer-lighted dining area is lined on two sides with bookcases reminiscent of a private library; books range from business management theory to Huckleberry Finn, but many are glued to each other or to the wall.
October 15, 2000 |
Terence Feury could have been feeling like a fish out of water, but he wasn't. On a recent weeknight, the 33-year-old executive chef of Striped Bass was excused from his usual post at 15th and Walnut to execute a chic seafood dinner for 12 at a private home in Society Hill. The occasion was a fund-raiser for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts held at the home of the hostess, academy board member Gabriele Lee. Cost to sample Feury's artistry would be $250 per person, and it would be his first experience since he arrived in Philadelphia nearly two years ago cooking a multi-course dinner in someone's home.
March 24, 1986 |
President Reagan, arriving in formal attire with Nancy for the annual Gridiron Club dinner Saturday night in Washington, told the 600 guests, including Washington reporters, that the evening was one "where Washington VIPS can break bread with Washington SOBs. " Reagan, who recently was overheard calling reporters "SOBs," acknowledged the ovation he was given by saying, "I know how hard it is to applaud with your fingers crossed. " Vice President Bush and Chief Justice Warren Burger also attended the white-tie dinner at which, by tradition, Washington journalists lampoon politicians.
August 2, 1998 |
In an attempt to encourage girls in middle schools to continue their studies in math and science, the Makefield Area Branch of the American Association of University Women put the spotlight on several young women who have excelled in those disciplines. Twenty-two seventh and eighth graders were recognized at a special dinner during the school year. They were selected by teachers in the Council Rock, Pennsbury, Morrisville and Neshaminy School Districts. "The dinner gives them a chance to relate to other girls who are succeeding.
July 23, 1999 |
If you've ever seen the movie "Soul Food," then you know a little something about Sunday dinners at "Mom" Winnie's. "Every Sunday, you never knew who was coming to dinner because there was always a big crowd," said Lucille Fleming, a daughter. "It would remind me of the fishes and the loaves. I used to wonder sometimes, 'How is she going to feed all these people?' "But she did it. " Word was, girlfriend's chitterlings could put you in hog heaven and she grated her own fresh coconut for those lip-smackin' pies.
February 4, 2010 |
Dinner was in danger. A crucial front burner wasn't working, the meat thermometer drew a blank, the skillets wouldn't fit in the oven as planned, and a pot holder caught fire. But as far as Karyn Scher knew, her prize dinner party was proceeding according to plan. Indeed, it was a prize - she'd bid hundreds of dollars for the dinner at a silent auction in the fall to benefit First Person Arts, a Philadelphia not-for-profit that celebrates the many forms of storytelling. Now Scher, a clinical psychologist, and her husband, Eddie Ohlbaum, a Temple University law professor, sat at either end of the dining room table in their Penn Valley home, entertaining 10 friends and feeling quasi-confident that calamity would not strike their kitchen.
November 16, 2012 |
IT MAY BE the Elmer Fudd of poultry, but the turkey can be a downright terrifying bird. As Thanksgiving bears down on home chefs everywhere, mocking images of Norman Rockwell perfection are enough to give even a confident cook a case of the jitters. There's just so much expectation stuffed into that bird, not to mention a table full of armchair quarterbacks eager to critique this most American of repasts. Thankfully, there are turkey-day experts to come to the rescue. We huddled with folks schooled in all things Thanksgiving, wise in the ways of roasting, pie making and sides.
September 13, 1989 |
Unlike a theater troupe, a new restaurant can't take its menu on the road to work out the kinks. So what's an executive chef to do? The new Rittenhouse condominium and hotel decided to invite the city's culinary elite to attend a private dinner designed to showcase its upscale Restaurant 210 (named after its address). And to ask for their critiques. "You could never do it in New York," said Gary Coyle, executive chef at the Rittenhouse, on the west side of Rittenhouse Square.
November 17, 2011 |
There are door prizes, and then there is walking away with a burlap bag stuffed with $1,000 in tens and twenties. That's the kind of "door prize" possible at a Stake dinner. A cash donation of $10 to $20 at the door (your decision, based on your wallet) gets you a three-course vegetarian meal (made from donated ingredients, cooked by volunteers) and a ballot listing a handful of nascent community projects looking for a financial boost. Between dinner and dessert, each project sends a representative onstage to plead its case.
March 10, 2014 |
This is a column about food. Because I'm on a diet. Since I can't have food, it's all I think about. I've been working a lot, and as you may know, I keep the TV on in my office when I work. And everything on TV is about food. In other words, it's TV's fault I gained a permanent 10 pounds. Half the shows on TV are cooking shows, and I watch every one of them. Rachael Ray, Anthony Bourdain, Martha Stewart, Lidia Bastianich, Mike Colameco, Ina Garten, and Nigella Lawson.