June 11, 2014 |
THE DINNER that launched a thousand tweets was not part of any sort of hazing, Lane Johnson said yesterday. In fact, the $17,747.86 tab he posted over the weekend for a "rookie dinner" at Del Frisco's was split among himself and fellow Eagles offensive linemen Todd Herremans and Evan Mathis, Johnson said. "I probably should have [given] it some clarity," Johnson concluded after the Eagles finished their organized team activity session on a steamy Monday afternoon. There are several themes one could pursue here, including conspicuous consumption/income disparity, with a group of football players racking up a dinner tab that equals at least several months' salary for some of their fans.
June 6, 2014 |
Even though the party didn't start till 5 p.m., Christian McKinney's grandmother and younger brother were waiting in the lobby of Lawton Elementary School at 3. "Do you want to help in the kitchen?" I asked Brandon, 9. "Me? he said with incredulous delight. "Mom-mom, Mom-mom, I get to help cook!" he cried, literally jumping up and down. For our last cooking class, each of my fifth-grade chefs had invited two guests for a dinner of buttermilk roasted chicken and pasta salad, the menu chosen from their favorite dishes of those we had cooked over the last nine weeks.
May 8, 2014 |
Billed as "magical realism," Jose Rivera's play Brainpeople seems more like psychotic realism. Luna Theater's production of the well-known playwright's one-act - Rivera wrote Marisol and the screenplay for Motorcycle Diaries , among others - features three accomplished actors in three ridiculous roles. Mayannah (Jessica Gruver) is rich, beautiful, and tormented by the death of her parents when she was 8 years old. For reasons mainly unintelligible, each year on the anniversary of this sad event, she invites two strangers to a lavish meal.
April 24, 2014 |
Hello there Spotting Charlie at their mutual friends' rehearsal dinner, Alexis walked over to say hello. They had met a few years before, when Alexis, who is from Mount Airy, was a student at Barnard College in New York, and Charlie, from Glencoe, Ill, was at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. Mutual friends had a party at Penn. Alexis hadn't thought about Charlie until a few weeks before that June 2010 wedding, when another mutual friend suggested they might get along.
April 13, 2014 |
MONTGOMERY COUNTY When a group of Montgomery County Republican leaders and their biggest donor gathered Monday night for a closed-door dinner at a King of Prussia steak house, one of the invited guests was Robert Kerns, the former party chair who resigned last year amid allegations that he raped a woman who worked at his law firm. Two of those in the room, along with Kerns' successor as county party chair, said the gathering at the Capital Grille was nothing more than a private social event.
March 28, 2014 |
As I walked through the front door at Henry W. Lawton School with five students in tow, all of us lugging pots and pans and bags of groceries, the school police officer stopped us cold. "Hey, hey, wait a minute," said Raymond Mahon, getting up from his desk and blocking our passage. "What's all this? Where are you going?" "Cooking class," I said, explaining that I had checked in earlier before retrieving the children to help me carry stuff from my car. "It's all approved through the office," said Mark "Doc" Hawkins, the fifth-grade teacher helping with the after-school project.
March 11, 2014 |
FRED DILGER was a big-time residential designer in Manhattan and Atlanta when, he said, "You get to the end of the rainbow and you ask, 'Is this all there is?' I wanted something more. " Seven years ago, he found that something. He suddenly gave up his career and all his worldly possessions to become a Franciscan friar in Kensington, living among and feeding the poor. At St. Francis Inn, the core team of Franciscan friars, nuns and lay staff served 151,699 hot meals last year to the neighborhood's most desperately poor men, women and children.
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.
March 10, 2014 |
The next big show at the Kimmel Center is going to be one of its most expensive tickets: dinner. The performers? Celebrity Iron Chef Jose Garces and his team. The set? Volvér, a much-awaited jewel box dining room in the Kimmel Center. And not only will its tasting menus instantly become the city's priciest meal, with food alone fluctuating between $150 and $250, it will also become Philly's first restaurant to sell those seats online as a "ticketed experience," prepaid and nonrefundable.
February 14, 2014 |
Along with the drugstores' heart-shaped boxes, they should probably offer free first-aid kits on Valentine's Day, because no other holiday inspires so much well-meaning, overambitious, and underexperienced cooking. Still, if it doesn't send involved parties to the emergency room, the right home-cooked meal could be an important turning point in a relationship, the moment of dawning realization that this thing could actually last. Food legend is filled with such recipes - engagement chicken and marry-me lasagna and kiss-me kugel - dishes that are supposedly so delicious that they inspire proposals or at least romantic escalation.