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.
June 26, 2014 |
THREE hundred LED light strips rain colors upon grass. Dozens of rainbow-hued hammocks dangle from sweet gum trees. Seventeen-foot-tall metal sculptures send mist onto passers-by. A boardwalk offers concessions and classic arcade games. Hydrangea and coneflowers sprout from bean-shaped floating gardens. Six-by-10-foot net pods cantilever over the Delaware River, awaiting people brave enough to climb in and hang out. There's a faux pebble beach with umbrellas and old-fashioned, Atlantic City-style sling-back chairs.
January 27, 2011
_ Two cooks in the kitchen will be just right Wednesday, as award-winning culinary writer Jessica Harris collaborates with Geechee Girl Rice Café (6825 Germantown Ave., 215-843-8113) chef/owner Valerie Erwin on a four-course BYOB dinner that will include Senegalese Chicken Yassa and Harris' Leg of Lamb with Rosemary and Lavender. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. $55, including tax and tip. Reservations are required. Harris is in town to speak about her latest book, "High on the Hog: A culinary journey from Africa to America," at the Central Library (1901 Vine St., 215-567-4341)
July 1, 2010 |
Great 30th birthday gift for an ambitious TV anchor: Rise from Market No. 17 to 4. CBS3 has hired Erika von Tiehl , turning 30 Wednesday, from CBS's Miami stations to fill the morning seat next to Ukee Washington . ( Liz Keptner's old job.) Von Tiehl, a Pasadena, Calif., native, told me that she started seven years ago, fresh out of Loyola Marymount, working out of a "single-wide trailer next to a cow pasture" in Eureka, Calif. (TV market No. 195). Two years later, she was in Buffalo (No. 52)
May 16, 2010
1. Jack Osbourne , The Osbournes 2. Kelly Osbourne , The Osbournes 3. Kim Kardashian , Keeping Up With the Kardashians 4. Kourtney Kardashian , Keeping Up With the Kardashians 5. Paris Hilton , The Simple Life 6. Heidi Klum , Project Runway 7. Tim Gunn , Project Runway 8. Jillian Michaels , The Biggest Loser 9. Danny Bonaduce , Breaking Bonaduce ...
October 14, 2011 |
AS AIRY as meringue and as sweet as a chocolate confection, the British foodie comedy "Toast" certainly goes down easily. Based on a memoir by English food writer Nigel Slater, this slight but whimsically enjoyable film charts his coming-of-age as a food enthusiast and gay youth, both of which were pretty difficult in mid-'60s Britain. Oscar Kennedy plays the preteen Nigel, a precocious kid with an interest in cooking even though his mother's idea of dinner is canned vegetables and toast.
October 8, 2009
Craig LaBan: Jose's ever-growing and multi-belled restaurant empire (Amada, Tinto, Distrito, Chifa, Village Whiskey) is a chat-room's favorite. But this visit is timely, because Sunday was the debut episode of his quest to become the Food Network's Next Iron Chef . Garces handily won the first challenge, to create a comfort food starter, with an Ecuadorian stew of annatto chicken broth and queso fresco. Things got scary in the next round with the some frightening ingredients ranging from duck tongues to unlaid chicken eggs.
January 20, 2011 |
T ANYKA RENEE , who plays for the Philadelphia Passion, is one of eight Lingerie Football League players to be pictured in the shower in the February Playboy . Renee, of Jamaican descent, wears nothing in the magazine, but wears No. 12 on the football field, where she plays offense and defense for the Passion. The Connecticut native works as a nutritionist in New York and stays in Philadelphia four days a week during the season. The Passion, undefeated this season, takes on the Tampa Breeze Jan. 29 in Jacksonville.
March 1, 2012 |
FAME-SEEKERS know there's no such thing as bad press. As long as you're on a page or a screen, you're making headway. Just ask Kim Kardashian. Or Snooki. But what if you're a chef or restaurant owner? Should you go on a reality show called "Kitchen Nightmares," where hot-headed, food-spitting British chef Gordon Ramsay will rip your menu and then rip you a new one? Do you really want 3 million viewers, including potential customers, peeking into your pantry, watching you lose your cool in the cooler, thinking your kitchen is a . . . nightmare?