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December 6, 2012 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Chef Eric Ripert is stepping away from his affiliation with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and its 10 Arts restaurant after nearly five years. He said a project in New York affiliated with his famed Le Bernardin required too much of his time. Ripert did say he will maintain his apartment next door at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton. Sous chef Nathan Volz, who manages 10 Arts' day-to-day operation, will continue to run the kitchen while Miguel Hernandez, the hotel's assistant food-and-beverage director, oversees the dining room.
NEWS
July 20, 2008 | By Rick Nichols, Inquirer Columnist
Given the counterintuitive, '70s-style "renewal" of the Ionic-columned rotunda in the Ritz-Carlton south of City Hall, it shouldn't be surprising that the BLT offered on the lunch menu is restyled as well - sleekly tailored, a sliver of seven-hour-braised pork belly undergirding it, and justifying, one could argue, a portion at least of its rather dear $15 price. But it is a little startling: The classic BLT is a homeboy, and when it travels, it is most often found at the Formica lunch counter, or local diner, its bacon, ideally still sizzling, sticking out like a happy cowlick.
FOOD
July 23, 2000 | By Craig LaBan, INQUIRER RESTAURANT CRITIC
There are no windows in the luxurious dining room of the newly christened Westin hotel Grill Room. Its walls are so padded with posh green upholstery and dark wood accents that it feels like eating inside a Victorian sofa. Alone. That's right. There are virtually no customers in this dining room. And it is Friday night. What a strange sensation to sit in a space so lavish, decked with fine linens and crystal, an orchid on every table, the antique breakfronts filled with china, and watch all these gracious padded armchairs remain empty.
NEWS
July 2, 1990 | By John Corr, Inquirer Staff Writer
The story has been told around here for generations, part of Philadelphia folklore. It tells how the old Ritz-Carlton Hotel came into being because a member of the distinguished Widener family was miffed at the staff of the Bellevue Stratford hotel. The new Ritz-Carlton is determined that nothing like that will ever happen inside its elegant walls. Service that surpasses pampering is the goal of the hotel, which will open in autumn at 17th and Chestnut Streets. Therefore, the management expects certain qualities in its 500-plus employees.
LIVING
January 16, 2001 | By Karen Heller, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Linda Robinson is drawing my bath. Usually, I do it myself. OK, usually I don't. The words usually and bath don't commingle in the utterances of working mothers except when applied to young children and products adorned with Goofy. The other bath oils, gifts from quixotic friends, gather dust, aging like vintage Bordeaux. When something becomes a rarity in modern life, someone will find a way to charge top dollar for it. Today, you can pay to take a bath. You can pay someone else to do the dirty work.
NEWS
November 17, 1990 | By PETER BINZEN
The opening of the $65 million Ritz-Carlton at Willard G. Rouse 3d's Liberty Place last week should have stirred fond memories of Philadelphia's first hotel of that name, which operated from 1912 until 1954. It should have but it didn't - at least not for anyone with clear remembrance of things past. The new Ritz-Carlton is a truly elegant joint. It's a worthy addition to the city's growing list of luxury hotels. The old Ritz-Carlton was, by today's admittedly higher standards, a dump.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
B RITTANY DANIEL , one of the blond-bombshell identical twins from the TV drama "Sweet Valley High," shared her story of surviving Stage 4 cancer at the American Association for Cancer Research's annual meeting last night in Center City. She had kept it under wraps for awhile, but Daniel was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011. Last year, she decided it was time to break her silence. "I felt like this was important to fully heal," Daniel told me. Hosted by the media-driven nonprofit Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C)
BUSINESS
December 8, 1989 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / SHARON J. WOHLMUTH
The 290-room Ritz-Carlton hotel is to open in the fall of 1990. The hotel will join the Four Seasons and the Rittenhouse in the competition for the luxury-lodging market in Philadelphia. The $60 million hotel, part of Rouse & Associates' Liberty Place project between 16th and 17th Streets along Chestnut Street, is planning to charge room rates of $180 to $265 a night.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2000 | JENNIFER MIDBERRY / DAILY NEWS
Two U.S. Postal Workers take a break from daily routines to check out the domed lobby of the new Ritz Carlton/Philadelphia, which opened yesterday on South Broad Street in the shadow of City Hall. The 331-room luxury hotel debuts just in time for the Republican National Convention, which kicks off on July 31. The $88 million renovated hotel, which will employ 450, was carved out of the former Girard Trust bank marble-domed building, built in 1908, and an adjacent office tower built in 1923 that was damaged in the 1991 One Meridian Plaza fire.
NEWS
November 27, 1988 | New York Daily News
Asian and European properties dominate the latest listings of the world's top 12 hotels, with one exception from the United States, New York's Carlyle, which was rated the best hotel in the America's and 12th best in the world. The rankings result from a survey by Institutional Investor, a monthly magazine for bankers and the global investment community. It has ranked the world's 50 best hotels since 1977 by surveying senior bankers from around the world. Rated the world's best - for the eighth consecutive year - was the Oriental in Bangkok.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff, Daily News Staff Writer
TICKETS are still available to a star-studded party with some major heavy hitters. The Hamels Foundation's sixth annual Diamonds and Denim charity event is tomorrow night at Vie (600 N. Broad St.). Heidi Hamels , once famed for taking her top off for peanut butter and chocolate cookies on season 18 of "Survivor," will be surrounded by many of her reality-TV-star sidekicks. She and her husband, Cole Hamels , will host more than 500 party people, including fellow Phillies and other professional athletes, celebrities and debutantes.
NEWS
May 21, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman
New York-based Carey Watermark Investors plans a $21.3 million renovation of the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia hotel after acquiring a majority interest in the property, the company said in a release. The renovation, to be done in a joint venture with previous full-owner Philadelphia Hospitality Partners, will cover the South Broad Street hotel's 299 guest rooms, lobby, ballroom and other spaces, Carey Watermark said. Work is due to be completed before the end of June 2016, the company said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
B RITTANY DANIEL , one of the blond-bombshell identical twins from the TV drama "Sweet Valley High," shared her story of surviving Stage 4 cancer at the American Association for Cancer Research's annual meeting last night in Center City. She had kept it under wraps for awhile, but Daniel was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011. Last year, she decided it was time to break her silence. "I felt like this was important to fully heal," Daniel told me. Hosted by the media-driven nonprofit Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
CONGRATS TO 6ABC's Brian Taff and wife Mara , who welcomed twin boys July 2. The twins, Brady Donovan and Sawyer Patrick , weighed in at 4 pounds, 11 ounces and 5 pounds 4 ounces, respectively. These are the Taffs' first children. In fact, the boys could serve as unofficial 6ABC mascots. Not only does Brian co-anchor the 4 p.m. newscast, but Mara works in the creative services department.   A 'Real' diva "Real Housewife of New York's" Aviva Drescher and the fam spent her July Fourth weekend in Philly, stopping by hotspots of all different stripes.
REAL_ESTATE
June 2, 2013 | By Christine Bahls, For The Inquirer
Until five years ago, the Pierce family - John Jr., wife Shawn, and their three children, Meghan, John III, and Thomas - spent their sleeping hours and weekends in a five-bedroom brick house in Moorestown. The rest of the time, all five were somewhere across the Delaware. Dad ran the Center City office of a major financial-investments company. Mom, a nurse practitioner specializing in vascular surgery, schlepped to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The boys attended St. Joseph's Prep on Girard Avenue, and Meghan went to Merion Mercy Academy in Merion Station.
FOOD
December 6, 2012 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Chef Eric Ripert is stepping away from his affiliation with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and its 10 Arts restaurant after nearly five years. He said a project in New York affiliated with his famed Le Bernardin required too much of his time. Ripert did say he will maintain his apartment next door at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton. Sous chef Nathan Volz, who manages 10 Arts' day-to-day operation, will continue to run the kitchen while Miguel Hernandez, the hotel's assistant food-and-beverage director, oversees the dining room.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2012 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer
THE LAST time you saw Jen Carroll on national TV, she was standing in front of the judges on "Top Chef All-Stars. " Carroll, a Somerton native, faced down Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons and Anthony Bourdain. The "cheftestant" stared at them. Hard. She also shared her feelings. Strongly. She was, in a word, displeased. Angry. Frustrated. Pissed off. After winning challenge after challenge on season 6 of "Top Chef" in 2009, and earning a spot in the finals that season, Carroll had come back to Bravo the next year to compete against other top non-winners from previous seasons.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2010 | By Rick Nichols, Inquirer Columnist
Among the come-ons in these last desperate days of August, we are seeing tomato feasts and three-martini lunches, and last week something called "The Five Bite Lunch" surfaced at 10 Arts, the bistro behind the towering columns of the Ritz-Carlton, south of City Hall. No harm in trying to jump-start the lunch trade. Lunch is a tricky business at the higher end at the end of summer, and the three-course menu that 10 Arts (home base of Top Chef star Jennifer "Chef Jen" Carroll, who's outta town until next month)
NEWS
March 10, 2009 | By Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections has an image problem, and Frances Burns knows it. Long lines. Rude workers. Inconsistent information. "One of the criticisms we've heard is customers are made to feel like they are the problem when they come into L&I," said Burns, the agency's commissioner since July. Enter the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. L.L.C. "The first step of service starts the moment you make eye contact," instructs Elizabeth Mullins, a vice president and area general manager of the hotel company.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2008 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Dressing down can be a tricky affair, especially for famous French chefs and fancy hotels. When it doesn't go smoothly, it can be as awkward as watching a rich uncle step out in tube socks and loafers. So I was intrigued to visit 10 Arts and discover what brand of casual chic would emerge from the collaboration between Philadelphia's Ritz-Carlton, the marble-columned temple of classic stuffy, and the modern French perfection of super chef Eric Ripert from New York's Le Bernardin. The Ritz, reliably upscale but lacking culinary personality, could use some star-power pizzazz.
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