June 25, 2015 |
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.
May 21, 2015 |
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.
April 22, 2015 |
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)
July 8, 2014 |
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.
June 2, 2013 |
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.
December 6, 2012 |
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.
October 3, 2012 |
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.
August 29, 2010 |
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)
March 10, 2009 |
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.
August 31, 2008 |
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.