July 11, 2016 |
This week, on the ground floor of Philadelphia's original Ritz-Carlton, where patricians once frequented that hotel's lavish Empire Dining Room and Ritz Bar, customers lined up at Wawa's deli counter. The transformation of the posh Broad and Walnut hotel, from high-society hangout to Hoagiefest's home, suggests just how much Center City and its dining options have changed. Wawa's occupancy of what was a grand hotel lobby also has helped to further obscure the significant sports history that took place in that building, 20 or so floors above the provolone and pickles.
September 15, 2015 |
True story: I can now say I've been "styled" by Tyra Banks . She curled her long, slender fingers through my knotty locks and made me look respectable for our posed pictures. She flashed that trademark "smize" (Tyra-speak for smiling with your eyes). Earlier today wit ms. @tyrabanks pic.twitter.com/xQiE0I1usv — Jenny DeHuff (@PhillyGossipDN) September 11, 2015 The supermodel/businesswoman/entrepreneur/sex symbol sat down with a small crew of journalists last week at the Ritz-Carlton (10 Avenue of the Arts)
September 1, 2015 |
Just who will be Philly's next first lady? The likely next mayor says, "Mind yo biz. " Not that Melissa Murray Bailey doesn't stand a chance at making mayor - hell, if her performance at Stu Bykofsky 's last Candidates Comedy Night was any indication of her aptitude, she'd kill it in tact and diplomacy . . . and at the very least, in making us laugh at press conferences. But that hasn't stopped some from begging the question: Who will be the first lady if and when Jim Kenney gets elected mayor of our fair city?
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.