January 20, 2013
DEAR ABBY : My daughter was recently married. My niece - a talented artist - hand-painted flowers on wine glasses for the dinner reception following the ceremony. They were intended to be keepsakes for each of the adult guests. At the end of the evening, I gathered four glasses from our family's table. When I turned around, the four glasses were gone. Glasses disappeared from our table, the head table, and my niece's (the artist). The following day, someone mentioned to me that they had seen certain guests leave with four to six glasses each.
April 22, 2012 |
For a few hours Sunday, they agreed to miss the Flyers playoff game and held off on those "Honey-do" lists of household chores. Instead, the South Jersey Men's Club made nearly 400 peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches for a group of eaters they'll never meet - men and women with outstanding bench warrants for alleged nonviolent offenses. The sandwiches were just one slice of the rewards for hundreds of wanted people expected to turn themselves in over the next few days at an Atlantic City church as part of New Jersey's Fugitive Safe Surrender program.
August 10, 2012 |
PHILLY.COM It's combination flash mob and pop-up picnic, intended to provide a midsummer night's communal experience to 1,300 people who have signed up to dress in white and dine and dance till midnight. Dîner en Blanc, which a whimsy-seeking Parisian launched in 1988 with just a handful of friends, will make its Philadelphia debut Aug. 23; it sold out last week. Dîner en Blanc's location is secret until just before mealtime, when guides lead attendees - carrying their own tables, chairs, food, wine, and picnic fixings - to the outdoor venue, selected because of its visibility and access to public transit.
August 8, 2016
ISSUE | MEDIA John E. McMullan set the Inquirer's course John E. McMullan, who died Monday in Cutler Bay, Fla., at age 95, was a key figure in the transition of the Philadelphia Inquirer from the Walter Annenberg days to today. He took over the scandal-plagued Inquirer on Jan. 1, 1970, at age 48 for Knight Newspapers and immediately improved it. Annenberg's Inquirer had a history of feuding with prominent figures he disliked, including gubernatorial candidate Milton J. Shapp.
October 6, 2011 |
What does family dinner look like at your house? The Cosby Show or Leave It to Beaver but with texting teens? A scene from Modern Family ? Or The Simpsons , but with better food? The ritual of gathering for a meal may look a bit like any of these. Or not. That's the beauty of family dinner: It may bring together a mom, dad, preteen, and toddler - or a trio of fresh-out-of-college roommates for pizza, or a quartet of friends for a potluck - sharing different stories and different foods.
January 21, 2016 |
As restaurant culture keeps trending toward the casual, formal, white-tablecloth restaurants like Le Bec-Fin are going the way of the dodo. Today, jeans are just fine at dinner, and counter seating is an option at spendy restaurants like the Catbird Seat in Nashville, Square Root in New Orleans, and Vernick in Philadelphia. How does the "casualfication" of dining relate to etiquette, a dusty term that sounds like something out of a Jane Austen novel? In their new book, Which Fork Do I Use?
June 19, 2011 |
The first time Suzanne Kourlesis and Marty Kisliuk saw the site where they would build their Westampton home, the builder, Gary Gardner of Medford, had to convince them they would not feel lost in a forest. "There were so many trees that we couldn't imagine a place for a home," Kourlesis recalls, sitting on the deck looking over what is still a woodland paradise. Nature retains its primacy here and seems barely intruded upon, despite the presence of the contemporary home and lap pool, which are surrounded by stonework created by Moorestown contractor Massimo Procaccini.
April 26, 2012 |
DEAR VERY HIP City Restaurateur: I think it's time we had another talk. It's about your small plates. Well, not specifically the plates themselves — some of which, if we're being honest, stretch the definition of "small. " Rather, what we need to talk about is the manner in which these plates are brought to the table. Your "coursing," to use the au courant terminology — or more precisely, your lack thereof. You know what I'm talking about: Two of us show up at your restaurant and your chirpy server suggests that we order two "or three or four" small plates per person.
July 1, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I completely understand that people have very different expectations about who will pay at a celebratory "let's go out to XX restaurant" night. What I struggle with is how to know who will pay. I received an Evite from the birthday girl to join her at a restaurant with a hipster bar, and because I love her and want to celebrate, I RSVP'd yes. Because I am short of money, I planned to buy the b'day girl a drink, stay for an hour, give her a little gift, and head out. My plan was quashed, though.
May 8, 2013 |
In 2008, Philadelphia dancer Makoto Hirano formed a company called Team Sunshine Performance Corporation with actor Benjamin Camp and director Alex Torra . For a year and a half, the three have been working on JapanAmerica Wonderwave , which premiered Thursday at Christ Church Neighborhood House. Fans of Thaddeus Phillips' work may remember Hirano as part of the cast of 2011's Whale Optics , but in JapanAmerica Wonderwave he is the dominant spirit, with Camp as a supportive foil, in an examination of how we process distant tragic events and assimilate them into daily life.