Friday, November 20, 2009


Thursday, November 19, 2009


Last week I was invited to photograph "Behind the Scene" of a Where Magazine Cover Shoot of the Bacon Brothers, Bunny Sigler and a Mummer to further the campaign of the "Save The Mummers" Campaign (WOW on Where, they have been getting some really nice cover shots lately). The shot was done at Christopher Gabello's Center City Studio. Chris is one of the nicest, most professional photographers around. He has a lot of fun projects going on like the "Varga Calendar" project he is doing for Varga Bar. I was in his studio a few weeks back to do the "Behind the Scenes" shot with Monique Crawford.
And here's an outtake that I don't think will be in the calendar. OK back to Bacon and company.
The Bacon brothers and Bunny Sigler & Polish String Band Mummer Jim Werner are doing a great thing... They 're helping to raise money for the Mummers, to save the Mummers to make up for the funds that were cut in the budget.

They're playing a concert at the Electric Factory DECEMBER 5, 2009 with all the proceeds going to save the mummers. Read all about it here.
Kevin Bacon reported back that he appreciated Christopher Gabello's professionalism and proficiency. He said that he is “rarely involved in photo shoots that run so smooth and are actually enjoyable”.

& that's so true. I did the whole shoot on my lunch hour, it was so prepared and shot so quickly.
Hilda Bacon with attorney Christopher Cabello. It was here I got to apologize to Hilda for botching her name in the Inquirer earlier this year at a shoot that occurred at a WXPN event. I accidentally spelled her name Hilga Bacon. She ribbed me a bit on that one.
All those involved in the shoot that day - The Talent, Producers, Ettore's Hairsalon and the entourage. Lloyd Zane Remick, Chris Cabott, Where Magazine's Laura Burkhardt and Karen Gross; Ettore ,
Bunny Sigler, Kevin Bacon, Michael Bacon and Hilda Bacon, Polish American Stringband Mummer Jim Werner, Christopher Gabello and friends.

It's odd the annotations don't show up on this clip. Kevin Bacon, Bunny Sigler, Mummer Jim Werner and Michael Bacon

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Food Network star Guy Fieri Comes to Philadelphia Tonight

Food Network star Guy Fieri believes in the power of food according to the Connecticut Post

Last night Fieri opened his two-hour "food-a-palooza" (Fieri's word) in Connecticut last night. The dynamic culinary personality takes the stage to present interactive cooking segments, demos and behind-the-scenes stories from his life on the road.

He doesn't just believe food is meant to nourish our bodies and give us energy. No, anyone who's familiar with the platinum-haired, hyper-kinetic star of "Diners,

Drive-Ins and Dives" and other shows knows he believes that if you aren't sucking down your weight in cheeseburgers, barbecue and other high-cal delicacies, you aren't really living.

Perhaps he has a point. After all, as he pointed out during a recent phone interview, so many important occasions in our lives are tied to food.

In Philly the show will open with a performance by Australian bartender Hayden "Woody" Wood and an appearance from local Cheese steak guru Tony Luke, Jr, who you need to catch in his debut movie "The Nail" out on video now. Tony Luke Jr and Guy Fieri will serving up a few cheesesteaks while the Philly Cheese Steak song is playing in the background:

This event was a "Press Junket" held at the Kimmel Center a few weeks back. That's when the "celeb" comes to town to promote an upcoming event, which is TONIGHT at The Merriam. Tickets are still Available. Also Fieri is on the cover of this months Where Magazine (check back later this week for my behind the scenes coverage of Kevin Bacon on the cover of Where Magazine), so the publisher Laura Burkhardt brought a blow up of the cover and had him sign it, as well as a few magazine covers which will be donated to various charities for silent auctions. (Thanks to Laura for bringing me along thinking it would be something fun to cover, it was)

Fieri told us that he has a six-foot-tall blender that will crank out 25 gallons of margaritas, I'm sure that will be a crowd favorite.

Where Magazine Publisher Laura Burkhardt, Chef Guy Fieri and Where Magazine Editor Karen Gross This shot appeared in Michael Klein's column last week. I knew immediately that is was the kind of shot he would like. Laura asked Guy if he liked scrapple. Guy said yes, but only scrapple that's made of pigs butt, cause then at least he knows where the meat came from.
I drove by this morning and Guy's tour bus is outside the theater.
From Guy's Website
Guy's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (Philadelphia locations)
Silk City Diner
435 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123

The Dining Car & Market
8826 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19136

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


(this was an interview I did 2 weeks ago w/great stories on how Jen got started. The latest entry I've done is here: but it's not the entry where she is asked to pack her knives.)

The Top Chef: Las Vegas season premiered August 19th, 2009 with two Philadelphia chefs featured on the show. Now nearing the end of this season one of my favs, someone who I adore is still standing strong. Chef Jennifer Carroll of 10 Arts at the Ritz-Carlton on Broad Street in Philadelphia.
Every week since the show premiered, 10 Arts has had a viewing party on Wednesday evening. Back in August Jen's mom, Joan Elizabeth Carroll, who I met at the premiere party, wrote me to tell me that she liked my blog invited me to come any Wednesday to watch the show with them. Finally I had Wednesday free and I took her up on her offer. First I asked Jen a few questions that some of my readers were curious about (Nothing revealing as mums the word with her on the TV Show. She's got a good poker face.)
1) She swears she never thought about which brother was cuter. (I don't believe her)
2) Robin is exactly like you saw on TV, very intense and serious about her work.
3) Jen hasn't had any direct marriage proposals, but her dad, who's a race car driver, has fielded a few at work and is keeping a list.
4) The actual experience on Top Chef was much more intense than anything she ever experienced, especially because she wasn't working in a familiar kitchen, with familiar ingredients or under familiar conditions. The desert was hotter than you could imagine.

Jennifer's biggest fan is no doubt her mother, who never misses a Wednesday. There was a lot of laughter the night I was there (Jen was only with me about 5 minutes as she must stay in the kitchen when the show is on.) Made me wish I had spent more than just this one night there. Maybe we can catch the reruns next year.
Jen told me she was surprised at how stressful the show turned out to be. She's been an avid viewer for every season and thought that it would be more fun. I asked her why her bubbly personality doesn't come thru on the show, the one I get to see all the time. She told every aspect of the show her being on the job, and when she is "on the job" then she takes it very seriously as she does with her own job, plus it's a competition and she takes that seriously too. I had no idea but either she or her 1st Chef, Alberto, inspect every single dish that leaves the kitchen at 10 Arts.

Joan Elizabeth Carroll, Uncle & God Father Tom Lynch, Chef Jennifer Carroll, Kristine Lynch and Aunt Debbie Lynch ;
Doing the Top Chef program was the last thing Jen was thinking of doing, she had a full plate with 10 Arts, getting it off the ground, continuing to grow the restaurant, but Chef Eric Ripert encouraged her to do it. She's glad she did. She's so honored to be competing a long side of these top caliber chefs from around the United States, and even more excited to cook for some of the many chefs she admires. She loves cooking for the French chefs as that is where her heart lies having worked under Chef Eric Riper at Le Bernardin in New York City. She's really excited to be cooking for Chef Thomas Heller this week. (BTW Thomas Keller is at the King of Prussia Mall Friday at 1PM) I know a lot of my readers want to know about who Jen is dating: Currently Jennifer Carroll is married to her work, but is single and open to meeting a nice guy.

Mary Beth Carroll and Sunny
The Carroll & Lynch crew watch the chef's review.
Jen always enjoyed cooking. One of her first "dinner parties" was held in her family's backyard for her pets Camper the bunny and Scamper the guinea pig. It seems that that first meal of water and flour didn't turn out to well as scamper ran off after the meal.

Joan tells me that Jen was also concerned for feeding the birds in the neighborhood. After a rainstorm she would dig up the worms, place them on sticks and hang them on the fence for the birds.

In a couple weeks, 10 Arts will be rolling out a new menu which will might include variations of some of the dishes the Jen cooked on Top Chef. She can't cook the actually recipes as those are owned by the Top Chef organization, but do look for the Rabbit, which was one of Jen's favorite dishes. Currently there is rabbit on the 10 Arts Menu and it is delicious.

Also 10 Arts will be rolling out a two course lunch menu in a couple weeks, as well as having a $35, three course dinner served Tuesday thru Thursday.

This year they are also serving Thanksgiving Dinner.

Becoming a celebrity chef hasn't changed Jen much except more people want to meet the chef that just prepared their meal, but Jen would rather they come into the kitchen and meet her. She says her staff is used to that, and sure enough towards the end of the show I popped in for a picture. Jen wasn't there, she was upstairs interviewing another assistant chef as the restaurant has gotten so busy they've needed to hire more people.
Joan told me that her daughter Jen, the middle child, is fearless, a daredevil. When her sister Jessica (Kristine Lynch, Jessica Carroll and Patti Lynch) turned 30, Jen blindfolded both her mom and Jessica and drove them to an undisclosed location. When they took off their blindfolds they discovered that Jen had arranged for them all to go sky diving, even though none of them had ever done it before. They had a ball. Jen tells me she'd like to do it again. (OK there must be an adventurous guy out there who wants this well rounded fun women. I know Jen's single and terrific.)Joan doesn't know the outcome of any of the episodes and can be a bundle of nerves during the judging, and sits pensively waiting to see if her daughter has made it through another round.

Jen loves magic and Joan was surprised when the dish Jen made which was inspired by the Excalibur Hotel wasn't as magical. (It was a heartbreaking episode to see Jen so upset, but own it too.)
What a relief for everyone at the table as Jen's still standing, and really why wouldn't she, she knows her stuff. Although she's had a few missteps she's fare well over the past few competitions. Don't be surprised if she's the winner or right up there at the top. I think it's gonna be hard to beat that Kevin.

Do yourself a favor and go watch the Top Chef on one of the remaining Wednesdays, you can catch it in the bar area, but if you want a table in the dining room I suggest you make a reservation as the room was packed with Jen fans last Wednesday, many of who asked to meet Jen and sign a menu.

And if you're lucky maybe Joan Carroll will invite you to sit at her table. I sure do appreciate it as it was fun and informative.

I'll be back in December when 10 Arts will be having two closing finale parties 12/2 & 12/9; Having your Chef compete in Top Chef calls for an party, having her succeed to the Top 5 calls for extraordinary party.
One of Jen Carroll's favorite food to eat and cook with is beets: On October 28, Jen participated in a charity event called Dish It Up! and won

Monday, November 16, 2009

Twilight Stars at Cherry Hill Mall Last Week - Twilight: New Moon opens Nationwide 11/20/09

Grand Court Concert by Hurricane Bells, the band featured on the movie sound track 4:30PMNordstrom, BP Department, Third Level Exclusive Photo Session with 75 pre-selected fans

Turn up volume to 10 and that is what it was like - LOL

then from 5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Hot Topic Meet & Greet and Fan Autograph Signing for 500 wristband holders
We didn't need Robert Pattinson or Kristen Stewart to get the crowd excited for the release of Twilight 11/20/09, we had Daniel Cudmore and Charlie Bewley who drew at least 500 fans to their signing and later Q&A.
Did you know:

A small logging town in the U.S. has seen an astonishing 1000 per cent increase in tourism thanks to the vampire blockbuster saga Twilight.

Forks, in , is the setting for a story about the romance between vampire Edward Cullen - played by British actor - and Bella Swan - acted by .

Tourism chiefs have set up a dedicated page for fans planning to visit the town -
New Moon is a fantasy-romance novel by author Stephenie Meyer, and is the second book in the Twilight series. According to Meyer, the book is about losing true love.[1] The title refers to the darkest phase of the lunar cycle, indicating that New Moon is about the darkest time of the protagonist Bella's life.[2] The book was originally released in hardcover in 2006, following the successful publishing of Meyer's debut novel Twilight.
According to Alex Cannistraci, also from Marlton, said she wished she could have the stars autograph her cell phone. “But we’re not allowed,” she explained. “They will give us a poster that they will sign right here.”
Play screaming video again
Daniel Cudmore and Charlie Bewley, both new faces to the “Twilight” film saga, said they are very excited about becoming a part of the phenomenon.

“Right now, this is an incredible position for anyone to be in,” Bewley said at a press conference Wednesday. “It’s unparalleled. It’s wonderful.”
According to Michael Klein and the Insider:

Q102's Joey Brooks hosted an appearance Tuesday at Cherry Hill Mall by actors Charlie Bewley and Daniel Cudmore of the movie The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

What the thousand screaming fans didn't know is that Brooks had just given notice at the station.

The afternoon DJ, who also serves as Q102's assistant program director and music director, told the radio trades that he is bound for CHUM in Toronto and will start there doing afternoons Dec. 1.

He started at Q in 2006.

My guess is Charlie Bewley is looked at as the sexier vampire in this duo. The audience really reacted to him and his antics.
showing a little skin
subtle smokin'
MIDNIGHT SHOWINGS: Twilight Saga New Moon at 12:01 a.m. Friday November 20 (Thursday night) at United Artists
this shot was in the Phila Inquirer. I love it.
Ewww the fans call for his water bottle. Yikes.
New Moon TV Appearances coming up
Charlie Bewley hands his bottle over to the crowd (eww)
and a friendly cat fight ensues
One lucky fan got a hug from Charlie Bewley for her birthday
WOW for her