Friday, November 18, 2011

Primo Hoagies: The Minetti With Love and With Love Italian Hit Stores

In celebration of National Sandwich Day on November 3, Primo Hoagies hosted theWith Love Primo Hoagies Invitational to determine what ingredients will be used to build Primo’s new With Love hoagie, available at all 80-plus stores across the region for one year.

Jen Lenher with contestant Michael Minetti, whose formula was Hot Ham Capicola, Oven-Roasted Turkey, thinly sliced Pepperoni, Hot Pepper Cheese, Mozzarella, Lettuce, Tomato, light Oil, Salt, Pepper, Oregano. he came up with this recipe in college at a deli near his dorm. Now he creates it at home, but hopes to just pick it up at Primo's.

Prior to the invitational, hoagie enthusiasts submitted their sandwich recipes using a list of Primo Hoagies-approved ingredients at Representatives from Primo’s selected their five top finalists from 107 submissions, and the hoagie makers met at The Shops at Liberty Place to show off their creations and vie for three honors: People’s Choice (public vote), Reader’s Choice (determined by and the With Love hoagie winner.

Primo's Michael DeJulius, Colette Neigre, Audrey Neigre and Nicky Papanier.
Contestants Mikey Ilagan and Michael Minetti were high school buds.
The Judges That Day: Chris Stigall of 1210 WPHT, Colette Neigre with City Councilman Jim Kenney, Ashley Primas, Inquirer and Michael Klein,
You won't be a loser if you have The Minetti With Love today.

pick up a few. The With Love hoagies are just one of the many ways consumers can experience GPMTC’s With Love promotion. Launched in 2009, GPTMC’s With Love, Philadelphia XOXO™ campaign appeals to many different audiences through various letters addressed to travelers. Penned by the city itself, the letters let a bit of Philly “atty-tude” through while extending the invitation to visit.
The Minetti With Love:Michael Minetti, a resident of Conshohocken, won all three competitions. His recipe included hot capacola, Thumann’sHomestyle turkey breast, thinly sliced pepperoni, hot pepper cheese and mozzarella cheese. The hoagie is topped with lettuce, tomato, light oil and salt, pepper and oregano.


Last night if you drove by Table 31, there was an impressive line up of cars and limos.
Don Marrandino, President of the Eastern Division for Caesars Entertainment Corporation (largest gaming company in the world), Janine, Ike Reese, WIP AFTERNOONS Mike and Ike show, John Spagnola is a former pro football player and is from the Lehigh Valley. Chef Chris Scarduzio, Bob Marrandino, 610 WIP's Anthony Gargano and Former Phillies Pitcher Larry Anderson. They were in town to celebrate Caesars relationship with Scarduzio and his new restaurant in Showboat Atlantic City called Scarduzio's Restaurant at Caesar's Showboat Casino Hotel.
Table 31 Executive Chef Gregory Smith and his sister Devon. (I had a steak last night; it was delicious!)
Chris Preate, and Justin Wineburg, both from Cozen O'Connor (Thanks to Chris & Justin for donating Four seats in Superbox 1, Center Ice. for my charity event on Monday at Flemings Steakhouse in Marlton for Gilda's Club of SJ,) and Tamar Olitsky. Also seen about Michele Seidman, WIP Sports Guy Mike Quick, Howard Eskin, Film maker Jared Kotler, Ralph Tradan, Roush Racing, DJ Johnny Looch and others.
Actress Gina Lynn, Steve Rockman and guest. Gina Lynn is hot and heavy these days with creating her new wine called Curvy Rabbit Wine. It should launch soon, right now they are still in the which wine should be branded stage and they are holding a lot of tastings. I'd say something sweet, independent and sexy?
Around 1AM it was time for me to pack it in for the night. Gina Lynn on the other hand was just getting started, see her on the left kicking up her heels and looking fabulous.
Speaking of which the night before Thanksgiving Table 31 has a dinner that you might enjoy. Check it out above

Thursday, November 17, 2011

OUGHT OH - Why are the Trees at Washington Square Park missing bark & Other Fall Shots

If you've been following my tweets you know I am having a wicked busy 2 weeks; Plus doing multiple Philly Mag posts so check it out today for my latest celebrity pick. Gotta shoot something at noon so I apologize for just posting eye candy shots without comment or any blog post I promised. Did you ever wonder why the trees at Washington Sq Park were missing their bark near the base of tree?



Philadelphia, PA – On Sunday, November 20, 2011, COOK will open its doors to the public for an apple pie-making event just in time for Thanksgiving. From 5:00pm to 8:00pm, the public is invited to COOK to bake pies for a good cause. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the SHARE Food Program, which focuses on providing affordable, wholesome food to the local community. To date, SHARE has supplied over 17.5 million pounds of food to area food banks and served over 192,000 households.

Jillian Brainard of SHARE and Jackie Baik of COOK, have taken care of the hardest part about hand-making pies: the pie dough of course! Pie dough and filling for apple pies will be provided to attendees to build and bake their own pies at COOK for a $20.00 donation. Attendees are asked to bring their own pie tin and apron - all other materials and tools will be provided by COOK. They will also provide recipes, tips and may even give a demonstration on lattice-topped pie crusts. Christmas music will definitely be played and apple cider served to get everyone into the holiday mood. The retail pantry and cookbook library will also be open during the event so guests can get a jump-start on their holiday shopping. Be sure to stop by the corner of 20th and Rittenhouse the Sunday before Thanksgiving to SHARE a slice at COOK!

Date: Sunday, November 20, 2011
Time: 5:00-8:00pm
Cost: $20.00 (all proceeds benefit SHARE)
BYO: Pie pan and apron!
The SHARE Food Program is a nonprofit organization serving a regional network of community organizations engaged in food distribution, education, and advocacy. SHARE promotes healthy living by providing affordable wholesome food to those willing to contribute through volunteerism. SHARE works to build community through food with the central idea "Do good, feel good, eat good". For more information about SHARE go .

COOK, created by Audrey Clair Taichman, is a state-of-the-art, fully-equipped, sixteen-seat kitchen-classroom where guests discover, prepare and enjoy meals made by the Philadelphia area’s established and up-and-coming masters of food and drink. The collaborative space offers demonstrations by approximately twenty instructors per month, private events and also houses a bookstore, pantry and cookware boutique.

COOK Presented by Philadelphia Magazine - 253 S. 20th Street - Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 735-COOK (2665) -

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

2011 Philadelphia Whiskey Festival - A Note From Me

Had a great time last night at the Whiskey Festival. I had an event right before that I will be writing about tomorrow, so I only had an hour to capture the WF story. So I was a madman getting the shots I thought would make my column compelling and interesting. (I like to tell a story, I want you to tell me something interesting, I want to see fashion too.) Sorry if I didn't stop to say hi when you called out or waved, or if I couldn't remember your name. I really have terrible name recall. I would love it if when you greet me you tell me your name and or write it down on my pad, as I have very little time to try and figure it out. I really do appreciate you reading my blog, and supporting me, and am crushed when you think I don't care because I can't remember who you are. I'm just ditzy that way. Thanks for understanding. Happy Week Before Thanksgiving:)
David Lipson
, President at Publishing and Owner, Metrocorp including Philadelphia Magazine greeting guests and calling attention to the announcement of the winner from the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience, which was announced by Chris Chamberlain, of Capital Wine and Spirits.
Participant Bartenders in the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience Contest:
Chris Chamberlain, Capital Wine & Spirits, John Armstrong, Village Whiskey, Nicole Kelly, London Grille, Damon Danko Capital Grille, Robert Caskey Barclay Prime, Colin Shearn, Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co, Dave Marks, North 3rd and Carol Drumstas, market manager for PA/East at Brown Forman Beverages
delish .... Click Here for my Philly Mag column of the event:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Philadelphia Eagles have something to smile about

On Monday, November 14, 2011, Philadelphia Eagles Tight End, Brent Celek hosted his 2nd Annual Celebrity Server Night at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Philadelphia.
The event featured Celek and several of his teammates serving up the delicious dinners—with ticket proceeds benefiting sick children in the Philadelphia region through Brent Celek’s Take Flight Foundation. Eagles Brent Celek and Jon Dorenbos. No dishes were broke in the execution of dinner.
Event Hosts Tanya Smith, she co-hosted the Coach’s Show with Andy Reid for 2 seasons and then performed on-air segments with Couzin Ed and on "The Kid Chris Show". Now she is the voice for The Union, and can be seen on's segment "Down The Shore"; and Michael Barkann, Comcast Sports. Also spotted Shady McCoy.

Eagles Lineman Todd Herremans was wearing his mustache to the Brent Celek Morton's Steakhouse charity dinner, as he is participating in Movember (the month formerly known as November) is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for prostate awareness and other diseases that affect the male member. Michael Barkann and Ike Reese, partners on the Mike and Ike show on Sports Radio WIP.
Andrea Bardowell, Brent Celek, Johanna Uydess.
Eagles receiver Jason Avant has a career to fall back on if his Sunday job doesn't work out. The Take Flight Foundation has already distributed a Take Flight Zone to St. Christopher’s Hospital. Last year’s event raised over $100,000.
Jon and Julie Dorenbos. If you're coming to my Gilda's Club of SJ charity event, you might learn a few tricks from Jon as he will be stopping by and bringing his bag of tricks. That's worth the price of entry $25. It'd be great if you RSVP'd but you can purchase a ticket at the door too. RSVP to Mike Jerrick, Craig Robinson & a few surprises are also stopping by. (Thanks to Mike Hirata for shooting these on behalf of Check out my Philly Mag column after 10AM to see which event I went to last night)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook in Center City, Plus Lots of Celebrity Sightings at Eateries

Thank you to all my tipsters for your initial tips that allowed me to piece this entry together.


David O'Russell
brought his Silver Linings Playbook to Center City at the end of last week. Wednesday through Friday evening the production filmed at the Ben Franklin House' lobby. (Which by the way is now a Korman Suites & still an apartment building with medical offices. My dentist is there, I wanted to get an emergency appt but was too busy.) Sources tell me they were filming a scene where Jennifer Lawrence's character checks into the hotel, and Bradley Cooper is accompanying her. (The following 2 photos Facebook - BC News)
Bradley Cooper's character is Pat Peoples in the Silver Linings Playbook. He just go out of Norristown Hospital after 4 years, but he thinks it was only 4 months. I guess that's where the comedy part comes in, otherwise it sounds depressing. Clever that the production labels the chair Pat and not Bradley Cooper. Cooper did sign for peeps in the lobby, but for most of the two days the place was in lock down mode.

( Thanks to my advertisers this week: Secrets Limo ; CTO Entertainment;
Recess Lounge; Teuscher Chocolates; The Shops at Liberty Place; Del Frisco's - Book your holiday party now, and get $100 gift certificate with every booking. The LAB; Anne Nikolaus Stella Dot Jewelery. ; Christopher Gabello Studios ; Woodford Reserve; The Sporting Club (I've started training with Cliff there.)
Friday afternoon near Bradley Cooper's dressing room A Chick and Her Boobs were out running and met up with Cooper. Holly Cooper has stated to friends that her brother is no longer dating J-Lo, as I suspected last week on my Fox 29 Philadelphia segment. Read that Bradley Cooper is a mama's boy, and she didn't like her boy dating that fame whore. I hear she's dating a back up dancer, didn't she already do that? How'd that work out for you J-Lo?

Update: And with the above HC tidbit tweeted, Holly Cooper contacted me. Sweet girl, great cook. Check out her FB page with lots of delicious food pictures: (Holly didn't give me any of the info on this page besides link to her FB).
Friday night there was a wedding in the Ben Franklin Ballroom, so Silver Linings Playbook vacate the lobby and move to another location. Performing at that wedding was Erika Schiff from American Idol and “I Married A Mobster” and Tiffany Dawson, Glam Luxe. Sunday the duo were guests of Dr Oz at the Philadelphia Eagles game. Tiffany, John Bolaris, Dr Oz, Erika Schiff and Timmy Ciccone (wonder if he's related to Madonna?) OK back to the movie, where did Silver Linings Project go..

Friday night, they took the filming outside to Jewelers Row to film a Christmas Scene. (Mike Jerrick Twitter)
Talking about rocks: Congrats to my friends Jill Rizen and Andrew Hennig on their engagement at Barclay Prime Saturday night.
Later that night, after filming was done, actor Chris Tucker grabbed dinner at Tashan, then partied at G Lounge.

Saturday Sightings:

Julia Stiles headed to dhyana yoga on Walnut Street Saturday around noon to take a class w/

Bradley Cooper was at Tashan's on Saturday night with director David O' Russell, and cast members Jacki Weaver (who plays BC's mom), Brea Bee and Bollywood star Anupun Kher.

Robert De Niro had dinner at Talula's Table.Haley Joel Osment making his way down Broad St after his performance at in Red, which ended Sunday.

Brent Celek took a cell phone pix with a few fans ( Matthew Shindell, Matt Kanoff, Holly Steiner, Ashley Kanoff, Barrie Greenberg, Rachel and Marc Shaw) Friday night at Sampan. Chef/Owner Michael Schulson was

In Atlantic City where on Saturday night he he was the winner of cook off against in Atlantic City.

Team Derek gets a picture with Mohamed Ali as he arrives in town for Joe Frazier's funeral today. Also spotted Bernard Hopkins at Del Frisco's for dinner Sunday night.

Philly Peeps Elsewhere:Last week in LA there was a party for the Philly's Alex’s Lemonade, which raised more than $400,000 to fight childhood cancer. Some great folks in attendance including Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka above, Jimmy Kimmel, Laura Dern and more. Did that movie shot in Philly with Neil Patrick Harris ever hit the theaters, Bright Lights, Big City?

And Finally

Precious Director Lee Daniels attended the opening of "Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway", Thursday night. A couple events coming up:
Monday Jimmy Rollins Havana Nights 11/14/11; Tues Asante Samuel Poker Event at Whisper 11/15/11; Cocktails and Crafts: Event for a No Kill City 12/2/11
Fleming's Prime Rib Steakhouse