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Get your meatball on

Marabella Meatball Co. and three other food shops will be filmed this week for the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise."

Cameras from Travel Channel's Food Paradise series will be in town Thursday to Saturday to gather footage.

Marabella Meatball Co. and three other establishments will be filmed.

Marabella's (1211 Walnut St.) is going all out from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, inviting the public to eat meatballs during the shooting. For $15, you get four meat or veggie balls with toppings and crostini. The first 50 customers an hour will be guaranteed seating.

Also on the Food Paradise shooting schedule:

  1. Neptune Diner in Lancaster (Thursday)

  2. Jake's Sandwich Board in Center City (Friday, noon to 2 p.m.)

  3. Hot Diggity on South Street (Saturday at opening). Keith Garabedian will unveil house-made sodas.


Jake's Sandwich Board's garlicky Garlic Bomb cheesesteak will be featured. The shop is looking for two or three people willing to attempt to eat the two-foot, three-pound sandwich, which has roasted garlic spread, sauteed garlic and deep-fried garlic cloves mixed into a regulation cheesesteak. To complete the challenge, the eater also has to finish 24 Peanut Chews, 12 Tastykakes, 4 Soft Pretzels and 1 Champ Cherry Soda. To get in on this email