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Radnor's Norman Cohn, one of the region's inveterate hosts, parted with a portion of his wine collection last weekend: Six thousand bottles.


Norman Cohn

, one of the region's inveterate hosts, parted with a portion of his wine collection last weekend:

Six thousand bottles.

The wines, housed in cellars in New Jersey and New York after he ran out of space at home, went up for auction at Zachys in New York. Took two days. Among the prizes was a three-bottle lot of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1959, which likely sold for north of $8,000. (Final sales figures were not available.)

Why sell? He says that he's about to turn 75 and "I want to let people enjoy what I've collected." He won't spill the total size of his collection, but hopes to "live to finish them all."

As part of a charity dinner at Zachys, the company auctioned off a dinner for 20 at the home of Cohn and his wife,


. It sold for $60,000, with the proceeds going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Roll 'em

City Hall was taken over yesterday by cast and crew of

The Verdict

, a pilot being shot by Lionsgate for Lifetime. Besides

Robin Givens


Madchen Amick

, the leads include two seasoned dudes -

James Naughton

(playing the patriarch of a media family) and

Robert Vaughn

(as a father-figure journalist) - and two studly soaps vets - locally raised

Chris Beetem

(he was

Chris Lapinski

before landing roles of Jordan Sinclair on

As the World Turns

and Tate Harmon on

One Life to Live

) and

Christian Campbell

(Bobby Thorne Warner on

All My Children

). Among locals are

Johnnie Hobbs Jr.


Jann Ellis


Monika Gonzalez


Susan Moses


Bill Duff

. Production wraps Dec. 12.

Much chewing and ahh-ing last week on the set of

The Lovely Bones

, the

Mark Wahlberg-Rachel Weisz

film directed by

Peter Jackson

. Owners of Sweet Ashley's Chocolates in Royersford dropped off boxes of candy to fuel cast and crew through a night shoot. The film is in its final weeks of shooting, mostly at a soundstage in Montgomery County.


The Center City District has put away its knives, as it reached a settlement last week in its federal lawsuit against the South Jersey Independent Restaurant Association. Last month (and thousands of dollars in legal bills ago), the CCD claimed that the South Jersey group's ads for its restaurant week were "confusingly similar" to the ads for Philly's promotion. (See them at



Robert Minniti

, chef-owner of Bacio Italian Cuisine in Cinnaminson and head of the group (known as SJ Hot Chefs), says it was never the Jersey eateries' intention "to impact any other independent restaurants. . . . The irony is, we were planning to freshen up our advertising for '08 anyway." A CCD rep called the settlement "amicable." The next Philly restaurant week will be Jan. 27 to Feb. 1, while Jersey's will be March 9 to 14.

The circuit

After regaling the Free Library crowd with tales of culinary derring-do Saturday, food adventurer/personality

Anthony Bourdain

visited the Rose Tattoo (19th and Callowhill Streets). Server

Leanne McGinley

says he needed no menu and ordered chili and raw oysters, plus Yuenglings.

Randal Pinkett

, winner of the fourth season of

The Apprentice

, will sign his new book,

Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business

, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St.

Maybe Eagles lineman

Jon Runyan

will bump chests at Bowl With the Birds, a fund-raiser for the Alzheimer's Association. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Playdrome in Cherry Hill; tickets ($85 and up) at


or 215-735-3550.

Successor to

Marc Howard

on CBS3's 4 p.m. newscast? Coanchor

Angela Russell

will be part of various pairings until management decides. I hear that weekender

Chris May

has the inside track.