, 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.
City Hall was taken over yesterday by cast and crew of
, a pilot being shot by Lionsgate for Lifetime. Besides
, the leads include two seasoned dudes -
(playing the patriarch of a media family) and
(as a father-figure journalist) - and two studly soaps vets - locally raised
before landing roles of Jordan Sinclair on
As the World Turns
and Tate Harmon on
One Life to Live
(Bobby Thorne Warner on
All My Children
). Among locals are
Johnnie Hobbs Jr.
. Production wraps Dec. 12.
Much chewing and ahh-ing last week on the set of
The Lovely Bones
Mark Wahlberg-Rachel Weisz
film directed by
. 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
, 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.
After regaling the Free Library crowd with tales of culinary derring-do Saturday, food adventurer/personality
visited the Rose Tattoo (19th and Callowhill Streets). Server
says he needed no menu and ordered chili and raw oysters, plus Yuenglings.
, winner of the fourth season of
, 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
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
on CBS3's 4 p.m. newscast? Coanchor
will be part of various pairings until management decides. I hear that weekender
has the inside track.