Pulse: Quick Takes

The Four Seasons Food Channel

Love dining at Four Seasons? Now you can see your meal being prepared, thanks to a new virtual kitchen. In the luxe, private Logan Room, diners can watch on a 42-inch plasma TV as executive chef Martin Hamann and his crew cook up their six-course tasting dinner, via a tiny camera in the kitchen and a microphone on the chef’s white coat. At $200 per person for food and wine plus $1,500 for the access, this could be the priciest (but coolest) cooking lesson ever. 


 Hilary Grinker Musser, estranged wife of entrepreneur Warren V. “Pete” Musser, has bought a $6 million house in Palm Beach — a steal in its neighborhood, the section of town abutting the Bath & Tennis Club and Mar-a-Lago. Grinker Musser bought the home from Avi Glazer, son of Tampa Bay Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer. The house will no doubt be gorgeous; Grinker Musser is an interior designer who did the couple’s Bryn Mawr home, Bonfield, in haute English and French style. Bonfield is reportedly on the market for $12.5 million. No word on who’s getting the pair’s Nantucket mansion.


Whether you bought the $200 Chanel silk blouse (new, with its $1,250 Neiman Marcus tag still on it), or the Badgley Mischka evening top for $80, or the $120 Prada skirt, the annual Community Clothing charity sale in Wayne was more than worth your $20 donation. First of all, the lady taking your twenty was Campbell’s heiress Dodo Hamilton, a welcoming presence as she greeted the shoppers — nearly all of them blond and well-groomed. Second, the four-day shopathon raised more than $150,000 for Children’s Hospital.

The Number: Top 10 bars purchasing liquor in Philadelphia

 1. Woody’s bar
2. Delilah’s Den
3. Dave & Buster’s
4. Cuba Libre
5. The Continental  
6. Devon Seafood Grill
7. Maggiano’s/Corner Bakery
8. Suede Lounge
9. Continental Midtown
10. Key West

Not Just Slots? 

Will it be more than just slot machines coming to Philly soon? Buried in the final report from the Mayor’s Gaming Advisory Task Force are two recommendations sure to make gambling opponents bristle. First is the suggestion that Pennsylvania go beyond slot machines and approve table games like poker and blackjack, which the task force says will help us compete with A.C. Short of that, the report advocates electronic versions of table games — video poker, for example. “The Task Force believes that these games are consistent with the language of the Gaming Act,” says the report.