HughE Dillon: Eric Ripert and Bobby Flay In Town

Plus more celeb sightings, Kristie Gonzales says goodbye to Philly, and Whisper nightclub opens

Click on VIEW SLIDESHOW to see pics from a party at the Ritz-Carlton with Eric Ripert and Jen Carroll, left; a goodbye soiree for Kristie Gonzales; a Bobby Flay book signing; and the opening of Whisper night club.

Last night Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson grabbing a bite to eat at Ritz-Carlton lounge around midnight after arriving from Pittsburgh. Reba’s on tour with George Strait and appears tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. Last night Reba surprised her fans and called Kelly up to perform Clarkson’s song Because of You as a surprise. Maybe tonight they’ll do it again in Philly.

Garry Maddox eating dinner at a packed Del Frisco’s on Wednesday night.

Kendra Wilkinson filming a scene on Thursday outside of Two Liberty. Last Friday, although her big “Welcome to Philly Party” was canceled, Kendra did stop by R2L for a drink. Erin Elmore has seen the preview of the Kendra show, and emailed me to say my mug is featured in one of the scenes.

On Saturday, October 16th and Sunday, October 17th from noon to 2 p.m., 212 North 12th Street: Free admission as industry professionals gather at Sigma Sound Entertainment to give their insights on current hot topics of the film world. The topic of discussion for Saturday’s panel will be “Making a Film in Philadelphia,” with Sharon Pinkenson (Greater Philadelphia Film Office), Bob Lowery (Dive/Shooters), Tom Ashley (Invincible Pictures), and more. Sunday will be “Directors’ Panel,” with Ben Hickernell (director from Lebanon, PA), Josh Shelov (director of The Best and The Brightest), and special guests.