News & Gossip – 11/01/10

News & Gossip

The Meatball Wars is heating up!  What started as a comment on Facebook has grown to be a fundraiser involving eight restaurants raising money for $100 for 100, bragging rights and a Finale event.  The participating restaurants are The Outbound Station, Spamps/Spampinato’s, Pepperoncini, Stella Blu, Lenny’s Deli, Pasta Via, Trattoria Totaro and Donnie Mac’s Deli on 4th.  Each restaurant is donating $1 per sandwich to $100 for 100 and Donnie Mac has upped the ante and is donating $2 per sandwich and challenges his customers to donate an additional dollar on top of that. To participate and support the cause all you have to do is go to one, or many, of the participating restaurants and order a meatball sandwich.  Pictured above are Mary Shaffer, owner of The Outbound Station, and Donnie Mac from the Deli on 4th.

$100 for 100 provides area kids who may need a new pair of shoes, winter coat, etc., the opportunity to receive a $100 gift certificate to Dick’s Sporting Goods in Plymouth Meeting.  This program takes place in several cities across the country and grows each year.  Below is video of a local child that was helped through this program and was even sent to a camp in New England over the summer:

The Finale will be held on Monday, November 22nd from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  at Spamps.  Each participating restaurant will be there to have their meatball judged by celebrity judges and Spamps is having $6 glasses of wine, $2 Miller Lites, $5 margaritas, and a half price bar menu.  There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.  They will also be raffling off gift cards and other prizes.

DeFazio Communications has secured Schramm, Inc., as a new client.  You may remember hearing the Schramm name during the Chilean mining rescue.  Schramm’s drilling equipment helped insure the rescue.  DeFazio Communications is a Conshohocken-based PR company run by Tony DeFazio. coverage of Fran Crippen’s funeral last week in Conshohocken.  Here is coverage from NBC10 (with video).

The annual Halloween Parade was held on Saturday and a couple hundred families paraded from Conshohocken Fire Company No. 2 to Washies, where there was a Halloween Party.

The four year long wait for 8 East has come to an end.  8 East opened last Friday at lunch (pictured above is a pulled pork sandwich).

During the entire month of November Guppy’s Good Times will be collecting jackets, which they will provide to a local charity that helps people stay warm for the winter.  To help keep you warm, Guppy’s will give you a free drink for donating the jacket.

NBC10 is launching a second channel and last week a crew was in Conshohocken for a new show they are producing called Foodie.  They filmed in a bunch of restaurants and I will keep you updated on the air date.

Today is election day.  Did you vote yet?

Candy of the Week

Half Dipper Chocolate Apricots from Edwards Freeman Nut Company. $19.99 per pound.

Specials Around Town

Get a free oil change from Bowe’s Exxon.

Foodie Events

Tonight – Stella Blu’s autumn wine dinner brings glorious bounty and brilliant flavors to the plate and the glass. On Tuesday November 2nd, Stella Blu presents a three course menu paired with wine. The cost is $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 610-825-7060 for reservations.

Trattoria Totaro will be holding on of their famous Wild Game Nights on November 17th.  Stay tuned for further details.

Blackfish will be hosting a guest chef dinner on Monday, November 29th. The guest chef will be Pierre Calmels from Bibou Byob and the dinner will consist of five courses for $75. For more details and to make a reservation contact Blackfish at 610-397-0888.

Chef Michele at Spring Mill Cafe will be having a Goose Cooking Demonstration and Dinner on November 17th. For full details and the menu click here.

Daily Specials

Wondering which bar or restaurant has your favorite beer or drink on special? Click here for the run down on specials around town.

Pepperoncini has an all new Monday Happy Hour.

Events & Happenings

Want to know where you can hear live music, play quizzo or sing karaoke? Check out the Conshy Calendar by clicking the box above.

Whitemarsh Boat Club is hosting an on-water “Discover Rowing” Day on November 14th. You can get more info here.

Tip & Bones will be back at Spamps on Thursday, November 11th from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Spamps is also having a beach party on Thursday, November 18th with Secret Service.

The Young Friends of Cradles to Crayons is having a Volunteer Night on Wednesday, November 10th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  They are located in West Conshohocken.

The Outbound Station is holding an Open Mic Night on Thursday, November 18th starting at 7:00 p.m.  You are welcome to share your thoughts, poetry or music.

St. Mary’s Parish, at W. Maple & Elm) is holding a Christmas Bazaar on Sun, Nov 14th from noon to 7:00 p.m. There will be homemade Polish and American food, Games of Chance, live music and dancing, auctions and a visit from Santa (at 4:00 p.m.)

The Lincoln Fire Company is also organizing a bus trip to the Showboat Casino on November 6th from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  The cost is $30 and $25 will be awarded back in Showboat Slot Dollars.  For more details contact Krista at (610) 564-3947.

The Fellowship House is hosting a Night at the Races fundraiser on November 6th from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  There will be food, refreshments and a raffle.  $15.00 per person admission and Horse/ $10.00 Horse Only.

The Conshohocken/Plymouth – Whitemarsh Rotary will be having a Comedy Night on November 12th at the Barren Hill Fire Co. in Lafayette Hill . The show will begin at 7:30 and will be a BYOB with food. Tickets may be purchased on the Club website through Pay Pal or by calling 215-920-6798. The cost is $ 25 and proceeds are to benefit the Barren Hill Fire Co.

Business News

Conshohocken’s Empathy Lab has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies.

Conshohocken’s Take Care Health Clinics is trying to ease the burden on emergency rooms.

Conshohocken’s NuPathe has submitted a new drug application to the Food and Drug Administration for Zelrix, which would be the first-ever patch to treat migraine headaches.

Conshohocken’s Salad Works , the nation’s first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, announced that its series of regional television commercials won a 2010 People’s Telly Award.