News & Gossip – Week of 02/14/11

News & Gossip

The spring social season is upon us.  The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 12th, there is the actual St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, March 17th (which is also the first day of the NCAA tournament), Baggataway’s annual Cinqo de Mayo/Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 7th and then the Restaurant Rally on Sunday, May 16th.  Pictured above is an inflatable bar that M Bar is going to have in their parking lot for St. Patrick’s Day.  It can fit 60 people, has flatscreen televisions (so you can watch March Madness) and beer tubs.

Speaking of St. Patrick’s Day, have you picked-up your “Kiss Me I’m From Conshy” t-shirt yet?  You can pick one up at Edwards-Freeman Nut Company or order online by clicking here.

The parents of Tracy Hottenstein, a 35 year old Conshohocken woman who died a few years ago in Sea Isle City during the Polar Bear Plunge, are suing the city and a few others in relation to their daughter’s death.

Chef Chip Roman of Blackfish has gotten a ton of press lately.  First Blackfish was named the Best Restaurant in the region by Philadelphia Magazine, then it was announced he is opening a second restaurant, Mica, in Chestnut Hill and now he is on as one of the best new chefs.  Go vote for someone who is creating a bunch of positive buzz about Conshy.

The quaterback from the Philadelphia Soul, Ryan Vena, has been training with Conshohocken’s Daily Grind Fitness, leading up to his having to report to training camp on February 17th.

The Fellowship House is now offering a Zumba class.

Growing season as started at Maple Acres Farm just over in Plymouth Meeting.

Franzone’s has been named one of the Top 10 pizza’s in the Philly area.

A West Conshohocken company wants you to be a safer driver.

Is the Post Office in Conshohocken on a list of branches that will close?

Guppy’s Good Times is being considered for a new reality show that provides a complete make-over for a bar.

Is this guy insulting Conshohocken?

Teens held a formal at the Great American Pub to raise money for charity.

White by Vera Wang Launches at Conshohocken-based David’s Bridal.

Candy of the Week

While you are picking up a “Kiss Me I’m From Conshy” t-shirt at Edwards-Freeman Nut Company, also grab a box of Irish Potatoes for $6.99.

Real Estate

Check out all of the recently sold homes in Conshohocken courtesy of

Foodie Events

Every Tuesday, Blackfish offers a four course dinner featuring a different ingredient. You can see the upcoming featured ingredients here. Price is $45 per person. Call 610-397-0888 for more info.

Georges Perrier is coming to Blackfish on February 28th to create a meal with Chip Roman.  Find all the details here.

Trattoria Totaro is holding a Wild Game Night on March 10 and 11.  There will be five courses of uniquely prepared wild game paird with micro brews.

The Spring Mill Cafe is holding a Wine Tasting of south west France with The Wine Merchant on February 24th at 7:00 p.m.  The wines will be paired with a four course meal.  The cost is $55.00, plus tax and gratuity.  

Stella Blu has planned a month for Lobster Lovers.  Find all the details here.

Events, Specials & Happenings

Tonight, Wednesday, February 16th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Greater Conshohocken Merchants and Professional Association is holding a networking event at 8 East.  There will be free apps and drink specials.

Spamps is holding their second annual Sushi Class on March 9th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The class is limited to 60 people and it is $45.00 per person.

8 East is hosting a fundraiser for the Bailey Fund on February 22nd from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Their will be drink specials, live entertainment and a silent auction.  Bailey is a young girl that was hit by a car on Fayette Street a few years ago and continues to recover from the accident.

On February 22nd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Guppy’s is organizing a Volunteer Night at Cradles to Crayons in West Conshohocken.  If you would like to participate contact Robin at (267) 697-7155.

Congressman Patrick Meehan, who represents most of Conshy, is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day themed fundraiser at the Great American Pub on March 3rd.  Blackthorn will be performing.  Tickets are $100.00.

Maloney’s Pub has scheduled live music for a bunch of upcoming Wednesday and Friday nights.  The line-up includes Ziggy Issacs on  February 16th, March 2nd and March 16th from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.,  The Other Side (6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) and Chris Lebresco (9:45 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.) on February 25th, The Other Side on March 11th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Brian and Danny on April 1st and May 13th at time TBD.

Flanigan’s Boathouse is participating in the Main Line Restaurant Week in April.  The menu will be announced closer to the promotion.

Kim Thomas and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training are holding a fundraiser at 8 East on Thursday, February 17th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  15% of the food sales during those hours will go to the charity.

Business News

Jason Tafler is stepping down as CEO of Gannett’s rich media provider Pointroll. Tafler made the announcement this morning, telling staffers in a memo that he plans to move back to Canada to be closer to his family. Tafler, who has been with the Conshohocken, PA-based company for five years, will be replaced by SVP of sales Robert Gatto.