Joey Vento - Geno's Steaks - Philadelphia
Geno's Steaks was started by Joe Vento back in 1966. He figured that if he was going to sell a steak, he had to be where they were already eating them....at the "X" shaped intersection of 9th & Passyunk in South Philadelphia. Joe learned the cheese steak business from his father who in the early 1940's opened "Jim's Steaks". In 1966, Joe started "Geno's" with $6.00 in his pocket, 2 boxes of steaks and some hot dogs. His competitors all gave him six months to succeed and Joe laughed at them. As a twist of fate, there was already a Joe's Steak Place and Joe had to come up with a new name. He noticed a broken door in the back of his store on which a neighborhood boy by the name of "GINO" had painted his name. Joe liked the name but at that time, there was a food chain by that name and he did not want to confuse his business with that chain. So, he simply changed the "I" to "E" and decided to name his store GENO'S. In 1971, when their son was born, Joe and his wife Eileen decided to name him after their business. His son Geno works along with his father in a managerial capacity as well as handling many of the "behind the scene" tasks helping to make the business such a success. Since those days, Geno's has offered the best of cheese steaks. The ingredients are simple, exacting and never greasy thinly sliced rib-eye steak, melted cheese, oven-fresh baked bread and delicately grilled onions. Awaiting your piping hot sandwich on the counter outside are ketchup, mustard, relish and Joe's choice hot sauce. A Word of Warning! Be prepared and know how to order, because the service is fast and the line keeps moving. For example, on a cheese steak with onions specify which kind of cheese you'd like (Provolone, American or Cheese Whiz). By the time you have given your order, your money will be taken and your sandwich will be out the window nice and hot! At the next window you can pick up your soda, fries and coffee. Geno's is open 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a week. There is no indoor dining, but there are tables under canopies on the sidewalk for those who wish to enjoy sandwiches on the premises rather than drive off with them. Stop by when you're in town and see why Geno's Steaks has become a Philadelphia tradition.
The Original Pancake House - Rockville, MD
Best Breakfast in Washington DC (Yahoo/Yelp/Chow Dog)The Original Pancake House was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1953 by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke. Customers enjoy the benefit of their many years of experience in the culinary field, through the extensive menu of delicious authentic national and ethnic pancake
recipes. The Original Pancake House is a second and third generation family business, which takes great pride in maintaining the high standards that make our food so outstanding. There are over 100 Original Pancake House restaurants from coast to coast, which have won local and national acclaim. Our recipes demand only the very finest of ingredients, such as 93 score butter, pure 36% whipping cream, fresh grade AA eggs, hard wheat unbleached flour, and our own recipe sourdough starter. Our batters and sauces are made fresh in each restaurant's kitchen. Legendary chef James Beard was one of the Original Pancake House's biggest fans! We consider ourselves "The First Name in Pancakes" and hope you will too! Each location below offers free wi-fi and a senior menu on weekdays. You can also get terrific sandwiches, burgers, salads and wraps from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekdays. Our signature dishes include the Apple Pancake, a single large pancake smothered with sautéed apples and cinnamon sugar baked to perfection, creating a deliciously rich cinnamon sugar glaze. Another signature item is the Dutch Baby, an air filled delight oven baked to golden perfection and served with lemon, whipped butter and powdered sugar to create a mouthwatering blend.
Anson Williams "Happy Days" ("Potsie")
Born as Anson William Heimlick in Los Angeles, California his father Haskell legally changed the original spelling of the family name from "Heimlich". He attended high school, where he was captain of the track team and acted in multiple school productions. He is best known for his role as gullible but well intentioned singer Warren "Potsie" Weber on the long-running hit television series Happy Days. On the first season of the show, the stories centered mainly on Richie (Ron Howard) and Potsie (Anson got second star billing during this season). Eventually, as Fonzie (Henry Winker) and Richie's mother, father and sister became more popular, Potsie was joined with Ralph (Donny Most, who was merely a side character on season one) and both Potsie and Ralph were inseparable (like they were one character with two personalities). Unlike Ron Howard and Donny Most, Anson was one of the few to remain through the entire run of the series, although his appearances became less frequent in later seasons. In 1986, Williams directed the CBS School Break Special The Drug Knot. This dealt with the problem of teenage drug abuse and was highly acclaimed. Many critics praised it as the best anti-drug show ever made. He has gone on to direct many episodes of popular television shows, including episodes of Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, seaQuest DSV, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Charmed. In 2005, Anson Williams and the rest of the cast of Happy Days appeared in Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion on ABC. Anson Williams is the second cousin of Dr. Henry Heimlich, known for creating the Heimlich Maneuver for treating choking victims. He guest starred as himself in an episode of Boy Meets World in its third season as a nod to Happy Days and also guest starred on Sabrina, which he was also directing at the time, reprising the role of Potsie in a fantasy sequence. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's National Trademark Expo kicked off on April 10, 2008 with Commissioner for Trademarks Lynne Beresford, exhibitor and Happy Days star Anson Williams, Mayor William Euille of Alexandria and USPTO Director Jon Dudas, along with a cast of trademarked characters
Tina Dixon-Snowboarding/Skiing Rep - OLYMPICS NBC
Snowboarding Reporter - Freestyle Skiing Reporter Tina Dixon will serve as snowboarding and freestyle skiing reporter during the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. Dixon made her Olympic broadcast debut as the snowboarding reporter during NBC's coverage of the 2006 Torino Games. Dixon has become a familiar face and name to snowboarding viewers during coverage of the X Games, U.S. Open and USSA Grand Prix Series. She has over 10 years experience as a competitor, commentator, sideline reporter and magazine writer. Since 2001, Dixon has been seen regularly as a broadcaster on NBC, ESPN and Versus. A former professional snowboarder herself, Dixon won four X Games medals, including gold in Big Air and Snowboard Cross. She has appeared in numerous magazines including Transworld Snowboarding, Snowboarder, Snowboard Life, Nylon, Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan and Mademoiselle. Dixon first put on skis at the age of five and grew up following her father down the steep slopes of Snowbird resort near her hometown of Salt Lake City. After making the switch to snowboarding during her senior year of high school, she was soon riding four to five days a week. A year later, Dixon won the very first contest she entered.