The Dish: Justin Bieber, Floyd Mayweather, Caroline Kennedy and more...
HAPPY BIEB-DAY: Justin Bieber turns 23 today, and according to a source who spilled to HollywoodLife.com, that means throwing the biggest party ever.
“This is basically his last week of freedom before he goes back on tour and since he can get anything he would ever want materialistically, he wants to celebrate his birthday with a big party that lasts a few days,” the source yakked.
“He wants to make something go down that would be bigger than Floyd Mayweather’s recent 40th bash. He wants it to be celebrity-heavy, and having a couple women being a part of it wouldn’t be bad as well.”
We’ve been warned.
TIME OFF: It’s nice to take a break after you leave a job, and former ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy was enjoying a beach vacation in St. Barts with her family over the weekend. The Daily Mail spotted JFK’s daughter, 59, with her husband, Edwin Schlossberg, and their daughter Tatiana on the Caribbean island.
Her tenure as ambassador ended in January once President Trump entered office. Kennedy told Matt Lauer on the “Today” show earlier this month: “I’ve just gotten home a week or so. I’m looking around to figure out what I would do next.”
CHOW CHAT: Nearly 900 foodies turned out at Worcester’s Hanover Theatre Monday night for the homecoming of acclaimed star chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian. Zakarian, who was born and raised in Worcester, took part in a live “culinary conversation” moderated on stage by Herald food editor Scott Kearnan, sharing stories about growing up in “Wormtown,” behind-the-scenes tales from his hit series such as “Chopped” and “Cooks vs. Cons,” and sharing his thoughts on industry trends.
The chef, who last week opened his latest restaurant, Point Royal in Hollywood, Fla., also offered support and advice for the buzzing food scene in Worcester. The city is currently enjoying a restaurant renaissance, with nearly 60 new eating establishments opened in the last 18 months.
Besides the industry guests, Zakarian’s brother and sister, both still locals, sat front row. And the chef floated the idea of opening a restaurant in the Boston area, a suggestion met with a roar of approval by the star-hungry crowd.
PUTTERING ABOUT: Some familiar Boston (and New York) faces at The PGA Tour Honda Classic in Palm Beach this weekend: Cape native Frank Calaguire, managing principal at PGA National Resort, hosted Holland & Knight legal eagle Ralph Lepore, Red Sox legend and Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, Newsmax President Ken Chandler, Boston nightclub impresario Russell Robbat, PR guru George Regan and former N.Y. Giant Tucker Frederickson.