A winning dinner celebrates an historic victory

Sylvia Badger

October 23, 1990|By Sylvia Badger

LT. CMDR. AND Mrs. Roy Birch -- he's retired from the Roya Navy -- invited 40 guests to their home Friday evening to celebrate the 185th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar where Lord Nelson dealt the French and Spanish fleets a resounding defeat and where Nelson met his death.

Victory was the centerpiece, thanks to Michael Rork, head che at Harborcourt, who got his talented dessert chef to literally paint a picture of the victory in chocolate on top of a wonderful looking chocolate tort. That, of course, was served after guests had eaten a divine meal of pate, shrimp and fettuccine, lemon sorbet, beef Wellington, veggies, and appropriate wines. All of this was served with Rork's approval and that of Mrs. Rose Coleman and her daughter, Joann Coleman, who besides being a good cook is a nurse at Johns Hopkins.

I was fascinated to hear that our host, Birch, and one of his guests, Capt. Alberto Dabini, the Argentine naval attache, had both fought in the Falklands War. Dabini was a naval pilot for his country and Birch was an officer on one of the British ships. (Fortunately Dabini's plane didn't find Birch's ship.) I must compliment Dabini on the tasty Argentina Chardonnay he brought with him.

Guests, who were dressed in black tie or in appropriate kilts, included Baltimore City Police Major Regis Raffensberger and his wife, Joan; Bill and Carol Eggert, Harborview Marina dock manager; Bruce and Judy Copland, he's president of the Baltimore Navy league; Clark and Jan Jeunette, he's director of community relations at Harbor Hospital; Len Schmidt, USS Constellation, and Sandy Miller; Craig Stewart-Paul, president of the British Brewing Company, who brought some samples of his beer which is brewed in Glen Burnie, and Tracy Mott, BG&E; ; Pete Howe, sales rep; Joyce Amato, apartment manager; Dick and Doris Hackley, he's retired from C&P and she's a nurse; and the Rev. Earle Newman.

* Jennifer Billings, a part-time hostess at Harvey's Restaurant at Greenspring Station, was beginning to relax after a recent Sunday Brunch rush, when a man walked in about 3:30 p.m. and asked if he could get a table for a VIP and his guests. The VIP turned out to be the Rev. Jesse Jackson and five other people. Jackson's 49th birthday was Oct. 8 and someone at the table gave him a CD player as a belated present. I'm told he was a delight to wait on, very gracious.

* The Second Anita V. Vitale Memorial Golf Tournament was held recently at Chestnut Ridge Country Club in Lutherville. This event is dedicated to Anita V. Vitale, who before she died of cancer was an avid golfer and the devoted mother of Jim Vitale, president of Jayson Pharmaceuticals, and his two sisters, Barbara Forrester and Susan Boone, both of whom work for the family company.

Because of her love of golf, her children decided to have this golf tournament to honor their mother and raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Edna Cecil chaired this year's tournament with the help of Jeanne Neuman. Cecil is a volunteer at the Hope Lodge, a home away from home for cancer patients. Some of the scores of the lady golfers were Dr. Kathryn Rudo, a dermatologist, low gross of 92, and Helen Krulevitz, overall low net 77. Others who had a good day on the links were Irene Wells, Jane Emich, Ann Nemec, Helen Whitmeyer, Nell Russon, Cece Brooks, Rickey Harvey and Betty Barczak.

* You're invited to meet author Nick Walters at the home of his parents, Sandy and Connie Walters, 10 Jack Frost Lane, on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Nick is a 13-year-old freshman at The Park School, whose life changed dramatically when he developed Juvenile Diabetes three years ago. So much so, that young Nick decided to write "Diabetes and Doing Your Best," which describes some of the changes in his life and how he copes by raising money for diabetes research and trying to educate people about a disease that has been around for a very long time.

This young man knows how to get things done. In 1988, he was having trouble getting people to make good on their pledges, so he enlisted the aid of Ed Asner, who was appearing in a show at the Mechanic. Asner made sure the media picked up the story and Nick collected his money.

Sylvia Badger's column also appears in The Saturday Sun.

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