SEEN ON THE SCENE: Twas a busy week for the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors. Members filled the Convention Center for meetings, networking and speeches. But the evenings were quite social, thanks to people like Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Davis, who hosted a lovely dinner reception for Bill North Tuesday evening at their home. Among the area real estate hi-hos invited to stop by were John and Sharon Steffey Sr, Otis and Sharon Warren Jr., Brandon and Linda Gaines, William Hesson Jr., Nancy and John Hubble, Hammond and Janie Carr, Jim and Betty O'Conor, Phil and Nancy Chase and Fletcher Hall. Another biggie on the real estate party scene took place last night, and I'll have more on that party on Tuesday.
HELP WANTED: Olivia Wu left Baltimore for Chicago yesterday feeling pretty awful. She was one of the food editors who were in town this past week attending a food editor's convention. When she left the Harborcourt Hotel on Wednesday to visit the Babe Ruth Museum and the Lexington Market, she was wearing a lovely jade ring, which her grandmother gave to her. When she returned, she did not have the ring. If you, or anyone you know, has found a jade ring, please call me at 332-6574. Wouldn't it be wonderful if I could call Olivia and say we had found her ring? The sentimental value of this ring makes it impossible for her to replace.
HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: Speaking of grapes, the Baltimore Symphony Associates, the volunteer organization which sponsors the Decorators' Showhouse each year, has another winning way to raise funds for the orchestra. They are selling cases or split cases of a 1989 Sokol Blosser Chardonnay and a 1987 Cabernet Sauvignon. These two wines were chosen from an array of vineyards that were interested in participating in the BSO program.
Nationally known wine expert Bill Getz, and area experts Jim Gabler, former Wine and Food Society president, and Bob Talbot, owner of Morton's Liquors, were among panel members who selected these wines. Wines can be ordered through Oct. 15 by calling 783-8000. The Chardonnay is $105 a case while the Sauvignon and split cases are $115. The wine will be delivered to your home in mid-November and would make great holiday presents.
ON THE SCENE: Hamburger's first charity auction raised
$13,000 for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center! Not bad in these bad economic time. Auctioneer John Levinson and emcee Mary Beth Marsden, Channel 2 newswoman, played a major part in getting folks like Greg Barnhill, Clint Coleman, Debbie Kastendike, Mary Ann Gray, Barbara Oski, Roger Gray and Melanie Sabelhaus to bid on some of the good-looking clothes. Mary Beth sold two Hugo Boss tuxedos for $1,000 each.
Oops, sorry about the missing comma in Tuesday's column. It read " . . . Bunny Dwin's (comma should have been here) Classic Catering People . . ." They are two different caterers!
WEEKEND WATCH: Wine connoisseurs are invited to spend the weekend with one of the world's foremost authorities on wine, Robert M. Parker. The 1991 Fine Wine Weekend and Auction, which begins tonight at the Omni Hotel, is a benefit for the American Heart Association.
Tonight there's a wine and food "walk-about," Parker will sign copies of his book, "Burgundy," and a sneak preview of auction lots. Saturday night, folks who've paid $100 will enjoy a &r seven-course dinner prepared by Chef Tim Barger of the Omni. Parker will comment on the accompanying wines and again auction lots to be sold Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. can be examined. There's no admission charge for Sunday's auction of the more than 200 lots of rare and unusual wines.