SEVERAL HUNDRED of the Big Crab's notables have already RSVP'd to a private party celebrating the grand opening of the Sutton Place Gourmet at the Festival at Woodholme tomorrow night.
Located in expanded quarters formerly occupied by Charlotte and Stanley Pressman's Gourmet and Tootsie's Diner, the D.C.-based food store is managed by Larry McWilliams, formerly with Graul's of Ruxton.
SPEAKING OF OPENINGS, Foster's Restaurant on Broadway where Something Fishy used to be) in Fells Point held a grand opening bash last Monday night for a horde of hungry folks. The restaurant's owned by Mark Foster, formerly of the Milton Inn, teamed up with his buddy, ace restaurant consultant Diane Feffer Neas, for this venture, which some say is reminiscent of the famed Legal Seafood in Boston.
HOLLYWOOD HAS COME to downtown Baltimore in the Hollywood Diner, which opened three weeks ago at 400 E.
Saratoga St. Formerly called the Kid's Diner and still incorporating the Kid's Diner Training Program which helps youths to get into the work force, the place has been spiffily refurbished with a classic movie theme. It's also been the location for a couple of television spots, including a segment of Jim Palmer's pilot show "Living Today." (James -- he's such a stitch -- left an autographed pair of jockeys as a memento.)
Program director Billy Staffa is enthusiastically planning a grand opening bash in a few weeks and has snared Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass, who has his own chain of nifty diners, to cut the ribbon.
Billy stressed, however, that the diner is available for private parties right now, so give him a ring.
SLAPSTIX COMEDY Club is the scene of the first annual 98 Rock Slapstix Comedy Quest tonight. We'll be joining judges Vicky Mabrey of WBAL-TV and Bob Lopez of WIYY-FM in helping to select the funniest comic from eight semifinalists, who'll go on to compete in the finals on Dec. 13.
The grand-prize winner gets $1,000, a trip for two to L.A. and an opportunity to perform at the world famous Improv.
SPEAKING OF COMICS, the Big Crab's Bob Somerby is out in taping an appearance on "An Evening at the Improv." Bob, who co-founded the former Charm City Comedy Club, can be heard doing humorous news reviews on Dave Durian's radio show on WBAL-AM Tuesday and Friday mornings.
AROUND TOWN: Buckley's Bar in Hampden is sponsoring a bull roast for Santa Claus Anonymous to day at Martin's West.
ARTS AND ENDS: More than 250 people are expected to kick off ART '91, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society's second annual art exhibition and sale, Friday night at a cocktail bash to meet the artists at the Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt. The show features the works of 32 regional artists, many of them critically acclaimed such as Raoul Middleman, Gladys Goldstein, Henry Coe and Barbara Z. Lipman, and runs through Dec. 1. Call (410) 523-7070.
THE AFOREMENTIONED Sheppard Pratt is gearing up for its centennial gala on Nov. 23 at the Hyatt Regency. In conjunction with the gala, the hospital is holding a centennial sweepstakes with some fabulous prizes including a trip to L.A. for two, lunch and visit to the set with "L.A. Law's" Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry. Call Greta Klug at (410) 938-3135 for your tickets.
IN BRIEF: Channel 2's Beverly Burke will host "A Taste and a Toast" to benefit the Concert Artists of Baltimore Friday night at the Engineering Center. Call (410) 323-6596. . . . The Fontanne Gallery at Lynn's of Baltimore presents the works of N. T. Mame -- her real name, strange but true, is Harry Wolf -- Thursday to Sunday. . . . Local artist Craig Herron has been hired to paint Monetlike murals upstairs at the Brass Elephant. . . . The Maryland Low Income Housing Coalition honored Representative Kweisi Mfume, D-Md., and Patty Rouse for their work in affordable housing recently at a reception at Scarlett Place.
FINALLY, if someone you know or someone in your family has been touched by cancer (and that, unfortunately, includes most of us), you may want to know about the Baltimore Cancer Support Group, headed up by Kirsten Severson.
The group is staging its first fund-raiser Friday night at Martin's Eastwind. It's being chaired by Gina Tarasco, who lost her mother, Susan Tuminello, recently to cancer. Tickets include open bar and continuous food. Call (410) 876-3296.