Baltimoreans have been going to the First Thursdays promotion since 1985 so they could expand their knowledge of the visual arts.
This year caterer Sascha Wolhandler has begun offering the First Thursday patrons a way to develop the culinary arts as well. The first Thursday of each month she and her staff at Sascha's Catering, 527 Lovegrove St., are offering free seminars on wine and food. The seminars, "A Taste of Easy Entertaining," will include demonstrations on how to make holiday food displays for office and home entertaining.
"Everyone must curb spending because of today's economy," according to Ms. Wolhandler. "Our seminar consultations have been specifically designed to provide a view of how holiday entertaining can be created without pretense or high cost."
The next presentation on "Sweets and Savories for the Holidays" is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 5. The event is open to the public. For more information, call 539-6103.
Sometimes all you want is a little something for an after-school or a light meal snack that you can keep on hand and heat quickly.
Caribbean Products Ltd., a Baltimore-based food manufacturer, says it has just the ticket. The company, which started manufacturing a spicy Jamaican-style beef pattie about two years ago, has expanded into a line of turnovers called Global Delights. They now include: All American Chicken Pot Pie Turnover, Italian Sausage Turnover and Indian Style Vegetable Turnover.
Sold fresh in the deli counter of supermarkets and specialty stores, the turnovers have a 10-day shelf life in the refrigerator and will last one year in the freezer.
A thawed product cooks in a microwave in under two minutes or about 20 minutes at 300 degrees in the oven. Our tests found that the turnovers are tasty, but somewhat soggy when cooked in the microwave. The oven produces better results.
They are available at Basics, Farm Fresh, Santoni's, Safeway and Eddie's in Roland Park. They are also found warm in the pizza towers of 7-Elevens in Baltimore City. The average retail price is $1.39.
Setting the holiday scene
You can get some great ideas for holiday entertaining at "A Holiday Perfect Setting" tomorrow through Jan. 3 at the St. James condominium, 3704 N. Charles St.
The event, free to the public, will feature holiday table settings and recipes by local celebrities. The St. James will make donations to a charity of each participating celebrity's choice.
Flowers & Fancies will present a program on decorating ideas from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and Classic Catering Co. will give holiday cooking and baking demonstrations from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12.
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