ONE OF OUR most favorite holiday bashes -- the World's Largest Office Party -- will be happening Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore.
In a benefit for the Ronald McDonald Charities and the WBAL Kids Campaign, 100 celebrity bartenders will be vying for the most tips at the event. Among them will be Presenting Baltimore's Tucky Ramsey, Alexander and Alexander's Tom Kernan, Attman Properties' Leonard Attman, the White House Inc.'s Rick Sarmiento, the Arena's Edie Brown, Penn Parking's Lisa Renshaw and Baltimore City Fire Chief Pete O'Connor.
OC Admission is $6, but don't forget to bring extra cash for tips.
NICK'S INNER HARBOR Seafood in the Cross Street Market is packing them in Fridays and Saturdays with its extended hours (until 8 p.m.) and fabulous array of nibbles and beer at great prices.
"You can barely move in here on Friday nights," says Tom Chagouris, who owns Nick's (named after his late dad) with mom Jean. Tom tells us the eatery's open until 6 p.m. on Sundays.
PICTURE THIS: One artist who's being showcased at the Renaissance Fine Arts Gallery at the Festival at Woodholme -- Amanda Watt -- was discovered by Baltimore filmmaker Barry Levinson. Watt, who's Irish, was living in England when she met the director.
Levinson, by the way, was telling David Letterman the other night, while making the rounds for his new film, "Bugsy," that he originally had toyed with the idea of becoming a tax lawyer after seeing Paul Newman in "The Young Philadelphians."
"I just couldn't fit the numbers into the small boxes," he said, with a chuckle.
BACK BY POPULAR demand, Ted Rouse reading tarot cards this Wednesday night at Stega's on O'Donnell Square in Canton.
Ted will be joined by guest barkeepers Jim Pomfret, Joe Fonte, John Cain, Cammie Kirstel, Dave Marcum and the WGRX-FM Morning Zoo, all to benefit Baltimore Harbor Endowment. Drop by.
MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE from the tourism/hospitality industry are expected to gather for a holiday fund-raising party Tuesday from 5:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. at the B&O Railroad Museum.
The $25 donation benefits Moveable Feast Inc., which provides meals to Baltimore-area HIV patients who are homebound.
AROUND TOWN: Local produce maven Bob Berman, whose cruiser Lotta Lettuce is a familiar sight around Baltimore's harbor, is expecting his first baby with wife Suzan in January.
WHEN THE "PRINCE of Tides" opens this week in area theaters, check the credits for Baltimore-born Dennis Maitland, who was the sound man on the picture. With more than 100 movies under his belt, including "Prizzi's Honor" and "Moonstruck," the Forest Park grad is certainly no stranger to the biz, which has also become the career choice of sons Todd Atkinson Maitland, Dennis Maitland II and daughter Kim Maitland, who's with "Entertainment Tonight."
And talk about the perks of working on a movie set: A solarium used in the "Prince of Tides" was given to the elder Maitland, who passed it on to his brother John Maitland in Columbia, who added it on to his house. It's called the Streisand Room.
MUSICAL CHAIRS: The acclaimed Jewish pop band Safam, featuring Baltimore native Robbie Solomon, will perform tonight in concert at Beth Israel Congregation in Randallstown. . . . And the Junior League of Baltimore continues its 10th annual Holiday Pops Gala today at the Meyerhoff beginning at 3 p.m.
CONGRATULATIONS TO Seamus Fogarty for being voted Maryland's best waiter in the Service Classic, an annual competition sponsored by the Restaurant Association of Maryland. You'll find Seamus high atop the Hyatt Regency at the restaurant Berry & Elliot's.
FINALLY, Tom Bauer, manager of the Loews Columbia Palace, tells us his young staffers have put on quite a show of their own for area theatergoers coming to see "Hook" this weekend and next.
With props and costumes, the employees will guarantee you won't get bored between shows. Kids should love it.