What better place to experience the fine art of winemaking than in a studio surrounded by fine art? School 33 Art Center and Morton's Wine, Spirits and Elegant Eats have joined forces to present a series of five wine events, in which guests will sample wines from various regions while exploring the studios of a number of Baltimore artists.
The first takes place at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the studio of Hans Schuler. Terry Healey, manager of Morton's wine shop, will direct a tasting comparing wines from Germany and German-style American wines.
Other tastings will feature wines from some of the lesser-known regions of France, affordable wines from the East and West Coasts, wines from some of the lesser-known regions of Italy, and sparkling wines from California.
There is a requested donation of $10 a person for each event, or $40 a person for all five events. All proceeds will benefit the art center.
For tickets or more information, call School 33 at (410) 396-4641 or Morton's, (410) 625-2041.
And speaking of wine, another event scheduled for this week celebrates the link between wine and romance. Linganore Winecellars is offering a "lighthearted" wine tasting, with cheese and crackers, called "Days for Lovers (Myths of Mead and Marriage)." Mead is one of a variety of honey wines, which are the oldest known fermented beverages, and has long been associated with romance and marriage (the "honeymoon," for instance). Guests may sample Linganore's mead and other wines from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Linganore has another event scheduled for Sunday and Monday: Tastings of a honey wine from a 1765 recipe documented to have belonged to Martha Washington and of two cherry wines. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.
There is no charge for either event.
Linganore's address is 13601 Glissans Mill Rd., Mount Airy (Directions: Take I-70 west to exit 62, Libertytown/New Market, right at end of ramp onto Route 75 north for 4.5 miles to right on Glissans Mill Road for 4 miles.) For more information, call (410) 795-6432.
Hearts are also the focus of a Harbor Hospital Center packet in honor of Heart Awareness Month. "Give your Valentine a healthy heart," is the aim of the packet, which includes tips on controlling cholesterol and sodium intake, avoiding heart attacks or strokes, controlling blood pressure and quitting smoking.
For a copy, call the hospital public relations office at (410) 347-3445.
If you have a loved one who has to watch his or her diet for health reasons but hates the thought of giving up favorite foods, you might consider a subscription to a newsletter called The Low-Fat Epicure, produced by Sallie S. Twentyman, a registered dietitian in Falls Church, Va. Mrs. Twentyman says she began the newsletter because she saw too many people abandoning their prescribed low-fat diets because they felt constantly deprived.
Each issue includes eight pages of tips and recipes with full nutritional analyses. A year's subscription, or six issues, costs $15. To subscribe, or to find out more about the newsletter, write: The Low-Fat Epicure, 1218 W. Broad St., Suite 280, Falls Church, Va.,22046; or call (703) 532-7428.
Just in time for restless gardeners confined to digging through the pages of seed catalogs, Sierra Club Books has released a paperback version of Rosalind Creasy's classic "Cooking from the Garden." The book is a treasure trove of garden and gourmet lore. Some years ago Ms. Creasy recruited friends and other gardeners to grow special gardens for her -- heirloom gardens, chili gardens, Italian gardens, Oriental gardens, spa gardens, edible flower gardens, among others -- and the book is based on their experiences. Chefs who contributed recipes based on the gardens include Ken Hom, Paul Prudhomme and Diana Kennedy. A gardener who loves a particular cuisine should be able to use the book to select plants, care for them, harvest and cook them up in delicious fashion. Besides the garden sections, the book has an encyclopedia of "superior vegetables" and appendices on planting and maintenance, pests and diseases, and suppliers. The book was published in hardback in 1988. The paper version is $20.
The Tidbits column welcomes interesting nuggets of food news -- new products, food-related news events, local cookbooks, great mail order finds, openings and closings of restaurants and food shops. Please send press releases to Tidbits, Attn: Karol V. 6Menzie, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.