SAN FRANCISCO -- Rob Kasper, Baltimore Sun columnist, has won second place in a national writing contest sponsored by the Newspaper Food Editors and Writers Association. He received the award and a check for $250 this week during the group's convention in San Francisco.
The competition, which rates writers on skill and consistency, requires contestants to submit consecutive columns. Mr. Kasper's winning selection came from his twice-weekly Happy Eater column. His columns, on the thrill of grilling eggplant and on the social superiority of the kitchen table over new-fangled
breakfast bars, finished second to Ruth Reichl. Ms. Reichl, food editor of the Los Angeles Times, won with a selection from her twice-a-month columns on Los Angeles restaurants.