Chefs return to BICC for a celebration

SYLVIA BADGER

October 30, 1992|By SYLVIA BADGER

Zip-i-de-FOOD-ah! was a Zip-i-de-licious occasion for the more than 400 apron-clad guests who joined in the 20th anniversary celebration of the Baltimore International Culinary College (BICC).

Who wouldn't enjoy eating divine morsels prepared by some of BICC's most successful alums, chefs Nancy Longo, Bud Boswell, Benjamin Gordon Jr., Mark Watkins and D. J. Lovely?

Ann Clapp, former owner of the Cafe des Artistes, and her committee were pleased with the huge turnout, which included Pam and Charles Kelly, Bartie and Charlie Cole, Zoe and George Piendak, Carolyn and George Beall, Betsy and Hank Slanker, Marsha and Charlie Moylan, Kristy and Todd Poindexter, Libby and Bill Winstead, Anne and Doug Croker, Harriet and Steve Toadvine, Lynn Ellwood and Lindsay Beatson, and Liz and Harris Jones, who were the lucky winners of the raffle prize, which is a trip to the college-owned Park Hotel-Deer Park Lodge in Ireland.

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And speaking of parties, there was an absolutely elegant black-tie, sit-down dinner at the Maryland Club last week. The occasion was the 50th birthday of Alex Brown stockbroker Mike Lewin.

A costumed doorman and four tastefully clad, statuesque blondes greeted the more than 300 guests, who sipped wine and ate lobster while enjoying the singing of the band's torch singer. On hand to wish Mike a very happy birthday were Sen. Paul and Christine Sarbanes, Anne and Tom Bailliere, Nan and Bill Paternotte, Carol and Tee Winstead, Gretchen and Roger Redden, Marti Head, Pat and Buzzy Krongard, Tolly and John Lewin, Dickie Riggs, Diane and Nick Brown, Kathleen and David Townsend, Bill and Ann Boucher, Ann and Harvey Clapp, Janet and Barney Barnhill, Jim Hanks, Pat and Harry Hughes, Nikki and Herb Fried, and Richard and Ellen Sullivan.

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The Ladew Topiary Gardens' annual Garden Follies was a lovely affair held under a lighted white tent, where the tables were appropriately decorated with potted topiary. The tent was adjacent to a barn filled with gorgeous sculptures, paintings, birdhouses and potpourri, all for sale.

Polly Ober and Susan Russell chaired this interesting event, which attracted John and Jonathan Rosselli from New York, Brooks Carey, Betty Cook, Dr. Edward Cohen (he's president of the Maryland Polo Club, which has a polo field adjacent to Ladew), Stiles Colwill, Anne and Geary Stonesifer, David Ober ,, and John Coles, a Boston artist who has painted lovely watercolors of Ladew.

One of the highlights of the evening was Bunny Williams' illustrated talk showing slides of gardens in England and the United States. Williams, a well-known interior designer and gardener, and John Rosselli founded Treillage, a New York garden shop on the upper East Side.

Ladew's president Martha Robbins graciously accepted a $2,000 check from Towson Town Center marketing director Diane Lewis and artist Tom Everhart. The check is the result of an ongoing fund-raising partnership between Ladew and the Towson Town Center, which began when the mall commissioned Ever hart to paint four Maryland gardens, one of which was Ladew. The prints are sold at the mall and proceeds go to Ladew.

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TC There's a group of 200 lawyers who deserve recognition for making the legal system available to the poor. The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) had a reception Wednesday at the Commodore Club at Pier 500 to pay homage to their own.

Mike McWilliams, president of the American Bar Association, praised the group, which is led by Gloria Warren, president of the board of directors. Winnie Borden is the executive director.

Guest of honors were Judge John F. Fader, Don McPherson, Irv Walker and Roberta Maguire, who received the John Michener Award, named for the former MVLS executive director, who was there to present the award.

Other members of MVLS at the party were John A. Hayes Jr., Carol McGowan, Ted Cornblatt, Laila K. Atallah, Marianna Burt,

Robert Sharkey and Russell Karpook.

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"Question Time" is one of Britain's most popular weekly political talk show. And since the British

are very interested in the U.S. presidential election, Peter Sissons, one of the BBC's leading anchors, was host of a special American edition of "Question Time" in Washington on Wednesday.

The show was filmed before a live audience and featured Ed Koch, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Shirley Williams, Vin Weber and our own Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke.

Thanks to Maryland Public Television, we'll be able to see the show at 11 p.m. Sunday. (Just think, if Schmoke's popularity with the British continues, he could leave us to become Lord Mayor of London, instead of a rumored Cabinet position if Clinton should be elected.)

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