Culinary Arts program offers meals that please the palate and the wallet ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE


November 02, 1992|By JEAN LESLIE

On Nov. 12, the Culinary Arts program at the Howard County School of Technology will hold another "Gourmet Night" -- a five- to seven-course culinary spectacular at its restaurant, Great Expectations.

The dinner, featuring an atmosphere of candlelight and soft music, serves a meal that one might expect to find at a three- or four-star restaurant.

"Gourmet Night" has been featured in Baltimore's Best Sunday Sun supplement. Everything is made from scratch, with students taking roles from chef to dining room manager to waiters.

The scrumptious sample menu from October included: beverage: non-alcoholic champagne; hors d'oeuvres: mushrooms in puff pastry; soup: pumpkin-corn bisque; appetizer: shrimp with tomato coulis and angel-hair pasta and blackberry sorbet; entree: beef tournedos with shiitake mushrooms, risotto and vegetable medley; salad: field greens with raspberry vinaigrette dressing; and dessert: cranberry-apple cheesecake.

We would expect similar quality in succeeding months.

Tickets cost $25. Profits from the events will be used to offer scholarships to Culinary Arts students, who either go to a community college or a culinary institute.

If students decide not to further their education, scholarship money buys culinary equipment to start them in the trade.

There is still space left for the Nov. 12 Gourmet Night, although organizers expect a sellout crowd. Five more gourmet nights will be offered through April 1.

Reservations can be made by calling the school at (410) 313-6988.


Columbia Hills neighbors welcome the birth of two recent arrivals, Stephen Kyle and Kevin Michael Mertz, who were born Thursday, Oct. 22. Their parents, Ken and Carol Mertz, and the new twins, each nearly 6 pounds, are now at home and healthy.

Things looked a bit shaky for the Mertz family earlier in the fall. Mrs. Mertz began to go into labor in the sixth month of her pregnancy. Her doctor told her to quit work, go home, and get into bed. She wasn't to even use the stairs.

Her neighbor Valerie Geiger realized that the Mertzes might need help with meals because Ken gets home from work after 7 p.m. So Valerie organized a "neighbor brigade" that provided the Mertzes with an evening meal a couple of nights a week.

Other neighbors who took part in the brigade are Cathy Bond, Dee Papania, Claire Martin, Carol Beall, Brenda Penyak, and me, who all rejoice in the successful term birth of these babies.

"We all feel a part of this birth," says Ms. Geiger. "Normally we wouldn't feel this way, but this time we participated."

All smiles, the new mother says. "And we're having a lot a fun with our babies."


St. Augustine's School will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar this weekend. The bazaar will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday; from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m on Saturday; and from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

There will be games to play and Christmas crafts and baked goodies to buy. In addition, there will be food to eat.

On Friday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the Bazaar Committee, headed by Barbara Barnett, will sponsor a spaghetti dinner. Spaghetti, salad, bread and drinks will be served. Dinners cost $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.

Tickets may be bought at the school office; the phone number is (410) 796-3040.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., women of the parish will serve homemade Polish food, including specialties such as kielbasa and sauerkraut.

At 8 a.m. on Sunday, Santa will appear at a family breakfast featuring a full-course meal of sausage, eggs and pancakes. Tickets are $3.50 for adults and $2 for children.


Russell Pryor, a member of Elkridge's Volunteer Fire Department, wants the community to know about a new cash bingo program, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and set for every Friday night thereafter. Games will be held at the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 6275 Old Washington Road in Elkridge, and feature 15 regular games and eight specials with a jackpot prize of $500.


Welcome to Ellicott City newcomer Sulva Lamprecht and her two boys, who moved here from Honesdale, Pa. Certified by the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale as a yoga teacher, Ms. Sulva is also an artist and massage therapist.

She was formerly head teacher at a Montessori preschool. She hopes to attend the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia. She is interested in hearing from people who share her interests; you can reach her at (410) 750-2187.


The Howard County School of Technology will hold its third annual Cranberry Mart from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The mart, held at the School of Technology on Route 108 in Ellicott City, will feature handcrafted gifts and home decor items.

Admission is $2 at the door for this juried crafts show. Please leave your strollers and baby backpacks at home, because this show is intended for adults. Contact (410) 313-2762 for details.

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