'Tasteful' people celebrate arrival of fine, young wine from Italy

SYLVIA BADGER

November 06, 1992|By SYLVIA BADGER

There was great fanfare and excitement on the streets of Little Italy Wednesday night as Roman guards on white stallions led the way for special couriers. The reason for the pomp and circumstance was the arrival of the first bottles of Italy's 1992 Terrazze Della Luna Novello di Teroldego, a wine made to be consumed while it is young and fresh.

The procession began at Da Mimmo restaurant on High Street, (( which is premiering the wine, and owners Maryann and Mimmo Cricchio celebrated with a wine-tasting party.

Guests included members of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, to which the Cricchios belong. Wine enthusiasts Duke and Marlene Goldberg (he owns International Eyewear) shared their opinions

with Dr. Philip and Sharon Goldstein, Chef Roberto Donna of Galileo's in Washington and Michael Petarutti of Palm Bay Imports.

Others sipping wine between bites of a divine penne topped with fresh tomatoes, black olives and capers, and an incredible veal chop with Teroldego wine sauce were Cheryl Gambino, whose husband, Tony, owns Ciao Bella in Little Italy; Harbor Court chef Michael Rork and his wife, Betsy; Dr. Ed and Ellen Goldberg; Mary Torrieri, who is the host of an Italian hour on WITH-AM Sunday mornings; Jayme and Jay Weinstein; and Donna Kuder.

Chef Mimmo greeted his guests as soon as he could get out of the kitchen and was the proud father as he carried his darling 15-month-old son, Mimmo Jr., who was dressed in a tiny white chef's jacket and hat.

I had a great time talking to Annabelle and Richard Sher, WJZ-TV, who told me about their son, Brian, who is back in Baltimore from L.A. and working as a production assistant for Barry Levinson's "Homicide" television series.

While we were eating upstairs, members of the Manhattan Transfer were dining downstairs. They are in town for performances at the Meyerhoff this week and were eating at Da Mimmo's because the food had been so good on their last visit.

Imagine the surprise of Hunt Valley gift studio owners Rita Thompson and Bessie Burley when they received a call from a Tipper Gore aide, who placed a large order for Gore.

The women, who founded Distinctive Image in May, were told Gore had heard about their studio from someone on the Democratic National Committee and needed thank-you presents for her staff. One of the gifts that Gore liked best was an engraved silver 8-by-10-inch picture frame in an elegant satin-lined box.

Distinctive Image, which was one of the sponsors of the U.S. Olympic Team and has worked with the national committees of both major political parties, has provided personal, executive and commemorative gifts locally to the Baltimore Arena, the Pride of Baltimore committee, Op Sail, Lifesongs and many others.

Wedding bells ring tomorrow at St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Eastern Avenue for Shonda Brewer and Curt Schilling, former Orioles pitcher now with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Schilling was traded by the O's in the Glenn Davis deal. Brewer, a Towson State University grad, was Miss Photogenic in Miss Maryland-USA in 1991 and has worked for Home Team Sports.

It was love at first sight when they met at the end of his rookie year, and they've been together since, through seven moves in 1 1/2 years, now calling New Jersey home.

They're having a big wedding with 22 attendants and the only Oriole in the party is pitcher Ben McDonald. Gregg Olson was asked, but he's on an American team currently touring Japan.

The wedding favor is a baseball card with Curt as pitcher and Shonda as catcher, and the stats are: "Drafted: 10/7/90 (when they met); Signed: 8/19/91; Contractual status: Lifetime."

Nashville's, which is called a fashionable country western bar, in the Timonium Holiday Inn, is in cahoots with the Maryland Food Committee to help stamp out hunger in Maryland.

You're invited to get out on the floor from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. next Friday and learn the Tush-Push, Cotton-Eyed Joe or the Achy Breaky, while enjoying reduced drink prices, door prizes and free food.

A $5 donation for the Maryland Food Committee will be collected

at the door.

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