Dixie Carter can sing, too

SYLVIA BADGER

December 06, 1992|By SYLVIA BADGER

When Dixie Carter was in town last weekend to sing with the BSO, the "Designing Women" star was followed by a crew from "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous."

They were shooting footage for a segment that will focus on Carter's singing career, which she juggles in addition to her TV appearances as Julia Sugarbaker. The versatile Carter travels around the country performing with orchestras as well as at New York City's posh Cafe Carlisle.

Music is also part of Carter's home life, and her favorite recordings -- Luciano Pavarotti, Frank Sinatra and Waylon Jennings -- are as varied as her career.

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Baltimore's Pompeian Olive Oil and Tio Pepe Chef Emiliano Sanz PTC could be called a perfect Baltimore production. Both will shine today at the National Food Brokers Convention in New Orleans.

Chef Sanz will serve some of his most famous Tio Pepe dishes, including shrimp in garlic sauce and pine-nut cake, while Pompeian president Roy Quinn and vice president of marketing Luis Estupinan will act as hosts.

Sanz will be assisted by Andre Poirot, the executive chef of the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans, and his staff as he prepares his Spanish cuisine aboard a riverboat.

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A large Baltimore contingent was among the 200 guests at the West Coast wedding of Nancy Jane Pollack and Steve Carroll.

The night before the ceremony, Steve's parents, former Baltimoreans Hope and Bill Carroll, wined and dined old friends along with the wedding party.

Visiting Baltimoreans included Tommy and Patsy Swindell and Bobby and Nancy Swindell, who took advantage of the sunny California weather to play golf, while others like Linda Godine Long, Kathy and Joe Hardiman, Sally and Butch Michel, Ethel and Dick MacGill, Randall and Missy Carroll and Steve McCulloch opted for visits to Palm Desert, San Diego and the beaches.

Former Baltimoreans Pat and Harry Dalton, who flew in from Phoenix (he's a former Orioles GM, who left here to manage the California Angels and the Milwaukee Brewers), and Mary and Tom Wolfe (he left the Rouse Company for California several years ago and founded the Wolfe Co., a real estate development company) also had a great time renewing friendships.

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It's been a long time, but Democrats are once again the Washington in crowd. Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes and Congressman Steny Hoyer were among those invited to Pamela Harriman's Georgetown home for a dinner party for President-elect Bill Clinton and first lady-to-be Hillary.

Mikulski says she chatted with Clinton and Vice President-elect Al Gore about a variety of issues, including the reorganization of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which Mikulski's subcommittee funds.

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Starr Arbaugh has received phone calls from all over the country since her appearance on NBC's "Today" show last week. Arbaugh, who teaches pre-first grade at St. Paul's School, got a call to appear on the show from a friend who works for "Today's" co-host Katie Couric.

The show was looking for an "average" citizen to talk about the economy. Arbaugh, the mother of three children in their 20s, was on the air for about 10 minutes.

Arbaugh says she and husband, Gene, a PHH exec, were treated like real celebs and housed in a suite.

NBC liked her performance so much it has invited her to come back on the show in March to see if she's more confident about the economy.

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An invitation-only crowd gathered at HarborView's Pier 500 to sample the first Beaujolais Nouveau of the season, delivered by yacht to Pier 500 chef Brian Boston.

After tasting George Du Boeuf's Beaujolais Villages Nouveau, Gary Griggs, sommelier and Pier 500 restaurant manager, said that 1992 promises to be one of the best years in recent history for red wines.

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Children of all ages are invited to have lunch at Velleggia's Restaurant in Little Italy at 1 p.m. next Sunday.

Rick Velleggia and Mike Brooks are promising lots of family fun, gifts, games, pictures with Santa and a children's menu.

To make a reservation, call (410) 685-2620 and say, "We want to have lunch with Santa."

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