Kitchenless chef hits the road in search of Italian secrets


April 04, 1993|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Staff Writer

You've heard of a man without a country. How about a cook without a kitchen?

That's life for Mark Hofmann these days. The former chef of the Pavilion at the Walters has just signed on at Ellen and Linwood Dame's as-yet-unnamed Northern Italian restaurant in Owings Mills. The trattoria, located next door to Linwood's Cafe-Grille, is expected to open this summer.

In the meantime, Mr. Hofmann will be traveling to restaurants along the East Coast, learning the behind-the-scenes secrets to Italian cooking.

The new job is a homecoming for Mr. Hofmann, who worked as sous-chef at Linwood's before leaving for the Polo Grill and the Pavilion.

Guests had to eat in the kitchen, but we hear dinner at Windows Restaurant last week was worth it. The event? A chef's round table organized by chef Jay Swift and his staff.

While Mr. Swift cooked, Guy Reinbold, executive chef of the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel, filled in food writers about Windows' new menu. Some of the highlights included scallops in phyllo and pan-roasted duck with maple sweet potatoes. The restaurant now offers vegetarian dishes as well.

Nearly 30 caterers and restaurants are pitching in to help the hungry April 27, when Baltimore's second annual Taste of the Nation takes place at the Camden Club from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. There'll be food, wine and song, with the proceeds helping hunger relief in Maryland and abroad. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.

And here's a bonus: Guests will be able to go home and imitate the pros, or at least try, since they'll receive a booklet of recipes for dishes served that night. Call (410) 276-1367 for information.

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