Local chefs will prepare a feast as fund-raiser for homeless shelter ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY -- Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

July 23, 1993|By Tom Bowman | Tom Bowman,Staff Writer

Black tie, chocolate bourbon cake and a cruise throughout the United States are not usually associated with the homeless.

But in September, the tony triumvirate will come together to aid The Lighthouse Shelter, a West Street facility that offers a bed, a hot meal and counseling to those who live in society's shadow.

Ten chefs from local restaurants and hotels will pool their talents for the third annual benefit dinner, which will be held this year at the Annapolis Holiday Inn. This year's theme for the eight-course meal will be a "Cruise Throughout the United States," featuring delicacies inspired by such ports of call as San Francisco and New Orleans.

"It's the centerpiece of our local fund-raising efforts," said the Rev. David R. Henry, pastor of the United Church of Christ of Annapolis, part of a consortium of 10 churches that runs the center.

"I think it's a great cause," said Jamie Evans, 28, a chef at the

Annapolis Marriott, who is taking part in his first fund-raising dinner and expects to create hors d'oeuvres of spinach, mushrooms and feta cheese.

Philippe Bind, 28, a chef at The Bread Place bakery, will create the bourbon cake with sweet roasted pepper ice cream. "It's a nice event. . . . You're working for your neighbors," said Mr. Bind, who has taken part in the two previous dinners.

The Lighthouse can sleep 23 people, including two apartments for families. The shelter also provides meals, counseling, a literacy program and caseworkers for relocation. Average stays are about one week to 10 days.

The dinner was the idea of former Ramada Inn chef John Muscha, who now works in Ocean City. Mr. Muscha suggested the dinner after his friend Mr. Henry told him he hoped to raise $1,500 for the shelter and was considering a bull roast. The subsequent gourmet event raised $15,000.

A cocktail party will precede the 8 p.m. dinner on Sept. 23 at the Holiday Inn's Arundel Ballroom. Tickets are $75 per person. For further information contact Mr. Henry at 410-266-8596.

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