On the culinary scene

January 09, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

My magazine reading always suffers during the holidays. That's why I didn't see the Bon Appetit December story on Will Greenwood, one of my favorite chefs, until last Sunday. I wondered what had become of young Will, whom I met when he worked in the Baltimore area. Once, we actually cooked together -- as celebrity chefs for the March of Dimes Gourmet Gala.

He's now the executive chef at the lovely Jefferson Hotel in Washington, named for our third president and author of the Declaration of Independence. Food lovers say Thomas Jefferson was a true epicure, so it seems fitting that Chef Greenwood, a Southerner who loves to experiment with Southern dishes, is there.

The January issue of Bon Appetit named Baltimore's Citronelle, perched atop the Lantham Hotel, formerly Peabody Court Hotel, as one of the best new restaurants in the country. Citronelle is owned by one of the nation's foremost French chefs, Michel Richard, who opened his highly praised Citrus in Los Angeles in 1987, and the first Citronelle in Santa Barbara in 1991.

Locally, chef Thomas Berry offers two prix fixe menus: a pre-theater three-course meal, or a dinner-hour five-course meal.

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I bumped into one of Johns Hopkins' leading cardiologists on a USAir flight to Charlotte during the holidays. Dr. Levi Watkins was heading south to spend Christmas with his father. But he was making an overnight stop in North Carolina to visit his close friend, poet Maya Angelou.

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When Dr. Ray Schulmeyer decided to take in a Baltimore Spirit game after Christmas with his wife, Terri, and son, Michael, he never dreamed his veterinary skills would be tested before they left the Baltimore Arena that evening. The half-time show featured two dogs running and catching Frisbees. At one point, the dogs, a Border collie and a chocolate Lab, collided, and the Border collie let out a yelp and stumbled off.

Fortunately there was a doctor in the house. Dr. Schulmeyer, who recently opened his own animal hospital on Joppa Road, checked both dogs. The collie suffered a bad bruise, but no broken bones. There were cheers from the audience when the dogs made an appearance later to show fans they were fine.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO:

Two Baltimore businessmen, who were among 1993's top 100 Irish-American businessmen selected by Irish American magazine. Jerry Casey, chief executive of Allied Irish Banks and chairman of First Maryland Bankcorp, and Michael Sullivan, president and CEO of the troubled Merry-Go-Round Enterprises, were noted. Now the world knows what we've always known about these two . . .

Mike Chesser, who, after many years with Baltimore Gas & Electric, is leaving to become the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Atlantic Electric Company in New Jersey. Leadership-Baltimore County, a group he helped found, is having a goodbye breakfast for him Jan. 14 at Marriott Hunt Valley Inn . . .

Kirk Emge, former general counsel for the Maryland Public Service Commission, who left to become deputy general counsel at Potomac Electric Power Company, where he met his bride, Elizabeth Ireland Lanoutte, a financial analyst. They were married on New Year's Day at the bride's parents' home in Falls Church, Va. It was a delightful ceremony, followed by a divine dinner . . .

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin J. Wolf, who have been married 60 years today, but celebrated the occasion with their friends yesterday. He's a retired Corps of Engineers colonel and a former Circuit Court judge who still practices law. His wife, the former Jane T. Hutzler, was a Braille instructor for more than 50 years and a transcriber for the American Red Cross and for the Library of Congress . . .

Jay Hovdey, who wrote "Whittingham," a new biography about thoroughbred trainer Charlie Whittingham, who is without peer, having won purses totaling more than $104 million and posting more than 2,436 career victories. The book is available at book stores for $29.95 or from Blood-Horse Inc. at (800) 866-2361.

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