For some, it was a very rewarding night

March 11, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

More than 450 people attended the Restaurant Association of Maryland's 35th annual gala awards banquet at Stouffer's Monday evening. As you can imagine, this is a tough group to prepare food for, but Stouffer chefs Guy Reinbold and Walter Reaman lived up to their reputations and served guests lots of good wine to go with lobster and filet mignon.

Restaurateur of the Year, the association's ultimate honor, was bestowed upon chef/owner Mimmo Cricchio of Da Mimmo's Restaurant in Little Italy. Mimmo, with his wife, Mary Ann at his side, was given a permanent plaque for his restaurant and a huge trophy to exhibit until next year's winner is named. He received a standing ovation as the audience echoed approval.

Other awards were given to Allied Industry Members of the Year Peter Santoni of Santoni Association and Thomas B. Stone, attorney; President's Award to Mark Wasserman, the secretary of the Economic and Employment Development Department; and the Schellhase Award went to Richard McClure of Carrol's Creek Cafe in Annapolis.

On hand for the dinner were Lt. Gov. Mickey Steinberg; Stephen Elmont, president of the National Restaurant Association; Dean Kenderdine and George Williams, Department of Economic and Employment Development; Italian Counsel Francesco Legaluppi; Duke Goldberg, president of LaChaine des Rotisseurs, with his wife, Marlene; Tom and Nancy Stuehler, Truffles Catering at the Belvedere; and John Carlo Liberatore of Liberatore's Restaurant in Timonium.

When awards were not being presented, people enjoyed thmusic of Maryland's own Fancy Pants.

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The Greater Baltimore Medical Center's Gala '94 celebrated the with some good old-fashioned rock and roll. Dress was black tie or '50s attire, which was just what the doctor ordered for the dance chairman Betsy Saunders and her husband, Dr. John Saunders, director of GBMC's Milton J. Dance Head & Neck Rehabilitation Center, who looked pretty nifty in bobby socks and varsity sweaters.

Congrats to chairman of the raffle Mike Gill, Americom president, who was all smiles after announcing that the raffle netted more than $60,000 for the hospital. Joelyn Yoder, silent auction chair, was delighted that her items brought in more than $10,000. Altogether more than $140,000 was raised for the new GBMC Community and Family Health Center, which will serve citizens of East Baltimore.

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The Grant-A-Wish Foundation, best known for making the wishes sick children come true, just might make one of my wishes come true on April 21. How many of you have said, "I would give anything to meet Tom Selleck"? Well, if you can afford it and his production schedule allows, you have the chance. He has agreed to join his buddy Tom Clancy, well-known author and part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles;

and Peter Angelos, the majority owner of the Orioles, at the 11th annual Grant-A-Wish Foundation Benefit at Martin's West.

There will be a reception at 5 p.m. where the VIPs will chat one-on-one with guests, who buy $200 tickets. At 6 p.m., the $100 ticket-holders will arrive for the patron's reception, which VIP guests will also attend. For more information call (410) 242-1549.

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Music in the Great Hall Series continues at 8:15 this evening with performance by Croatian pianist Ivana Svarc, performing solo and with Vladimir Lande and Barry Trent. Most recently Ms. Svarc won the Baltimore Music Club competition. Mr. Lande is the principal oboist with the Leningrad Philharmonic until 1989 and now plays with the Concert Artists of Baltimore and the Baltimore Opera Orchestra. Mr. Trent, a native Marylander and the president of the American Bassoon Company, is the principal bassoonist of the Baltimore Opera Orchestra.

Performances tonight and at 3 p.m. Sunday, will be held at the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road. Student tickets are $5, and all others are $10. Call (410) 823-8339 for reservations.

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Around town: For one Saturday only, April 2, -- the amazing Tony Bennett will be at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall singing songs from his newest album, "Steppin Out." It's a salute to his old friend, Fred Astaire. Call the box office, (410) 783-8000 ASAP for tickets . . .

Ticket-holders for the Bridesmaids Ball, which was scheduled for Saturday Night at the Camden Club, has been postponed until a later date. For ticket refunds, call Greg O'Brien at (410) 529-6712 . . .

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