Forks are an afterthought in Streisand's salad days

May 13, 1994|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Sun Staff Writer

People . . . People who need forks are the yuckiest people in the world.

OK, so Barbra Streisand didn't exactly sing those lyrics during her recent concerts at the USAir Arena in Landover. She might as well have.

The culinary word on America's Funny Girl is that she eats salad sans utensils, drinks only American bottled water and avoids green peppers because of a food allergy.

Other than that, Ms. Streisand has been a poster girl for the Food Pyramid in recent days, eating lots of vegetables, fresh fruit and fish.

Perhaps more surprising than the diva's diet, though, is who's been feeding her. Hightopps, a little-known bar and grill in Fells Point, won a competitive bid a month ago to serve Ms. Streisand and her crew.

Roughly 40 employees of the company's catering division have been working nearly around the clock since Sunday, serving up New York strip steaks and swordfish to the crew and vegetarian soup and salmon to the star, says Melanie Kodenski, who runs the business with her brother-in-law Jim Bell.

They also have served Jerry Seinfeld (marinated beef strips and parsley potatoes) and Van Halen (tequila and nachos with extra hot sauce).

For last night's concert, the caterers fixed a twice-baked potato and a spinach salad with grilled chicken for Ms. Streisand. The president, who was expected at the show, was given a more lavish spread: finger sandwiches, shrimp stuffed with crab imperial and white pizza.

After Tuesday night's concert, Ms. Streisand took a break from dressing-room fare, venturing to Georgetown's River Club for a late-night supper with a small entourage.

While her meal was fairly standard -- Caesar salad, penne pasta with porcini mushrooms and lots of hot water with lemon -- several waiters noted that she polished off her salad with her hands.

Was that ill-mannered?

"No," says Terrell Danley, the executive chef. "I liked it. It showed how much she liked my food."

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