What's red, white and blue but is edible, too?


November 13, 1994|By Karol V. Menzie

Traditional pasta comes in about a zillion shapes, but perhaps you, like the folks at Buckeye Ranch in Spokane, Wash., are bored with all of them and would like your pasta to have more of an attitude. How about baseballs, bicycles, stars, hearts, footballs, autumn leaves or Christmas trees? Those are just a few of the odd shapes the company produces. The pastas, which also come in colors (the stars come in red, white and blue), cost more than some conventional pastas ($4.25 for bags ranging from 8 ounces to 15 ounces), but they'd be festive in a holiday pasta salad or delightful in soup. The pastas are available at Eddie's, Harvey's of Greenspring Station and Graul's in Baltimore and at Bel Air Country Store in Bel Air. For a copy of "What's Cookin'," the Buckeye Ranch catalog, call (800) 449-2121, Dept. 6700. If you like your wine spiced with knowledge and a little humor, mark Friday on your calendar. California vintner Randall Grahm, known for his championing of lesser-known varieties of grapes and his witty wine names (Le Cigare Volant and Vieux Telegraphe, to name two), will bring six of his wines for an evening of food and wine at Piccolo's in Fells Point. Mr. Grahm specializes in grapes of the Rhone Valley and has introduced American wine drinkers to wines made of pinot noir, grenache and syrah varieties.

Mr. Grahm will work with Piccolo's chef Ashley Sharpe on a six-course menu of dishes and compatible wines. Seating for the event is limited. Tickets cost $75 each. Call (410) 522-6600.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Next Sunday is the date for the 13th annual pre-Thanksgiving vegetarian potluck supper, sponsored by the Baltimore-based Vegetarian Resource Group. The dinner is at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at St. John's Church, 27th and St. Paul streets. Guests should bring a dish with no meat, poultry or fish that will serve four people, with the recipe on a 3-inch-by-5-inch index card so it can be shared as well. Cost is $3 per person. For more information about the dinner, or for more information about the group, call (410) 366-VEGE.

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