Local Chaine gang enjoys divine cuisine and music

January 13, 1995|By SYLVIA BADGER

The worlds of fine cuisine and fine music came together at Harborcourt Hotel Monday night where the Baltimore Chapter of La Chaine des Rotisseurs held its annual induction dinner. Among the 18 new members were two who made the evening's theme, "A Night at the Opera," come alive in song and food.

Italian hors d'oeuvres and Domaine Chandon Blanc Noir Champagne began another gastronomic experience for the 125 black-tie guests. Harborcourt's executive chef and new Chaine member Holly Forbes and her staff prepared the food, while another new member, director of the Baltimore Opera Company Michael Harrison, provided props and opera singers, who sang arias from "Carmen," "Boris Godunov" and "Madama Butterfly," to correspond with the serving of courses of smoked salmon, stuffed pheasant breast, and confit of duck.

Duke Goldberg, president of the chapter, was master of ceremonies and presented awards to Gary Cooper, Larry Coleman and Ted Task for years of service to the Chaine. Others enjoying the festivities were Citronelle Chef Karim Lakhani, Chef Luigi Diotaiuti from Primi Piatti restaurant in Washington, Ron Sharrow, Aaron Young, Sharon Goldstein, Steve Esrig, Alan Hirsh III, Steve Mailman, Gregory Papaloukas, Dr. Ronald Pototsky, Marlene Goldberg, Jayme and Jay Weinstein, Karen and Stan Levin, Michael Shilling, and Da Mimmo owner and Chef Mimmo Cricchio and his wife, Mary Ann.

Chaine members enjoyed good food and wines, which were often served with a flair by the wait staff, dressed as Groucho Marx. They entered the room carrying desserts a la Groucho Marx, complete with glasses, nose and mustache.

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Leonard Sachs came up with the idea having "Scripture & Song, a musical conversation," after overhearing a discussion between Tom Hall, director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and Noam Zion, from the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

Sachs and his wife, Lainy, decided to get behind such a production, which will feature Hall and the 75 voices of the Choral Arts Society at Beth Am Synagogue on Jan. 22. Others helping with the project are Lisa Akchin, Rheda Becker, Jennifer Berk, Jill Glassgold, Margaret Himelfarb, Nancy Holder, Lisa Libowitz, Lois Perschetz, Annette Saxon, Hal Schlaffer, Rosellen Shapiro and Mary Wolfson. Tickets are $7 for the 2 p.m. concert.

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Ken Nigro, who has handled all nine of the Baltimore Orioles winter cruises, tells me that the O's are the only major-league baseball team to continue the tradition this year. Yep, all those lucky souls left last Sunday for yummy, warm places like Aruba and St. John, plus they get to hobnob with the O's special guests Paul Carey, Jack Voigt, Arthur Rhodes, Elrod Hendricks, Earl Weaver, Dave Johnson, Jon Miller and Chuck Thompson.

Among this year's guests are Anne Tuchscherer, who came from Germany for her fifth cruise; Ruth Style and Helene Briers, sisters on cruise No. 7; and Sam and Val Gaugler, who are on their third cruise after having been married in St. Thomas on the first one.

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I bet you have not heard the last of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ellen Sauerbrey. She may not be our governor over the next four years, but I bet talk radio is in her future.

I tuned in to listen to WBAL-radio's conservative talk-show host Ron Smith recently, only to find Sauerbrey fielding calls. Seems she was filling in for Smith and loving it . . .

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