A grand dinner party honors Favazzas for aiding opera here

June 21, 1996|By Sylvia Badger

OPERA ALWAYS HAS been a chichi production. Whether it's a stage production or a Baltimore Opera Guild dinner party, it's grand. The guild's most recent party, "Romeo et Juliette," was a black-tie event at the home of Donna and Sterling Leppo, whose lovely home is in the Cold Saturday development, once the privately owned Cold Saturday Farm. The Leppos very kindly lent the use of their home and its outdoor setting for the party.

Cocktails and silent auction items were served up in a terrace-level tent and a buffet was served later in a tent on the lower level. Hundreds of people sat at pretty tables and ate a delicious dinner prepared by Truffles Caterers. (It better have been good, because Truffles owner Tom Steuhler and his wife, Nancy, were at the party.)

The guests of honor were one of two of my favorite people, Emma and Frank Favazza, who were being honored for their many contributions to Baltimore's opera world.

They were there with their children Frank III and Toni -- all of whom were surrounded by hard-working committee members -- Sam MacFarlane, treasurer of the Opera Company, and his wife Susie; Dawn and Nick Benedict, who worked on the auction with Jill Breen, and her husband Richard, an international management consultant; Ed Brody, Brody Truck Co., and his wife, Barbara, and Douglas Madeley, who's with PHH.

Opera stars Joan and Chris Merritt mesmerized guests, who included Lois Baldwin and Bobby Knatz, he's a commercial Realtor; Arlen St. John, owner of Kelly's Kollections in Towson, who was with Bob Seim, owner of Towson Photo; Lydia Hoover and Ed Macatee, he's a retired banker; Jacqueline Joyes, owner of "Treasures of Allegheny," a consignment/antiques shop in Towson; Harvey Meyerhoff and Janet Tolbert, she's an Opera board trustee; Nancy O'Donnell, president of the Opera Guild; Charles and Louise Schadt, he's a new trustee and she owns an antiques shop in Annapolis; and Pat and Michael Harrison, he's the director of the Baltimore Opera Company.

Ladew's 'Kitchen Witch'

A young lady from Phoenix, Baltimore County, called to tell me how much she and a group of her friends enjoyed a cooking demonstration by "The Kitchen Witch" at The Cafe at Ladew Gardens. Lucy McGrane, "The "Witch," shared stories about making, and recipes for, phyllo triangles with chicken and walnuts, chicken boursin, fruit tarts, raisin bread and cranberry sparklers.

McGrane lives in Easton, where she owns an Irish imports shop called "Erinn Arts." She's been to Ireland so many times on buying trips that she now teaches a "So You Want to go to Ireland?" course at Chesapeake College. Her food articles appear in the Valley Times, a northern Baltimore County magazine, which sponsored her Ladew visit. Among those tasting her dishes were Ann Marie Frederick, Times mag publisher; Jane Fallon, caterer who runs the Ladew cafe; Mary Ellen Morrison, Pandora's Box manager; and Melissa Gaudet, Demse Midei, Brenda English and Julia Klein, all budding gourmet cooks.


Around town:

The Walters Art Gallery had some pretty famous people hanging around this week.

Clint Eastwood and his "Absolute Power" crew were shooting footage at the Walters. Actor Ed Harris was there for a scene and so was Clint's daughter, Allison, who has a small speaking part in the film. The Walters gallery was filled with some pretty notable watchers -- former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop came over from D.C. to talk to Eastwood about an herbal product Eastwood uses; "Absolute Power" author David Barducci, and the film's screenwriter William Goldman, who was the screenwriter for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" many, many moons ago.

Cindy Wolf, chef at the Fells Point restaurant, Savannah in The Admiral Fell Inn, met lots of politicos and entertainers when she was the executive chef at the D.C. restaurant, Georgia Brown.

But she vows she's never met anyone as nice as Clint Eastwood, also a restaurateur. He stopped by Savannah's this week to sup on specialties -- roasted quail with corn bread and country ham stuffing and her nothing-but-crab- meat-crab-cakes.

Speaking of restaurateurs, Jean-Louis Palladin, whose D.C. restaurant recently closed, was at Savannah's to sample Chef Wolf's signature shrimp and grits

Remember Mark Spitz, the good-looking young swimmer who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics? He'll be at the Harborplace Amphitheatre from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow to judge the 8th CitySand competition. Teams of architects will build Olympics-theme sand sculptures. Spitz also will sign autographs at The Swatch Store After a $2 million face lift, the Rusty Scupper restaurant on Key Highway, opened with a community splash. At a grand re-opening ceremony emceed by Bill McCuddy, host of cable show, "Wake Up America," the Rusty Scupper donated $10,000 to the BSO's youth music programs. State Comptroller Louis Goldstein and a BSO board member, accepted the check on behalf of the BSO

Have you been meaning to take bridge lessons? Well, now you can help yourself, as well as the Woman's Industrial Exchange. The lessons will be given in Suite 157, at Cross Keys, on June 20, 27, and July 11.

Be there at 9 a.m. for muffins, coffee and a half-hour lesson, followed by two hours of duplicate play. Cost is $25, and 65 percent is a tax deduction. Call Connie Whitescarver, (410) 685-4388.

Pub Date: 6/21/96

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