Sweet rewards were abundant at the annual Chocolate Affair

March 23, 1997|By Sylvia Badger

OUTRAGEOUS IS THE WORD that best describes the lavish chocolate creations at the sixth annual Chocolate Affair, a popular sweet fest that raises money for Action for the Homeless. Hundreds of chocoholics filled the Sheraton Inner Harbor ballroom, where they wandered from table to table to taste desserts and candies prepared by 37 area restaurants, chocolatiers and caterers.

Being a guest was the easy part. It was the judges who had the almost impossible task of selecting six winners. Joining me in that awesome task were Lori Pinson, Channel 45; Nan Rosenthal, WJHU-radio; Sandy Nagel, Baltimore Jewish Times, Max Weiss, Baltimore magazine; Eddie Applefeld, promotions and radio personality; and Rob Kasper, fellow Sun columnist.

After a lot of tasting and talking, we finally settled on Sweet Indulgence's bird bath with chocolate flowers, Innovative Gourmet's chocolate macadamia nut tortes, Spike & Charlie's edible cappuccino, Polo Grill's white chocolate banana cream pie, Brass Elephant's chocolate cappuccino, and last, but certainly not least, Great Occasions Caterers, who prepared my favorite, a chocolate bread pudding with vanilla sauce.

I must tell you about Moore's Candies. I met D. James Heyl Jr., president of Moore's Candies on Pinewood Avenue. His card says the company's been in business since 1919. He brought a wonderful selection of chocolate candies to the party, but the one that caught my eye was a chocolate crab, which I plan to send to my son for Easter, in lieu of a chocolate egg or bunny. Or maybe I'll get him one of each for his Easter basket.

Event chairs Debbie and Marc Attman and their committees did a great job, and raised much-needed funds for the homeless.

St. Patrick's Day

Chocolate is great, but corned beef and cabbage were more to the liking of those attending the St. Patrick's Day celebration of the Maryland Historical Society's 1844 Committee. This committee, formed in 1994, is composed of younger people who promote the society by sponsoring a variety of small fund-raisers throughout the year.

Among the committee members at the bash at the Commodore Club in the Harborview Marina and Yacht Club were Charles Constant, Aubrey Good, Anne Harrison, Marcy Sagel and Joe Woolman. Others who stopped by were Middleton Evans, Mimi Kapiloff, Karen Saverino, Jack Hoffberger, Hilary Ewing and Doug Becker.

Gala at the Belvedere

And because variety is the spice of fund-raising life, as well as our own, more than 280 people interested in raising money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Maryland were at the Belvedere Hotel. Music, auctions, buffet dinner and gaming tables set the stage for the sixth annual gala, chaired by Bitten Norman and Dick Wunderlich. More than $20,000 was raised.

Great Fire remembered

From the ballroom of the Belvedere to one of the most elegant structures in Maryland, the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion at Mount Vernon Place, where the third annual Fire Ball was held: Mike Szimanski chaired this year's ball, which featured the music of Tony Berry and New Money, gourmet food prepared in-house, and a raffle and auction. This event commemorated Baltimore's Great Fire of 1904 and the Engineering Society's pivotal role in the restoration of the city. As most of you know, the mansion is now the home of the Engineering Society of Baltimore, and money raised goes into the mansion's endowment fund.

Palace party

The Maryvale School's Castle was the perfect place for Empty Bowl's party planners to have their kickoff party. The castle's ornate wood walls, tapestries and long serving table set the stage for the medieval theme for this year's event May 9. Jayme Dorf Weinstein is chairing the event, which benefits the Maryland Food Committee. Production chair Paul Wolman, P.W. Feats owner, dazzled Empty Bowls' committee members with his ideas to carry out the theme at the Boumi Temple. Others who will be working on this project are Richard Livingston, Paul Saval, Kevin Bareham, Martha Cahill, Paula Kovinsky, Beth Knight, Amy Rakusin and Ken Saenz. They were joined by entertainer Tom Lilly, who gave them a sizzling preview as the celebration's official fire-eater.

More good news

Kudos to Sharon Lewetzki, community activist, and Nancy Dietrich, a teacher at Holabird Middle School, who have been HTC named Baltimore County Woman of the Year by the Baltimore Commission for Women. They will be joined by Julia Dunning, a senior at Catonsville High School, the commission's choice for Young Woman of the Year, at a reception in their honor in `D Towson, March 24 in Courtroom 5 of the old Courthouse. Call (410) 887-3448 for more info ...

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