Party celebrates milestone for Hammond-Harwood House

September 21, 1997|By SYLVIA BADGER

ELEGANT IS WHAT BEST describes the garden party given by the Hammond-Harwood House Auxiliary to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the lovely Georgian-style house becoming a museum.

Nearly 150 people attended the party in Annapolis, which was held under a tent set in the stately boxwood gardens. The music of a Dixieland band greeted guests, who admired the creative floral decorations arranged and donated by Ann Somers.

Another highlight was the food, prepared by Susan Haskins, owner of Fishing Creek Caterers, who used several recipes from the Hammond-Harwood House cookbook, "Maryland's Way," now in its 14th edition. Seafood in a chafing dish, Vandalusia biscuits, Maryland fudge cake and cream almond cake were among the favorites.

Louise Devanny chaired this event, which had as its honorary chairs the president of St. John's College, Christopher Nelson, and his wife, Joyce Olin.

Serving the Red Cross

Tennis players raised a racket for the American Red Cross at the first annual Toyota Tennis Challenge at the Greenspring Racquet Club. The event, chaired by Susan Warfield Miller, attracted 70 players for a fun-filled afternoon of tennis. Others who helped make it a success were Maryland's first lady of tennis, Pam Shriver; Baltimore's first lady, Dr. Patricia Schmoke; and baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, all of whom donated their time to help the Red Cross raise funds to purchase a new emergency response vehicle.

Waiting fame

Once a year, members of Maryland's hospitality community gather for the Annual Service Classic, which honors the best in their business. This year's competition was held at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, where the final 25 waiters and waitresses competed in the Stars of Service. Hundreds of people attended the event, which included a cocktail reception and the music of singer/songwriter Chip Monk, who, I am told, has performed with Mary Chapin Carpenter.

The finalists served guests a four-course dinner, prepared by chef Sam Anderson. This year's first-place winner in the fine dining category was Thomas Flynn from Peerce's Plantation in Phoenix. Scott Curran from Ruth's Chris Steak House was first runner-up. Casual dining's first-place winner was Laura Corkran of Fisherman's Inn in Grasonville. Nick DiNatale from Piccolo's in Fells Point was first runner-up. Be sure to congratulate them the next time you eat at their restaurants.

Concern for the Bay

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has worked hard to keep the bay and its rivers safe since 1971, so you can bet the fish kills in our waterways dominated party talk at the recent Taste of the Chesapeake dinner. More than 350 corporate, scientist and government types were at the party, which was held under a tented Pier 3 at the National Aquarium. They dined on regional specialties like rockfish, duck, oysters and crab, prepared by 12 of the area's best chefs. After an evening of good food, washed down with local wine and beer, guests left with carved fish and duck decoys purchased at the silent auction as well as goodie bags stuffed with edible treats. Best of all, the party raised more than $35,000 for the alliance.

Around town

Money mag's October issue has an insert called Rewards of Money, which features four-star museum dining. Peter Zimmer, Joy America's self-trained chef at the Visionary Arts Museum on Key Highway, is featured as one of the country's eight best museum chefs. They list his most popular dinner dish as Thai grilled rack of lamb with mashed sweet corn cakes and coconut butter for $28.50. ... Earle Shawe celebrated the 50th anniversary of his law firm, Shawe & Rosenthal, with a gala party at the Center Club. John D. Corse, director of development at the University of Virginia Law School, stopped by to thank Shawe for endowing a chair in law at the school. Others who stopped by were his daughter, Gail, chairwoman of the board of the Constellation Foundation; his son Stephen, a partner at the firm; his partner, William J. Rosenthal; Mayor Kurt Schmoke and former Mayor Tommy D'Alesandro; former U.S. Rep. Helen Delich Bentley; Steven Parker, president of Mack Trucks; Peter Angelos, owner of the Baltimore Orioles; and William B. Gould IV, chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, who said a few words about Shawe. ... And finally, sorry I couldn't be there, but I hear Dr. James Frenkil's birthday was celebrated in fine style at a surprise birthday party given by his wife, Carolyn.

Pub Date: 9/21/97

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