FOR 18 YEARS, Central County diners have applauded the culinary skills of Garry Anderson.
Now, we're about to discover another side of the restaurateur and caterer as he takes the helm of the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce.
Like the chamber, its new president is committed to the growth and improvement of Severna Park businesses and residents.
Anderson, owner of Garry's Grills in Old Severna Park and Annapolis and the Main Ingredient catering business, was the brains behind Capers, a popular restaurant that opened in Cape St. Claire in the early 1980s and then moved to classier digs off U.S. 50, where it garnered accolades from food critics and diners.
Anderson's next venture, to open in late March at the site of the Big Tomato near McKinsey Road, is tantalizingly named Wood Fire.
Food will be prepared on a wood-burning grill, and we'll see the return of favorites from the old Capers menu.
"Some retailers have tended to overlook business opportunities in Greater Severna Park," Anderson said, "but a lot of the people who live in Severna Park tend to overlook retail here because there've been a lot of holes.
"I have a strong desire to see Park Plaza fulfill its potential. The Divaress Management Group out of Richmond, Va., has plans for the Plaza.
"I've seen architectural drawings of what they have in mind, and it can be the cornerstone of Severna Park. Picture movie theaters and greenery. That attitude of development will be contagious, spreading through Severna Park, and also helping with other problems like graffiti and sign usage.
"As president last year, Jim Coulter emphasized business development, and I headed that up for him, and I'm continuing with it this year.
"As members of the chamber of commerce, it's our primary thrust to encourage new business in Severna Park," said the new president. "There are so many business opportunities here."
The chamber's new officers, installed in January, include first vice president Ken Menzies, second vice president Dennis Nolte, secretary Tonya Hill, treasurer Jay Middleton and chairman of the board Jim Coulter.
Board members are Judy Harris, David McCollough, Jim Price, Diana Richards and Mike Wilsman.
Another organization working behind the scenes to make Severna Park a better place to live is the Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal and Enhancement Inc.
Officers for ASPIRE are chairman Pat Troy, first vice chairman Dan Nataf, second vice chairman George Moran, secretary Gail Gillespie and treasurer Dennis Wells.
Newly elected to the board of trustees is Tricia Lehmann, a Berrywood resident who is an accounts manager for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland and is active with the Green Hornets and PTA.
Pub Date: 2/12/98