A gourmets' feast


August 01, 1999|By Sloane Brown

If we are what we eat, then 180 food lovers were the epitome of elegance at a dreamy dinner honoring culinary superstar Julia Child. The fabulous four-course feast, prepared by Miami chef Allen Susser and 12 Baltimore-area chefs, was sponsored by the Baltimore/Maryland chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food, an organization co-founded by Child and dedicated to promoting a better understanding of food and wine.

The epicures certainly showed their knowledge as they dined at the Belvedere on Chesapeake Bay jumbo crab tian, herb-roasted rack of lamb, a sumptuous cheese trio, and double chocolate espresso timbale. Of course, Child wished everyone "bon appetit" as the meal began.

Among the fervent foodies: Diane Feffer Neas, local AIWF board chair; Betty Legenhausen, vice chair; Connie Conner, Harriet Dopkin, Ann Wilder and Carolyn Wille, board members; Deborah Orrill, national AIWF board chair; Dr. Glenwood Trivers, research associate at the National Cancer Institute; Holly Hamilos, retired school administrator; Buzz Berg, CEO of Berg Recycling; and Bob Brown, VP of BFI Inc.

This meal of the gods raised a heavenly $9,000 for AIWF.

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