If it's Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland's annual "Culinary Extravaganza," then it's time -- once again -- to play find-your-favorite-dish. Some 350 guests jammed into the Harbor Court Hotel ballroom eager to sample the gourmet creations of 16 local chefs and decide which ones warranted seconds.
"I like the sweet-and-sour scallops," declared Peter Bartels, an interior designer with Rita St. Clair Associates.
(Actually, Peter, those were "coriander scented sea scallops and sweet corn white truffle coulis," courtesy of Renaissance Harborplace Hotel's Tim Mullen.)
Linwood's shrimp are divine," raved Mollett Travel vice president Pam Malester about the "barbecue shrimp, jicama endive and mesclun salad with blood oranges" from restaurant owner / chef Linwood Dame.
"Nancy Longo's shrimp and rockfish dumplings have a nice, spicy twist," said Denise Klicos, owner of DK Salon, defending her favorite chef from Pierpoint Restaurant.
Among the rest of the tasting and opining crowd: Greg Martin and Liselotte Karaolis, event co-chairs; Devereaux E. Sterrette, Rick Cucina and Ellen Dame, event committee members; Ted Skinner, Meals on Wheels board president; Jan Guben, immediate past president; Andrew Buerger, Edwin Jules, Kevin C. McCormick and Barbara K. Shapiro, board members; Bob Schap, Meals On Wheels executive director; Carmen Maxwell, Maxim Group director of consulting programs; Mark Harris, Verizon Wireless corporate account manager; Mark LaMarch, Chesapeake Cadillac-Jaguar general manager; Eddie Applefeld, local radio personality; Ann von Forthuber, Auction & Estate Representatives auctioneer; Jon Wing, Lockheed Martin Marine Systems deputy general manager; Joe Lertch, Baltimore wine consultant; and Liza Fischer and Agi Sledz, Baltimore County au pairs.
The eating extravaganza collected about $105,000 for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.