Around Town


September 02, 2001|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

Add visiting another hot new restaurant to the to-do list for Baltimore's eating-out crowd. Roy's- Baltimore opened about a week ago near the Marriott Waterfront.

But many of the town's trendsetters have already tried out the place.

The eatery -- the chain's 25th -- held a slew of soft openings to introduce local folks to the unique "Hawaiian Fusion" cuisine, with wines and sakes to match.

The biggest celebrity there, however, wasn't a Charm City-ite, but owner / chef Roy Yamaguchi, who came from Honolulu just to make sure this place opened smoothly. Roy kept a low profile -- working away in the kitchen with his staff.

If you missed Roy here, you can catch him in November, when he appears in a new UPN version of Iron Chef.

Speaking of chefs on TV, one of Baltimore's own will be featured on the Food Network this week. You probably know Lisa Anne Portera as Baltimore's "apple lady" -- the maker of those scrumptious "Lisa Anne's Toffee Apples."

Wednesday night, you can see how Lisa Anne turns Granny Smith apples into her caramel and chocolate-covered delights on Food Finds at 10 p.m.

It all coincides with some big changes for the 10-year-old business, including a name change to "Lisa Anne's Decadent Gifts," and a major push to go national. She's also adding to her line: gift packages, truffles and a yet-to-be-unveiled cookie. (You can order her goodies through her Web site --

"It's something that I knew was going to happen and have been looking forward to, and now I get to take the business where I want it to be," Lisa says, "I'll have more room for creativity and design. So I'm not just expanding my territory, but I get to expand my mind!"

Which, of course, translates to a few expanding waistlines for Lisa Anne fans.

Social Calendar

September 6: "10th Anniversary Celebration." Benefiting Holocaust and War Victims Tracing and Information Center at the American Red Cross of Central Maryland. Lunch, keynote speaker -- Ruth Gruber, author of Haven: The Unknown Story of 1,000 World War II Refugees. Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave. Noon -- 1:30 p.m. Tickets $100, $200 including pre-lunch reception with author. Call 410-764-7000, Ext. 5310.

September 6: "2nd Annual Cultural Diversity Awards Banquet." Benefits Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival. Open bar, seated dinner, live music. Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road, 6 p.m. Tickets $75. Call 410-521-1011.

September 9: "Annual Crab Feast & Auction." Benefits Stella Maris Hospice Care Program. Beer, buffet dinner, DJ, music, games. Maryland State Fairgrounds, York Road, Timonium. 1 p.m. Tickets $40. Call 410-252-4500, Ext. 254.

If you'd like to have your social event considered for coverage on the Maryland Scene page, please fax the information at least three weeks in advance to 410-675-3451, or call 410-332-6520. Or mail it to Party Page at The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278.

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