Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore


October 07, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

Holding a conversation at the sixth annual Taste of WEB was not easy; neither was clapping, shaking hands or exchanging business cards. The reason? Everyone's hands and mouths were full with the good stuff brought by the more than 20 area chefs.

Donna Crivello of Donna's Restaurants and Coffee Bars served up a pear and gorgonzola salad; Rebecca Owens and Daniel Rykaczewski of A Cook's Table offered gingered brandied gravlax served in sushi rolls; Kim Acton from Pazza Luna presented pasta shells in Bolognese sauce; personal chef Diane Bukatman dished out chicken breast pieces with dried fruit and a honey-apple walnut glaze; Nancy Longo of Pierpoint brought crab dumplings; Nora Johnson of Your Unique Caterers made gourmet rice pudding and Pam Klink from the Belmont Conference Center in Elkridge tempted passers-by with chocolate peanut butter fudge and brown sugar shortcake topped with a harvest-fruit compote.

Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore, dedicated to helping Marylanders, particularly women, become self-sufficient through entrepreneurial ventures, held the event fittingly in Baltimore's Museum of Industry, surrounded by the works of self-starters and inventors.

A jazz duo kept the spirit lively as did Ann Von Forthuber, one of only 50 female auctioneers in the country, as she led the live auction whose items donated included Oriole tickets, a football signed by Elvis Grbac and a carved garden bench. In all, the event raised more than $35,000.

Spotted among the 300 people: Amanda Zinn, WEB chief executive officer; William G. Schaefer, WEB co-president; Monique Booker, WEB treasurer; Linda Miller, WEB secretary; Jadi Keambiroiro, WEB director of development; Clarence Greenidge, WEB business development manager; Sharron Dorsey, Joan Burton, Lisa Stachura and Carolyn Henderson, WEB board members; Barbara Samuels, an ACLU of Maryland fair-housing attorney; Bronwyn Thompson, Planned Parenthood planning-committee member; Aaron Max, of Max Realty, Sayra Meyerhoff, WEB supporter; A.M.Y. Grace, treasurer of the South Baltimore Improvement Committee; Marsha Alvarez, a pharmacist with the Department of Defense; and Joanne M. Saltzberg, of Saltzberg & Associates consulting.

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