Maryland Community Kitchen


January 06, 2002|By Sloane Brown

Maryland Community Kitchen's "2001 Fall Gala" had all the earmarks of an earlier elegant era. It began with a pre-party reception at the 1906 Mt. Vernon town home which serves as home base for Kirk Designs. Party-goers -- fully decked out in sophisticated cocktail attire -- swept through the marble-floored, rosewood-paneled foyer into several parlor rooms that boasted elaborate plaster relief ceilings, gilt wallpaper, and ornate crystal chandeliers. There, they were greeted by event chair Kevin Bareham, who expanded upon the evening's 1930s theme by wearing white spats with his tux.

Across the street, "An Evening At The Chanticleer" was in full swing. Frank Axell, dressed in a 1930s doorman uniform, welcomed the 300 guests to "The Chanticleer" as he opened the door to the Hippo nightclub. Inside, further transformations awaited. Old-fashioned chandeliers now hung from the ceiling over the Hippo's dance floor. Clusters of small tables surrounded the bandstand, where Doc Scantlin and The Imperial Palms Orchestra performed.

Spotted at the swanky soiree: Tim Holland, Maryland Community Kitchen board president; Steve Schwartzman, Jamie Smith, Chuck Bowers, Phil Cooper, Dan Proctor, and Sande Riesett, MCK board members; Vic Basile, MCK executive director; Carole Sibel and Curt Decker, event honorees; Stanton Ades, Neighborcare senior vice president; Bruce Bodie, City Cafe co-owner; Bruce Mentzer, Mentzer Media Services president; Dave Morrison, U.S. Air Force investigator; Nancy Cohen, Eddie's of Roland Park president; Alan Katz, Cactus Willies owner; Mel Tapper, Tapper Construction Co., Inc. president; Warren Lowman, US Army Lieutenant Colonel; Greg Jenkins, Wachovia Securities trader; Ann Newman, Fiola Blum Realtors agent; Mort Libov, E&R Entertainment president; Michael Reese, Michael Reese at the Penthouse owner; and Brenda Ansel, Elizabeth Arden selling assistant.

The ritzy wingding raised more than $65,000 for Maryland Community Kitchen's Moveable Feast Program.

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