Celebrity-chef brunch

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April 11, 2002|By Tricia Bishop

More than 30 chefs from the some of the country's best restaurants and culinary schools (including New York's Culinary Institute of America and Rhode Island's Johnson and Wales College of Culinary Arts) will be poised to cook you a wine brunch Sunday in Wilmington, Del. While the event may be out of town, there's a local tie: The herbs and seasonings the chefs are using all come from Baltimore-based Vanns Spices.

The annual event, called Meals From the Masters, raises money for local chapters of Meals on Wheels, a nationwide nonprofit program that delivers hot meals to homebound seniors. Last year's brunch raised more than $325,000. A silent auction featuring author-signed cookbooks and travel packages, among other things, will also take place.

The brunch takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MBNA International Headquarters building in Wilmington (11th and French streets). Tickets are $150 each. For more information, call 302-656-3257 or log on to www.mealsfromthemasters.com.

Carillon concert at Longwood Gardens

Saturday, the bells toll for thee at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. An outdoor carillon concert features Scott Parry, who's played the instrument for more than 50 years, published two collections of bell music and plays the carillon at Princeton University.

The carillon is made up of at least 23 bronze bells of varying tones and sizes - some weigh up to 20 pounds. The tones are played using a keyboard, with the keys connected to individual bells.

Parry's concert will feature original work along with music by Bach, Gershwin and Schubert.

The concert takes place at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $2 to $12. Seating is on benches or the lawn. Longwood Gardens is on U.S. 1 in Kennett Square, Pa. Call 610-388-1000 or log on to www.long woodgardens.org.

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