The Dish

THE DISH

October 02, 2002|By LIZ ATWOOD

Wine shop toasted as nation's best

Food & Wine magazine has named Bin 604 Wine Sellers in Baltimore as Best New Wine Shop in the country.

The recognition, in the magazine's October issue, notes co-owner Jay Miller's dedication to tasting wines and the store's selectivity -- choosing only a fraction of the wines he samples.

Bin 604 Wine Sellers at 604 S. Exeter St. is operated by Miller and Tony Foreman. It specializes in collectible wines, boutique vintners and bargain wines.

Rice with flavor to savor

If you're looking to put some spice in your rice, here are some easy ideas from the USA Rice Federation:

* Cook rice in light coconut milk and water. When rice is tender, stir in fresh lime juice and cilantro.

* Cook rice in chicken broth and a pinch of saffron threads. Toss in green beans or petite peas when rice is done.

* Toss an herbal tea bag into the water while rice cooks.

* Add dried cranberries, chopped pecans, sliced green onions and parmesan cheese to hot cooked rice.

* Add heavy cream, sliced bananas, chopped pecans and chocolate chips to hot cooked rice for dessert.

Party time

Kraft has a solution for hosts and hostesses who would rather spend time with their guests than in the kitchen: party trays with crackers and pre-sliced cheese and salami.

The Kraft Party to Go trays include 48 Stoned Wheat Thins crackers, 48 slices of Kraft mild cheddar or hot pepper cheese and 90 slices of Oscar Mayer hard salami.

The trays are available in grocery stores for a suggested retail price of $7.99.

Big serving of new shows

The next best thing to eating food is probably looking at it. This month, food lovers will have several new TV shows to whet their appetites.

The Food Network offers a new dessert show, Passion for Dessert With Jacques Torres, which explores the world of sweets, starting Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The network also introduces Top 5, which reflects on the best food of the decades, starting Monday at 10 p.m. And another show, The Food Hunter, is a Crocodile Hunter knockoff with British grocer Pete Luckett (above), who visits exotic locations to scope out fruit and vegetables, beginning 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 18.

Meanwhile, on the Public Broadcasting Service, Con-Agra presents What We Eat, a 13-part series with host Burt Wolf, who explores the impact Christopher Columbus' voyages had on food and culture throughout the world. That series begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on local public television stations.

EVENTS

* The Maryland Hospitality Education Foundation presents a progressive dinner featuring five Howard County restaurants from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. $75 per person ($50 tax-deductible) with proceeds going to the Maryland hospitality industry's school-to-career program. For tickets call 800-874-1313, Ext. 1017 or visit www.mhef.org and click on "Hot Dish."

* Chef Diane Bukatman will teach cooking basics in a three-part series, "How to Boil Water," Wednesdays starting 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at A Cook's Table, 717 Light St. $140 for the series. Call 410-539-8600.

* Sample foods from 25 female chefs and caterers from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Seventh Annual Taste of WEB, sponsored by Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore. The event will be held at the Carriage House at Evergreen, 4545 N. Charles St. $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Casual business attire. For tickets or information call 410-727-4921.

* Two classes on open-hearth cooking will be held this month at the Carroll Farm Museum in Westminster. The first class will be held Oct. 11 and the second class will be held Oct. 16. Both are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $35. Call 410-848-7775 to register.

The Dish welcomes food news and notes. Send to The Dish, Attn.: Liz Atwood, The Sun,

501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore,

MD 21278; fax to 410-783-2519;

e-mail food@baltsun.com.

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