New on the cuisine scene


April 30, 2003|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF

Baltimore-area food lovers have a new place to pursue their passion with the opening of the Williams-Sonoma Grande Cuisine store in the Towson Town Center.

Customers can sample specialty foods in a tasting bar and view cooking demonstrations by local chefs at the expanded Williams-Sonoma store. New features include a food hall, which offers specialty food items, and a cookbook library.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 410-847-9021.

Bright ideas for bridal shower

Before the June wedding come the May bridal showers. If you want to throw a party for the bride-to-be, here are some tips from Wilton Industries, maker of bakeware and dessert decorating tools:

* Instead of soda, punch or coffee, offer your guests flavored teas -- hot or cold.

* Soup is a good way to start off a meal for a large crowd. Try a cold gazpacho.

* Serve various tea sandwiches, such as cucumber and cream cheese, or chicken salad cut into shapes of wedding cakes or bells.

* Cap off the meal with a white cake decorated with rolled fondant icing.

Diabetic treats

After 109 years of satisfying the American sweet tooth, Hershey Foods has introduced a line of sugar-free candy.

Responding to health concerns for those who have diabetes or are on restricted diets, the Pennsylvania company has created sugar-free Reese's peanut-butter cups and Hershey's chocolate bars. They contain a sugar substitute called lactitol and have 19 percent fewer calories than the regular chocolates.

The candies are available in 3.3-ounce bags that will sell for approximately $1.99.

Enjoy crisp wine

A bottle of wine with cheese and crackers is a perfect accompaniment to a picnic, but a Long Island, N.Y., company has created a new twist on this tradition by putting wine in the crackers.

American Vintage Wine Biscuits are made by hand and come in three flavors: Red Wine, Black Pepper; White Wine, Shallot, Cayenne; and Chianti, Oregano, Crushed Red Pepper.

At $5.25 for a 4.5-ounce bag, they are not inexpensive, but they are a treat when you have the urge to splurge. You can find them at gourmet stores, or you can order them by calling 718-361-1003 or visiting


* Learn to prepare spring and summer pastas 6:30 p.m. May 14 at Donna's at Snowden River Park, Waterloo Road and Route 100, Columbia. $25. Call 410-659-5248.

* Try your hand at making sushi 7 p.m. Friday at A Cook's Table, 717 Light St. $45. On Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., taste foie gras and the dessert wine sauterne with chef Jerry Pellegrino. $95. To register for these and other classes, call 410-539-8600.

* The Baltimore Farmers' Market at Holliday and Saratoga streets under the Jones Falls Expressway will open for the season Sunday -- its earliest opening ever. Hours are from 8 a.m. until about noon. The market will be open every Sunday until Dec. 21. For more information, call 1-877-BALTIMORE or visit

* Taste wines from the south of France, Spain, Italy and Algeria 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 7, at Gertrude's at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. $40. Call the Wine Source, 410-467-7777, for tickets and more information.

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

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