'Aprons with attitude'

THE DISH

November 12, 2003|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff

Impress your guests when you come out of the kitchen wearing an apron designed by chef Jacques Pepin or TV personality Regis Philbin.

More than 30 celebrities have designed "aprons with attitude" for a charity auction sponsored by Bertolli to benefit the Starlight Children's Foundation, which helps seriously ill kids and their families.

Tomorrow is the last day to bid on the aprons, which come with celebrities' signatures and philosophy of life. Their statements range from Pepin's "Cooking with family is the source of true happiness," to country singer Clint Black's "Wherever you go there you are."

To bid on an apron, visit www.bertolliaprons.com.

From cocktails to cupcakes

Cocktails and dessert merge with the newest invention of a New York City bakery -- cupcakes flavored with Matusalem rum.

The cupcakes come in two flavors, Saoco (coconut) and Ultimate Mojito (Cuban lemonade). Prices range from $2.50 to $2.75. They are available at the Little Pie Company in Manhattan at 407 W. 14th St., 424 W. 43rd St. and in the lower dining concourse of Grand Central Station.

Gourmet fare online

Now you can order your cookbooks and your ingredients all in one place.

Amazon.com last week launched its Gourmet Food store, featuring tens of thousands of products ranging from Starbuck's Coffee to peeled cherry tomatoes made by a Roman monastery.

Cooks will find baking products, oils, vinegars and seasonings, condiments, seafood and produce. Those with a taste for the exotic will find alligator, buffalo, ostrich and wild boar meat. Maryland crab cakes and oysters are also available through Amazon's partnership with Crabplace.com, a company based in Crisfield.

To check the store out, visit www.amazon.com / gourmetfood.

Cranberries ripe for holiday role

With Thanksgiving Day approaching, we pause to contemplate that little native fruit that plays such a prominent role in holiday festivities -- the cranberry.

About 20 percent of the cranberries consumed in North America each year are eaten during Thanksgiving week, according to the folks at Ocean Spray, which sells the vast majority of those berries.

Although red berries can add color to fall dishes and holiday decorations, white cranberries have become increasingly popular.

White cranberries, which are harvested in early September, have a smoother, milder taste than their red counterparts. Another big plus: They don't stain the tablecloth.

For ideas on using cranberries -- red or white -- in decorations and food dishes, visit www.oceanspray.com.

EVENTS

* Learn to bake holiday goodies with chef Jerry Pellegrino 10:30 a.m. Saturday at A Cook's Table, 717 Light St. $47.50. Call 410-539-8600.

* Make-ahead holiday dishes are featured at a class 9:30 a.m. Nov. 22 at Pine Hill Farms, Upperco. $52 a person. Call Sandy Spanos at 410-833-1108 for reservations.

* The seventh annual Hanukkah for the Hungry drive will take place Nov. 17 to Dec. 24 to benefit the Kosher Food Pantry of Jewish Family Services. To give a monetary donation, call Marcia Greenfield, 410-542-6300, Ext. 296.

* Taste new wines 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Berrywine Plantations-Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy. Call 800-514-8735 for information.

* Celebrate the uncorking of the latest Beaujolais Nouveau with a regionally inspired menu at Petit Louis Bistro, 4800 Roland Ave. $32. Call 410-366-9393 for more information.

* Sample selections of Thanksgiving foods 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Whole Foods Market, 1001 Fleet St.

* The American Visionary Art Museum is sponsoring a bake-off contest as part of its exhibit on late-onset creativity. Send in your grandma's or grandpa's recipes for cakes, pies and cookies by Nov. 19 to Gayle Young, AVAM, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230 or gayleyoung@

comcast.net. Winners will receive a $100 gift certificate from the Joy America Cafe and their recipes will be served at the cafe between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Call 410-244-1900 for details.

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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