Masterpieces of fine art, fine dining


Around Town

December 07, 2003|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

Blue cheese and escargot ravioli, monkfish and scallop mousse wrapped in puff pastry with curry cream, butternut squash soup with feta cheese, duck canapes, chilled lobster salad. That was just part of a recent "exhibit," better known as the "Fourth Annual Star Chefs of Baltimore Gourmet Fete." The March of Dimes fund-raiser was set up in the Walters Art Museum's sculpture court, medieval lobby and tapestry foyer. Some 350 gourmets strolled the areas taking in the art masterpieces and digging into a few masterworks created by 25 local chefs.

So what did people like the best? The March of Dimes' Deb Deering says she hears it was the Eternal Egypt exhibition and Red Maple's kaffir-lime-crusted mahi-mahi with crispy cilantro rice cakes and exotic fruit salsa. Deb says other crowd pleasers included Ixia's roast rack of lamb stuffed with candied chestnuts alongside pumpkin risotto and Ethel & Ramone's cream of crab soup.

And the people-watching wasn't bad either: party chairs Monica Newman and David Pessin, Mary Kay and Chuck Nabit, Deb and Stanford Hess, Jack Antwerpen, Kelly and Mike Lasky, Anne Pineau, Christine Constantinides, Rhonda Overby and Joe Haskins, Nan and Bill Paternotte, Mindy and Steve Geppi, Rose Marie and Bill Bowles, Jon Myers, and Gary Vikan. And that was only at first glance.

It all added up to a good time that raised $107,000 for the March of Dimes Maryland Chapter.

Baltimore filmmaker Kim Moir is still "reeling" from the gala premiere of his film Sinsitivity at the Senator Theatre a couple of weeks ago. Kim says almost 700 people, including the film's stars -- Ryan Sands, Rex Ellis, Archie Williams and Calvin Walton -- came to see the movie that Kim wrote, produced and directed.

Kim says he sat in the middle of the audience to watch the flick with them for a few minutes and was blown away by the audience response to his story of a minister's son who becomes infatuated with an exotic dancer.

"Seeing people going along with your 'sheet music,' so to speak," he explains, "laughing where you wrote something to make them laugh ... and crying at other parts."

Wish you'd been there? You're in luck. Kim says he's working on screenings of Sinsitivity in D.C. and Richmond in the coming weeks, and the film should be out on home video by April 2004. Check his Web site, www., for dates and places.

So what stands out most in Kim's mind about premiere night?

"Walking around the corner to York and Belvedere and looking back and seeing the [Senator] marquee," Kim says.

"Seeing my name on it. ... It took me back ... four and a half years to get there. ... It humbles you. That's pretty powerful stuff."

Baltimore Raven offensive tackle Ethan Brooks was a smash hit at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "2003 Classic Man & Woman of the Year" party. Ethan, a big supporter of the organization, was the night's honorary chairman.

Executive director Sharon Yateman says one of the night's high points came when the group's eight "youth ambassadors," who ranged in age from 2 to 14, presented Ethan with a football they had all autographed. Sharon says he was so touched he told them he would display it in the middle of his group of game balls.

Of course, the big moment of the night was when the Man and Woman of the Year were announced. The six candidates were Leukemia & Lymphoma Society supporters who compete over a nine-week period to raise the most money for the organization.

This year's winners? 1st Mariner Bank's Kristin Lee, who collected a whopping $42,000, and Willis Insurance's Mike Shuster, who garnered more than $12,000. Three other women candidates, Lisa Shackelford, Kelley Israel and Lisa Koogle, each raised more than $15,000.

What can we say? Women rock!

Social Calendar

Dec. 8: "Annual Awards Reception." Benefits Maryland Legal Services Corp. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, award presentations. Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 W. Baltimore St. 5:30 p.m. Tickets $35. Call 410-576-9494, Ext. 1007.

Dec. 11: "Holiday Purple Bash." Benefits Maryland Special Olympics. Open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, D.J., live music, dancing, casino-style games, mingling with Baltimore Ravens players in VIP lounge. Merritt Downtown Athletic Club, 210 E. Centre St. 7 p.m. Tickets $125. Call 410-332-0906.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Sure, this was the seventh annual "Taste of the Chesapeake Bay" party. Reason enough to enjoy yourself. But this year the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay had a little something extra to celebrate at its fund-raiser -- the 20th anniversary of the first Chesapeake Bay restoration agreement. So, mingling with the 260 guests and alliance fans, you might spot some folks who were involved in that accord 20 years ago. Chief among them, former Virginia state Sen. Joe Gartlan, the creator and former chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission.

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