Hot `Salsabration' helps fill coffers for Fuel Fund

HOT STUFF

April 01, 2004|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

That was one hot fiesta last week at the Latin Palace, as the Fuel Fund of Maryland threw its annual "Salsabration" party.

First, you were decked out with a bunch of Mardi Gras-style bead necklaces - some strung with metallic chili peppers - as soon as you walked in the door of the Fells Point nightclub. Then, you headed upstairs to browse a buffet stuffed with all sorts of Latin and Spanish foods, like quesadillas, fajitas, arroz con puerco (rice with pork) and paella. As you sipped your margarita, you could watch Native American dancing on the dance floor below. Or perhaps play a game wheel. Next up, Latin dance demonstrations and lessons, followed by a pinata contest. Not that any of that phased honorary chair and former Baltimore City Fire Department spokesman Hector Torres. Hector stayed cool and cordial, meeting and greeting the evening's guests, some 175 of them.

Emcee Bruce Cunningham was a little more frazzled. The Fox 45 sports director came to the bash after he and wife Tee spent the day doing the inspection of their new house in Kingsville. Bruce said things went well. He is particularly pleased with his agent. Seems this guy is someone he - and we - have known from a previous life: Former WJZ TV sports director John Buren.

"John was put on this Earth to sell real estate," raved Bruce.

If you got a kick out of the "spin" John put on sports, just check out his Web site, www. johnburenhomes.com.

Tribute to Gary Jobson

Emotions of a different sort ran high at another get-together last week. A sell-out crowd of more than 500 people crammed the Baltimore Museum of Industry for a party put on by the Maryland chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The big turnout had everything to do with the night's theme: "A Hall of Fame Toasting & Tasting - A Tribute to Gary Jobson."

There was a lot to toast. There was Gary's induction in October into the America's Cup Hall of Fame. He was tactician on Ted Turner's 1977 America's Cup winner, Courageous. Then, there are books and articles Gary has written on sailing and the hundreds of sailing shows and races he has covered on television. Now, after serving as national chair of the society's Leukemia Cup Regatta for 10 years, the battle has become personal for Gary. He was diagnosed with lymphoma last year.

"This is a very emotional night," noted Sharon Yateman, chapter executive director, as Gary arrived in a wheelchair and accompanied by wife, Janice.

Honorary chair Greg Barnhill introduced him. When Gary stood from the chair to speak to the gathering, he was greeted with a standing ovation.

"I spent the last 15 days resting up for the next five minutes," he said with a smile. Gary compared his medical travails to a sailing competition, saying you need to have a team to win. Then he introduced his current "team," his doctors and therapists at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

"Gary is to sailing as Arnold Palmer is to golf," observed guest Jim Dolan, Clear Channel Communications vice president.

Gary left not long after he spoke, but not before Greg Barnhill surprised him with a video from Ted Turner and a letter from Regatta honorary chair Walter Cronkite.

The regatta is set for June 5, out of Annapolis.

Going full time

As of this weekend, the Tidewater Inn is back - open for restaurant business full time. The landmark hotel/restaurant in Easton has just been sold by a New York company to local businessman John Mervine Jr. Stephen Creese - formerly general manager of the Inn at Perry Cabin - has taken over as Tidewater's general manager. Stephen says all the public areas are being cleaned and painted this week. The restaurant, which had been open only Fridays and Saturdays, will go seven days a week, starting tomorrow.

Stephen says Tidewater's executive chef, Raymond Copper, who has been at the restaurant for 41 years, has also spruced up the menu. The new focus is on a grill-style menu, with lots of steaks. However, the signature seafood dishes remain.

Tidewater Inn is at 101 E. Dover St. Its new hours are: breakfast 7 a.m.-10 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; and dinner 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday brunch is also returning, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. And the Decoy Bar will be open seven days a week, as well, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., with light fare served from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sorry, Max

Finally, a little correction from last week. Seems we left the letter s off a word when we were referring to Baltimore magazine's savvy senior editor, Max Weiss. That's s as in she!

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