At the Power Plant, new Mosaic has you covered


Eats: dining reviews, Hot Stuff

May 20, 2004|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Just as our weather heats up, Baltimore has a new place to be cool -- in a manner of speaking. Mosaic, a covered outdoor lounge, opens tonight at Power Plant Live!

The Cordish Co. V.P. Reed Cordish says the concept is that of a sophisticated hotspot -- along the lines of the Shore Club or the Delano in Miami's South Beach or the Sky Bar in Los Angeles. You'll find Mosaic at the front entrance to Power Plant Live! under a large stretched-canvas roof. Underneath, there are groupings of couches and ottomans -- real furniture where you can loll as cocktail servers take your orders from Mosaic's extensive martini list and a whole passel of champagnes and wines by the glass. While Mosaic has a state-of-the-art music system, Reed says the tunes are strictly of the background variety.

Mosaic opens at 10 tonight. Its regular hours will be 6 p.m.-2 a.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

Mosaic will offer a limited menu of tapas, courtesy its next-door neighbor, Babalu Grill, which is having a bit of a celebration tonight, too. Owner Steve de Castro says the restaurant is opening its new entrance -- off Water Street now rather than inside the Power Plant Live! complex. Steve says Babalu has also improved its valet service, interior decor and menu. Since so many folks are into low-carbing it, Babalu has cut down on the starches and amped up the veggie quotient in many of its Cuban dishes.

You'll find both Mosaic and Babalu Grill, 410-234-9898, at 32 Market Place.

Manor Tavern lite

Babalu isn't the only local eatery that's lightening up part of its menu. Would you believe stalwart Baltimore County institution Manor Tavern has gotten into the heart-healthy swing of things? The Monkton restaurant worked with Maryland Athletic Club dietician Rosanna Gibbons and Johns Hopkins preventative cardiology chief Dr. Roger Blumenthal to come up with its new Health Conscious Menu.

The menu includes Maui rockfish ($23.95), Tuscan filet mignons ($25.95)and citrus seafood salad ($13.95). What's more, the menu lists exactly how many calories, fat, carbohydrate and protein grams each dish contains.

The Manor Tavern, 410-771-8155, is at 15819 Old York Road in Monkton.

Smarty party

The Preakness partying began last week long before Smarty Jones crossed the finish line. Friday night, you had your pick of get-togethers. Many friends and families of horse owners -- along with a good sprinkling of Maryland politicos -- attended the Maryland Jockey Club's bash. It began inside the Camden Yards sixth-floor lounge with a cocktail and dinner buffet, followed by tickets to that evening's Orioles game.

Up the road a piece, Mary Kay and Chuck Nabit threw a bash at their North Charles Street manse, Cedarwood, celebrating two big events: the next day's big race and the area's big summer invasion of cicadas. Guests were given sunglasses with red lenses in homage to the red-eyed insects. And there was plenty of opportunity for comparison, as the occasional cicada was seen dropping in as partygoers ate, drank, danced and made merry into the wee hours.

`An Evening of Opera'

There actually was one wing-ding last Friday that didn't have anything to do with Preakness. Some 750 folks showed up at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium for "An Evening of Opera." James Morris, Christine Goerke, Diana Elias, Kathleen Kelly, Laura Fries and April Haines, all of the Metropolitan Opera of New York, put on a concert and reception to benefit the Maryland Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Seems Laura, the niece of MS Society supporters and event chairs Bill and Beth Scovill, came up with the idea.

The MS Society's Cindy Bernstein says even the many opera novices in the audience were put at ease by emcee (and former Baltimore TV anchor) Beverly Burke. Cindy says Beverly gave the audience a minicourse in opera etiquette, including tips on when to clap (when the conductor's hands go down) and when not to clap (when his arms are still up).

Looks as if the evening raised some $120,000 for the MS Society. Bravissimo!

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