Zepps open their renovated Roland Park home for a soiree


August 26, 2004|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

If you want to know how to throw the perfect summer soiree, just ask Harry and Elizabeth Zepp. The couple held a get-together at their newly renovated Roland Park home for the Maryland Center for Arts and Technology Inc., where Harry's recently taken the job as chief operating officer. MCAT helps train Baltimore City residents and place them in jobs with financial and healthcare institutions in the area.

If you didn't know much about MCAT, your first impression was a good one -- as folks like MCAT director of programs Tammie Kelly, teacher LaTonya Lawson and alum Melissa Thomas warmly greeted you at the Zepps' front door. The welcome feeling continued inside, where each room had a party purpose.

Down in the den, the silent auction. Upstairs, a bar and tables were clustered in the living room, surrounded by cinnamon-colored walls lit by Tiffany-style lamps. A windowed alcove perfectly framed the dessert table. A terrace right outside overlooked a lush woods.

The party had the perfect background music -- with the band Merge 5 serenading the gathering from under the terrace.

Sofi's Crepes had set up shop in the dining room, where the aroma was drawing everyone to the corner for crepes made to order.

Harry says he and Elizabeth had been a bit anxious about how the wingding for 75 people would be pulled off. But, they relied on the party planning expertise of her mom, Mary Della Davis, and it went off without a hitch.

Chipotle comes to Rodgers Forge

Chipotle Mexican Grill opens its doors tomorrow in Rodgers Forge, which, along with the Inner Harbor location, makes it Chipotle No. 2 for the Baltimore area in less than a year. (A Howard County location also opened recently.)

Area manager Bob Betlow says if you've tried Chipotle in the Inner Harbor, you'll know what to expect. Choose from a burrito, a fajita burrito (with sauteed peppers and onions inside your tortilla instead of beans), a burrito bowl (no tortilla, everything in a bowl with lettuce) or tacos. Then you decide what you want inside (carnitas, barbacoa, chicken, steak or vegetarian), which also determines the price ($4.95-$5.50). You walk down the counter, letting the staff know how to fill your order. A little more cheese, a little less lettuce. That includes a range of salsas, mild to hot.

You can eat there or take your food to go. There's even a fax menu you can fill out and send from your office so that when you arrive at Chipotle, your order is ready and waiting.

If this all sounds great, but it's not quite in your neighborhood, not to worry. Three more Chipotles are in the works for Bowie, Bel Air and Laurel.

You'll find the newest Chipotle Mexican Grill, 410-377-7728, fax 410-377-8405, at 6314 York Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Singled out

Speaking of restaurants, don't we just love it when some of our own get a national nod? In September's Bon Appetit magazine, two Baltimore restaurants are singled out as among the best in the country.

Abacrombie Fine Food & Accommodations was named as an "in spot" for splurge dining -- a place for an extra special celebratory meal. So much for those in town who thought the intimate restaurant right across the way from Symphony Hall (at 58 W. Biddle St.) was their decadent secret!

And -- no secret to this column -- Canton's Dangerously Delicious Pies also receives high praise for owner Rodney Henry's down home and downright delish pies. And that's even without mention of the Friday night "musicales" Rodney throws at the shop from time to time.

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