We've all heard tales of Hollywood types who come to town and throw around some major 'tude. Though we'd love to dish about those unforgettable incidents here and there, we won't name names.
So let's talk about someone who belies that celebrity stereotype. A thoroughly down-to-earth nice guy, Henry Winkler, was in town last weekend as the honoree at Heartfest 2005, a benefit for the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Preventive Cardiology Center. Before the Martin's West doors opened, the Fonz made a point of going around to each of the food stations manned by more than 25 area restaurateurs and caterers. He posed with all the staff members for photos and had something nice to say to everyone.
"And he kisses!" raved Classic Catering People vice president Mary-Margaret Stepanian. "He was lovely and genuine."
Which is how Henry stayed all night, from taking the stage in a Fonzie-like black leather jacket and telling the crowd about his family and his battle against coronary disease, to mingling and chatting with any guest who wanted to meet him. Talk about a guy who's all heart!
Henry Winkler's heart wasn't the only one shining bright at the bash. The ballroom - which was swagged in red tulle, strewn with red roses and glowing in a rosy light - literally sparkled. Almost every one of the hundreds of guests there wore a battery-operated twinkling heart pin - a gift each received at the door.
Maybe it's the big heart behind the big shebang - Dr. Roger Blumenthal, the Ciccarone Center director. But it sure seems that Heartfest has become an annual lovefest - featuring some of the nicest celebrity honorees Hollywood has to offer. Last year's guest of honor, Valerie Harper, was a complete sweetie, too.
Would you believe downtown Towson didn't have its own Indian restaurant until recently? Kiran Pantha and Sundar Rhaphandari say they couldn't find one when they looked, so they've corrected that problem. The two Nepalese men have just opened Kathmandu Kitchen on Allegheny Avenue, in a space that has seen a succession of eateries that began with Donna's way back when.
Unlike its previous super-casual, takeout incarnations, Kathmandu has been dressed up a bit, with carpeting, tablecloths, cloth napkins and paintings from the men's home country.
The wide range of Indian dishes can be spiced up according to customers' requests. Appetizers include vegetable and meat samosas ($2.25/$3.25) and crispy lentil "bread" papad ($1.25). Entrees run the gamut and include about a dozen vegetarian dishes ($7.50-$8.50), shrimp curry ($12.50), chicken tikka masala ($10.50) and lamb vindalo ($11.25).
The restaurant serves only Indian fare. However, Kiran says, in about a week, Kathmandu will also have an American takeout menu that will include pizzas ($7.50-$15.50), sub sandwiches ($4.99-$8.99), salads ($3.99-6.99) and a few Greek dishes like spinach pie ($6.25) and gyros ($5.25). Indian dishes are also available for takeout.
Kiran says another plan includes adding some menu items from Nepal.
Kathmandu Kitchen is at 22 W. Allegheny Ave. A lunch buffet is available 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week. Dinner hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. There is no liquor license yet, but you're welcome to BYOB. Kathmandu also offers free delivery in the Towson area for a minimum order of $7.
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