At a surprise party, there's a familiar face in the crowd


July 14, 2005|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Call this the summer of big birthdays. And big birthday parties. One of the latest: The surprise event thrown by Mary Kay Nabit for hubby Chuck's 50th.

Some 250 of their closest friends received invites in the form of T-shirts decorated with a caricature of Chuck. Guests were asked to wear the shirt to the party, and encouraged to get creative with them. And creative they got. Ann Marie Goff turned her shirt into a sleek one-shoulder tunic, with fringe sewn along the bottom. And she added a sombrero and a tequila label to the face on date Henry Wright's shirt. Linda Caplan scanned the shirt, shrank the photo, laminated it and turned it into a pendant on a necklace, while husband Mark cut the face out of his shirt and used it as a pocket scarf.

Amy Elias and Sharon Nevins sought out fashion expert Ray Mitchener, who cut down their shirts and created oh-so-trendy tops for the ladies. Amy's became a halter top tunic, while Sharon's was transformed into a sexy lace-up number. Jerry Maizlish sported his favorite T-shirt - a souvenir from the movie The Big Lebowski. However, Jerry had a tailor sew Chuck's mug on the T, retaining the moniker "The Dude" underneath.

As for Mary Kay, "My mom and sister [Pat and Annie Groeninger] went to JoAnn Fabrics a few hours before the party. They bought fringe and trim, and then fought over the sewing machine!"

When Chuck and Mary Kay arrived at the B&O Railroad Museum (ostensibly to a bar mitzvah), Chuck was greeted by a multitude of faces - those of his friends, and his own! Of course, none of the festooned T-shirt faces could match the expression on the guy himself.

"I was completely dumbfounded. Shocked!" Chuck says. "And now I have a new motto - Trust No One."

It didn't take Chuck long to get out of his daze and onto the dance floor - especially since Mary Kay had imported one of his favorite bands, the Radiators, from New Orleans.

Mo's turns 25

Speaking of birthdays, a local restaurant chain is celebrating its 25th. Since Mo's Fisherman Exchange opened on Harford Road, the business has grown to include eateries downtown and in Glen Burnie. Now owner Mo Manocheh has brought back some old recipes in honor of the anniversary, while adding a few new ones.

Kathy DiCapua, assistant manager of Mo's Crab and Pastry Factory at 502 Albemarle St., says among the old favorites are the 10-ounce jumbo lump crab cake, the Salmon Jalal - salmon with lump crab, shrimp and scallops in a lemon butter caper sauce - and Fish Francese, dipped in a light egg batter, pan-fried until "light and fluffy," and served with a lemon butter sauce. Additions include two items named for Mo's son - Oysters Christopher, baked oysters topped with shrimp, crabmeat, spinach and bearnaise sauce; and Filet Christopher, a 10-ounce filet mignon, served with lobster meat, crab meat and bearnaise.

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