Carroll Earl Howard II, 47, longtime chef at Angelina's Restaurant

August 08, 2005|By Anica Butler | Anica Butler,SUN STAFF

Carroll Earl Howard II, a chef at Angelina's Restaurant for 16 years who was most proud of the bread he baked and the crab cakes he served, died Aug. 1 of cancer at the Gilchrist Hospice Center in Baltimore. He was 47 and lived in Northeast Baltimore.

"He liked to see the looks on people's faces as they ate his bread and crab cakes," said his sister, Lisa Howard of Keithville, La. "It brought him a lot of joy."

A native of Baltimore, he graduated from the Baltimore Culinary Arts Institute in 1981. After graduation, he worked at another Baltimore restaurant for two years before starting at Angelina's on Harford Road 16 years ago. Mr. Howard loved working at the restaurant, which is famous for its crab cakes, said his sister.

"He just loved to bake and cook," she said. "He loved watching the reactions to the meals he made."

He began showing an interest in cooking when he was a teen, his sister said.

"When we were younger, he talked about it; even at 16 and 17 he wanted to be a chef," she said. "Mom cooked a lot, and he enjoyed helping her."

In addition to being a chef at Angelina's, he also did catering. Baking bread, however, was his specialty, she said.

"I didn't even eat bread," she said. "But I'd fight you for a loaf of it."

Mr. Howard shared his love of and skill for baking bread with the youth at St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church on Harford Road, where he was a longtime member.

The Rev. Lisa Arrington, pastor of the church, asked Mr. Howard to teach a class of youths preparing to bake the bread they would use for their first communion. This was in March, Ms. Arrington said, when Mr. Howard already was ill and had physical limitations. Still, she said, he arrived at the class wearing his chef uniform, complete with white hat, and samples of his bread.

"He was there to talk about his vocation and how important bread making was," she said. "They kept coming back for more. There wasn't a crumb left."

Ms. Arrington said he gave more to people than just bread, but those who received some of his baked goods were fortunate.

"He was someone who moved in so many circles, sharing faith," she said. "He was someone who not only worked at Angelina's, but he shared a lot of bread with a lot of people. If you got a loaf of his bread you were lucky and blessed. He was very modest and humble and giving."

In addition to baking and cooking, his sister said that he loved to fish, and had fished all over the state.

"I think it was a peaceful time for Carroll," she said. "He enjoyed being out by the water and relaxing."

A service was held Friday.

In addition to his sister, Mr. Howard is survived by his father, Carroll Earl Howard Sr. and his stepmother, Linda Howard, both of Thurmont; and another sister, Linda Howard of Baltimore.

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