Business Digest


January 31, 2007

Culinary-skills competition Feb. 10

Howard Community College's Hospitality and Culinary Management Program will be host for the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational, a competition, that tests the hospitality and culinary skills of teams of high school students from around the state.

The event, which is sponsored by the Maryland Hospitality Education Foundation, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 in the college's Athletic Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The competition is divided into two segments: a culinary competition in which teams have one hour to create an appetizer, entree and dessert; and a test of management skills, when teams will have to answer questions ranging from food safety to managerial issues.

Winning teams are to be offered scholarships and will represent the state at the National ProStart Student Invitational, to be held in April.

The event is open to the public. Admission is free.

Information: 800-874-1313, or

Chinese feast to aid program at HCC

Hunan Manor Restaurant of Columbia will offer its eighth Chinese feast to benefit Howard Community College's Silas Craft Collegians program, a learning community designed to help high school students realize their full potential.

The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 5 at the restaurant, 7091 Deepage Drive. Tickets are $40. Proceeds will help provide scholarships for recent high school graduates chosen to go through the Silas Craft program, which leads to an associate of arts degree at Howard Community College.

Information: 410-772-4450, or


Health care plan -- Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce and Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are offering a limited health care plan to members. The plan, which does not require employer contributions or minimum employee participation, includes access to health care providers in Alliance PPO. Literature about the plan is available in Spanish. Shirley Redd, 301-725-4000.

Energy -- The Columbia-based Restaurant Association of Maryland is holding open enrollment for the Mid-Atlantic Aggregation Group Independent Consortium, an energy group of retailers and others, of which the association is a member. The consortium's goal is to offer power to commercial participants at a fixed rate that is lower than that offered by the local utility. 800-874-1313.

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