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July 13, 1993
Leslie E. Hutchinson knows a good thing when she sees it. Her position as a state delegate from Essex can be leveraged in any number of ways to funnel business to her new venture, Events Extraordinaire, a super-catering firm that will do everything from rent space to provide meals to line up speakers and entertainers. Just turn the screws on state officials and other interested bystanders in Annapolis and the money should roll in.Sounds simple. It is. That's why Ms. Hutchinson wrote to 50 state agencies, cabinet secretaries and gubernatorial aides announcing her new venture, making it clear she's got a product to sell.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
Douglas W. Henley, former executive director of the War Memorial and a Carroll County restaurateur, died Wednesday at his Mount Airy home of pancreatic cancer. He was 67. Douglas Wade Henley was born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Airy. After graduating in 1965 from Mount Airy High School, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served as a machinist's mate third class until being discharged in 1969. From 1998 until retiring in 2012, Mr. Henley was the executive director of Baltimore's War Memorial.
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By GILBERT SANDLER | October 1, 1991
IT'S FALL, and if you read the gossip columns you know that the party season is in full swing. Hosts and hostesses know they'll get highest marks for their parties if they use the right caterer. Catering is a big and highly competitive business in Baltimore, but through the 1930s there were only five caterers in the city. All were black.As a boy, Gaines Lansey, now chairman of Ideal Federal Savings Bank, worked for all of them. It was a close-knit industry: Thomas Waters (800 block Linden Avenue)
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
This fall, 11-year-old Shayna Slatkin will start middle school. Before her first class, she and her mother will cover all the usual bases: shopping for new notebooks, pencils and erasers - and visiting a spa for a new look. Shayna, who lives in Baltimore, is a client at Salon & Spa Kids, a Pikesville hair salon and day spa that caters to the youthful set. With bright colors and scaled-down furniture, the salon provides a welcoming environment for preschool to high school-age kids, who can relax with a DVD as they get a haircut or lounge in a butterfly pedicure chair during spa treatments.
ENTERTAINMENT
By SLOANE BROWN and SLOANE BROWN,sloane@sloanebrown.com | March 22, 2009
As any good caterer knows, a good party involves not just excellent food, but a wonderful setting. So, when the Baltimore chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives throws its annual "Uncorked!" party, you can bet both the eats and the environment will be spectacular. The banquet room at the American Visionary Art Museum was a vision itself, with 27 tables decorated to fit the evening's "A Night at the Movies" theme. A table with The Birds theme featured the famous silhouette of Alfred Hitchcock hanging above a life-size tree centerpiece filled with black birds.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | April 16, 2004
William Koras, former president and chief executive officer of the catering business that fed crowds at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes as well as Major League Baseball fans at stadiums from coast to coast, died of cancer Monday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Lutherville resident was 72. Named president of Harry M. Stevens Inc. in 1982, he oversaw the concessions and clubhouse dining rooms at Maryland racetracks as well as the food service at New York's Saratoga Springs, the Meadowlands in New Jersey and the Houston Astrodome.
BUSINESS
By Cindy Harper-Evans | December 20, 1990
The owners of Dominique's, a stylish restaurant in The Brokerage, said yesterday that they have shut down the restaurant portion of the business and will keep only its catering and party operation.The move comes two months after Dominique's reopened after closing because of financial pressures that drove it to file for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.When the restaurant reopened in October, it did so with a menu and prices scaled down from those of its flagship Washington restaurant, which sells alligator steaks and rattlesnake meat.
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September 26, 2004
J. Frank Tarleton, who spent more than four decades in the catering business, died Monday at St. Joseph's Hospital of complications from a recent heart attack. The Kingsville resident was 64. Born in Baltimore and raised in White Marsh, he was a 1958 graduate of Kenwood High School. After graduating, he worked in the display department at the Sears and Roebuck store on North Avenue. In 1960, he joined Overlea Caterers as catering manager. He joined the Army in 1963, serving in Vietnam as an administrative and operational clerk.
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Sun Staff Writer | December 22, 1994
For caterer Marlene Meyer, food is fashion.Not, of course, the stains and spills that land on her clothes during the average workday, but the vibrant pepper designs on her socks and the embroidered vegetable pattern on her silk vest. "Chef's wear is not as boring as it used to be," says Ms. Meyer, who's in her early 50s and lives in Mount Washington.But during the height of the party season, she has little time to worry whether her clothes are boring. As the owner of Life of the Party -- a catering and party planning firm that has done 20 events in the last month -- she says black, comfortably stylish clothes have seen her through many frantic days.
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By Charlyne Varkonyi | November 20, 1991
Baltimoreans have been going to the First Thursdays promotion since 1985 so they could expand their knowledge of the visual arts.This year caterer Sascha Wolhandler has begun offering the First Thursday patrons a way to develop the culinary arts as well. The first Thursday of each month she and her staff at Sascha's Catering, 527 Lovegrove St., are offering free seminars on wine and food. The seminars, "A Taste of Easy Entertaining," will include demonstrations on how to make holiday food displays for office and home entertaining.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
A Baltimore woman, who has been planning parties and weddings for two decades, is among five finalists in a cookbook competition sponsored by celebrity chef Rachael Ray. Linnyette Richardson-Hall is one step closer to having a cookbook published and winning more than $20,000 in prizes, including an appearance on Ray's show.  A spokesperson for Ray's "Great American Cookbook Competition" said the five finalists, chosen from entries from all...
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Over the past decade or so, Baltimore has experienced a boom in small theater companies founded by young college grads dedicated to producing adventurous, contemporary plays. The boom continues. Making its debut this week is the Interrobang Theatre Company, formed by recent alumni of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, all of them in their early 20s. "I graduated from UMBC in 2012 with a theater degree," says Katie Hileman, Interrobang's artistic director. "I was sitting at home realizing that all my talented friends were sitting at home, too. We hadn't found theater work that offered pay in Baltimore.
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By Jada Vanderpool and The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
Preparing a wedding menu can be tricky. That's why, with a little help from the folks at Rouge Catering in Hunt Valley ( rougecatering.com ) and Chef's Expressions in Timonium ( chefsexpressions.com ), we've made things a bit easier with this list of catering tips for the bride- and groom-to-be. Know what food style you're going for Chef's Expressions recommends that couples give caterers three of their favorite restaurants and their favorite style of food so that they can get a feel for your food style.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
Ethel & Ramone's in Mount Washington will reopen early next year as Ethel's Creole Kitchen. The restaurant is currently closed for renovations. Until recently, the restaurant's operators, Edward M. Bloom and Jeff Berkow, had been leasing their space. Bloom purchased the building in July. The Sulgrave Avenue eatery has evolved over the years from its 1993 origins as a coffee and tea room. The biggest change was in 1999, when Bloom joined original owner Berkow and helped re-launch the space as Ethel & Ramone's, a specialist in Cajun and Creole food.
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Marisa Siegel and For The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
The ladies of 90210 have returned - and I don't mean Brenda and Kelly. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are back for a fourth season. Last night's premiere began with a very extensive series of clips from the upcoming season. Some of what's on deck: Girl-on-girl wrestling, Kyle gets a bikini wax, puppies, nudity, cast members making out in a swimming pool and a whole lot of discord. In addition to two new cast members - Bravo's traded in blonds Adrienne Maloof and Taylor Armstrong for brunettes Joyce Giraud and Carlton Gebbia - there are new taglines all around.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | October 21, 2013
Edward "Eddie" Dopkin, whose business acumen and knack for building relationships fueled a long career in Baltimore's restaurant and catering industries, died on Saturday at Sinai Hospital from complications associated with a form of leukemia. The resident of Keswick was 61. Mr. Dopkin was the founder and owner of the popular North Baltimore brunch destination Miss Shirley's, one of five restaurants that he operated in the Keswick and Evergreen neighborhoods along Cold Spring Lane.
BUSINESS
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | July 2, 1992
The grand ballrooms and banquet halls of the old Belvedere Hotel, scenes of countless proms, wedding receptions and other events for generations of Baltimoreans, will soon be reopened by the owner of the well-known La Fontaine Bleu catering business.Tom Stuehler, who operates catering facilities in Glen Burnie, East Baltimore and Lanham, recently negotiated a long-term lease for the Belvedere's two 12th-floor ballrooms and has an option to buy them at a later date.His catering company has similarly taken control of the Charles and Terrace meeting rooms on the lobby level of the old hotel, which has been undergoing conversion to residential condominiums for the past year.
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By Amy Oakes and Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF | May 17, 1999
Baltimore County police charged a Northeast Baltimore man yesterday with two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of two former co-workers at an Overlea catering hall Saturday.William Thomas Dowdy, 58, of the 2200 block of Pinewood Ave. was in police custody yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was taken with a leg wound minutes after the Overlea incident, police said.Dennis Rembert Jr., 38, of the 300 block of Wellingborough Way in Cockeysville and Duane Thomas, 27, of the 4200 block of Stanwood Ave. in Baltimore, were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where they were in critical condition yesterday.
NEWS
September 5, 2013
IndyCar racing reminds me of the prettiest girl in school. She's the one who set the standard for "cool" and the one who everyone dreamed of dating. We want IndyCar in Charm City because we think it will put us in the cool group with the other popular cities ("Race to remove Grand Prix barriers," Sept. 3). In an attempt to win the prettiest girl's affection, I can remember carrying extra books, wearing ridiculous things like parachute pants and admitting to watching "Melrose Place," much like I put up with closed roads, barriers keeping me in my neighborhood, incredibly loud noises and extra traffic in the heart of downtown on a long weekend, all with the intention of grabbing her attention and hoping that maybe she'll love me back.
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By Leah Polakoff, Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 29, 2013
I grew up riding horses and jumped at the chance to tune my skills with a lesson at Touch of Class Riding School in Aberdeen. Pulling into the driveway leading to Compass Farm, I realized I was in a thoroughbred sanctuary. Theresa Crowther, owner of the school, has 10 thoroughbreds and six ponies. While she spent most of her career working with racehorses, she has been teaching English riding for almost 10 years. The riding school offers lessons, summer camps, birthday parties and the chance to earn Scout badges.
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