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By ROB KASPER | December 8, 1991
When asked what distinguishes excellent service from the run-of-the-mill variety, Seamus Fogarty, the newly crowned best waiter in Maryland, mentioned the silverware.A good waiter, he said, does not carry silverware in his bare hands. It is unbecoming. Years ago, when he learned his trade in Ireland, Fogarty was taught to carry silverware in a napkin.These and other tips have served him well. This week Fogarty, **TC 57-year-old waiter at Berry & Elliot's restaurant in Baltimore's Hyatt Hotel, finished first in the Service Classic, an annual competition sponsored by the Restaurant Association of Maryland.
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By Andrew Conrad, aconrad@tribune.com | December 1, 2013
Whoa! There is a ton of heavy stuff to discuss from Sunday night's midseason finale of "The Walking Dead" on AMC, but first, a serious question: Is the Governor really dead? I know that we saw him get stabbed through the center of the back and chest with Michonne's Shinobi sword, and then we saw Lilly stand over him and fire her gun in the direction of his head. But we never actually saw him die. I've learned that in shows like these - "The Walking Dead", " Magnum, P.I. ", " Legends of the Hidden Temple " - that a character isn't actually dead and gone until we see their rotten, decomposing carcass.
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By ROB KASPER | December 5, 1990
The other day I went out to lunch, and my waiter ended up going to Aruba.My waiter was Dana E. Dineen, who works at Loews Annapolis Hotel. He will soon be winging his way to the sunny Caribbean island because he won top prize in a contest naming him the best waiter in Maryland.He won it by first scoring well on a 25-question exam testing his knowledge of restaurant operations. Then in the finals, also known as lunch, he piled up points by serving his customers, including me, a virtually flawless meal.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
The annual Hampdenfest is this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Co-sponsored by Hampden Village Merchants Association and the Hampden Community Council, the showcase for the Hampden business community unfolds on 36th Street between Falls Road and Keswick Avenue. Yes, there will be toilet races, and the Hampden Idol contest. There will also be performances on three stages, organized by Benn Ray of Atomic Books . Food vendors include Blacksauce Kitchen, Gypsy Queen Food Truck, Hula Honeys Hawaiian Shave Ice and B-More Alive (the falafel people from the Baltimore farmers' market)
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February 8, 1994
Four men beat and robbed a Rumblefish waiter of $700 shortly after he left work Sunday morning, county police reported.Kenneth Robert Martin, 27, was leaving the nightclub in the 7900 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. at 3:15 a.m. when four men standing outside the Wyman Park Federal Bank across the street began yelling at him, police said.The men walked over to him and threatened him with handguns. One of them hit Mr. Martin on his head with what the victim thought was a gun.Mr. Martin blacked out. When he awoke, he was on the ground next to a trash bin behind the bank, police said.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | February 20, 2000
Richard Garrison, a former racetrack waiter and shipyard union official, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 75 and lived in the Mondawmin section of Northwest Baltimore. Born in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, where he attended public schools, he was introduced to Maryland racing by his father, who took him to tracks as a boy. When he returned from World War II military service in the Army and an assignment in the Philippines, he joined the restaurant staff of Harry M. Stevens Co., a New York-based caterer that provided meals to Maryland's thoroughbred race courses.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | October 16, 2001
Rudolph Coringrato, a retired waiter known for his polished manners and customer allegiance, died Wednesday of complications from a stroke at his daughter's home in Mount Wolf, Pa. He was 83 and had lived in Rodgers Forge until several months ago. He served meals to luminaries of entertainment and politics, as well as many devoted Baltimore patrons, in his more than 40 years of work - first at Miller Brothers, and later at Maison Marconi in downtown Baltimore....
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By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Evening Sun Staff | November 29, 1990
An Annapolis waiter with 10 years' experience was named the best in Maryland yesterday, while helping make the state a leader in emphasizing service as a vital part of the restaurant business.Dana Dineen, who works at Loews Annapolis Hotel, was the winner of the first Service Classic sponsored by the Restaurant Association of Maryland during its Mid-Atlantic Foodservice and Lodging Expo, which attracted about 15,000 restaurant owners and employees to the Baltimore Convention Center and area hotels this week.
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October 29, 2004
Kevin Michael McMahon, a Baltimore waiter and sports fan, died of a heart attack Saturday at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The Columbia resident was 28. Mr. McMahon was born in Northampton, Mass., and moved to Columbia in 1976. He lived in the Netherlands from 1978 to 1981, when he returned with his family to Columbia. The 1994 graduate of Centennial High School earned a degree in political science from Towson University in 1999. He also completed several graduate courses in political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF | November 25, 1996
Howard "Bubby" Johnson was, by most accounts, as smooth as satin. As a waiter at the House of Welsh restaurant downtown, he charmed his customers in high style that often resulted in a generous tip.After work he was pure silk. That's when he'd dress in his finest clothes -- complete with derby and spats -- and gather a certain swagger to his stride as he headed to the nightspots on The Avenue -- Pennsylvania Avenue."He worked hard all day waitering, but he worked even harder at night having a good time and playing the town," said Robert Cummings, a longtime friend.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2013
Last summer, Baltimore writer Justin Sirois was mentally and physically exhausted, and his work was to blame. The 34-year-old's debut novel, 2012's "Falcons on the Floor," attempted to humanize Fallujah's bloody war scene. "The Last Book of Baghdad," the completed "Falcons" follow-up now being edited, deals with complicated relationships in Baghdad during the Iraq War. His immersion in these subjects led to Sirois "being depressed all the time," he said. "I remember sitting down with a friend, and I was like, 'I just want to write something fun for once.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2012
Jeffrey B. Holmes, who worked in wine sales and had been a waiter at Baltimore restaurants, died of undetermined causes Nov. 29 at his Ednor Gardens home. He was 42. Born in Baltimore, he spent much of his youth in Wilson, N.C., where he attended public schools. He worked as a waiter at Gertrude's at the Baltimore Museum of Art , the old Brasserie Tatin in Tuscany-Canterbury, Petit Louis in Roland Park and Pazo in Harbor East. "He was a gregarious guy who engaged everyone," said Gertrude's co-owner, John Shields.
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By Kit Waskom-Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2012
Though it opened just last year, Gunner's Grille in Taneytown feels like it's been around forever. That's both good and bad. On the good side, the restaurant's rustic atmosphere is downright charming, and its interpretations of classics, like chicken-fried steak, are capable and comforting. Unfortunately, at times, our dinner also recalled an era of fewer dining choices (and no dining critique websites), when restaurants could get away with spotty service and food that didn't quite live up to its description.
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by Richard Gorelick | September 7, 2012
The toilet bowl races are back, and so is the Great Baltimore Mac Off, a macaroni and cheese cooking competition. But there's something new at Hampdenfest this year - the Baltimore Inter-restaurant Battle. The obstacle course event will take place at the corner of 36th St. and Elm Ave. on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year's battle -- organizers hope to make it in annual thing -- will be designed around the Dining Room, of what the pros call the Front of House. The challenges will test the participants memory, intelligence, dexterity and skills.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2012
Rob Groomes, the lead server and bartender at Portalli's, was severely injured on the night of March 6 while attempting to break up a fight just over the Main Street bridge in Baltimore County. The owners of Portalli's are throwing a fundraiser for Rob at their other property, the nearby Diamondback Tavern. A $5 cover, 25 percent of the food sales and a 50/50 raffle will go toward plastic surgery to repair damage done to Rob's face and eye. Drink specials include $1 domestics and $2 imports and call brands.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2011
Five years ago, Shawn Theron was waiting tables and managing the bar of the Joy America Cafe inside the American Visionary Art Museum . Today, his work is hanging on the gallery walls. He says it's all because his beloved grandmother — who raised the boy and whom he nicknamed "Red" — urged him from her deathbed to "turn on the light. " "She said it many times," says the 38-year-old artist: "'Turn on the light. Turn on the light.' And it had nothing to do with switches.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | December 14, 2002
Robert James McGoings Jr., a retired Baltimore & Ohio dining-car waiter and expert on the African-American Pentecostal Movement, died of a stroke Dec. 7 at Brightwood retirement community in Lutherville. The former longtime Wildwood Parkway resident was 85. Mr. McGoings was born in Baltimore and raised in Philadelphia and South Baltimore. The Douglass High School graduate also studied at the former Morgan State College before going to work in 1937 as a dining car waiter for the B&O. In 1972, after the railroad's passenger operations became part of Amtrak, he continued working as a waiter-in-charge for the carrier until retiring in 1979.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Sun Staff Writer | March 16, 1995
I read in the paper that restaurants in this country expect to net a record $290 billion in sales this year, of which $280 billion or so will probably originate from my VISA card.Yes, dining out is a passion for many of us. But if I may pass along a few suggestions to you hard-working waiters and waitresses out there:* Let's not go overboard on the pre-meal banter, OK? Thankfully, we've come a long way from the days when as soon as the customer was seated, someone in a white shirt and black vest would rush up, flash an eerie Mary-Lou-Retton-on-beta-blockers smile and chirp: "Hi, I'm Suzi and I'll be serving you this evening!"
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2011
It's a pleasure to end the year on a high note. Taste Mediterranean Grille has opened in the space that Cafe Troia left for shinier digs on the other side of Allegheny Avenue in Towson. The chef and owner of Taste, Luigi Palumbo, recently relocated here from Naples, where he operated a restaurant called A Ridosso. His American debut is off to a fine start. I went to review Taste — no relation to Ann Nault's similarly named Belvedere Square restaurant — on a cold weeknight before the holidays.
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By Laura Vozella | The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2010
If quarterback Joe Flacco's arm isn't what it should be next season, Baltimore will only have its most ardent football fans to blame. Flacco's admirers were so busy getting their pictures taken with him Monday night, when he played celebrity waiter at a charity dinner at Morton's The Steakhouse, they neglected to take food off the tray he held. The real wait staff at the downtown Baltimore restaurant swapped out the tray of tuna tartare bites Flacco was holding for a tray of mini-crab cakes.
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