Local celebrities cook up $70,000 for gala benefit


SALAD DAYS: The March of Dimes hosted its seventh annual "Gourmet Gala" last weekend at the Hyatt Regency, and naturally we were there to stir up things a tad.

This year we teamed up with the Hyatt's Bruce Larsen in our cooking station, a beautifully appointed faux library with an easy chair on which we reposed while Bruce whipped up the most sinfully delicious Caesar salad. Decorated by designer Donna Foertsch, our station was patterned after "My Fair Lady" (the night's theme was Broadway musicals.)

Tap dancers, bagpipe players and ladies dressed like "Cats" added to the theatrical mood of the affair, which attracted about 430 supporters and netted $70,000 for the cause. "It was our best ever!" beamed Dimes staffer Jim Donovan. BG&E;'s Ed Crooke was chairman. Judges included Craig Claiborne of the New York Times, who was suffering from laryngitis.

And the winners? Jack and Susan White-Bowden, who won three prizes for their yummy cream of Maryland crab soup. Maryland Family Magazine's Sylvia Shapiro and Rudy Miller (with a new, shorter hairdo) picked up two for their vegetable lasagna dish. WJZ-TV's Marty Bass and Don Scott won for their Black Forest torte, while WBAL-TV's Doug Roberts and Dave Durian took home an award for Oysters Rockefeller. Finally, Councilwoman Jackie McClean picked up two awards for her vegetable-stuffed roast tenderloin.

AROUND TOWN: Dominique's Restaurant has reopened as Dominique's Cafe and Bar and the good news is that there's a new and less expensive menu. . . . Female golfers take note: The second annual Anita V. Vitale Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society tees off tomorrow at the Chestnut Ridge Country Club. . . . Singer Marianne Faithfull, former Mick Jagger girlfriend and Island recording artist, will be appearing Thursday at Max's on Broadway. . . . Musician Magazine has named the Polkats of Baltimore grand prize winners in its Best Unsigned Band contest, judged by such all-stars as Lou Reed, Lyle Lovett and Branford Marsalis.

FILM FLAM: Eyes Spies report that writer-director Oliver ("Wall Street," "Born on the Fourth of July") Stone may be coming to Baltimore soon to shoot a new movie. Keep your eyes open. . . . Meanwhile, some say the Big Crab still might be under consideration for the new film "The Addams Family," based on the television series which starred John Aston and Carolyn Jones.

Producers of the movie, which will star Raul Julia we hear, are looking for the perfect haunted-looking mansion to use as the family's house.

WISH-FULL THINKING: A sellout crowd is expected for Saturday night's third annual Grant-A-Wish Foundation fund-raiser at Martin's North Point in Dundalk. It will feature music by Gazze and a bull roast with open bar. The Orioles' Ellie Hendricks is expected to be on hand along with right fielder Steve Finley, actor Joe Mantegna (in town for "Homicide"), and other celebs. Tickets are $25 and may be reserved by calling 282-7773.

NAME-DROPPING: CBS News White House correspondent Leslie Stahl will speak tonight at 8 at Towson State University as part of its Speaker Series. For ticket info, call 830-3295.

EYE OPENERS: Locally based artist Tom Everhart, who has exhibited his works in the Louvre and is a protege of "Peanuts" creator Charles Schultz, will be participating in the Caring Program's "Autumn at Auburn" benefit art show Oct. 27 at the University Club at Towson State. For ticket info, call 998-KIDS. . . . WITH-AM's Ken Jackson is reviving his popular "Battle of the Bands" dance series Friday night at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn. The dance fest will feature the Sentimental Journey and Zim Zemarel Orchestras. Call 433-2427 for reservations.

SHORT TAKES: Orioles' right fielder Steve Finley pitched in as celebrity model the other night, as Hamburger's Clothing store downtown hosted a preview of fall fashions for 150 or so local execs and curious onlookers. . . . Lawyer Rosemary Motsay Ranier has been named Woman of the Year by the Towsontown Business and Professional Women's Club. A banquet in her honor will be held Tuesday at the Quality Inn in Towson.

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