For artistic eventsIf you're looking for a...

For artistic events

If you're looking for a special, "artistic" spot for a wedding reception, board meeting or anniversary celebration, you might consider the recently formed team of Great Occasions catering and Galerie Lareuse.


The new gallery, which opened this summer in a restored ante-bellum building at 1016 N. Charles St., has 14-foot ceilings, sculpted marble fireplaces and arched doorways. It features the work of artists both famous (Matisse, Picasso, Chagall) and unknown but up-and-coming. There is room for about 150 people for a standing event and 100 for a seated event. The space is wired for audio and video presentations.

The space will particularly appeal to "people who are looking for a different, artistic approach" to an event, says Ami Taubenfeld, vice president of Great Occasions. "Anything from a fund-raiser to a wedding."


A recent party in the space, a fund-raiser, featured fresh fruit, crudites with Parmesan pepper dip, sun-dried tomato and basil cheese torta, pecan-encrusted chicken with three mustards, hot crab dip with Tuscany toast, skewered steak au poivre and pear and Gruyere crisps.

For information, call Essie Keyser, coordinator of Galerie Lareuse events at Great Occasions, (410) 668-6283.

Although most people know that minimizing the amount of fat in your diet can alleviate risks of heart disease associated with high cholesterol levels, many people aren't sure how to go about following this important health guideline.

The Family Medicine Department of the University of Maryland Medical School has teamed up with other health organizations and a number of west side grocery stores to offer cholesterol education programs in the stores during September, which is National Cholesterol Education Month. In stores where the programs are being run by Bon Secours Hospital, there will be free cholesterol screening.

Here is the schedule: Monday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Farm Fresh, Mondawmin Mall (Community Heart Assessment and Monitoring Program); Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Farm Fresh, 5600 the Alameda (CHAMP), and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Stop, Shop and Save, 1907 W. Pratt St. (Bon Secours); Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Farm Fresh, 1600 E. North Ave. (CHAMP), and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Super Fresh, West Side Shopping Center (Bon Secours); Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Safeway, Mount Clare Junction (Bon Secours), and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Farm Fresh, 1400 Monroe St. (CHAMP); Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Farm Fresh, 1402 Belair Road (CHAMP); Tuesday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Farm Fresh, 717 Washington Blvd. (Bon Secours).

Rice club

Meals in minutes are much in demand as family schedules pick up with the start of school. The makers of Minute Rice have started a recipe "club" for dishes designed to become instant hits with the whole family. All recipes can be made in 30 minutes or less.

To become a member of the club, send name and address to Recipes, P.O. Box 23437, Kankakee, Ill. 60902. Here's a sample.


Sloppy Joes with rice

Serves four.

3/4 pound ground beef

1 small onion, chopped

1 small red or green pepper, chopped

1 cup barbecue sauce


1 1/2 cups Minute Rice

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 to 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, optional

Brown ground beef, onion and pepper in skillet; drain fat. Stir in barbecue sauce. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring water and salt to boil. Stir in rice. Cover; remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Serve meat sauce over rice. Garnish with shredded Cheddar, if desired.


Hotheads, chill out. The McIlhenny Co. of Avery Island, La., sole makers of Tabasco sauce, survived Hurricane Andrew largely intact. Even though some of the pepper crop was damaged, and production had to be suspended due to power outages, the famous hot condiment will keep flowing.

"They're not skipping a beat," company spokeswoman Karen MacKenzie told the Associated Press. "There won't be any impact on the business."

The factory on Avery Island, in the area of south-central Louisiana that bore the brunt of the hurricane's force, survived with only broken windows, water leaks and other minor damage, the wire service reported. About 250 people, including many employees, used the factory as an emergency shelter for two days. The business was established two years after the end of the Civil War.

Company officials said they had about four weeks' worth of inventory in 20 warehouses around the country when the storm hit.

A new spread

Move Over Butter, a new spread from the Fleischmann's division of Nabisco Foods, uses sweet cream buttermilk to give buttery taste to a spread that's 72 percent vegetable oil. The new spread has zero cholesterol and 75 percent less saturated fat than butter. . Move Over Butter is available in one-pound stick form for a suggested retail price of $1.29, and in a 1-pound bowl for a suggested price of $1.49.