Bon Appetit editors-at-large, Ned Read and Zack Hanle, spent most of last week in Baltimore gathering material for a destination article on our fair city.
If all goes well, the story, which will include comments about food served at Phillips Harborplace, Paolo's, Windows at the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel, Hampton's at Harbor Court and the Chart House, will be published in the spring.
Gil Stottler of the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association played tour guide for the visitors and said this is a real coup for Baltimore's tourism business. After all, this fine food mag out of California boasts a circulation of about 1.4 million.
This could be a banner year for Baltimore's national exposure, with feature stories scheduled in Ladies Home Journal, USAir Magazine and, of course, Barry Levinson's midseason television show, "Homicide," which airs Jan. 31 after the Super Bowl game on NBC.
Chances are that Dixie Carter (of "Designing Women") will not be invited to perform at another BSO Pops concert.
After what many subscribers called "an inappropriate performance" at a December concert, BSO phones rang off the hook with complaints. (One woman told me that Carter's act might be fine for a nightclub, but was inappropriate for the stage at the Meyerhoff.)
You can catch a glimpse of the act on the Feb. 7 airing of "Lifestyles of the Rich" on WJZ-TV at 9 a.m. The "Lifestyles" crew was here last month to put the finishing touches on a segment about Carter and her famous husband, Hal Holbrooke.
More good news for star watchers and local business. TriStar Productions has set up shop in a local hostelry and is ready to begin an 8- to 10-week shoot of the movie "Guarding Tests." No word yet on how much time stars Shirley MacLaine and Nicholas
Cage will be spending in Baltimore.
Speaking of movies, Maryland Film Commission director Jay Schlossberg-Cohen took his one-man art show to Paris recently and got good reviews.
"Portraits: Musicians of the Americas, 1992" was his first international show and attracted about 150 people on opening night. Jay's proud parents, Helen and Gil Cohen, flew over for the opener, which also featured their son Jeff, who gave a piano recital.
The portrait that caused the most comment featured President-elect Bill Clinton playing the saxophone.
The show went so well there is a possibility that Schlossberg-Cohen will show his artwork in Paris and Prague in 1994.
More than 500 people are expected to attend the third annual "Heartfest" at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel Friday, featuring some of Baltimore's most famous chefs.
You'll be able to meet chef Harvey Sugarman, Harvey's Greenspring Station; chef Mark Henry, Milton Inn; chef Rudy Speckamp, Rudys' 2900; chef Harold Marmulstein, Polo Grill; chef Josef Gohring, Peerce's Plantation; and chef Paul Beaulieu, Mount Washington Tavern. They'll be manning food stations, and there will be a chef's corner, where the chefs will answer cooking questions.
The event is a fund-raiser for the Henry Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Hopkins Hospital, which is named for the late Hopkins lacrosse coach.
There will be scads of information booths. Dr. Roger Blumenthal, assistant professor of medicine at the center, and Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt, assistant professor of medicine and cell biology, will talk about the most recent findings regarding heart disease.
Of particular interest to women will be the announcement of HERS, the heart estrogen/progestin replacement study under way at the center.
NB Tickets are $50 and may be reserved by calling (410) 879-5169.
Bravo David Zinman!
Baltimoreans should be happy to know that our BSO maestro's recording of Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 with the London Sinfonietta and soprano Dawn Upshaw is doing quite well.
This week's issue of Time magazine lists it as No. 9 in "The Best Music for 1992"; it has been rated as high as No. 5 in Pulse !B Magazine, the Tower Records mag; No. 1 in HMV music stores, a British chain; and No. 1 in Classic CD magazine.