Much as the French introduce their Beaujolais Nouveau, the Italians celebrate their novello in a big way. The DaMimmo Restaurant in Little Italy was chosen to be the first restaurant in the United States to debut the Novello Anteprima from Ruffino.
The ceremony is wonderful to watch, and many did as the wine arrived in a horse-drawn white carriage. A fresh bottle was opened by chef Mimmo Cricchio and his wife, Mary Ann, while their tuxedo-dressed, 2-year-old son, "Little Mimmo," looked on. Immediately following the tasting, nearly 100 people went into DaMimmo's for a superb dinner accompanied by lots of novello wine, of course.
Among the dinner guests were Lewis Smith, president of Reliable Liquors, sponsor of the event; Bernard Schalzer, Reliable's vice president; Dee Hutton, Schieffelin-Somerset; Ralph DiChiaro, DiChiaro Properties; John Paterakis, H&S; Bakery; Mr. and Mrs. John Guerriero, Continental Foods; Duke and Marlene Goldberg, International Eyewear Inc. (and he's also president of La Chaine des Rotisseurs); Tom and Nancy Steuhler, Truffles Catering at the Belvedere; Dr. and Mrs. Philip Goldstein, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Weinstein, and Ted and Anita Trask.
It would be "tennis everyone," if the Mid-Atlantic Tennis Foundation had its way. The mission of this non-profit organization is to promote and support tennis projects and programs.
And to recognize tennis greats. Steve Krulevitz, a name well-known in Baltimore tennis circles, was inducted into the group's Hall of Fame at a recent dinner. Steve's the teaching pro at the Greenspring Racquet Club and the Gilman School, and founder of the Steve Krulevitz Tennis Program. His past tennis feats include being included as a UCLA All American and an Israeli Davis Cup Team member, and 11 years playing on the professional circuit. As a coach, he has tutored Jaime Yzaga of Peru and Gilad Bloom of Israel. In fact, while coaching Yzaga in 1990, he helped vault the 25-year-old Peruvian from 68th to 19th in the rankings.
Krulevitz joins Arthur Ashe, Frank Goeltz, Pauline Betz Addie and Pam Shriver in the Hall of Fame.
Karen Mortimer not only directs the youth choir at Havenwood Presbyterian Church in Lutherville, but she also accompanies the group on guitar and writes many of the songs they sing. She began writing music for her angel choir four years ago, because she couldn't find music that was fun and yet appropriate for young children.
Since then, her music has been recorded on cassettes filled with delightful young voices singing songs like "Peanut Butter," "Learn and Grow" and "Kitchen Band."
If you'd like to hear what the children's choir can do, stop by the church, at Ridgley and Charmuth roads, Tuesday evening at 7:30. Mrs. Mortimer and her choir will perform a Christmas concert of traditional and original music. Many of the songs will be from her new cassette, "Songs of Bethlehem." Donations will be collected for the Maryland Food Committee, so stop by and get a little Christmas spirit.
Former presidential hopeful Paul Tsongas was in town recently to kick off the formation of the Concord Coalition. More than 150 people interested in balancing the federal budget came from all over the state to put together a statewide leadership council. Former congresswomen Marjorie Holt and Beverly Byron are the honorary co-chairs of the coalition. Council members are Richard Hug of Environmental Elements Corp., George Beall of Hogan and Harston, Bob Tate of Tate Industries, Rowland King of BG&E; and Charlie Scheeler of C. J. Langenfelder. Much credit for the success of this meeting goes to Bill Frank and Josh Milton and a corps of volunteers.
Last call! On Jan. 2, I will run a column listing winter and spring social events. If you would like your event included, please send the pertinent information, including a phone number for inquiries, to my attention, P.O. Box 1795, Baltimore, Md. 21278, or you may fax your information to me at (410) 783-2519.