Feeding the less fortunate while feeding the fortunate could have been the theme of the Greater Baltimore Club Managers Association's first annual "Taste of Baltimore Clubs." The gala party, which attracted 100 people to the Center Club, was a benefit for Meals on Wheels.
Although the 52-member association has been around since 1962, this is the first social benefit members remember having.
Everything for the seven-course black-tie dinner was donated, including the services of talented executive chefs from six area clubs. Each prepared an hors d'oeuvre as well as the following entrees: a pate of wild summer mushrooms and foie gras a la Maryland Club chef Curtis Eargle; chilled, pepper-crusted Tilghman Island breast of duck by Annapolis Yacht Club chef Robert Carney; pineapple soccle by Baltimore Country Club chef George Rockwell; rockfish with soy-wasabi sauce by Center Club chef Steven Leitzia; crab-lobster cake with garlic-infused potato puree and champagne beurre blanc by Woodholme Country Club chef Carl Hackett; six-tomato salad with exotic greens and herbs by Caves Valley Golf Club chef Ned Atwater; and Woodholme's pastry chef Michael Farmer dazzled taste buds with a bittersweet chocolate timbale on hazelnut crunch for dessert.
Among those who dished up $100 for the benefit were Bob Spindell, president of the National Capital Chapter of the Club Managers Association, from Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Va.; Mr. and Mrs. Kim Saal -- he's general manager of the Congressional Club; Mr. and Mrs. Russ LaGreca -- he's general manager of the Center Club, which looked spectacular, thanks to the handiwork of the club's David Lynch et al.; Ed Urban, general manager of the Maryland Club and the president of the local association, who sat with Betsy Gregory and Katherine Mandaro, Maryland Club; Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Kahan and Jai Elyn Obey, from Meals on Wheels; Neal Griswold, general manager of the Suburban Club, and his assistant manager, Brad Hajek; Nancy and Jack Palmer -- she's general manager of the Caves Valley Golf Club; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Spellman -- he's general manager of the Baltimore Country Club, and he had as his guests Ted Herget and Annie Pierce; Mr. and Mrs. Frederick DeKuyper, Johns Hopkins Club; Mr. and Mrs. Artie Donovan, Valley Country Club; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Curtis, Center Club; Mr. and Mrs. Chet Beatty, Hillendale Country Club; Dick Celeste, Cumberland Country Club; William Shea, Chartwell Golf and Country Club; and Mitchell Platt, Woodholme Country Club, and his fiancee, Marci Berman.
Everyone left the dinner happy, especially the Meals on Wheels people, who left with a $10,000 check.
Fans of pop singer-pianist Tori Amos filled the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Monday evening. It was a real welcome home party for Tori, who lived in Baltimore from 1964 to 1972, when her father, Dr. Edison Amos, was the minister of Epworth United Methodist Church on Liberty Road.
While her family was here, Tori was enrolled at Peabody Prep at the age of 5, the youngest student Peabody had ever admitted up to that time. Now this successful pianist, soloist and author-composer of 200 songs has two gold records from Atlantic Records.
Before Monday's concert, the director of the Peabody, Bob Pierce, and Montgomery County Del. Jennie Forehand met Tori backstage to present her with a Governor's Citation for her contribution to music as well as for being a founding member of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, RAINN. This past week, RAINN began operation of the first nationwide, 24-hour, sexual-assault hot line, at (800) 656-HOPE(4673). The number to the RAINN hot line will be non-traceable.