THE BELVEDERE Hotel's ballroom has always been one of my favorite places for a party -- old and elegant. And it was a perfect stand-in for Truffles owner Tom Stuehler and his wife, Nancy, when they decided to change their holiday soiree from their home to the Belvedere, of which they own about 30 percent interest.
And what a catering show they put on for family, friends and clients! Reindeer ice sculptures reigned over mounds of salads, lobster, clams, oysters, shrimp, rounds of beef, turkey, pastas. I could go on and on about all the good food prepared by Pauli Santi, chef-owner of Champagne Tony's, in the Belvedere's John Eager Howard room, and Truffles chef Steve Sappe.
The Stuehlers greeted hundreds of guests, which included the hotel's former owner, Victor Frenkil, and Virginia Lambrow; Nick and Mary Mangione, owner of Hayfields Development, WCBM radio and the Turf Valley Country Club and Hotel, etc.; Bob and Jackie Smelkinson, Smelkinson Sisco Food Distributors; Sharon and Dr. Phil Goldstein; Mary Ann and Mimmo Cricchio, owner and chef of Da Mimmo's in Little Italy; and Sharon and Marty Bass, WJZ-TV morning news personality; and Max Mosner and Grove Miller, from the Timonium Fairgrounds.
I enjoyed chatting with Marsha and Bill Jews, he's CEO Blue Cross Blue Shield; Mindy Moran with Steve Geppi, his business interests include Diamond Comic Distributors, the Orioles and Baltimore magazine; Mary Bell Grempler, chairman of the board of Coldwell Banker Grempler Realty Inc.; Emma and Frank Favazza, developer; Patricia and Edward Wilson, Baltimore Opera Guild; Bob and Lola Jones, who were with Bob's sister-partner at Jones Lighting, Marlene, who was with Ed Messina; Tom Everhart, a talented artist who has two of his "Peanuts Paintings" shows running simultaneously in Japan and Houston; Judge Dulaney Foster, who seems to be well on the road to recovery after suffering a stroke; Joan Merritt, opera singer; Lisa and Marley Simon, Marley Jewelers; and architect Patrick Sutton and his wife, Lark.
And since family is an important part of the holidays, the Stuehlers were joined at the party by Tom's son and daughter-in-law Michael and Catherine, visiting from Detroit; Tom's daughter Deborah from Boulder, Colo; and his daughter Janene from Nashville; and Nancy's mom and dad, Florence and John Boncewich.
Walters on CBS
Tune in CBS "Sunday Morning" on Jan. 14. Their film crew was at the Walters Art Gallery recently to film a segment on
Walters curator of ancient art, Ellen Reeder, and her "Pandora's Box, Women in Classical Greece" exhibit.
Ms. Reeder came up with the idea of such an exhibit and worked on it for eight years before bringing together objects from 54 collections throughout the world.
I also hear that Ms. Reeder is scheduled to be featured in the March issues of Town & Country and Life magazines.
If you've seen "She Loves Me" at the Lyric Opera House, then you've witnessed the antics of the talented Amy D. Forbes, who plays Ilona Ritter, in the supporting actress role. She's a former Baltimorean, who performed at Toby's Dinner Theater and only last year was a member of the "Fledgly: Eggsactly Like Me" troupe, which entertained children in more than 35 Howard County elementary schools.