I HAVE been extremely lucky in my life never to have been really worried about food. My concern, if any, was excess rather than lack. But I know there are those in this rich land of ours who are truly hungry. These are the people who will benefit from the ninth annual Share Our Strength's "Taste of the Nation," being held for the first time in Annapolis April 24.
"Taste of the Nation" will spotlight the food artistry of more than 30 local restaurants, chefs, and caterers in a tent at the City Dock. Local artists and musicians will contribute their talents for the evening, and legions of volunteers are working to put everything together.
Major corporate sponsorship (American Express and Calphalon) and local business donations guarantee that all the ticket money will go to local, state, national and international programs that provide food for the needy. The largest portion -- 70 percent -- will go to Food Link, Annapolis' nonprofit hunger relief organization. National and international organizations will get 20 percent, and the Maryland Food Committee will get 10 percent.
I've had the pleasure of eating in some sensational restaurants around the world and can say with pride that some of my most memorable meals have been in Annapolis. The chefs I admire, and others whose wares I haven't had a chance to sample, will be at "Taste of the Nation," and for $35 you can be, too. It's from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 24. Call 757-3749, and watch for posters promoting the event in participating restaurants.
Outlet bargain show
If food is one of my admitted passions, bargain hunting is another, and those who share that passion can indulge it this month at a fashion show put on by the Annapolis Chapter of Financial Women International (FWI).
The show is coordinated in cooperation with the Chesapeake Village Outlet Center in Queenstown and will offer styles from Outlet Center stores such as Jones New York, Britches, Brooks Brothers and Anne Klein at outlet prices.
A portion of the profits will help pay for programs at Sarah's House, a women's shelter, and the FWI Scholarship Fund.
The show is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 at the Kent Manor Inn in Stevensville. A silent auction will be held before the show.
For ticket information, call at 268-9295, or Regina Johnson at (800) 794-0757.
Bridal fashion show
Another fashion show is being held the same afternoon at London Town House and Gardens. This one features attire for the entire wedding party, suggested reception food from area caterers, and a look at the newly completed glassed-in pavilion and surrounding decks.
Tickets for the 1 p.m. affair are $7.50. Brides who have contracts for weddings at London Town in 1996 or 1997 will be admitted free.
For information, call 222-1919.
Republican women's show
Still need some inspiration to outfit yourself for the coming season? The annual Republican Women of Anne Arundel County fashion show is scheduled for April 17 at the Bay Ridge Inn.
Fashions from J.H. Collectibles and He-Ro combine the classic simplicity that always is in style and the glitter that some of us wish we had the opportunity, and the nerve, to wear. For information, call Betty Pahr at 263-5252.
Maryland Boys Choir
An unusual musical treat is in store at 7 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Annapolis, when the Maryland Boys Choir performs as part of the church's 150th anniversary concert series. The choir, made up of boys ranging in age from 8 to 13. performs secular and sacred works from all eras.
Formed in 1983, the choir has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the University of Maryland Chorus, and the Washington Choral Arts Society, as well as on public radio stations nationally. This is its first Annapolis appearance.
The concert and a reception afterward are free. Audience members are encouraged to bring nonperishable food or individual hygiene items to be donated to the Annapolis Light House Shelter.
The church is at Duke of Gloucester and Conduit streets.
A final note on the theme of food and style and helping others. The Annapolis Bartenders' Ball is April 15 at the Holiday Inn on Riva Road. Profits benefit the Hospitality Employees Life Support Program (HELP), an emergency fund for area restaurant and bar workers.
For tickets, call Kathleen Sherry or Jeff Jacobs at 263-8102.
Pub Date: 4/08/96