In the nine years that she's been at the Harbor Court Hotel, Holly Forbes - now executive chef - has won national recognition for Hampton's, the upscale restaurant under her direction (although credit has to go to chef of the restaurant Scott Hoyland as well).
After March 16, though, Harbor Court will have a new executive chef. Forbes' husband has been transferred to Dallas, and she's going with him. "It's cheaper to relocate than to get a divorce," she says with a laugh.
Forbes isn't sure what she'll be doing in Dallas, but she hopes eventually to open what she calls "an adult place."
"I want to have a place," she says, "where adults can have tea, coffee and pastries, with a reading and music room. And I'd like to get back into the wedding cake and pastry business."
As of this writing, Harbor Court is still looking for Forbes' replacement.
From Walters to Weber's
And speaking of chefs leaving, David Rudie, formerly of the Milton Inn, has moved on from the new Troia at the Walters and now cooks at Weber's on Boston.
The Canton bar-restaurant, which was known for its regional American cooking, now has French bistro fare: from la soupe a l'onion to le cassoulet to les crepes au chocolat.
So who's minding the stove at Troia? Owner Gino Troia says he was always the one in charge of the new bistro's kitchen, and that hasn't changed. Meanwhile, his mother presides over the original Cafe Troia in Towson - as she always has, he says.
Local developer David Cordish still isn't giving out many details of the restaurant he hopes will open in his newest project by June. But the Inner Harbor entertainment complex at the Power Plant, which will house a Barnes & Noble book and music store, will also be the site of "a major theme restaurant," he promises, which people will respond to "like a Cheesecake Factory or a Planet Hollywood." It won't be high cuisine, he says, "but there may be something more upscale in connection with a jazz club."
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Pub Date: 2/27/97