June 11: Dinner dance. Benefits Bradley Family Treatment Center. Buffet dinner, dancing, door prizes. Heritage Parkville Gardens, 7631 Harford Road. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets $30 at the door.
June 12: "A Wine Tasting and Recognition Event." Benefits Leave a Legacy Maryland. Boordy Vineyards wines, hors d'oeuvres. Pisces Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Baltimore, 300 Light St. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets $10. Call 800-842-1012.
June 13: "Summerfest 2000." Benefits Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Beer and wine, buffet dinner, auctions, live music. Kosiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel. 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-964-0202.
The phone's been ringing off the hook at Obrycki's restaurant, thanks to Martha Stewart. About a week ago, one of her TV segments was re-aired featuring Obrycki's co-owner Rob Cernak showing the grand dame of the kitchen how to steam our famed blue crabs.
Cernak's sis and co-owner Cindy Bacon says that since then she's been getting calls not just from people across the country, but across the world. One guy, she says, wanted to ship Obrycki's steamed crabs to a friend in Rome, but Cindy explained they would spoil by the time they got there. But, Cindy says, telling a woman from Puerto Rico it would cost a fortune to ship crabs there didn't deter her from going ahead with an order.
Meanwhile, the owners and chefs at Kali's Court were treated to lunch recently -- cooked in their own kitchen by a customer.
Helmut Beck is president of COALARBED International Trading, one of the country's largest coal traders. He and his wife, Diedre, enjoyed the restaurant's specialty, grilled whole fish, so much he decided to return the favor.
On a recent Friday, Helmut tied on an apron and prepared his signature dish for the Kali's crew -- whole fish baked in salt, a recipe he picked up in Portugal.
This time, the customer got the rave reviews.