Scene & Heard: National Kidney Foundation
( Photo by Colby Ware, Special to The Baltimore Sun / June 14, 2010 )
The crowd gathered inside the American Visionary Art Museum's Jim Rouse Visionary Center wasn't taking in the usual art exhibit. At the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland's "Santé, An Epicurean Adventure," folks were experiencing an exhibition of flavors. Chefs from restaurants and caterers had set up food stations around the room, so guests could sample some of their creations. There were also craft beers, wine and tequila tasting stations.
Event co-chairs Jessica Butkera and Ryan Weir greeted such guests as Chuck Stapleton, retired senior vice president of Travelers Insurance, and wife Anita Stapleton, Baltimore-based marketing consultant, who then sampled their way around the room.
Then, you could decide where you wanted to go for more.
Dan Collins, Mercy Medical Center senior director of media relations, and Tina Saratsiotis, freelance copywriter chose to hang around the dessert tables.
Nuala Dinkel, Oakdale Elementary instructional assistant, found the RA Sushi spicy tuna tartare was her favorite. For husband, John Dinkel, Baltimore Business Journal publisher, it was all about B&O Brasserie's pork bellies.
"I think we're on our thirds," he said with a chuckle.
Those pork bellies also topped the list for Brad DeLauder, Baltimore-based accountant, and Caroline Kesselring, Studio 1612 hairstylist.
"You can't miss with bacon," DeLauder noted.
Lynn William, a Baltimore restaurant correspondent for gayot.com, hovered near her food station of choice.
"I love Clementine and their chicken liver pate with blueberries," she explained.
For those willing to brave the heat and humidity, the AVAM barn offered a few more food stations where a few more chefs were toiling over hot plates. Chef's Expressions' owner/chef Jerry Edwards gamely put on a cooking demonstration in one corner, while Stephen Carey, Milan's executive chef, sauteed lobster in another.
"This is cooler than the kitchen. So I can't complain," Carey said.
"I'm really liking the ice cream," said Cindy Shifrin, Control Cable sales representative, as she and husband Paul Shifrin, SC&H Group director, sampled the goods from the Taharka Brothers ice cream cart.
For ice cream servers Deonta Reed and David Salter, the day was a breeze.
"This is like winter time for us. [This heat is nothing] like Artscape," said Reed.
-- Sloane Brown
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