?Best of Baltimore? bash lives up to its name

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Local,Anne Boone Simanski
It was even cooler to be seen at this year’s “Best of Baltimore” party, thanks to a change of venue to the Geppi Entertainment Club Level at M&T Bank Stadium. Steve Geppi publishes Baltimore Magazine, which annually acknowledges the best of everything in Charm City.

More than 50 of Baltimore’s best caterers and restaurants treated folks and honorees to specialty drinks and fabulous food while raising much-needed funds for The Family Tree of Maryland.

“The support of the ‘Best of Baltimore’ party helps us in our fight against child abuse,” said Family Tree Executive Director Pat Krongard. “And that makes everyone who is attending this event the best.”

Spotted in the VIP section was Greg Barnhill of Brown Advisory and megadeveloper Pat Turner, who were discussing Barnhill’s recent condo purchase in Turner’s new luxury waterfront development, Silo’s Point.


No doubt the food was yummy, but Brasserie Tatin restaurant’s Daniel Raffel told Seen that he saw one couple shoving lamb chops into a large water bottle, which was part of the VIP swag bag.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” Raffel said. Tacky, yes, but who could blame the unnamed food bandits. Everywhere you turned was a culinary temptation.

Amy and Jeff Shimp of Phoenix turned Seen onto the Partida Margarita, which is made with 100 percent organic agave nectar. Delicious doesn’t do this drink justice.

You would be smart to mark this event on your calendar for August 2009. It’s a great cause and a guaranteed great time.

Bravo to this B’more chef

Almost two months after filming started in New York City, season No. 5 of Bravo’s culinary delight “Top Chef” is almost a wrap.

According to Baltimore foodie Lars Rusin, “there are 16 chef-testants this season, and one of the best food blogs — Eater.com — has received intel on eight of them.”

And guess what? One of the eight is Charm City’s Jill Snyder, executive chef at Red Maple (930 N. Charles St.). Now that’s worth a toast. 

Fancy hats off to Pomykala

Gramercy Mansion Bed and Breakfast owner Anne Pomykala could not have asked for a better day to host the recent first “Old Fashioned Garden Party” to benefit the Carroll Mansion Museum and Shot Tower in Baltimore.

There was no lack of sunshine at the Stevenson event, which included a fancy hat competition, a 50/50 raffle and a scavenger hunt that took us all over the floral grounds of the mansion’s estate, which is a true visual treat.

Fancy hat winners included Nancy Smith, Mary Ann Burke and Lori Seeley, and scavenger hunt winner Dee Lockett received a prize of an overnight stay at Gramercy’s sister bed and breakfast, the Carrollton Inn in Baltimore. George Kline won the raffle.

All of this old-fashioned, relaxing fun netted more than $1,100  for Carroll Museum Inc., which, by the way, was founded by Pomykala.

Ravens sighting

From the gridiron to the dining table, Ravens cornerback Chris “C-Mac” McAlister and linebacker Terrell “Sizzle” Suggs were spotted packing on the carbs on at the swanky Cibo Italian Bar and Grille in Owings Mills this past Monday night.

Wonder if Suggs picked up the check, considering his new “franchise” payday? Along with a fat bank account, “Sizzle” is said to be sporting a brand new tattoo. My guess? Dollars signs.
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