Great cause, great turnout, great auction

Entertainment,Anne Boone Simanski

For the past six years Crabaret, which is held annually at Gertrude’s at the Baltimore Museum of Art, has been raising funds for the House of Ruth of Maryland. Another sellout at this year’s recent event helped pull in almost $90,000 for the organization’s fight against domestic violence.

Event chair Vicki Deyesu happily watched as Tracey Nicholson used the live auction to win a week’s stay in a six bedroom Tuscan villa.

A week in Florence was won by William Imperato, owner of Wireless Enterprises and Gallery Imperato. Carmen Deyesu had the winning bid for a dinner for eight from Gertrude’s chef, John Shields, and if you happen to see Lisa McCall walking around town with some new bling, it’s because she was the high bidder for a $2,500 Radcliffe Jewelers gift certificate. Great crab dishes prepared by Chef Shields and great wine provided by The Wine Source were a winning combination for this event.


If you fancy yourself a master mixologist, then mark down this Thursday on your calendar. That’s when the Cocktail World Cup will make a stop in Charm City in search of bartenders for September’s championship showdown in New Zealand. To register, go to The event will be held at the USS Constellation Pier 1, 300 Pratt St. in Baltimore, starting at 8 p.m.


Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. At the Pikesville location, former Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO Bill Jews was spotted, dining with power couple Carole and Bean Sibel. And at the downtown location, former Oriole greats Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken were celebrating the 25th anniversary of the O’s last World Series appearance.


For 23 years the Zagat guide has been keeping up with some of the best restaurants around. This week, the 2009 Baltimore/D.C. Restaurant Guide arrived, and guess what? It’s reported that we in the Land of Pleasant Living dine out for 2.9 meals per week and spend $34.23 per meal. Sounds kind of high, but Zagat says no.

“We’ve noted an increase in the average cost of a meal around the country,” said Tim Zagat. “Fortunately, dining out in the Baltimore area has remained relatively inexpensive, and residents are taking advantage by eating out more than ever.”

It could be worse. In Las Vegas, a Sin City meal costs a whopping $44.44. At the other end of the buffet table is New Orleans — at $26.18 per meal.


When the Ravens’ John Harbaugh arrived in Westminster this past Monday for the start of his first training camp as head coach, he got a bad sign. Best Western, where the team is staying, posted “Welcome Coach Harbaugh” on its marquee, but it was gone by Wednesday. Why? Coach does not want the focus on him but rather on the team as a whole. Now that’s something to cheer about.


  • What: Cuts for a Cure, in memory of Carter Moore, who died from cancer (neuroblastoma) this past February, shortly before his fifth birthday
  • When: Today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: All About Me Salon and Day Spa, 27 W. Chesapeake Ave. in Towson
  • Info: All are welcome for free haircuts, waxing and nail polish services. Donations are suggested with a portion going to the  Band of Parents organization.


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