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Family Tree Dinner

Updated: Thursday, May 1 2014, 04:53 PM EDT
A rainy Monday night didn't prevent several hundred of Baltimore's socialites from heading up to the Grand Lodge at Bonnie Blink in Hunt Valley for the annual Great Chefs Dinner to benefit The Family Tree. This year's celebrity guest chef was James Beard Award winner Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger. I was greeted by Family Tree executive director Pat Cronin and director of development Mary Francioli as I entered , then immediately ran into Dr. Steve Sobelman and Stan & Edie Brown. During the cocktail reception I encountered so many who always turn up to support the cause: designer Rita St. Clair and artist Joe Sheppard, Dort & Richard Mollett of Antrim 1844 Inn, interior designer Missy Connolly (who, as always, designed a table for the party), Linnell & Joe Meyerhoff, developer Ed St. John, board member Julia Keelty, developer Toby Bozzuto attended with his lovely mom, Barbara, Sun columnist Sloane Brown, architect Steve Ziger, and auctioneer Jon Levinson. Then everyone filed into the immense banquet room where some 40 tables had each been individually decorated by designers from all around town, all with the theme "family game night." I was seated at a table that was decked out in a Monopoly theme, and enjoyed catching up with architect Peter Fillat, seated to my right. The five-course dinner was exceptional, and included courses devoted to sashimi, fish and lamb. The live auction got quite lively, with the evening's top-bid item being a week's stay at an ocean estate on the island of St. Barths.
(Shown above: The banquet hall at the Grand Lodge, decked out for the Great Chefs dinner for The Family Tree.)Family Tree Dinner

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