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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Boris and Doris On the Town

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Pastry Pleasure: Two years ago, the idea for an IronCupcake: Milwaukee competition was baked up by Sandy Ploy (aka “Milwaukee Cupcake Queen”), art director of the Reader's Digest’s Taste of Home. Her latest monthly cupcake competition featured curry-inspired recipes presented by 20 mostly amateur bakers. A hungry crowd of cupcake devotees descended on the Harley-Davidson Museum, filling their egg-carton carry-alls with mini-cakes. After copious taste-testing, fans voted for their favorites in a high-tech cellphone tally developed by software whiz Fred Gillich of Too Much Metal/Smac Design.

David Kaye and fiancée Natasha Mortazavi won Best Taste for their “As American as Curried Apple Pie” entry. Kaye’s feminine side was brought out with his polka-dot dress and an adorable blond wig. The Best Display award went to Laura Franck and Mary Beth Feuling with their “Creamy Curry Piña Colada Cupcake,” while Gale Hellpap received the White Jasmine pick for her “Spicy Turtle” confection.

Other cupcake contenders were Girl Scout cookie lovers Sarah Smith and Kathy Murphy-Ott; Jill Drury, inspired by Oscar film Slumdog Millionaire; and Chris Ewert, inspired by The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Competitor Mark Drzewiecki quickly ran out of his delicious pumpkin cakes.

Other notables included celebrity judge/Il Mito chef Michael Feker; Samir Karimi, from White Jasmine, an event partner; photographer James Conway; and John Augustyniak, with the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Among tasters were past winner Emily Silverson of Chez Cupcake and first-time attendees Robin Butzke and Tammy Raymond.

Helping were Ashley Weber; Aimee Wright, Milwaukee Hurling Club finance officer; Heidi Lloyd, Reader’s Digest veep; and photographer/food blogger Vicky Sithy.

The event helped to raise funds for Team Comet Dog, which donates pillows, toiletries and other personal items to wounded soldiers. Greeting guests outside was Comet Dog himself, a golden retriever resplendent in his superhero cape and mask. He was escorted by Air Force Reserve Maj. Julianna Olson, just back from Iraq, whose boyfriend Bill McGinnis launched the project when she was overseas. Emily McDonald and Erica Conway manned a booth promoting the project.

North Woods Mayhem: A packed house at the opening night of the Rep’s Seven Keys to Slaughter Peak paid tribute to retiring Artistic Director Joe Hanreddy, honored by a standing ovation. After a 17-year Rep stint, Hanreddy is moving over to UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts.

A lobby post-party was enhanced by karaoke host John (John the Revelator) Seymour and his wife, Madelaine Yafet. Mingling and karaoke-ing was the Stackner Cabaret’s Route 66 cast: Danny Calvert, Justin (Squigs) Robertson, Adam Estes and Zach Robbins. Liz Marsh, moving to Washington, D.C., the next day, made a great karaoke debut; as did part-time Rep receptionist Andrea Roades-Bruss. Rep intern Xzavien Hollins, celebrating his 23rd birthday, was honored with a cake.

Among the 13 Seven Keys actors joining the soiree were Lee Ernst (also the fight coordinator) and his wife, Sandy, the Rep’s associate artistic director, and Torrey Hanson, who was joined by his wife, Monique Duncan. Other Rep powers-who-be included: Dawn Helsing Wolters and her husband, Tony; Cindy Moran, public relations director extraordinaire, with her husband, Todd Broadie; marketing director David Anderson, his wife, Jenny, and son, Elijah; and box office manager Christine Yundem with friend Michael Evans.

Rep supporters since ’72 were Kathy Pederson, Jacobus Wealth Management associate director, and her husband, Gordon, a Humber, Mundie & McClary business psychologist. Others included journalists Harry Cherkinian and his wife, Anne Siegel; Jackie Herd-Barber, Rep past president; subscribers Mike Fischer and Elaine Griffin; and writer Paul Kosidowski and his wife, Kathy. Rey Dobeck sported snazzy red/gold-tipped shoes acquired from a costume shop rummage sale.

Yer Momma: The Boulevard Theatre’s opening of the final show of its 24th season, It’s Your Mother, also had a fun post-show blowout. The entire evening was hosted by art patron Dr. Richard Stone, who invited family and friends. Included were his significant other, Sandy Biancardi of M&I Bank, and his mom, Millie. In the audience were Stone’s friends Mary Kay and Domenic Pulito, with his mom, Rosemary, and sister, Ann; attorney Bill Yellin and wife Jean; Boulevard first-timers Nancy Einhorn and her husband, Steve; and E.J. Brumder, accompanied by Dodie Gutenkunst.

Also partying were Mother playwrights Patricia Durante and Betsy Tuxill, and the cast including Melissa Keith, who bartends at Palomino and teaches at First Stage, Shemagne O'Keefe, Alinea veep, Rachel Lewandowski, and Boulevard Assistant House Manager Michael Tyburski.

Cheese Wiz: When Andy Hatch tells people he’s “milking cows and making cheese,” his real claim to fame is that he’s the cheese maker of the award-winning Pleasant Ridge Reserve. His insightful talk and cheese tasting at Open Book was attended by Liz and Barb Franczyk, the latter a Maple Dale teacher, as well as Kit Vernon, Rod and Joy Botts, Ginny Kannenberg, Mark McLaughlin, and Andy’s parents, Lisa and Mick Hatch.

If you have any tips for Boris and Doris, contact them at borisanddorisott@aol.com. Their next column will appear in the April 22 issue of the Shepherd.




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