Sure they're powerful, but can they cook? At the Peace Links Second Annual Spring Auction Monday night, you can find out firsthand, if you bid on a dinner for eight catered by four congressmen and their wives. Rep. Al Swift and his wife Paula will prepare the dinner at your home, Rep. Pat Williams and his wife Carol will serve, and Rep. Robert Matsui and his wife Doris will prepare dessert. And for entertainment, Rep. Dan Glickman will sing for your supper.

Reps. Barney Frank, Pat Schroeder and Glickman will auction off the items, which include an autographed picture of Jesse Jackson, a signed poster of a huskier and more unkempt Barney Frank from his first state campaign that reads "Neatness Isn't Everything," a silk Brooks Brothers tie donated and worn by New York Mayor Ed Koch, replete with New York pastrami stains, and a dual prize of a tennis game with Rep. Stephen Solarz and a tour of his wife Nina's shoe closet.

Nina Solarz, who is executive director of Peace Links, said she doubts anyone will actually want to see her modest collection of foot apparel. "The main reason would be to compare it mentally with Imelda Marcos', which is a far more vast collection."

Solarz says the organization, which encourages women to educate their communities about the nuclear threat, hopes to raise about $5,000 from the auction. Entertainment will be provided by Rep. David Obey's group, Capitol Offenses, and Reps. Mary Rose Oakar, Barbara Boxer and Marcy Kaptur, who form the singing group the Red, White and Blues.

Bowing Out

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, which is under the direction of violinist Pinchas Zukerman, has canceled its European tour because of fears of terrorism. Of the 33 musicians scheduled to leave on the tour next week, nine dropped out and two others were excused for medical reasons, board Chairman A. William Sands said Thursday.

The fear of terrorism was increased by the belief that an American orchestra with a prominent Israeli conductor might be a particularly likely target. The decision to cancel the 13-concert tour was made Wednesday by the orchestra's executive committee. It was the second U.S. orchestra to cancel a European tour in recent weeks. The Atlanta Symphony also canceled a tour for safety reasons.

End Notes

Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa is in town this week with his wife Patricia to attend a three-day conference at Georgetown University. In honor of Vargas Llosa's visit, Ambassador Cesar Atala of Peru hosted a reception last night at the embassy for about 200 people. Ambassadors from many Latin American countries were expected to attend, including the envoys of Spain, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile and the Dominican Republic . . .

Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled to make a six-day private visit to Kentucky next week to inspect horse-breeding farms there. A palace spokeswoman said the queen, who has 22 broodmares and 27 horses in training at her three farms in England, will tour many thoroughbred farms in the Bluegrass State . . .

Margaret Heckler, the U.S. ambassador to Ireland, is expected to attend tonight's fundraiser at the Omni Shoreham given by the Washington branch of Irish Americans for the Statue of Liberty. Others expected to attend are Padraic MacKernan, the Irish ambassador to the United States, and James Brady, press secretary to President Reagan . . .

The U.S. Marine Band will record an original musical score Monday for the four-day Statue of Liberty centennial celebration. The music, which will be recorded at the Navy Yard in Washington, will include compositions by Joe Raposo, musical director for Liberty Weekend, and an original work by John Williams. The music will be coordinated with the fireworks display, being billed as the largest ever.