Celebrate

'Tis the season to celebrate with the recreation of an 18th-century party at Kedleston Hall, one of Britain's famed treasure houses.

On Monday, in commemoration of the coming of age of Englishman Nathaniel Curzon in 1747, the Octagon museum will return to the past for an evening of amusement, lecture and holiday cheer. Bringing the scene to life will be a troupe of costumed actors and dancers, as well as Washington cooking authority Ann Yonkers, who will discuss English food of the period and serve the likes of mince tarts and negus (a hot citrus and port punch), both of which were served at the original event, Curzon's 21st birthday.

A fillip to the occasion is the exhibition (through Jan. 5) of more than 80 drawings by Robert Adam (1728-1792), the Scottish architect commissioned by Curzon to redesign Kedleston.

Reservations for the 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. performances can be made by calling the Octagon at 638-3221. Admission of $7.50 for adults and $3 for children 16 and under will benefit the museum, located at 1799 New York Ave. NW. Tom Sietsema Educate The Washington chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier is looking for a few good cooks. More specifically, the organization of female food professionals is accepting applications, through Dec. 15, for its 1988 Anne Crutcher Memorial Scholarship.

Each year, Les Dames bestows up to $6,000 on a Washington resident (or residents) for tuition at cooking schools around the world. Anyone interested in a professional career in the culinary arts, and free to use the scholarship during the period from March 1988-89, is encouraged to apply for the award. For an application, write to Les Dames d'Escoffier Scholarship Committee, 8905 Camfield Dr., Alexandria, Va. 22308. -- T.S. Contemplate Hard-pressed for Christmas gift ideas? "Virginia Specialties By Mail," a mail order guide listing a treasure trove of state-produced foodstuffs, might be the alternative to pounding the malls this holiday.

Apples, meats, peanuts, cheeses, condiments, candies and seasonings are just a few of the many gifts offered, along with the names and addresses of the companies that sell them and the last order date for delivery.

To order a copy, send your name and address to VDACS, P.O. Box 1163, Room 703, Richmond, Va. 23209. For more information, call (804) 786-5867. -- T.S.