The Dining Dish blog is Dara Bunjon's take on anything food, both national and in her hometown of Baltimore. Warning: this food blog can be harmful to your waistline.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

You can win a Black and Decker 5 Minute Pizza Oven and Snack Maker

Black and Decker recently introduced their 5 Minute Pizza Oven & Snack Maker to the general public. The sleek stainless steel counter top oven can heat up to 650 degrees Fahrenheit, 150 degrees hotter than any conventional oven and preheat in half the time of your traditional oven.  What does that mean to you, the consumer, the pizza lover – a 12 inch pizza, fresh or frozen in half the time.

Being food curious, the folks at Black and Decker sent me the 5 Minute Pizza Oven & Snack Maker to test out.  We are mainly frozen pizza eaters in our house, we like a specific brand, Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza Mozzarella with a thin crust – we’ve tried others, this is our favorite.  With the multiple settings, I chose the thin crust setting which is 650 degrees, turned the timer past 10 minutes to get the oven, preheat for 5 minutes and bake the remaining five minutes.  I used the accompanying handle to pull out the preheated ceramic tray and put our frozen pizza in to cook for 5 minutes, where as in my regular oven it would have been 12 minutes.  As recommended by Black and Decker and myself, it is best to wear oven mitts for your safety.

For contest rules, slideshow and video go to / Food 

"The Girls" are throwing a party - you're invited.

October is a "pink" month, it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and "The Girls" are throwing a party on Saturday, October 17th at Power Plant Live from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. BreastFest - 10 local restaurants, an open bar and live music. Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy Medical will be the beneficiary of funds raised.

Restaurants featured at this year’s event include:

·         Rouge – Sliders
·         Ledo's Pizza - Pizza and Italian Salad
·         The Yummery  -  Desert Shooters
·         Bond Street Social-  Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Spiced Duck Confit Ragu and Toasted Pepitas
·         Mother's Federal Hill Grille  -  Mom's Homemade Chipotle Mac and Cheese
·         Alexander's Tavern  -   Chile Con Carne w/ Fixings bar
·         DogWatch Tavern  -  Cream of Crab Soup & MD Crab Soup
·         Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery   - Spinach and Artichoke Dip w/Nacho Chips and Beer Cheese Soup
·         Barcocina  -  Reuben Tacos, braised corn beef, pickled cabbage, caraway scented gruyere fondue
·         Harbor Que BBQ & Catering  -  "Mini Sundae's" (beans, pulled pork, Carolina slaw)
·         Heavy Seas - TBD   
·         Nando's Peri Peri  - Assorted Sandwiches and Wraps

Participants will also enjoy beer, wine and specialty drinks featuring Blue Moon, Miller Life, PYNK, Handcraft and Mouton Cadet wines, Red Bull, Svedka Vodka, Orchata, Serpent’s Bite, Fireball, and fresh handmade crushes.

MC Stevie T will return to host musical acts Scott’s New Band, the Sara O’Brien Band, and The Remainders.

Tickets are available for $60 in advance and $70 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Hoffberger Breast Center at the Mercy Medical Center. More information can be found at

Old Westminster Winery to unveil new tasting room

Special vine cutting ceremony set to take place Thursday, November 5th at the family owned and operated winery, Old Westminster Winery in Carroll County.The Baker Family, owners of Old Westminster Winery, will unveil their NEW Tasting Room on Thursday, November 5 from 11:30 am-1:30 pm with a special vine cutting ceremony and private celebration.  Dignitaries, media, partners and friends will be on hand to meet the family, partake in wine tastings and tapas appetizers as well as explore the 2,200 square foot building located adjacent to the home vineyard.  For more information about Old Westminster Winery, log onto

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Chef Ed Kim opens Mi & Yu Noodle Bar

Mi & Yu Noodle Shop reminds me of Tampopo, a 1985 Japanese comedy of many subplots, but at its core, making that perfect bowl of slurpable ramen noodle soups and we aren’t talking those packaged dried noodles with the flavor packets.  One might call Mi & Yu Noodle Shop a Ramen—ya, where ramen is a specialty and the soup reflects the chef’s culinary flair.  Chef Edward Kim has worked months perfecting and creating his own soups, his own culinary spin on the ideal bowl of ramen.  Like other Ramen-ya, this French technique trained Korean-American raised chef has melded his culture and life in each bowl of ramen, especially his spicy kimchi chicken broth.  

Watch the slideshow and read the full story on Federal Hill's hot new restaurant at Examiner . com / Dining

Friday, October 09, 2015

Annual Signature Chefs Auction for March of Dimes

 Don’t just mark your calendar; buy your ticket now to the annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction which is being held, Monday, November 2nd starting at 6 p.m. at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.  

This is my November pick for the charity event to be seen and do good all for the same “dime.” We baby boomers remember our March of Dimes savings cards, we would put a dime in each week and when full send them in to help with children with polio. Now the charity is about a fighting chance for every baby – their focus is on researching the problems that threaten our children and finding both treatment and prevention for them.

Get all the details at Examiner .com / Dining

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Défie Moi premieres its late night street food tonight in Hampden

Late night Asian-French slanted street food in a basement kitchen and you will need a password to enter - will you be one of the first to indulge in cuisine stylings’ of Chef Cyrus Keefer?  Défie Moi has 16 seats, a couple of four tops and then some two tops.  It is located in the basement of 13.5% Wine Bar + Food in Hampden at 1117 West 36th Street, like the speakeasy probation days, it is who you know that will get you in. You know me – so here is the scoop.

On the weekends, starting tonight, and next week, just on Friday evening and thereafter, Friday and Saturday evenings Défie Moi will be open starting at 10 p.m. running to midnight and possibly later as it grows.  Each night the menu changes and tonight’s menu:

Check out tonight's menu and full story at / Dining

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Win trip for two to Miami - Ravens game through Dunkin Donuts

 I must admit, this information is a cut and paste from Dunkin Donuts press release. Thought it might be of interest to you.  Have at it!
For the third year in a row, Dunkin’ Donuts of the greater Baltimore region is giving fans a chance to “Run with the Ravens.” In celebration of the brand’s partnership with Baltimore’s football team, Dunkin’ Donuts is once again taking to Twitter to give loyal fans the opportunity to win great prizes simply by following and tweeting @DunkinBaltimore with #RunninRavens and #Sweepstakes.
One grand-prize winner of the Runnin’ with the Ravens Twitter sweepstakes will receive a Ravens Away Game Experience, which includes a trip for two to the Ravens game in Miami on Dec. 6. Fifteen first-prize winners will receive two invitations to the Dunkin’ Donuts Ravens Tweet & Greet on Nov. 16. The invitation-only event will include a behind -the-scenes tour of M&T Bank stadium, a special player appearance and light refreshments.
The 2015-2016 Ravens season also celebrates the return of Dunkin’ Donuts’ “Ravens Win, You Win” mobile promotion, where guests can use the Dunkin’ Mobile® App and receive a free Medium Hot or Iced Coffee offer the day after the Ravens win. The offer is valid only through the Dunkin’ Mobile App and at participating locations in the greater Baltimore area during the Baltimore Ravens regular season.  All Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Greater Baltimore region will also feature two Ravens-inspired donuts – Ravens Nation Donut, a yeast shell filled with vanilla buttercream, topped with chocolate dipping icing and purple sprinkles; and Poe’s Purple Donut, a yeast ring with white dipping icing topped with purple sprinkles.
 Dunkin’ Donuts’ “Runnin’ With the Ravens” Twitter sweepstakes runs through Oct. 15. Participants must be 21+ to enter and be legal residents of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne’s, or Talbot, Maryland.No purchase necessary; void where prohibited. For additional terms and conditions related to the contest, please visit

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Dish's latest Baltimore restaurant news - get the sizzle

8 Ball Meatball coming to Fells Point – rumor has it that it will be located on Thames Street. Nothing more than a ‘coming soon’ on their webpage

Don’t forget Thursday, October 1 Wiggle, Wine and Dine Burlesque show at 13.5% Wine Bar + Food.  They will be breaking in the new stage at the Hampden hotspot at 9:30 p.m.

Taste of Mason Dixon - Saturday, October 10, 2015 (12 noon – 3:00pm) at Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, MD. Taste food samples from past competitors of The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament, including 2015 Champions My Thai Baltimore! Tickets include food samples, a glass of Boordy wine, and live music from The Jazz Cats. Tickets are just $10 each (plus service fee), and must be purchased in advance through the Boordy website at

So much more happening in the Baltimore restaurant landscape - Read the complete story at Examiner . com / dining 


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