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.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Influences in How Americans Cook

Susan Spungen was the founding food editor and editorial director for food at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia from its launch in 1991 until 2003. She wrote a bimonthly column called "Easy Entertaining" for the magazine until June 2004, and helped launch MSO's first all-food title, Everyday Food. She was coauthor of the best-selling Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook. Never in her early days working in restaurants did Susan Spungen even consider that she would hold an "influential position on how America cooks and entertains."

In her new cookbook, Recipes-a Collection for the Modern Cook, she outlines the basic skills that, once learned, make cooking a breeze. With 100 color photographs, making it a "wish book" for those of you who like to eat with your eyes.

There are two great opportunities to meet Susan in Baltimore on Sunday, November 20th at Atwaters at Belvedere Square and on Monday, November 21st at redDog Cafe in Silver Spring.

Read on for further details.

Joins us at COOKING MODERN -
Monday, November 21st at 6:30 p.m.
at the redDog Cafe on Grubb Road in
Silver Spring, MD to meet Susan
Spungen and taste a selection of her
dishes from her new cookbook being
prepared by Chef Janis McLean.

The menu for the evening is as follows:

Passed Hors d'Oeuvres

Risotto Cakes
Caramelized Onion and Bacon Tart
Mini-Mushroom and Taleggio Pizza
Endive and Orange Salad
Charles de Fere Rose NV

Seated Dinner

Roasted Squash Salad with Lentils and Goat Cheese
Morgan Sauvignon Blanc 2003
Monterey, CA

Pan-Seared Striped Bass
Polenta with Caramelized Corn
Cline Viognier 2004
Sonoma, Ca

Boeuf Bourguignon
Roasted Fillet of Beef with Mushroom Sauce
Calera Pinot Noir 2001
Central Coast, CA

Caramel Apple Tart

Individual - Dinner, Wine and RECIPES Cookbook $95.00

Couples - 2 Dinners with Wine and 1 Copy of RECIPES Cookbook $164.00

tax and gratuity are not included in pricing

To attend, please call Janis McLean at the redDog Cafe at

Cancellation policy: money will be refunded up to November 14th with notice. All reservations will be confirmed upon receipt of full payment.


For the Baltimore people come and meet Susan Spungen on Sunday, November 20th at Atwater's at Belvedere Square from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Chef Ned Atwater will have prepared a selection of Susan's soup recipes and will have first edition copies of RECIPES available on sale at a discount off the cover price of $34.95.

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