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, April 23, 2007

A Little Exercise and Lots of Food

Took a walk yesterday for an hour and I did water aerobics for an hour today, suspended with no floatation device. My reward for the exercise was going out to lunch with Jeff Spear from Studio Spear. We talked business about the new cookbook we compiled coming out October 1st called YUM. The profits will go to the national charity. We hit Thai Landing and I had some average won ton soup but a wonderful bean thread salad with chicken and shrimp. I am so full!

Thrilled the sun is shining. Working from home has its benefits but I do find that there can be days-on-end that I don’t walk out of the house.

What’s up in Dining Dish land? Last Monday night was the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s Annual Gala. Michael Birchenall, editor of Mid Atlantic Food Service Monthly, won the allied member award, and deservedly so. Michael hosted my husband and I at his table along with Andrew and Liz Evans of the award-winning and much publicized Inn at Easton.

Watch out Baltimore restaurateurs, Michael Birchenall has set me loose with my camera for a new photo section call Balti-More. You never know when I’m going to snap your photo.

I didn’t tell you I had just gotten back from 5 days in Chicago at the International Association of Culinary Professional’s conference where eating and drinking were a prerequisite. That is another blog story with photos.

So Monday had been the RAM gala and Tuesday was the 11th Anniversary at Sotto Sopra Restaurant. It was communal dining, family-style service (note the photos below). Riccardo doesn’t know how to do things in a small way. Platters of salads, then seafood, half lobsters for all, two risottos, grilled meats and braised lamb …too much but everyone loved it. Abudanza!

Lots of work on my plate---pun intended. Back to the paying jobs.


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