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, March 23, 2009

And the winners are?

All the glitz and glamour was out tonight at Martin’s West at the Restaurant Association of Maryland Industry Awards. This black tie affair annually brings Maryland’s restaurateurs together to share good food, war stories and pat themselves on the back.

The walk about appetizers had me munching from raw bar to Ra Sushi. The delicious apps were from AIDA Bistro, Big Fish Grille, Buddy’s Crabs and Ribs, The Classic Catering People – Raw Bar, The Crab Shanty, Glory Days Grill, Lebanese Taverna, The Pantry Personal Fine Cuisine, Red Sky Steak & Fish House, RA Sushi, The Rumor Mill and Yellowfin Steak and Fish House. I indulged in a vodka martini from the 42Below Vodka Ice Bar. So many familiar faces, the usual cast of media characters to share my table and mucho food.

So who won you ask? Here we go:

Favorite Bar & Tavern: Fager’s Island
Favorite Restaurant: Marlin Moon Grille
Favorite Caterer: Putting on the Ritz Catering
Wine & Beverage Program of the Year: Liquid Assets Wine & Martini Bar
Marlyand Favorite New Restaurant: Mitchum’s Steakhouse
Pastry Chef of the Year: Chef Arismendy Infantale-Restaurante Tio Pepe
The Schellhase Award: Steve F. de Castro-Big Steak Management
Chef of the Year: Chef Michael Gettier – Antrim 1844
Restaurateur of the Year – Leighton Moore – Secret’s Bar & Grill

Proceeds from the auction and car raffle will benefit the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation.

It was a good night all the way around and I got my chocolate covered strawberries to cap off a lovely evening.

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