For the food, wine and travel enthusiast, mark your calendars for the National Harbor Wine and Food Festival in Washington DC on Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th. This will be the place to be to get your gourmet on!
Do you remember the movie Big Night that came to area movies in 1996? It was about two Italian brothers Primo (Tony Shaloub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci) who try to save their failing Italian restaurant with one special night – the Big Night when a famous singer, Louie Prima, was to dine at their restaurant. Big Night took place in the 1950’s, a cult film that has you drooling from the appearance of the risotto, suckling pig and the infamous Timpano.
For me, this is a great deal and for those who love food and wine. Do you love cooking? Do you love to entertain? Do you love looking at fabulous food porn pictures? Then this is the Groupon deal for you.
How quickly a year goes by and it is time for the 8th Annual Highlandtown Wine Festival Sunday, May 1st. A celebration based around homemade wines and there is even a competition for amateur winemakers who may take home the gold, silver or bronze ribbon.
It isn’t all about wine
Guests who come to Our Lady of Pompei Convent Garden at 3600 Claremont Street will enjoy gourmet food and music along with the wine tasting.
The interview wasn’t really lost; the notes have been on a chair in my office for over a year, I was just hesitant to write the second part of my story. Let me preface that Chef Sara Moulton is as accessible as she appears on air, what you see is what you get; no pretense, charming, friendly and caring – time for everyone. Back at the end of October, 2009, I had arranged to go to New York to meet with Chef Moulton for lunch and an interview – she was most gracious. What we hadn’t planned for was the shutting down of Gourmet Magazine a couple days prior which became the central theme to our lunch.
Hot off the Promotion Center for Little Italy press comes notification that Palmere’s Bar and Grill is officially opening this weekend though they have been having a quiet opening since April 8th (via their Facebook page).
Biodegradable, energy efficient, recyclable, natural equals Freshii, fresh food custom built. The restaurant has a build your own concept for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Freshii has 60 locations around the world, including Dubai, Vienna and soon to be Baltimore.
With inexpensive bus fares to New York City I find myself going more and more. March had me in New York City twice, once for the launch of Chef Grant Achatz’s book Life, On the Lineand the other for Nathan Myhrvold’s cookbook tome, Modernist Cuisine. Of course for me it is always about food, isn’t that all there is in this world? Well for me it is.
The little snack I packed for the bus ride just doesn’t cut it. No matter what time of day I arrive I am always hungry. The Mega Bus from Baltimore to New York leaves you off at 7th Avenue and 28th Street. I always walk east on 28th to pick up the N or R subway. West 28th Street is a plethora of wholesale flower shops…not much else-devoid of restaurants BUT low and behold, a ramen noodle place had recently opened. It was pouring rain, a great excuse to pop in and get a bowl of hot ramen soup
Dinner was Asian as well, Szechuan Gourmet in mid-town where I met a friend. It was still pouring rain so the restaurant wasn’t crowded as normal – there is usually a wait. My friend was drying out when I arrived and already ordered Spicy Sesame Noodles-they were spicy and they were good. This is not a American influenced Szechuan restaurant, know that with one chili pepper next to a menu item you can expect it to be hot…we didn’t go beyond two chili peppers. How hot is it? Frank Bruni’s review was titled, “Going for the Burn”.
Life, On the Lineis not a cookbook, it is the story about a driven chef who began working in his family’s restaurant at the early age of five and rose to worldwide prominence. It is written in two voices, one Chef Grant Achatz of Michelin starred Chicago restaurant Alinea and his partner, Nick Kokonas.
You are cordially invited to come to A Night O’Chocolate on Tuesday, April 26th from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Samuel Gompers Room, AFL-CIO at 815 16th Street NW in Washington D.C.
The competition focuses on women pastry chefs from the Virginia, Maryland and DC area who will present their chocolate culinary wares to a panel of judges including Chef Ris Lascoste of Ris Restaurant, myself and other DC women chefs and personalities.
As a participating guest you get to taste these delectable chocolate concoctions along with --Read the full story:
Why get a plain ole hot dog at Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards when you can get Roma Gourmet Sausages. An institution for great sausages here in Baltimore, Roma brands are normally available through Giant, Graul’s, Food Lion, Eddie’s, Mars, Pastore’s and Safeway. With grilling season starting you can take them home and fix them
Last year Baltimore Ravens football players Matt Birk, Joe Flacco, Michael Oher, Ben Grubbs, Ray Rice, and Cam Cameron were the official servers at Morton’s The Steakhouse for the first celebrity server night to benefit the Hike Foundation. It was a sellout. Baltimore Ravens’ All-Pro Center Matt Birk is back this year for the benefit which is taking place on Monday, May 9 at 7 p.m.
Imagine Matt Birk and his teammates trading in their uniforms and helmets for plates and aprons and taking your order -- Read more:
There is currently survey going around Facebook, what country would you like to visit and the number one country chosen is Italy so it is no surprise to me that Italian food is the most popular ethnic food in the United States. For all you Italian food lovers out there let me inform you of a very special evening being held at Café Gia Ristorante.
Food, you can’t live without it but we can live without soap operas it seems. Two long standing soap operas have received cancellation notices from ABC - All My Children and One Life to Live were given their cancellation notices.
September, 2011 The Chew will premiere. The Chew which is following the format of The View and The Talk will cover all aspects of food, the trends from pop up restaurants to urban food trucks to more serious subjects of pesticides in our foods and what we are feeding our children in schools.
Alive Mind Cinema will be releasing El Bulli: Cooking in Progress which will be starting its national run at the New York’s Film Forum on July 27, 2011. The film will expand into other markets in the US during the fall.
Ferran Adria considered the world’s greatest chef for the new millennium is co-owner of the legendary Spanish restaurant known as El Bulli located in Cala Monjoi, a cove near Roses.
Many of you had your neighborhood’s “street” that hosted your favorite places to hangout: Frederick Road to the west, York Road to the north, Belair/Harford Road in the Northeast and Eastern Avenue to the east. Reisterstown Road was and is my hood, northwest Baltimore.
It is April and taxes loom heavily over the heads of the American people. This is a month we have to face our spending woes from 2010. If we are conscientious, we are trying to squeeze an extra 10 cents out of each dollar. As painful as taxes are, this is the time of year that food chains as well as a number of local restaurants offer a form of give away or discount for tax relief.
First, I guess I should define what I consider pure foods. Everything made from scratch – no canned chicken stock; home-made stock, sweets baked from scratch, no jarred condiments – make my own ketchup, teriyaki etc –you getting my drift?
First things first, welcome to Chef Thomas Dunklin to Baltimore and to the top toque position at B & O American Brasserie. Originally from NOLA, this chef has worked there, New Mexico and the Pacific Northwest, many of the positions through the Kimpton Hotels. Dunklin has worked with many renowned chefs like Emeril Lagasse and Jan Birnbaum.
I had a chance to talk with him the other night in-between courses at a media dinner introducing his new seasonal menu. We talked about Seattle chefs, being organic and the mark of a chef who has worked on the line – burn marks on your arms. He laughed and said, “all the ink (tattoos) on his arms covers it well.”
Check out the new menu items, watch the slide show:
If you are a true cookbook collector, niche cookbooks, baking books, you will want to have Scandinavian Classic Baking by Pat Sinclair on your shelf, in the baking section.
Sinclair, a food consultant and recipe developer, takes you to the Land of the Midnight Sun for traditional baked goods of Scandinavia that hints of cardamom, almonds, and cinnamon. Swedish Limpa, Mini Princess Cakes, to Danish Aebleskiver are just a few of the tempting baked items.
Tonight kicks off Beer, Bourbon and BBQ and add an outdoor cigar tent and this event has more testosterone than Sean Connery and Clint Eastwood combined. Don’t let that fool ya ladies, last year I saw a number of women attending, enjoying themselves.