Fleet Street Kitchens executive chef Chris Becker has moved up the chain at Bagby Restaurant Group and has been promoted to the group’s Chief Operation Officer. He is now busy with the opening of their 4th restaurant Cunningham’s that will open in Towson this summer. So who is this new chef, the one that is committed to sourcing local ingredients, an artisanal ethnic – his name is Chris Amendola. Read the full story HERE
FAMILY TABLE – Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Homehit the cookbook shelves April 2nd. The cookbook is a compendium ofrecipesfrom the staff at Romano’s multiple and much loved restaurants – Union Square Café, Gramercy Tavern, Maialino, Blue Smoke The Modern, and more. These are the staff meals, served family style just before lunch or dinner service. Everyone in the restaurant kitchen gets to share their culinary heritage and skills from sous chef to the porters.
Romano has pulled together and refined numerous favorite staff meal favorites. Like all staff meals they are cost effective and the recipes in the book are easy for the home cook to put on the table.
Check out the recipes, full story and slideshow HERE
I knew spring had sprung as we drove into the driveway just north of
Cold Spring Lane off Charles Street towards the Evergreen Museum and
their carriage house. The daffodils and tulips were ready to burst into
The Classic Catering People were showcasing what they do best by creating an experience of fine food,
exquisite themes that sets the tone for your enjoyment and libations
that not only wet your whistle but makes them sing. They did so to
benefit Our Daily Bread an organization that makes a profound impact on the lives of others simply by sharing a hot meal.
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland invite you to Cirque de la Cuisine.
Stilt walkers, a one-man side show and gourmet cuisine from nineteen of
Maryland’s finest chefs are yours to enjoy on Monday, April 29th at the
Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Think decadent
desserts…yum yum, regional brews and fine wine … “A glass in the hand’s worth two on the shelf—Tipple it down and refresh yourself!”, music…tap your toes and the excitement of a live auction..
The Restaurant Association of Maryland’s Fire and Ice Gala was held this evening honoring restaurateurs and chefs. Awards were given out in multiple categories like your favorite restaurants, food trucks, wine and beverage programs, craft brews, favorite new restaurant and more.
As the glitzeratti of the food industry gathered in all their finery
they were the ones served this evening. An extended reception of food
by Baldwin’s Station, Birroteca, The Classic Catering People – Raw Bar,
EVO Public House, Kloby’s Smokehouse, Molly Masons, Quench, The Rumor
Mill Fusion Bar & Restaurant, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Shapiro’s
What do you think the items are? From speaking to numerous chefs and
restaurant owners from around the country and Canada nothing is sacred
or safe. There are dining room sticky fingered guests and the patrons who like to pilfer out-of-plain sight from the bathrooms.
The dining room thieves are probably the most adventurous although
there was one daring bathroom thief whose story was told by Chef/Owner
Christopher Prosperi of Metro Bis Restaurant in Connecticut. Chef
Prosperi responded to my inquiry, “The best story I ever heard was a
restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island. A guest came to the restaurant
in the middle of a packed Saturday night with a solid plan. He packed a
bag of tools and some spare parts, and then headed to the restroom.
During full dinner service, while pretending to repair the sink, he
carefully removed the faucet, placed it in a tool box and replaced it
with a cheaper Home Depot version. Then he walked out the door.”
Before buying local was the “de rigueur” Eddie’s of Roland Park
stores supported, stocked and sold numerous products manufactured in Baltimore and Maryland. Many of us bought Vanns Spices and Saval Foods brisket back in the day and still do.
You are invited to enjoy and be part of the shop local celebration this Saturday, April 13..for more details and slideshow click HERE
I think this idea is of vital importance to restaurateurs (or any
business). Is it that big idea like the fellow who told Coca Cola to
“bottle it” when they were only fountain drinks? No, although it can
only help and it is free advice.
Let’s dial back to last night and this past weekend and my frustration of someone who LOVES to send photographs via Twitter,
Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Pinchit. Just last night I was at an
event, a culinary event, and I had a lovely beverage and wanted to
Tweet about it. So I began asking around what is your Twitter name
Follow your nose to the Pork in the Park BBQ Festival. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, this Eastern Shore staple will be served up April 19-21st at Salisbury, Maryland’s
WinterPlace Park. Pork in the Park is officially sanctioned by the
Kansas City Barbeque Society and presented by the Wicomico County
Recreation, Parks and Tourism.
There were lots of ooh-la-las at the grand opening the Hotel Monaco’s
Paris Ballroom. This makes the third ballroom for the historic building,
taking special events space up to 9,500 square feet. Weddings,
bar or bat mitzvahs, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, fundraisers
all enjoy the beauty of this building - let’s not forget the grand
marble staircase that is so breathtaking.
Check out the slideshow and read the full story HERE
Go O’s! Open day 2013 at Camden Yards and if the sports gods are with us
the weather will hold out. Another winning season is extremely
promising. It seems apropos to talk about a new culinary find, Ripken Gourmet Burgers, and yes the reference is to the Baltimore Oriole’s ‘Iron Man’ Cal Ripken
whose name and punim (face) are on the product packaging. We all know
that Cal Ripken is a man of integrity so you know this has to be a
product of quality.
Think pink, cherry blossom pink. Throughout the month of April,
Baldwin’s Station in historic Sykesville is proud to support the
Blossoms of Hope annual pink season by participating in their Pink Plate
Specials program. During the blossoming season of Howard County’s
cherry trees (each April) local restaurateurs think pink by adding
“Pink” Plate Specials to their menus to help raise cancer awareness and
support the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County