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.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A unique culinary dining gift to give for Valentine’s Day

Five chefs, that is five renowned regional  women chefs, a five course meal, an award winning woman mixologist from New York City pairing those courses with 12 beverages,  and it benefits the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Do I have your attention now?

Heave Seas proudly present another in their series of Guest Chef Dinners, this one celebrating Heavy Seas Alehouse’s 2nd anniversary.  Get all the details and watch the video HERE

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Valentine's Day gift that keeps on giving

Do your loved ones love, I me LOVE to cook or LOVE to decorate cakes or want to learn how?  If the answer to this question is yes, let’s talk two opportunities of purchasing classes for said loved one.  They learn, they prepare and it becomes the gift that keeps on giving.  

Here in Baltimore are exciting classes you can make your Valentine’s Day gift.

Learn about the classes, watch the slideshow and video HERE.

Food chain Chipotle kicks off comedy series on Hulu

Chipotle, known for its animated short films over the past years promoting the quality of their ingredients, takes it a step farther with a four part comedy series premiering February 17 on Hulu. The comedy series Farmed and Dangerous is that snarky look at what is being done to our food.

Farmed and Dangerous, tagged “a bumper crop of lies and deceit,” will reach those who might not have been food curious as to the source of their food.

Read the full story and watch the trailer HERE.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Myth and Moonshine – serious drinks and Louisiana fare

My only run in with grain alcohol was at a frat party at the University of Maryland circa so far back you won’t believe I’m that old. It was grain alcohol mixed with punch and served from a trash can. The after effect, i.e. hangover, was not pretty. I remember working the breakfast shift at my part-time job at the drug store fountain the next day. Someone ordered and egg over easy and I said we were out of them but they could have a scrambled egg…it was that bad.

Moonshine has come a long way since then, first and foremost, Tennessee, Nebraska and Kansas have legalized moonshine production and there are a handful of brands available. Most can be tasted at the Canton pub Myth and Moonshine. There are unflavored moonshines (i.e. Midnight Moon Corn, Shine XXX White Whiskey )or flavored (i. e. Midnight Moon Blueberry, Ole Smoky Peach or Shine XXX Libertea) all and all approximately 70 plus moonshines. The combinations are a mixologist’s dream . My favorite was the straight up shot of the Ole Smoky Peach.

Read the full story, watch the video and slideshow HERE.

Moonshine Tavern on Urbanspoon

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Langermann’s restaurants fill the restaurant week gap

Baltimore County, Howard County and Washington DC’s restaurant weeks have and are ending January 27.  Baltimore City’s Restaurant week doesn’t start until Sunday, February 16th in their Absolutely Fabulous promotions linked with special events and hotels – what is a Baltimore diner to do?

Langermann’s Restaurant Group is GETTING A JUMP on Restaurant Week! The two Langermann’s Southern inspired restaurants are offering a special menu from January 27th through February 2nd

Get the full details and watch the video HERE.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Top pho restaurants in Baltimore

With the hullabalooabout pop-up ramen restaurants and ramen nights here in Baltimore I thought this would be a good time to remind you of our other “noodle” options.  What better way than Vietnamese pho.

Pho, properly spelled is really phở but since most of us won’t write it or search for it with the Vietnamese accents it shall be written pho. Properly pronounced one would say “fuh.” Pho is a Vietnamese broth highlighted with cinnamon, clove and star anise, served with rice noodles, thin cuts of meat, herbs, bean sprouts, lime and optional hot sauces and hoisin sauce.

Learn the top pho restaurants, enjoy the slideshow and learn how to make pho HERE.

Icing Smiles – Escape and positive memories for families in need

Icing Smiles is a nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child.  They understand that the simple things, like a cake, are luxuries to a family battling illness.  Their goal is to create a custom cake for the ill child, or their sibling, that provides a temporary escape from worry and creates a positive memory during a difficult time.

Icing Smiles is a national organization with its roots in Baltimore.  It is here in Baltimore this year’s cocktail fundraiser, the Buttercream Ball –Winter Wonderland, will take place on February 8 at 7 p.m. at the Great Room at Historic Savage Mill – live entertainment, dancing, sweet and savory edibles, amazing sugar art along with a silent auction.  Tickets are  $75 each and can be purchased here.

Read the full story and watch the cake decorating video HERE.


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