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.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

White Hot Party at Sullivan's in Baltimore - A farewell to summer

Here's a last fling for your summer whites. Sullivan’s Steakhouse Baltimore is bidding farewell to the summer season with the annual White Hot Party on Friday, September 4 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Guests can dress in their favorite summer white attire and enjoy a night out on the town with exclusive giveaways, summer entertainment and delicious eats, including $7 signature cocktails, select wines and bar menu items.

Kentucky Fried Chicken jumps on the presidential bandwagon

Kentucky Fried Chicken has ressurrected the Colonel Harlan Sanders persona in recent advertising starring with Saturday Night Live former cast member Darrell Hammond. Hammond did a good job. Now the fried chicken dynasty has switched mid-pressure fryer to comedian Norm Macdonald to fill the colonel's white suit. Possibly you have seen both comedians' portrayal of the southern colonel.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Chipotle 1st National Career Day - 4,000 jobs

Restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill looking to hire 4,000 people in a single day at their first ever national career day on Wednesday, September 9th.  Job interviews will take place at all U. S. restaurants; applicants are invited to register on line for an interview at at their Chipotle location of their choice. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Piaza Fresh opens - fresh made 90 second pizzas

The new fast casual concept restaurant Piaza Fresh has opened in Locust Point’s McHenry Row Shopping Center. It is the second Piaza Fresh that has opened their doors, both within months of each other.  The first Piaza Fresh located on the Eastern Shore, Berlin, MD, was nominated just after 30 days of opening for the 2015 Best Pizza by Coastal Magazine

Read the full story at 

Friday, August 21, 2015

New Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for Maryland

Steve De Castro signing the lease for his forthcoming Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

IHOP dollar buttermilk pancakes benefits No Kid Hungry


$1 pancakes at IHOP for charity

Get a short stack of IHOP’s famous buttermilk pancakes for only $1 from 7am to 7pm on Tue, August 25. Half of every dollar raised will be donated to No Kid Hungry (which will provide one child 5 meals). No coupon required.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Seadog Barfly cruise

Join others aboard the Seadog Barfly cruise for an evening of libations and Baltimore drinking history.  Laurie Forster, renown wine sommelier and author will talk about Baltimore's famous citizens the likes of Edgar Allen Poe, Babe Ruth and Francis Scott Key as the Seadog cruises past their old haunts. One cruise left on Thursday, August 27th

There will be 3 stops during the cruise where guests can enjoy a local craft beer, a Maryland wine  and a signature cocktail while taking in the atmosphere of Baltimore's Inner Harbor and surrounding neighborhoods.

Barfly's Seadog History Tour

  • Narrated tour from the water of places and neighborhoods that notable Baltimore residents frequented for their favorite libations
  • Includes three stops with one drink (a beer, a wine or a cocktail) at each location
  • Board: 7:00pm | Cruise: 7:15pm - 8:30pm
  • Price: from $39.95 per adult*
    All passengers must be age 21 or older

Saturday, August 08, 2015

A sneak peek at Bagby Pizza in Pikesville

Bagby Pizza will officially open their doors on Thursday, August 13th at their first fast casual location at the Festival at Woodholme Shopping Center on Reisterstown Road just outside the Beltway. I was lucky enough to be part of the "friends and family" invited in prior to opening to test out the staff, the products and that all the equipment was working properly. 

Bagby's Pizza in Pikesville is a fast casual concept, not only do they do pizza they do salads of all types.  Fast casual offers up pre-set items, top sellers BUT allows you to create your own. For friends and family we had a choice of a salad or pizza, a side or a dessert and one beverage.  I went with a pizza, a standard menu pizza of tomato sauce, sun dried tomatoes, goat cheese, prosciutto and arugula. I chose the side of meatballs but was torn, considered the side of burrata. The website isn't up as yet, should be momentarily.  Check out the snaps below - the menu boards are in the slide show. 

Bagby Pizza - Facebook Page @bagbypizza 
443-379-0566 - Festival at Woodholme - Pikesville MD

1965 inspired dinner and cocktail party at Ruth's Chris

This is a dining and drinking deal you can’t refuse.  Ruth’s Chris Steak House was founded in 1965 in New Orleans and it is the inspiration for their one night only 50th Anniversary five course cocktail dinner party.  If your calendar is open, call and make reservations for this special evening with food and 1960’s inspired cocktails on Thursday, August 20th at 6:30 p.m. – call 410.837.0033 for Pikesville, call 410.990.0033 for Annapolis.  

Read the full story and check out the menu at Dining Examiner . com 

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Fork and Cork Dinner Series: Triple the food and drink

Put three of the city’s premier chefs and their restaurant’s sommelier together for a culinary pop-up event at their restaurants and you have the Fork and Cork Dinner Series.  The Fork and Cork series will include each of these chefs cooking at each others restaurant – each preparing dishes at each of the three dinners for a total of four courses each night.

This unique dinner series brings together Baltimore’s most sought-after chefs including Chef Zack Mills of Wit & Wisdom, Chef Bryan Voltaggio of AGGIO and Chef Chris Becker of Fleet Street Kitchen. Each chef will be accompanied by their restaurant’s sommelier, Julie Dalton, Chris Coker and Tim Riley, respectively, to allow guests to enjoy the full experience at each restaurant without leaving their seats. 

  • Tuesday, August 18th at 6:30 p.m. is the first in the series taking place at Wit & Wisdom at 200 International Drive.
  • Tuesday, September 29th at 6:30 p.m. is the second stop in the dinner series at Aggio Restaurant at 614 Water Street
  • Tuesday, November 3rd at 6:30 p.m. wraps up the Fork and Cork Dinner Series at Fleet Street Kitchen at 1012 Fleet Street.

As an additional challenge, the restaurant sommeliers will not have access to the menu until the day of the event, having them search in their wine cellars for the perfect wine for their chef's creations. 

Each dinner is $99 that includes a four course meal (food and drink), excludes tax, gratuity and ticket fee. Valet parking is not inclusive. 

You can purchase for just one of the dinners or if you purchase tickets to all three dinners you will receive a $25 gift card to each restaurant and a chance to WIN Dinner For Two at all three restaurants! 

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Non-GMO micro greens: Urban farming with City Hydro

Not only is City Hydro urban farming, they are growing the nutrient dense micro greens in their town house’s former back bedroom in the heart of the Fells Point/Canton neighborhood.  The no-GMO, micro greens grow in water, pure multi filtered H20.  Larry Hountz, founder and developer of City Hydro not only grows the micro greens, he teaches others to do the same – to start their own business of growing the micro greens whether for personal use, for restaurant owners and others who want to create a business for themselves. For example, one of his interns is moving to Dubai where she will set up her own micro green business.

Read the full story at Dining Examiner . com  and be sure to listen to the fascinating podcast at Baltimore Internet Radio.

Free oysters on National Oyster Day at the Mt. Washington Tavern

Celebrate National Oyster Day at Mt. Washington Tavern on Wednesday, August 5, from 5 to 9 pm

Shuck ‘til your heart’s content at The Mt. Washington Tavern on Wednesday, August 5 from 5 to 9 pm. Mt. Washington Tavern will celebrate National Oyster Day with FREE Tavern Salt Oysters – the Tavern’s very own oyster, specially priced hometown oyster shooters and live music. Oyster Shooters,
all prepared with one Tavern Salt Oyster, include Cucumber Mint, The Classic, Baltimoron and the Crazy Russian.

National Oyster Day helps raise awareness for and supports efforts to keep Oysters present in the Chesapeake Bay. Oysters serves as a habitat for plants, animals and fish in the Bay and they also serve as a filter to keep the water clean.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 5, 2015
5 to 9 pm
WHERE: Mt. Washington Tavern
5700 Newbury Street
Baltimore, MD

Monday, August 03, 2015

New BBQ Restaurant opens in Woodlawn

Friend and chef for many years here in Baltimore, Benny Gordon has partnered with Edrich Premier Foods to create GEB’s BBQ Restaurant.

Chef Gordon has volunteered numerous hours to working with kids interested in culinary and children at risk.  Ingredients for GEB’s BBQ are coming from CIA’s Youth in Transition (YIT) School which is within a five mile radius of the restaurant.  

The Youth in Transition serves as an educational and vocational training program for students with special education needs.  Per the website, “GEB’s Restaurant and the YIT Farm give students the opportunity to gain culinary and horticulture skills which will hopefully lead to a productive employment in the hospitality field and the community."

The website touts farm fresh food, guarantying farm fresh ingredients with a menu  and specials that change with the seasons.  Weekly specials will feature the bounty of the farm, i.e. this week it is zucchini and the zucchini are incorporated into 3 varieties of cole slaw and zucchini bread. 

Open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 3 pm one can indulge in the slow smoked beef brisket on a brioche bun, pulled pork, grilled marinated chicken.  Pick a side, any side: fries, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, collards and corn bread.  House made desserts pound cake, cupcakes and pies.  Prices are cost effective by anyone’s terms.

Can’t make if for lunch, they are prepped and already catering…so think your special party needs.

GEB’s BBQ Restaurant – 7205 Rutherford Road – Woodlawn, MD  21244 410 298 4634  Twitter & Instagram @Gebsbbq  Facebook


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