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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wine shipping might finally be a reality

Congratulation to Marylanders for Better Beer and Wine Laws for their persistent and unwavering work on the "Wine Shipping" law.

Read the full report: Wine shipping might finally be a reality

Monday, March 28, 2011

Eat, drink and be a good do-bee

This coming weekend will provide an opportunity to dine and drink well and be, in the vernacular of Romper Room, a good do-bee. The two charity benefits are the Kidney Foundation and the New Zealand Earthquake Relief – both worthy, both different. So if you don’t have plans for the weekend take the cash you would spend on your weekend and enjoy food, drink and music at either or both of these events – be the good do-bee that would make Ms. Nancy proud.

Get the full story and watch the video from Romper Room & Miss Nancy: Eat, drink and be a good do-bee

Sunday, March 27, 2011

For the mushroom lover

Through a Facebook connection I was sent a sample of Snack N Shrooms, a dried, seasoned mushroom chip for mushroom lovers. From the mushroom capital, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania these little umami packed mushroom chips come in three flavors: garlic, original and spicy.

Learn where you can purchase these delicious little snacks: For the mushroom lover

Three Course Dinner only 10 per person – you snooze, you loose

No lie, a three course dinner for ten dollars and in fact, you get your angel wings because you are doing a good deed. This coming Thursday, March 31st the Hospitality & Tourism students from the National Academy Foundation High School, under the watchful eye and guidance of their mentor Chef’s Expression Catering, are going to experience what is like to build and run their own restaurant, from décor to degustation.

Before you read the menu, note that like any other restaurant reservations are required. There will be seatings at 6 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. -
Three Course Dinner only 10 per person – you snooze, you loose

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Modernist Cuisine – the perfect bite

If you are a cookbook aficionado, serious home cook or a chef you have been hearing the buzz about Modernist Cuisine for three years and it has hit its crescendo as the six volume cookbook has finally launched. At over $600 list price* the Modernist Cuisine will be on the shelves of any serious cook/chef whose interest lies in science of cooking - who wants to create the perfect bite, to prepare food to the best it could be with cooking techniques both old (steam, fire ) and new (sous vide, homogenizers, centrifuges).

The man behind Modernist Cuisine

To understand the intensity of Modernist Cuisine you must understand Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, principal author and the “front” man for the promotion of Modernist Cuisine.

read the full story, watch video and slide show: Modernist Cuisine – the perfect bite

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Safeway gives nutrition information a facelift

From time-to-time I like to host guest bloggers to my column. Today the guest blogger is Betsy Craig, CEO of MenuTrinfo – a company that works with restaurants simplifying creating nutritionals for their customers. They can analyze a restaurateur’s entire menu or simply a few select items to present as a healthy options menu.

Nutrition labeling at grocery stores hardly sounds newsworthy without the full scoop. Packaged foods have been sporting nutrition information since the FDA began requiring food producers to include nutritional information on all packaged foods. In fact, grocery stores now contain so much information on foods that many consumers are calling "uncle" on the whole thing. Just last week grocer Safeway took a big step in helping its shoppers interpret food labels, keep informed on products which are safe for those with food allergies/sensitivities, and generally help shoppers to make healthy choices without having to read labels in entirety.

Read the entire story:Safeway gives nutrition information a facelift - National Food

Monday, March 21, 2011

Lost recipes from favorite restaurants that have closed – can you help?

A recent e-mail from Jay Block brought up a great subject, one that we needs everyone's input. Jay Block wrote, “I figure you would be the person to ask. Do you know how to get the recipes for Burke's Onion Rings and Oyster Stew? Far too many memories to let die.”

As a number of Baltimore landmark restaurants close we can no longer enjoy their signature dishes. Whether it is the strawberry pie from Hausner’s or Harley’s burgers in the special sauce – we yearn, yet crave these dishes.

Read the full story : Lost recipes from favorite restaurants that have closed – can you help?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The morning after -The Alton Brown Show at the Hippodrome – Who should be next?

Congratulations to the Hippodrome for the major improvements on their Foodie Experience this year, they definitely learned from the year before when there were too many people, too little space, hard to reach food and no free beverages. Congratulations – it was a wonderful evening. They got rid of the band – halleluiah and put in a cooking demonstration stage where the chef from Vino Rosino and Chef Patrick Crooks of Roy’s shared cooking tips. The food stations were well spread out but it looks like I missed Aldo’s – never saw them. Plenty of food, open bar and room to roam.

Let me kick off and say that Alton Brown ... Read the full review and leave your comments as to who should the star be of the next Foodie Experience at the Hippodrome:

The morning after -The Alton Brown Show at the Hippodrome – Who should be next?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Free admission to Food University™ -

The requirements to attend Food Universityare simple – a love of food: cooking, consuming and creating great food memories. Want to learn about wine, no problem, choose that as your minor.

Created by Food Network Live veteran producer Rich Gore, the “faculty” features such respected chefs and television personalities as Sara Moulton, Mary Ann Esposito, Martin Yan, Claudine Pepin, Curtis Aikens and Caprial and John Pence. Even the legendary Jacques Pepin has appeared.

Check the list to see if there is a free demonstration near you and watch the video:
Free admission to Food University™

The best grilled cheese sandwich ever

Part 1 of 3: Do you make the best grilled cheese sandwich ever? 

If you do, do I have a contest for you. April is Grilled Cheese Sandwich month and in honor of this occasion the Mt. Washington Tavern is running a grilled cheese sandwich competition and one of the components is a contest for the home cook. You are asked to submit your original recipe for the best grilled cheese sandwich ever via e-mail and the folks at the Mt. Washington Tavern will choose three semi- finalists to prepare their recipes on Sunday, April 10th at the Mt. Washington Tavern to be judged by a panel of celebrity judges.

Deadline for recipes are April 1st, so don’t delay – scribble down your recipe and send it in. Not only do you get bragging rights your win $200, $25 gift card to the Mt. Washington Tavern and other goodies.

Read part 2 and part 3 and watch video: The best grilled cheese sandwich ever

Thursday, March 17, 2011

What to do for your St. Patrick’s Day hangover

Who is your Irish mother here? Yes, everyone is telling you where to go get loaded on St. Patrick’s but who is going to be there in the end when your head is spinning and your stomach, oh my, well it is doing the jig.

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What to do for your St. Patrick’s Day hangover - National Food |

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A funny thing happened at WBAL TV - Baltimore Magazine’s Best Restaurants

Saturday morning television segment promoting Baltimore Magazine’s 2011 Best Restaurants issue with their food editor Suzanne Loudermilk had a number of chefs showing their culinary wares. Chefs Christopher Becker of The Wine Market, William Buszinksi of Mr. Rain’s Fun House, Patrick Morrow of BlueGrass Tavern and my friend and client, Riccardo Bosio of Sotto Sopra Restaurant.
BlueGrass Tavern charcuterie and rabbit terrine

Before our segment came on a veterinarian came on set with the biggest rabbit you’ve ever seen.

Continue reading: A funny thing happened at WBAL TV - Baltimore Magazine’s Best Restaurants

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Calling Popeye, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - 2011 Harbor Ball

The theme is Party Like A Sailor” (i.e.Popeye) but you can get gussied up with the black tie optional and come dance the night away to That’s What She Said and DJ Don Koenig. Be Fred Astaire and bring your Ginger Rogers – “put on your top hat, tie up your white tie and brush off your tails.”

Presented by the Fell’s Point Residents Association the annual Harbor Ball honors those who fought highways that would have destroyed our historic neighborhood of Fells Point.
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Calling Popeye, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - 2011 Harbor Ball

Friday, March 11, 2011

Spring Cooking Classes in Baltimore

cooking class in Sotto Sopra's kitchen
Sunday, March 20th from 1 to 4 p.m. – Sotto Sopra Restaurant kicks off their cooking class season with a demonstration class offered by their Chef du Cusine, Cyrus Keefer who will be teaching a number of spring dishes straight from their Opera Night menu. At the end of the class sit down and enjoy the afternoon’s endeavors with a bit of wine.

Sotto Sopra Restaurant is pleased to introduce our Chef du Cuisine/Research Chef – Cyrus Keefer.

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Spring Cooking Classes in Baltimore

Am I too David Chang? Foodies - new web-based video comedy series

Based in Los Angeles, this fictitious dinner club invites you to be a voyeur of sorts at their Wednesday night dinners. Cleverly conceived, this web based comedy series is about a group of foodies who have an exclusive dinner club. The six minute plus segment of Foodies premiered this week introducing us to a list of food obsessed characters.

Porter, the new fiancé of a dinner club member - a self professed McNugget fan, is convinced to go to the group’s dinner by his girlfriend Moose. It is hosted by Danny Dominca, food blogger-vlogger and Moose’s former boyfriend. Read the full post and watch the trailer:

Am I too David Chang? Foodies - new web-based video comedy series

For my Baltimore foodies - check the Foodie credits and you will see native Baltimorean Jack Meyerhoff as the script supervisor.

Baltimore Food bloggers get together - the real deal with culinary great Nick Malgieri

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Corned beef sandwich in time for St. Patricks Day – Chewpons Daily Deal

Do you like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a little corned beef then today’s Chewpons Deal might be the ‘Luck of the Irish’ that you need. Today’s Chewpons deal will get you $12 worth of delicatessen for just $6 dollars at Baltimore’s iconic Suburban House Restaurant.

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Corned beef sandwich in time for St. Patricks Day – Chewpons Daily Deal

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The nominees for the best of Maryland restaurants, chefs, bars are in - Vote

The Restaurant Industry of Maryland announces their 2011 nominees for “Stars of the Industry” Awards. It is now up to you, the public to vote for your favorite restaurant, chef, bar or tavern, wine and beverage program, green restaurant and more.

The awards honor the Maryland hospitality industry’s best in such categories as Maryland’s Favorite New Restaurant, Chef of the Year, and more. Winners of these prestigious awards will be revealed at the 57th annual “Stars of the Industry” Awards Gala on Monday, May 16, 2011 from 6pm to midnight at Martin’s West in Baltimore.

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The nominees for the best of Maryland restaurants, chefs, bars are in - Vote

Monday, March 07, 2011

Brilliant, quick and funny - Alton Brown at the Hippodrome

His wry sense of humor, his geek like scientific knowledge and his ability to cook has led Alton Brown from behind the camera filming a REM music video to in front of it with his show Good Eats, his mini series Feasting on Asphalt and Feasting on Waves, and his commentator/host gig on Iron Chef America

Alton Brown headlines this year’s ‘Foodie’ Experience at the Hippodrome on Saturday, March 19th.  This year, everyone gets the ‘foodie’ experience in their ticket price- a post show foodie walkabout featuring a number of the area’s top restaurants for $94 is all inclusive. The Frances Merrick Performing Arts Center – The Hippodrome says they made improvements from last year’s event with Anthony Bourdain – better layout for easy flow and beverages are inclusive in the ticket price.

Ranking - a one-on-one interview

Friday, March 04, 2011

Heart Attack Grill’s 29 year old spokesperson dies

Photo courtesy of Heart Attack Grill®

You can’t keep eating those Heart Attack Burgers and not pay the consequences. Arizona's Heart Attack Grill touts, brags about its full of fat foods. The waitresses are dressed as nurses, you are given a hospital wrist band when you enter the restaurant and the caloric intake is through the roof.

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Heart Attack Grill’s 29 year old spokesperson dies

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Washington DC’s Cochon 555 event – Pig lovers rejoice!

Baltimore readers the weather will soon be turning to spring, the weather ideal for a mini-road trip. A nice little drive to DC to enjoy more pork products you can ever imagine prepared by five competing regional chefs the likes of Bryan Voltaggio of Volt, Jamie Leeds of Hank’s Oyster Bar (Women Chefs and Restaurateurs president), Adam Sobel of Bourbon Steak DC, Tarver King of Ashby Inn & Restaurant and Scott Drewno of The Source by Wolfgang Puck should go to the top of your list.

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Washington DC’s Cochon 555 event – Pig lovers rejoice!

Not from the Baltimore/DC/Northern Virginia area then check out the National Tour

Cochon 555 swine, wine and dine 2011 tour

You say you love bacon, but do you love pork? Are you enamored with the whole hog? Can you get enough swine to dine? Coming to a city near you is the 2011 Cochon 555.

Cochon 555 - 2011

Why 555? Five regional chefs, five heritage pigs and five local wineries come together under one roof for a friendly culinary competition. The challenge is laid down for each of the chefs to create multiple culinary dishes using the whole heritage pig for all who attend to enjoy.

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Cochon 555 swine, wine and dine 2011 tour


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