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, February 28, 2015

Pizza Studio opening March 5th - free pizza to 1st day customers

This is a cut and paste from a press release. Not normally my style but today it is.  

Pizza Studio will open its doors to the public on Thursday, March 5 in Charles Village at 3201 St. Paul Street, bringing its personalized, innovative menu of gourmet pizzas to the Baltimore area.  In celebration of the grand opening of the brand’s first Maryland location, Co-Founders Samit Varma and Ron Biskin will be giving away free pizza to customers throughout the first day of service.

Starting at 11am each customer will receive a complimentary 11-inch pizza of their choice featuring the restaurant’s unique selection of artisanal crusts, specialty sauces, freshly grated, shaved and crumbled cheeses, and an array of seasonings. Diners can top the light and crispy pizzas with an assortment of over 35 high quality ingredients including nitrate-free pepperoni, spicy pork sausage, sweet chicken sausage, smoked ham, and an assortment of fresh and roasted vegetables.

In addition, each guest that signs up for Pizza Studio's loyalty program on Thursday, March 5, will be eligible to win 1 of 100 giveaway prizes.  Selected at random, 5 guests will win free pizza every week for a year (52 total).  Other gifts include $100, $50 and $25 gift cards and a free pizza on a return visit.

Just a stone’s throw away from Johns Hopkins University, Pizza Studio is partnering with a number of student-run charitable groups for opening day, including the JHU chapter of Best Buddies, Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, and the Dance Marathon. In lieu of paying, guests are encouraged to donate as much as they can to the organizations of their choice. Pizza Studio will also make a donation to the charity that raises the most money that day.

Pizza Studio will be open daily from 11am to 10pm, with extended late night hours to midnight on Friday and Saturday; online ordering will be available for those on-the-go by visiting

The Pizza Studio Promise
At Pizza Studio, you can “Create Your Masterpiece. Let your inner chef run wild with an unlimited selection of premium toppings, limited only by your culinary imagination and creativity.  Every customer is treated with genuine hospitality. We value your business and vow to support your community.

Check out Baltimore City restaurants that are extending Restaurant Week

Today officially wraps of Baltimore City Winter Restaurant Week and like other Restaurant Week promotions some restaurants have chosen to extend the promotion. Considering the weather issues we have had in the past two weeks, many have missed their reservations so here is the list:

·         Apropoe’s
·         Canton Dockside
·         Chiapparelli’s
·         Caio Bella Ristorante
·         Da Mimmo Finest Italian Cuisine
·         Heavy Seas Alehouse
·         Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
·         Maggie’s Farm
·         Matsuri Japanese Restaurant
·         Mother’s Federal Hill Grille
·         OZRA
·         Phillips Seafood Baltimore
·         Sabatino’s Italian Restaurant
·         Supano’s Steakhouse
·         Tapas Adela
·         The Rowhouse Grille
·         Verde
·         Ware House 518 Restaurant & Bar

Diners can check out any additional restaurants at the Absolutely Febulous Website This website will be live until March 8th. Diners should contact the restaurants directly for the specific dates of the restaurants participation.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Get a taste of historic Frederick Maryland - Winter Restaurant Week.

Less than an hour’s drive from Baltimore and Washington, DC, historic downtown Frederick shines – a bright star offering mountain vistas, a mini metropolis with a vibrant Main Street community, theatre, hiking trails, culinary food tours and a plethora of historic sites to engage all ages.   

Over the years, downtown Frederick has become a vibrant restaurant town offering local farm-to-table fare to Chef Bryan Voltaggio’s high end, culinary artistry on a plate at Volt.  Each year, the first full week in March, visitors and locals alike can enjoy specialty dining during Frederick’s Restaurant Week kicking off Monday, March 2nd and ending on Sunday, March 8th. 

It has been a while since I’ve been to Frederick and a quick walk down Carroll Creek highlighted both the old and the new.  Ice sculptures were all along the pathway, remnants of their Fire in Ice First Saturday celebration in February – an annual free event.  Grab yourself a reservation at one of 19 restaurants participating in Frederick Restaurant Week and indulge in March’s First Saturday celebration – Shop Small, Shop Local – featuring over 200 shops, galleries and of course, restaurants.

A number of the media met on an unusually balmy day in February at the Visit Frederick Tourist Center where we were introduced to Frederick County’s Distillery Lane Ciderworks and tasted their handcrafted ciders before a walking tour of a handful of the participating restaurants.  

Check out the full story and slide show HERE.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Baldwin's Station offers up vegetarian cooking class

photography courtesy of Steven Tapper

Whether you are a vegetarian or doing Meatless Mondays the 3 course vegetarian demonstration cooking class and dinner at Baldwin’s Station should be inked in on your calendar.  Learn tricks and trucs of vegetarian cooking from Executive Chef Dustin Heflin in one of Baldwin’s Station railroad memorabilia decorated dining rooms and then enjoy the dishes themselves. 

Cost per student is $45; that includes the vegetarian demonstration cooking class on Wednesday, February 25th at 6:30 pm, the three course dinner including non-alcoholic beverages and the company of like-minded cooks. Not inclusive is alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity.  Call for menu details and to reserve your seats at 410-795-1041.  

Baldwin’s Station is housed in Sykesville’s original railroad station; the restaurant has been the recipient of numerous awards and favorable press since its creation by owner Stewart Dearie in August 1997.
Baldwin’s Station – 7618 Main Street – Sykesville, MD  21784  410-795-1041 Facebook Twitter @BaldwinsStation


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