Josh Hershkovitz of Hersh’s Pizza & Drinks is a man of many talents. A Baltimore native and graduate of McDonogh School and the University of Chicago, he studied both sculpture and philosophy in college. He also has an MBA. And the cooking. He certainly has that down. Aren’t you glad he chose cooking?
My Mom (um, hello…Peg Fitzpatrick) is Irish. Her great-grandmother Catherine Buckley arrived in Baltimore on a ship from County Cork in 1850 at the age of 16. And…when you see my Mom, you say…yep, she’s Irish.
And, while my Irish Mom is a big part of who I am (and my Dad, too…I named my dog Henry in his honor), my love of food and cooking and feeding people seems to come from my maternal grandmother, Mary Fitzpatrick. She and my grandfather Clark lived on a working farm in Harford County and I’ve written a little about them before. They were extremely hard working people – raising lambs, pigs, chickens and steer, smoking and curing meats and so much more. Mary was a fabulous cook and if you stopped by their house, you ate. Like, really, ate.One of my Mom’s most vivid food memories was her mother frying chicken in bacon fat – she said the skin was perfectly crispy.
About two years ago, I started seeing Kinderhook Snacks popping up at some of my favorite spots like The Wine Source, Atwater’s, Trohv, Grand Cru and more. I was intrigued…and one bite into one of their triple ginger cookies, I was done. Done. And the salted chocolate chip cookies. And the cheese stamps. And chocolate chili cookies. I had to meet the people who make this ridiculousness.
The fine folks at Gertrude’s at the BMA are hosting a good old fashioned keg party and all of the fun benefits Moveable Feast, a fabulous local organization that feeds those in need. (Beer and food + a good cause = Win/Win.) I’m pretty much in it for the corned beef sliders and Guinness and coffee macarons…but look at the menu below. Friday the 13th is no longer unlucky!
With the explosion of the craft cocktail movement, many major cities have cocktail weeks – New York, Portland, New Orleans to name a few of the larger ones. These events are for industry professionals and cocktail enthusiasts alike. Some events are purely social and fun, but most are educational. Yes, tasting booze at 10:00 a.m. on a Tuesday is what the pros do.
On Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30pm, Clementine Restaurant, recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, is teaming up with the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) for Oy Bay, a dinner whose proceeds will benefit the work ORP does rehabilitating and restoring the Chesapeake Bay oyster population. Sponsors for the evening also include Maryland’s own Flying Dog Brewery of Fredrick Maryland and Boordy Vineyards of Hydes Maryland; as well as Finlandia Vodka.
People are always asking each other…what’s your favorite crab cake in town? Burger? Pizza? On that last one, pretty consistently, Iggie’s was my answer. The place was so charming and easy and I flipped for the Cipolla and Funghi pies and so many others. They had thin crust pizzas, San Pellegrino sodas (plus BYOB) and it was dog friendly (love.) It was just easy to go there and feel comfortable. I spent many a Sunday afternoon sitting outside with a friend, pizza and a bottle of vino.
Iggie’s Cipolla Pizza – panchetta, mozzarella, ricotta, red onion confit
Do you love Scotch? Or just want to learn more about it? Here is your chance to have a tasting class led by Balvenie’s international brand ambassador David Laird right here in Baltimore – this weekend. As part of the American Craft Council show at the Convention Center for the fourth year in a row, Balvenie is in town.