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Baltimore’s dishes and drinks you could have over and over
2 years ago

Baltimore’s dishes and drinks you could have over and over

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Over the last few years, Baltimore’s food scene has exploded. New places opening up all the time, collaborations are everywhere, pop-ups, beer and wine dinners and more. And on the drinks side of the house, many local bartenders are using fresh housemade ingredients, creative spirits and featuring products from local breweries, wineries, distillers. And, it’s only going to get better – the next five years will be huge years of growth for food and drink in Baltimore. #ilovethiscity Read More

Baltimore Chefs and Sommeliers Collaborate For Wine Dinner Series
3 years ago

Baltimore Chefs and Sommeliers Collaborate For Wine Dinner Series

 

Last night was the first of three Fork & Cork wine dinners featuring Bryan Voltaggio, Zack Mills and Chris Becker teaming up with their restaurants’ sommeliers Chris Coker, …
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Chewing The Fat With Hugh Acheson – Life in the South, Instagram and His Fave Places to Eat
3 years ago

Chewing The Fat With Hugh Acheson – Life in the South, Instagram and His Fave Places to Eat

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Fortessa Tableware and The Food Market Come Together To Support The Maryland Food Bank
3 years ago

Fortessa Tableware and The Food Market Come Together To Support The Maryland Food Bank

In an effort to raise awareness of their tableware AND the restaurants where it’s being used, Fortessa Tableware is hosting an influencer campaign Eat Good, Do Good. For the campaign, …
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Soft-Shell Crab Celebration:  Downtown Chefs Create Signature Dishes Starring Local Seasonal Favorite
3 years ago

Soft-Shell Crab Celebration: Downtown Chefs Create Signature Dishes Starring Local Seasonal Favorite

I used to be weirded out by soft crabs. I wrote about it.

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I’m a Baltimore kid, so I’ve been eating steamed blue crabs as long as I can remember. I am a very skilled crab picker. I worked at a crab house when I was a teenager – Bill’s Seafood in Perry Hall – and on occasion, I steam my own crabs at home. Crabs are probably my favorite thing to eat. Sitting around a picnic table in your backyard is so communal – you sit for hours and hours. Your hands are so messy, you definitely can’t grab your phone every five minutes (that’s a bonus.) Slowing down is something I think we all need a lot more of, don’t you? Read More

The Local Fry: Fries and Wings…and Paris!
3 years ago

The Local Fry: Fries and Wings…and Paris!

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Before we talk about food, I need to tell you something. The owners of The Local Fry – Liz and Kevin – met in Paris. Seriously, I love that. I have been to Paris three times and never met my person. I don’t think he lives there. But I still love Paris. Read More

Chewing the Fat with Chef Josh Hershkovitz of Hersh’s Pizza
3 years ago

Chewing the Fat with Chef Josh Hershkovitz of Hersh’s Pizza

Josh Hershkovitz of Hersh’s Pizza 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 …
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The Delicious EmporiYUM returns to Baltimore in April
3 years ago

The Delicious EmporiYUM returns to Baltimore in April

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The Emporiyum is coming back, B’more: April 18-19 in Harbor East. Ramen and burgers and doughnuts, oh my gah! (note the YUM in the event name.) Read More

Arômes brings French cuisine to super hot Hampden
3 years ago

Arômes brings French cuisine to super hot Hampden

On a blustery, cold Saturday morning two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to meet up with Chef Steve Monnier at his new restaurant space in Hampden, Arômes. You …
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Chewing the Fat: Bryan Voltaggio on Baltimore, Top Chef and His Birthday Meal
3 years ago

Chewing the Fat: Bryan Voltaggio on Baltimore, Top Chef and His Birthday Meal

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Reality shows like Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Chopped, Iron Chef and others are hugely popular. Even being on them – not even winning – can be a huge career move. I can name 20 “cheftestants” from past seasons of Top Chef. I have a bit of crush on Tom Colicchio and I think Hugh Acheson should have his own show. Jenn Louis, too, she’s amazing. And I’d love to meet Jonathan Waxman. Okay, I’ll stop now…

With the increasingly popularity of food and cooking, chefs are becoming rock stars in their own right. I’ve definitely met a few who believed their own hype, but for the most part they are just really hard-working, creative folks. I randomly met one super famous chef – Emeril Lagasse – in NYC earlier this year and he could not have been nicer. We chatted, he asked me about Baltimore and my business, and he told me about a new food show he was creating with Martha Stewart. He was so, so normal. That’s nice to know.

I met Bryan Voltaggio for the first time just this year. My friend did his PR and invited me up to Volt for dinner. And Bryan happened to be there that night, and the food was exquisite, the service, flawless. Our servers moved stealthily – each course swooped in when you weren’t even looking. I had never experienced service like that (I live in Hampden and love dive bars) and I liked it. I could get used to it – very much so. Bryan and his Chef de Cuisine Graeme Ritchie visited with us for a little while and then we headed to Family Meal, just to see it, since I had not been yet. Bryan was not far behind us, he rolled in to check on things there and we caught the last inning of the Os game at the bar and ordered shakes to go. I can’t wait to go back to Volt. I loved it. But for me to spend that kind of money, I need to save up a little bit, but I will… Read More

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