Thursday, May 21, 2015

by @maryland_munchies "You guys doughnut know how amazing this was!!!! Old bay chocolate doughnuts with a scoop of coffee ice cream for the win!!!!" via @PhotoRepost_app #yummy


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by @ouzobaybalt "Available for only $7 at Happy Hour, our House Spreads make a great complement to a few cocktails. Featuring Skordalia (almond & garlic); Tirokafteri (roasted red pepper, jalapeño & feta); Taramosalata (carp roe); Tzatziki (greek yogurt, dill, lemon, cucumber, garlic, olive oil) and Served with toasted pita. #OuzoBay #HarborEast #Baltimore #InnerHarbor #Bmore #HappyHour #GreekFood #Pikilia" via @PhotoRepost_app #yummy


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by @littlehavanabaltimore "Memorial Day brunch menu for Monday! #santiagowrap #memorialday #mimosas" via @PhotoRepost_app #yummy


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Thursday, May 14, 2015

by @atwatersbelvedere "a little bit of (almost) summertime deliciousness in every bite! coconut cake with vanilla buttercream icing, topped with fresh strawberries. YUM! #atwaters #belvederesquare" #yummy


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Kick Off Summer with RA Sushi's 9 New Menu Items

Get a fresh, summer start with RA Sushi! Rolling out in May, nine, all new, unique, light and mouthwatering combinations of flavors and spirits will be available through August.

Scintillating Appetizers:
  • Red Seabream Carpaccio ($11): finely sliced red seabream and lemon topped with a spicy yuzu dressing, organic micro greens, truffle salt and touch of lemon zest
  • Red Seabream Nigiri ($4.50): delectable red seabream over rice, topped with spicy yuzu dressing and truffle salt.

Delectable Entrees:
  • Tuna California Roll ($9): classic California Roll topped with a mix of tuna, avocado, cucumber, bell pepper and cilantro, and finished with togarashi, garlic chips and black pepper soy sauce.
  • Langostino Strawberry Salad ($12): langostino, strawberries, cucumber and avocado over arugula then tossed in citrus vinaigrette and served with a tangy kiwi wasabi sauce and truffle salt.

Creative Libations:
  • Peach Basil Sour ($8.50): a flavorful mixture of Bacardi Peach Red, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, fresh basil and lemon sour.
  • Hot Tropics Margarita ($8.50): a blend of sweet and spicy flavors that contains Tanteo Tropical Tequila and Combier Liqueur d’Orange, shaken with mango purée, lime juice and agave nectar and served with a chili-salted rim.
  • Pear & Lemon Blossom ($8.50): a refreshing seasonal pear-infused lemonade made with Absolute Pears, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, lemon sour and pear purée.

Sensational Sake:  
  • Discovery Sake Flight ($9): offering includes three 2 oz. pours: MIO Sparkling, Kizakura Pure and Saturi “Little Lily” Nigori.
  • TY KU Coconut Nigori Sake ($8/$16 *330ML Bottle): premium nigori sake infused with the refreshing taste of coconut and aromatic hints of vanilla.


About RA Sushi
A “RA”ckin’ vibe with fresh sushi, distinctive Japanese-inspired dishes and creative cocktails sets RA Sushi apart from a typical sushi joint. RA Sushi invites guests to discover why it’s more fun in the RA, offering an innovative menu, upbeat music and an energetic atmosphere. RA opened its first location in Scottsdale, Ariz. in 1997, and the award-winning restaurant has since expanded to 26 locations throughout the United States. Look for RA Sushi on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. For more information, visit www.RAsushi.com.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

RA Sushi to host 11th annual Nicky's Week to benefit St. Jude

RA Sushi will host its largest annual fundraiser, “Nicky’s Week,” from Monday, May 25, through Sunday, May 31, to help kids battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. In its 11th year, the weeklong fundraiser benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, where thanks to community support, no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for anything including treatment, travel, housing or food, so that they can focus on helping their child live.

During Nicky’s Week, RA Sushi will donate 100 percent of sales from a variety of menu items and beverages to St. Jude to help support the hospital’s lifesaving mission. Since its inception, Nicky’s Week has raised more than $1.5 million because unlike any other hospital, the majority of funding for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital comes from individual contributions. .

The special Nicky’s Week menu includes: Edamame, Tootsy Maki, Shrimp Nigiri, Pork Gyoza, Sesame Garlic Chicken, Garlic Citrus Yellowtail, plus a variety of select beverages. 

All 26 RA Sushi locations in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Nevada and Texas will participate in the fundraiser.

Nicky’s Week was developed in memory of St. Jude patient Nicholas “Nicky” Mailliard, of Scottsdale, Arizona, who lost a long battle with brain cancer in 2005 at the young age of 13. A nephew of one of RA Sushi’s founders, Nicky held a special place in the hearts of RA Sushi associates throughout the organization. RA Sushi initiated the fundraiser to honor the memory of Nicky and to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude.

St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, so every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. The hospital treats children from all 50 states and around the world. 

About RA Sushi
A “RA”ckin’ vibe with fresh sushi, distinctive Japanese-inspired dishes and creative cocktails sets RA Sushi apart from a typical sushi joint. RA Sushi invites guests to discover why it’s more fun in the RA, offering an innovative menu, upbeat music and an energetic atmosphere. RA opened its first location in Scottsdale, Ariz. in 1997, and the award-winning restaurant has since expanded to 26 locations throughout the United States. Look for RA Sushi on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest. For more information, visit www.RAsushi.com.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Dunkin’ Donuts will host a special in-store event to celebrate the return of the Black-Eyed Susan donut from 12 – 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 at the Dunkin’ Donuts located at 1615 Whetstone Way, Baltimore, MD 21230. The first 100 attendees will receive a free Black-Eyed Susan donut. #dunkindonuts #yummy


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Top chefs chosen to compete in culinary competition

The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament, which pits 16 top chef teams one-on-one in a single-elimination culinary competition begins June 15th. All competitions will be held at the Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore, a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel (www.colonnadebaltimore.com/). A full schedule as well as chef bios are available at http://www.masondixonmasterchef.com/schedule-results/bracket.php

2015 Mason Dixon Chef Competitors
  • Kiet Philavanh, Basta Pasta
  • Jonathan Hicks, Birroteca
  • Wilbur Cox, Jr., Bistro Rx
  • Cole Whaley, Café Rue
  • Alfio Celia, Carluccio’s
  • Andrew Maggitti, Chartwell Country Club
  • Lanydrek Christ Pandzou, Colony South Hotel
  • Dana Herbert, Desserts by Dana
  • Rick Koplau, Duke’s Grocery
  • Jirat Suphrom-In, My Thai
  • Melissa Fordham, Personal Chef Services
  • Jeff Keeney, The Point in Fells
  • Sean Praglowski, Power Plant Live!
  • Bill Kelley, Renditions Golf
  • Niko Negas, Roasthouse Pub
  • Greg Mason, The White Oak Tavern
Tournament Details
Tickets for all 15 dates of this summer-long single-elimination chef competition are available for purchase at: http://www.masondixonmasterchef.com. Tickets for most matches are $25 for general admission and $45 for judging experience (including all taxes). In addition, the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament donates 10% of the net proceeds of each ticket sold directly to their charity partner Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland .
Competition Dates (5:30pm – 9:00pm):
  • June 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
  • July 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28
  • August 10, 11, 16
Event Timeline:
  • 5:30 p.m. – Happy Hour with Complementary Hors d’oeurves and Wine Tasting by Boordy Vineyards, plus Drink Specials 
  • 6:30 p.m. – Cold Prep Begins for the Competition
  • 7:00 p.m. – Chef Competition 
  • 8:00 p.m. – Judging Begins, Complementary Dessert and Coffee Served
About The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament 
This multi-week event is a single-elimination tournament designed to showcase some of the area's finest executive chefs and restaurants. Guests attending this exciting event will be more than just spectators, as they enjoy the unique experience of witnessing two spectacular area chefs battle it out in the prep kitchen right on the main floor. Each evening two chef teams go head-to-head to prepare an appetizer, entrée and dessert for each of three expert judges, as well as amuse bouche portions of their entrees for up to 30 audience member judges. Their creations are scored on creativity, presentation and taste, and only one chef advances to the next round. At the end of this tournament only one of the 16 competing chefs will emerge as THE Mason Dixon Master Chef! 10% of the net proceeds of each ticket sold directly to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. More information available at www.MasonDixonMasterChef.com, on Twitter @MDMasterChef, and Facebook at Mason Dixon Master Chef.
About Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
Meals on Wheels' mission is to enhance quality of life through the provision of nutritious meals, personal contact and related services to homebound individuals. Last year, over 740,000 home-delivered meals were prepared and delivered to more than 2,900 homebound clients through the coordinated efforts of Meals on Wheels staff and some 2,000 volunteers. Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland currently serves the following areas: Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

by @frenchtoastgirl "Lobster bruschetta #bluemooncafe #badassbreakfast #mothersday" #yummy


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Phillips Baltimore Crab Deck is Back!

It's time to grab those bibs and break out the crackers! Phillips Crab Deck in Baltimore will be opening for another great season of seafood because during the first weekend in April The Crab Deck opened. The Crab Deck is the perfect place to take in the sights and sounds of Baltimore's exciting Inner Harbor while digging into the freshest seafood the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean have to offer. 

The Crab Deck menu features traditional Eastern Shore Crab House favorites, locally sourced and prepared by expert hands. Grab a seat on the open air deck and prepare yourself for a feast. Whether you like your seafood raw or cooked, there are options to fulfill every craving. From a rotating selection of oysters and clams on the half shell to steamed clams, mussels and shrimp - which will you choose? And no crab deck would be complete without crabs! Dig into steamed Blue Crabs or Phillips' award-winning Crab Cakes. Find the full menu here

Nothing goes better with fresh seafood and warm spring air than a cold beer or refreshing cocktail. Phillips' bar menu boasts some of the best drinks in Baltimore! Try their original Blue Crab Margarita, Hoopers Island Iced Tea or the Phillips Bloody Mary. Choose from a wide selection of beer on draft or by the can, including local favorite National Bohemian. And for those who just can't get enough oysters, there are several varieties of oyster shooters to enjoy. Treat yourself to great Happy Hour specials Monday through Friday from 4 - 7 p.m. Specials include $1.50 oysters and $1 clams on the half shell and $4 beers, wines and spirits. The Crab Deck will also host local artists performing live music during the summer season starting after Memorial Day; our summer live music schedule will be posted here

Phillips Seafood is anchored in tradition and remains owned and operated by the Phillips family. The Baltimore Crab Deck is located at 601 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD and is open daily, weather permitting, at 11 a.m. For more information, call 410.685.6600 or visit www.phillipsseafood.com.

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#BeMoreFamilyEatOut promotion, an initiative to support local restaurants

Beth Laverick, Baltimore City resident, small business owner of B Scene Events & Promotions, and mom of two proud city kids, wanted to do her part to support local restaurants and businesses as much as possible, now more than ever. She created the #BeMoreFamilyEatOut promotion to help support Baltimore City restaurants.

Every participating restaurant listed is family-friendly and some are offering unique specials such as 25% off your check with advanced reservations and code #BeMoreFamilyEatOut at Pierpoint or 20% off dinner when guests say “Peace Baltimore” at Amiccis upon arrival.

Participating restaurants include: Café Gia Ristorante, Verde, Tin Roof Live Music Joint, Spoons, Heavy Seas Alehouse, Little Havana, Kooper’s, Clementine, Da Mimmo Finest Italian Cuisine, Roy’s Baltimore, Fork & Wrench, Hersh’s, Captain Larry’s, Sobo Café, Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden, HomeSlyce, Nick’s Fish House, Abbey Burger Bistro, Bertha’s, Peter’s Pour House, The Wharf Rat Fells Point, Todd Conner’s of Fells Point, Blue Hill Tavern, Mother’s, Langermann’s, Ale Mary’s, Joe Squared, Sydney’s Café, Carolinas’ Tex-Mex Restaurant, Herb & Soul Express, Warehouse 518 Restaurant and Bar, Hard Rock Café, Wine Market Bistro, Mex Tequila Bar and Alma Cocina Latina.

“Cafe Gia is participating in #BeMoreFamilyEatOut to try to keep the economy stimulated, spirits alive and help create a sense of calm and peace by encouraging pedestrian friendly streets,” said Gia Blattermann, owner of Cafe Gia’s Ristorante and Pane e Vino in Little Italy. “I think Beth’s initiative is spectacular and it corroborates who we are and what we stand for, that we’re a community based city passionate about maintaining the positive aspects and attributes of Charm City.”

Baltimoreans have been so supportive during this challenging time and dining out more than ever to support all of the local restaurants. Two local fitness centers contacted B Scene Events to support the promotion by offering FREE personal training/ FREE classes to combat weight gain from dining out! They came up with a simple program to encourage people to continue eating out without the worry of packing on pounds! As part of the #BeMoreFamilyEatOut promotion, if you dine at any of the participating restaurants and spend $60 or more (receipts may be combined) you will get to cash in on either One Hour of FREE Personal Training at Federal Hill Fitness in Federal Hill or MV Fitness in Mount Vernon or 3 FREE Classes at BeachFit Baltimore in Fell's Point.

"We want to encourage families to keep supporting our local restaurants participating in #BeMoreFamilyEatOut during curfew and through the end of May by offering a way to offset those extra calories, said Andrea M. Shelby, owner of Federal Hill Fitness.  Our Trainers will offer tips on healthy meal selection while eating out plus give them one heck of a calorie burning workout!  Keeping our neighboring businesses and residents healthy is our goal."

"I want to see the City come together to show how resilient the local economy can be”, said, Alison Schuch, owner BeachFit Baltimore and Fells Point Surf Co. Love locals supporting locals."  
I am hopeful this promotion encourage everyone to patronize local businesses to show your Baltimore pride during this challenging time. Charm City is truly charming due to all of the wonderful restaurants, attractions, shopping, history and, most importantly, our amazing community of locals. Let's help make our City even more charming!” – Beth Laverick, owner of B Scene Events & Promotions, LLC.


For an updated list of participating restaurants, specials, and promotions details, please visit bsceneevents.com.

WHAT:                  #BeMoreFamilyEatOut Promotion  

WHEN:                  Until May 31, 2015

MORE INFO:         For a full list of participating restaurants and promotion information, please visit www.bsceneevents.com  


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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Introducing a SWEET New Partnership between Miss Shirley’s Cafe & The Charmery

Miss Shirley’s Cafe has partnered with local Hampden Ice Cream Shop, The Charmery, to create a Sweet New Menu Item!

In addition to Miss Shirley’s Seasonal Menu and Monthly Specials, all Miss Shirley’s Cafe locations will now also feature a unique and delicious Ice Cream Waffle Sandwich, each month, May through October.
 
Miss Shirley’s has created six waffle sandwiches, featuring custom Ice Cream Flavors, made by The Charmery and inspired by Southern Specialties and Seasonal Favorites.

The Charmery is known for scooping up fun and creative flavors that make Baltimore delicious. Their super-premium ice cream is hand crafted daily, using only the best possible ingredients, and supporting local farmers and producers whenever possible.
 

In honor of the 10 Year Anniversary of Miss Shirley’s Cafe, Roland Park, and to kick off this sweet new partnership, all Miss Shirley’s Cafe locations will feature a Rainbow Cake Ice Cream Waffle Sandwich this May, inspired by Founder Eddie Dopkin’s favorite dessert.
 
All Miss Shirley's Cafe locations will offer the flavorful Ice Cream Waffle Sandwiches listed below throughout the coming months.


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Restaurants Organize Dine Out, Baltimore! Campaign

In an act of solidarity, foodservice employees across Maryland will head into Baltimore City on May 12th to eat, drink, and show their support of the culinary scene in Baltimore. Organized by the Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM), Dine Out, Baltimore! is a statewide campaign to encourage restaurant employees who work outside the city to patronize restaurant businesses in Baltimore.

Since civil unrest in Baltimore began in April, members of the trade association from outside Baltimore City have been calling and asking what they could do to help. The idea for the Dine Out, Baltimore! campaign grew organically as a response to the overwhelming desire members had to support ailing city businesses.

“I felt terrible for all the employees who had their hours cut because no customers were coming through their doors,” said LoAnn Dellis, owner of Michael’s Café in Timonium. “I wanted to do something that would make a difference, but just couldn’t wrap my head around what I could do.”

Conversations like these led RAM to organize this industry-led event.

“Many restaurant owners and employees have expressed a genuine desire to help Baltimore City restaurants,” said Marshall Weston, RAM’s President & CEO. “They understand that a week or two of lost business has the greatest impact on servers, bartenders, cooks, dishwashers and all the other staff that keep restaurants up and running.”

The foodservice industry in Baltimore is one of the top employers in the city, employing 19,000 individuals at 1,600 foodservice establishments.

“By stepping up and going out to eat in Baltimore City, restaurant employees will show the rest of the state that Baltimore restaurants are open for business,” said Weston. “This will go a long way toward getting back to normal.”

Foodservice employees around the state of Maryland can get involved by gathering their coworkers, friends and family members and heading into Baltimore City on May 12th to eat and drink. Restaurants and guests are encouraged to use #DineOutBmore to promote the event.


Smashburger opened in Baltimore on April 29

Have you heard???  Smashburger, the better burger restaurant known for its fresh, smashed to order burgers, opened its doors to the public on Wednesday, April 29, in Fells Point at 616 S. Broadway.

The new Baltimore location will feature a menu specifically designed with regional flavors and taste preferences in mind like the Chesapeake Smashburger, a local burger highlighting Smashburger’s juicy burger and Smashchicken sandwhich topped with Tulkoff® Tiger Sauce, cheddar cheese, red onion, lettuce & tomato on an onion bun.

In addition to burgers, Smashburger offers grilled or crispy chicken sandwiches, fresh salads, and a selection of signature sides including rosemary and garlic–seasoned Smashfries, Haystack Onions, and Veggie Frites. The restaurant will also serve a selection of beverages ranging from handspun Häagen-Dazs shakes to a variety of certified organic freshly brewed and bottled HONEST® Tea beverages and local craft beer.

Smashburger Baltimore (616 S. Broadway) will be open 10am to 10pm daily. For more information, visit www.smashburger.com or follow Smashburger on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Guests are also encouraged to join Smashburger’s Smash Club to receive the latest news, tastiest promotions and exclusive coupons.

About Smashburger
Smashburger is a leading fast casual “better burger” restaurant known for its fresh never frozen, 100% Certified Angus Beef® burgers that are smashed on the grill to sear in the juices, creating an upscale quality burger packed with flavor and served at a great value. In addition to burgers, Smashburger offers grilled or crispy chicken sandwiches, fresh salads, signature side items such as Haystack onions and Veggie Frites, and hand-spun Haagen-Dazs shakes.  On each market menu, Smashburger offers locally inspired items like the regional burger, as well as regional sides & local craft beer. The company began in 2007 with the vision of Rick Schaden and funding by Consumer Capital Partners—the private equity firm that Rick and his father Richard own. Smashburger now operates more than 310 corporate and franchise restaurants in 34 states and seven international countries. To learn more, visit www.smashburger.com

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