Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Lobster and free movie tickets on the menu at McCormick & Schmick's this 4th of July

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants are celebrating 4th of July with special lobster menu items as well as free movie tickets for restaurant guests!

In addition to special menu items such as a Lobster & Shellfish Brochette, Lobster Tempura Roll and Blueberry Cheesecake, guests will have the opportunity to receive a free movie ticket all weekend long (July 2 – 5) by doing one of two things:
  • Bring in a printed out exclusive online coupon, available on the McCormick & Schmick’s website
  • Bring in the McCormick & Schmick’s USA Today ad scheduled to run on July 2

While the complimentary movie ticket offer is valid July 2 – 5, restaurant patrons can enjoy discounts on their movie-going experience all summer long with the option to add a $5 movie ticket to their bill with the purchase of a dinner entrée through September. More information about this offer can be found online. (movie tickets are good for Landmark's Harbor East Cinema)
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Local places that need your nomination for Nickelodeon 2010 Parents' Pick Awards


Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect, the online resource for parenting advice and community, is allowing parents to pick the best of their local communities with its third Annual Parents' Picks Awards- parents all over the country will be voting for their favorite family-friendly businesses.

Categories include: best kids' museum; best toy store; best playground/park; family restaurant; and many more. Click here to go nominate your favorite places - There are only 8 days left to nominate before voting begins.

Check out some local restaurant related places you can nominate...

Best coffee, tea or juice place:
  • A Common Ground- 819 West 36th St
  • Caribou Coffee- 1 N. Charles St
  • Daily Grind- 1720 Thames St.
  • Grind On Cafe- 4607 Harford Rd
  • Koba Cafe- 644 E. Fort Ave.
  • Metropolitan Coffee House- 02 S. Charles St.
  • Patisserie Poupon- 820 East Baltimore Street
  • Peace & A Cup of Joe- 713 West Pratt Street
  • Red Canoe Children's Books & Coffee House- 4337 Harford Road
  • Spoons Coffee Cafe- 24 E. Cross Street
  • Starbucks- 1209 N. Charles Street
  • The Firehouse Coffee Company- 1030 S. Linwood Avenue

Best ice cream shop:

  • Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors
  • Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop- 200 East Pratt Street
  • Bruster's Real Ice Cream- 3009-C Eastern Boulevard
  • Cold Stone Creamery- 2500 Boston Street
  • Dominion Ice Cream- 3215 N. Charles Street
  • Haagen-Dazs Shop- 301 Light Street
  • Ice Cream Cottage- 1348 Stevens Avenue
  • Icy Delights- 7812 Wise Avenue
  • North Pole Ice Cream Co.- 3713 Eastern Avenue
  • Opie's Soft Serve & Snowballs- 1603 Edmonson Avenue
  • Rita's
  • Taharka Brothers- 1405 Forge Avenue
  • The Firehouse Coffee Company- 1030 S. Linwood Avenue
  • The Original Woodstock Snowball Stand- Woodstock Road and Route 99
  • Uncle Wiggly's- 6911 York Road

then from July 7, to August 31, 2010, you can vote for your favorite local places (up to once per day). The 2010 Parents' Picks winners will be announced September 15, 2010.

Last year's winners in food related areas were:

Best Birthday Cake

Cold Stone Creamery
2500 Boston Street
Baltimore, MD
410.522.0353

Best Breakfast
Double T Diner Co
1 Mountain Road
Pasadena, MD
410.766.9669

Best Farmer’s Market
Holiday & Saratoga Streets
Under JFX viaduct
Baltimore, MD
410.752.8632

Best Ice Cream
Rita's
2033 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD
410.732.0214

Best Pizza
Pizza John's
113 Back River Neck Road
Essex, MD
410.687.7733

Best Place for a Parent Date Night
Todd Connor's
700 South Broadway
Baltimore, MD
410.537.5005
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Monday, June 28, 2010

Restaurant 101: Where can I go for steak in Baltimore?


June is National Steak month so why not celebrate by checking one of the follow restaurants that are known for its steak:
  • Prime Rib (Mt. Vernon)- The menu offers prime meats, fresh seafood and thick chops and also has tuxedoed waitstaff and live piano and bass music nightly
  • Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (Little Italy)- Has 8 new creations on the Fleming’s menu such as “New Classics” steaks, appetizers, sides and seafood dishes
  • The Capital Grille (Inner Harbor)- The menu offers aged steaks and fresh of seafood
  • Morton's The Steakhouse (Inner Harbor)- Is offering a three-course menu forjust $99.99 for two that Features the best steak, seafood and decadent desserts.
  • The Oregon Grille (Hunt Valley)- provides creative American cuisine in a luxuriously 19th century stone farmhouse and its menu offers prime dry-aged steaks, large lobsters and seafood.
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House (multi locations)- Offering full 3-course meal featuring exciting new entrees, personal sides and desserts for $39.95.
  • To find out about more places click here

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Charm City Cupcakes $1 mini cupcake sale


For 1 day only Charm City Cupcakes is having a $1 Mini Cupcake Sale on July 1st.

Mini cupcakes normally $1.25-$1.75 a cupcake.

This sale is only on pre-orders.
Click here for more details.
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Weekly wrap up in Baltimore restaurants

This past week had a lot to offer so make sure to check it out...
Stayed tuned and check out some topics coming up...
  • New places
  • Miguel's Cocina y Cantina review
  • Another night at the Mason Dixon Chef Tournament
  • Crêpe Du Jour review
  • Interview with Josh Stevens who is traveling the USA and living off Groupons for one year
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Support Moveable Feast and enjoy Baltimore's own Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament


This coming week is "Moveable Feast Week" at Mason Dixon Master Chef! This week only, they are doubling our charity donation amount to 20% of the net proceeds of each ticket sold (up from the usual 10%). So, if you or someone you know are planning to attend an event, this would be a great week to do it!

Just enter sponsor code "MOV101" when ordering tickets online at www.MasonDixonMasterChef.com for either June 28 or June 29, and the donation amount will automatically be doubled! Enjoy a night out and help a great cause, that's double the fun! (For more information on Moveable Feast visit them at www.mfeast.org.)

FYI- I will be a judge on the 28th
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Friday, June 25, 2010

Groupon: $15 for $30 worth of seviche, tapas, and drinks at Talara


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Today's Groupon gets you $15 for $30 Worth of Seviche, Tapas, and Drinks at Talara.

As you walk into Talara you are welcomed with a bright atmosphere with bright colors and neon lights that make up this South Beach deco atmosphere.

One the the main stars on the menu is the seven different seviche styles, each with a different mix of fresh seafood, are available from the seviche bar with a singile serving of traditional seviche ($8), choose two ($15) or three ($21) different preparations of these unique flavors:
  • Traditional- Marinated with fresh lime, jalapeno pepper, scallions, red onion and cilantro, served with fresh corn tortilla chips
  • Avocado & Corn- Marinated with fresh lime, jalapeno, cilantro, scallions, red onion, avocado, corn and red pepper, fresh malanga chips
  • Curried Tropical Fruit- Marinated with fresh lime, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, scallions, red onion, green curry and fresh seasonal tropical fruits, served with fresh plantain chips
  • Fire & Ice- traditional seviche recipe prepared in a spicier version with habanero peppers and topped with a cool homemade prickly pear granita
  • Asian Tartare- Seasoned with soy sauce, scallions, sesame oil and capers. Served on sushi rice and nori rolls with white truffle oil, wasabi mayonnaise, Tobiko caviar and fried lotus root
  • Tiradiot- Peruvian-style Sashimi with lemon juice, cilantro oil, red chili and chipotle paste and sea salt. Served with jicama and calabaza slaw
  • Ginger Tataki- Quickly seared “a la plancha” to a cool rare and dressed with toasted garlic ponzu, pickled ginger, shaved fennel and a drizzle of wasabi mayo

But don't forget to try one of the different Tapas options:
  • Portuguese-style mussels ($9)- Traditional Portuguese preparation with Chorizo, tomato, Alvarinho white wine and garlic, grilled ciabatta
  • mini tostadas ($8)- Corn tortilla, Queso Blanco, Talara salsa. Your choice of: Blackened chicken breast, pulled pork or vegetarian black beans
  • Pork empanadas ($9)- Fried bread dough stuffed with pulled pork and Queso Blanco, served with a Talara salsa and harissa mayo
  • Ahi Tuna SlidersS- seared rare with capers and onions topped with wasabi mayo and micro greens served on mini-brioche ($12)

Then gander over the tempting Mid Plates menu with such things like:
  • coconut-shrimp tempura ($14)- grilled pineapple, quince and blood orange coulis, Napa, jicama and calabaza slaw
  • chili-rubbed salmon ($16)- grilled papas a la Huancaina, grilled haricot verts and pico de gallo
  • Mole de Pato ($15)- Seared duck breast with three bean medley, roasted corn and goat cheese polenta, mole poblano, calabaza and jicama slaw and candied pistachios

Now to help beat the heat try out one of the lively libations:
  • key-lime mojito- made with Cruzan Vanilla rum and Nellie & Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice
  • mint-bubblegum vodka mojito- made with 3 Olives Bubble Gum Vodka
  • sangria- daily changing concoction of wine, seasonal fruit and rum
  • Brazilian caipirinha- Traditional Brazilian cocktail made with Cachaca, fresh lime and Turbinado sugar
  • Blood Orange Margarita- Sauza Tres Generaciones Anejo Tequilla, blood orange puree and sours mix

Highlights & Fine Print:

  • Modern take on classic Latin–American fare
  • Seviche bar
  • Creative, exotic drinks
  • Expires in 1 year
  • Limit 1 per table
  • Dine-in only
  • Tax and gratuity not included
  • Not valid with other offers or towards happy hour
  • Reservations recommended

Click here to get today's Groupon - $15 for $30 Worth of Seviche, Tapas, and Drinks at Talara


Talara
615 President St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21202


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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Poll: Who serves up the best Iced Tea in the Baltimore area? (plus a chance to win some Honest Tea)


Iced Tea from Miss SHirley's
Iced Tea from Miss SHirley's
June is National Iced Tea Month and what a great way to celebrate end of the school year and the start of summer vacation then sipping on a nice refreshing glass of Iced tea.

The oldest printed recipes for Iced Tea date back to the 1870s. You can find two of the earliest Iced Tea recipes in The Buckeye Cookbook and Housekeeping in Old Virginia. Iced tea was first seen in the USA during the 1860s as a novelty and then during the 1870s it became widespread by not only as recipes appear in print, but iced tea was offered on hotel menus and on sale at railroad stations. Some say that Iiced Tea was created at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis by Richard Blechynden.

Now here is what I am curious to know- What restaurant, coffee shop, bar, etc serves up what you think is the best Iced Tea- sweet, bottled, sun, fountain, Arnold Palmer, Boston or Thai?
Some of my favorite local places to get Iced Tea is at Big Bad Wolf House of BBQ (sweet tea) and at Miss Shirley's. Now if I am somewhere where they only sell bottled tea I am always looking for local so Honest Tea is perfect and I hope they have the Half & Half or Green Tea (Sobe comes in second). One of my favorite places to get a Thai Iced Tea is at Thai One On.
Cast your vote below and enter to be randomly selected to win sample package from the Bethesda-based Honest Tea company.




Here is some fun facts about iced tea, courtesy of Honest Tea:
  • As of June 1st iced tea is 106 years-old
  • About 85 percent of the tea served in the United States is iced tea
  • Studies show that drinking tea is a good way to build strong bones
  • Despite its many variations and flavors, all tea comes from the same plant
  • According to the Tea Association of the USA, Inc., tea is nearly 5,000 years old. It was discovered in 2737.
  • Honest Tea Half & Half offers a healthy way to satisfy summer thirst with USDA certified organic and Fair Trade certified tea with slightly sweetened lemonade and is only 48 calories per 8-oz serving.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Groupon: $15 for $30 Worth of beer, creative cuisine, and drinks at The Brewer's Art

Today's Groupon gets you $15 for $30 Worth of Beer, Creative Cuisine, and Drinks at The Brewer's Art

Located in Mount Vernon in a townhouse is this well known establishment that offers international pours, seasonally changing cuisine, and creative plates.

Chef Dave Newman rotates the menu based upon the four seasons. Check out some of the treats you could find on the menu currently:
  • Rosemary Garlic Fries ($4)
  • house-made artichoke ravioli, glazed with Meyer lemon-infused butter and pistachio-mint pesto ($10)
  • Roasted Berkshire Pork Belly with Sweet Potato Biscuit , Grilled Spring, Onion-Fig Jam, Strawberry-Basil Salsa and Natural Jus ($9)
  • crispy Utz-crusted cod with baby clams and smoky mountain bacon ($24)
  • grilled shrimp with spring pea and mint risotto ($16)
  • grilled lamb loin with Spring Onion-Caña de Cabra, Bread Pudding, Sautéed Spinach, Green Olive Tapenade and Pinot Noir Sauce ($28)
You stop by here without trying one of its house-brewed beers:
  • Beacon- fairly hoppy yet well balanced pale ale 4.8%abv
  • Ozzy- rich and dry, and hopped with Styrian Goldings.7.25%abv
  • Resurrection- made with five types of barley malt and lots of sugar, this beer is quite flavorful, without being too sweet. 7%abv
  • Proletary Ale- Black, smooth and easy to drink, this is our beer for the people! 5%abv
  • plus other house beers that change frequently
Highlights & Fine Print
  • Expires Sep 24, 2010
  • Limit 1 per table. Tax & gratuity not included
  • Not valid with other offers
  • Valid in dining-room only
  • Reservation required
  • Housed in historic townhouse
  • Brews own beer on site
  • Selection of international pours
  • Esquire #1 Bar in America
Click here to get today's Groupon deal

The Brewer's Art
1106 N Charles St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
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Harborplace 30th anniversary events is a "crab"tastic affair

Baltimore celebrates its 30th anniversary of Harborplace with great "crab"tastic events just in time for the 4th of July...

Crabology 101
With Crabologist Donald Manning
Friday, July 2, Noon
Harborplace Ampitheater

What’s the difference between crab claw meat and jumbo lump? Which should you use for your crab cakes? For a rich crab bisque? Crabologist Donald Manning will answer these questions and more at Crabology 101, an educational culinary event that is part of Harborplace’s 30th Anniversary celebration. The event is free and open to the public. Recipes and samplings will be available.

Crab Cake Eating Contest
Saturday, July 3, 1 p.m.
Harborplace Ampitheater

How many crab cakes can one person eat in 3½ minutes? Come can see for yourself as crab cake lovers compete for top prize in Phillips Crab Cake Eating Contest. Prizes include a crab feast for six at Phillips Harborplace restaurant and all participants will receive a $30 gift certificate to Phillips.
Baltimore Icons Celebration
Sunday, July 4 through Monday, January 31
Phillips Seafood Harborplace Restaurant

Each week starting July 4, and through January 31, 2011, Phillips Seafood Harborplace will honor a different Baltimore icon. Visit www.phillipsseafood.com for a schedule of featured icons. To receive a complimentary appetizer with the purchase of two entrees, all you have to do is enjoy dinner at the restaurant dressed as the icon, impersonating the icon, or toting a photo of the two of you.
To read about even more events and specials click

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Planning a cuisine tour of Baltimore- help me out!

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While out to dinner with some friends the other night we were talking about some of our favorite restaurants in Baltimore and I came up with idea that this summer I want to do cuisine tour of the Baltimore area.

Here comes the hard part- what restaurant to pick to represent each cuisine?
This is where I need your help! I want to pick one place to represent each cuisine to go to for either breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. So leave your input and and fill in the survey with you picks of restaurants for different cuisine.

Then once I compile which places I will then make a list to follow over the summer. Then review each places I go.

Thank you for your help!!

Take my Cuisine Tour of Baltimore Survey to help me pick my places.



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Petit Louis Bistro's 10th birthday party celebrated with a grand affair


Happy Birthday Petit Louis Bistro
Happy Birthday Petit Louis Bistro
Tony Foreman & Cindy Wolf will be celebrating Petit Louis Bistro's birthday on Sunday, June 27th. The event will be at the restaurant from 3pm-7pm. Tickets are $50 per person or $30 for children.

The event will feature live entertainment, celebratory wines, French bistro fare, birthday cake, and other surprises. A percentage of the proceeds will go to support the programs of the Roland Park Community Foundation. The Community Foundation supports the Civic League, Roads & Maintenance, and other neighborhood organizations in Roland Park.

For tickets to the 10th Birthday party, call the restaurant at (410) 366-9393

Petit Louis Bistro
4800 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210


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Monday, June 21, 2010

B Free Daily food blogger feature and I'm in it

Exciting news for today- I was featured in the B Free Daily today in an article about food bloggers. If you are in the Baltimore area stop by one of the B orange bins and pick up the free paper or you can read it online here.




Another woman takes the win at the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament- food, photos & video

On Monday, June 14, Sarah Mogol of The Bountiful Experience took on Aharon Denrich of Mr. Charles Market & Catering.

If you haven't heard about the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament then you have been missing out on a exciting head to head battle between 32 local teams, each consisting of an executive chef and a sous chef, will be cooking competitively. The multi-week event is being held in high style in the Grand Ballroom of the historic Belvedere.

A panel of judges, including industry experts, local celebrities, and audience members will determine the winning teams- and guess what I am one of those judges! Not only is there an expert panel of judges some audience members will participate each night of the competition as judges, tasting the chefs' creations and voting right alongside of our expert judging panel.

The best of all, guests will be supporting a local charity since 10% of the net proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Moveable Feast. Moveable Feast is a local non-profit Baltimore charity that provides meal delivery service to homebound People Living with AIDS/HIV, women undergoing breast cancer treatment as well as their families.

The June 14, 2010 match up
Sarah Mogol of The Bountiful Experience took on Aharon Denrich of Mr. Charles Market & Catering. Sarah does personal chef services for clients in their homes, she also teaches cooking classes. Aharon runs this family owned business with his Father.

The Evening started out with the 4-course meal prepared by Truffles catering (each week the 4-course meal is different):

  • First Course of Insalata Caprese ? Vine ripe tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinaigrette
  • Second Course- Intermezzo
  • Third Course (Select One Entrée when Purchasing Tickets)- Scallopine of chicken with sweet apple and apple jack cream, Grilled Sirloin with peppercorn and Dijon demi glase or Grilled vegetable plate with Chimmichurri infusion
  • Fourth course- Chilled mango soup

And the cook off begins...

Starting at 7:30, which is the last 30 minutes of the four course meal, the chefs begin working on cold prep starts right before you. After 30 minutes of cold prep the MC announced the official start of the competition and the clock is set. Guest and judges are allowed to go right up and get a first hand experience of the chefs at work as they on look and ask questions. However, be ready to miss things because it is fast paced and you are watching to chefs at work!

And before you know if time is up…

Each chef is to prepare 3 dishes- appetizer, entrée and dessert.

To read more, see photos and video click here


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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

Groupon: $20 for $40 worth of New American cuisine and drinks at the Waterfront Hotel Restaurant

Today's Groupon gets you $20 for $40 Worth of New American Cuisine and Drinks at the Waterfront Hotel Restaurant

Located in one of downtown Baltimore's oldest brick buildings, the Waterfront Hotel Restaurant offers a menu splashed with traditional southern flavors and deep-sea delights...
  • crab hash skillet ($17.95)
  • 8-ounce steak-and-eggs platter ($13.95)
  • ginger calamari ($9.95)
  • buttery mussels ($9.95)
  • fried oyster po' boy ($11.95)
  • turkey-brie quesadilla ($9.95)
  • scampi (blackened shrimp, scallops, and crab over linguini, $16.95)
  • honey chipotle pork chop with mac 'n' cheese ($14.95)
  • bucket of beer ($5.95)
  • chocolate lava cake ($5.95)
Don't forget about some of the weekly specials...
  • Saturday & Sunday - Brunch from 10-3 and $10 all-u-can-drink Bloody Mary's, Mimosas, Margarita, Sangria and Screwdrivers (with brunch entree)
  • Monday- "Date Night" in the dining room $29.99 per couple for 3 course meal
  • Wednesday- $9.95 steak night
  • Thursday- $9.95 entrees from 6-10 pm
This Groupon is valid for all specials and menus except for $1 oysters, Monday quesadillas, Friday shrimp, and Saturday burgers. This deal is valid for dine-in brunching, lunching, and suppering only. Any beverage purchases must be accompanied by food.

Highlights & Fine Print

  • Historic location
  • Live music, no cover
  • Great view of Baltimore Harbor
  • Fabulous mussels
  • Expires in 1 year
  • Limit 1 per table
  • Must use in 1 visit, no cash back
  • Not valid on carry-out
  • Must be used with food purchase
  • Not valid with other offers
  • Tax & gratuity not included
Click here to get today's Groupon deal

Waterfront Hotel Restaurant
The Waterfront Hotel
1710 Thames St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21231

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Baltimore area current restaurant deals, freebies, and coupons


Here are some current Baltimore are restaurant deals, freebies, and coupons:
  • Free Burger at Champps (in Columbia)- Click on the “Like” button on the Champps Facebook Page and then click on the “Free Burger” tab and you can sign up for a free burger. (coupon should arrive by email within 7-10 days)
  • Macaroni Grill: Save $7 on any two entrees
  • $50 gift certificate for $25 at baltimorehalfoff.com to restaurants like Blue Hill Tavern, City Cafe, Stella Notte, The Chameleon Café, Max's Empanadas, The Milton Inn and more- click here
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Eat yourself beautiful: culinary food tasting & beauty soiree


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Eat Yourself Beautiful: Culinary Food Tasting & Beauty Soiree
During the event, guests will enjoy an evening of exceptional cuisine from Divine Catering,accompanied by refreshing cocktails & Beauty demos!

Guest can also get:
  • Beauty makeovers
  • Polish change & mini mani
  • Mini massages
  • Facials
  • Waxing
  • Take advantage of the latest spring and summer accessories to make any outfit POP

All from the Baltimore/Dc area Beauty & Spa vendors!

*Every guest will also receive a complimentary goodie bag with fashion & beauty items, PLUS personal chef service coupons from Divine Catering!!

Divine Catering Company is Baltimore based and inspired by a passion for gourmet cooking and nutrition, a genuine love for world class food, a talent for food artistry, and a natural flare in the kitchen!

Don't miss a chance to spend a luxurious evening eating and indulging in beauty treatments!

Date: Friday June 18th
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 in the evening
Price: $55
Where: Tremont Plaza Hotel, 222 Saint Paul st., Baltimore, MD 21202

Click here for more details and to purchase tickets
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The first woman competes at the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament


On Tuesday June 8th the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament hosted the first woman chef of the competition.

The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament is 32 local teams, each consisting of an executive chef and a sous chef, will be cooking competitively. The multi-week event is being held in high style in the Grand Ballroom of the historic Belvedere. Starting on Monday, May 10 for two evenings per week for 16 weeks. Each evening’s event begins with a happy hour at 5 p.m. and dinner served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the competition at 8 p.m. and judging beginning at 9 p.m. A panel of judges, including industry experts, local celebrities, and audience members will determine the winning teams- and guess what I am one of those judges! Not only is there an expert panel of judges some audience members will participate each night of the competition as judges, tasting the chefs' creations and voting right alongside of our expert judging panel.

Finally, and best of all, guests will be supporting a local charity since 10% of the net proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Moveable Feast. Moveable Feast is a local non-profit Baltimore charity that provides meal delivery service to homebound People Living with AIDS/HIV, women undergoing breast cancer treatment as well as their families.

The June 8, 2010 match up
Tonight was host to Jeff Keeney of Brighton Gardens of Columbia versus Melissa Fordham of The Grill at Harryman House.

The Evening started out with the 4-course meal prepared by Truffles catering (each week the 4-course meal is different):
  • First Course- Black and Bleu Salad with fresh greens tossed with peaches, candied walnuts, sundried cherries, bleucheese, grilled chicken and raspberry vinaigrette
  • Second Course- Intermezzo (Used throughout Europe as a way to cleanse the palate in between courses, intermezzos are usually small, light and refreshing)
  • Third Course (Select One Entrée when Purchasing Tickets)- Chicken Orecchiette Pasta with breast of chicken tossed with sundried tomatoes, asparagus, yellow pepper and basil cream, Asian Seared Sirloin marinated and grilled with asian BBQ sauce or Cheese and spinach ravioli with garlic cream. I had the beef which was perfectly cooked and tender.
  • Fourth Course- Blood orange crème brule
And the cook off begins...

Click here to read what the competeing chefs made and to see pictures from the evening

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