Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Get a free breakfast item at Chick-fil-A

From September 6-10 you can get a free free breakfast at Chick-fil-A to customers who make a reservation online- choose from any item from their breakfast menu: multi-grain oatmeal, sausage biscuit, chicken biscuit, or chicken breakfast burrito.

To get your free breakfast follow these steps:
  • Go to the Chick-fil-A Breakfast Site and select the Baltimore restaurant you will be getting the free breakfast from
  • Select the date and time to get your free breakfast and your choice of free breakfast item
  • You’ll receive an email confirmation
  • Just print this and take it to Chick-fil-A on the date and time you chose to pick up your free breakfast
What FREE breakfast item will you be getting?

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Adventures in Baltimore Restaurants « Most Valuable Blogger


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“Science Uncorked: Sights and Smells” wine event

On Thursday, September 8 from 7-9pm, “Science Uncorked: Sights and Smells” will offer a unique look (or smell!) into part of the wine-tasting experience that is often overlooked: the aromatic and visual aspects of the vineyard vino.

Two important parts of the wine tasting experience that people often overlook are sight and smell. These two senses are the focus of the September 8 Science Uncorked at the Maryland Science Center. Sharon Charny, a 20-year wine veteran, will use the official A.C. Noble Wine Aroma Wheel to help participants discover the aromas found in wines, which sometimes include unexpected scents like bacon, cut green grass, and honey. Wine tasters will also examine what they can discern about a wine by analyzing its color and density.

It won’t be all seeing and smelling wine at Science Uncorked—there will also be a lot of tasting. Sharon will explain important tasting techniques like palate calibration, which demonstrates where on the palate the four structural components of wine fall. Participants will have many chances to practice these tasting techniques with a variety of wines, and appropriate food will accompany each wine selection.

Sharon Charny is a Certified Training Coordinator for the Charmer Sunbelt Group.
Tickets for Science Uncorked are $50 ($45 Maryland Science Center members) and include wine, food, and program. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the presentation will run from 7:30 to 8:30 pm, leaving time to mingle before and after. Science Uncorked presentations are very popular and always sell out—reserve your seats today.

21+ only please. Please call 410-545-5980 to purchase tickets.

I have been tom some of the past events and had a WONDERFUL time- click here to read about it!

Science Uncorked: Sight & Smell
Thursday, September 8, 2011
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Maryland Science Center
601 Light Street
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, 21230

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Build your own at Yogi Castle - plus get $21 at Yogi Castle for $10

While out and about doing some shopping and taking in a movie I came across a new frozen yogurt house in White Marsh called yogi Castle. The concept at this frozen yogurt house is build your own!
You walk in and to see a row of 16 self serve frozen yogurt machines and topping bar – yes you build your own and pay by the ounce (47 cents an ounce). Of course you can sample one of the many flavors (however, they will get you the samples).

Flavors range from categories of Non-Fat (with some even the Activia that helps you digestive system), Low Fat, Original Tart Non-Fat , No Sugar, and Sorbet Non Dairy. The toppings range from fruit to candy and nut toppings.

So like a kid in a candy store I started to build – I decided to pick three flavors of yogurt: Cappuccino (Non-Fat), Snickerdoodle (Non-Fat) and Peanut Butter (Low-Fat). Then moved over to the topping bar to add crushed Peanut Butter Cups, Crushed Heath Bar and Captain Crunch.

Out of the three flavors of yogurt my favorite was the Snickerdoodle. It was very flavorful where as the Cappuccino and Peanut Butter I wished had a stronger flavor.

The combinations are never ending and also ever changing so each visit is basically a new experience if you choose to make it that!

You also have the option of having Smoothie. The Smoothies contain only fruit pulp, skin and seed and fortifies with vitamins A, C, E, probiotic yogurt, folic acid, and more plus are all-natural with no artificial flavors, colors, sugar or preservatives.

Yogi Castle
5272 Campbell Blvd
White Marsh, MD 21236

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Grand Opening of The Americana in Canton

THE AMERICANA, a brand new full service Restaurant / Bar in Canton, prepares for its Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday August 27th.

THE AMERICANA, Canton’s newest restaurant and bar, is excited to announce its Grand Opening Celebration taking place on Saturday, August 27th. The event will commence at 10:00 am; featuring a brunch menu with bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas. The celebration will continue throughout the day with special highlights including giveaways, ½ price drinks and food specials, and promotions hosted by both Pinnacle Vodka and Miller Lite.

Sprawling over 2 floors and 2000 square feet THE AMERICANA boasts eight large flat screen TV’s, two full size bars, and an extensive beer list of forty craft, domestic and import beers, and an ever-expanding liquor assortment. The second floor can accommodate any type of event, and includes an outside deck that seats twenty for al fresco dining.

The kitchen at THE AMERICANA is open daily from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. The menu offers an array of options: Appetizers including Crispy Old Bay Wings, Salmon Jalapeño Poppers and Irish Nachos; Sandwiches include the Oyster Po Boy and Chicken Monterey; and an extensive list of dinner entrees including the Maple Mustard Pork Tenderloin, Blackened Chicken Penne Pasta and a delicious Vegan Trio. The Americana is a family friendly restaurant that also offers a kids menu, desert menu and a full brunch menu. For those in a rush for lunch, THE AMERICANA also offers a Carry Out / Curbside service.

Owned and operated by a United States Marine, Alex van Breukelen, THE AMERICANA promises a great sense of community involvement.
“We want to continue to serve our Country by giving back to the Canton Community, Baltimore City and all of the visitors who come to see what Baltimore has to offer,” explains van Breukelen. “THE AMERICANA is not only focused on provided unparalleled food, drinks and service, we will strive to give back to the community, firefighters, police, teachers, medical professionals and of course all of our Military veterans.”
THE AMERICANA has already become a Sponsor for a number of Habitat for Humanity events, several Veteran-owned non-profit organizations and the Sept 11th Run to Remember.

THE AMERICAN A is currently open for business, in soft opening mode. Conveniently located two blocks north of Canton Square at 900 South Kenwood Ave (the corner of Kenwood and Hudson).

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Eversave Fan Appreciation Day gives you FREE $10 to spend

Eversave is kicking off a three-day $10 for You $10 for All Member Appreciation Event starting TODAY. They’ll be giving every Eversaver a $10 credit to use toward any deal starting midnight August 22nd through midnight on August 25th.

So if your hungry that means you can get $15 for $30 worth of classic pub fare and drinks at Don't Know Tavern in Federal Hill for just $5

Eversave works day and night to negotiate the very best deals for you on all the things you love. Fromspas and restaurants to lift tickets and yoga classes – Eversave delivers these local discounts directly to your inbox, in the form of a Save.

In addition to their daily local deals, they also offer spectacular Saves from online merchants which allows their customers nationwide to get in on the fun!

Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter!

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Monday, August 22, 2011

The first ever Tomato Festival at the Manor Tavern

The First Ever Tomato Festival is coming to The Manor Tavern on Sunday, August 28th from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. The festival will feature lots of local vendors and family activities! The staff and new management are looking forward to celebrating a new era for The Legendary Manor Tavern.

Bring your family and invite all your friends to this exciting event that will be featuring live music, children activities, artisanal cheese producers, local wineries and microbreweries! Don't forget to bring your own tomatoes to compete in our neighborhood challenge to elect the nicest, ugliest, and tastiest tomatoes!

The Manor Tavern at 15819 Old York Rd, Monkton, MD 21111

History of The Manor Tavern:
Manor Tavern is located on a land that was once the home of the Piscantaway Indians. The tribe's trail, now Old York Road, was a major North-South artery between Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. Passing through in 1687, Charles Calvert, the third Lord Baltimore, decreed 10,000 acres for himself. He made a gift of this land to his fourth wife in 1713, christening the estate "My Lady's Manor."
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Friday, August 19, 2011

Bold and modern Tapas Adela

What exactly is tapas? Tapas are a variety of appetizers/snacks in the Spanish cuisine that can be warm or cold. The idea is to combine a variety of tapas selection to create an entire meal full of variety. The thought behind tapas variety is to encourage more conversation among diners because they are not focused on their individual dish but the sharing of all of them.

As you walk into Tapas Adela you are welcomed with modern deep red walls in the bar area which has a marble communal table. The dining room is a smaller area with a bold black and silver wallpaper and red carpeting with host to two and four top tables.

As you plan out your meal of tapas samplings you can enjoy a complementary basket of warm bread slices topped with melted cheese and tomato.

Berenjenas “Fritas”
Our first dish was the Berenjenas “Fritas” ($4.95) which is fried eggplant lightly dusted with Semolina, Fleur de Sel, and Lavender Flower Honey. The flavors were light and delightful. However, I was disappointed with some of the slices of eggplant because they had gotten very soft and mushy (over fried maybe?)– but not all of them.

From there we moved on to the Alcochofa Salteado ($5.95) with Artichokes, Sherry, Sundried Tomatoes, and Roasted Garlic. Me being a lover of artichokes and garlic fell in love with the combination of flavors and dimension of this dish.

Our next dish was the Calamares Fritos ($6.95), which was fried calamari, pepper chips, and a lemon saffron aioli. The calamari had a nice texture and seemed to be cooked just about perfectly.
The first meat dish we tried was the Bistec a la Adela ($9.95) of grilled steak Adela, arugula, valdeon, and strawberry compote. The meat was tender and the flavor pairing of the cheese and strawberry compote was delightful.
Cerdo a la Parilla

Our last dish was the Cerdo a la Parilla ($8.95) of grilled pork belly, rice beans, and brown sugar syrup. The smell and taste of this dish remaindered me of really good baked beans with bacon. I just wished the pork belly had a bit more crispness to it.

The service and staff were on point and adequate while there. The waiter checked in when needed and made sure our glasses were full. In fact while waiting on part of the party he was polite and made sure we were comfortable.

Tapas Adela
814 S. Broadway
Baltimore, Maryland

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Baltimore Food Co-op grand opening celebration

The Baltimore Food Co-op (BFC) will kick off its Grand Opening celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other VIP guests from the community. The BFC is a community-owned, community-oriented market that brings sustainable, local, healthy and affordable food to the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore and surrounding communities.

All day, guests can indulge in sustainable food samples from BFC vendors, prize giveaways at the door and the music of local band Beggars Ride. Participating vendors include Taharka Brothers, Patchwork Catering, Gunpowder Bison, Whiskey Island Pirate Shop, KCC Natural and Evermore Farms, among others.

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011
12:30 p.m. – Ribbon Cutting ceremony
9 a.m.-7 p.m. – Grand Opening celebration

Baltimore Food Co-op
2800 Sisson St.
Baltimore, MD 21211  

The Baltimore Food Co-Op is a community-owned, community-oriented market that provides sustainable, local, and reasonably priced food to members and the general public in a welcoming, accessible, professionally-run environment. Located in the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore, the BFC is convenient to several Baltimore neighborhoods – with diverse demographics – including Bolton Hill, Druid Hill, Hampden, Charles Village and Roland Park. Our focus is on stocking the best local and regional products we can find that are sustainably produced for the environment and healthy for our customers. For more information, visit www.baltimorefoodcoop.com.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Team Baltimore Racing Adobe Road Wine Dinner at Morton's

As a kick off to the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix (September 2 – 4), Morton’s The Steakhouse and Team Baltimore Racing (TBR) partner to host an Adobe Road Wine Dinner on Wednesday, August 31, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Cost is $125 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity, and proceeds benefit local charities supported by Team Baltimore Racing, including Boy Scouts of America and Catholic Charities. For reservations, call 410-547-8255.

Meet champion driver Marc Bunting, Baltimore native and Team Baltimore Racing driver, in addition to others competing in the Baltimore Grand Prix. Guests also have the opportunity to preview the Team Baltimore Racing show car.

Kevin Buckler, owner of Adobe Road Winery and founder of The Racer’s Group (TRG), which competes in the American Le Mans Series, presents his award-winning wines in conjunction with a four-course dinner featuring Morton’s signature cuisine. A former racecar driver, he received the coveted Porsche Cup and is the winner of three major championships, including legendary wins at the 24 hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

The menu for the evening includes:
Hors d’oeuvres
Miniature Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
Roma Tomato, Basil and Fresh Mozzarella on Crostini
Chicken Goujonettes
Adobe Road, Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek, 2009

First Course
Mixed Field Greens Salad with Grilled Shrimp
Adobe Road, Chardonnay, Sonoma, 2008
Second Course
Grilled Petit Lamb Chops
Caramelized Red Onions
Adobe Road, Pinot Noir, Sonoma, 2007

Third Course
Single Cut Filet Mignon
Mashed Potatoes
Baked Tomato with Sautéed Spinach
Adobe Road, Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley, 2006

Fourth Course
Morton’s Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake
Adobe Road, “Grist Vineyard," Zinfandel, Dry Creek, 2007
“We at Morton’s are excited to be a part of welcoming this inaugural race to Baltimore,” said Michael Warner, Morton’s General Manager. “Furthermore, we are proud to support the only local team in the race, Team Baltimore Racing, and their effort to win the Baltimore Grand Prix.”
In addition to the Adobe Road Wine Dinner, Morton’s is serving a Prime Fuel sandwich, which is Morton’s signature steak sandwich, an eight-ounce grilled tenderloin sandwich with sautéed onions on a six-inch ciabatta roll, throughout the Baltimore Grand Prix race weekend. The cost of the sandwich is $15 served with chips, or $20 served with chips, dessert, and drink.

Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 300 South Charles Street in Baltimore.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The Generous Pour Wine event is a tasting experience at The Capital Grille

The Generous Pour Wine Event is a tasting experience offered by The Capital Grille to rival all others – now through September 4. The event offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy generous tastings of nine spectacular, highly allocated wines – all served in the comfort of the restaurant’s relaxed, elegant atmosphere, accompanied by signature appetizers, dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood and house-made desserts.

Guests may sample all nine wines or they may choose to have multiple tastings of one or more of their favorites from The Generous Pour – their server will guide them through the experience, suggesting pairings for each course ordered and providing each person with a summary of tasting notes. The restaurant will also prepare custom wine flights upon request, for those guests interested in comparing and contrasting The Generous Pour selections.

Each featured wine was specially chosen from unique vineyards around the world by The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier, George Miliotes, one of only 173 Master Sommeliers in the world.
“I believe that wine education must be experienced first-hand,” Miliotes said. “That’s why I’m thrilled to be able to provide a fun, wide-ranging wine exploration at The Capital Grille. We are especially pleased to bring our guests some of the world’s most exclusive wines this summer, for a delightful, educational taste journey.”
The Generous Pour Wine Event introduces guests to some of the season’s newest wine trends, while also offering hard-to-find varietals as well as known favorites. A sampling of this summer’s chic collection of choice whites and reds are:
  • Tarima Hill Monastrell, 2009 – Making its U.S. debut at The Capital Grille this summer, this spectacular varietal is setting a new standard for Spanish medium-bodied red wine.
  • Chalk Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 – Named for the volcanic chalk under the vineyard’s hillside surface, which gives a delightfully unique quality to the wine’s flavor, this rich, dense wine is one of Sonoma Valley’s best.
  • Marquis de la Tour, NV – This sparkling “bubbly” hails from a vineyard in France’s Loire Valley, which has been producing excellence since 1885.
  • Conte Brandolini Vistorta Merlot, 2006 – Harvested from 100-year-old vines in a small vineyard in Northeast Italy, this merlot epitomizes powerful elegance.
I had the chance to go sample these wines paired with some of The Capital Grille’s popular dishes:
  • Pan-Fried Calamari with Hot Cherry Peppers - Calamari sautéed in garlic butter until golden crisp and tossed with a house blend of peppers (has a nice KICK to it)
  • Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Vine Ripe Tomatoes - Fresh mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto and lightly sautéed and served with crostini, fresh basil and a balsamic glaze.
  • Bone-In Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin with Shallot Butter - caramelized shallots, seasonings and coffee rub (Delicious and perfectly cooked)
  • Lobster Mac ‘N’ Cheese - Baked Campanelle pasta and fresh Lobster meat, tossed in a Mascarpone, Havarti and Grana Padano cream sauce, topped with Panko bread crumbs and grated white cheddar.
  • Sautéed Spinach - spinach sautéed with garlic infused olive oil and caramelized garlic
Click here to see video and pictures

Each member of the staff was knowledgeable about each dish and the wine pairing. Serivce was remarkable and left a lasting impression.

You can even enjoy the Generous Pour Wine Event during Restaurant Week!

500 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

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*Note that this tasting was a complementary media event to share the new restaurant, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Hey Baltimore do you have what it takes to host your own show on Food Network?

Do you have what it takes to host your own show on Food Network?

Calling any chef, home cook, caterer or culinary enthusiast who might be interested in becoming the host of his or her own cooking show on Food Network!

If you or someone you know has the skills, personality and passion for cooking, they want to hear from you!

DC Open Casting Call
Date: Monday, August 8th
Time: 10am- 2pm
Location: The Westin City Center
1400 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
  • Application
  • 2 photos of yourself
  • Resume
If you can’t make it to an open call, please visit www.FoodNetworkStarCasting.com for details on how to submit a home video! For questions please e-mail fns8DC@gmail.com.

For information about the show please go to www.FoodNetwork.com/Star.

Please read the Rules & Eligibility Requirements (found on the “Rules and Eligibility” page) before applying. Applicants must (a) be a US citizen or permanent legal resident with the unrestricted ability to work in the U.S. and (b) be at least 21 years of age.

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Thursday, August 04, 2011

School Supply Drive for Hannah More Women's Shelter at Tahina’s

Tahina’s Mediterranean Grill in Owings Mills is holding their second annual school supply drive to benefit the children at the Hannah More Women’s shelter in Reisterstown. They will be collecting school supply items until August 31st at the restaurant located at 10450 Owings Mills Blvd. 21117 (Best Buy shopping ctr.).

Anyone who brings in a school supply item will be given a coupon for a free kids meal to be used between 9/1-10/15/11. Last year they collected hundreds of dollars of supplies and they hope that with your help they will be able to donate even more this year.

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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Grillfire opens first Maryland location at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve

The New York-based George Martin Group has made its Maryland debut with the opening of Grillfire within the full-service luxury Hotel at Arundel Preserve in Hanover.

An American grill with steakhouse elements, Grillfire is now open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night bar service and brunch at 7793-A Arundel Mills Blvd. It was planned as the place to meet friends and colleagues after work; a place where families can share a good time, and a special place to bring a date. Guests are encouraged to visit multiple times a week.

Overall, Grillfire seats 235 people. Inside, the restaurant can accommodate seating for 185, which includes a private room for 50. Patio/outdoor seating can accommodate another 50.

The decor combines the energy of a public gathering space with casual comfort for its guests. Cozy furnishings and residential-quality lighting further enhance the warm and inviting ambience. It was designed by Blase Gallo, who has designed for the George Martin Group for approximately 15 years.
A chef-centric, owner/operated dining venue, Grillfire is known for high-quality and innovative meals served with attention to detail. The restaurant features a diverse menu of items prepped on-site from scratch with $30 and under pricing.

Executive chef is Frank Greco, who brings nearly 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry. A graduate of the New York Institute of Technology and part of the George Martin Group since 1989, Chef Greco indicates that he intends to
“incorporate Maryland’s passion for crabs into the entrees including the embellishment of prime-aged filet mignon and the presentation of lump meat crab cakes and crab and shrimp cocktail.”
A sampling of dinner entrees includes molasses and soy-marinated skirt steak, slow roasted maple brined pork chop fettucine with sea scallops and jumbo shrimp and crabmeat crusted filet mignon. A variety of burgers and sandwiches are available including black label Wagyu beef burger, veggie burger margarite and seared tuna wrap. The Kid’s Menu features such items as macaroni and cheese, sliders and a 5-ounce filet mignon.

Specialized desserts include Molten Chocolate Lava cake and Caramel Apple Upside Down cake, as well as the cupcake of the day. The list of specialty drinks includes the Fizzante Mojito, Sugar Daddy Sidecar and Cabo Raspberry Margarita.

What’s more, Grillfire will offer take-out service, as well as catering for business groups and private parties. Restaurant hours are as follows:

Monday through Thursday: Breakfast: 6:30 to 11 AM; Lunch: 11 AM to 4 PM; Dinner: 4 to 10 PM, and Late-Night Bar Service: 10 PM to midnight • Friday through Saturday: Breakfast: 6:30 to 11 AM; Lunch: 11 AM to 4 PM, Dinner: 4 to 11 PM, and Late-Night Bar Service:10 PM to 1 AM, and Sunday: Breakfast: 6:30 to 11 AM; Brunch: 11 AM to 3 PM; Dinner: 3 to 10 PM, and Late-Night Bar Service:10 PM to midnight.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Baltimore Restaurant Week starts Friday; Kick-Off Event @ Inner Harbor Wednesday

Visit Baltimore, Harborplace & The Gallery, and Downtown Partnership of Baltimore invite the public to taste-test some of the best food in town during the First Course - Appetizer Challenge on August 3, in which restaurants will duke it out to determine who creates the tastiest appetizers.

Baltimore’s annual Summer Restaurant Week kicks off its sixth run on Friday, August 5, 2011, and continues through Sunday, August 14, 2011. But diners don’t have to wait that long to sample delicious food from Baltimore’s best restaurants as they will serve up the first course of dining specials on Wednesday, August 3, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Harborplace Amphitheater.

Restaurants will be judged in three categories: “Judges’ Choice,” in which a panel of celebrity judges – including Reagan Warfield from MIX 106.5, as well as other notable Baltimore personalities, will critique the appetizer on taste, presentation, creativity and overall appeal; “People’s Choice,” in which the audience will be asked to sample and vote on their favorite dish; and “Best Use of Locally Sourced Ingredients,” in which the judging panel will select a winner based on the use of seasonal ingredients.

Baltimore’s Summer Restaurant Week provides guests with the opportunity to sample delectable food and fresh tastes throughout various restaurants in the Baltimore area. During the 10-day event, the restaurants involved will provide guests with the opportunity to try new tastes or return to old favorites in some of Baltimore’s many neighborhoods including Little Italy, Mount Vernon, Fell’s Point, Federal Hill, Harbor East and the Inner Harbor. All participating restaurants are offering three-course prix-fixe (set) dinner menus for $35.11 per person, not including liquor, tax or gratuity. Select restaurants will also offer a three-course lunch menu for $20.11, not including liquor, tax or gratuity.

Restaurants that are taking part are already offering special events for their customers. Examples include $10 gift cards from City Café to be used during future visits and complimentary house wine or house cocktail on the customer’s next visit at the Mt. Washington Tavern.

Baltimore’s Sixth Annual Summer Restaurant Week also extends an opportunity to give back to the community. “The Journey Home” is Baltimore City’s 10-year plan to end homelessness. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s goal is to make homelessness rare and brief in the Baltimore region. For every restaurant that signs up to participate in Summer Restaurant Week, Visit Baltimore and Downtown Partnership of Baltimore will donate $50 to “The Journey Home” organization. Individuals can also text “JOIN” to “20222” and for every text received between August 5 and August 14, the United Way will donate $10 to “The Journey Home.”

A complete list of participating restaurants, menus and a map of restaurant locations can be found online at www.baltimorerestaurantweek.com

“Appetizer Challenge” Kick-Off Event is This Wednesday, August 3, from Noon- 2 p.m. at the Inner Harbor Amphitheatre; Cook-off Features Local Chefs, Food Samples for the Public

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