Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fresh Thoughts Seafood Dining Series with Chad Wells of Alewife

he National Aquarium is pleased to welcome Executive Chef Chad Wells from Alewife as part of the Fresh Thoughts Dining Series on Jan. 24, 2012 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. The dinner, which celebrates sustainable and creative seafood choices, will feature a menu of invasive species from Maryland waters including crab, blue catfish and snakehead.

An avid angler, Chef Wells is known for his pride in utilizing local ingredients in unique ways, showcasing the versatility of Maryland's bountiful meat and seafood harvest. As a 15-year veteran of the culinary field, Chef Wells has been lauded by both the local and national press for his innovative approach to modern American cuisine. Chef Wells' passion for fine cuisine and love for conservation shines at Alewife Baltimore, with his use of snakehead and blue catfish to help educate the dining audience of a great way to help sustain our fisheries: by eating invasive.

The evening’s menu includes four courses with the first course featuring Maryland blue crab. The second course will be a Frankenfish Taco served with chimmichurri, roasted corn salsa, chipotle crema, cabbage escabeche, and sweet potatoes shoe string. The third course will be Deconstructed Paella, with smoked Chesapeake gold oyster and squid ink rice cake, smoked with chorizo pan sauce, and seared blue catfish, covered in chipotle aioli. The fourth and final course will be a cirspin cider donut, apple and scallop jelly, in a maple bacon glaze.

This unique series features educational cooking demonstrations by well-known local chefs followed by seated dinners overlooking the Aquarium’s coveted view of the Baltimore Harbor.

Each dinner is themed around sustainable seafood choices that are available in this region. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception and cooking demonstration led by the guest chef, followed by a fine dining experience that includes the sustainable course paired with perfectly matched regional wine. The evening will conclude with a stroll through the Aquarium. Guests will leave with complete recipes and information about where to purchase sustainable seafood locally.

Fresh Thoughts with Chef Chad Wells From Alewife

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

National Aquarium
501 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

$79 for members, $89 non-members
For reservations, please call 410-576-3869.

Visit http://www.aqua.org/freshthoughts

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Chick-fil-A calendar filled with coupons giveaway

This holiday season, the Chick-fil-A “Eat Mor Chikin®” Cows are honoring the historic contributions of the cows that came before them to influence world history in the chain’s new 2012 Cow Calendar.

 The 15th edition of the cow-themed calendars, entitled “Trail Grazers: Blazing New Paths That All Lead to Chicken,” pays tribute to some of world history’s bravest human explorers. Twelve courageous bovines that ventured into new frontiers by air, land and sea are featured in the calendar, proving that cows can do more than make a good meal. Among the famous trail grazers featured are “Amealia Airhoof,” the “first heifer in flight who took to the skies to spread the message of chicken” and “Corralin’ Shepard,” the bovine who ventured into space to “make one giant leap for cow kind aboard Apoultry 14.”

The calendars can be purchased at any participating mall or stand-alone Chick-fil-A® restaurant for $6 (plus tax) through early January (or until supplies last). Calendars may also be purchased online through the chain’s website, www.chick-fil-a.com.

            Back by popular demand, Chick-fil-A’s Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake also returned to Chick-fil-A menu boards for the third straight year. As with the chain’s year-round milkshake flavors, the Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake is hand-spun with Chick-fil-A’s popular “home-style” Icedream® and topped with light whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. The seasonal flavor will be available through early January and is offered in 14 oz. or 20 oz. cups priced regionally from $2.55 - $3.19 and $2.95 - $3.69, respectively.  

Here is your chance to win ONE of these cow-themed calendars, entitled “Trail Grazers: Blazing New Paths That All Lead to Chicken” that is filled with coupons!  Enter below by following the directions for each way to enter (Make usre you click on the "I Did This")

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Local Flavor Cupcakery wins Food Network’s Cupcake Wars

Flavor Cupcakery, owned by Shelley Stannard in Bel Air, won Food Network’s popular television show, Cupcake Wars. Stannard along with Lead Pastry Chef, Jason Hisley, competed against other talented teams of bakers from around the country before being named winner based on their unique flavors, taste, decoration and presentation.
“Since day one, our customers have always believed in us and dreamed of seeing their local Cupcakery in the national spotlight on Cupcake Wars.” says owner, Shelley Stannard. “Believe me, they would ask us all the time! This win is the best way to give back to them for their consistent encouragement and support.”
Food Network’s Cupcake Wars episode featuring Flavor Cupcakery as the competition winner aired December 4 at 8:00 p.m. on Food Network and will repeat on the network throughout the week of December 5. Flavor Cupcakery hosted a Viewing Party on Sunday night at Dark Horse Saloon in Bel Air with 200 of its customers to reveal the big win and will feature its competition-winning flavors all week at the bakery’s location in Bel Air.

Each episode of Cupcake Wars features four of the country’s top cupcake bakers, facing off through three elimination challenges, including a presentation of 1,000 cupcakes each, leaving only one as the winner. Each Cupcake Wars winner receives a prize, along with the opportunity to showcase their cupcakes at a special event. Flavor Cupcakery’s winning cupcakes were served at the opening night party for New York City Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker,” Thanksgiving weekend in New York City.

Now that Flavor Cupcakery has earned a national nod, their next challenge is to open a new location in Cockeysville in 2012. “Our customers travel from around the Baltimore Metro for our cupcakes and cakes,” says Stannard. “A second location will allow us to better serve our existing customers and allow us to treat new neighbors as well.”

Flavor Cupcakery combines quality, care and creativity to bake the most satisfying sweets in Harford County. Located at 118 North Tollgate Road, Bel Air, MD, 21014, Flavor Cupcakery serves custom flavored cupcakes and unique cakes, including seasonal and gluten-free flavors, while also designing and decorating for weddings, birthdays and corporate events.

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