Thursday, December 13, 2012

Alchemy restaurant owners to star in reality show episode

At Alchemy restaurant in Hampden, film crews and production teams were working on a brand new episode of the reality-based documentary “What’s Next?”. While Executive Chef Michael Matassa and Chef/Sommelier Debi Bell-Matassa barely have enough hours in the day to maintain their restaurant’s peak performance and stellar reviews, now they’ve added filming to their schedule. But they’re not complaining -- just juggling, as usual.

RLTV casting director Jenny Beard heard about Michael and Debi’s story and thought their it might be just right for their show’s audience of baby boomers entering the second half of life. “What’s Next?”, as RLTV puts it, is about “making middle age an amazing age”. As they enter their middle age, the Matassas are amazingly busy, stressed, challenged and succeeding at their restaurant dream in spite of it all.

During RLTV’s initial meeting with the Matassas, the casting director was smitten by the couple and astounded by the number of obstacles they have faced as entrepreneurs, restaurateurs and as husband and wife. Just 45 days after successfully pitching the Alchemy story to the producers, production has begun.

RLTV, the only cable network and online destination for adults 50+, focuses on the topics that matter most to Generation 50+. One of these topics includes reinvention, and in focusing on this topic, “What’s Next?” is also getting a makeover, including a new show host and more compelling and relevant stories.
“This is an exciting opportunity for us, and we hope the story will be illuminating and inspiring to other people who can relate to what we have gone through,” said Debi.
The finished episode is tentatively scheduled to air in April 2013.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

A Love Suprimo at Clementine

Jack Moore, aka El Suprimo, spins soul jazz in the bar-restaurant Clementine at the Creative Alliance. You can expect very deep cuts off many rare and classic LPs from Moore's extensive private record collection.

Sip half-priced bottles of wine from the bar to Django Reinhardt, Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, Elvin Jones, Charles Mingus, Chet Baker, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Art Blakey, Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, Gabor Szabo, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, Charlie Parker, Yusef Lateef, Thelonious Monk, Jackie McLean, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday and many more. Thu Dec 13 and Thu Dec 27, 7-10pm.

Clementine at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD. Open for dinner and drinks Thu-Sat 5-10pm and brunch Sun 10am-2pm.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

B&O American Brasserie to host New Year’s Eve Party and a “Hangover” Brunch

Ring in the New Year with B&O American Brasserie, a Kimpton restaurant! Make B&O American Brasserie The Last Stop on your 2012 train and then come on back in the a.m. for The Morning After: Hangover Brunch where we’ll be doing our best to help cure your New Year’s ailments! To make reservations, call 443-692-6172 or visit

The Last Stop
Dec. 31, 2012
5 p.m. – well after the ball drops
Featured dishes, cocktail/beer pairings, DJ, champagne toast

On New Year’s Eve, the restaurant will host The Last Stop, a night of food and fun, with dinner service beginning at 5 p.m. Enjoy an à la carte menu along with additional menu items specially created by Chefs Tom Dunklin and Bradley Willits for the occasion. Cocktail and beer pairings from Head Bartender Brendan Dorr will be available as well. A guest DJ will drop it like it’s hot starting at 9 p.m., with a champagne toast to take place at midnight. Reservations are encouraged.

The Morning After: Hangover Brunch
Jan. 1, 2013
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Greasy, greasy menu items, Bloody Mary bar, hair of the dog cocktails

After ringing in the new year, guests can roll out of bed and join B&O American Brasserie for The Morning After: Hangover Brunch, from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Brunch will include a menu by Chefs Dunklin and Willits featuring some of the greasiest dishes around. Diners can bring the Advil and the restaurant will provide the bacon and home fries! Hand crafted hair-of-the-dog cocktails and a Bloody Mary bar will cure any hangover so guests can start the new year off right.

B&O American Brasserie is located at 2 North Charles Street, adjacent to the Hotel Monaco Baltimore on the corners of Baltimore and Charles Streets in downtown Baltimore City.

B&O American Brasserie offers original cuisine by Chef Thomas Dunklin and is managed by seasoned industry expert, General Manager Marcus Garner. The restaurant is open seven days a week serving breakfast Monday through Friday from 7:00 to 10:30 a.m., brunch Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., lunch all week from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday until 11:00 p.m. Bar service is available all week from 11:30 a.m. to midnight with happy hour Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Additionally, the restaurant features private dining and catering services. B&O American Brasserie was recently named one of Baltimore’s “Best Restaurants” by Baltimore magazine and continues to be recognized by local diners and visiting foodies. For more information on B&O American Brasserie, call 443-692-6172 or visit, or visit us on Facebook

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