Saturday, April 20, 2013

That’s My Momma’s Recipe Contest

If you have an old family recipe, or a dish your mother prepared to perfection, the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore wants to hear from YOU!

From April 16 – 30, 2013, it ais accepting entries for our “That’s My Momma’s Recipe” Contest. The Grand Prize winner will receive an overnight stay at the AAA Four Diamond rated hotel located on Baltimore’s scenic Inner Harbor. Also, breakfast and dinner for two; plus, 2 tickets to a future Orioles game at Camden Yards.

You can enter the contest at

 Here are the details and contest rules:
That’s My Momma’s Recipe Contest

  • Only one (1) recipe entry per person (and must be a FRIEND of our Facebook page):
  • Entry MUST be accompanied by a 100-word of less essay about why “My Momma’s Recipe” is the best.
  • Entry MUST include a photo of the created recipe, or better yet, a photo of your mom, or you with your mom.
  • All submissions become the property of the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore.
  • Entries can be sent to: You can also post on our Facebook wall, too, if you wish.
  • Entries will be accepted through Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
  • On May 1, our judges will select three (3) finalists and post them on our Facebook page
  • Once the three (3) finalist entries are posted on Facebook, everyone will have until May 7, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. to vote for their favorite recipe.
  • The entry with the most overall votes when the contest closes on May 7 at 5:00 p.m. will be declared the winner.
  • Must be 18 years-of-age, or older to enter.
Grand Prize: Overnight accommodations over Mother’s Day weekend at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore; complimentary overnight valet parking; breakast and dinner for two; and 2 tickets to a future Orioles baseball game at Camden Yards.

Second Prize: Overnight accommodations and dinner for 2.

Third Prize: Sunday Brunch for two at Brightons Restaurant

Friday, April 19, 2013

Earth Day and Mother¹s Day at B&O American Brasserie

In honor of Earth Day, B&O American Brasserie will host a special oyster happy hour on Monday, April 22 from 4-7 p.m. All oyster shells will be donated to the Oyster Recovery Program. A representative from the program will be on hand to talk about how the donation will impact the Chesapeake Bay.

During the happy hour, guests can purchase $1 oysters (limit 12 pp). As Earth Day falls on a Monday, the restaurant will already be hosting their Bohs & O's promotion which includes $.50 Natty Bohs, $5 fried oyster baskets (as well as $5 pit beef sliders and $5 ballpark bacon sausage dogs).

On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, B&O American Brasserie will be hosting a Mother's Day Brunch from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $30 per person, $12 for children 12 and under. Bottomless mimosas and bloody marys for an additional $10 per person. Complimentary mimosas for moms.

The brunch will include tons of great items from our chefs including: citrus and coriander cured gravlax, pepper and thyme roasted prime rib, buttermilk biscuits and housemade chorizo gravy, and a dessert display filled with housemade pastries, cakes, and pies.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rusty Scupper offers Ahi Tuna specials in April

High in omega fatty acids and low in fat and calories, Ahi Tuna, also known as yellowfin tuna, is one of the world’s most versatile and popular fishes.  Beginning April 1, Rusty Scupper Restaurant and Bar will introduce three new Ahi Tuna dishes that will be available on the restaurant’s dinner menu until the end of the month.

The Ahi Tuna appetizer is a blackened Ahi Tuna, seared rare and served with a wasabi aioli, seaweed salad and pickled ginger ($16).  The two new entrees available in April are: grilled Ahi Tuna with sweet soy sauce served with chef’s vegetable selection and wild rice blend ($28) and nicoise Ahi Tuna penne with kalamata olives, red onion, green beans, hard-boiled egg and capers tossed with penne pasta in a basil olive oil ($26).

The Ahi Tuna specials are available for a limited time on the restaurant’s dinner menu.  For more information or to make a reservation, call (410) 727-3678 or visit
The Rusty Scupper is located on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at the Inner Harbor Marina (402 Key Highway).  The Rusty Scupper celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012 and features contemporary American seafood dishes and seasonal cuisine by Chef Mark Miranda.  The restaurant serves lunch Monday through Saturday starting at 11:30 AM, dinner seven days a week and a Live-Jazz brunch on Sundays from 10:45 AM to 2:00 PM.  Happy Hour specials at the bar are offered Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  A complimentary shuttle service is available to guests within the city limits Monday through Saturday from 5:00 PM to close.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mari Luna Bistro to host local chef competition

The Mari Luna Bistro, the newest member of the Mari Luna Restaurant Group’s family of restaurants (, is set to be the home of the 2013 Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament.

Renowned for filling the void of authentic Mexican food in the Baltimore region, each of the Mari Luna Restaurant Group’s three area restaurants are family owned and operated by the Luna family, which includes executive chef Jaime Luna, his wife Alba, and their daughters.

The roots of the Mari Luna Restaurant Group reach back to the City of Mexicali in Baja, California where Jaime Luna was raised on traditional Mexican cooking. When he came to the United States in 1984 he began a 20-year career in the culinary field working with nationally acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore markets, including Michel Richard at Citronelle and Steve de Castro at Babalu Grille. In 2004, he opened his first namesake restaurant, Mari Luna Mexican Grill. Today, the Mari Luna Restaurant Group consists of three restaurants, the Mari Luna Bistro in Baltimore, and the Mari Luna Latin Grille and Mari Luna Mexican Grill both in Pikesville, Maryland. 

Combining the warmth of the Luna family with sophisticated and delicious food preparation for a unique dining experience, the Mari Luna Bistro is the perfect place for the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament. The Bistro brings authentic Mexican food to the cityʼs cultural district. Highlights of the menu include seven styles of guacamole, each served in a traditional stone mortar called a molcajete, extensive taco offerings made with fresh corn tortillas, and house made white and red sangria. The basement of the Bistro called the Luna Lounge is a unique private party room with a built in bar and dance floor.

The Mari Luna Bistro is conveniently located right in the heart of Baltimore’s cultural district, just steps away from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Joseph Meyerhoff Hall, and the Cultural Center stop of the light rail.

Tickets for all 15 dates of this summer-long single-elimination chef competition are available for purchase at: 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 17, 18, 24, 25
July 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
August 5, 6, 19, 20, 27

Event Timeline:
5:30 p.m. – Happy Hour with Complementary Appetizers and Wine Tasting, plus Drink Specials
6:30 p.m. – Cold Prep Begins for the Competition
7:00 p.m. – Chef Competition
8:00pm – Judging Begins
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, 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.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bahama Breeze introduces Rice Bowls in Towson

Chipotle Beef Bowl
Bahama Breeze Island Grille, the casual dining restaurant that gives guests the feeling of an island escape, announced today that it is rolling out a new line of Rice Bowls. The new Rice Bowls feature fresh island flavors ranging from savory to sweet to spicy, are available on both the lunch and dinner menu, and can be ordered in advance as part of the restaurant’s “To-Go” menu.
“We developed our new Rice Bowls to be very approachable while also appealing to our guests' diverse dining preferences and tastes,” said Peter Olsacher, Bahama Breeze Executive Chef. “From Caribbean Creole to an Asian-island inspired sweet chili and ginger sauce, each bowl brings a distinct international island flavor to the table.”
Bahama Breeze guests can choose from one of six Rice Bowl creations:

  • Shrimp Creole - Tender shrimp sautéed in a Caribbean Creole sauce, chorizo sausage, sweet peppers, olives and tomatoes served over basmati rice.
  • Carnitas - Slow roasted pork, sautéed with chorizo sausage, fresh corn, sweet plantains and garbanzo beans in a cumin-citrus sauce served over yellow rice.
  • West Indies Chicken Curry - Sautéed chicken, chickpeas and tomatoes simmered in a traditional West Indies curry sauce with coconut milk. Served over basmati rice with warm Naan bread and roasted pineapple chutney.
  • Chipotle Beef - Sautéed beef sirloin, fresh corn and black beans in chipotle sauce served over basmati rice and cheese; topped with sour cream, fresh salsa and ripe avocado.
  • Vegetarian Asian Tofu - Sautéed tofu, Shiitake mushrooms, bok choy, bell peppers and edamame in a sweet chili and ginger sauce; served over basmati rice and topped with peanuts.
  • Asian Chicken & Vegetable - Sautéed chicken, Shiitake mushrooms, bok choy, bell peppers and edamame in a sweet chili and ginger sauce; served over basmati rice and topped with peanuts.
The addition of the new Rice Bowls to the menu is just one way that Bahama Breeze is continuing to feed guests’ island spirits. The restaurant recently introduced a new Late Night Happy Hour offering half-price appetizers Sunday through Thursday, from 9 p.m. to close (availability, times and specific offerings may vary by location). To find details about a specific restaurant’s Late Night Happy Hour, or the new Rice Bowls, please visit

The Rice Bowls are now available at its Towson location:

100 E. Joppa Road
Towson, MD 21286

Monday, April 15, 2013

Celebrity Chef Partners with NRAEF at Baltimore Cooking Competition

Maneet Chauhan, James Beard award-winning celebrity chef and judge on Food Network’s hit show Chopped, has partnered with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) to kick off a national tour to launch her new book, Flavors of My World: A Culinary Tour Through 25 Countries (Favorite Recipes Press: May 1, 2013), co-authored by Doug Singer.
As part of the 30-day, 21-city Cutting Edge Tour, Chauhan will appear at the NRAEF’s 12th Annual National ProStart Invitational in Baltimore, Md., from April 19-21. Chauhan will interact with 350 students from 43 states at the country’s premier high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts as they demonstrate their mastery of restaurant leadership skills in a fast-paced contest to earn a share of $1.4 million in scholarships.
“We are thrilled to partner with renowned celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan on her Cutting Edge Tour and are honored to have her as our special guest at this year’s National ProStart Invitational,” said Rob Gifford, executive vice president of philanthropic initiatives for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. “This competition is the culmination of months of hard work for our ProStart students; having Chef Chauhan present to provide insight and guidance is invaluable — truly a world-class opportunity.”
Throughout the tour, Chauhan will also host competitions for ProStart students around the country. In each city, three ProStart students will compete in a classic cooking competition where they will have 40 minutes to create an entrée that represents contemporary American cuisine. Students will be competing for the chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. where they will spend the day cooking with one of the featured chefs of the White House Chef TourTM.
Flavors of My World pairs Maneet Chauhan’s love of global cuisine with evocative anecdotes as she details 50 delicious food and beverage recipes from around the globe. The Cutting Edge Tour kicks off in New York City on April 18 and will make stops in cities across the country leading up to the 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago May 18-21 at McCormick Place. The tour will stop in Baltimore, Denver, Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles, before wrapping up in Chicago on May 16.
The ProStart program brings the industry and the classroom together to give 95,000 students nationwide a platform to discover new interests and talents, while opening doors to fulfilling careers. With national and local support from industry members, educators, the NRAEF and state restaurant associations, ProStart is taught in 1,700 schools. For more information on the ProStart program, visit or find us on Twitter or Facebook. Watch live streaming of the NRAEF’s 12th Annual National ProStart Invitational at

Friday, April 12, 2013

B&O American Brasserie new specials

B&O American Brasserie is a downtown Baltimore restaurant & bar where you enjoy modern American dining in a classic railroad style setting. With warm weather and and all that it brings they have some great new specials - check them out!

Gearing up for baseball, B&O is relaunching their Bohs & O's specials on Mondays. This year's specials, available from 4 p.m.-close on Mondays this spring and summer, include:
  • $.50 Natty Bohs
  • $5 Pit Beef Sliders
  • $5 Ballpark Bacon Sausage Dogs
  • $5 Fried Oyster Baskets
Camden Crusta, justa in time for the start of the season:
Guests can enjoy those while sipping the Camden Crusta by Head Bar Chef Brendan Dorr. The Camden Crusta ($10), handcrafted by Dorr and part of his spring cocktail menu (see below!), is made with Leblon Cachaca, Velvet Falernum, Pineapple Syrup, Lime Juice, and Angostura Bitters

Spring Fever:
Dorr's spring cocktail menu will launch April 13 and will feature some of B&O's award-winning favorites and "flowing bowls" from previous menus along with smokey, herbal and savory libations, bottled and barrel-aged cocktails, and more! Stay tuned for more on the new menu in the coming days.

Oysters for Earth Day:
In honor of Earth Day, B&O will be hosting a special oyster happy hour on Monday, April 22. All oyster shells will be donated to the Oyster Recovery Program. A representative from the program will be on hand to talk about how the donation will impact the Chesapeake Bay.

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B & O American Brasserie 2 N Charles St Baltimore, MD 21201

Friday, April 05, 2013

Dishcrawl is making its debut in Baltimore with a culinary social experience

Dishcrawl, a local start-up from the Bay Area, CA, founded to bring local food lovers together in their community to share a night of good food and good company is expanding to Baltimore this April!  Baltimore loves its pub-crawls, so why not try it with food?!  Dishcrawl will be exploring the culinary treasures that this Charm City has to offer and welcomes locals to taste, sample and savor along with them.

On Wednesday, April 17th at 7pm, Dishcrawl will be tasting its way through Baltimore’s Canton and Brewer’s Hill neighborhood.  In 1 night, food lovers will explore the best dishes at 4 local restaurants, meet the chefs at each, and socialize with other fellow foodies in their community. 

Dishcrawl seeks to get foodies out of the house, meeting their local food community and trying those spots they’ve been eyeing for so long, all while helping local restaurants gain exposure.

To add to the fun, they keep the restaurants a surprise until two days before the crawl, when the first restaurant is revealed to all ticket holders. 

For more information about Baltimore’s upcoming Dishcrawls visit, check out facebook or follow @dishcrawlBAL.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Joe's partners with Autism Speaks and donations earn free food

Joe’s Crab Shack joins organizations across the globe in celebration of World Autism Day today and kicks off its own national fundraiser for Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.

Joe’s, always a supporter of kids and families, raised more than $135,000 for Autism Speaks through local fundraisers in 2012. This year, all 130+ Joe’s locations will get involved. Through the month of April, guests who donate to Autism Speaks receive valuable coupons for free food on their next visit. For every $1 donation, guests receive a free kids meal entree; with a $5 donation, a free order of Crazy Good Crab Dip; and with a $10 donation, a free Classic Steampot. Guests can also visit the Joe’s Crab Shack website to donate electronically and download their coupons.
“Supporting the needs of the autism community is a cause that is dear to me and to many of our guests and team members,” said Joe’s Crab Shack President Jim Mazany. “Many have children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews who need the support of Autism Speaks, and will benefit from the generosity of Joe’s and our guests.”
Joe’s restaurants around the country will “Light It Up Blue” in honor of World Autism Day, joined by prominent buildings such as the Empire State Building and the Sydney Opera House. Hundreds of individual homes and businesses across the world will also participate.
“We are thrilled that Joe’s Crab Shack, one of our strongest supporters, is partnering with us for this year’s Light It Up Blue campaign,” said Alec Elbert, Chief Strategy and Development Officer of Autism Speaks. “Since the beginning of our partnership, we have been inspired by the support of Joe’s Crab Shack’s caring employees and guests who work to improve the lives of those affected by autism. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with their restaurants across the country.”
Guests can also “Light It Up Blue” with specially made Joe’s signature tie-dye T-shirts available for sale in the restaurant’s gift shops through April 30. Joe’s will donate 10% of the proceeds from all T-shirt sales to Autism Speaks.

Joe's Crab Shack
50 Shawan Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Rusty Scupper hits it out of the park with its opening day specials

The O's won their first game of the season against the Rays - YEAH!

What better way to celebrate O’s are back in town and their win at Rusty Scupper Restaurant and Bar by kicking off the baseball season with a series of specials in honor of Opening Day.

On Friday, April 5 from 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM, Rusty Scupper will celebrate Orioles’ Magic with a series of food and drink specials in the restaurant’s bar and lounge only where the game will be playing with sound on the restaurant’s flat-screen televisions.  All specials will be available before, during and after the game. 

Drink specials include:
  • 16 oz. Natty Boh cans for $3.00
  • House Wines for $6.00
  • Yuengling Lager drafts for $4.00
  • O’s Orange Crush for $5.00

The following food items will be available for $4.00: 
  • Crab and artichoke dip
  • Popcorn fried shrimp
  •  1Ž2 pound Black Angus burger
  • Pepper parmesan calamari
  • Mussel marinara
  •  Plum ginger BBQ ribs

Game day parking validation is only $11.00.  For those fans going to the game and dining at the restaurant, Rusty Scupper’s shuttle is available to transport guests to and from the game for no additional cost.

For more information, visit or call (410) 727-3678.

The Rusty Scupper is located on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at the Inner Harbor Marina (402 Key Highway).  The restaurant serves lunch Monday through Saturday starting at 11:30 AM, dinner seven days a week and a Live-Jazz brunch on Sundays from 10:45 AM to 2:00 PM.  Happy Hour specials at the bar are offered Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  A complimentary shuttle service is available to guests within the city limits Monday through Saturday from 5:00 PM to close. 

RA Sushi offers “Tax Day Monday” special to help Baltimoreans cope with Tax Day

The dreaded tax day is almost here! This year, the tax return deadline is Monday, April 15, and RA Sushi is offering a reward for those who got their taxes done early or a little relief for the procrastinators. RA Sushi has created a “Tax Day Monday” special, extending its Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to close on April 15.

Keeping a little money in their pockets, on Tax Day Monday guests can choose from more than 35 sushi, appetizer, and tapas selections ranging from $2.25 to $7.25, plus a wide variety of beer, wine, sake, and signature cocktails ranging from $3 to $7. RA Sushi’s Happy Hour typically runs from 3 to 7 p.m., but on this specific day Happy Hour specials will be offered from 3 p.m. until close.

Popular Happy Hour items include dishes such as the Tootsy Maki, the Viva Las Vegas Roll, Sweet Onion Salmon Tapas, and Kaisen Ceviche. RA’s creative cocktail menu features many favorites, including the Blushing Geisha, Shiso Naughty, and Dragon Bite.

The Tax Day Monday special is available for dine in orders only.

For more information about Tax Day Monday, visit

RA Sushi Baltimore is located at 1390 Lancaster Street in Harbor East’s The Eden. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner is served until 11 p.m. daily. The bar is open until 1 a.m. or later. Happy Hour food and beverage specials are offered Monday through Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Miss Shirley's debuts new Spring menu

Summer Egg White Napoleon Stack  Credit: Miss Shirley's Cafe
Miss Shirley’s Café is kicking off the season with a NEW Spring menu! Delicious new dishes and returning favorites join house specialties for a fresh offering of seasonal flavors. And with a focus on southern inspired, eclectic and regional dishes, Miss Shirley’s is proud to feature the addition of several local items to the menu.

New Spring/Summer items include a Chicken Fried Pork Chop, the Born on the Bay-O Eggs Benedict and Old Bay Waffles.  Shirley’s Power Greens Salad, the Savannah Salad and a Big Easy Muffuletta Chef Salad freshen up the selection of greens. New Sandwiches include the North Meets South Melt, Mardi Gras Muffuletta, Upstream Salmon Salad Club, Crabby Deviled Egg Salad and Low Country Chop. A Turkey and Cheddar Sandwich in a signature Miss Shirley's shape will replace the Mac N' Cheese in the Kids' Crazy Box .
Born on the Bay-O Eggs Benedict Credit: Miss Shirley's Cafe

Some past favorites have been revamped for their return. The Summer Garden Skinny Shirley and the
Garden Omelet are brightened with seasonal veggies, the Tropical Steel Cut Oatmeal is infused with island flavor, the Grits are now Stone Ground for a heartier texture, the Shrimp BLT Deviled Eggs add seafood flair and the Benne Seed Biscuits get a burst of flavor with Cheddar and Chive. The Napoleon Egg White Stack, Miss Shirley’s Traditional Vegetable Crab Soup and Seafood Trio Omelet also make a return to the menu.

Spirited beverages are invigorated with Spring flavor in the new Blueberry Mojito Crush and Orangesicle Cream Crush. Domestic Beers and Wines are also available, including selections from local Heavy Seas Brewery.

Other featured local fare includes Rise Up Coffee Roasters’ 100% Organic, Fair Trade Coffee, which is locally roasted and freshly ground. Miss Shirley’s is also proud to use Tea from the Eastern Shore Tea Company, Holly Hill Jam, Roseda Beef and Goetze’s Caramel Creams.

With an emphasis on fresh ingredients and creative dishes, seasonal changes offer an exciting opportunity to make dining at Miss Shirley’s a special experience. Miss Shirley’s Café features award-winning breakfast, brunch, and lunch with a Maryland twist. They do not accept reservations so it is important to arrive early or later in the afternoon! Weather permitting, outside seating will be available at all locations. For additional information please visit our website at You can also connect with themon Facebook and Twitter!

Miss Shirley’s Café, Roland Park, Inner Harbor & Annapolis Hours:
Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sat. & Sun. - 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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