Thursday, October 31, 2013

More than 25 chefs under one roof at 2013 Signature Chefs Auction

Jerry Pellegrino, executive chef, Waterfront Kitchen and Chef Galen Sampson , executive chef, Farmstead Grill (opening in Spring 2014) will lead area chefs for the March of Dimes 2013Signature Chefs Auction. This year’s event will be held on November 4, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Guests will enjoy signature dishes from more than 25 of the area‘s best chefs at the 14th annual event which also marks the 75th Anniversary of the March of Dimes. The evening will include culinary tastings, live and silent auctions of unique dining packages, hotel stays and weekend getaways.

The fundraiser supports the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.  Proceeds will fund research to find answers to the causes of premature birth, which impacts one in eight babies born in Maryland, and support local programs such as Centering Pregnancy, Stork’s Nest, and NICU Family Support programs.

The event co-chairs are Jeff Rivest, president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center and his wife, Mickie.  Special guests include 75th Anniversary Honorees, Chuck and Mary Kay Nabit and celebrity guest, Brenda Frese, University of Maryland women’s basketball coach.

Evening timeline: 5 p.m., VIP reception sponsored by Kelly Benefit Strategies; 6 p.m., tastings and silent auction; 7:45 p.m., live auction; and 8:00 p.m., dessert.

Sponsors include: Presenting sponsors University of Maryland Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center and Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and VIP reception platinum sponsor, Kelly Benefit Strategies and Rising Chef sponsor, Stratford University.

Individual, general admission seats are $150.  Tables and seats can be purchased online at For information on sponsorship opportunities or tickets to this prestigious event, contact Jennifer Tarr, March of Dimes,  division director, at 410-752-8152 or For more March of Dimes information, please visit or find us on Facebook and Twitter at @sigchefsbmore.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Science on Tap: Beer-ology 101 at the Maryland Science Center

On Thursday, November 7, the Maryland Science Center will say bye-bye to biology and hello to beer-ology with Science on Tap: Beer-ology 101. Guests will tap the beer knowledge from expert brewmasters and scientifically swig from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Fordham and Dominion Brewing Co. representative Casey Hollingsworth will educate adults (21+ only) about the various ingredients in beer and the roles of each in the brewing process, and let guests work with raw brewing ingredients. Budding beer-ologists will also learn about different beer styles and their history and sample specialty brews, ranging from light to dark.
Doors for Science on Tap open at 7:00 p.m., the presentation will run from 7:30 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m. and includes drinks, light fare and all the beer knowledge guests can retain. Tickets are $45 per person ($40 for Maryland Science Center members) and can be purchased by calling (410) 545-5980.

The Maryland Science Center is located at 601 Light Street at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. For information and ticket prices, visit or call the 24-Hour Information Line at 410-685-5225.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Roland Park Bagel Co. is now under new ownership

Roland Park Bagel Co. is now under new ownership (effective Monday, October 21, 2013). Crazy Man Restaurant Group will now be operating as Miss Shirley’s Management Co. managing Miss Shirley’s Café in Roland Park, Inner Harbor, Annapolis and Food Truck.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Oregon Grille hosts Steak Week

Have your steak and eat it too, during Steak Week at The Oregon Grille.  From October 25 – November 3 guests will enjoy a prix fixe 3-course steak dinner for just $45, accompanied with a Caesar salad, baked potato and dessert. 

Have your steak and eat it too, during Steak Week at The Oregon Grille.  Guests will enjoy a prix fixe 3-course steak dinner for just $45, accompanied with a Caesar salad, baked potato and dessert.  Choose your cut:

  • 12 oz. New York Strip
  • 14 oz. T-Bone
  • 8 oz. Filet Mignon

The Oregon Grille
1201 Shawan Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030

$45 per person, plus tax and gratuity

The Oregon Grille, founded in 1997 by restaurateur Ted Bauer, is an award-winning restaurant located in Hunt Valley, Md. Known for its prime dry-aged steaks, the restaurant features five fix-priced menus, including lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, bar/lite fare, party, and wine menus. The renovated 19th century stone farmhouse is nestled in the heart of Maryland’s horse country, and has four unique dining rooms, a granite bar, and a newly-renovated bluestone patio with outdoor seating. Guests can make reservations on or by calling 410-771-0505. To stay informed of The Oregon Grille’s latest news, follow the restaurant on Twitter at @TheOregonGrille, on Facebook at, or visit the website:

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Chipotle testing new vegan menu Item in Baltimore

Credit: Chipotle
 Chipotle Mexican Grill is expanding the test of its vegan “Sofritas” menu item to the East Coast. Beginning October 21, Chipotle is offering Sofritas in all of its restaurants in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Richmond, and Washington, D.C. The company began testing Sofritas – a shredded tofu braised with chipotle chilies, roasted poblano peppers and a blend of aromatic spices – in seven San Francisco Bay Area restaurants in January, and has since expanded the test to include all of its restaurants in California, Chicago, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Vancouver, Canada.

“Sofritas is a very different kind of menu item, not just for Chipotle but for any fast food or fast casual restaurant,” said Steve Ells, Chipotle founder, chairman and co-CEO. “In creating the recipe for Sofritas, we wanted to produce something that would appeal to vegetarian and vegan customers, but that was delicious enough to have crossover appeal as well.”

Chipotle’s tofu supplier, Hodo Soy, is known as an industry leader for its organic, non-GMO tofu and
Credit: Chipotle
artisanal methods of production. The San Francisco Bay Area company’s mission is to craft the highest quality, best-tasting whole bean tofu and Hodo Soy has become one of the most reputable tofu producers in the country. Their products are currently featured in some of the area’s leading restaurants, as well as farmers’ markets and specialty food stores.

Sofritas is available in burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads and can be combined with other signature ingredients, including white or brown cilantro-lime rice, pinto beans or vegetarian black beans, house-made salsas and guacamole, and cheese or sour cream. 

Monday, October 07, 2013

Epic scavenger hunt hits the streets of Charm City

Lindy Promotions, Miller Lite and Monster Energy have teamed up for the ridiculously awesome Lindy 500 – Baltimore Limo Scavenger Hunt. Don’t miss the craziest scavenger hunt Baltimore has ever seen! 

The 7th annual, Lindy 500 will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 3-10pm throughout Charm City’s neighborhoods. Teams of up to ten people will be chauffeured in luxury stretch limousines to collect random items, take wild pictures, visit great bars, answer trivia, complete team challenges, and in general have a memorable day with friends! 

A pre-party, including team registration, and post-party, with awards, are held around the hunt itself, both taking place at the Greene Turtle McHenry Row. The pre-party will be held from 3-5pm where teams will get revved up for the hunt. The post-party and awards will take place after the scavenger hunt from 8-10pm. Great prizes will be awarded to the top finishing teams. Prizes include Ravens Miller Lite Flite Deck Tickets, great events, concert tickets, huge bar tabs, awesome prize packs, and much more!
The Lindy 500 includes six designated bars stops where teams will earn points by ordering a round of Miller Lites, finding clues within each establishment, completing challenges, and taking pictures. Participating bars and restaurants include Plug Ugly’s in Canton, Dog Watch Tavern in Fells Point, Moonshine on the outskirts of Fells/Canton, Sliders in the downtown area, Mother’s in Federal Hill, and Nick’s Fish House in southern Baltimore. 

For the past six years, Lindy Promotions has hosted over 20 teams, totaling more than 200 participants each year! Teams are strongly encouraged to have a team theme with costumes. This event has sold out every year. Register your team today at

Sante: A Culinary Odyssey on November 21

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) will hold its 4th annual Santé: A Culinary Odyssey celebration, Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the M&T Bank Stadium, North Club Level (1101 Russell St.) in downtown Baltimore.

With over 750 guests expected, the business/casual fête will feature signature dishes from over 40 top local chefs paired with enticing beverages.

To date, vendors include: B&O American Brasserie, Bertha's Mussels, Black Tie Caterers, Blue Hill Tavern, Bluegrass Tavern, Brio Tuscan Grille, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Café Gia, Café Hon, Cheese Galore and More, Chef Egg, Chipparelli's, Ciao Bella, Clementine, Cooking with Catherine, Corner Bakery, Fleet Street Kitchen, Grillfire, House of Audré, J  Paul's, Joe2, Laurrapin, Lord Baltimore Hotel, Natasha's Just Brittle, NeCe's Green Apron, Oyster Bay Grille, RA Sushi, Richardson Farms, Roy's, Sobo Café, Stratford University, Talara, Tark's Grill, The Food Market, Hampden, Woody's Dewey Beach.

New this year, the chefs will vie to win the “People’s Choice” awards, selected by guests, and the “Best of Santé” awards, selected by a panel of judges.

Adding to the fun will be live music, interactive food demonstrations and the chance to pose for pictures in costume at the photo booth.

Ideal for holiday shopping, the silent auction will feature unique and sought-after items from local businesses, such as sports memorabilia, dining and entertainment packages, local art; spa, health and fitness packages and vacation packages.

Guests also can raise their paddles to win one-of-a-kind experiences in the live auction, and directly support the local kidney community by contributing to the evening’s Fund-The-Mission campaign.

What’s more, NKF-MD will honor two 2013 “Kidney Champions” for their accomplishments in the surgical and medical world, specifically relating to transplantation and kidney health:
  •  Dr. Stephen T. Bartlett the Peter Angelos Distinguished Professor of Surgery and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, senior vice president and surgeon-in-chief, at the University of Maryland Medical System and immediate past president of the International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association (IPITA)
  •  Dr. Michael J. Klag dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and past chair of both the Association of Schools of Public Health and the NIH Advisory Board on Clinical Research.

Sponsorship chair is Ronald M. Causey (managing director of SC&H Group, LLC) and restaurant committee chair is Ben Simpkins CEC CCA WCC, executive chef at Richardson Farms, who has a special connection to NKF-MD. Following a car accident at age 16, he was put on dialysis until receiving one of his mother’s kidneys in a transplant the following year.

In the spirit of the holidays, Simpkins will attempt to set a record for the world’s longest cheesecake (50 yards, pumpkin flavored), which he will serve at Santé.

Santé will raise much needed funds for NKF-MD’s patient emergency assistance program, providing essentials such as food, housing costs, utilities, medication and transportation to dialysis. Dollars raised also fund vital research at Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland.

Admission is $100 per person for as-available lounge seating, $250 per person for a reserved seat and $2,500 for a reserved table for 10. Sponsorships are also available. For admission, sponsorship or auction donation information, visit or contact Lydia Foxwell at 410.494.8545 or

About NKF-MD
The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, serving central and western Maryland, the Delmarva Peninsula and portions of West Virginia, is the area’s only voluntary health agency dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of kidney and urinary tract diseases. For more information, visit

Friday, October 04, 2013

INAUGURAL Baltimore Brew Festival

The inaugural Baltimore Brew Festival will kick off at West Shore Park on Saturday, October 26th, bringing together dozens of craft breweries, including Maryland’s best local breweries. The event will feature live music by an 80’s cover band, food trucks and—most importantly—some delicious beers!

Featured local breweries include DuClaw, Flying Dog, Flying Fish, Full Tilt, National Bohemian, PortCity, Starr Hill, Stillwater, Tall Tales, Union and more. Local eats will be provided by Crusin’ Café, Gypsy Queen, Jurassic Pork and The Smoking Swine.

Admission is $40 for General Admission and $50 for VIP Admission, which includes an additional hour of tasting with some specialty beers poured during the first hour. Both admissions include beer tastings and a commemorative mug. Food is sold separately.

WHAT:       Baltimore Brew Festival

WHEN:      Saturday, October 26, 2013 (Rain or shine)
                  2:00 – 6:00 p.m. (VIP Admission)
                  3:00 – 6:00 p.m. (General Admission)

WHERE:     West Shore Park
·      Located between the Baltimore Visitor Center and the Maryland Science Center
·      If looking for a public transit option, the Charm City Circulator’s Purple Line is convenient to West Shore Park:

COST:        $40 for General Admission
                  $50 for VIP Admission

TICKETS:   To purchase tickets, visit*
                  *Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

MORE        For additional event information, visit
INFO: or visit our Facebook page:

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Local Fridays hosts World Bartender Championship

11 TGI Fridays bartenders from the Mid-Atlantic area will continue their quest for the title of the World’s Best Bartender by competing in the Towson divisional finals of the 2013 TGI Fridays World Bartender Championship.

The World Bartender Championship, which started as a one-off challenge between two bartenders, today welcomes more than 8,000 bartenders from around the world in a premier competition widely acknowledged among bartenders as the toughest international bartending competition.

Finalists, known for their bartending knowledge and skill, embody the energetic Fridays feeling every day of the week and represent the rich history of the Fridays bar. Winners from the divisional level advance to the final championship, which will be held in February 2014.

WHEN:                 Tuesday 10/8, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:               TGI Fridays - 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. STE 108   Towson, MD 21204

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

$5 Blushing Geisha cocktail to celebrate new bevage menu at RA Sushi

credit:  RA SUshi
Throughout the month of October, RA Sushi is offering a cocktail deal so good that it just might make you blush.

Recently, RA Sushi completely revamped its beverage program, updating the restaurant’s signature libations with premium spirits, fresh fruit juices and all natural mixers. Adding to the selections, the drinks menu also features new craft beers, upgraded wine selections and a greater offering of cocktails, bombers, bomb shots and frozen drinks.

To celebrate the new beverage menu, RA Sushi Baltimore will be offering discounted $5 Blushing Geisha cocktails from open to close October 1-31. The Blushing Geisha is a pretty pink refresher made with Skyy Raspberry vodka, Chambord, cold lemonade, fresh lemon sour and a splash of soda.

Enjoy the Blushing Geisha special at RA Sushi, 1390 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21231.

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