Monday, April 25, 2016

The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament Announces Top 16 Competitors

Top chef teams gathered at Boordy Vineyards ( in Hydes, MD last week to see when their journey to possibly become the 2016 Mason Dixon Master Chef Champions will begin. As matches were announced and teams found out who their first competitor would be in the eight week competition, you could see a mix of excitement and nerves emerge in many. 
The final chefs were chosen after applying online, being screened to meet eligibility requirements, and being interviewed in person over the past several months. Below is a list of the top 16 chefs and restaurants for this year. 
2016 Mason Dixon Chef Competitors 
Christopher Vocci, Alexandra’s at Turf Valley 
Kurt Peter, Azure 
Chad Novak, Das Bier Haus 
Fabio Mura, Grille 620 
Brian Wells, Hard Yacht Cafe 
Francois Giovanni Merle, KitchenCray 
Kitty Ashi, Monsoon Siam 
Bill Kelley, Renditions Golf 
Niko Negas, Roasthouse Pub 
Brett Arnold, Smokin’ Hot Bar & Grille 
Terence Tomlin, SoBe Restaurant 
Jeffrey Barillo, Social Restaurant & Oyster Bar 
Brendan McKinney, Tark’s Grill 
Darius Jones, That’s My Favorite Catering 
Sean Praglowski, The Point in Fells 
Greg Mason, The White Oak Tavern 
The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament, now in its sixth year, pits 16 top chef teams one-on-one in a single-elimination bracket-style culinary competition held each summer. Each night of competition the chef teams are required to produce a unique appetizer, entrée and dessert in 30 minutes prep time and one hour cooking time using required ingredients, imagination, and their own culinary talents. The expert panel of judges, as well as audience members decide the winner each night, with one team advancing to the next round, and one team being eliminated. 
Competition begins June 7
th. All competitions will be held at the Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore, a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel ( A full schedule as well as chef bios are available at
Tournament Details 
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 7, 8, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 
July 11, 12, 18, 19 
August 1, 2, 14 
Event Timeline: 
5:30 p.m. – Happy Hour with Complementary Hors d’oeurves and Wine Tasting by Boordy Vineyards, plus Drink Specials 
6:30 p.m. – Cold Prep Begins for the Competition 
7:00 p.m. – Chef Competition 
8:00 p.m. – Judging Begins, Complementary Dessert and Coffee Served

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Level Announces New Menu

Level, a small plates lounge located in Historic Downtown Annapolis, has unveiled a new, revamped menu by Executive Chef Josh Brown that changes based on the freshness and seasonality of the ingredients. Broken down into five sections, Snacks, Pasta, Garden, Pasture and Sea, the new menu items feature small plates perfect for everyone to enjoy.


The new Pasta menu selections include Pork Ragout with Orechiette Pasta, Mozzarella, Garlic Confit and Sage Scented Ricotta ($13)White Truffle Mac with Parmesan, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Toasted Panko and Conchiglie Pasta ($11); and Lobster & Pesto with Jalapeño and Arugila Pesto, Pinenuts, Garlic Confit, Grape Tomatoes and Spaghetti ($13).


Garden features salads and vegetable plates including Sweet Potato Salad with Arugula, Red Onion, Black Rice, Goat Cheese and Green Harissa ($8)Braised Greens with Collards, Yellow Onions, Cider Vinegar and Hot Sauce ($8); and Moroccan Spiced Carrots with Roasted Carrots, Preserved Lemon, Cumin, Mint, Almonds and Sorrel ($9).


Pasture features pork and beef dishes that include Coco Rubbed Lamb with Beet Puree, Parsnip Sauce and Sorrel ($13)Grilled Pork Loin with Skillet Cornbread, Blackberry Sauce and Fennel and Arugula Salad ($13); and Grilled Butcher Steak with Sweet Potato Puree, Chimichurri Sauce, Dried Cherries and Micro Cilantro ($13)


Sea features dishes including Spicy Tuna Tartare with Yellow Fin, Chili Sauce, Soy, Sesame, Wasabi Tobiko, Micro Cilantro and House Chips ($12)Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Hollandaise, Caperberries and Pea Tendrils ($13); and Calamari with New Potatoes, Arugula, Shaved Parmesan and Fried Capers ($11).


Level has a full drink menu that includes Beer, Cocktails and Wine. Housemade cocktails include Sangria with Burgundy Blend, Apple Maceration and Apple Bitters ($40 for pitcher and $10 for glass)Bourbonapolis with Woodford Reserve, Aperol, Apple Shrub, Fresh Lemon, Orgeat, Peychaud Bitters and Apple Cider Cube ($12); and Level Gimlet with Finlandia Vodka, Lime, Sugar Cane and House Lime Foam ($10).


Level is open daily starting at 5:00 p.m.



Level is a small plates lounge located in Historic Downtown Annapolis. As a part of the Fox Boy’s Hospitality Group, Level emphasizes serving local, sustainable food and handcrafted cocktails. Serving food from both land and sea, Level attains their ingredients from many local farmers and creates dishes ranging from Coco Rubbed Lamb to Spicy Tuna Tartare. Level’s philosophy is based on real relationships, trust and knowledge of its sources.  Stay connected to Level by following the lounge on Twitter at @levelannapolis, on Facebook at, or visit the website at

French Kitchen To Offer Special Mothers Day Menu

The French Kitchen at the award-winning Lord Baltimore Hotel will offer a special three-course menu on Mother’s Day. Seatings are available at 11 a.m.1 p.m. and 3 p.m.Pricing for the special menu is $45 per adult and $20 per child 12 and under.


In addition, the restaurant is offering all you can drink Bloody Mary’s and mimosas for an additional $15 per person.


Reservations are required and can be made through OpenTable or on the hotel’s website at


The Mother’s Day menu is as follows:


~Amuse Bouche~


FIRST COURSE (Choice of one)

  • Wild Mushroom and Lobster Bisque with Green Lentils, Shallots, Chamomile
  • Chilled Plum and Ginger with Crystalized Ginger, Toasted Almonds, Vanilla Crème Fraîche
  • Asparagus Salad with Morel Mushrooms, Pecorino Romano, Parma Ham, Hazelnuts, Brown Butter
  • Vinaigrette Citrus and Berry Salad with Romaine, Radicchio, Bean Sprouts, Kataifi Crisp, Mango Vinaigrette
  • Spring Tabbouleh Salad with Cracked Bulgur Wheat, Pickled Ramps, Charred Green Aioli, Morel Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Parsley, Arcadian Greens, Watercress, Lemon Vinaigrette
  • Caesar Salad with Romaine, White Anchovies, House Made Croutons, Parmesan, Crispy Onion Straws, Caesar Dressing


~Champagne Granite~


SECOND COURSE (Choice of one)

  • Grilled Salmon served with White and Green Asparagus Bundles, Farro Risotto, Hibiscus Beurre Blanc
  • 6 oz. Filet served with Green Garlic and Leek Mashed Potatoes, King Bolete and Morel Mushroom Sauce, Broccolini with Green Garlic and Chili Flakes
  • Chilean Sea Bass served with Zucchini Bread Pudding, Saffron Carrot Puree, Baby Spinach and Grape Tomatoes, Brown Butter Sauce
  • Maryland Crab Cake served with Fava Beans, Tomatoes, Corn, Basil, Broccoli, Pommery Mustard Crème Fraîche
  • Lobster Omelette - Three Egg Omelette with White Truffle Oil, Citrus Chervil Crème Fraîcheand served with a Garden Salad


DESSERT (Choice of One)

  • Profiteroles with Vanilla Bean Gelato and Chocolate Sauce
  • Plum and Apple Gateau with Amaretto Whipped Cream


The Lord Baltimore Hotel is located at 20 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201 in the heart of downtown Baltimore and within walking distance to many local attractions.

New Executive Chef at Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards

Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards announced Adam Williams as its new Executive Chef. All food and catering operations for the hotel, including its restaurant The Yard, will be overseen by Chef Williams.

Having knowledge of various cultures spanning American, African, Austrian, Italian and Asian cuisines, Chef Williams brings to the hotel his passion for cooking by incorporating modern influence and culinary trends into classic Baltimore fare. In his new role, he taps into his culinary background and passion for local food to elevate the dining experience at Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards hotel and The Yard restaurant.

Chef Williams' career began with the Marriott brand 12 years ago at the Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel in Charleston, SC, before moving to Baltimore, MD for a position at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in 2006.  He has since worked in four and five-star Marriott brand properties from Washington, DC, to Boston, MA, to Charlotte, NC.  Spearheading the launch of various culinary divisions, Chef Williams was involved in the opening of the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel; the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas; and Marriott's 4,000th hotel - the Marriott Marquis Washington DC.  Most recently, before his return to Baltimore, Chef Williams worked as the Executive Sous Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in Hawaii.

Pairing fresh, high-quality ingredients, Chef Williams finds creative and inspiring ways of bringing life to every meal. Locals, tourists and event attendees who are craving unique, local Baltimore cuisine will find a seasonal menu inspired by the Chesapeake Bay's most revered dishes at The Yard at Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards. Just steps away from Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, guests enjoy creative local dishes and a unique self-serve beer and wine wall. The Yard is committed to serving the freshest local ingredients to food connoisseurs from around the world.

Chef Williams attended culinary school at the prestigious Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, S.C. He holds an associate's degree in Culinary Arts and a bachelor's degree in Food Service Management. Chef Williams resides in Baltimore, MD with his wife Irnise and their son.

Monday, April 04, 2016

B&O American Brasserie's O's Opening Day Special

What better way to start off the week than with Bohs and O’s! Beginning on Monday, March 4, to put a new spin on our previous special, we’re offering $2 National Bohemian beers ("Bohs") and $2 Bohs with two Pit Beef Sliders for $6, plus a side of fries for $2 from 4-close everyMonday.

Also, make sure to continue to enjoy $2 Bohs during game days for the remainder of the baseball season!

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

Calling all Kid Chefs - casting for Chopped Junior

Chopped Junior, Food Network’s exciting culinary reality series is currently casting for kid chefs.

Food Network is looking for the most talented kid chefs around the country who have what it takes to compete on Chopped Junior. They are in search of young culinary masterminds between the ages of 9 and 13 who can take the heat in the kitchen and the competition!

For more information and how to apply, please visit thewebsite at

Maryland Day April 30th

Mark your calendars on April 30th from 10am-4pm for Maryland Day, the University of Maryland’s family-friendly, festival-style celebration featuring more then 400 events and exhibits that draws more then 75,000 visitors of all ages.

Maryland Day is a great chance to explore UMD’s 1,250-acre campus with tours, exhibits, hands-on demonstrations and performances that educate and entertain toddler and adults alike.  The 18th annual, must-attend open house has become one of the most popular events in the Washington, D.C./Virginia/ Maryland region.

Some events are:
·      Learn about The Terp Farm and how UMD promotes sustainable food and agriculture
·      Come cook common international foods with UMD chefs
·      Come to the Beekeeping Club table for honey tasting and learn the impact bees have on our food system
·      Enjoy fame-grilled delights while learning about Alpha Gamma Rho
·      Get grilled sandwiches and kabobs with the Animal Science Graduate Student Association
·      Learn about food safety, nutrition and health and wellness for all ages
·      Listen to live music
·      See art exhibits, poetry readings, and fashion showcases
·      Watch chemistry and Engineering experiments
·      And so much more!

The Maryland Day site is

Last Call for Chefs to Apply for Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament

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