It’s been a while since I’ve posted area Food News. Summer is for slowing down, right?
Governor Hogan’s Buy Local Cookout at the governor’s mansion has passed but you can find all of the recipes for the special evening for free online at http://mda.maryland.gov/Documents/BuyLocal/cookbook15.pdf. Several Anne Arundel County chefs attended the event, and their dishes are all mouth watering! I am especially excited about the Krista Sermon’s Meaty Pierogies with Chickpea Salad and Yogurt Feta Dip and the Peach and Goat Cheese Upside Down Cobbler by the Government House chefs.
Mark your calendar now for a summer tradition you really shouldn’t miss. Tickets are still available for the Rotary Crab Feast, scheduled for Friday, August 7th from 5-8pm at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium off Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis. Advanced ticket price is $65 per adult and $20 per child. Gate price is $75 per adult and $20 per child. Preferred and VIP Corporate seating are available. Contact Pam Urnowey at (850) 619-1645 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crab Feast is notoriously held rain or shine. Who would let a little August downpour spoil all-you-can-eat-and-drink male crabs, Maryland vegetable crab soup, sweet Maryland corn on the cob, beef barbecue sandwiches, all-American hot dogs, draft beer, a bake sale, cake raffle and free fresh watermelon slices from the Mar-Del Watermelon Association?
Folks who don’t want to order online can purchase tickets at Admiral Cleaners on Taylor Ave., CFG Community Bank on Forest Dr. and atBay Ridge Wine & Spirits on Bay Ridge Dr.
Visit www.annapolisrotary.com for more information.
The Berries are still Bursting!
The berry season in Maryland is usually short but sweet, ending by mid-to –late July. Bonnie’s Berries near Upper Marlboro is reporting an excellent berry harvest that hasn’t stopped. Check their FaceBook page for opening date and times.
18101 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, (240) 375-1863
Local floral arrangements
Oksana Bocharova is beautiful and hospitable, just like her flowers. She operates an organic produce farm in Chestertown, and sells her harvest, along with a variety of plants, vegetables, herbs and fermented foods, at the Anne Arundel County Farmer’s Market.
A professional agronomist with a Master’s in AgroBusiness, she planted a variety of flowers on her farm not only for beauty but also to attract pollinators. She’s offering simple and elegant bouquets of zinnias, hydrangeas, ferns, grasses and more at her stall in the market on Saturday’s from 7AM-12PM.
Tsunami Beer Pairings and Movie Mondays
Tsunami Sushi Bar and Lounge presents a beer and sushi pairing with three local beers by Evo Brewery and Sushi by Chef Aaron Alt on Wednesday, July 29 at 6PM. Call the restaurant for pricing and reservations.
Monday, July 27th at 9PM, Tsunami will host a showing of Super Troopers, accompanied by menu specials and artisan popcorn. This comedy is about five Vermont state troopers, avid pranksters with a knack for screwing up, who try to save their jobs and out-do the local police department by solving a crime. No reservations necessary.
51 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, (410) 990-9868
Meatballs, Etc. opens in Glen Burnie
Michelle and Gennaro DiMeo, owners of Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen, 4Seasons Grille and Squisito, have opened Meatballs, Etc., a fast casual concept located in Glen Burnie near the intersection of Route 100 and I-97. Meatballs, Etc. is joining the growing trend of restaurants that put the customer in control of the menu, a concept already popular in more urban areas like Washington, DC and New York City.
Diners choose from four types of 10-ounce handmade meatballs such as Classic, Lamb, Turkey or Gluten Free ($7.49). Then decide how the meatball gets to the plate: on a Italian Sub Roll, in Chopped Salad or Pasta Bowl or in a Piada Wrap. There are several sauces to dress up your ‘balls, making the entire experience fresh and a la carte. There are plenty of other Italian style dishes available, all at a reasonable price including many less than $8. Meatballs, Etc. is open Sunday – Thursday from11 AM – 9:30 PM and Friday – Saturday 11 AM – 10 PM
801 Landmark Drive, Glen Burnie, MD 21061 (410)760.1680
Chef Zachary Pope is off and running in his new role as Executive Chef at Blackwall Hitch. Pope has long been concerned with bringing fresh, seasonal and local dishes to the table, and it seems he has much in store for The Hitch.
Pope recently launched a special Lunch Menu Board with four categories for diners to choose from: Chef’s Seasonal Plates, Handhelds, Hitch Skewers and Pastas. Served Monday through Friday from 11am – 3pm, these lunch deals are value priced from $11 to $15 with the promise of quick delivery. The Lunch Boards are available only at the Annapolis location.
Chef Pope also announced the first in his series of beer and wine dinners at Blackwall Hitch, each priced at $100 per person, not including tax or gratuity. The three wine dinners and two beer dinners will include a five-course meal and local, seasonal ingredients. The dinners are limited to 24 people per event, with seating overlooking the chef’s working kitchen.
Pope is an award winning, much admired cook. He once prepared a beautiful and perfect Beef Wellington for an article I was writing and gave me a peep into his kitchen, a rare and exciting treat. With Pope at the helm, I am sure these dinners aren’t to be missed.
400 Sixth Street, Annapolis, MD 21403 (410) 263-3454
A Bright New Look at A Cook’s Café
A Cook’s Café, a small gourmet foods shop somewhat hidden in an industrial park off Bestgate Road, has a fresh new look. Owner Craig Sewell has put in new floors and painted the eatery a warm, welcoming and homey buttery yellow. “We just needed a little facelift after all these years, and wanted a little shot of energy,” said Sewell. Another reason to visit the café is the special appearance of Craig’s friend Warren Turner’s local spring wildflower honey, available by the pint. The honey is raw and wild from Warren’s own hives and costs $16 per pint.
A Cook’s Café offers much more than soups, salads and sandwiches. They also have a Market Basket program for placing weekly orders of farm fresh produce from Anne Arundel and Maryland organic farms. Check out the company’s website to see what is available. Then order by Monday morning via phone or email for pick up Saturday morning 8am-1pm, or during normal business hours during the week (7am – 3pm).
Japanese Steakhouse opens in Glen Burnie
Sake Japanese Steakhouse opened a new location on Ritchie Highway near Sixth Street on July 9th and is offering a 20% off welcome coupon through August 31st. Sake Japanese Steakhouse is a full service taipan yaki restaurant showcasing a variety of house special rolls with delicate sauces, fresh sushi, and traditional Japanese cuisine. The restaurant will be open from Monday-Sunday for lunch and dinner with Happy Hour from 4-6:30PM.
7315 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD 21060 (443) 410-0150
Heading Up and Out
Squisito’s, the popular pizzeria and Italian eatery with area locations in Annapolis, Kent Island, Severna Park, Crofton, Arundel Mills and Glen Burnie, is headed to Northern Virginia as the franchise continues to expand. Michelle DiMeo, COO of the Monte Group, says John Minnick and Chris Rodney are scheduled to open their second location in Lorton, VA. The Monte Group, a local company, has grown quickly in recent years, with rapid expansion of the Squisito and 4Seasons restaurants. The Monte Group portfolio excels in the fastest growing restaurant category of Fast Casual concepts, and specializes in providing value-priced, high quality meals in a clean, inviting setting.
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