Sweethearts Patisserie is a small boutique bakery located off Forest Drive in Annapolis in the Clock Tower Plaza. Owner Kristen Rowell and her staff are famous regionally for beautiful macarons, tarts and other French-inspired delicacies. Rowell recently launched an online store and announced that she can ship her delicacies nationally via overnight or 2-day shipping. Customers can also use the online store for convenient ordering and pick-up.
Tomorrow night I will be attending a special event at BAROAK in Annapolis. Don’t forget to visit this great new spot for a drink menu in love with Belgian brews and a food menu in love with homey, comforting flavors. www.BAROAK.com
Preserve is a casual American restaurant using sustainable and local products. Pickling, Preserving and Fermenting is a passion and focus on the menu.The concept for Preserve comes from the husband and wife team of Jeremy and Michelle Hoffman, two Culinary Institute of America grads. Michelle and Jeremy have had the opportunity to work at some of the best restaurants on the east coast which inspired them to want to open their own restaurant. Michelle has worked as a manager at Tribeca Grill and a maître d’ at Union Square Café. Jeremy worked for one year in the kitchen at Nobu 57, and then moved to Thomas Keller’s famed Per Se for two years. In the fall of 2008, Jeremy and Michelle got married and moved to Alexandria, Virginia where they both joined the Restaurant Eve family of resturants for the 5 years. In 2013, Jeremy was named an “Eater.com Young Gun”. A few months later, Michelle and Jeremy were approached with the prospect of opening a new restaurant in Annapolis, Maryland. Their combined vision of blending great food and excellent service helped bring Preserve to life. www.preserve-eats.com
Ceremony Coffee, located off outer West Street in Annapolis at 90 Russell Street, will offer a free tasting event “Go Nuts! A Public Cupping”, on April 10th from 10am-11am. Coffee and nuts share many of the same compounds, so it’s no surprise that you might taste a hint of hazelnut or smell a waft of walnut in your daily brew. Taste a variety of nuts and a few coffees that exhibit these flavors. Next time you’re nursing a mug and think, “It’s a bit nutty.” – you’ll know why! Ceremony offers a variety of professional level brewing and coffee art classes, open to the general public. Learn more at www.ceremonycoffee.com
Ceremony will also host a CUP TASTERS CHALLENGE on Friday, April 14th, from 7:30pm-10:00pm, an event also known as triangulation cupping. 4 sets of 3 cups will be on the table. In each set, 2 are the same, 1 is different. Pull the right ones faster than anyone else and you win. It’s free to attend and $5 to compete with the winner taking home the cash pot and prizes! Beer and snacks will be provided. Coffee, Beer, Snacks, what’s not to like?
AND! the company is hiring. Check out the website or visit the Roastery.
Friends & Farms Launches New Location in Annapolis
Friends & Farms is thrilled to announce the addition of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis to their growing list of pickup locations. Subscribing customers can now retrieve their weekly bounty from the church parking lot, which is easily accessible from Rowe Boulevard and Route 50.
The Friends & Farms team will be distributing baskets every Friday afternoon (1 to 2:30 PM) from the church’s parking lot. Weekly basket pick up gives customers the opportunity to talk shop with Friends & Farms employees and interact with one another — many share cooking tips and discuss recipe ideas. Customers can also add single-origin sourced coffee beans, local honey and a host of other dry goods to their weekly haul when they pick up. This new site launches on April 10th and serves as Friends & Farms’ only Annapolis location. Pickups are also available nearby in Crofton and Severna Park.
About Friends & Farms:
Friends & Farms is more than a food retailer. We are a community of consumers, farmers, watermen, processors, bakers, and others who share the core principles of fairness, transparency, stewardship, value, and economy. These principles motivate us to cultivate our fruitful region to build baskets of food that fit well within most families’ food budgets, at a quality level matched only by the highest priced retailers. All the while, Friends & Farms supports good environmental stewardship, sound animal husbandry, fair wages for all, and a supply chain that efficiently links the consumer to the producer. Friends & Farms offers one person, two person, four person, and vegetarian baskets. Baskets can also be customized to accommodate gluten or dairy intolerance.
Friends & Farms, based in Columbia, Maryland, distributes baskets to communities in Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery and Baltimore Counties and Baltimore City, and is always looking to expand. Our principles, locations and community are available at www.friendsandfarms.com.
The new Crofton Farmers Market will host a Media Day, Wednesday, April 8th from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. to introduce shoppers to the market’s vendors and crafters. This event is open to the public. The market is located in the parking lot of the Crofton Station Shopping Center at the corner of MD Route 3 N and Davidsonville Road in Gambrills, MD. The market will be held near the SunTrust Bank weekly on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7p.m. starting April 15th through November 25th, 2015.
Penang Inspiration, a local small batch bakery, uses produce from Anne Arundel County farms in treats like Mochi Cakes, Curry Puffs and Asian buns. This week will be a busy week for the company as they help launch the Crofton Farmers Market and attend the Sunday Annapolis Market on Riva Road from 10 am – 2 pm. Like them on FB: www.facebook.com/penanginspiration
Cleo’s Fine Oils & Vinegars in the Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole will partner with Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions on Thursday, April 16, from 5-7 p.m. during their regular Ladies’ Night celebration, Cleo’s will donate 50% of sales while guests will enjoy light hors d’ouevres and wine, free tastings of Cleo’s products, as well as recipes and serving ideas from Cleo’s staff. Free.
The company is also excited to announce the opening of Cleo’s Oil Bar at the Montgomery Westfield mall in Bethesda, Maryland. Slated to open in April, Cleo’s Oil Bar will showcase the same vibrant premium oils and artisan vinegars as the flagship location. Cleo’s Fine Oils and Vinegars (1915 Towne Centre Blvd., Annapolis) opened in the Annapolis Towne Centre in 2012 offering a wide selection of the highest quality extra virgin olive oils and vinegars personally selected by co-owner Saleta Cameron. For more information, visit www.cleosfineoils.com
Annapolis Beer Week is April 18th-25th. Enjoy brews, comedy, a run and much, much more. This is a great week of events for a town that is increasingly serious about what they drink! www.annapolisbeerwk.com
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