The Dish



Inspired by Russia

More than 30 Baltimore restaurants will be joining in the citywide arts celebration of the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg, Russia, by offering a wide range of Russian-inspired dishes in the coming weeks.

Restaurants participating in the Vivat! St. Petersburg event range from the Brass Elephant, which will offer smoked sturgeon and black bread, to the Austin Grill, which plans Tex-Mex Russian fare that will include a Gorbachev Gordito.

The celebration begins tomorrow and goes until March 2.

For a listing of the participating restaurants, call the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore at 410-244-1030 or visit and click on restaurants under the Area Info and Hotel Packages tab. A free Vivat! St. Petersburg restaurant guide also is available in downtown hotels and office buildings.

For the small jobs

If you have a small chopping job, there's no need to pull out your heavy food processor. Chef'n has the tool for mincing herbs, peeling garlic, blending dressings and pureeing fruit and vegetables - Rev'n Chef.

The tool requires no batteries or electricity. Just pull on a cord and the blades in the disk do the work.

The suggested retail price is $24.99. For more information and store locations, call 866-64CHEFN or visit

New flavors finding favor

Look out, Old Bay. Some new flavors in town are getting attention.

Captain Thom's Chili Pepper Co. took three second-place awards in Chile Pepper magazine's 2003 Fiery Food Challenge.

The Canton-based company operated by Thom and Nancy Edwards was recognized for its Chili Pepper Salt, its Jerk Spice and its Habaneros in Virgin Olive Oil.

To purchase these and other Captain Thom's products, visit

Meals ready in minutes

Take one food giant, add one baking giant, mix, and what do you get? Betty Crocker Complete Meals.

The meal kits are one of the results of the 2001 merger of General Mills and Pillsbury. The kits come with two cans of Progresso soup, Bisquick biscuit mix and a seasoning packet.

The flavors include: Chicken & Buttermilk Biscuits, Homestyle Dumplings & Chicken; Lasagna Pasta Bake With Meat Sauce; Ham & Au Gratin Potatoes; Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo and Herb Stuffing and Turkey.

These dinners can be assembled in minutes and bake for half an hour. The suggested retail price is $4.69 and they are available in grocery stores nationwide.


Learn to make an intimate Mediterranean dinner 6 p.m. tonight at Donna's at the Village of Cross Keys. Next week, learn to make a casual winter buffet. $45 per class. Call 410-659-5248, Ext. 112 to register.

Learn about food and wine pairing 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Wine Cellars of Annapolis, 1410 Forest Drive. The course is offered by Anne Arundel Community College and is $50. To register for this and other food courses the college offers, call 410-777-2510.

Learn to cook foods from Eastern Europe 6:30 p.m. Saturday at A Cook's Table, 717 Light St. $50. At 6 p.m. Sunday learn to make pizza. $45. And at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the popular sushi class returns. $45. For these and other classes, call 410-539-8600.

Chef Ras Doobie and Queen Nzinga Ama Linton serve Jamaican cuisine from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at Whole Foods Market, 1330 Smith Ave. Event is free. Call 410-532-6700 for more information.

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