Ahoy, matey. The Whiskey Island Pirate Shop, a Baltimore company that specializes in sauces, spices and condiments, has opened a new store in Hampden.
Owner Mick Kipp said he was looking for a retail location to supplement his Internet business. He soon will be joined by Rose Lansing, owner of Rose's Cookies, whose baked goods are found in Cafe Hon. She plans to open a bakery soon in the rear of the store, which is at 1005 W. 36th St.
The Whiskey Island Pirate Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 410-235-9501.
* Learn to make winter stews 7 p.m. March 11 at For the Love of Food in Reisterstown. $45. Call 410-833-5579 to register.
* Taste new wines from Spain from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Bin 604, 604 S. Exeter St. $29 in advance, $35 at the door. Call 410-576-0444.
* An class on open-hearth cooking will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13 at Riverdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road in Riverdale Park. $40. Registration is required. Call 301-864-0420.
* Gertrude's will offer a four-course French dinner and cabernet ensemble in honor of the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art. A tour of the exhibit begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. on March 5 and 12. $55. Call 410-889-3399.
* Celebrate Appalachian Mountain Cuisine with a culinary weekend at Harbor Court Hotel Friday through Sunday. The event includes guest chefs, wine tastings and seminars. $365 for all events; single-event tickets are available. Call 410-347-9748 for reservations.
* See displays of sugar art at the Maryland ICES Cake and Candy Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 7627 Watts Ave., Hanover. $1. Call 410-799-4420 or 410-465-9045.
In one year, the average American will consume 2,020 pounds of flour and cereal products, 118 pounds of red meat and 298 pounds of fruit.
If you're curious about what and how we eat, check out What America Eats With Parade, a new series on the Food Network. The show, which debuts at 9 p.m. Sunday, focuses on findings from Parade magazine's annual food survey. Host Stephanie March begins the weeklong series exploring America's sweet tooth. Other shows look at America's obsession with snack foods, favorite places to eat out and best-loved party foods.
Throughout the week, interested viewers can visit www.foodnet work.com to express their own food preference in daily online polls.
A bar is born
For more than 100 years, Sunkist has brought fruit to the produce shelves. Now the company is bringing fruit bars to the cereal aisles.
Sunkist Fruit & Grain Bars are available in three flavors: apple, strawberry and lemon. Each bar contains 120 calories and 1 gram of fat. Look for them on grocery shelves for a suggested retail price of $2.49 for a box of six.
When customers ask for "the Rachael Ray knife," the sales associates at Williams-Sonoma know exactly which one they mean.
The popular host of the Food Network's 30-Minute Meals swears by her Wusthof Classic Santoku knife, and she uses it for all her food-preparation chores.
Wusthof says that the Santoku has quickly become one of its most popular products because of its versatility. This knife performs equally well at chopping or dicing a mountain of herbs and vegetables and making paper-thin slices of raw or cooked meats, fish and poultry.
It has a suggested retail price of $79.95.
The Dish welcomes food news and notes. Send to The Dish, Attn.: Liz Atwood, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-783-2519; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.