Iggies owner Lisa Heckman showed off a gourmet pizza in 2006… (Steve Ruark, Patuxent Publishing )
Iggies, the popular purveyor of thin-crust pizzas, is moving out of Mount Vernon. The new location will be in the Riderwood Station shopping center in Towson, near Joppa Road and Bellona Avenue.
The move is "95 percent" certain, said Peter Wood, a familiar presence at the BYOB restaurant owned by his wife, Lisa Henkman. Wood said there are still a few zoning issues to work out at the new location, which has never been used for a restaurant.
Wood said the primary reason for the move, which could happen as soon as November, comes down to "lifestyle." The new location would be smaller and open only for dinner, which, Wood said, would free the couple to expand the business in other ways.
"How can we continue to put out the product we want on a consistent basis?" said Wood, who acknowledged that the success of the Calvert Street location, which is mobbed on most Friday and Saturday nights, has been overwhelming. Wood said that he'll finally be able to do some things at the new Iggies — like making his own pancetta — that the pace and schedule at the Mount Vernon location make all but impossible.
"I've been talking about making gelato for three years," Wood said. "But Lisa just keeps saying I'm crazy."
"We're very thankful for our time in Mount Vernon," Wood said. "We're looking at the next 20 years."
Beautiful downtown Crisfield Marylanders might take the Chesapeake Bay for granted, but crab fans from as far away as London head to Somerset County for the annual Crab & Cruise weekend in Crisfield. The highlight of the two-day event is Saturday's all-you-can eat crab feast and a sunset cruise on the Chesapeake Bay.
The whole crabby affair is staged by The Crab Place, an online shipper of Maryland seafood based in Crisfield. Sometimes called the "crab capital of the world," Crisfield is known more for its working waterfront economy than as a tourist destinaton, said Crab Place co-owner Greg Cain. "The people who do come here for the festival," Cain said, "truly appreciate Crisfield's authencitiy. It's not a manufactured resort area that exists for tourists. I think that's exactly what visitors from places like Baltimore and elsewhere love about the place."
The weekend's events also include late-night parties and a VIP dinner with celebrity chef Maxcel Hardy, personal chef of NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire.
Prices vary at events. The all-you-can-eat crab feast on Saturday afternoon is $49.95 and $99.95 if you go on the sunset cruise that immediately follows, but if you just want to party on the parking lot, it's a $20 cover. For more information, call 877-328-2722 or go to http://www.crabplace.com.
All Stars On June 27, Heavy Seas Alehouse will close its restaurant to the public for a Guest Chef Dinner.
The lineup of visiting chefs, each of whom will design one course, includes Kyle Bailey of Washington, D.C.'s Birch & Barley (first course); Sergio Vitale of Chazz: A Bronx Original (second course); and Chris Ford of Wit & Wisdom (dessert). Heavy Seas' Matt Seeber is taking the third course.
Brendan Dorr of B&O Brasserie is designing a specialty cocktail menu, and a Heavy Seas beer and wine will be paired with each course. The cost is $88, with proceeds going to the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Tickets are available on the Heavy Sea's website at http://www.heavyseas.com
Toga! Toga! Toga! Michael Phelps isn't the only Marylander headed to London next month. Suzanne Stettinius of Parkton is all but assured one of two women's spots on the U.S. Olympic team in modern pentathlon. That's that one-day competition where athletes compete in five different events — riding, fencing, swimming, shooting at targets and running.
Some of Stettinius' friends and family are sending her off to London with a fundraising toga party Sunday evening at the Manor Tavern. The event will include a raffle, silent auction, cash bar, dancing and a prize for the best toga.
The funds raised will help Stettinius bring her coaches to the games.
The Manor Tavern was set to launch its summer menu Wednesday night with new items like a bison burger, pork belly sliders with red onion jam and bourbon-maple barbecue sauce, pan-seared scallops with crispy hazelnuts, grilled corn puree and homemade chow chow.
The Manor Tavern is at 15819 Old York Road in Monkton. For information about the toga party call 410-771-8155 or go to themanortavern.com.