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By JULIE ROTHMAN | November 7, 1993
The holiday table creates a festive mood, evoking warm memories and an aura of comfort. Red and green are just part of the story. This year's tableware seems to hark back to a time of Victorian opulence. Shimmering gold and silver are the dominant colors, showing up in items from glassware to ornamental fruit. ,, Look for lush jewel tones in china and linens, and everywhere, an abundance of warm, glowing candlelight. This is the time of year to entertain in style. Bring out the best and let it shine on.SHOPPING GUIDETable Talk(Page 58)
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2012
More than 30 Baltimore chefs have been lined up for the third annual Farm to Chef culinary competition. Produced by the American Institute of Wine & Food Baltimore chapter, the event partners chefs with local farms to create recipes using locally grown ingredients. Formerly known as the Farmer and the Chef, the event is moving this year to the American Visionary Art Museum , where it will take place on Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Farm to Chef is a benefit for Days of Taste, an AIWF program that brings together farmers, chefs and community volunteers to introduce school children to the basic tenets of taste and to teach them how food travels from farm to table.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2011
You can thank asparagus. The Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar opens Sunday, its earliest opening date ever. Until 2003, when it was moved up to the first week in May, the opening came in early June. Bill Gilmore, executive director of Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, says the market's earlier opening is a response in part to its increasing popularity. "We've had such a huge increase over the years," Gilmore says. But farmers also pushed for the change. This might sound counterintuitive to marketer-goers whose senses remain dulled until they see the season's first strawberries.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2012
Phillips Crab Deck is now open in Annapolis. The 140-seat terrace restaurant, which opened very quietly Aug. 16, marks the return of Phillips to Annapolis - in the same Dock Street location it left in 2009. It was replaced there by Hell Point Seafood , which shut its doors in late February. Phillips Crab Deck, which is open daily for lunch and dinner beginning at 11:30 a.m., occupies only one of three buildings - 14 Dock St. - that used to house Phillips Annapolis Harbor Restaurant and then Hell Point Seafood.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2011
Let's just say that hydroelectric dams haven't taken as long to complete as the Lost City Diner , Joy Martin's long-awaited project in the Charles North neighborhood. There were rumors of activity on the corner of Charles and Lafayette in early July, and then, on Aug. 16, word got out: The Lost City Diner was open. People had two questions: What took so long? And was it worth the wait? The answer to the first question, partly, answers the second. Martin, who owns the Club Charles, was meticulous about the diner's decor.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2011
Brasserie Brightwell is the new Easton restaurant from Brian Fox and Brendan Keegan, the brother-in-law team behind successful and well-received 208 Talbot and its offshoot, 208 Burger , in nearby St Michaels. Brightwell, which describes itself as a "cafe and comptoir" has been open since just before Thanksgiving in the Easton Market Square development in Talbot County. ("Comptoir" means counter, and I guess that might refer to the raw bar as well as the one serving spirits.) It's taken me this long to write about it, and it might take me a while longer to get there for a review.
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By Richard Gorelick and Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2010
"I thought I had had it with the restaurant business," Qayum Karzai says. He has not formally retired, but with the daily operations of his restaurants Helmand, Tapas Teatro and B in capable hands, Karzai has been increasingly able during the past eight years to pursue his other passions, particularly for organic farming. And he was definitely not looking to be challenged again in the restaurant business. But retired prizefighters can be coaxed back into the ring, Karzai admits.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2011
The Light Street Pavilion at Harborplace is getting a new food court in a new location. The 260-seat food court will take over the old Phillips Seafood Buffet space on the pavilion's lower level. It will open in the spring of 2012, around the time that Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. opens in the pavilion's anchor space, where Phillips Seafood restaurant was. Phillips ended its 30-plus year tenancy at Harborplace in September, closing its main restaurant space, the buffet and a Phillips Express.
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By Richard Gorelick, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2010
For years, dining in Howard County has been characterized by family atmosphere, and if adults wanted a night on their own, they'd suddenly find themselves right at the top of the price ladder. There haven't been enough of those in-between places. Then came the opening a few months ago of affordable but chic Facci in Laurel, whose crazy and instant success suggested two things: that there had been a great desire for moderately priced, sit-down places that aren't part of a big chain, and that kids are fine going to places that aren't for kids.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2012
There's a new Carolina cuisine joint in Baltimore. It's called, appropriately enough, Low Country Kitchen — but just try to find it. Unless you had a good reason to be walking past Hannah Williams' new takeout place, you might never see it. It's in the Old Town neighborhood, more specifically the Old Town Mall. Once a model of progressive 1970s urban development, the Old Town Mall, except for a stray pawnbroker and barbershop, today sits all but abandoned. But the opening of Low Country Kitchen might be the spark the once-thriving commercial center has been waiting for. "There's something very special about Hannah that's going to impact how people … feel about the mall," says Kristen Mitchell, senior development coordinator with the Baltimore Development Corp.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2012
Anthony Bourdain is returning to the Hippodrome on Nov. 17. Bourdain, chef-at-large at New York's famed Brasserie Les Halles, is the author of best-sellers "Kitchen Confidential" and "Medium Raw" - blunt and sometimes shocking portraits of life in restaurant kitchens. Bourdain launched the Hippodrome 's annual Foodie Experience series in May 2010, when he shared the theater's stage with his friend, Eric Ripert. At that appearance, Bourdain made peace with the Baltimore audience, expressing regret for the disparaging comments made about Baltimore in "Kitchen Confidential" ("I was an ignorant, pathetic junkie")
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2012
Ikaros is in its new home. The new location opened very quietly on Aug. 3, according to Xenophon Kohilas, who co-owns the restaurant with his brother. Ikaros didn't have far to move - just one block up Eastern Avenue. But because the Kohilas family operated the original Ikaros in the same location since 1969, the announcement of the move took some Greektown neighbors by surprise. The new location, on the corner of Eastern and Ponca, doesn't seat many more diners than the original, but with its broader dimensions and higher ceilings, the new Ikaros is letting Kohilas do things he said he never could in the cozy original.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2012
The Creative Alliance has released the lineup for Art to Dine For, its annual series of fall dinner parties benefiting the Highlandtown-based arts organization The schedule includes some 30 dinners, brunches, cocktail parties and get-togethers, taking guests inside artists' studios, private homes, galleries, public parks and even a cemetery. The first event, on Sept. 10, is Backstage Scoop, "an evening of white wine and high energy" with Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah, to be held at the Roland Park home of Creative Alliance trustees.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2012
Is that Maryland crab meat in your crab cake, or is it from parts unknown? Some diners can tell the difference between Maryland and imported crab meat with one bite. Some folks don't care much, but diners who do now have a way of finding restaurants that promise to serve exclusively Maryland crab meat. Launched this spring by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the True Blue program allows restaurants serving DNR-verified Maryland blue crab products to use a special logo in marketing or advertising the product to diners.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
Baltimore has its baseball all-stars and its beer all-stars, too, with names like Loose Cannon, Resurrection and Snake Dog. Come to think of it, those would make pretty good baseball nicknames. The city has always enjoyed its baseball and its beer, preferably at the same time, and you won't find a more entertaining guide to Baltimore's beer-baseball connections than "Baltimore Beer: A Satisfying History of Charm City Brewing, the new book by longtime Baltimore Sun writer Rob Kasper.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2012
The Restaurant Association of Maryland has released plans for "Dine Out, Maryland," a monthlong dining event it hopes 400 restaurants will participate in by offering diners 20 percent discounts off their menus. The event will run the month of September. Restaurants that want to participate in "Dine Out, Maryland" should go to the association's website. They must be members of the Restaurant Association of Maryland, and the fee for participation is $100. Restaurants will be allowed to create special menus for the promotion.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2011
The culinary tides are shifting in Ocean City. New this year is the intriguing Bombora , which features "contemporary world cuisine infused with Asian and Latin flavors. " On the appetizer menu: a ceviche trio and a Thai green curry-spiked tuna tartare. For entrees, sour orange skirt steak and grilled Hawaiian spearfish. And yes, there's a crab cake — served with baby vegetables and a tamarind tartar sauce. Bombora has taken over the Beach Plaza Hotel space that for decades was Phillips by the Sea . Bombora is a Phillips project, too, although that fact is barely mentioned.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2012
You could have knocked someone over with a galaktoboureko. That's how surprising the news was in Greektown that Ikaros , which the Kohilas family has operated in the Eastern Avenue location since 1969, will be moving — a half a block up Eastern Avenue. That's Baltimore for you. The move could happen as soon as March 1, says Xenophon Kohilas, who co-owns the restaurant with his brother, Theodosis. The new location is on the same side of Eastern Avenue, just across Ponca Street, in a big corner building where Aztec de Oro was the last in a succession of restaurants to open and close.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2012
Gertrude's has been picked again to represent Maryland in a national promotion for Rainier cherries. For National Rainier Cherry Day on July 11, Northwest Cherries has commissioned one restaurant in each state to create a menu item featuring Rainier cherries. Gertrude's represented Maryland in the Tree to Table promotion last year with executive pastry chef Doug Wetzel's cherry almond tart served with sour cream ice cream. This year, Wetzel has created a peach cake with Rainier cherry ice cream.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2012
If there's a great view of Fourth of July fireworks from your restaurant, why not make a party out of it? And if you've got an absolutely amazing view and can get away with charging a premium, I say go for it. It's the American Way. These restaurants really do have a view worth the trouble: •The Rusty Scupper (402 Key Highway, 410-727-3678, selectrestaurants.com/rusty) hosts its annual Fourth of July celebration from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in its Topside Lounge and upper-deck areas.
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