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Vegan Restaurant Week The second annual Vegan Restaurant Week is slated for February 9 to 18. The mission is to increase the awareness, benefits, and accessibility of a plant-based diet through a fun, innovative, and community-based experience across multiple neighborhoods. The first Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week took place in August of 2017 all across Baltimore […]

A Hyper-Seasonal Eatery — Foraged.

New to Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood is Foraged. — the dream restaurant for its owner and executive chef Chris Amendola. Foraged is not only the restaurant’s name, it also describes the passion of Chef Amendola, a self-taught seeker and collector of mushrooms and edible plants that grow wild. By 2010, foraging had become his profession. It was […]

Vegan Restaurants: Cooking & Holding Temperatures … For Real

A couple of months ago, as I was teaching a private, on-site Food Manager Certification class at a vegan restaurant, I thought, ‘It’s too bad. These students have to learn much more than they’ll ever need to use in a vegan facility, such as proper cooking temperatures for different animal proteins.’ But then I thought […]


Chef / GM Updates: Juan Rivera is now executive chef at the Barcelona Wine Bar on 14th Street, NW. He was previously at Barcelona Wine Bar in Reston, Virginia. Rivera replaces NYC chef Alex Ureña. Joel Hatton is now executive chef at Cafe Saint-Ex on 14th Street, NW. He was previously at Shaw’s Tavern and […]

Growing Talent in Virginia’s Restaurant and Food Service Industry

How large is the restaurant industry in America? There are over a million locations serving millions of customers each day — with $799 billion dollars in sales and employing 14.7 million people, or 10 percent of the national workforce. Let’s take a closer look at Virginia. The restaurant and food service industry is growing in […]

RAM Alcohol: Free Online Training & Walk-In Certification Exams

The big part of the mission of the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation (RAMEF) is enhancing the foodservice and hospitality industry’s training and education. Cost should never be a barrier to providing the information our employees need to be successful. This core belief is what drives us to offer our RAM Alcohol Awareness Training […]

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