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Category: Columns

Lessons Learned from the Annual OCHMRA Spring Trade Expo

Many of us in the hospitality business make a point of going to the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association (OCHMRA) Expo every year. It is a welcome respite from the day-to-day routine and provides much to observe and learn. (In years past, I learned not to eat so much fried food and to save the wine […]

Gourmet Pizza Goes Local With Woodfire Kitchen

Woodfire Kitchen, a gourmet pizza restaurant, is slated to open in early May in the spot formerly occupied by SoupR Natural & before that The Wagon Wheel. Woodfire Kitchen was purchased by former Cardwell’s Tavern owners David Cardwell Sr., Joyce Cardwell and Chef Craig Nacho. The menu will feature farm-to-table entrees from local farms such […]

Back to Wine School

The amount of information available on any topic these days is staggering. You’re just a TV show or a mouse click away from your favorite topic. Food television programming has made everyone a home chef and now many consumers are turning their passion to wine. Between the number of publications, blogs and a handful of […]

100’s Suffer from Foodborne Illness at 2014 Food Safety Summit … for real

I have been to the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore twice now. Last year I did not attend. In a certain way, I am relieved that I didn’t because there was a foodborne illness outbreak from food served at the Food Safety Summit. Ironic snickering aside, this was real. You can’t make this up. The […]

The Local Fry Opens in Federal Hill

The Local Fry Opens in Federal Hill

Irishman Kevin Irish and his wife, Elizabeth, an American have opened the Local Fry, partly because of chips they craved from Ireland. There are seasoned fries but the real meals are the specialty fries: Bahn Mi Fries, Hawaiian Fries, Tonkatsu Curry Fries, Bulgogi Fries, Breakfast Poutine and more. They haven’t forgotten the wing lovers offering a large […]

Granite City Ready to Open First East Coast Location in National Harbor

Minneapolis-based Granite City Food & Brewery plans to open its first East Coast location (33rd in the nation) at National Harbor at the end of April on the bottom level of The Esplanade Building. With 300+ seats, this casual restaurant features an on-site brewery, open kitchen, spacious patio, private dining. They expect to have more […]

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