Category: Columns

Sanitizing Basics … For Real

Any food establishment owner or manager knows that the key to being successful is to keep your establishment free of pests, clean, and for cooking and prep areas, sanitized. Do you have to sanitize your whole building? No. If food is not touching it, then you don’t have to sanitize it. Cleaning is the process […]



Siren… The word itself conjures mythological nymphs, allure and seduction, and mystical calls to the sea. It is, of course, the name of a new DC restaurant that opened in late April: Siren by Robert Wiedmaier. Wiedmaier is joined in this newest venture by partners Brian McBride and John Critchley. And they definitely are a […]

RAM 2017 Stars of the Restaurant Industry Award Winners Announced

With more than 600 members in attendance, the Restaurant Association of Maryland announced the winners of its 63rd Annual Stars of the Restaurant Industry Awards. The gala celebration and awards presentation took place Sunday, April 30 at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore. Over thirty-five thousand votes were cast to decide the favorite Maryland […]

Cypriana: A True Taste of Cypress

Cypriana started in the early 1990s as a small, tow-behind food cart business serving falafel on pita at the corner of Light Street and Water Street in downtown Baltimore. Head chef Maria Kaimakis and her husband Vassos Yiannouris eventually took their business indoors as a small restaurant focusing on the lunch trade…and later into the […]

What’s On Tap

Ron and Gail Furman’s Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point will host Union Craft Brewery’s 5th anniversary party on June 29 at 5 p.m. It’ll be hu—uge! Max’s is the logical choice for this celebration b’cuz it’s one of the top beer bars in the world! The bar stocks over 1,000 bottles, 102 taps, and five […]

Three Big Announcements!

We’ve moved I am pleased to report that, effective May 15, 2017, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association relocated its office to 5101 Monument Avenue, Suite 206 in Richmond. The move was a long-time goal for the Association. We hope the move will help us to better connect with our membership and the hospitality […]

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