Category: Columns

Taste Charm City — On the Air

Two chefs — Cat Smith and Ashley Christmas — have joined their talents and their food knowledge to start their own podcast. It’s called “Taste Charm City” — where interviews of local food personalities, restaurant reviews, culinary event updates, and cooking advice prevail. The Thursday bi-weekly podcasts can be found on These two food […]

What is Botulism — For Real

We have been writing a lot of HACCP plans lately for food establishments across the country. Most are preparing menu items using sous vide method cooking or vacuum packaging some of their products for food storage purposes. We often get asked why a variance and HACCP plan are necessary. According to the FDA Food Code, […]

RAM Announces New Officers, Members to the Association’s Board of Directors

After a statewide search for candidates, the Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) completed the annual nomination process for its board of directors. The following new officers and directors were voted in at the annual RAM membership meeting held at Sysco Baltimore on June 14. Officers hold their post for one year; directors have a three-year […]


Langermann’s in Canton, one of my all time fave restaurants, has closed its doors. The “way popular” restaurant featured low country cuisine from award-winning chef Neal Langermann. While a partner in his namesake restaurant, Chef Neal has also been the executive chef for Capital Restaurant Concepts (Georgia Brown’s, J. Paul’s, Old Glory, Paolo’s Ristorante, Neyla, […]


First and foremost, thank you to all our members for attending our annual membership meeting in May. We had a great time in Staunton, Va. discussing tourism, learning, and celebrating. During our time in the Shenandoah Valley, we voted on and welcomed several new board members. However, before I go any further into listing those […]

It’s Gala Time!

Excitement is building for the 2017 RAMMY Awards Gala, honoring incredible talent in the restaurant and foodservice industry across the DMV. RAMW rolls out the red carpet on July 30 with Events DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. If you’ve attended the event in the past, but not for a few years, you […]

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