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Sandy Hook Reaches the Heart of Baltimore … Joey’s Purple Ball

Sandy Hook Reaches the Heart of Baltimore … Joey’s Purple Ball

Baltimore natives Bob and Michele Gay lost their daughter Josephine (Joey) Gay in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. They will host a benefit Joey’s Purple Ball to honor Joey’s life on Saturday June 8, at Bob’s alma mater, the Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore. All proceeds will go to Joey’s Fund, established […]

Industree Hosts Its First Restaurant Speaker Series

Industree Hosts Its First Restaurant Speaker Series

Washington DC area hospitality veteran Alisia Kleinmann recently launched ‘industree’, an event-based hospitality organization that hosted its first bi-monthly ‘Speaker Series’ May 14 at The Hamilton. With a stated mission to feature high-profile chefs, chef/owners, and restaurateurs, the series opened with Hilda Staples – Co-Owner: VOLT, Range, LunchBox, Family Meal; Casey Taylor Patten – Owner: […]

NRA Reports Restaurant Sales Hit Record High in April

In his latest commentary, the National Restaurant Association’s Chief Economist Bruce Grindy reports on April sales and some new consumer survey data.  Restaurant sales bounced back from a dampened first quarter to hit a new record high in April.  Meanwhile, consumers’ pent-up demand for restaurants remains historically high, which suggests they will be ready to ramp up […]

‘Ripple’ Effect Moves Meek-Bradley To Executive Chef

‘Ripple’ Effect Moves Meek-Bradley To Executive Chef

Marjorie Meek-Bradley is the new executive chef at Ripple in Cleveland Park. Previously, she was chef de cuisine for Mike Isabella at Graffito, sous chef for Jose Andres at Zaytinya, and she also worked for Thomas Keller, at Per Se in NYC and Bouchon in Yountville, CA. Oh – and for Marcus Samuelsson at Philadelphia’s […]

Pirate Flags at Half-Mast

Pirate Flags at Half-Mast

The food world in Baltimore (and way beyond) has suffered another great loss. Mick Kipp, a.k.a Mick the Pirate, owner of Whiskey Island Pirate Shop & Catering and the Swamp Shack (at Pickles Pub across from the stadium) has passed away of an apparent heart attack at the young age of 51. Mick started his […]

Maryland Takes 3rd Place at NPI 2013

Maryland Takes 3rd Place at NPI 2013

The culinary team from Maryland’s Howard High School captured third place in the culinary competition at the 12th Annual National ProStart Invitational (NPI) held in Baltimore April 19-21. Culinarians included Darcey Bodziony, Jessica Green, Natalie Singleton, Emma Spalding and Kiran Martin. Dana Spoto and Ronda Lang are their culinary instructors at the school and they […]

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