Cool Foodie Event Alerts!

All Aboard!
Experience a modern interpretation of acclaimed recipes from a bygone age — and dine on the iconic B&O railway, overlooking the Patapsco River at Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville. “Dining on the B&O–Memories Along the Rails” is the kick-off to a series of events celebrating the restaurant’s 20th anniversary. Housed in the town’s original 1883 railroad station, Baldwin’s Station is located on The Old Main Line, the oldest railway in the country, and the train tracks are just about 15 feet away from the tables in the charming indoor/outdoor deck area. For the anniversary event, guests will enjoy five courses, paired with wine, unique craft cocktails, AND a small batch, aged and white whiskey tasting. Even adults transform into excited kids when the whistle blows and the train rumbles by — including moi!˜For menu info and to purchase tickets, go to

From farm to table…
The 8th Annual Farm to Chef Maryland Culinary Competition — one of B-more’s most unique foodie events — is set for Monday, October 2 at the B&O Railroad Museum. Farm to Chef partners 30 of the state’s most talented chefs with farmers for a friendly, on-site competition to create innovative, tasty dishes using fresh, locally-grown ingredients. And all beer, wine, and spirits are provided by local breweries, wineries, and distilleries. There are celebrity judges, but guests get to pick their fave dishes for the People’s Choice award.
Mixologists from the Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild will also contend for the Best Beverage of the Night award by creating one-of-a-kind craft cocktails using local spirits and ingredients from participating farms.
Some of the participants include: Jerry Edwards from Chef’s Expressions, Scott Hines from B&O American Brasserie, and David Lima from The Charmery. Proceeds benefit the Days of Taste® program, a not-for-profit interactive program where students learn directly from local chefs and farmers about the journey of food from farm to table and to appreciate the taste and benefits of fresh food. FYI, tickets will not be sold at the door, and the event usually sells out. Check out all of the participating chefs and get your tickets at

One more chance…
If you missed the first Broadway Night (five-course Italian) dinner at Sotto Sopra (cuz it was sold out), you’ll have another shot on September 10. SO much fun as performers sing your fave Broadway tunes. Check it out.

Coming soon…
Metro Centre at Owings Mills has signed four new retail tenants at the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in Baltimore County, highlighted by the second Baltimore County location for World of Beer. It’s expected to open in late fall or early winter. The combo restaurant and bar offers more than 50 beers on tap and an additional 500 bottle varieties. In addition to its selection of beers, World of Beer offers a “tavern-style” lunch and dinner menu.
The Metro Centre location will also feature two outside patio areas that can accommodate 130, as well as a private dining room that holds 50. The restaurant overlooks the amphitheater section of the Transit-Oriented Development that regularly hosts special events, including outdoor movie nights, concerts, and public festivals. The concept is leasing 5,000 square feet of space on the ground floor of the TOD’s new four-story, Class “A” 200,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial office and retail building fronting Grand Central Avenue. Metro Centre at Owings Mills currently includes restaurants Eggspectation, Times Square Kitchen, U Food Grill, Fractured Prune, and Subway.
Duck Duck Goose, a French, small-plates brasserie, will open in the Fells Point building that previously housed the popular dive bar Bad Decisions. The original location is in Bethesda. Go to — but — the new location isn’t listed yet.
Krispy Kreme is returning by the end of fall. Sugar junkies rejoice! And it’s going right back to the space that it used to occupy at 10021 Reisterstown Road, across from The Foundry.
Holy Frijoles is reopening after a fire last year that destroyed the popular restaurant, located on-the-avenue, a.k.a 36th street in Hamden — to coincide with the restaurant’s 21st anniversary. Along with renovated digs, there will be the spot’s signature bar and more pinball machines than ever before.

It’s a mystery…
In a live Facebook interview, chef and television personality Giada de Laurentiis revealed that she is opening a restaurant in Baltimore in 2018. Not sure where. We DO know that other big chef/restaurant names (Guy Fieri and Gordon Ramsey) are open or opening soon at Horseshoe Casino. Hmmm….

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RANDI ROM is a Baltimore special events planner, marketing and public relations maven, freelance writer and head of R.J. Rom & Associates. Have a hot scoop? Contact Randi via e-mail at or by phone at 443-691-9671.

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