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 as Roseda Farm, Springfield Farm, Charlottetown Farm, One Straw Farm, Prigel Family Creamery and others. And … they’re installing a Forno Bravo Wood Fired Pizza Oven as the centerpiece of the dining room. More info to come …

WHAZZUP: Marshmallows, Horseshoes and Crunchies -OH MY!

So—The Mallow Bar at The Horseshoe Casino closed. Per Mallow Bar head Crunchie Nikki Lewis, “It was a great opportunity that we are grateful for but it just wasn’t the right fit for us. One thing I’m proud of is that of all the dessert items we sold there, Mallow Crunchies was consistently our top dessert seller. In business you have to make some hard decisions and one of those hard decisions for us was leaving Horseshoe. The quicker you make the decision the quicker you can move forward. We are so excited to move forward with all the new things we have on the horizon in our new The Mallow Bar Production House. We have multiple deals in the works with large grocery chains, hotels, etc. to increase both our retail and wholesale operation … deals we never would have been able to secure or fulfill in our previous production space. We are also excited to be expanding our corporate gifting/catering program and are reaching out to area businesses. We are working with schools as well offering field trips that will allow students to get their hands sticky in our marshmallow making process and also allow them to put on the hat of business owner in a fun kid-friendly way. We are focused on this right now but will be looking to open a new full-scale retail cafe, similar to our previous Horseshoe location, down the road.” The new address is:


On April 18-19, The Maryland Wineries Association and the Maryland Jockey Club will present the 5th annual Decanter Wine & Racing Festival at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Live Betting: Bet your favorite color, your favorite name or your favorite number. No clue what you’re doing? There will be experts on hand to help at the Wagering 101 booth!

Live Music: Decanter boasts live music from local bands all day covering both original and popular covers.

Best-Dressed: Pull out your big fancy hats and seersucker suits for the Decanter “best-dressed” contest. Each winner will receive two tickets to a future Maryland Wine event AND a pair of Black-Eyed Susan Day Flute Club concert tickets. General Admission $30.

Red Shedman Farm Brewery’s 1st Annual Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ Festival in Mt. Airy, Md. (just 39 miles from Baltimore/ Washington DC) is scheduled for April 18. Enjoy Red Shedman beers – as well as beers from other local breweries such as Barley and Hops, Frey’s Brewing Company, Milkhouse Brewery, and Monocacy Brewery. A lineup of six bands will provide live, musical entertainment including: Old Time Frederick, The Spruce Brothers, Ampersand Stringband, Haint Blue, Jacob Panic Trio, and Highland Hill Boys. AND-check out original arts and crafts and lot’s of tasty treats. The festival grounds open at 10am and live music is from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at

Throughout the month of April, during National Autism Awareness Month, Tark’s Grill at the Station will join with Pathfinders for Autism to promote their organization and raise funds. On Monday, April 20, Pathfinders for Autism will work with Tark’s wait and bar staff to conduct a special training to help them better understand the needs of individuals with autism and how best to navigate a positive dining experience. Then, on Tuesday, April 21, Tark’s will host a special “Dining Out for Autism Night,” where individuals with autism and their families and friends will have an opportunity to dine out in a sensory friendly location. I love that!

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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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