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It’s Back … Farm to Chef Returns September 29

On Monday, September 29 — the 4th annual “Farm to Chef” event returns to The American Visionary Arts Museum on Key Highway. Over 300 guests attend this outstanding event that pairs 30 local Chefs and Farmers in a culinary competition to create the best, unique dish using local ingredients. FYI – I say “we” cuz I’m on the committee with a bunch of very cool peeps including Celeste Corsaro, Wendy Jeffries, Sandy Lawler, Sherifa Clarke, Jade Ostner and Laura Alima to name a few. Last year, we were able to raise over $25,000 for Days of Taste, an American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) program that brings together farmers, chefs and community volunteers to introduce school children to the importance of fresh food and its journey from farm to table. Some of the talented participating chefs include, The Charmery’s David Alima, Langermann’s Neal Langermann, Baldwin’s Station’s Dustin Heflin, The Nickel Taphouse’s Daniel Jacinto, Herb & Soul Gastro Café’s David Thomas, Chef’s Expression’s Jerry Edwards and Birroteca’s Melanie Molinaro. For more info, go to FarmtoChefMD.com

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Cinemark Towson Theatres opened in Towson and it’s … a real showstopper! The 15-screen multiplex anchors the $85 million Towson Square project, which will include quite a few restaurants including Bonefish Grill, BJ’s Restaurant, Hanabi Japanese and Bobby’s Burger Palace, Nando’s Peri-Peri, La Tagliatella and On the Border Mexican Grill. Cinemark Towson has something B-more’s never had before—a fully staffed kitchen and an executive chef. Considered the next generation of theatres-the complex comes with all the techie bells and whistles but it also offers a nice alternative to standard movie fare, courtesy of Corporate Chef Todd Carefoot. While they offer the basics, they’ve switched it up a bit. The self-service, cafeteria-style concession area offers a “do your own butter” station, mix and match drinks and a fairly humongous array of tasty treats. But new to B-more is their Reserve concept…reserve-level luxury seating with tables…private balcony access … a plush full bar and lounge and an expanded dining menu. But here’s where it “gets good,” reserve menu items include: Chipotle Garlic Edamame, sweet potato fries, crab cake and pulled pork sliders, roasted red pepper hummus, cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos and … well … you get the picture. Check it out at Cinemark.com

IF THE SHOE FITS: The Horseshoe Baltimore Casino opens this month on Russell Street on Baltimore’s south side. The casino will employ 1,700 team members and house 2,500 video lottery terminals, 100 table games and a 25-table World Series of Poker-branded poker room amid 122,000 square feet of gaming space. Restaurants include Ruby 8 Noodle and Sushi Bar, Johnny Sánchez, Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen & Bar, Jack Binion’s Steakhouse and—wait for it—The Baltimore Marketplace. A collection of several popular restaurant concepts operated by local restaurateurs that together will comprise the casino’s casual dining experience. They include Heavy Seas Burgers, Tark’s at the Shoe, Lenny’s Deli, Pie-Zetta and The Mallow Bar. (Yay Nikki!) Caesars.com/Baltimore

WHAT’S UP: Chef Bill Buszinski has joined the team at Clementine in Hamilton. Buszinski and his wife Maria owned two restaurants—Mr. Rain’s Fun House at the American Visionary Arts Museum and Sputnik in Crownsville, both were very highly regarded restaurants. Bill will be joining one of B-more’s most talented chefs, master culinary artiste Winston Blick. ClementineBaltimore.com

Farm to Fork Frederick, an 11-day culinary celebration of locally sourced foods is set for August 22 through Labor Day, September 1. All participating restaurants will have a special Farm-to-Fork Frederick menu – made using 70 percent Frederick County grown and raised farm foods. Enjoy the local flavors of Frederick County’s farmers and celebrate the chefs that bring them to you from these farms, to your fork! For more info go to FarmtoForkFrederick.com

CONGRATS: Big shout out and virtual hugs to Laura Alima and her hubby David on the birth of their daughter Maggie. Laura is the marketing director for Jerry Edwards Chef’s Expressions and she and David own The Charmery Ice Cream Parlor that just celebrated its first anniversary and is rocking the avenue in Hampden. MWAH! TheCharmery.com

Congrats to Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore winners noted in the August issue (check there for a full listing). A Best Outdoor Dining shoutout goes to Stewart Dearie, Chris Santiago, Jayme Kay Bohn and Chef Dustin Heflin and the crew at Baldwin’s Station. Other winners included Bars: Max’s Taphouse and Wit & Wisdom, A Tavern by Michael Mina; Bartender: Aaron Joseph, Wit & Wisdom; Breakfast and Brunch: Miss Shirley’s Café; Burger: The Abbey Burger Bistro; Ice Cream: The Charmery; Seafood: Thames Street Oyster House; Sushi: RA Sushi; Server: Randy Lock, Miss Shirley’s Café.

About the Author

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 randirom@comcast.net or by phone at 443-691-9671.

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