By Greg B. I’ve been very busy lately, but I wanted to set up a big post that lists several of the upcoming events around town that I think are worthwhile. If you’ve got some free time and want to check them out, they come Greg approved!
On Thursday, May 12th at 7pm, Shab Row Bistro will host an exclusive wine dinner with renowned wine maker Gilles Nicault of Long Shadows Winery. Founded by Washington State wine pioneer Allen Shoup, Long Shadows is a collection of ultra-premium wines created by internationally acclaimed winemakers from the major wine regions of the world. Each winemaker is a part owner in this unique winery dedicated to producing individual wines that showcase the viticultural excellence of Washington State’s Columbia Valley.
Gilles Nicault left the University of Avignon with a four year degree in Viticulture and Enology. He honed his craft in the fabled hillside vineyards and wineries of Cote Du Rhone, Provence and Champagne. Then, already a vintner of rising fame, Gilles traveled to America here he joined Shoup at Long Shadows.
The prix fixe menu with wine pairings is just $95 per person, representing an exceptional value for the wines presented. “There were only 84 cases of Poet’s Leap, the ice wine chosen for the dessert course,” explains Master Sommelier and chef, Michael King.
Additional Wines Selections Include:
– Poet’s Leap – Riesling Inspired by the greatest wines of Germany and crafted by Armin Diel, proprietor of the renowned Schlossgut Diel.
– Sequel – Syrah John Duval, who for fifteen years presented Australia with its most celebrated wine (Penfold’s Grange), chose the Columbia Valley as his “Sequel” for the continuation of his life’s work with Syrah.
– Chester Kidder – Red Wine Gilles Nicault, former winemaker for Woodward Canyon, brings his French winemaking talents to this New World blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and other classic red Bordeaux varieties.
– Pedestal – Merlot Michel Rolland, Pomerol vintner and consultant to many of the world’s most famous wineries, produced this limited release. Pedestal is a full-bodied Merlot, styled to exemplify the complexity and concentration of flavors for which Michel’s wines are internationally known.
Reservations are required as seating is limited. RSVP at (301) 631-8102 or info@ShabRowWine.com.
Shab Row Bistro is a chic neighborhood restaurant and wine bar with full service retail shop featuring 400 varieties of wine and craft beer located at 221B North East Street in the Shab Row district (between 2nd and 3rd Streets). www.shabrowwine.com.
Morton’s Steakhouse -
Baltimore Ravens’ All-Pro Center Matt Birk and Morton’s The Steakhouse are partnering to host ‘Matt Birk and Friends Celebrity Server Night,’ presented by Northwestern Mutual, to benefit Matt Birk’s HIKE Foundation on Monday, May 9 at 7 p.m.
Imagine Matt Birk and his teammates trading in their uniforms and helmets for plates and aprons and taking your order, pouring your drinks, and serving your dinner and desserts. Last year’s celebrity servers included Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco, guard Ben Grubbs, offensive tackle Michael Oher, and many others! This year’s celebrities will be announced in the coming weeks!
Guests at the event will enjoy a four-course menu, consisting of Morton’s signature hors d’oeuvres passed butler-style, such as tuna tartare canapés, miniature crab cakes, and roma tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil on crostini, as well as a mixed field greens salad, double cut filet mignon and colossal shrimp Alexander accompanied by mashed potatoes and steamed fresh jumbo asparagus, and a dessert trio of New York cheesecake, double chocolate mousse, and fresh seasonal berries and sabayon sauce.
A limited number of tickets are available for $250 per person, inclusive of tax, gratuity and valet service. Advanced reservations are required by purchasing your tickets at HikeFoundation.org. For questions, please call Judi DiGioia, Sales & Marketing Manager at Morton’s, at 410-547-8255.
The event also includes silent and live auctions, including the most sought after Ravens memorabilia and other exclusive items, with the proceeds benefiting Matt Birk’s HIKE Foundation, whose mission is to provide at-risk children with the educational opportunities needed to excel in the classroom and in life.
Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 300 South Charles Street. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Morton’s bar opens daily at 5 p.m. serving its Bar Bites menu. Valet parking is available. For more information and to make reservations, call 410-547-8255 or visit www.mortons.com.
About Matt Birk’s HIKE Foundation
Matt Birk’s HIKE Foundation was established to provide at-risk children with the educational opportunities needed to excel in the classroom and in life. The HIKE Foundation impacts the lives of at-risk children by providing interactive programs and resources needed to guide a child through the key educational transitions between elementary, middle, high school and college. For more information, visit www.hikefoundation.org.
About Morton’s The Steakhouse
Morton’s Restaurant Group, Inc. is the world’s largest operator of company owned upscale steakhouses. Morton’s steakhouses have remained true to its founders’ original vision of combining generous portions of high quality food prepared to exacting standards with exceptional service in an enjoyable dining environment.
The Company owns and operates 77 Morton’s steakhouses located in 64 cities in 26 states, and in Puerto Rico and six international locations (Toronto, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai and Mexico City), as well as Trevi, a Las Vegas Italian restaurant.
8th Annual Highlandtown Wine Festival
Baltimore’s Highlandtown community will open its
streets May 1 for a celebration of homemade wine, gourmet food and
music at the 8th Annual Highlandtown Wine Festival.
The annual street festival in southeast brings more than a thousand
visitors to partake in homemade wine, eat fine Italian food,
entertainment and fun.Presented by the Highlandtown Community
Association and DiPasquale’s Italian Market, The festival takes place
Sunday, May 1, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Pompei Convent Garden
(3600 Claremont St.).
Food & Wine
Admission to the festival includes five complimentary tastings of
homemade wines, including vintages like the Highlandtown Red and Bel
Air Zin. Highlandtown’s own Laughing Pint will have beer for sale.
In addition to the complimentary antipasti, DiPasquale’s will have
meatball subs, sausage and peppers, pasta, cannolis and their
specialty arancine — as seen on Food Network– available for sale.
The festival features a competition for amateur winemakers judged by
Baltimore’s finest celebrities and connoisseurs. Bronze, silver and
gold ribbons will be awarded to the best red and white wines based on
appearance, smell, taste and overall quality. Contestants also compete
for the best bottle design.
Wine competition entry forms are available online at
www.Highlandtown.com, as well as at DiPasquale’s (3700 Gough St.) and
Mastellone Deli & Wine (7212 Harford Rd.).
Tickets for people 21 and over are $25 ($20 in advance) a souvenir
wine glass or a goody bag filled with coupons and discounts from local
restaurants and retailers. Children and teens can enter free with an
adult, but sorry, no wine. Tickets can be purchased online at:
For more information, visit www.Highlandtown.com, call 410-534-2212 or
e-mail email@example.com to purchase tickets. Tickets in person,
visit DiPasquale’s or Mastellone Deli & Wine. Over the past seven
years, the festival has raised over $20,000 to support Highlandtown
Community Association initiatives including street improvements,
grants for sculptures in Patterson Park through the South East
Community Development Corporation, the Movies in the Park series at
Patterson Park, Highlandtown Arts District activities, neighborhood
greening projects, and repair and cleaning projects at Our Lady of
Freshii, the hot, new, innovative restaurant known for its fresh ingredients and eco-friendly practices, is coming to Baltimore this spring. With more than 60 locations in the United States and around the globe, Freshii’s Downtown and Charles Village locations are the first for the Baltimore area.
Featuring nutritious, sustainably grown ingredients, Freshii customers can choose from a menu of chef-designed salads, wraps, rice bowls, yogurts and soups or opt to “custom build” their meal to create something that is uniquely theirs. With organic beef, all-natural chicken, and locally sourced produce, Freshii customers create customized meals from three categories: light, which is low in fat but high in fiber with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and lean protein; balanced, which includes essential fats, slow-burning carbohydrates, good oils and high protein; and classic featuring great flavors in moderation. Freshii uses biodegradable packaging (bowls, straws, cutlery and fountain cups) made from vegetable starches such as corn or potatoes, leaving behind only carbon, biomass and water.
Freshii’s Charles Village location at 3113 St. Paul Street will open in mid-May, followed shortly thereafter by its Downtown location at 30 Light Street. Both locations will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and will also offer off-site catering for parties, meetings, receptions and special events.
“People in Baltimore care about what they eat and where it comes from so our mission of combining healthy, responsible eating with green business practices is a perfect fit for this market,” said Rebecca Fielding, part-owner and operator of Freshii’s Baltimore locations.
Since its founding in 2005, Freshii has achieved recognition as the perfect place for convenient, healthy and delicious meals and snacks served fast enough to fit into anyone’s busy schedule. Freshii’s popularity skyrocketed after the first location opened in Toronto in 2005, winning Freshii the title of Best New Retail Concept in Canada during its first year of business. Two years later, Freshii was named the 22nd Fastest Growing Company in Canada. In 2008, U.S.-based QSR Magazine dubbed Freshii “One to Watch.” In October of 2008, Freshii founder and CEO, Matthew Corrin, was interviewed by Sir Richard Branson at an interactive entrepreneur’s summit about the risks and rewards associated with owning and operating a fast growing business.
Freshii’s new store openings have been met by massive lines of people looking to satisfy their craving for a nutritious meal on the go. Freshii’s menu offers ”custom built” salads, burritos, wraps, rice bowls, yogurts and soups in a “build your own” format, personalized with ingredients from three categories: light – super low in fat, but high in fiber, essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and lean protein, balanced – essential fats, slow-burning carbs, good oils and high protein, and classic – great flavors to be enjoyed in moderation. Visit Freshii’s Web site to create a virtual salad, wrap, rice bowl or soup and instantly see the nutritional value of your ingredients. Since 2005, Freshii has achieved recognition as the perfect place for convenient, healthy and delicious meals and snacks served fast enough to fit into anyone’s busy schedule. While a torrent of environmentally and nutritionally unfriendly restaurants abound, Freshii is taking a stand by eliminating traditional industry staples: excess packaging, heavy energy consumption, and greasy processed meals. Freshii’s hip, friendly and environmentally sustainable atmosphere has brought the concept fast popularity and triggered its nations wide expansion across North America with 60 locations open and under development in over 18 cities around the world – including Dubai and Vienna. (www.freshii.com)