Over the last few years, Baltimore’s food scene has exploded. New places opening up all the time, collaborations are everywhere, pop-ups, beer and wine dinners and more. And on the drinks side of the house, many local bartenders are using fresh housemade ingredients, creative spirits and featuring products from local breweries, wineries, distillers. And, it’s only going to get better – the next five years will be huge years of growth for food and drink in Baltimore. #ilovethiscity
Before we talk about food, I need to tell you something. The owners of The Local Fry – Liz and Kevin – met in Paris. Seriously, I love that. I have been to Paris three times and never met my person. I don’t think he lives there. But I still love Paris.
Tim Dyson didn’t fall in love with cooking when he was young. There was no romantic notion of being in the kitchen, working with his hands or love of the rush of a busy night on the line. It simply was something that he was pretty good at and that was enough for him.
I don’t meant to make it sound like he didn’t care. It’s just that it took a little time. He was pragmatic. The function of what he was doing, blended with a love of food was a good combo. He started out helping his mom at work. She worked in many kitchens along the east coast and as a kid, Tim would do dishes, help with prep, side work and whatever else needed to get done. School wasn’t his biggest priority and he was attracted to the forgiving nature of the restaurant industry and he seemed to find a good fit.
Josh Hershkovitz of Hersh’s Pizza & Drinks is a man of many talents. A Baltimore native and graduate of McDonogh School and the University of Chicago, he studied both sculpture and philosophy in college. He also has an MBA. And the cooking. He certainly has that down. Aren’t you glad he chose cooking?
My Mom (um, hello…Peg Fitzpatrick) is Irish. Her great-grandmother Catherine Buckley arrived in Baltimore on a ship from County Cork in 1850 at the age of 16. And…when you see my Mom, you say…yep, she’s Irish.
And, while my Irish Mom is a big part of who I am (and my Dad, too…I named my dog Henry in his honor), my love of food and cooking and feeding people seems to come from my maternal grandmother, Mary Fitzpatrick. She and my grandfather Clark lived on a working farm in Harford County and I’ve written a little about them before. They were extremely hard working people – raising lambs, pigs, chickens and steer, smoking and curing meats and so much more. Mary was a fabulous cook and if you stopped by their house, you ate. Like, really, ate.One of my Mom’s most vivid food memories was her mother frying chicken in bacon fat – she said the skin was perfectly crispy.
The fine folks at Gertrude’s at the BMA are hosting a good old fashioned keg party and all of the fun benefits Moveable Feast, a fabulous local organization that feeds those in need. (Beer and food + a good cause = Win/Win.) I’m pretty much in it for the corned beef sliders and Guinness and coffee macarons…but look at the menu below. Friday the 13th is no longer unlucky!
With the explosion of the craft cocktail movement, many major cities have cocktail weeks – New York, Portland, New Orleans to name a few of the larger ones. These events are for industry professionals and cocktail enthusiasts alike. Some events are purely social and fun, but most are educational. Yes, tasting booze at 10:00 a.m. on a Tuesday is what the pros do.
People are always asking each other…what’s your favorite crab cake in town? Burger? Pizza? On that last one, pretty consistently, Iggie’s was my answer. The place was so charming and easy and I flipped for the Cipolla and Funghi pies and so many others. They had thin crust pizzas, San Pellegrino sodas (plus BYOB) and it was dog friendly (love.) It was just easy to go there and feel comfortable. I spent many a Sunday afternoon sitting outside with a friend, pizza and a bottle of vino.
Iggie’s Cipolla Pizza – panchetta, mozzarella, ricotta, red onion confit