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?
There are so many food events in Baltimore in the next month or so I needed to make a list, so I thought I’d share it with you!
Disloyalty Pop-up Coffee Tasting
Saturday, September 28
Fells Point Farmers Market
7:30am – until they run out….
The Disloyalty Card program, which encourages visitors and locals alike to discover the city’s great cafés and coffee shops outside of their daily routines, launched in August. Pitango Gelato and Dooby’s Coffee will join LAMILL Coffee at the Fells Point Farmers Market to provide complimentary samples of their bestselling beverages and light fare along with information about the Disloyalty Card program. Get your card at the farmers market, go to all of the participating coffee shops and discover some of the city’s best coffee!
Farm to Chef
Monday, September 30
American Visionary Art Museum
$110 day of event
Farm to Chef is a local culinary competition that benefits Days of Taste. Thirty of the most talented Maryland chefs will be paired with thirty local farms to create innovative dishes for guests to enjoy. Plus delicious, creative cocktails presented by the Baltimore Bartenders Guild.
International Sake Day
Tuesday, October 1
PABU will kick off Sake Month with International Sake Day with the launch of a month-long Sake Happy Hour featuring complimentary abbreviated Sake 101 classes (see below for details) taught by Tiffany Soto, one of only three female master sake sommeliers in the world, and complimentary sake tastings. PABU will also highlight signature sake cocktails like the Cobra Kai and the Super X as well as offer special pricing on sake by the glass and bottle.
Birroteca’s 1st Birthday
Benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter
Thursday, October 3
6:30-10:30pm General Admission
VIP $100, General $35
I think I’m in love. With a restaurant. Birroteca. And it’s literally a minute from my house, so…an affair has ensued. I think I’ve told everyone I know …
I love really good pizza. Give me a crispy thin crust with delicious, flavorful toppings and I’m a happy girl. My hilarious friend Richie would call my kind of pizza “artsy.” You know…arugula, goat cheese, prosciutto, roasted garlic…that kind of stuff. Fancy pants.
Everyone’s so busy these days, so I think it’s perfectly fine to use pizza dough from the prepared food section at a store like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. Save yourself some time, hon. However, if you’d rather do the whole scratch thing (and save some money, too), it’s not hard at all. Here’s Ina Garten’s recipe. I’ve also made Pioneer Woman’s dough, too.
Whether you make the dough or not, the key to grilling pizza is to work super fast with a VERY hot grill. Be sure to have your crusts and toppings close by. Just put the crust on the grill, brush both sides with olive oil, grill both sides for a few seconds, add your toppings (I put the cheese on before the sauce like they do at John’s Pizzeria in NYC) and close the top (I turn the heat down a smidge) and grill for about 4-5 minutes. Easy as pizza pie.
What you choose to drink with your pizza depends on your own personal preference or mood and also different things go with different toppings. Check out my friend’s blog Scribbleskiff for some ideas (like pairing spicy, meaty toppings with an IPA…) The pairing combinations are almost endless! Lately, my fave combo is goat cheese, mozzarella and arugula pizza with a glass of Torrontes. And…now that I have the chickens out back, I sometimes top a pizza with a fried egg soon.
If you’d rather have a pro make your pizza, Baltimore has several great spots for delicious artisanal pizza. My favorite is Iggies in Mt. Vernon. I love, love, love the Cipolla pizza with onion confit, mozzarella, pancetta and ricotta. Also, the Funghi with mushroom ragu, leeks and mozzarella. Holy moly, it’s good. Oh, and p.s. Iggies is moving to Ruxton later this year. Good for folks in the county…sad for me.