Sante: an Epicurean Adventure to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland

Ryan Rom

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland will hold a new fundraising event, Santé: an Epicurean Adventure on Sunday, June 13th, from 3 to 6 PM at the American Visionary Art Museum, proceeded by a VIP tasting at 2 PM.

Santé features guided food and drink tastings complete with chef demonstrations, live music and a silent auction featuring culinary-themed travel packages, gourmet wine dinners, sports memorabilia, work by local artists and more.

Local restaurants have already committed their time to be at the event.  Some have even announced some of their dishes:



B & O American Brasserie
Crispy Pork Belly with Cherries and Smoked Balsamic


Coconut Shrimp, Crab Cakes, Crispy Oysters, 5-Spiced Duck and Papaya Served in Wonton Cups, Filet of Beef Roulade, Smoked Salmon Tartare, Moroccan Meatballs, Spanakopita, Chicken Quesadillas, Tomato Bruschetta, and Thai-Seared Salmon

Blue Hill Tavern

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Saucissons, Paté and House-Made Jams on Baguette Slices


Neopol Savory Smokery

Cheese Fondue


RA Sushi
Tootsy Maki with Chips and Salsa

Tuna Tartare


The Wine Market

Honorary Chairs supporting the event are Hugh Sisson, managing partner of Clipper City Brewing Company; Nelson Carey, sommelier and owner of Grand Cru wine bar; Brendan Dorr, head bartender at B&O American Brasserie; and Jerry Pelegrino, chef and owner of Corks.

Chef demonstrations will be given by Joy Ludwig, pastry chef at Charleston, Sandy Lawler, chef and owner of Feast @ 4 East, and Jesse Sandlin, executive chef at Vino Rosino.

A VIP tasting at 2 PM will feature premium food and beverage pairings, as well as the following guided tastings not available at the main event:  gin by Nelson Carey, rum by Joe Squared owner, Joe Edwardsen, and tequila by Blue Agave owner Liz Atwood.

VIP Premium tasting tickets are $100.  General admission tickets are $75 per person in advance and $85 at the door.  If you would like to attend as a designated driver, the cost is $40.  Santé proceeds will help NKF-MD to expand its patient services education research efforts.  Tickets, sponsorship, volunteer and more information can be obtained by visiting the Sante website or calling (443) 332-0377.

Want to win a pair of tickets?  Enter's Foto with Forky Contest!  The rules are simple.  In honor of our mascot, Forky, we want you to take a snapshot of yourself with a fork and post it to our facebook page, mention us with a twitpic, or email it to us at  It's that simple!  Submissions will be judged and the most unique post will win a pair of tickets to Santé: an Epicurean Adventure!  All fork photos must be submitted no later than Tuesday, June 1st!

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