Whining and Dining

Randi Rom

So-you've heard all the hoopla about the planned casino at Arundel Mills Mall. Here's what you may not know. First of all-it will be in a separate building. They're planning an entire entertainment venue that would include restaurants, a concert hall and more. The developers - The Cordish Company - announced that they're working with nationally known Chef Bobby Flay (from The Early Show on CBS), to create a concept for the restaurant in the casino. If the plans go through, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and The Cheesecake Factory will open, as will Obryicki's and possibly another local restaurant. And -Rams Head Tavern plans to open a live music venue at Arundel Mills - similar to the Annapolis venue. It's proposed to have 300 seats and would focus on jazz, blues and classic rock. Opponents of slots at the mall say this news means traffic and parking will be worse than they imagined. We'll know if the Cordish dream becomes a reality on Nov. 2.

Baltimore has been chosen as one of 25 cities in AOL's 2010 City's Best Program. AOL wants residents to vote on the "Best of" food and entertainment options available in and around Baltimore. The City's Best voting kicked-off on October 13 and will run through November 30. People can vote for their fave venue from a list of top 10 businesses in specific categories; a winner will be chosen from each of the categories (see the top 10 below) and announced on December 14. If you want to vote, here's the link for the Baltimore page: http://www.citysbest.com/baltimore/

Restaurants

         ○.            Best Chinese Food

         ○.            Best Desserts

         ○.            Best Seafood

         ○.            Best Italian Food

         ○.            Best Cheap Eats

Bars & Clubs

         ○.            Best Sports Bars

         ○.            Best Cocktails

         ○.            Best Live Music

         ○.            Best Irish Pubs

         ○.            Best After-Work Bar

Lifestyle

         ○.            Best Movie Theaters

         ○.            Best Places to Break Up

         ○.            Best Salons

         ○.            Best Fashion Boutiques

         ○.            Best Hotels

On October 21 The Celebrity Chef Tour to benefit the James Beard Foundation will be held at The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel at 202 East Pratt Street. The host chef will be Sean Curry. Originally from Philadelphia, Executive Chef Sean Patrick Curry discovered a passion for the food industry at the age of 7 while sweeping floors for the local pizza shop. He attended the Atlantic City Culinary Academy and apprenticed in Chambery, France with Executive Chef Michelle Bouvier. He worked at various restaurants on The Jersey Shore (can you say Snooki?) and was in the movie catering business developing new creations in a kitchen on a 54-foot truck. Sean ventured into the hotel world joining Marriott International in Chicago and working his way up until reaching his current position at the Renaissance Harbor Place. Tickets will be available September 23; the price is $140 per person-all inclusive. For more info, go to CelebrityChefTour.com.

Join Wish Upon a Wedding at their First Annual Blissful Wishes Ball on November 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm at Baltimore's Tremont Grand - - 222 St. Paul Place. This very special event is a gala celebration benefiting Wish Upon a Wedding, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide weddings & vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation-as it should be! Go to WishUponaWedding.org

 


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