Whining and Dining

Randi Rom

LOVE THIS! Lunedi Pazza Pasta at Pazza Luna (family and friends gather at the table) You don't need a full moon to go pasta crazy at Pazza Luna Trattoria located in Baltimore's Locust Point at 1401 E Clement Street; you just need to be there on Monday (Lunedi) evenings for pasta night. Each table receives three bowls of pastas with house made sauces: vegetarian, meat and seafood and a salad bowl - very rustic, *Italian family-style. For the adults at the table who want vino, Pazza Luna offers a large selection of unique Lombardy wines at a $20 per bottle price. Get a little crazy (pazza), pasta crazy at Pazza Luna with Lunedi Pazza Pasta. Mondays are family night, a great way of bringing the family and friends to the table. Lunedi Pazza Pasta at Pazza Luna is $15 for adults and only $8.00 for children 12 years or younger. Every Monday evening. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Call 410.962.1212 - reservations are suggested, A lil history. In February 2010 Pazza Luna was revitalized with new chef/owners, Christa Rossi and her husband, Executive Chef Davide Rossi-possibly the best looking foodie couple in town. Their seasonal menus reflect chef's Italian homeland with a salute to Maryland regional products. Since taking over the formerly owned Locust Point restaurant they have been receiving rave reviews - a real neighborhood find that has become a destination dining location. People-this is a no-brainer. Phenomenal food. Risotto TDF! Run-don't walk! www.PazzaLuna.us Food Service Monthly and National Examiner columnist Dara Bunjon, had this to say. " Everyone has had one of the Oh My God (OMG) moments at a restaurant where you ate something so wonderful, it was a culinary epiphany. You walked away from the table in an ethereal state of mind. Well if you haven't, may one be in your future very, very soon. Chef set before us a lovely plate of ravioli stuffed with blue crab, mascarpone cheese and chives topped with spinach, sautéed cherry tomatoes, and crispy prosciutto in a sherry reduction. The pasta on the ravioli was as light as can be, not doughy as we find in prepackaged frozen ravioli and many restaurants- light, almost see through. Rarely do I wax poetic on food that I have eaten, rave in fact, so heed my culinary alert and go try Pazza Luna's crab ravioli. You can get a coupon on www.Restaurant.com and save some dollars when you go."

Looking for something amazing for the holidays? How about some charcuterie from Clementine on Harford Road in the Hamilton-Lauraville neighborhood? Chef/Owner Winston Blick makes his own hams, sausages pates, butters and rillettes. Gotta say-the best I've ever had. Same thing with their roast chicken-the best bar none. And-if you haven't checked out their Tuesday Taco night-do it! OMG-the pork blew me away! 410-444-1497. BMoreClementine.com.

OK. So---I have a new fave gluten free product. There are actually REALLY good chicken tenders out there. I haven't had a decent breaded chicken in over 2 years-a girl can only take so much rotisserie. Anyway-Coleman Natural has amazing products-NOT just gluten free, The company does not use antibiotics, added hormones, preservatives, MSG or fillers. Seriously, if they can make a gluten free chicken tender that is delicious....  Just sayin. Go to ColemanNatural.com for a list of products and find out what stores carry their products. Thank you Coleman. There is a god.

This lil tidbit came my way via mahgurl Dara Bunjon who always gets the scoop. Small Batch, a day rate community kitchen Small is now open at 2800 Sisson Street, Baltimore on the ground floor at the same building as the Mill Valley General Store. And..the always fab Whiskey Island Pirate Shop. If ya haven't been to one of Mick's bug boils- you're seriously missing out. Anyway, Small Batch is for entrepreneurs who want to produce a food product but don't have the space or dollars for their own kitchen. SmallBatch.org.

La Banque de Fleuve, a new banquet facility opened in Havre de Grace where the Susquehana River meets the Chesapeake Bay. This is a one of a kind historic building (originally constructed in 1904 as a bank building) has many of the original architectural features including two octagonal rooms with gas fireplaces, high marble wainscot, ornamental plaster and bank vault. La Banque is located at 321 St John St Havre de Grace. Call 410-942-1444 or go to LaBanquedeFleuve.com

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) announced the results of the 2010 Black Box Culinary Challenge, held in Baltimore in conjunction with the recent Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage and Lodging EXPO.  Teams of young chefs representing restaurants, cafes and catering establishments faced-off in this hands-on culinary challenge where each team was required to create a three-course menu using the ingredients concealed within the "Black Box." Chef Stephen Edwards, Foodservice Business Development Manager for MLA remarks, "The aim of the Black Box Culinary Challenge is to encourage young professionals to work and compete in a high-pressure team environment where they can display their talents. The winners are:

Overall Winner:   Mitsitam Café - Washington, DC

Overall 2nd Place:  Stratford University - Falls Church, VA

Overall Third Place:  Marriott Key Bridge - Arlington, VA

Best Appetizer:  Mitsitam Cafe - Washington, CD

Best Entrée:  Marriott Key Bridge - Arlington, VA

Best Dessert:  Stratford University - Falls Church, VA

Best Table Display:  Marriott Wardman - Washington, DC


Save the date! The 20th Annual Chocolate Affair
 is slated for Thursday, February 3 from 
6-9:30 p.m. M&T Bank Stadium hosts the "sweetest night in town!"  Sample sweet and savory treats from over 50 of Baltimore's best restaurants, caterers and chocolatiers; enjoy auctions, dancing, live music, spa treatments and more; all to benefit Health Care for the Homeless. This is seriously one of the best events in town and VERY well attended. They still have a few spots left if you want to get your name out there -email me at RandiRom@comcast.net and I'll hook you up. ChocolateAffair.org.


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