Whining and Dining

Randi Rom


A must go to event. On November 15th, more than 20 of the area's best chefs will serve samples of their signature dishes at The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Dinner and Auction. Beginning at 6 pm at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel the evening will include live and silent auctions of unique dining packages, hotel stays and weekend getaways. Some of my fave participating chefs "round town" include: my BFF Winston Blick from Clementine; proud, new Mom Renee D'Souza from Sweet Sin Gourmet Desserts and Bakery  (double chocolate mousse cupcakes-OMG!); Bryan Bernstein -Saval Foodservice; Barry Fleishman-Innovative Gourmet; Brian Sullivan - Harbor Magic Hotels and Gianfranco Fracassitti - Café Gia. The Signature Chefs Auction supports the work of the March of Dimes, whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For more info go to marchofdimes.com.


On Wednesday, November 10 from 5 - 7 pm at Attman's Delicatessen, located at 1019 East Lombard Street --It's Double Trouble on Corned Beef Row! Try the "Israeli Rocket."  James Battee, a local author will sign copies of his book based on Lombard Street's historic Jewish Deli district and people! At The event Attman's will be offering a special sandwich called "The Israeli Rocket" that is described in the book! How fun does THIS sound?


Celebrate all things Irish at the 35th Annual Irish Festival on November 12-14. Go to the Timonium Fairgrounds at 2200 York Road -it's in the Cow Palace Hon. Music, arts and crafts, ethnic food and demonstrations. Friday, November 12 from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, November 13 from 12 noon- 11 p.m. Sunday, November 14 from 12 noon- 6 p.m. Go to IrishFestival.com.


Barracuda's Tavern (used to be Luca's) opened at 1230 Fort Avenue in Locust Point. I haven't had a chance to go but the Baltimore Bars Examiner Columnist, Cindy Plackmeyer, gave it good reviews. And I trust Miz Cindy 'cause she's always right. Cindy noted that some standouts from their regular menu include basil crab dip, fish tacos, pizza and low country shrimp-n-grits. I love me some shrimp and grits! Monday -Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. but the bar is always open until 2 a.m. Call 410-685-2832.


Have a cocktail and join the fight! Kimpton Restaurants' Master Mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout has created three handcrafted cocktails for their Cocktails for a Cure campaign. Last year they raised over $100,000 for local HIV charities and this year they hope to raise more. There are two ways "to fight." From now until December 1st -which is World Aids Day--- Kimpton will donate $1 of each specialty cocktail purchased to an HIV service organization in our community. Or-if you buy a Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants gift certificate now through the end of the year, 10% of your purchase will be donated to the fight against AIDS/HIV. So-go to the B&O American Brasserie at 2 North Charles Street in the Hotel Monaco. BandORestaurant.com.

And if you want to really get into the true spirit of the holidays, make a "World Aids Day" donation in a loved ones name to Moveable Feast. And sign up for the 2011 Ride for the Feast on May 14th & 15th.  Go to MFeast.org. Feed people, fight disease, foster hope.

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