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Win Tickets to Locapour Drink Local Cider & Mead Festival

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LOCAL HARD CIDER • LOCAL MEAD • Thursday, July 11 • Cockeysville

Who doesn’t love a good hard cider, or honey-sweetened mead and melomels made with local fruit?  Maryland is home to several wineries producing some of the best of these elixers.  Lucky for us, they’re all gathering in one place to celebrate the summer and kick off the first annual Locapour event.

Maryland Wineries Association would like to offer a pair of tickets to this family-friendly event.  Comment below to be entered to win.  Winners will be announced on Monday, July 8th.  Good luck!

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WHEN: Thursday, July 11 • 4 – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture & Farm Park
In the tree-lined allé
1114 Shawan Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030

MORE: In addition to the locally-produced cider and mead, guests will enjoy other vendors and artisans, food and live (roving!) music. There will be farm tours by Farmer Stan, and much more!

TICKETS: Entry is $20 ($25 at the farm) and includes samples of locally-produced hard cider and mead. Non-taster tickets are $10. Kids under 8 are admitted free!

Proceeds to benefit Maryland farmers through the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council and the Maryland Wineries Association.

 

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Sprezzatura 4th of July Shopping Celebration

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Whether you’re planning on a leisurely day of independence, or looking forward to a day spent with friends and family, the 4th of July is always filled with celebration and sparkle.  The same holds true with the beautiful collection that Sprezzatura offers.  With a keen eye for design, owners Pamela and Brent have scoured the world to bring gorgeous items for your home, unique jewelry,  fragrances and more.  Check out the new items below, or stop by the store- always beautifully decorated, and service beyond compare.  Make sure to have your gifts wrapped in the shop, as the packages are so beautiful, the box alone will impress!

Spruce up your home this summer with decor from Sprezzatura.

 

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Liam Flynn’s Ale House Expanding with New Food Menu and More Seats

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Courtesy Bmore Media – Liam Flynn’s Ale House in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District is expanding with additional seating and a new kitchen, featuring Scottish and Irish favorites to go with their popular beers and ales.

The expansion will increase the Ale House’s footprint within the North Avenue Market building where it’s located from 2,200 square feet to 3,000 square feet, says Liam Flynn, who co-owns the bar with wife Jessica. The Ale House currently seats about 64 and after the renovation, it will increase its capacity to about 100 with new outdoor tables and more seats at the bar. The new kitchen should be ready by August.

Try Dutch Floral Garden for Home & Entertaining Designs Needs

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Dutch Floral Garden in Belvedere Square is unlike other florists in town. For one, all the designers have apprenticed in Europe and create with a sophisticated aesthetic that’s different from other local floral arrangers.  Secondly, Dutch Floral Garden sells home accessories like topiaries, vases, cachepots, votives, and more to decorate the home both inside and out. Lastly, an unrivaled eye for color, texture and detail make the designs at DFG stand out.

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One of the best items at Dutch Floral Garden is the selection of ready made bouquets, perfect for when you don’t have time to make an arrangement yourself.  They are always on display, ready to grab and go, and they are gorgeous!  (They can be found in the refrigerated section.)

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So much about successful flower arranging is about mixing the right textures and colors.  Here the designers use bold colors in fresh, modern ways for a pleasing effect.

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Love the way the hasta leaves wrap around the container to create a stunning, modern look.

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Tavern on the Hill to Bring Brisket and Burgers to Mt. Vernon

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Courtesy Bmore Media – Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood boasts world cuisine ranging from Spanish to Thai, Indian to Italian. But diners craving a good deli sandwich have just a few options.

Opening in early July, the new Tavern on the Hill restaurant at 900 Cathedral St. will feature burgers, salads and classic deli fare like corned beef and brisket. The restaurant will be on the ground floor of the 58-unit Cathedral Court apartment building.

Charm City Cook: Bagby Group’s Fleet Street Kitchen, and Soon-to-Come Cunningham’s in Towson

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Yes, I’m writing about another Harbor East restaurant. The Hampden girl. But hey, I like to go downtown with the fancy people sometimes. I’m still amazed that Harbor East has become what it is: a dining and shopping destination downtown. How cool is that? I love this city! My big retail weakness there? Oh, just a little bit ‘o Anthropologie. The housewares in that place are pretty much my biggest weakness. Ever. I’d almost say it’s like crack, but I know that’s an incredibly  overused term. Some friends of mine wanted me to name my salted caramel brownies “crack brownies.” But, this is Baltimore and people already think we live on The Wire, so no. Let’s just say this store is a real problem for me.

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Harbor East is also filled with such good places to eat and drink. One fave is Fleet Street Kitchen. It’s part of The Bagby Restaurant Group, which is a real presence in this super hot ‘hood. Much like the folks over at the Michael Mina restaurants at the Four Seasons, PABU and Wit & Wisdom, as well as Foreman Wolf (CharlestonCinghialeBin 604PAZO in Harbor East), the folks at Bagby have done an excellent job in recruiting the best of the best to run them and are now considered anchor restaurants in Harbor East. And, we are the lucky ones who get to enjoy it all.

First up for the Bagby group was the opening of Bagby Pizza Co in 2009 – a great casual pizza joint on Fleet Street. I visited with some friends when it opened and we were all very impressed. Great service, even better pizza pie (and sammies, salads and more.) Then came TEN TEN (I went last year and dreamed about the pork belly BLT)…and then Fleet Street Kitchen, where I dined earlier this week. And…next up, Cunningham’s Kitchen in Towson – a neighborhood that can really use a new restaurant! Get ready, my friends in the ‘burbs of Towson, Ruxton, Lutherville, etc. – it’s gonna be in the Towson CIty Center and it’s gonna be good. Most likely opening in September 2013. They are working hard to get it open, but are more concerned with making sure it’s exactly what they want. Bagby’s Chief Operating Officer Chef Chris Becker (formerly the Chef at The Wine Market and most recently, Fleet Street), told me that he’s writing the menu for Cunningham’s now. And with Beverage Director Tim Riley at the helm, I’m confident that the drinks side of the house will be spot on.

Friends & Farms Expands to Baltimore City: Roland Park and Little Italy new pick-up sites

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Courtesy Bmore Media – Friends and Farms last month launched two pickup sites in Baltimore, in Roland Park and Little Italy. The Columbia-based alternative food provider is starting with 30 customers at the new locations but expects to increase that number and to add additional pickup sites in the future.

“We knew there was a community in the city for us,”  says director of marketing Regina McCarthy, who conducted a marketing campaign with an emphasis on social media before the Baltimore launch.

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