Each year, the national food website Eater highlights “Young Guns,” front- and back-of-house restaurant workers who are “under 30 or have less than five years of experience in the industry.” It’s basically looking at the crop of talent coming up through the ranks, kind of like grading a NFL Draft class a few years later.
Chelsea Gregoire, bar manager at Hotel Revival and owner of the consulting firm Drinkable Genius, was named a winner for her programs that extend “acceptance to others in the beverage community,” with events and classes. Gregoire hopes to get more LGBTQ professionals in Baltimore’s food scene, telling Eater, “I’m excited to do what I do and bring people along with me as I go.”
Additionally, Ephrem Abebe and Steve Chu, of the Fells Point fast-casual eatery Ekiben, were named semifinalists for their delicious steamed buns and mantra, according to Chu, of, “Wake up, make buns, mentor youth, live the dream.”
These honorees will be celebrated tonight at Ida B’s Table, but they’ll also be hard at work, preparing a special menu of food and drink to show off what they do best. Seating is limited.
8-11 p.m., Ida B’s Table, 235 Holliday St., (410) 844-0444, idabstable.com.