Cindy Wolf of Charleston in Harbor East has once again been tapped as a finalist for the most high-profile food awards in the United States.
Only one restaurant in Baltimore — and Maryland — made the list of OpenTable’s 100 best restaurants.
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This week’s horrendous shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston claimed nine victims--including a track coach, a librarian, a state senator, and many other beautiful souls. It’s easy to feel helpless after such a horrible incident. But sometimes even just gathering together can feel like taking a small, positive step.
Tony Foreman has changed the face of Baltimore’s food scene. In 1995, when he moved back to Baltimore to open the restaurant Savannah (with his then wife, still business partner Cindy Wolf) the top restaurants in town were Tio Pepe and The Prime Rib — both of which had been around for nearly 30 years.
Since then, Foreman Wolf has opened six restaurants — Charleston, Petit Louis Bistro, Pazo, Cinghiale, and Johnny’s in Baltimore, and a second Petit Louis in Columbia – all of which they own. Along the way, they have churned out a few Baltimore food stars — Charm City Cakes’ Duff Goldman and Josh Hershkovitz of Hersh’s Pizza & Drinks to name a few — and countless trained waitstaff, raising the bar for Baltimore’s restaurants.
Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu
Friday, February 13 & Saturday, February 14, 5-10PM
It must be love at Apropoe’s this Valentine’s Day! Located at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, join us for a romantic evening on Friday, February 13 or Saturday, February 14. Savor our special Valentine’s Day four-course prix fixe menu and enjoy celebratory champagne & specialty cocktails. Overnight packages available to top off your special night. Call 410-895-1879 for reservations. 700 Aliceanna Street.ApropoesHarborEast.com.
One Night. Four Amazing Valentine’s Courses.
Saturday, February 14
Join us for an inspired journey in passionate culinary creation this Valentine’s Day. Chef Matt Ellis has prepared a special four course menu, highlighted by a duo of delicate Misoyaki “Butterfish” and Kobe Beef Short Rib in a Red Wine Curry Demi-Glace. View the special menu and reserve at RoysRestaurant.com.
Learn Japanese in Three Courses
We’ve redefined the traditional, vibrant flavors of Japanese cuisine with an incredible new three course Prix Fixe menu, just $36.95 for a limited time.
Friday, February 13 & Saturday, February 14
Join us at Pazo, one of Baltimore’s most romantic restaurants, on Valentine’s Weekend for a celebratory multi-course, southern Italian dinner on Saturday February 14th for $79 per person, or for the traditional a la carte menu on Friday. Guests can also enjoy a special menu in the bar and lounge that will feature stuzzichini (Italian small plates) and pizza. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at (410) 534-7296 or visit online at www.pazorestaurant.com. Complimentary valet parking.
WIT & WISDOM
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Wit & Wisdom
Saturday, February 14, 5-10:30PM
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Wit & Wisdom with a special three-course menu. $95 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Optional wine pairings available for $45 per person. Join us for our Valentine Vendetta Party featuring a live DJ and specialty cocktails in the Bar & Lounge from 10 p.m. to close. Reservations are not required.
Sunday, February 15, 6-10PM
Experience our four-course Valentine’s Day dessert tasting and cocktail pairing that will make you swoon. Featuring sweet creations from Pastry Chef Dyan Ng and creative cocktails from Head Bartender Aaron Joseph. $45 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.
For reservations, please call Shannon Toback at (410) 223-1464, or email [email protected]. Space is limited.
Champagne Campaign at Wit & Wisdom
Wit & Wisdom is raising a glass in homage to Corkbuzz Wine Studioin New York for the inspiration to share Champagne at half price every night of the week. We welcome you to visit us at Wit & Wisdom’s Barand partake in enjoying your favorite Champagne at half price from 10 pm to midnight. We hope you’ll join us for a bottle (or two!), and make sure to ask for our Lead Sommelier Julie Dalton – she’ll find the perfect bottle to wet your whistle. Santé!
Valentine’s Day Menu
Three Courses. Endless love. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering a three-course Valentine’s menu starting at $59.95 from February 13 through the 15. Their incredible three-course menu features a delectably tender Filet Mignon, perfectly prepared and accompanied by your choice of either a Pecan-Crusted Salmon for $59.95 or a delicious 8-oz. Lobster Tail with drawn butter for $69.95. Celebrate Valentine’s day with the perfect pair. To make your reservation & learn more, visit:https://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/landing-pages/valentines-day-2015/?promoid=ValentinesDay
Fashionably Late Happy Hour
Come meet the later crowd. Fleming’s has a new fashionably late happy hour, 8 for $9 ’til 10. They’ve raised the bar for what happy hour means to steak and wine lovers. Now, they’re taking it to the next level. With their new, later happy hour, you can enjoy 8 incredible items for just $9 each from 8–10 p.m.* Try their savory Ahi Tuna Tacos or slow-braised Short Rib Empanadas. It’s happy hour for the late crowd. To Learn More > https://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/8-9-10/.
Valentine’s Day Menu
Saturday, February 14
Love is in the air at Azumi after announcing our debut Valentine’s Day Signature Menu! Come have a romantic evening overlooking the picturesque Inner Harbor and enjoy the best Japanese cuisine in town. Reservations are going quick! To reserve, visit AzumiRestaurant.com or call (443) 220-0477.
Eight New Menu Items!
We’re excited to announce the addition of 8 new items to our menu! Some of the delicious dishes include Lamb Carpaccio, Stuffed Calamari, Braised Pork Ribs and Charcoal Grilled Sashimi Grade Tuna. View our menu on OuzoBay.com for a complete list and descriptions. Come see us at Ouzo Bay and give these delicious additions a try!
February 14th & 15th
Join us for Chef Cindy Wolf’s beautiful multi-course, tasting menu at Maryland’s only Five-Star restaurant on the Baltimore waterfront in Harbor East. The celebratory Saturday prix fixe menu will be available for $149 per person or $219 with accompanying wines; Sunday’s menu is chef’s traditional tasting menu. Reservations begin at 5:30PM and can be made by calling the restaurant at (410) 332-7373 or visit online atwww.charlestonrestaurant.com. Complimentary valet parking.
Friday, February 13 – Sunday, February 15
Join us at Cinghiale on Valentine’s Weekend for a celebratory multi-course, romantic Italian dinner on Saturday February 14th for $99 per person, or for the traditional a la carte menu on Friday & Sunday. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at (410) 547-8282 or visit online at www.cgeno.com. Complimentary valet parking.
LEGG MASON TOWER
Valentine’s Day Celebration
Saturday, February 14, 7-9:30PM
Eat, drink & be mine. Please join us for a Valentine’s Day celebration on Saturday, February 14th! Enjoy a 5-course dinner, wine & champagne and a special gift. Located on the 4th floor of Legg Mason Tower. $100 per couple. RSVP only to Martha Olney, email [email protected] or call 410-454-2678.
Okay, so judging all the restaurants in the entire country against each other is a little bit of a ridiculous exercise — how can you compare an amazing hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese pho spot against a fine-dining establishment serving up $250 tasting menus?
But that caveat aside, congratulations to the Baltimore restaurant that, by the ranking system devised by Open Table, is the 6th best restaurant in America. Can you guess what it is?
In November 2009, Tony Foreman, co-owner of Charleston, Baltimore’s award-winning-est restaurant, told STYLE Magazine that he would “be pissed off every single day until we’re on that list [of Forbes/Mobil five-star restaurants].” Well, a year and a half is a long time to stay pissed — but hopefully Charleston’s recent Five Star Diamond Award (not awarded by Mobil, alas) will help assuage the pain somewhat.
And maybe Charleston should maybe stop hogging all the awards. There are only 150 restaurants in the U.S. that have received a four-star rating from the Mobil/Forbes travel guide (the closest relative we’ve got to Europe’s uber-prestigious Michelin stars); Charleston is the only one in Baltimore, and has been since 2007. Last year, only 22 restaurants in the entire country received five-star ratings. It’s impressive company to aspire to.
The Five Star Diamond award, while it may sound more expensive, isn’t quite so rare, but they certainly don’t skimp on adjectives in their press releases:
“Each year the Academy bestows its coveted International Star Diamond Award exclusively to five star establishments that are deemed to be the pinnacle of quality by its esteemed Board of Trustees. The International Star Diamond Award is the most prestigious emblem of achievement and true quality; an award many strive for, but few obtain.”
So congrats to Charleston’s chef and co-owner, Cindy Wolf and to Foreman. Even if this wasn’t the particular five-star award they were looking for, it’s gotta still feel pretty good. Stop by Charleston’s regular Wednesday happy hour from 5:30 – 7PM to enjoy $10 flutes of champagne and complimentary hors d’oeuvres to celebrate!