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Tony Foreman, People Person: Big Fish Q & A With Baltimore Restaurateur


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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.

Dine New Year’s Eve at Petit Louis


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catch of the day fish (2)Still wondering what to do for New Years? You’re not alone. Making New Years plans can be tricky, particularly if you’ve waited until after the Christmas madness to start considering your options. It can be a bit like going grocery shopping while hungry: just not a wise idea. You’ve already attended more holiday parties than you can count, dressed for every occasion, and cooked and cleaned for guest after guest. Which is why, by now, many of us can feel more than eager to spend New Years Eve in our Snuggies, on the couch, watching those with more energy than us celebrating in Times Square. But there is a better way.

Celebrate David Simon, Treme, New Orleans Cuisine and more at Johnny’s Sunday, Dec. 15


Treme cookbook

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If the headline of today’s Catch seems a bit densely packed with things you love, we just want to assure you that yes, you read that correctly. Our much-beloved David Simon (creator of The Wire, and also of Treme) will be making an appearance on Sunday, December 15 from 2 – 4 p.m. at Johnny’s. He’ll be there to promote the new HBO series-inspired cookbook, Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans, for which he wrote the preface. The book’s author, famed food writer Lolis Eric Elie, will also be there to sign books and chat with all of us foodies and New Orleans enthusiasts. If you haven’t sunken your teeth into Treme yet, we’d suggest sitting down for a good marathon before attending on Sunday. You’ll be glad you did, and you’ll also have an extra appreciation for the book.

The $50 ticket price includes a signed copy of the cookbook (which also has a forward by Anthony Bourdain), inspired snacks and a Treme cocktail, so you can get a taste of what it’s all about while you pore over your gorgeous new copy of the book.

Treme, the cookbook, of course, makes a fabulous gift for anyone who loves to cook, or who has been a fan of the show. And it’s all the more special signed. As the television series draws to a close with its final season, letting New Orleans style cooking fill your kitchen (and belly) is a great way to keep the spirit alive, even when the show is long gone.

To reserve a place at the Dec. 15 book signing from 2 – 4, call 410-773-0777, ext 2. Johnny’s is located at 4800 Roland Ave in Roland Park.

Possibly the Best Date Idea in Town? Whiskey Wednesday at Johnny’s

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Some of the small batch whiskeys sampled at Whiskey Wednesdays retail for between $50 and $60 a bottle.

Looking for a great way to spend the evening that isn’t just the usual dinner and a movie? In this heat, we’re kind of crossing most outdoorsy options off the list, but what makes for a great night out that is more than just the usual “wanna grab a drink?” Johnny’s, the latest from restaurateurs Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf, has the answer. Every other Wednesday at Johnny’s, you can attend Whiskey Wednesday—an event sure to excite anyone who’s already a fan of fine whiskeys, and to convert anyone who isn’t (yet).

New to whiskey?  What to expect is explained on your placemat.
New to whiskey? What to expect is explained on your placemat.

Every Whiskey Wednesday features a flight of four different high-end whiskeys, and each flight has its own theme. On the evening we attended, the theme was Jim Beam style bourbons—we weren’t even sure what that meant going in, but soon, all was explained. Our host for the evening was the affable and uber-knowledgable Sam Massa of Bin 604 Wine Sellers. There are a few different hosts who rotate week to week, but Sam told us he’s pretty much there for every event, just because he loves tasting the whiskeys. He also gave us plenty of fun facts about each whiskey we tasted—not just the usual “hints of citrus, port undertones” kind of thing, but actual whiskey history and trivia, which gave the evening an extra sense of fun—this wasn’t just about tasting a nine year-old beverage, this was American history!

Johnny’s Ice Cream Cart is Open!


Johnnys Ice Cream Cart

catch of the day fish (2)Summer—as far as we’re concerned—is ice cream season. There are those who enjoy scoops and cones year round, but for us, ice cream was clearly meant to be enjoyed on hot days only—preferably outside, in the sun, sitting on a bench or the grass. And we’re sure if we took a poll of local schoolchildren, they’d agree. They, like us, would also probably be grateful to anyone who’s still peddling homemade ice cream and keeping it real with classic flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and their other traditional-flavor brethren. Where to go for such a thing? Well, as of a few days ago, the Johnny’s ice cream cart is open, and will be every sunny day this summer. Here’s hoping there are lots of them.