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Sorry, Member of Congress, You Do NOT Get Any of This Free Pizza

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The downside of the government shutdown — well, you’ve probably already figured that part out, especially if you’re one of those non-essential employees. The upside? A few days off work, and free food at various Baltimore and DC area restaurants for furloughed federal employees… with one notable exception.

Charm City Cook: So Many Reasons to Eat and Drink!

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Photo courtesy http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk
Photo courtesy http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk

 

There are so many food events in Baltimore in the next month or so I needed to make a list, so I thought I’d share it with you!

Disloyalty Pop-up Coffee Tasting

Saturday, September 28
Fells Point Farmers Market
7:30am – until they run out….

The Disloyalty Card program, which encourages visitors and locals alike to discover the city’s great cafés and coffee shops outside of their daily routines, launched in August.  Pitango Gelato and Dooby’s Coffee will join LAMILL Coffee at the Fells Point Farmers Market to provide complimentary samples of their bestselling beverages and light fare along with information about the Disloyalty Card program. Get your card at the farmers market, go to all of the participating coffee shops and discover some of the city’s best coffee!

Farm to Chef
Monday, September 30
American Visionary Art Museum
6:30 p.m.
$99
$110 day of event

Farm to Chef is a local culinary competition that benefits Days of Taste. Thirty of the most talented Maryland chefs will be paired with thirty local farms to create innovative dishes for guests to enjoy. Plus delicious, creative cocktails presented by the Baltimore Bartenders Guild.

International Sake Day
Tuesday, October 1
PABU

PABU will kick off Sake Month with International Sake Day with the launch of a month-long Sake Happy Hour featuring complimentary abbreviated Sake 101 classes (see below for details) taught by Tiffany Soto, one of only three female master sake sommeliers in the world, and complimentary sake tastings. PABU will also highlight signature sake cocktails like the Cobra Kai and the Super X as well as offer special pricing on sake by the glass and bottle.

Birroteca’s 1st Birthday
Benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter
Thursday, October 3
5:30-6:30pm VIP
6:30-10:30pm General Admission

VIP $100, General $35

“Best Pizzeria in New York” to Open Highly Anticipated Hampden Branch Any Day Now

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Paulie Gee's Regina pizza, with Fior Di Latte, Italian tomatoes, Pecorino, Romano, olive oil and fresh basil. Photo courtesy  Nick Solares/Serious Eats
Paulie Gee’s Regina pizza, with
Fior Di Latte, Italian tomatoes, Pecorino, Romano, olive oil and fresh basil. Photo courtesy Nick Solares/Serious Eats

In a city with more than 1,600 pizza parlors, New York City’s Paulie Gee’s is regarded as the napkins-down best slice in town according to many local aficionados. “Paule Gee’s is my favorite pizza joint in New York,” says Brooklyn pizza expert and creator of the Snack Compass app Jason LaFerrera. “The Hell Boy is the perfect marriage of salty and sweet. The combination of Sopressata and honey make me consider adding pork products to my trail mix.” And pretty soon you won’t have to take the Bolt Bus to the city to sample those delights; this week,  Paulie Gee’s announced that its branch in Hampden (3535 Chestnut Avenue, aka the former Hampden Republican Club) will be opening “ASAP.”

In Our Baltimore Pizza Paradise, Who Needs Domino’s Cheesy “Theater”?

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Baltimore is a pizza lovers’ paradise, as our “best of” March Madness contest illustrated this spring. You’ll remember that Birroteca in Hampden won the most praise – after more than 20,000 contest votes were cast. Other crusty local legends – who topped the tasty competition – were Joe Squared in Station North, Johnny Rad’s on Eastern Ave., Tooloulou of East Baltimore, Iggie’s in Mount Vernon, and Matthew’s in Highlandtown. I personally pine for the pie at Two Boots next door to MICA and the slim, steaming slices at BOP (Brick Oven Pizza) in Fells Point.

Which brings me to my pizza-relevant point. With the new Domino’s walk-in shop opening in Hamilton this week, a stone’s throw from my Belair-Edison hood, I’m wondering how many of us true pie enthusiasts will bother to bite. Please weigh in below. Is Domino’s a processed-food guilty/nostalgic pleasure you still indulge in, when time is super short?

Birroteca Wins Fishbowl’s Finest Pizza Contest

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Birroteca wants to thank all of its fans who voted it in as the best pizza pie in Baltimore.
Now owner Robbin Haas is offering a toast:  Mention Baltimore Fishbowl and get an  Evolution Craft Brewery beer for only $1.00* with a pizza purchase. 
FISHBOWL
Offer expires May 1.
Says Robbin: “Thanks Baltimore!  Come by and share the love!”
We will!
*Please note the change from original post.  Darn state laws got in the way!!

Fishbowl’s Finest: March Madness Pizza Survey! UPDATE

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Originally posted March 22, 2013 @ 10:30 a.m. – Do you like pizza as much as we do? We like it a lot. So remember a few weeks ago when Travel + Leisure named Baltimore one of the top 20 cities for pizza? Well, we thought the entries were a little thin, so with March Madness upon us (as good a reason as any to stuff our faces with pizza), with thought we’d conduct our own survey and hold the first Baltimore Fishbowl best pizza contest. Doesn’t that sound cheesy? In the best way!

We’re calling it Fishbowl’s Finest – Best Pizza.

It’s simple, especially for pizza experts. We ask you: Out of our favorite pizza places, which do you love the most?

Then you show your love by voting as many times as you like! May the odds be in your favorite flavorful pizza place’s favor.

UPDATE 3/25/2013: You asked, we listened. :] Three Wild Card entries have been added. The support has been tremendous. Let’s keep it up!

UPDATE 3/27/2013: If you haven’t voted, go ahead and vote.  If you have, do so again. And again. And again. But only until Friday because that’s when we take the choices down to eight (just like March Madness, get it?) and allow only one vote a day.  The contest ends on April 8, the date of the March Madness final.  

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Charm City Cook: Home Slice

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I love really good pizza. Give me a crispy thin crust with delicious, flavorful toppings and I’m a happy girl. My hilarious friend Richie would call my kind of pizza “artsy.” You know…arugula, goat cheese, prosciutto, roasted garlic…that kind of stuff. Fancy pants.

I love to grill my own pizza on my snazzy Weber grill – it’s so easy! The first time I made pizza at home, I used the kitchn’s fantastic blog post on the subject as a reference.

Everyone’s so busy these days, so I think it’s perfectly fine to use pizza dough from the prepared food section at a store like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. Save yourself some time, hon. However, if you’d rather do the whole scratch thing (and save some money, too), it’s not hard at all. Here’s Ina Garten’s recipe. I’ve also made Pioneer Woman’s dough, too.

Whether you make the dough or not, the key to grilling pizza is to work super fast with a VERY hot grill. Be sure to have your crusts and toppings close by. Just put the crust on the grill, brush both sides with olive oil, grill both sides for a few seconds, add your toppings (I put the cheese on before the sauce like they do at John’s Pizzeria in NYC) and close the top (I turn the heat down a smidge) and grill for about 4-5 minutes. Easy as pizza pie.

What you choose to drink with your pizza depends on your own personal preference or mood and also different things go with different toppings. Check out my friend’s blog Scribbleskiff for some ideas (like pairing spicy, meaty toppings with an IPA…) The pairing combinations are almost endless! Lately, my fave combo is goat cheese, mozzarella and arugula pizza with a glass of Torrontes. And…now that I have the chickens out back, I sometimes top a pizza with a fried egg soon.

If you’d rather have a pro make your pizza, Baltimore has several great spots for delicious artisanal pizza. My favorite is Iggies in Mt. Vernon. I love, love, love the Cipolla pizza with onion confit, mozzarella, pancetta and ricotta. Also, the Funghi with mushroom ragu, leeks and mozzarella. Holy moly, it’s good. Oh, and p.s. Iggies is moving to Ruxton later this year. Good for folks in the county…sad for me.

Popular Pizza Joint Iggies to Move to Ruxton

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Iggies, the popular Mt. Vernon BYOB pizza joint, is moving to Riderwood Village on Bellona Avenue, a few feet in from the Joppa Road intersection, possibly as soon as November.

The eatery, owned by Lisa Henkman, has been a resounding success at its Calvert Street location. Henkman’s husband Peter Wood said the move is still being worked out due to zoning issues because there has never been a restaurant in the small shopping center, which houses the Riderwood post office, a dry cleaners and Ruxton Animal Hospital. A large space that used to house James Bryan hair salon has been vacant for years and local stationery store Down’s left a small space  just recently.

Hip to be Joe Squared?

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You might want to go out for pizza tonight instead of ordering in. Joe Squared is holding no-entry fee viewing parties at both their Station North and Power Plant Live locations tonight. What’s the occasion? Joe Squared will be featured on tonight’s episode of The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.”

The episode, titled “Out of the Box,” will feature Joe Edwardsen and his Joe Squared restaurants. While “Out of the Box” makes a nice play on restaurant-served pizza versus delivery pizza, the phrase is also a philosophy befitting all that Joe Squared offers. In addition to their square pies, they provide 17 varieties of risotto, live music from local and indie bands, and art shows where they don’t take a commission cut from the artists’ sales.

Tonight’s parties at both locations will play the television segment, which airs at 10pm. No reservations are necessary and there are no admission fees.

Joe Squared-Power Plant Live will host a more elaborate follow-up party this Friday, March 9, at 9pm. “Ode to Joe,” as this party is being called, includes live performances by Oil Pan Boy and The Manly Deeds, a rebroadcast of the episode, samples of the pizza and risotto featured on the television segment, and a chance to win a hat signed by “Diners” host, Guy Fieri.

While viewers’ mouths are watering across the nation we can sit smugly with a slice of the real thing square on our lips.

 

Time to Worship at the Pizza Altar

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Only two days left til the most anticipated event of Baltimore’s summer:  yes, of course, we’re referring to the opening of actor Chazz Palminteri‘s Italian restaurant Chazz:  A Bronx Original. It’s a dining establishment so momentous that it needs a subtitle. Need we say more?

Well, yeah, there’s plenty more to say. The restaurant’s decor sounds like it’s aiming for a mix between upscale-casual and totally ridiculous:  there are multiple dining rooms “each with its own Bronx personality,” “an unprecedented bar program” (whatever that means), and — maybe you should sit down for this one — a pizza altar.

But the pizza might turn out to be worthy of your worship:  it features house-made mozzerella, and gets baked in a coal-fired oven. One pizza expert pronounced coal-fired ovens 2008’s biggest fad in his annual “Year in Pizza” presentation, so Chazz is moderately on-trend in that way.

And of course with a name like Chazz:  A Bronx Original, the appeal isn’t only the food. As Chazz himself told the Baltimore Sun earlier this spring, “Diners will be sitting in Chazz’s dining room. Boom! One of my movies will come on. They’ll be dining at Chazz, and then they’ll see me on the screen. And then they’ll look around, and Chazz Palminteri will be right there.” No, he’s serious:  “Don’t be surprised to see me working the pizza oven; I plan on being there and being active.”

Palminteri had apparently spent years searching for the perfect place to launch the Italian restaurant of his dreams. Then he stopped by Aldo’s in Little Italy while he was in town performing his one-man show based on “A Bronx Tale” — and ended up eating there ten nights in a row. The man does his research:  after settling on a Harbor East location, Palminteri went on an “exhaustive pizza discovery tour of the New York area” with a couple of Baldwin brothers.

Sounds like it’ll fit right in with the expensive kitsch-that-doesn’t-know-it’s-kitsch of the rest of Little Italy. Let us know if you stop by!

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