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Towne Centre's Ziki's Japanese Steakhouse celebrates one-year anniversary

Fans of Ziki's Japanese Steakhouse, located at the Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole, dressed in their cocktail attire Saturday night to attend the restaurant's one-year anniversary. Guests were treated to a "VIP"-themed event, including a red carpet, a round of complimentary cocktails and appetizers, and a VIP card for future visits. The evening concluded with a champagne toast and the cutting of Ziki's birthday cake.

How to taste wine (and where to do so in Annapolis)

Tasting wine can be confusing for beginners. Looking back to when I first started tasting wine, I didn’t quite know how to do it. I didn’t get the purpose of swirling and sniffing, and I couldn’t discern the hints of fruit or chocolate and soon on. Luckily, I picked it up pretty quickly, and I know what I’m doing now.

Top Chef Spike Mendelsohn to judge Fort Meade Chili Cookoff

I just love me some Chef Spike Mendelsohn. I'm an avid Top Chef watcher, and Chef Spike was by far our favorite that season. In fact, just this last weekend, I took a trip to Spike's Good Stuff Eatery in D.C. to try out some of his burgers. (I highly recommend Spike's Sunnyside Burger.)So, when the following news release showed up in my inbox, I just couldn't wait to share it with everyone else.

Go 'downy Shore' for Ocean City Restaurant Week

We know it's not exactly beach weather anymore, but October can really be the best time to visit Ocean City, Maryland. (Take it from me—I lived on the Lower Shore for 3.5 years before moving to Annapolis, and I know my seasons in Ocean City.) Ocean City knows this, so they scheduled its annual restaurant week smack-dab in the middle of October.

Starbucks' future could be in beer and wine

Starbucks' newest concept has only begun to sprout in Seattle, the birthplace of the ubiquitous coffee shop, but it could be making its way across the country if it's a hit. Here's a snippet from USA Today's article about Starbucks' future in selling beer and wine: A very different kind of Starbucks is on tap. It will serve regional wine and beer. It offers an expansive plate of locally made cheeses — served on china. The barista bar is rebuilt to seat customers up close to the coffee.

Brasserie Brightwell's opening pushed to November

As we all know, scheduled opening dates are never set in stone. As such, I have another restaurant update for you. Brasserie Brightwell, an Easton restaurant owned by brothers-in-law Brendan Keegan and Brian Fox, was scheduled to open mid-October. However, I just spoke to a PR rep for the restaurant, who let me know that the opening date has been pushed back to early November. For those who haven't heard of this latest venture from Keegan and Fox, the owners of 208 Talbot in St. Michaels, Brasserie Brightwell will be a "cozy, casual, and affordable 120-seat French brasserie with an American flair and unique ambiance." It will offer both contemporary and classic French and American cuisine, plus a full bar.

Update on Annapolis Grill

I just checked in with Bob Slade, co-owner of the coming Annapolis Grill at Park Place. While the restaurant, located where Morton's Steakhouse used to be, was scheduled to open during the first half of October, Slade tells me that they're now looking at a Nov. 8 opening date.

Brats, Steins, and Schnitzel, Oh My!

Fado's Oktoberfest celebration is still a week away, but I feel the need to share with you ahead of time so you can prepare. I've gotten a lot of information about various Oktoberfest celebrations in the past couple weeks, but this one definitely sounds like it tops most of them—as they call it, it's the "ultimate Oktoberfest experience."

Salisbury's first good beer festival

I get to go to an event tomorrow that I'm really excited about. It's my last weekend living in Salisbury—yes, I have spent the past two months driving from Salisbury to Annapolis three days a week, but I'm moving to the Western Shore on Sunday—and I'm commemorating it by attending the first Good Beer Festival at Pemberton Park. I clearly did not get enough beer at last weekend's Chesapeake Beer Madness (go vote for your favorites!), I'm going to make up for it here.

Rams Head releases Scotch Ale tomorrow

Just so you know ....The Rams Head Group will release Fordham Brewing Company’s Scotch Ale,on Thursday, October 7, from 4-6pm.                    Scotch Ale will be tapped at 4 p.m. “Mark your calendars, and get here early. Scotch Ale is always one of our most popular releases.” says Rams Head Roadhouse General Manager, Michael Conroy.
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