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Get tickets for the Annapolis Food & Wine Festival

Don't forget about the Annapolis Food & Wine Festival, taking place at 21 Annapolis restaurants—all within walking distance of each other—this Saturday from 2-6 p.m. I'm going to be there with bells on (I'll likely be wearing a little nametag identifying myself, so say "hi!" if you see me). Let's just take a look at the menu: Halibut Ceviche at The Latin Quarter, Tuna Tartare at Crush Winehouse, Pumpkin and Pennsylvania Maple Syrup Tart at The Wild Orchid, Champagne Chicken at the Federal House and Bar ... the list goes on and on. Each of the 21 restaurants are serving two to three appetizers, plus a wine pairing, so you better come hungry. Tickets for the festival cost $35 and can be purchased here. Hope to see you there!

Annapolis Happy Hour: Stan and Joe's Saloon

It's the happiest hour of the day! Check back every Thursday to find out what great happy hour specials local restaurants are offering. For the first installment of our weekly Happy Hour Specials, we turn to one of What's Up? Annapolis" 2010 Best of" winners for best happy hour: Stan and Joe's Saloon.

Cassinelli Winery & Vineyards hosts final Farm Dinner on the Shore

A highlight of the summer season on the Eastern Shore are the farm dinners, where you get the chance to eat delicious food straight from the field. I was lucky enough to attend a similar dinner at Homestead Farms in Millington in late September, and had a wonderful evening. Farm Dinners on the Shore has offer consistent farm-to-table dinners throughout the season and will close its year with one final gathering on Saturday, Nov. 6, at Cassinelli Vineyard just off Route 213 on the way to Chestertown. This month's servings are inspired by the flavors and aromas of the Mediteranean and Far East and paired with wines from Cassinelli Vineyard.

Cassinelli Winery & Vineyards hosts final Farm Dinner on the Shore

A highlight of the summer season on the Eastern Shore are the farm dinners, where you get the chance to eat delicious food straight from the field. I was lucky enough to attend a similar dinner at Homestead Farms in Millington in late September, and had a wonderful evening. Farm Dinners on the Shore has offer consistent farm-to-table dinners throughout the season and will close its year with one final gathering on Saturday, Nov. 6, at Cassinelli Vineyard just off Route 213 on the way to Chestertown. This month's servings are inspired by the flavors and aromas of the Mediteranean and Far East and paired with wines from Cassinelli Vineyard.

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.

 

 

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