Maryland's favorite new restaurant isn't in Baltimore
The Restaurant Association of Maryland's Stars of the Industry awards have been announced; and when I read the list, my first reaction was, "Wow. Those are weird."
We've talked a lot on the blog this week about whether the Sun is too Baltimore-centric in its restaurant coverage, but this seems to me to be going a little too far the other way. For instance, who would have thought that Trappe, Md., pop. 1,146, would be the home of Maryland's Favorite New Restaurant 2008?
That would be Mitchum's Steakhouse. ...
Luckily Baltimore is the home of the Pastry Chef of the Year, Chef Arismendy Infantale, although I had to Google him to see what restaurant he works for.
According to the press release, the awards are the results of "intense" public voting, "with thousands of votes collected." Most of those voters seem to live on the Eastern Shore.
More power to them. At least they voted. I promise next year I'll post a link to the association's Web site when it comes time to vote, and we can get a better representation from Baltimore.
Here are the results in full:
Award Winners and Honorees
Restaurateur of the Year- Leighton Moore, Seacrets Bar and Grill (Ocean City)
2009 Chef of the Year- Chef Michael Gettier, Antrim 1844 (Taneytown)
2009 Favorite Bar and Tavern- Fager’s Island (Ocean City)
2009 Pastry Chef of the Year- Chef Arismendy Infantale (Baltimore)
2009 Favorite Caterer- Putting on the Ritz (Laurel)
2009 Wine and Beverage Program of the Year- Liquid Assets Wine & Martini Bar (Ocean City)
Maryland’s Favorite New Restaurant 2008- Mitchum’s Steakhouse (Trappe)
Maryland’s Favorite Restaurant 2009- Marlin Moon Grill (Ocean City)
Allied Member of the Year- Lankford Sysco Food Services represented by Fred Lankford
The Brice & Shirley Phillips Lifetime Industry Achievement Award- Nicholas Mangione (Turf Valley Resort)
The Schellhase Award- Steve F. de Castro of Big Steaks Management
The McCormick Cornerstone Award-Bill Bateman’s (Havre de Grace); Glory Days Grill (Gaithersburg); The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille (Edgewater); SODEXO (Gaithersburg)
Maryland Hall of Honor Inductees - Fager’s Island (Ocean City); Jimmy’s Cantler’s Riverside Inn (Annapolis); McGarvey’s Saloon and Oyster Bar, (Annapolis); Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant (Ellicott City); Three Brothers Italian Restaurant (Greenbelt); Turf Valley Resort (Ellicott City)
Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation ProStart Teacher of the Year-Bette Mullins (Carver Center for Arts and Technology)
Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation ProStart Student of the Year- Francisco Flores (High Point High School)
Marcia Harris Scholarship: Sarah Baker (Howard High School) and Monica Preibisch (Howard Community College)
(Photo courtesy of Mitchums Web site)