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September 30, 2009

More on Milan, Top 10 Wednesday and the sushi tour


Usually my Table Talk column doesn't contain a lot of news that you don't already know if you read this blog regularly, and today is no exception. However, it did prompt Bruce Allen, who I had heard was going to run the kitchen of the new Milan in Little Italy, to e-mail me with this news:

My name is Bruce Allen and  I was originally hired to be the Executive Chef at Milan, as stated in your article today.  However, the owner and I had some differences as to how the restaurant should be run, and we parted ways.  My Executive Sous, a young man, and excellent Chef named Shaun Boas, formerly of Liberatore's and The Elkridge Furnace Inn, has been busy working on the menu, originally created by the owners, to bring something unique to the area.  I wish Shaun luck, he is a great talent and I can't wait to see what he does with it.  In this industry and economy, I hope to find employment locally soon and you will be in to sample my food as well. Thank you for the mention.

Well, I never said the restaurant business wasn't fast-moving. I always feel a little uncomfortable writing a news story when I can't show up at the door of the restaurant and try to get the owners to talk to me. It's so easy for them not to return my phone calls until their restaurants have had their grand opening six months after the true opening and they are ready for publicity. ...

Also check out Rob Kasper today. I hadn't realized he had gone on the sushi tour until I saw his column this morning. The tour was probably a very good idea to spread the word about Towson's sushi restaurants.

As usual, the main reason to check out Top 10 Wednesday is to see if your comment made its way in. Otherwise it's old news for regular blog readers.

(Kim Hairston/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 5:58 PM | | Comments (8)


Ya know, El I hate to say it, but this blog has run out of steam. Very much like your employer. (the baltimore sun) I don't know, most of these topics are just boring. Sorry, maybe I don't understand what you are trying to accomplish here. Is this about Baltimore or something else. Please take no offense, it just seems like "dead air" sometimes.

Anonymous, first may I compliment you for bravely coming out of the woodwork with an actual identity.

Second, there are plenty of us who still enjoy this blog and if you feel it's "dead air", I think you should move on. Things are tough enough at The Sun without having to take shots at Elizabeth.

Very gracious note from Bruce Allen. Anonymous - not so much.

So is nobody allowed to criticise this blog? The reason I am largely a lurker, and a part time one at that, is that there is such a clique here, with their rules and in-jokes, that the discussion of food and restaurants sometimes seems secondary. These couner- attacks reinforce the feeling.

I don't agree with the poster, but the post was intelligent and not a personal attack. Also I'm sure Elizabeth Large can defend herself.

Nick, that's correct.

Nick, I was interested you'd say that now (about cliques) because it seems a lot less so now than it used to be.

gosseyn, I think some groups have spun off into their own orbits.

Spam at 5:55 AM! (It's from the same UK shiller of vitamin supplements.)

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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