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October 21, 2010

Still room for you at the James Beard dinner

 There are still a few tickets left for the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour dinner tonight at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel. Here is the menu.


Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner Series

October 21, 2010

Water Table Restaurant – Baltimore, Maryland

Celebrity Chefs Marc Murphy, Jennifer Carroll, Marc Anthony Bynum, Amanda Cook

Host Chef Sean Curry  


Passed Canapés

Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Leffe Blonde, Segura Vieudas Brut Reserve Cava

Bonterra 2008 Mendocino County Chardonnay & Frei Bros 2007 Dry Creek Valley Reserve Merlot 



1st course Chef Sean

oxtail consommé, bison pansotti, wild mushroom, stravecchio

Paringa Shiraz Sparkling, Riverland, Australia

2nd course Chef Marc Anthony

pan seared long island striped bass, tomato confit, caper berries, lemon confit, aged balsamic

Chateau St Jean 2008 Sonoma Coast Fume Blanc

3rd course Chef Jennifer

spanish mackerel

confit potatoes, tarragon, watermelon radish, black currant mustard

Rodney Strong 2008 Chalk Hill Chardonnay

Bonterra Vineyards 2007 Viognier


4th course Chef Marc

braise shortribs bordelaise

smoked shallot mashed potatoes, mushroom ragout & brussel sprouts

Rodney Strong 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

MacMurray Ranch 2008 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir


5th course Chef Amanda

tin roof sundae

peanut crunch, vanilla molleux, hot fudge sauce, salted chocolate tuile &

whipped kendall farms creme fraiche

Leffe Blonde

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 1:27 PM | | Comments (5)


What no cheese course?

Just can't understand why this hasn't sold out. Normally, you'd think folks would jump at the oppurtunity of sippinig a fine cava like Segura Viudas brut with their canapes. I just don't get it.

Tickets might still be available simply because of the $140. price to attend. And, the typically small portions.

Please don't mistake this for sour grapes:

With all due respect to the Beard-caliber chefs, not one of them is from Baltimore, and only one works IN Baltimore, so why, perhaps, would the decidedly locavore foodie community here in town support a $140/plate dinner that doesn't feature any homegrown talent?

Don't get me wrong, I have utmost respect for the Beard Foundation, but in this economy, I'm hard pressed to burn $140 on dinner for just me when that will get Ms. Joker and I a nice meal at Woodberry, Clementine, or Jack's Bistro, and then some.

All I can say is you all missed a really, really good meal last week. Each course was delicious, and the wine pairings were perfect. The chefs were friendly and mingled with everyone before dinner, and the entire evening was special. I'm not sure, but I'd guess the focus on out of town chefs was because you can enjoy the homegrown talent any time... I can't wait for the next one!

BTW, the price was $ 20 less if you used a Visa Signature card to pay.

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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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