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April 20, 2011

The ramps folly and other reading from the blogs and beyond

tulipThe New York Times on rampsomania - apparently there's not enough of the newly beloved, spring-has-sprung, wild leek to go around

Casual dining restaurants will be beefing up their employee training and reviewing some procedures in response to the accidental serving of liquor to toddlers in separate incidents at an Olive Garden in Florida and a Detroit-are Applebee's (Nation's Restaurant News).

Coming this fall, a new VH1 reality show called Famous Food, in which celebrities will work alongside restaurant professionals to open a real restaurant. (TV Squad, via Eater)

People who were invited to the White House Seder instead of you (Obama Foodorama) and some of the special Passover recipes created for the dinner by well known chefs (White House office of public engagement).



The Tulip Folly, Jean-Léon Gérôme, The Walters Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Cyril W. Keene, 1983


Posted by Richard Gorelick at 1:46 PM | | Comments (3)


True story. In between graduation rites at UMB last May, our family decided to have lunch at the B&O Brasserie. One cousin ordered a special drink for my 10-year old niece --- non-alcoholic, of course. One sip and my niece decided she didn't like it. So I swapped my ice tea with hers. A couple of minutes later, I could feel a buzz and what I thought was a hot flash. I don't drink alcohol for a reason --- I am allergic. Not fatally, but I turn beet red and have palpitations. It was not a good experience. There was a break down in communication between the waiter and the bartender, apparently. Perfunctory apology from the waiter but not the manager or bartender. We left early while the cousins lingered with dessert and paid the tab. Apparently, the wrong drink was not comped either. Never been back.

It's entirely plausible that the waiter did not report his mistake to the bartender or manager for fear of being reprimanded for such an egregious error. I would chalk your experience up to a poor decision by the waiter and give the place another shot.

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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.

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