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May 17, 2011

Dogwood chef/owner honored for philanthropy

dogwoodThe Dogwood's Galen Sampson will be honored on Saturday with an honorary doctorate from the Baltimore International College (BIC).

Soon after opening the Dogwood in 2006, with the help of an Open Society Institute-Baltimore Community Fellowship, Sampson created created the Dogwood Apprenticeship program, a "long-term, hands-on culinary training model to give people who were transitioning from rough periods in life a second chance."

Before opening his Hampden restaurant, Sampson was the executive chef  at the  Harbor Court hotel for ten years.

From the press release:

The Dogwood Apprenticeship program provides paid employment and training to individuals transitioning from underemployment, addiction, incarceration and/or homelessness. The goal of the program is to provide real-world practical training in a busy, high-quality restaurant and then to place apprentices in industry jobs that provide a living wage, benefits and a future.

Baltimore Sun photo of Bridget and Galen Sampson/Lloyd Fox

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 1:07 PM | | Comments (7)


A well-deserved honor! Congratulations, Bridget and Galen!

Congratulation to Galen and Bridget. I know that they are a great team. The Dogwood is our go to restaurant. On the rare occasion that we go anywhere else, we alway come out saying "we should have gone to the Dogwood".

Herman and Kathleen

Congratulations Galen - seeing your photo brings home how much I miss you folks - I've got to get to B-town on my next trip to Beantown.

God bless you, and keep up the good work!

Kudos to you Galen for all your accomplishments by especially for the kind soul that you have always been in helping others. Congratulations on yours & Bridget's support of each other. The times we have visited the restaurant the food has always been superb & the service five star.

Galen: Whoopee-to-do - huzzah - and congratulations for a well deserved recognition. And save some for Bridget.
Katharine and Clinton

Congratulations, Galen and Bridget, too. You have added to creative and healthful dining services in Baltimore. We have enjoyed every meal at Dogwood Cafe. Keep growing! Mary Jane & John O'Brien

Well done and well deserved. Congratulations to a great chef who also happens to be a great human being.

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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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