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May 20, 2011

Your weekend dining PLUS

winewoodsWell, the 136th running of the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course is this Saturday. The winner will receive a replica of the Woodlawn Vase, which is kept at the Baltimore Museum of Art and brought to the track on race day. Preakness InfieldFest 2011 features all sorts of fun activities, including a competitive eating contest they're calling the Great Pony Pig Out.

Among the infield vendors, themed around The Flavors of Maryland: the Tonawanda, N.Y.-based Lobster Hut!

The Preakness Hot Air Balloon Festival concludes tomorrow at Turf Valley in Ellicott City. Who has a good place to take the family nearby?

Also in Howard County, and actually appropriate to this blog - the Wine in the Woods festival (pictured) in Columbia, on Saturday and Sunday. My one regret in life is that I can't drink wine outside during the daytime without wanting to pass out. Here's a look at the food you can expect at the event.

There's the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival in Sandy Point State Park on Saturday and Sunday. Chris Isaak is playing on Saturday (they should make him recreate the Wicked Game video).

What else you got? 

Who's getting started on the (not really) millenarian dining list of off-the-radar culinary wonders?


Posted by Richard Gorelick at 7:30 AM | | Comments (3)


Thanks to all who weighed in yesterday, it will be Big Bad Wolf for lunch. The pulled pork and brisket sandwhich (hold the bacon, please) looks great (gnawing on ribs is not for me), though, again, I'm open to suggestions from those who know the menu inside out. Nothing too spicy, please.

Karma est is at Oregon Ridge. Some great food vendors also.

Had a lovely casual meal at Larrapin Grill in Havre de Grace but wish we had waited to order as after 2 p.m., the suckling pig comes in from the pit and is served up until 5 p.m. with two sides (today's flavors-shrimp over grits and red beans & rice). Smelled amazing and worth a return trip north.

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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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