The Governor’s Cookout Redux

Once again, in honor of Buy Local Challenge Week, Gov. O’Malley held a party on his lawn for folks involved in local food production and the press.  As in years before, tents were erected and tables under them were populated by teams of Maryland chefs and producers offering samples of their creations.  This is the sixth year the Cookout has been held, and the sixth edition of the Buy Local cookbook has been published.

By all accounts, the weather was the best in memory.   The food matched it.

I started with soft-shelled crab presented by Chef Paul Bartlett from Phillips Crab Deck.  Was this the best dish at the picnic?  I may be biased because it’s my favorite way to eat crab, but the soft-shells were matched by the crab cakes on offer from Chef Martin Saylor of the Coastal Sunbelt Produce Company.

Soft Shell Crab On Offer

Soft Shell Crab On Offer

But I’m going to declare the best entree of the evening to be the bison ravioli in Bay Blue Mornay sauce created by Chef David Hayes of Bistro St. Michaels.  He used two kinds of cheese from Chapel’s Country Creamery for the sauce topping the ravioli.

Crab Cakes Too!

Crab Cakes Too!

 

 

For dessert, Gertrude’s Charlottetown Farm ricotta doughnuts with peach caramel sauce stood out, not just because all the other desserts were ice cream (I’m not complaining, you understand), but because John Shields, owner of Gertrude’s and tireless promoter of the Chesapeake Bay and its products, was there.

Chef David Hayes of Bison Ravioli

Chef David Hayes of Bison Ravioli

 

There were tables under a tent, for folks to eat and schmooze.

 

Gertrude's - John Shields on Left

Gertrude’s – John Shields on Left

 

Did you know that there is a beehive on the Government House grounds?  Neither did I.  The beekeeper had a table to talk about bees and hand out literature.  Governor O’Malley has taken to presenting jars of his bee’s honey as official gifts.

 

The Governor's Beekeeper

The Governor’s Beekeeper

Schmoozing Table

Schmoozing Table

 

Speaking of the Governor, he was there, but did not play with the band, nor did he issue a proclamation, as he did last year.  Even with his quick walk-through, we managed to get a picture.

 

Miss Delmarva

Miss Delmarva

 

To make up for that, there were not one but two Queens present: Miss Delmarva and the Watermelon Queen.

Watermelon Queen

Watermelon Queen

The Governor Passes Through

The Governor Passes Through

There was a guy in a great tie.

The Guy in the Tie - Chris Runde

The Guy in the Tie – Chris Runde

And at the very end, two hats canoodling.

Hats Canoodling

Hats Canoodling

About Judy

I have been cooking and eating all my life. I help run the Olney Farmers and Artists Market in Olney, Maryland, arrange their weekly chef demos and blog from that website (olneyfarmersmarket.org) on Market matters. This personal blog is for all things foodie: cookbooks, products, restaurants, eating.
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