Category Archives: Reporting

Two Queens, The Governor, and Soft-Shelled Crabs: The 2016 Governor’s Maryland Buy-Local Cookout

Once again, the 2016 Governor’s Cookout was the place to be for the finest interpretations of our amazing local ingredients.  Even the July evening was temperate for the time of year. There were opportunities to schmooze with interesting characters and … Continue reading

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Old Friends and New at the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show, Part 3: Party Hardy

And for the last word on the Summer Fancy Food Show, a report on the fabulous cruise party thrown for Urbani Truffles’ Annual Celebration.  It topped last year’s party, and that’s saying a lot! We Ubered down to the pier … Continue reading

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Old Friends and New at the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show, Part 2: Ham Obsession

This year, I decided to undertake a photo-essay of the many legs of cured pork being carefully slivered in the cause of delicious.  I didn’t come close to capturing them all, but I made a dent. Here was a Jamon … Continue reading

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Old Friends and New at the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show, Part 1: Tunisia and Other Countries

Another terrific tour of the world’s food and drink in New York!  Unfortunately, we could only stay for two days this year.  It was enough to get a smattering of the best goods on offer. Tunisia was the partner country … Continue reading

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Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Chocolate? Part 3: Far Afield

And the final outstanding chocolate event of 2016 was our visit to the Askinosie chocolate factory in Springfield, MO, on the way to Kansas City.  If you look up “artisan chocolate maker” in the dictionary, Shawn Askinosie’s picture should be … Continue reading

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Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Chocolate? Part 2: Where The Pros Go

Chocolate event the second: Elevate Chocolate, a semiannual gathering for chocolate professionals held the day before the Fancy Food Show, by the Fine Chocolate Industry Association.  In the summer of 2016, at a hotel off Times Square, an afternoon and … Continue reading

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Everything You Need and More: The USBevX Trade Show

USBevX is a conference and trade show for Eastern and Midwestern beverage producers.  The conference sessions address a plethora of in-the-weeds topics about producing and marketing alcoholic drinks; the trade show collected about fifty vendors of products and services who … Continue reading

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Icy Bikers, Homemade Booze, Black Russians: The 2016 Bazaar Roundup

For this year’s round of bazaar eating, we decided to try some new ones in addition to our old standbys.  We discovered a new favorite or two, and one that would become a favorite if it weren’t so darned far … Continue reading

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My Slanted Opinion and the Jade Night Market

There we were out in Portland, Oregon, on a eating and sightseeing jaunt, back in 2015, on the way to Spokane.  We made a special effort to visit a street market in an Asian neighborhood, and it was well worth … Continue reading

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The Business of Yum: YUMpreneurship at the University

How’s this for synergy: the business school of the University of Maryland stages an event to showcase local food entrepreneurs, providing an opportunity for b-school students to plan and promote it for course credit, and rising businesses to show off … Continue reading

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