Food & Pairings

Learn how to make the most of your Maryland experience–from small and comfortable Hampden bars to funky farm-to-table restaurants, to elegant award-winning establishments run by some of Maryland’s most established chefs.  We will help you plan your craft beer, wine and spirits experience.

March: Celebrate the Saint

February, 2019

Celebrate the Apostle of Ireland by wearing green and swigging a stout– Maryland breweries have plenty on offer. March is also wine month in the Free State. You may as well start plotting your summer winery visits as the sun begins to warm the vines. CELEBRATE THE SAINT. ESCHEW GREEN BEER Green beer on March […]

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February: Celebrating Love and Hygge

February, 2019

2.03 CRUNCH ON SUPERBOWL SUNDAY While not an established national holiday, Super Bowl Sunday might as well be added to the official calendar. And what’s game day without kick-butt, spicy finger foods like wings, nachos and nachos. And wings. Oh, there’s also Ocean City’s Fisher’s Popcorn. Fisher’s has been popping the stuff since 1937, and […]

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January: Lukas Smith Cocktail Recipe

January, 2019

FALL BACK FIZZ Recipe by Lukas Smith This cocktail, using Maryland cider and spirits, will add a spicy kick to your holiday party. Garnish the drink festively, with clove-studded orange slices or peels. Apples also work well, especially if sprinkled with a little citric acid to arrest their tendency to brown. You can’t go wrong […]

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January: Toast the Bard of the Scots

January, 2019

01.25 TOAST THE BARD OF THE SCOTS Fans of the Scottish poet Robert Burns gather each January to mark the 18th-century scribe’s birthday with ceremonial Burns suppers. Pipes are played, speeches are read, haggis is consumed, and it should go without saying, toasts are made. Toasts with whiskey (If you’re Scottish, that’s whisky.), of course. […]

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January: Savor the Sweetness

January, 2019

SAVOR THE SWEETNESS Winter Wine at the B&O Railroad Museum is the Maryland Wineries Association’s opportunity to showcase the best of Maryland’s award-winning wines. The 2019 event is set for January 25. Attendees can meet and chat with winemakers and owners, munch on hors-d’oeuvres and enjoy live music. While you are tasting Maryland’s finest wines, […]

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January: Make a Pact with Yourself

January, 2019

The new year feels like a fresh start: an opportunity for do-overs of whatever went wrong last year or a chance to experiment with something new. Try the Maryland Sip and Savor 2019 cocktail, or head to the B&O Museum to sample picks from local wineries. Or get to work on those resolutions, whether it’s […]

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November: Your Thanksgiving Table

November, 2018

In November, the celebration season begins to move quickly.  If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll want to order your turkey, plan the wine and think about table settings.  If you’re considering a farm-raised heritage turkey, check out recommendations from Lucie Snodgrass in her 2010 book, Dishing Up Maryland (which remains a favorite and is […]

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Introducing Sip and Savor’s Celebration Series

November, 2018

You know how parties work. You schedule a gathering for, say 7. Things get rolling at 9. By 11, you’re exhausted and you can’t wait to get everyone out the door. That’s about the time the last trickle of guests shows up. They bring friends you’ve never met and maybe a bottle of something strong. […]

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When Crab is the Condiment

August, 2018

John Shields has traditionally drawn his inspiration from the foods of earlier times. He named his Baltimore restaurant, Gertrude’s, after his grandmother Gertie—who’d roast a plump chicken every Sunday to feed a dozen or so family members (and repurpose the leftovers throughout the week). And the recipes Shields has shared over the years—in his numerous […]

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Make it a Meal

August, 2018

Old Line On the Rise: Local Single Malt Whiskey Feels Right at Home at a Chic Baltimore Hotel Sitting on the top floor of the Hotel Revival, you’re surrounded by Baltimore—literally and figuratively. Windows on three sides reveal views of Mount Vernon Place, including the iconic Washington monument to the east. The View north captures […]

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