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Starbright Farm…a destination, indeed

1 Written by: | Friday, Sep 19, 2014 2:05pm


The year was 1995. I was out of a job and waiting tables at Ladew Topiary Gardens. Not a bad gig. Not great tips…but I did learn to make a killer bloody mary. Fresh horseradish…that is the absolute best! So, there I am mid-20s, confused, bored…hadn’t found my niche yet. One day at Sunday brunch the most beautiful little family comes in…and since I was (and still am) a kid magnet, I bonded on the brick floor of that beautiful old carriage house (horse stalls and all) with the family’s two little boys. That was it…I was hired. I was their new babysitter. And twenty or so years later, here we are…still friends.

The boys’ mom, Helen, is a professional photographer and does amazing, amazing work. LOOK. The summer we met, I went to NYC with Helen and her older son Peter, who was 3 at the time a few times. While Helen was on photo shoots (she has worked for clients like Martha Stewart, Country Living, LL Bean, etc), Peter and I traipsed all over Manhattan, spending hours and hours in museums, Central Park and more. I LOVED THAT SUMMER. I got to know NYC, had a job I liked and got to spend a lot of time at the family’s 1850s farm house in White Hall, Starbright Farm. The farm is so beautiful and through Helen and Mark, her talented advertising pro husband, I discovered the music of Lyle Lovett, French press coffee and I learned to slow down and enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. I had only lived in the city a few years and had grown up about 30 minutes south east of White Hall in Kingsville, another quaint, sleepy small town. So spending time at the farm seemed natural for me and I grew to love these people. They are good, hard working people. This was when I met two other hard working people, Drew and Joan Norman of One Straw Farm – Drew is Helen’s brother. So, I have Ladew to thank for bringing some great people into my life.

Now that Helen and Mark’s two sons are out of the house, their focus is now on turning their gorgeous old barn on the propery into a destination event space. They’ve already booked some weddings, photo shoots and more. It’s also a great space for parties, barn sales, corporate retreats and more.

starbright crab feast shoot

starbright collage

Check out their website and follow on Instagram to see the place. What they have created just 40 minutes north of the City is pretty amazing.



Featured, Food & Drink

Baltimore Seafood Festival – this weekend in Canton!

0 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 2:05pm


Seafood. My favorite…and thankfully, living so close to the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimoreans are lucky to have access to fresh, delicious seafood. To me, sitting in someone’s backyard picking crabs is quintessential Baltimore. Some of my best family memories are definitely the backyard crab feasts. Crabs can be very expensive, so it was always a huge treat to have them – my parents had six kids, so a million other things had to come ahead of buying a bushel of crabs! When I was a teenager, I worked a summer job at a carry out crab house and it was always fun, especially at closing time. The two big questions were: 1) how many crabs will be left over tonight and 2) will I ever get this smell out of my sneakers? (Those Tretorns were NOT allowed in my house. The leftover crabs were…)

So, yes, Baltimore loves its seafood, so it’s fitting that there is now a seafood festival IN the City (#ilovethiscity) and it’s this weekend! The Baltimore Seafood Festival at the Canton Waterfront Park will offer tons and tons of seafood from over twenty local restaurants, drinks, live music by Strykers Posse (reggae band) and Super Bueno (cover band), cooking demos and an area for families with toys, games, face painting and more. The Baltimore Seafood Festival is the only large scale seafood festival in Baltimore City.

LOOK at this list of participating restaurants: Read More →

Canton, Food & Drink, Sponsored Post

This Weekend! Baltimore Seafood Festival in Canton Looks Like Seafood Fantasy Island

0 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 12:26pm


Join B Scene Events & Promotions for the Inaugural Baltimore Seafood Festival taking place Saturday, September 20th from 12pm to 6pm at the Canton Waterfront Park.
Taste signature seafood items ranging from raw oysters and steamed crabs to lobster lasagna and fish tacos! Not a seafood fan? Not to worry - there will be non seafood and vegetarian options available.
Sip the day away at the Smirnoff “Crush Bar” , Peligroso Tequila Bar, and Wine Bar or grab a Natty Boh, Red Stripe, Full Tilt Baltimore Pale Ale, Brooklyn Lager, Bud Light or signature cocktail from one of the bars!
Grab a seat under the Groupon Cooking Demo Tent and enjoy live cooking demos by Baltimore top chefs including: Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters” contestant, Bryan Voltaggio (Aggio), Gian Franco (Cafe Gia), Joseph Cotton (National Aquarium), Jerry Pellegrino (Waterfront Kitchen), Tim Dyson (Dooby’s), Scott Hines (Heavy Seas Alehouse), and Jessica (Savory Experiments).
To view ticket packages, restaurant offerings & the entertainment schedule, please visitwww.baltimoreseafoodfest.comTickets are expected to sell out in advance. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance, a local non-profit whose mission is to make downtown Baltimore a place where families can thrive.
Stay up to date on restaurant additions, entertainment schedule, and special promotions by becoming a facebook fan of the Baltimore Seafood Fest!

Food & Drink, Mt. Washington, Sponsored Post

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day Tomorrow at Mt. Washington Tavern

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 3:00pm


The Mt. Washington Tavern is celebrating National Cheeseburger Day with an expanded cheeseburger menu along with a partnership with local brewer, Heavy Seas!

In honor of this ‘holiday’ on September 18th, Heavy Seas experts have suggested brew pairings for the Tavern’s cheeseburger selections and guests can enjoy a burger and a brew for just $12. Available during lunch and dinner.

Those who order off the special menu will receive a Heavy Seas pint glass as a gift!


Food & Drink

The Emporiyum – even bigger and better in DC

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 2:05pm


It’s the fall’s biggest foodie event! The Emporiyum hits DC’s Union Market November 15 and 16, bringing more than 50 big-name taste innovators to DC for a weekend of on-the-spot feasting and unbelievable shopping.

November 15-16, 2014
Union Market, Washington, D.C.

Limited tickets are available at
$20 General Admission
$30 Door Tickets (if available)
$40 VIP

Vendor highlights include: Read More →

Food & Drink

Tastings in the Tavern Room at Fleet Street

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 2:05pm


This Wednesday, September 17, Fleet Street Kitchen in Harbor East begins its next menu in its Tastings in The Tavern Room series and this time, it’s all about Spain. Read More →

Featured, Food & Drink, Health and Fitness, Schools

Four Baltimore Schools Among the Healthiest in the Nation

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 9:53am

Photo via Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Photo via Alliance for a Healthier Generationtim

Back in March, the Today Show picked Baltimore for its yearlong health, fitness, and anti-obesity campaign. Six months later, four Baltimore schools have been ranked among the healthiest in the country. So do we all owe Al Roker a big thank you?

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Culture, Food & Drink, Links

Foodie Phone Cases

0 Written by: | Monday, Sep 15, 2014 2:05pm

There’s an iPhone case for just about every person under the sun. Mine’s a Mophie Juice Pack, because…well, I run parts of  my business off of my phone and when it dies…I want to cry. But before I became so phone-dependent, my phone case was very basic, but the brightest color I could find – you know, so I could fish it out of the bottom of my handbag. I am practical. I am my mother’s daughter.

Photo: iMore

Courtesy of Huffington Post, check out this article on iPhone cases for the food-obsessed. (and here are a few of my favorites….)


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Food & Drink, Harbor East, Shop Local

Sip, Savor & Stroll at Harbor East – Get Your Tix Today Before They Sell Out!

0 Written by: | Monday, Sep 15, 2014 10:00am

Wednesday, October 1st at Harbor East

Don’t miss out on your chance to explore some of Baltimore’s top dining spots, all in one unforgettable evening! Tickets are going fast for Sip, Savor & Stroll – a progressive cocktail crawl perfect for foodies and fun-loving city dwellers. On Wednesday, October 1st strollers will visit five different Harbor East restaurants and bars throughout the night, sampling signature cocktails, wines and appetizers at each participating venue.

Participating Restaurants include: Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, Apropoe’s, Bond Street Social, BIN 604, Lebanese Taverna, Taco Fiesta, Gordon Biersch, Talara, Wit & Wisdom, The Oceanaire and James Joyce.

Sip Savor Stroll - Final Web 10-1-14

Your $49 ticket includes five cocktails and an array of appetizers at five venues, plus
complimentary welcome cocktail at check-in.

This is a RSVP only event and tickets must be purchased in advance.
For more details and to purchase tickets, visit

We look forward to seeing you at Sip, Savor & Stroll!

Belvedere Square, Canton, Catonsville, Featured, Food & Drink, Lake Falls, Shop Local, Towson

Atwater’s Celebrates 15 Years in Business With a Thank You

0 Written by: | Monday, Sep 15, 2014 8:45am

Today Atwater’s celebrates 15 years in business with a Thank You to their loyal customers. Fifteen percent off all purchases will be extended at all locations throughout the city, and if you haven’t noticed, they’ve expanded, now in Belvedere Square, Falls Rd, Kenilworth, Catonsville and Canton!  Click Here for locations details.

Special Hint:  Certain Holiday coming up?  Order your items today like chicken soup w/matzoh balls, sweet noodle kugel, challah, and more…and save that 15 percent.  Seriously.


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