FlowerMart, a time-honored rite of spring, takes place May 5th and 6th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Mount Vernon Square in downtown Bmore. This year’s event is not-your-mother’s FlowerMart b’cuz it combines old traditions with a new twist.

Enjoy lemon peppermint sticks, grand hats, original arts and crafts, a kids’ camp and flowers, flowers and more beautiful flowers.

FlowerMart 2017 will feature live entertainment from local, regional and national recording artists, a craft beer garden, a wine bar and more than 100 vendors. Blossoms Food Hall, an open-air restaurant and outdoor café, offers traditional Baltimore festival fare as well as options for the more discerning palate including a raw bar with oysters, clams and mussels; fruit smoothies and FlowerMart’s signature lemon peppermint sticks; crab cakes, soft shell crabs, root beer floats and gourmet chocolates. And-for 4-legged festival guests, The Dog Chef will offer delicious/nutritious treats for your fur babies. (FlowerMartMD.org)

ALS BITES! As part of ALS Awareness Month, the Brigance Brigade Foundation (created by Baltimore Raven O.J. Brigance) presents ALS Bites! Participating restaurants will feature specific food or drink items throughout the month of May with the proceeds going to the foundation.

The Goetze’s Caramel Apple Martini.

Restaurants include: The Turn House; Miss Shirley’s; The BoatHouse; Abbey Burger Bistro; Firenze and The Milton Inn. FYI, The Milton Inn’s Brian Boston has joined forces with Spaulding Goetze to create a special drink-the Goetze’s Caramel Apple Martini. So yum! (#ALSBites. BriganceBrigade.org)

One of my all-time fave restaurants, Crepe du Jour has changed its name. The restaurant offers SO much more than crepes, and owner (I love me some) Mustapha Snoussi felt that the name should be changed to better reflect their menu options. The “new” Le Bistro Du Village offers authentic French cuisine in a charming, casual atmosphere in the heart of Mount Washington Village. BTW, they also have gluten-free crepes.

On Sunday, May 14, the Mount Washington Tavern will celebrate Mother’s Day with a special brunch buffet served in the Pimlico Room and Sky Bar. And beginning on May 6th, the Tavern will celebrate the upcoming Triple Crown with a signature drink for each race. (MtWashingtonTavern.com)

One of Baltimore’s most iconic seafood restaurants got a facelift. Pappas Restaurant & Sports Bar in Cockeysville added a wine-tasting room (with 7,500 bottles), a fireplace lounge and an upgraded sports bar. (PappasRestaurantCockeysville.com)

James Yoon is president of Owings Mills’ Bon Fresco.

Bon Fresco, a locally owned sandwiches shop and bakery, opened its first location in Baltimore County at Boulevard College Center in Owings Mills. This is the fifth – the fast-casual restaurant is looking for expansion sites in Fells Point, Montgomery County and near BWI. Sandwiches include London broil, grilled chicken breast and corned beef on breads that are made from scratch. (BonFresco.com)

Iron Rooster, the popular restaurant that focuses on serving “breakfast all day,” lunch, supper and drinks will open a fourth location this summer at McHenry Row, a mixed-use project located off Key Highway in Baltimore City. (IronRoosterAllDay.com)

The ladies behind Prescription Chicken, Valerie Zweig and Taryn Pellicone, have gotten a new nickname: The Soup Ladies. That’s b’cuz they deliver soup — all kinds of soup!

In addition to being soup aficionados, the cousins (who have strong hospitality backgrounds) have been delivering tasty soups (gluten free, vegan, broths) in and around D.C., but plan to enter the Bmore market soon. They recently held a pop-up at R House in Remington and are looking for additional pop-ups (and possibly brick and mortar) locations.

But they do make weekly deliveries to Baltimore now. (PrescriptionChicken.com)

Top photo: Le Bistro du Village offers wrapped filet mignon with roasted vegetables in demi-glace sauce. (Courtesy photo)

Randi Rom is the president of RJ Rom & Associates, a marketing, branding, events and public relations firm specializing in the hospitality and entertainment industries. She is a freelance columnist and writer who represents some of the region’s top restaurants and food-related events. Contact her at randirom@comcast.net.




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