Horseshoe Casino and multi-Michelin Star chef and TV personality Gordon Ramsay (“Hell’s Kitchen,” “The F Word with Gordon Ramsay” and “MasterChef”) recently joined forces for the first Gordon Ramsay Steak on the East Coast in downtown B-more.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to introduce Gordon Ramsay Steak in Charm City,” Ramsay said. “Baltimore is home to wonderful restaurants, and I’m thrilled to add to the culinary landscape with a concept that will offer guests the best dry-aged beef, finest seafood and freshest locally-sourced ingredients in a uniquely warm and comfortable setting.”

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The restaurant features prime beef dry-aged for a minimum of 28 days and cuts including the 32-ounce Royal Long-bone Chop for two, as well as American Kobe.

With a nod to his British roots, Ramsay’s menu also offers Beef Wellington and Sticky Toffee Pudding dishes.

Ahoy Matey! Mutiny Pirate Bar and Island Grille, a pirate-themed restaurant and bar, relocated from Glen Burnie to Pasadena on Magothy Beach Road. The new location allows for better parking and a more central location. Look for cool special events including off-menu seasonal options and specials.

Their top-sellers include crab cakes and lots of wings including, jerk, Old Bay, rum molasses, BBQ and walk-the-plank hot wings, all made from scratch. Owners/brothers Steve and Rob Wecker also own the Iron Bridge Wine Company in Columbia and were recently named Howard County Corporate Philanthropists of the year by the Community Foundation of Howard County. 

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Lettuce wraps at Dave & Buster’s (Handout photo)

Dave & Buster’s first Baltimore area location recently opened in White Marsh Mall. The restaurant and entertainment center boasts more than 50,000 square feet of arcade games, state-of-the-art sports viewing and one-of-a-kind food and drink offerings (think Ancho Caesar Lettuce Wraps) — all under one roof.

We’re talking hundreds of arcade games, cool cocktails and their state-of-the-art D&B sports bar filled with dozens of massive HDTV screens. Cool place to cheer on your fave B-more teams! Dave & Buster’s offers one-of-a-kind cocktails, including adult snow cones, lots of margaritas and glow kones featuring a blinking, flashing glow cube. Note to Dave & Buster’s: Yer in Bawlmer now, Hon. It’s spelled SNO cones!


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For over 20 years, Nancy Longo, executive chef/owner at Pierpont Restaurant in Fells Point, has been raising money for the Maryland Food Bank by representing the Baltimore Ravens at the Super Bowl’s “Taste of the NFL Party with a Purpose.” This fund-raising event, part of the NFL’s national Kick Hunger program, brings together chefs from each state to serve a signature hometown dish the night before Super Bowl.

As part of that program, each chef is tasked with raising dollars for a local “Kick Hunger Challenge” event where 100 percent of funds raised go directly to their hometown food bank.

So if you’re not going to the Super Bowl, you can support this amazing program by attending the “Taste of the NFL Baltimore Kick Hunger Challenge” on Jan. 18 from 6-10 p.m. at The Boathouse Canton. Tasty treats will be provided by some of B-more’s top restaurants including Pierpoint, The Boathouse Canton, Avenue Kitchen and Portalli’s. There will be memorabilia galore and you just might see a Raven or two. Teaming up with Chef Longo, is Chris Golder, general manager of the Boathouse Canton who is also a certified exec chef, having worked at Tark’s Grill & Bar, and the Brass Elephant. And for seven years, he worked on private yachts including a stint with Captain Lee from Bravo’s Below Deck! (And yes, I am a Bravoholic).

For a complete list of restaurants for the “Taste of the NFL Baltimore Kick Hunger Challenge” and to purchase tickets, go to

The sixth annual Winter Wine Showcase, hosted by the Maryland Wineries Association, is set for Friday, Jan. 26, from 6-9:30 pm at the B&O Railroad Museum on West Pratt Street.  The event will feature over 40 award-winning selections from the top Maryland wineries (poured by the winemakers and proprietors), including an array of sparkling, red, rosé, white, and dessert wines and stationary hors d’oeuvres.

For information and to buy tickets, go to

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