A stack of pumpkins, a penguin, and a Barbie doll rarely share an origin story, but the pastry chefs at SugarBakers Cakes have hand-crafted all three from moist cake and frosting. They create cakes that range from classic carrot cakes to lifelike 3D confections, incorporating ingredients such as chocolate mousse, lemon curd, and coconut pecan icing. Honored by The Knot and WeddingWire for their 2014 wedding cakes, the chefs can tailor their designs to suit a wedding?s unique theme or a reception venue.
"No two parties are the same." That's the philosophy that the professional party coordinators of Electra Entertainment apply to each event they take part in. They can augment a child's birthday with a moon bounce or a charity event with a casino table and photo booth. Electra gives clients options when coordinating entertainment at weddings. Clients can keep celebrations simple and elegant with carefully deployed lighting accents, or elevate receptions to party-of-the-year status with a DJ spinning the latest crowd-pleasing tunes and dazzling lights flooding the dance floor with the most crowd-pleasing shades of red.
While moonlighting as a slick catering company, Immaculate Cuisine provides nutritious, delectable meals to enjoy within the comfort of a home or undersea laboratory. On-the-go eaters desiring at-home dining can simply peruse the monthly meal-order form and select which week they'll be eating food. The five shining, eager meals will arrive prepackaged in microwavable containers and freshly starched pinafores, ready to be popped in the fridge or freezer for later or, ideally, consumed in a single sitting in preparation for hibernating during July. Menus include diverse fare ranging from upscale comfort food to delicious ethnic cuisine. One upcoming line-up features a crab-cake sandwich on a sweet-potato roll with sweet-potato fries; shrimp and creamy herb grits with tomato and cucumber salad; honey chicken and waffles; Asian pesto soba noodles with tofu, vegetables, and a side salad; and roasted lemon chicken with yellow rice and roasted broccoli.
In 1744, a brick tavern began pouring brews on the edge of the Patapsco River. James and Andrew Ellicott bought the establishment in 1810 and added a stately home for their family. More than a century later, when Daniel and Steve Wecker discovered the former Ellicott property in 1988, it had fallen into disrepair. But, seeing the promise in the neglected building and its surrounding 16 acres of flourishing linden, holly, and magnolia trees, the brothers convinced the state of Maryland to lease them the property. Together, they restored the rooms and much of the original 18th- and 19th-century craftsmanship, transforming it into what is now The Elkridge Furnace Inn. Today, guests walk over original longleaf-pine flooring and admire the stairway’s tiger-maple spindles and the molding’s Colonial-style dogwood motifs on their way to the historic dining room, whose atmosphere helped earn the restaurant a spot among OpenTable's 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in the country.
The restaurant’s lavish French cuisine plays no small part in its success, garnering laudations and media attention from the likes of the Washington Post. Daniel Wecker takes the helm in the kitchen as executive chef, burying game meats—such as rabbit and quail—and fresh seafood beneath rich glazes and beurre blanc sauces. When faced with too many choices from an encyclopedic wine list, diners can consult the menu for recommended vintages to pair with their dish.
The Sip & Chow Tasting Tour guides culinary adventurers across a carefully chosen menu of savory snacks and sweets, exotic wine and liquor, and specialty beers. Each admission ticket grants diners 15 samples from a panoply of dishes and desserts, such as a mac 'n' cheese plate baked with fresh sausage, jumbo crab, and pulled pork slow-cooked in a secret Southern sauce as mysterious as the password to Robert E. Lee’s screensaver. Each bon vivant also receives 15 alcohol samplings that enable tasty combinations of creamy rice pudding, Corsendonk Abbey brown ale, and lucid dreams about living in a Masterpiece Theatre production. Sip & Chow Tasting Tour gourmands can expect to consume and imbibe the equivalent of four glasses of wine and a large plate of victuals before returning home sporting food-sated grins.
Every year on the first weekend of May, downtown Baltimore's streets bustle as tens of thousands of moviegoers visit local theaters to watch films shot, directed, and edited around the globe. The Maryland Film Festival, like a freakish hurdle sprinter, runs for five days and showcases about 50 feature films and 75 short pieces—ranging from documentaries to animations—many of which are presented by their respective filmmakers or celebrity guest hosts. Past hosts have included Ian MacKaye and Branford Marsalis, and legendary filmmaker John Waters regularly makes an appearance at the festival, hosting a feature film of his choice. Attendees may also stimulate and expand their sensory palates with special events that have included international flicks, three-dimensional movies, and vintage silent films synced to live music.