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Hometown Hero

CAUSE GOURMET   In April, The Supper, a cooking competition, brought local chefs and Baltimore’s foodie elite together to raise money for Saint Agnes Hospital. Bryan Voltaggio, organizer of the sold-out event, tapped food writer and Baltimore native Julia Bainbridge to help co-host the inaugural event. Award-winning chefs Ben Lefenfeld …

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First Course

HATS OFF Johnny’s new chef as of late March, David Garcia Reyes, spent his childhood in a Mexican border town working at his mother’s family restaurant. His resumé includes stints at the Greenbrier, the Baltimore Country Club and, most recently, as chef de cuisine at Charleston. Stepping from the exacting …

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Chef for a Day

CAFE  TAKEOVER Aisha Pew, owner of Dovecote Café, realized her business model—closing her savory breakfast/lunch spot daily by 3:30 p.m.—left her kitchen underused. Then, a lightbulb: “How cool would it be to allow all these local chefs, who, for whatever reason, [can’t land in a restaurant], to come into this …

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Now Serving Mother Superior

Longtime Federal Hill favorite Mother’s Grille, popular for its purple-patio Ravens tailgate parties and its twist on pub food, recently launched the third outpost of its everything-made-from-scratch-kitchen-crossed-with-sports-bar concept, this time in Timonium. The new location has taken over a former Applebee’s (you’re welcome, Timonium), and by this summer it will …

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Chef Talk: Maria Kaimakis Cypriana

This spring, they plan to open a slightly more upscale Cypriana, specializing in Mediterranean comfort food, with a full bar, in the Tuscany-Canterbury space most recently occupied by La Famiglia. Kaimakis points out that free parking is available in a lot, which might be a game-changer. How did you learn to …

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Ain’t She Sweet Sweetgreen lands in Baltimore at Harbor East.

GUILTLESS GOODIES     If you’re not a health food fanatic, salads can sound boring. But what about a salad of butternut squash, apples, blue cheese, raisins and walnuts? Easy to come by at Sweetgreen. You’ve probably heard of the popular D.C.-based chain that sources all of its food locally and regionally …

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Steam Punks Ekiben sets up shop.

BOX LUNCH   The trio behind Asian-cuisine-influenced Ekiben—Nikhil Yesupriya, Steve Chu and Ephrem Abebe—all UMBC graduates, ran a food cart ahead of their bricks-and mortar restaurant. Just weeks ago, Ekiben (named for the bento-box fare traditionally available on trains in Japan and Taiwan) began serving its steamed sandwich buns and rice bowls in a 10-seat storefront—plus a few standing tables—in Fells Point. …

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Address book Moving day

Lovely Grano is branching from Hampden to Federal Hill (1043 S. Charles St.), while Abbey Burger Bistro, still a fave in Federal Hill, is expanding to Fells Point (811 S. Broadway). The Bun Shop, that quirky mix of eclectic décor and focused cuisine (just about everything on the menu is …

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