Tuesday, July 31, 2012

True Blue

Those who read my blog are aware I have a problem with restaurants that cash in on the name of local crabs  but make crabcakes or steamed crabs out of crabs from southeast Asia.  The State of Maryland - bless their soul - have come up with a True Blue logo for restaurants that use local blue crabs

Looking at their list of restaurants that are approved for the logo show most Eastern Shore restaurants are not on the list.  Some that are;

Blue Crab Café, crisfield
Brooks Tavern, Chestertown
Fager's Island Restaurant, Ocean City
How Sweet It Is, Eden
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Marina & Spa, Cambridge
Jimmie & Sook's, Cambridge
Ocean Odyssey, Cambridge
Snappers, Cambridge
The Shark on the Harbor, Ocean City

So where is that famous Phillips Seafood? 

Is your Maryland crab cake 'True Blue'?

Only a small number of restaurants in Maryland reliably make their crab cakes from local crabmeat and the state does not require restaurants to identify the specific source of the meat. It's time to stand behind our crab cakes and crab meat and proudly support this local luxury. True Blue, a new labeling and promotion initiative from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is going to be your way to find out which restaurants are serving this local delicacy.
"Customers can look at a menu and know right away that they're getting what they think they're getting," said Steve Vilnit, Director of Fisheries Marketing for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. For years it has been an open secret that many "Maryland crab cakes" may be made Maryland-style, but not necessarily with Maryland, or even American, crabmeat.
The 'True Blue' certification program allows restaurants serving Department-verified Maryland blue crab product to use a special logo in marketing or advertising the product. Once a restaurant is signed up they will receive a 'True Blue' logo to signify to their patrons that they are True Blue Certified! The DNR isn't stopping there; they plan on helping to promote the restaurant's participation through a new 'True Blue' website, a mobile phone app, their social media and the marylandseafood.org website that gets nearly 100,000 visits a month! How can you sign up? Contact Steve Vilnit with the Maryland DNR.
Support Local!

Free Diner In ellicott City

The Forest Diner closed on May 28. Backhoes and dump trucks have been working at the site of the nearly 70-year-old-restaurant, clearing it out for a new, mixed-use development.
But the diner car that housed the restaurant still stands.
“The bottom line is, we’re looking for a home for it in Howard County,” Donald Reuwer of Waverly Real estate said Monday morning. Waverly Development is redeveloping the land on which the diner stands. “It’s tough, because on the Internet you can find a fully restored one for $20,000. This one’s a bit of a wreck.”
Essentially, he said, buying a new diner car would likely be cheaper.
The Forest Diner served its last cup of coffee on May 28. Former owner Will Reieh sold the property to the current owners, Michael and Seve Weal four years ago, according to the Baltimore Sun but had the option to lease it back for up to five years.
Reuwer said there has been some interest in purchasing the diner car, but a lot of work goes into relocating a building. “You can’t just take a building and stick it on a piece of land.”
But for the person or business willing to work with the county, “It’s free to a good home.”
Construction is rolling along all around the diner car on the Forest Green residential and commercial development on Route 40. Reuwer said construction on the buildings should start in the next 60 days.
The project will be  LED Certified Reuwer said, meaning it will adhere to certain efficiency standards. His goal is a Silver certification, (50-59 out of 100 points on the LEED scale), though, he said “We’ll see where it goes.”

Picked up from the Ellicott City Patch

August 4th St. Stephen Summer Celebration

St. Stephen's UMC (Delmar) Summer Celebration will be held Saturday, August 4th from 10am-3pm. Stop by for oyster sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, home made soup and icecream. There will be music for all ages by The Kings Ambassadors, the St. Stephen's Bell Choir, and McKenzie George. For the kids there will be a petting zoo, horse drawn hay rides, pony rides, barrel train rides, fire engine rids and crafts. There will also by antique and custom cars, a yard sale and bake sale. All outside activities are FREE!