Woodberry Kitchen is called one of "today’s most exciting restaurants" in the September issue of Bon Appetit. I’ve been waiting for my magazine ever since I saw Sun restaurant critic Elizabeth Large’s post last week about the honor. Finally, I got it in the mail yesterday.
Besides being a wonderful nod to chef/owner Spike Gjerde, it’s a great thing for Baltimore, too. We’re slowly but surely getting more recognition on the national restaurant scene.
You may remember last year that Bon Appetit picked Cinghiale as one of its "12 favorite places across the country" and featured two of chef Julian Marucci’s recipes.
In the current magazine, there’s a recipe for Woodberry’s Spiced Pear Flatbreads with Goat Cheese and Mustard Cream. Yes, kids, you can make this at home, though going to Woodberry is such a treat.
I was there last Saturday afternoon for a special fashion event featuring Woodberry-made nibbles like miniature crab cakes, tiny tomato sandwiches, and chicken strips on a skewer. While I was there, I saw Spike toiling in the open kitchen as well as former Top Chef contestant Jill Snyder.
Besides offering delicious, local, "farm to table" food, the restaurant is also a class act. The last time I was there (they didn't know who I was), the server forgot to bring my salad. He ended up taking my whole dinner off the check. Wow.