A festive kickoff was held this morning to promote the county's summer restaurant week. The promotion starts Friday and runs through Aug. 19.
Today's event at Café Troia in Towson featured sample dishes like pulled-pork sliders (Barrett's Grill in Hunt Valley), chocolate-covered strawberries (The Milton Inn), penne and tomatoes, pictured, (Basta Pasta in Timonium), short-rib sliders (Towson Tavern), shrimp salad (Island View Waterfront Cafe in Essex), and Black Rock Orchard grilled peach salad (Café Troia).
The gathering included elected officials, county employees, Chamber of Commerce members, and other dignitaries. I did spot Marty Katz, local Zagat editor, in the crowd.
Executive chef Brian Boston, pictured below, of The Milton Inn was also in attendance. He was an early organizer of Restaurant Week, now in its third year.
I couldn't resist asking him about his new restaurant venture, Highland Inn, in Howard County. He said it's coming along "slowly," but he expects to open in late September. For now, he's gearing up for restaurant week.
This summer, 38 restaurants are participating, offering lunch and dinner specials ranging from $10.12 to $35.12. (There's also a winter restaurant week.) Check out the Baltimore County Restaurant Week website for information and menus.
Photos by me