The Food for Thought stage  offers festival-goers a chance to sample delicious recipes prepared  by celebrity chefs and cookbook authors in the live demo kitchen! 

Food for Thought Stage

The Food for Thought stage offers festival-goers a chance to learn and sample delicious recipes prepared by celebrity chefs and cookbook authors. All recipes and samples will be prepared using groceries and supplies sourced from the Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar.

Stage: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Bicentennial Plaza at West Shore Park

Friday, September 25


Royal Sonesta Amazing Moment Cooking Demonstration

Join a chef from Explorer’s restaurant at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore for an amazing moment. Amazing moments is a new program designed by Sonesta to create a lasting moment that happens when guests immerse themselves into a locale such as tasting a crab cake in Baltimore for the first time.

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Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown, owner of Station North Arts Café & NANCY, prepares one of his personal favorites!

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Chef Egg presents The Kitchen Comes To Life!

Menu - Grilled Chicken Tacos with Pico De Gallo, Grilled Pineapple Salsa and Chipotle Yogurt.

Chef Egg is a culinary instructor and host of Chef Egg Live, Baltimore’s only live cooking eggsperience. Chef Egg’s mission is to teach you how to gain your culinary independence and to give you the skills you need to be a success in the kitchen! He has worked with local organizations such as Gather Baltimore, McCormick Spices and Wounded Warrior Project. Chef Egg has also been featured on WBFF Fox 45, WBAL, 98 Rock, Discovery Networks and the Food Network.

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Cocktail hour with Chef O’Connell

Join Patrick O’Connell for a decadent drink, as he discusses his NTY Bestseller, The Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession

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Saturday, September 26


Celebrate the Chesapeake! presented by Old Bay

Sample a regional dish, as authors discuss Maryland Foodie Travel, and the culinary delights of our Chesapeake Bay.

Panel: Mary Lou Baker & Holly Smith, Seafood Lovers’ Guide to the Chesapeake, Kathy Hunt, Fish Market

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25th Anniversary Celebration of John Shields’ Chesapeake Bay Cooking presented by Old Bay

The James Beard –nominated book praised for its inspiring heritage recipes and its then-revolutionary emphasis on cooking with local and seasonal ingredients turns 25 with an updated anniversary release! Part history lesson, part travelogue, the book captures the unique character of the Chesapeake region and its people.

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Bryan Voltaggio, Home:Recipes to Cook with Family and Friends

Now, opening the doors to his family kitchen, Voltaggio offers 100 irresistible recipes inspired by the mid-Atlantic food he grew up with and loves. Organized by the special moments he shares with his kids, from weekend brunches to the Feast of the Seven Fishes, HOME elevates the classic and comfort dishes closest to his heart.

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Alice Randall & Caroline Randall Williams, Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by 100 Years of Cooking in a Black Family

Join bestselling author Alice Randall & Her daughter Caroline, as they relate their fascinating family history (which mirrors that of much of black America in the twentieth century), explore the often fraught relationship African-American women have had with food, and translate recipes and traditions handed down by generations of black women, into easy, affordable, and healthful—yet still indulgent—dishes and forges a powerful new way forward that honors their cultural and culinary heritage. This is what the strong black kitchen looks like in the twenty-first century.

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Sunday, September 27


Kerry Dunnington, Tasting the Seasons: Inspired In-Season Cuisine That's Easy, Healthy, Fresh and Fun and This Book Cooks: Farm-Fresh Traditional Recipes for Healthy Contemporary Cooking

Join Kerry, founder of the Slow Food Baltimore’s Eat in Season Challenge, for a taste of her Carrot & Leek Gratin as well as “Halloween Soup”.

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Joy “The Baker” Wilson, Homemade Decadence: Irresistibly Sweet, Salty, Gooey, Sticky, Fluffy, Creamy, Crunchy Treats

Joy Wilson believes that everything is better with pie. And caramel. And definitely ice cream. Her world is pretty sweet: she dabbles daily in butter and sugar as her blogging alter ego, Joy the Baker. Her new book, Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence, is packed with 125 of Joy’s favorite, supereasy, most over-the-top, totally delicious treats, such as Dark Chocolate, Pistachio, and Smoked Sea Salt Cookies; Butterscotch Cream Pie with Thyme-Marshmallow Meringue; Mint Chocolate Chip Cake; and Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream.

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Katie Workman, Dinner Solved! 100 Ingenious Recipes That Make the Whole Family Happy, Including You!

Katie Workman is a gifted cook, a best friend in the kitchen, and a brilliant problem solver. Her Mom 100 Cookbook was named one of the Five Best Weeknight Cookbooks of the past 25 years by Cooking Light and earned praise from chefs like Ina Garten (“I love the recipes!”) and Bobby Flay (“Perfect . . . to help moms everywhere get delicious meals on the table.”). Now Katie turns her attention to the biggest problem that every family cook faces: how to make everyone at the table happy without turning into a short-order cook.

Author of The Mom 100 Cookbook. She is also the founding editor in chief of Cookstr .com; a regular contributor to NPR; and a food writer whose articles have appeared in magazines and websites, including The Daily Beast, AOL Food, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and New York magazine. She sits on the board of City Harvest, New York’s leading food rescue nonprofit

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Seton Rossini, Sweet Envy: Deceptively Easy Desserts, Designed to Steal the Show

Want your friends and family to gasp in awe when you bring dessert to the table? Rossini takes her cue from artists, vintage sweets, cocktails, and more, to create desserts that are crazy fun, breathtakingly beautiful, and, most importantly, surprisingly simple.

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Bourbon talk and tasting with Reid Mitenbuler, Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey

Unraveling the many myths and misconceptions surrounding America’s most iconic spirit, Bourbon Empire traces a history that spans frontier rebellion, Gilded Age corruption, and the magic of Madison Avenue. Whiskey has profoundly influenced America’s political, economic, and cultural destiny, just as those same factors have inspired the evolution and unique flavor of the whiskey itself.

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Sept 25-27, 2015
Fri-Sun: llam - 7pm


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