On March 24th, the Maryland Historical Society will host its annual fundraiser, a very special Maryland Day event celebrating the culture and cuisine of the state. Guests can expect their taste buds to experience a wide range of culinary delights and flavors that have been pulled from the Chesapeake Bay including oysters, crab, coddies, and mock turtle soup. There will be an assortment of dishes featuring venison, ham, and pit beef as well as local produce from the fields and orchards. Guests can also explore sweets that evoke the tastes of immigrants coming to Maryland through the 19th century including German-based smearcase cheesecake, Jewish apple cake, and a dessert developed to aid a Hungarian revolutionary, the Kossuth Cake.
Local chefs and food historian Joyce White will present their take on historic dishes. “Maryland’s Fabulous Fare is an event that used the common language of food to support the mission of the Maryland Historical Society to use the lessons of the past to be relevant in the present and also to thrive in the future,” said White. Doug Wetzel, Executive Chef at Gertrude’s and former competitor on Food Network’s Chopped. “Gertrude’s is extremely honored to participate in this event,” said Wetzel who is creating a sustainable twist on a popular local dish. “We are taking the classic Baltimore coddie but using the Invasive Blue Channel Catfish that is overpopulated in the Chesapeake Bay right now.” Some recipes did not make Wetzel’s list but will be at the event. “We’re really hoping someone makes Smith Island [cake],” exclaimed Wetzel. “Love to eat it, pain to make it!” Lucky for Wetzel, authentic Smith Island cake will be provided by Janice Marshall a fifth generation Smith Islander. Award winning cooks, fisherwomen and muskrat skinners Nellie Flowers and Rhonda Aaron will present Muskrat delicacies.
Speaking of the festivities, MdHS President and CEO, Mark Letzer stated, “What better way to celebrate Maryland than by enjoying the state’s food and drink traditions? We are looking forward to a splendid evening, serving up regional cuisine and highlighting Maryland’s fare with our collections.”
- Special guests will include: Joyce White (food historian), Doug Wetzel (Executive Chef & Kitchen Czar at Gertrudes and participant on Food Network’s Chopped), and Jerry Edwards (President and Corporate Chef at Chef’s Expressions), Janice Marshall (Fifth generation Smith Islander), Nellie Flowers and Rhonda Aaron (Award winning cooks, fisherwomen and musket skinners)
- Attendees will enjoy an fresh Oyster Bar and Maryland based specialty hors d’oeuvres including: crab cakes, hominy croquettes, venison meatballs, kossuth cakes, and muskrat jambalaya to name a few.
- Open Bar featuring Maryland Wine and Beers along with specialty cocktails
- Silent Auction
Live music performed by The New Romanos