Hundreds Sample Taste of Pikesville

More than 30 vendors, and more than 500 guests mingled, tasted and sipped during the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce event Thursday.


Delicious, fresh and simple, was how Bonnie Black of Pikesville described the roast beef, fruit and shrimp offered by Thursday night during Taste of Pikesville.

"It was delicious. They are just presenting something very simple. The lox are to die for," the Pikesville resident said.

She and her husband, David, were among the hundreds of area residents who ventured to the for the event.

"I guess I was pretty excited about coming," David Black said. While he had already eaten at many of the 30-plus restaurants represented, he hadn't tried The Fresh Market or Island Quizine, one of Pikesville's newest restaurants.

At Island Quizine, owner Donovan Murphy and staff served up Caribbean fare, including chicken, fish and rice. The line was long to try their fare, unique for the Pikesville market.

Overall, though, the ballroom at the Hilton was packed. Still, there was plenty of food and drink—including beer, vodka and wines.

"It's so much more than I expected," said Marcy Gorman, chamber vice president and a member of the programming committee.

The committee has met for the past year to put together the event—a new one for the chamber.

"Until we saw the room as it was set up, you couldn't imagine ... (how successful it was going to be), she said.

Todd Brown, a past president, and member of the programming committee, said the turnout was "better" than they had expected—at more than 500 attendees.

Rounding off the programming committee are: Executive Director Jessica Normington, Stuart Goldberg, Mark Pressman, Nick Mangione and Executive Assistant Ayme Lederman, Gorman said.

Past President David Elkes said he was glad to see a longtime plan at the chamber come to such a successful fruition.

His wife, Nancy, brought the idea to him after seeing a similar event held by the , he said.

Bravo Nancy!

If you went to Taste of Pikesville, what was your favorite among the beer, wine or food? Any comments on th event itself?

Jill Dudley Cohen May 05, 2012 at 01:51 AM
The event was incredible! It was obvious that a lot of careful planning had been done and the vendors really brought out their best for Pikesville. Personally, I liked the brisket filled spring roll with edamame from Gourmet Again. The noodles from Mr. Charles were innovative and delicious. I was very impressed with the crabcake sliders from The Pikes. The Sofi's Crepes were a real treat and I had some amazing hummus from the Wild Pea that I enjoyed with part of an amazing Mari Luna popover. The sweet lady from McDonald's gave us cookies to take home and they were enjoyed by my son in his school lunch. I thought that the Van Gogh vodka was delicious and I am looking forward to stocking up on Heavy Seas ale this summer at Quarry Wine and Spirits. The coddies from Suburban House were a fun treat and I really enjoyed talking with the awesome people from the Fresh Market. At the end of the night, the fabulous Russ Margo had a bunch of us up and singing. For a one man band, Russ really knows how to entertain! I loved the whole evening and enjoyed seeing so many friends. Bravo!
Cheryl Cohen May 05, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I agree with everything Jill said...it was a fabulous night! Kudo's to all the vendors as well the "townies" that showed all their support. If you walked out hungry you were just to busy socializing! By the way, for those that have asked...Jill Dudley Cohen and I are not related!


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