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Maryland Home & Garden Show..Preview Party

The Maryland Home & Garden Show takes place the first two weekends in March with a special benefit kick-off party on Friday, March 2. The benefit for Habitat Chesapeake features live music, drinks, light fare and exclusive view of the displays of the Garden Show before it opens to the public Saturday. Visit  http://habitatchesapeake.org/ for preview night ticket info. For info on the show, visit http://www.mdhomeandgarden.com/spring.

Brio Tuscan Grille Set To Open This Weekend
100 E. Pratt Street

This latest addition to Baltimore, Brio, located near the Inner Harbor, is due to open this weekend. I have plans to dine there soon and will happily report back on my delizioso favorites. Check out the lunch & dinner menus http://www.brioitalian.com/index.html at this new Italian Grille with the slogan, “To Eat Well & To Live Well.” I think I am going to adore it there.

Tour de Tanks-Sampling the Mason Dixon Wine Trail

This weekend kicks off Tour de Tanks. Sample wines from the barrels of 14 participating wineries along the Maryland/Pennsylvania trail. Visit  http://uncorkyork.com/ for full details.

Duck Horn Wine Dinner at Ruth’s Chris

Enjoy an innovative 5-course wine dinner Thursday, March 1 6:30 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris. Check out the delicious menu here http://www.ruthschris-pikesville.com/Duckhorn-Wine-Dinner.htm and reserve your space for this memorable evening.

Gary Rubin Sings the Classics
Songs of Sinatra, Buble, Bennett and More

http://garynrubin.com/ 

Germanos Cabaret in Little Italy

Live Performances Thurs-Sunday
Gary Rubin Friday, March 2

Dinner reservations starting at 6 p.m. 410-752-4515.

Showtime 7:30 p.m.

See full upcoming cabaret schedule here http://www.germanostrattoria.com/index.cgi?do=calendar.

Always Wanted to be a Cheerleader? Ravens Cheerleader Try-Outs This Weekend!

If you are at least 18 and have dreams of cheering on our Baltimore Ravens, this weekend is your chance to try-out. Auditions will be held on Saturday at the Downtown Athletic Club for both males and females. Here’s all the info you need http://www.baltimoreravens.com/People/Cheer/Tryouts_Fact_Sheet.aspx.

Grilled Cheese Co. Offers Free Grilled Cheese on Your Birthday/Anniversary

Area Grilled Cheese Co. restaurants offer a “GC Club.” Sign up for free and receive a birthday and anniversary gourmet grilled cheese. With locations in Eldersburg, Catonsville and Federal Hill, Grilled Cheese Co. will also give you a 15% off discount daily, just say “Downtown Diane Sent Me.” Enjoy!

Restaurant Association of Maryland…Vote for Your Favorites!

The finalists have been announced for The Restaurant Association of Maryland Annual Awards. See if your favorites made the list and vote http://www.marylandrestaurants.com/events/awards_gala.asp. The awards will be presented at their annual gala in April.

The Wine Market 3-Course Special Menu Tues-Thursday
921 E. Fort Ave  Locust Point

The Wine Market offers a special 3-course menu from Tuesday-Thursday for $35; you can add wine pairings for an additional charge. Choose from some of their most popular menu items http://www.the-wine-market.com/Docs/35%20dollar%209-12.pdf.

COMING UP…

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The Addams Family Opens March 6

Hippodrome Theatre

This musical comedy runs through March 18.

Tickets at www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com

My Mother’s Jewish..My Father’s Italian & I’m in Therapy

March 7-11 Gordon Center for Performing Arts

Steve Solomon’s hilarious one-man show comes to Baltimore. I have read the reviews and can not wait to see this production! Inspired by his own family, Solomon calls this show “One part lasagna, one part kreplach & two parts Prozac.”  Visit http://www.gordoncenter.com/ for tickets and show times.

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Ides of March Roman Inspired Wine Dinner

Friday, March 16  Gramercy Mansion

Chef’s Expressions has created a menu filled with Roman inspired cuisine paired with red & white Italian wines. I love to attend Chef’s Expressions wine dinners where I always discover a new dish, a new wine and new, incredible people. Treat someone to this spectacular evening; they will love you for it. Here’s the info on the upcoming dinner including the menu http://chefsexpressions.com/march-wine-supper.

Downtown Diane is a Baltimore area food, travel & entertainment reporter, appearing Fridays on 105.7 The Fan  Norris & Davis Show with her entertainment report. Follow her for Daily Dish on Twitter @DowntownDiane & check out upcoming events at www.DowntownDiane.net.

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