North Baltimore Restaurant Wins Challenge To Create New Recipes Using Old Bay Seasoning

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Schaefer Lies In Repose For Second Day At City Hall

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- It's the farewell to former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer. Tuesday is the last chance many Marylanders will get to pay their last respects.

Mike Schuh reports Schaefer's body lies in repose at City Hall.

At the top of the news this half hour the outpouring of love for former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer -- who will lie in repose one final day inside City Hall.

Thousands have already paid their respects.

Thousands of people from Annapolis to the streets of Baltimore have already taken time to recognize Schaefer for all he did for this city and state.

A furlough day for city workers was moved up to Tuesday, to give employees the chance to pay their respects without having to take off work. The turnout Tuesday is expected to enormous.

The final farewell to former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer is well underway.

It began in Annapolis, where his body lay in repose in the State House Rotunda.

There was a steady stream of people that flowed in.

"He was a Baltimore original. We will never see another William Donald Schaefer," said Senator Barbara Mikulski.

A motorcade brought Schaefer's casket around the city.

"We give you thanks for the blessings which you have bestowed upon William Donald in this life," said one father at the Basilica.

He got a blessing at the Basilica, love in Little Italy and cheers at his childhood home in west Baltimore.

"Great politician. And there's nothing wrong with being a great politician. And he loved his people," said one man.

"This is a very emotional day. Just to see his motorcade go by. May he rest in peace," said another woman.

Crowds continue to gather at his statue in the Inner Harbor and where his remains now lie, inside City Hall.

Filmmaker John Waters were among some of the people paying respect.

"He made the whole city alive and he reinvented it and he made a lot of what it is today. I want more statues of him, on every corner," said filmmaker John Waters.

Schaefer's casket will be on display to the public all day Tuesday, beginning at 9 a.m, and ending at 9 p.m.

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Two local institutions got together on Wednesday to celebrate a Mid-Atlantic treat.

As Mike Schuh reports, there’s more uses for Old Bay than just crabs and crab cakes.

You know it’s going to be a good day when a particular truck shows up.

Sebastien Trossbach– the chef at Alonso’s, a North Baltimore landmark– wasn’t expecting a visit from the spice truck when he went about creating new recipes using Old Bay.

“We’re a Baltimore establishment and Old Bay, a Baltimore company. So, without sounding cheesy, it was nice to do something for the public,” Trossbach said.

McCormick & Company, Inc. challenged restaurants to come up with new Old Bay menu items.

“And so our summer is all about celebrating our true love of the city and love of Old Bay as being part of the city,” Lauren Harrasen of McCormick said.

And Trossbach delivered, coming up with five new ones including an ice cream. But the best, in his mind, is a variation of a favorite.

“The Peachy Keen Crab Cake is what I was most excited about because it pairs flavors not normally together,” he said.

So, a prize giving 70 lbs. of Old Bay– one for each year the seasoning has been produced– was given to Chef Trossbach as a thank you for a menu heralded as the best by a team of secret judges who came to eat the new concoctions.

“Celebrate how can they use Old Bay in an inventive way and Alonzo’s came up with a great way– peach crab cakes to chocolate ice cream,” Harrasen said.

“It’s pretty neat. Again, it’s Baltimore,” Trossbach said.

More than 30 restaurants in the region participated in making new recipes using that spice.

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