Not only is Erica Landon, Ten 01's award winning sommelier, extremely well educated about the wines she recommends, but she continues to make the restaurant's wine program one of the best in the state. She's also quite nice. In a male dominated field with a reputation for snobbery, Landon gracefully keeps her own council. "When I went to take my quarter master sommelier exam I was one of two women in the room out of forty people," she says. Landon says she was intimidated "sometimes," but goes on to explain, "I have an idea about how I feel about wine and I want to make it as accessible and as friendly...
"My grandfather was a big foodie. He owned a crab shack in Baltimore and I would go stay for like a month of my summers with him. He was a bachelor who always had a new girlfriend so he was always wining and dining," reminisces Toro Bravo's John Gorham. Though he fondly remembers summers in Baltimore, Gorham says his near obsession with food started way before that. "I remember even before kindergarten saying I wanted to be a chef. I remember playing restaurant, and I would cook all my friends food. I knew I
Gold and Chocolate Hart – Sarah Hart of Alma Chocolate makes religious icons you can sink your teeth into
Note – Alma Chocolate was sold to Moonstruck Chocolates in Summer 2018.
“My dad was a Presbyterian minister and he was a civil rights activist and really conscious of the unrest over Vietnam, so social justice was in my DNA,” explains Sarah Hart, the Alma Chocolate visionary.… Read the rest