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Ten Ten Bistro Dinner

Updated: Wednesday, June 5 2013, 02:49 PM EDT

I headed down to the Harbor East/Little Italy area last night to attend a tasting dinner at Ten Ten American Bistro. Marketing director Dave Seel introduced new chef de cuisine Roger Black, who was preparing a four-course dinner for the gathering of local food writers/bloggers and hotel concierges. Among those gathered at the long table were Eddie Applefeld (WCBM radio), Diane Macklin (, Dara Bunjon (, food writer Martha Thomas, Julekha Dash ( and Brian Stander of Citywide Properties. A course of charcuterie was sent to the table-- trays of housemade country pate, chicken liver mousse, prosciutto with mustard and crostini; housemade pickled vegetables from Cunningham Farm; and cheeses, including a truffled goat cheese, St. Andre and a Federal Hill blue cheese. Next up, a fresh salad of pea shoots, carrots, beets and horseradish, lightly dressed with a bright sunflower carrot vinaigrette. The next course was a Yuza tempura soft-shell blue crab with avacado, cucumber, ginger and sambal aioli. That was followed by a Creekstone 30-day dry-aged New York strip steak, accompanied by a truffle-parsnip puree and a lobster Yorkshire pudding. Dessert consisted of a blond chocolate pudding bowl, with fresh strawberries and creme fraiche. What a meal! Chef Black explained that most ingredients featured are all farm-fresh-- derived from house-owned Cunningham Farm in Cockeysville (the farm also supplies produce and other fresh ingredients for Ten Ten's sister restaurants, Fleet Street Kitchen and Bagby Pizza). Bagby Group beverage director Tim Riley poured some great matching wines with each course, and the entire meal came together beautifully. I had to scoot out a tad early, for a meet-up with my pal Sloane Brown, of The Baltimore Sun, so I headed over to the bar at Capital Grille, where I joined her. I stopped to chat with managing partner Jimmy Kinney on my way in, and also ran into pals Larry Jennings and Christian Johansson, who were making their way to a table. After two martinis and two hours of dishing with Sloane, I prepared to call it a night. Besides, at home I had the most recent episode of 'Mad Men' to catch up on.

(Shown above: The lively group at a long table at Ten Ten American Bistro.)

Ten Ten Bistro Dinner

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