The opening of RegionAle in Ellicott City, Maryland got a little lost in December’s holiday fervor.
RegionAle is a unique concept focusing in on iconic sandwiches from around the country along with having craft beers by the bottle and on tap (beers available starting January 17).
If all goes as planned, Chef/owner Kevin Curley is looking at his fast casual concept to grow. Curley, attended the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and also trained under Baltimore’s Award-Winning Restaurateur and Executive Chef Cindy Wolf.
What is an American regional iconic sandwich?
Well, for Maryland it is the crab cake sandwich, for Philadelphia the cheesesteak, Florida it is a Cubano, and Louisiana the Shrimp Po’Boy. RegionAle focuses in on 13 locally-sourced sammies along with a menu of full salads, soups, house made chips, house baked cookies and the central focus his takes on classic American sandwiches. Then there is always the featured sandwich, a special for a limited time and currently it is the New Orleans Muffuletta.
Curley puts his fresh twist on the made-from-scratch sandwiches, which are locally and seasonally sourced. Having tasted almost everyone of the RegionAle’s sandwiches my favorites are the Oregon Tuna Steak and the Louisiana Shrimp Po’Boy. At the tasting, others were gaga over the Indiana Pork Tenderloin and the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese which comes with a Mornay dipping sauce – everyone had a different favorite. Food is subjective! – Give it a try, and let us know your favorite.
By the way, the warm chocolate chip cookie I got to go didn’t even make it home – my car seat still has melted chocolate remnants.
For Dara Bunjon if it is food, Dara Does It, in fact, that is the name of her company which offers creative solutions for the food industry the likes of public relations, marketing, social media, cookbook compilations, food styling, culinary events, networking and freelance writing. You will now find Dara applying her broad range of culinary skills as a food stylist for television chefs/cookbook authors the likes of Steven Raichlen, Sara Moulton, Nick Malgieri, and Nathalie Dupree. Dara Bunjon lives, eats, dreams and writes about food and isn’t hesitant to share her views and experiences about restaurants, culinary trends, recipes, cookbooks or even her childhood food memories. She has been on the food scene for too many years to mention. Known both in Baltimore and nationally, Dara Bunjon is a former member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs’ national public relations committee.
In the past, she has written for Style Magazine, Foodservice Monthly, Mid-Atlantic Restaurant Digest, Urbanite and other sundry publications. Since 2004 she has maintained an award-winning food-related blog called Dining Dish. She co-authored her first cookbook Yum! Tasty Recipes from Culinary Greats in association with Studio Spear. And has written Baltimore restaurant reviews for Gayot.com
Dara believes food is subjective; everyone’s taste is different and she enjoys bringing you to her table to commiserate and enjoy lively discourse.
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