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...tasty tidbits from the Baltimore/DC food scene...
Maria Fleischmann, President/Chief Creative Officer

 
...witty words of wisdom by Maria...


 

Between the holidays and Valentine’s Day, many couples are newly engaged.

NOW WHAT?
 
Here are a few helpful ideas for planning your special day.
 
WEDDING INSPIRATION – THE SOURCES!

You’re looking to plan your dream wedding—now you need a lil creative inspiration. There are so many sources available to give you ideas for venue options, food and drink choices, entertainment, color schemes—everything you need to know for planning a wedding. Grab a glass of wine (or cup of tea) and enjoy the research!

The top sources for wedding inspiration are:
 
PINTEREST

The world’s biggest scrapbook! If you haven’t already used it to create boards for hobbies, clothing styles and decorating projects –it’s time to sign up. Simply set up boards for different aspects of your wedding (flowers, dresses, hair styles, etc.), add images to the folders and watch your scrapbooks grow. You can add any images from the web to your folders –AND—you can follow hashtags.
 
INSTAGRAM

A great tool to see what’s trending. Just search hashtags for visual results. Popular general hashtags are: #weddinginspiration #weddingideas #weddingstyle #2018bride #weddingday #weddingplanner #weddinginspiration and then there are more specific searches such as #weddingflowers #tablescape #weddingcake #modernbride #vintagewedding.
 
BLOGS

There are so many wedding blogs to choose from and there will certainly be one covering your style whether you want luxurious, boho or DIY. Just Google top 10 wedding blogs.
 
MAGAZINES

Buying magazines is an expensive option, but you can go to their web sites for info on everything from vintage wedding ideas to country weddings.
 
FAIRS

Wedding fairs are a great way to meet suppliers in person and if held at a wedding venue, you can also take a good look around. Make a day of it!
 
INNOVATIVE GOURMET

The team at IG has catered thousands upon thousands of weddings. We regularly work with vendors including florists, entertainers, planners and decorators. Of course we offer our culinary expertise, but we can also guide you to the trusted vendors we’ve worked with for years.
 
Really, really helpful hint: A bit boring I know, but it’s so important to be realistic about what you can afford and sticking to your budget. I highly recommend a trusty spreadsheet.
 
Check online for a free budget helper. I suggest Wedding Wire, which lists info on all kinds of planning tools. This will be a tremendous help and will seriously reduce your stress.

And remember-it’s YOUR DAY – YOUR WAY!
Click Here to Contact Innovative Gourmet
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IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BUBBLES!

Artisan sparkling drinks at a Bubbly Bar station will be THE happening thing for weddings in 2019. Think sparkling mineral waters in a range of flavors. Prosecco and champagne and sparkling rosé paired with all sorts of juices, sodas, and seltzers will add a special touch to your reception.
 

This year's Hottest Wedding Drink is the...
 
WINTER WHITE COSMOPOLITAN


 
 But--if you're in the planning stages for a 2019 wedding--fear not! This seriously tasty, sophisticated beverage will be trending for a long time to come.


3 oz vodka
1.5 oz Cointreau Liqueur
1 oz St. Germaine
1 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
3 oz White Cranberry Juice
3-4 Frozen Cranberries for Garnish

Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice. 
Shake and pour into martini glass. 
Garnish and serve. 

#TRENDING


Guilt Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza
 
Here's a great, simple recipe for excellent Cauliflower Crust Pizza. But-FYI-you SO don't have to go through the muss and fuss of cutting up the cauliflower. Most grocery stores have either frozen or refrigerated bags of cauliflower rice. Check out Whole Foods or Wegman's. #noguilt
 
Click Here for Cauliflower Crust Pizza Recipe
People are ALWAYS asking me what restaurants I recommend--what's a great wine--what's your favorite cheese-- lots 'o foodie related questions. Sooo-I've decided to add a mini blog within this newsletter to give you the 411 on all my up-to-the-minute foodie tidbits. What better way to start this lil tradition than a visit to a fab Greek restaurant by a nice Greek girl?

Cypriana is a neighborhood (Roland Park) bar and grill that serves modern, Greek/Mediterranean fare. Verdict? I loved it! Some of the dishes were a little different than my Yiayia used to make but there are various flavor nuances depending on where you're from. In case you were wondering, I'm from Sparta which is in the Peloponnese area of Greece.


Owners, Chef Maria Kaimakis and her husband Vassos Yiannouris were gracious hosts and their restaurant was warm and inviting-the perfect place to relax and experience a great meal. FYI-there's plenty of parking right across the street.

Here are a few of the great dishes I enjoyed.


Octopus
Grilled over an open flame in the tradition of Cyprus and Chios, the Octopus is charred and garnished with tabouli and red quinoa.


Mousaka
Lots of layers of grilled eggplant, zucchini, potatoes, ground beef and lamb, topped with a creamy bechemel sauce.

Falafel
This Middle Eastern, vegetarian-friendly specialty offers a blend of chickpeas and fresh herbs-served in pitas with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and tahini topped with a tangy, hot, red pepper sauce.

Loukoumades
Handmade and dipped in honey syrup with sprinkles, cinnamon and pistachios -this is the Cyprus version of yeast doughnuts. Perfect for sharing. But I didn't.
 

 

Please join us ...
 
...for one of Howard County’s premier events and a showcase for local performing and visual artists.

Enjoy an evening of art and entertainment featuring fabulous fare from local restaurants and caterers, a fine art auction and performances by rising and guest stars. 
 
March 24, 2018

6 - 10 p.m.

Howard Community College, Horowitz Center

Columbia, Maryland
 
Presented by The Howard County Arts Council
Purchase Tickets Here


JUST SAYIN'. . .

 
Congratulations to my son Daniel Fleischmann and his fiance, Laura King on their recent engagement. I'm so happy for you! 
Click Here for Innovative Gourmet
11 Gwynns Mill Court Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
410-363-1317
InnovativeGourmet.com
 
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