The food tops the charts 147th Preakness Stakes.
Partly thank you Kevin Lilesthe Baltimore-raised entertainment executive who hosted this year Preakness Live Culinary Art & Music Festivala new festival to be held on Friday, coinciding with the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.
Back in Baltimore, Liles brought big-name entertainers with him, including Megan Thee Stallion and Ms. Lauryn Hill. But he also performs to a foodie audience, involving celebrities as well as local chefs. As he told the Baltimore Sun, it’s about giving audiences “a taste of Baltimore.”
Pimlico’s Restaurant Row offerings will not disappoint. In addition to returning the supplier Jimmy’s Famous SeafoodLocal black-owned businesses are well represented, with Fishnet, Terra Café, Cashew Creamery, Casser le Pain and others serving food. Instagram favorites like Crust by Mack, underground pizza and Codetta Bakery will also be present at Old Hilltop.
Organizers are “looking to reach a different demographic than usual,” said Sumayyah “Mya” Bilal, owner of Codetta Bake Shop. “I just think it’s so smart of them to engage with local businesses. Each of us has our own very diverse but very loyal customer base. At Pimlico, Bilal and his team plan to serve mini cake jars and cremes brulee “burned to order”.
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Entrants in this year’s Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan Stakes who shell out tickets to the Turfside Terrace ($324-$756) or Homestretch Suites — or better yet, shell out cash for a private suite in the Infield — can sample menus from none other than “Top Chef” hosts Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and former winner Marcus Samuelsson.
As a rule, celebrity chefs are no strangers to Preakness. In 2013, “Top Chef” alum Mike Isabella crafted the menu for Turfside Terrace and Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis have both done the rounds in previous years. But this year is different. Three celebrity chefs? A list of local black-owned businesses too?
On the face of it, Colicchio brings the meat, with dishes like ribs and porchetta, while Samuelsson whips up southern dishes like shrimp and grits and fried chicken as well as a Berber-style salted salmon reminiscent of his Ethiopian roots. . Simmons keeps things light yet sophisticated with delicious options like sea scallops with mint gremolata.
Here’s what’s on the menu:
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Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, Friday:
Turfside Terrace and Home Stretch Suites: Buffet-style service with Colicchio’s ribs, Samuelsson’s shrimp and grits, and Simmons’ orecchiette with Swiss chard, lemon and smoked chicken sausage.
Finish Line Suites: Colicchio’s pastrami duck breast with cherry salad, Samuelsson’s fried chicken with warm honey and macaroni with greens and Simmons’ sea scallop with peas, asparagus, mint gremolata, creamy polenta.
Preakness Stakes, Saturday:
Turfside Terrace and Home Stretch Suites: Colicchio’s porchetta, Samuelsson’s farro risotto with steamed seafood, carrots and peas and Simmons’ chicken cheese and mushroom pie with broccoli raab.
Finish Line Suites: Colicchio’s Wagyu Beef with Spicy Pepper and Onion Salad, Samuelsson’s Berber Smoked Salmon with Mashed Corn, Shredded Fennel and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, and Simmons’ Tea Marinated Duck Breast with Salad Asian herbs and lettuce cuts.
For those who want to keep the party going after the main event, Magdalena at the Ivy Hotel (205 E. Biddle Street) has a Preakness-inspired cocktail menu, including a brandy julep and another Black-Eyed Susan play meant to pay homage to black jockeys.