Executive chef from Clarksville getting rave reviews [West Friendship]

Howard County Times

Who doesn’t love a celebrity chef?

Now, we can boast of one of Howard County’s favorite sons, Tae Strain, who is wowing the crowds in Washington, D.C as executive chef at David Chang’s Momofuku CCDC. Strain’s specialties earned the restaurant a three-star rating in the Washington Post and has received nothing but rave reviews from foodies, restaurant critics and guests for the popular new restaurant in northwest D.C.

Strain grew up in Howard County and has honed his culinary skills in New York and San Francisco before settling back home on the East Coast. Most reviews mention his signature bing (Chinese flat bread) with a gusto that leaves readers rushing to make a reservation. Small plates, family-style platters and exquisite presentations are de rigeur at Momofuku.

Maria Villani, of Marriottsville, who is a fellow Glenelg Country School class of 2001 alumni with Tae Strain, visited the restaurant in the spring. "Chef Strain is the type of person anyone would strive to call a friend," said Villani. "With Tae you can pick up where you left off, as we did recently when my husband and I had dinner at Momofuku. Though I hadn’t seen Tae since 2012 in Los Angeles, the only change I witnessed was his evolution as a chef. His wit, work ethic and determination to change the game has remained the same," reports the former classmate. "From afar we witnessed Strain’s command of the kitchen as executive chef, a title which demands honor, respect and relentless work."

Congratulations Chef Strain.

You know that fall is upon us when the popular Kids Nearly New Sale comes back to the Howard County fairgrounds. Each year, just after the final straw has been swept from the stalls and all remnants of our beloved Howard County fair are just a memory, here comes the biggest kids sale in town. The sale features hundreds of vendors selling all manner of children’s items. Clothes, books, toys, equipment, you name it. The sale is scheduled for Sept. 15, 8 a.m to 1 p.m.

Just a few reminders. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is hosting a fundraiser on Sept. 15, 4 to 8 p.m. at Tranquility Farm on Jennings Chapel Road in Brookeville. The fall Pig and Jig event is all local and all a delight. From the donation of use of the event space, the band, the food and even the beer donated by Manor Hill, all proceeds from the lively fall festival will benefit St. Andrew’s ministries and the Grassroots Crisis Intervention assisting in prevention of the opioid crisis in Howard County. Live music, pig roast, live and silent auctions, local craft beer and wine and more. Call 410-489-4035 to inquire about tickets or go to www.eventbrite.com and search Pig and Jig. Tickets are $50 per person.

Mark the calendar for the St. James United Methodist Church Community Yard Sale and Shred Event, both set for Sept. 15. The shredding event takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. and the yard sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon. The shredding is free of charge and a good opportunity to get rid of all those papers and documents. Yard sale spaces are free of charge as well. Call the church office at 410-442-2020, if you would like to sign up for an outside lawn space for the yard sale.

It’s not too late to sign up for the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Yard Sale scheduled for Sept.22, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Indoor and Outdoor spaces are available. The sale takes place at Station 3, Routes 32 and 99. Call 410-442-1471 for information or go to the website at www.wfvfd.org to register.

The greatest used book sale is almost here. Mark your calendar for the 23rd Annual Book Sale at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church. This year the sale will take place on Sept. 13 and 14, 3-7 p.m. and Sept. 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the largest used book sale in Howard County. Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church is t 14551 Burntwoods Road. All proceeds from this phenomenal book sale go toward church sponsored charities.

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