Take a pinch of adventure, add a dash of wanderlust and mix in opportunity. Blend in a passion for deliciousness and what does the recipe yield? For three chefs with Maryland ties — Duff Goldman, Michael Voltaggio and Ryan Coffey — the dish might be called California dreamin'.
A visit on the first full day of operations at the MGM National Harbor made it easy to see where its $1.4 billion budget went: Celebrity chef-run restaurants, plush spa and salon, designer shopping and, yes, gambling.
Last year, Baltimore's "Ace Of Cakes" star Duff Goldman added more layers to his rising confectionary empire, founding Charm City Cakes West and Duff's Cake Mix in Los Angeles. We managed to persuade Goldman to take a break from cake to share his favorite sweet spots around Los Angeles.
Bryan Voltaggio will host his third annual benefit dinner to fight childhood hunger on Sept. 13 at Volt, his flagship Frederick restaurant. Joining him this time will be Michael Voltaggio, his brother, his onetime Top Chef competitor and now the chef at Ink in Los Angeles, and Matt Orlando, the chef de cuisine at Noma in Copenhagen.