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MarylandCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

Maryland, nicknamed America in Miniature, has a little bit of everything for culinary travelers: sea and mountain, urban and rural, historic and modern. Likewise, Maryland's cuisine is centered around the climate, the bay, seafood, and the produce. Chefs will change their menus daily, depending on the fresh catch and what is being harvested from the fields. Seafood is prime in Maryland, especially oysters, crab, mussels, clams, and rockfish—known as striped bass everywhere but Maryland. Other traditional dishes include grilled pit beef with horseradish, the prized Silver Queen Corn, pan-fried chicken smothered in peppery gravy, and Smith Island Cake, recently chosen as Maryland’s official dessert. Foodies will find that Maryland offers an exciting array of delicious pursuits.

Choose one of our Pre-Packaged Vacations to Maryland

Historic Annapolis Culinary Escape
Come feast on a seemingly endless list of culinary adventures during this escape to Annapolis. Just a short drive from our Nation’s capital, you will enjoy gourmet dining, sailing, hands-on cooking and a walking foodie tour through Maryland’s historic capital city. Culture and history never tasted so good!
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Annapolis, Maryland
Old Town Alexandria Culinary Getaway
Old Town Alexandria is located approximately 6 miles south of downtown Washington, DC, and is the host city for this extraordinary culinary getaway. Chiefly known for its historic town houses, art galleries, antique shops, and restaurants…Alexandria is also home to many talented chefs making their mark on the national culinary scene.
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Alexandria, Virginia

— Maryland Cooking Schools —

Chef Professor
Upper Marlboro 301-627-4496
Chef Professor offers Personal Cooking Classes presented in a client's home in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland suburbs including Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland areas.
Chefs2Go
Reisterstown 410-833-4242
Gather up a group of your friends & family that are passionate about cooking to have an unforgettable evening learning all the tips and tricks-of-the-trade!
Cook with Ben
Columbia 410-312-0001
All classes offer hands-on learning in a relaxed and intimate setting. Class sizes are deliberately small, allowing participants the time and space to truly master the lesson and their cooking skills.
Cooking Camp Classic
Owings Mills 410-356-1666
Children love to mix things up in the kitchen and Cooking Camp Classic feeds the need for summer fun. The kids will not only have the opportunity to get their hands into the ingredients, but also taste their culinary delights.
Cooking with Donna
Columbia 410 659 5248
Fast Mediterranean meals for everyday and for entertaining. Practical cooking classes with tastings and recipes. We’ll talk about Mediterranean ingredients, plus techniques for pulling together great, quick and healthy dinners.
For the Love of Food
Reisterstown
For the Love of Food, where find food and good taste come together. We offer many ways to have fun with food, from cooking classes and gourmet get togethers…to summer cooking programs for kids.
Gino Troia Restorante
Baltimore 410-327-1112
Chef Gino continues at Gino Troia Ristorante his popular Italian cuisine cooking classes. Our classes are given in small groups of 10-12 guests and include a cooking demonstration by Chef Gino, and fine cheeses with wine.
Inn at 2920
Baltimore 410-342-4450
Learn to cook with the Innkeeper! David is available for private or small group lessons. You choose up to four friends and pick a culinary theme, and then David will work with you to create a custom menu.
Jeanette Warne Pastries home of Gourmet Platters Cateirng
Ellicott City 443-561-4610
We offer recreational cooking classes for adults and children. Classes run the gamut of how to roll sushi to croissant workshops. For the younger group, we offer a schools out cooking camp and highschoolers can participate in our Junior Pastry or Master Chef programs.
Just Cakes
Bethesda 301-718-5111
Working with our pastry chefs, your children will learn about and prepare a wide variety of desserts and presentations. Projects will include gingerbread beach cottages, cake baking, cake decoration and a host of other sweet treats. Lunch will be provided and plenty of sweet treats to share at home.
L’Academie de Cuisine
Bethesda 301-986-9490
L'Academie de Cuisine is the premier cooking school in the DC Metro area for both professional and recreational programs. Whether you're a rookie in the kitchen and looking for a beginner class, a home pro looking to perfect your techniques, or want a fun evening out with good friends and good food, we have a class for you!
Pusser's Caribbean Grill
Annapolis 410-626-0004
Our award-winning chef, Chef James Eriksen, II, will be hosting a series of cooking classes that will demonstrate how he puts together some of the fantastic dishes served at Pusser's Caribbean Grille.
Ristorante Antipasti
Ocean City 410 289 4588 website »
Fausto reveals his secret recipes to you! Do not miss these incredible opportunities to learn from the master himself. We offer cooking classes on the first Thursday of the month from October to June
The Chesapeake School of Cooking
Annapolis 410-266-1511
All the instructors in The Chesapeake School of Cooking are working chefs. They apply their trade every day to the delight of their customers, and intend to share their knowledge with you in a kitchen that is designed for professional work.
The Crossing at Casey Jones
La Plata 301-932-6226
Our cooking classes are designed for people who are looking for plenty of supervised hands-on instruction time in the kitchen. We have plenty of fun putting the lecture into practice while working at your own station.
The Kitchen Studio Cooking School
Frederick 301-663-6442
The Kitchen Studio Cooking School in Frederick, Maryland is where everything is about the food and a relaxed, playful goodtime. There are tons of great classes to choose from at The Kitchen Studio’s convenient location, during the day, in the evenings and on weekends.
Tiny Chefs
Silver Spring 301-518-6108
Kids eat the food they prepare and each child will receive an apron, and fun pack, along with their very own recipes of everything they make. Tiny Chefs offer fun, educational and hands-on culinary classes for children ages 3 to 14 years old.
Town Dock Restaurant
St. Michaels 410-745-5577
Located on the St. Michaels Harbor, Town Dock Restaurant features nationally recognized cuisine in a scenic and casual setting. Each class includes a recipe book and meal with wine following the demonstration.

Taste What's Happening!

Baltimore Restaurant Week

Baltimore
8/1/2014 - 8/10/2014
The largest and most successful dining event in the metro area.

Our Local Bounty Farmers' Market

Upper Marlboro
8/2/2014
Mingle with folks from the neighborhood, speak with the vendors, and buy fresh, local food.

Havre de Grace Seafood Festival

Havre de Grace
8/9/2014 - 8/10/2014
Chesapeake Bay Seafood Specialties & Live Entertainment Overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.

Seafood Fest-I-Val

Cambridge
8/9/2014
Enjoy Live Entertainment, craft sales, door prizes and displays. Feast on Chesapeake Bay cuisine:

Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival

National Harbor
8/16/2014
An All-You-Care-To-Taste extravaganza with over 50,000 crabs, lots of beer, arts & crafts, live music, and so much more!

Carroll County Restaurant Week

Carroll County
8/17/2014 - 8/24/2014
Carroll County, Maryland restaurants share their best!

Carroll County Restaurant Week

Carroll County
8/17/2014 - 8/24/2014
The chance to sample many Carroll County's restaurants at an affordable price!

Taste Prince George's

Prince George's County
8/23/2014
Food and Wine and more!

Uncorked Wine and Music Festival

Rockville
8/23/2014
Enjoy the best wines from across the state, cooking demonstrations and two stages of musical entertainment at Uncorked!

Our Local Bounty Farmers' Market

Upper Marlboro
9/6/2014
Mingle with folks from the neighborhood, speak with the vendors, and buy fresh, local food.

Great Grapes Wine Festival

Reston
9/6/2014 - 9/7/2014
Premier casual wine tasting while strolling thru beautiful Reston, Relax while experts give demos of wine and food pairings.

Annual Maryland Seafood Festival

Anne Arundel County
9/6/2014 - 9/7/2014
A tasty and entertaining tradition, with music, great food, exhibits, arts and crafts, and featuring The Capital’s Crab Soup Cook-off

Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival

Annapolis
9/13/2014
Combining the best of all worlds: award-winning beer tastings from regional and national artisan breweries as well as music of every variety!

Colonial Market & Fair at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon
9/20/2014 - 9/21/2014
View demos of 18th-century crafts, shop for traditional wares, eat hearty specialty food, and observe 18th-century chocolate-making!

St. Matthew Multi-Cultural Festival

Columbia
10/4/2014 - 10/5/2014
Travel the globe without leaving the county! Enjoy international foods, beer and wine garden, live entertainment, crafts, and a silent auction.

Autumn Glory Festival

Oakland
10/8/2014 - 10/12/2014
The beauty of Autumn in Garrett County is most breath-taking plus events, shows, sales, exhibits, demonstrations, etc.

Taste of Kent Narrows

Kent Narrows
10/11/2014
Come experience what the area's culinary personalities, and local restaurants, have to offer

Ocean City Restaurant Week

Ocean City
10/12/2014 - 10/26/2014
One Price, Two Weeks...Plenty of Tasty Options.

Autumn Wine Festival

Salisbury
10/18/2014 - 10/19/2014
Samplings from over 20 Maryland wineries.

Native American Indian Heritage Festival & Pau-wau

Marion
10/18/2014 - 10/19/2014
Famous Accohannock Oyster Sandwiches, Seafood, Indian Tacos, Buffalo Burgers and more
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