FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Maryland Restaurants Compete In ‘Buy Local Cookout’
Governor Martin O’Malley Invites Local Foodservice Professionals
and Farmers to Help Kick-Off the Buy Local Challenge Week
Columbia, MD - In early May, Governor Martin O’Malley invited teams made up of a chef and one or more
farmers, watermen, or producers to submit recipes using local ingredients for Maryland’s annual “Buy Local
Cookout,” to be held at Government House in Annapolis on Thursday, July 16, 2009. The cook out is the
signature kick-off event for the statewide Buy Local Challenge Week (July 18-26), during which all Maryland-
ers are encouraged to eat at least one local product each day of the week.
Maryland restaurateurs across the state have rallied behind the “Buy-Local” movement purchasing directly
from independent and family farms. “Our restaurateurs see and taste the benefits of offering local products to
diners: exceptional freshness, local business support, a stronger economy, health-conscious food options
and a protected environment,” commented Paul Hartgen, President and CEO of the Restaurant Association of
Maryland. “A number of our chefs have taken the Challenge’s ‘Buy Local Pledge’ developing top-notch
recipes that showcase what Maryland’s bounty has to offer. Tilghman Island Inn in Talbot County has already
created an amazing oyster recipe they can’t wait to unveil! That contagious enthusiasm is what our industry
exudes and diners across Maryland will reap the benefits” Hartgen added.
Cookout participants are required to submit recipes using local ingredients. Recipes that represent Maryland’s
best bounty will be chosen in each of the following categories: appetizer, main dish, side dish or salad, des-
sert, beverage and table decor.
In a recent release at www.buy-local-challenge.com Governor O’Malley shared his support of the Buy Local
Challenge Week. “We are very excited to feature local chefs, fa