This past Saturday MD Burbs Elites dropped into 8407 Kitchen Bar to eat, drink, and think all things local for Yelp's Lush Local Lounge. Mike B (Ms. Doubtfire enthusiast and interm old bay crab queen) greeted folks at the door with news of smooth ginger lime martinis and blueberries up cocktails (blueberry syrup with St. Germain and potato vodka). 8407 Kitchen Bar, having recently gained Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (Real) certification set the stage–sourcing the greatest ingridients from local farms and businesses. So local, that even the chef brings in ingredients from him farm to include on the menu. 8407, using predominantly local ingredients, has a menu that changes seasonally. Fresh goes better in life!
Elites got a taste of what Maryland was all about with terrapin and Chesapeake Bay retriever oragami, a lego White House, and of course a grand selection of wonderful bites. Local cheeses with huckleberry compote and duck fat fries with a malt vinegar aioli started them off. Deviled eggs with chicharrones and heirloom tomato soup continued the trend. And, finally grilled chicken sandwiches with onion jam finished the bunch.
Then, the time came for Yelp-ardy, where the sofa lined room became a hotbed for fierce competition. Elites answered from categories like "Yelp Biz Info, MD History, Silver Spring and Produce". The winning team racked up upwards of 14,000 points earning them local treats like Maryland flag socks, an antique Maryland license plate and Maryland flag shades.
A huge thanks again for all the Elites and Yelpers who came out to Yelp's Lush Local Lounge @ 8407; please share your thoughts with us here. Also, thanks to our wonderful Photographer Keon De Roche for capturing such great memories. And the biggest huge thanks to Managing Partner Nancy Mola who worked with us to put on this great event and made sure that local pride flowed like the mighty Potomac!
Community Manager MD Burbs
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