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The "Culinary Ambassador of the Chesapeake Bay,"John Shields is a chef, a television host and an author. His popular restaurant, Gertrude's, has been thriving at the Baltimore Museum of Art since 1998. John has written three popular cookbooks and hosted two television series on the cuisine of the region.

Where's John?

With The New Chesapeake Kitchen being released this autumn, and Gertrude’s celebrating 20 years, John's gonna be a very busy man!

Keep up with him here.

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National Oyster Fest in St. Marys County

John will once again be one of the Cook-Off judges at this annual event at the St. Marys County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown, MD. Home of the National Championship Oyster Shucking Contest and the National Oyster Cook-Off, this is a “don’t miss” event for the whole family—young and old! After the judging at 2pm John will be on hand to sell and autograph copies of The New Chesapeake Kitchen.

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5:30 PM17:30

National Press Club Book Festival

The National Press Club Journalism Institute is once again partnering with landmark local book seller Politics & Prose, at 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, for a night of pols, pundits and prose. John will be joining a host of other authors at the 41st annual National Press Club Book Festival.

The Capitol region’s premiere holiday book event, The Book Fair is a fundraiser for The National Press Club Journalism Institute, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, which advances journalistic practice by equipping professionals with the skills and competence to innovate, leveraging emerging trends, recognizing leaders and innovators, mentoring the next generation of journalism and communications professionals, and advocating for a free press.

Authors will be on hand to talk to their fans and sign books at this most exciting literary event. Patrons can browse for books at the Club’s headquarters from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for NPC and Politics & Prose members; $10 public. Tickets will be sold online and at the door.

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 “Let’s Talk Live” NewsChannel 8 in Washington DC

Thanksgiving for Vegetarians.

Is eating lower on the food chain and better for the environment? Well, one thing we do know—a vegetarian Thanksgiving can be just as tasty as the best turkey dinner. Tune in to “Let’s Talk Live” where John will start off with his Sweet Potato Crepes and then show us how to make a hearty Winter Root Vegetable Stew. He'll also display some special seasonal desserts like an Apple and Mango Chutney Cobbler.

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12:00 PM12:00

John Shields' Day at the 2018 Baltimore Book Festival

John will appear at noon on the Food for Thought stage in front of the Kaufman Pavilion on the Key HIghway side of the Inner Harbor complex. He'll be demonstrating how to make salt catfish and giving out samples of his "Wide Net Blue Catfish Catties," a recipe from his recent book - The New Chesapeake Kitchen. The recipe makes use of a troublesome invasive species, the blue catfish, that plagues the Chesapeake. John will explain the mission of The Wide Net Project - an important effort that helps to lessen the  impact of the blue catfish, while feeding those in need in the Baltimore/Washington Dc region.

Following John on the stage that afternoon will be his guests: Renee Brooks Catacalos, author of The Chesapeake Table - Your Guide to Eating Local, at 1pm; Chef Virginia Willis, author of Secrets of the Southern Table - A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South, at 2 pm; Cathy Barrow, author of Pie Squared - Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies, at 3 pm; and at 4pm John will join Tom Pelton, host of the public radio program "The Environment in Focus," for a conversation on how our food buying choices affect the environmental health of our region.

You can download a copy of the Festival map here.

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4:30 PM16:30

The Chesapeake Food Summit

John will be joining other writers at a book signing event at the inaugural Chesapeake Food Summit in Washington D.C. during the Whole Foods Market Good Food Reception at Union Market. Hosted by the Washington Regional Food Funders, the Summit is bringing together 250 leaders from across our region’s food system to honor the progress that has been made, highlight the gaps that remain, and articulate a common vision for our food system. WRFF envisions an equitable food system in the Greater Washington region which makes good food available to all, harms none, nourishes bodies, communities, and ecosystems, and provides all involved in the supply chain with a livable wage.

Copies of The New Chesapeake Kitchen will be available for sale.

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7:45 AM07:45

"The Environment in Focus"

At both 7:45 in the morning, and at 5:45 in the evening, John will be on "The Environment in Focus" program with NPR radio host Tom Pelton, author of The Chesapeake in Focus, Transforming the Natural World.

Listen at:

WYPR 88.1 FM in Baltimore

WYPO 106.9 FM on Maryland's Eastern Shore and in Delaware

WYPF 88.1 FM in Frederick

WMUC 88.1 FM in College Park

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10:00 AM10:00

New Chesapeake Kitchen Cooking Class and Luncheon

Celebrating John's newest book, The New Chesapeake Kitchen, Gertrude's is hosting bimonthly cooking classes at the restaurant on select Saturday mornings with John and Executive Chef Doug Wetzel. Each class features several cooking demonstrations followed by a lavish sit down luncheon of the dishes created. John always invites one of his favorite local food purveyors and highlights their products. This month their guest will be Pam Miller of Baltimore County's Charlottetown Farm. Charlottetown is a family-owned farm specializing in fresh artisan goat milk products and Pam is bringing along a couple adorable baby goats for extra entertainment!


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7:00 PM19:00

Baltimore's Pride Twilight on the Terrace

John Shields and Gertrude's host the largest fundraiser for The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland. John will speak  along with special guests including emcee WJZ-TV Anchor Jessica Kartalija, Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh, Baltimore Pride Parade Grand Marshall and “The Voice” finalist Davon Fleming, and Miss Gay Maryland USofA Summer Knight.

Now in its twelfth year, Twilight on the Terrace is a Baltimore Pride tradition: a spectacular night of food, fun, and community in anticipation of another great year of Baltimore Pride. Twilight on the Terrace helps support more than 40 community programs that reach more than 800 people monthly.


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7:00 PM19:00

Church of the Redeemer - Food Sustainability Panel Discussion

"Reaping What We Sow"

John will be joined by McKay Jenkins, whose most recent book is Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet; Rona Kobell, moderator, science writer and editor at Maryland Sea Grant and a reporter for the Chesapeake Bay Journal; Charlotte Proctor, Program Manager at Civic Works Real Food Farm; and J.J. Reidy, an entrepreneur, global food activist, and urban developer, who has helped guide social enterprises in Baltimore, Milan, Ethiopia, and Peru.

At the The Church of the Redeemer
5603 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210 View Map    

Reserve to sign-up for supper at 6:00 p.m. for $10 per person. 
There is no cost and no sign-up to attend the lecture only.

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10:00 AM10:00

St Marys 50th Annual Oyster Fest

John once again will be one of the judges at the big Oyster Cook-Off at the St. Marys annual Festival. This is a truly whopping festival - try to get there if you can!

The 50th National Oyster Festival at the county fairgrounds in Leonardtown, MD. It's one of the oldest in the Chesapeake region. “It was a one day event back in the late ’60s and early ’70s,” said David Taylor, former festival administrator. “At the first festival, they claimed they had 1,000 people, and it was $2 for all you could eat.”

The festival now draws approximately 15,000 people, with more than 75 artists and nonprofit organizations showcasing displays and items for sale, including oysters prepared in just about any way possible. There many activities for children, including small carnival rides, and a nonstop variety of live music on two stages.

Directions to the fairgrounds:

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7:00 PM19:00

Talk & Book Signing at the Perry Hall Library- 9685 Honeygo Blvd, Perry Hall, MD 21128.

John will be at the Perry Hall Library on April 12 at 7 in the evening. He'll be signing copies of his latest book, The 25th Anniversary Edition of Chesapeake Bay Cooking. He'll also be introducing the topics of his upcoming book, The New Chesapeake Kitchen - Eating and Cooking that is Healthy for Both Bay & Body.


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1:00 PM13:00

Eastern Shore Foklife Festival

Join John at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for their spring Eastern Shore Folklife Festival.

Immerse yourself in activities and presentations celebrating the culture of Maryland’s Eastern Shore region. Join us for a talk and food tasting on Chesapeake regional cooking with John Shields, chef and owner of Gertrude's at the Baltimore Museum of Art and food writer; a film screening of Voices of Indiantown followed by adiscussion with the descendants of the families of sharecroppers growing up in rural Dorchester County; a musical presentation by the Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware; and a story reading of Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom with children’s author Carol Boston Weatherford. In conjunction with the exhibition Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World.

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7:00 PM19:00

Howard County Evening in the Stacks

  • Howard County Library Miller Branch (map)
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Join John for the signature event of the winter, The Black-Eyed Susan Ball, at the Miller Branch of the Howard County Library. He'll treat the audience to a live cooking demonstration featuring Pauleen’s Seafood Gumbo, just one of the recipes found in his 25th Anniversary Edition of Chesapeake Bay Cooking.  Books will be available for purchase and signing. Black tie is optional.


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Holiday Party Cooking Demonstration & Book Signing at The Village Learning Place.

At Charles Village's Village Learning Place, John will demonstrate a couple great recipes from his newest book, The 25th Anniversary Edition of Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields. He'll bring delicious samples for everyone to consider for their Holiday Party menus:

Thelma's Crab & Art Dip

Paca House Punch



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