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Baltimore, Maryland
United States

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?

John's a busy man. Keep up with him here.

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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:

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.

7:00 pm19:00

Howard County Evening in the Stacks

  • Howard County Library Miller Branch

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.


7:00 pm19:00

Roland Park Women's Club

John will speak, and be autographing copies of his newest book, at this private social club founded in 1898 for the historic suburban planned community of Roland Park.

WJZ Morning Edition
6:00 am06:00

WJZ Morning Edition

Ron Matz will be visiting with John at Gertrude's to sample some dishes from John's newest book, The 25th Anniversary Edition of Chesapeake Bay Cooking.

WBAL News Radio (1090am)
11:00 am11:00

WBAL News Radio (1090am)

The Sipping Point with Wine Coach Laurie Forster

John introduces Laurie to a couple spirited Charm City-styled drinks from the 25th Edition of Chesapeake Bay Cooking: "The Dirty Gertie," and "The Black-Eyed Susan."