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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?

With The New Chesapeake Kitchen just released last autumn, and Gertrude’s celebrating 20 years, John's a very busy man!

Keep up with him here.


Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

RESCHEDULED! The Definitive Guide to Chesapeake Summer Vegetables - with Joan Norman

Join us for a cooking demo and luncheon on August 17th featuring the best of local summer vegetables presented by the Chesapeake's First Lady of Local Food, Joan Norman. Beyond the vegetables, we will learn about Joan & Drew Norman's sustainable, integrated farming practices at One Straw Farm and how it affects our health, the health of the community and the health of the Bay. Joan is one of the Chesapeake's best storytellers too!

We’ll be making: Crispy Rockfish Tacos with Lime-Jicama Slaw; Farmer Joan's One Straw Farm Pasta & Greens with grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes & Parmigiano-Reggiano, and for dessert - Black Rock Orchard Peach Upside-Down Cake with vanilla bean ice cream.

$75 includes three course brunch, bar, tax and gratuity. Call for reservations 410-889-3399,
seating is limited.

You don't want to miss this one!

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Jul
26
6:30 PM18:30

Crab & Beer Dinner Featuring Old Ox Brewery & Special Guest John Shields

Join John for an evening of all things crab & beer at DC’s Wildfire restaurant in the Tysons Galleria. ! This annual event will feature a four-course custom menu showcasing crab in a variety of uses, each paired with a brew from Old Ox Brewing, located in Ashburn, VA. The event begins with a reception of passed appetizers and the first pairing at 6:30 pm, followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 pm.

$75.00 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included) For more information or to make a reservation, please call Amanda or Kailee at (703)442-9110.

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Jul
13
12:00 PM12:00

Annual Taste of Cambridge!

Come over to Maryland’s Eastern Shore for the biggest event of the year in downtown Cambridge, Maryland - the yearly Taste of Cambridge!

Before the street festival begins, John will be appearing noontime at the gorgeous Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park. There will be a full reception with appetizers and John will speak at 12:30. He’ll be selling and signing copies of The New Chesapeake Kitchen afterwards.

Then, at 5pm, head downtown to Race and Poplar Streets for the Taste of Cambridge outdoor festival. See John judging the exciting “Crab Cook-Off” competition that has local top chefs competing in categories of best crab cake, crab soup, crab dip, and crab specialty dish, while enjoying a free street festival with music, kids’ activities, a professional crab-picking competition, gallery openings, late shopping, and more… John will be selling and signing copies of The New Chesapeake Kitchen after the official judging.

The festival is free but to enjoy the entrees in the Cook-Off you’ll need a ticket. Before July 1, tickets cost $25 per person. Between July 1 and 10, tickets cost $30. Tickets the day of the event cost $35 (based on availability). You can buy tickets here.

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Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

Yes - It's Time for Crabaret!

Join John and the good folks from House of Ruth for one of Baltimore’s signature summer events, Crabaret, in the BMA’s Sculpture Garden, to benefit House of Ruth Maryland. Feast on Chef John Shields’ crabby concoctions complimented by a selection of fine wines and craft brews. Dance under the stars to live music and bid on fantastic auction items!

House of Ruth Maryland was founded in May of 1977 by a coalition of women’s organizations, religious groups, service providers, and elected officials to provide a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and their children.

Tickets available here.

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Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

History Happy Hour at Sandy Spring Museum

Come down to the beautiful Sandy Springs Museum for an evening of tall tales and culinary inspiration with John. The museum, located at 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, is a catalyst for community building by allowing opportunities for community-driven creative engagement in a range of cultural arts.

History Happy Hours include happy hour drinks and snacks. Copies of The New Chesapeake Kitchen will be available at a discount or purchase at this event. Tickets available here.

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Feb
25
6:45 PM18:45

Smithsonian Institution - Chesapeake Cuisine: Nourishing a Healthier Bay

John will be presenting at the Smithsonian in the S. Dillon Ripley Center, at 1100 Jefferson Dr SW (Metro: Smithsonian - Mall exit) in Washington, D.C. He’ll be explaining how championing sustainability, local seasonal ingredients, regional farmers and food artisans, and making seafood, meat, and agricultural product choices that are non-harmful to the environment can bolster ongoing efforts to protect the Bay. He’ll also share some stories that celebrate Chesapeake Bay cuisine and our communal love of the region. He’s bringing along some treats to sample too! Broom’s Bloom Cheddar and Sausage Potato Puffs “ and his own specialty, ”Old Bay Peanut Brittle”—both recipes in The New Chesapeake Kitchen.

Copies of The New Chesapeake Kitchen will be available for sale and signing. Tickets are on sale here.

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Jan
29
6:30 PM18:30

Smithsonian Science for Global Goals - dinner and panel discussion

John will be on the panel at the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals during their evening presentation. The moderator will be Dr. Carol O’Donnell, SSEC Director, Smithsonian Science Education Center. John will speak on the  conservation of the Bay and be joined on the panel by Chef  Joan Nathan and Nazrat Mirza, Pediatrician, Children’s Hospital.

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Jan
8
6:45 PM18:45

Smithsonian Institution - Chesapeake Cuisine: Nourishing a Healthier Bay POSTPONED!

Due to the Federal Government’s shut down, John’s evening at the Smithsonian has been postponed. We are rescheduled for February 25, 2019 - IF all goes well in Washington!

John will be presenting at the Smithsonian in the S. Dillon Ripley Center, at 1100 Jefferson Dr SW (Metro: Smithsonian - Mall exit) in Washington, D.C. He’ll be explaing how championing sustainability, local seasonal ingredients, regional farmers and food artisans, and making seafood, meat, and agricultural product choices that are non-harmful to the environment can bolster ongoing efforts to protect the Bay. He’ll also share some stories that celebrate Chesapeake Bay cuisine and the communal love of the region. He’s bringing along some small bites to sample of new recipes in The New Chesapeake Bay Kitchen, which will be available for sale and signing. Tickets are already on sale here.

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Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Village Learning Place - in Charles Village

Right in his beloved Charles Village, The Village Learning Place, at 2521 St. Paul Street, has always held a very warm spot in John’s heart. VLP is an independent non-profit library that houses educational programs, enrichment opportunities, and informational resources for the Charles Village neighborhood and Baltimore’s Inner City. John’s looking forward, as always, to being with friends old and new again this year for their Wednesday evening program in December. He’ll be bringing along some Holiday Treats for everyone, giving an educational presentation on “Bay and Body Healthy Eating,” and signing copies of The New Chesapeake Kitchen for the folks on your Christmas lists.

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Dec
8
5:00 PM17:00

Cambridge Old Fashioned Christmas

Hey all our Eastern Shore Friends!

John will be in Cambridge for the annual Old Fashioned Christmas celebration this year! Come on over, say “Hi,” and enjoy lots of Holiday Favorites at the Artisan Gourmet, at 412 Race Street - right next to The Wine Bar. John will be on hand for the evening’s festivities and signing copies of The New Chesapeake Kitchen - just in time for gifting!

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Nov
22
6:00 AM06:00

Thanksgiving Saves on WBFF Fox 45

John and Chef Doug Wetzel will be showing you how to create the very best Thanksgiving side dishes in segments airing all morning on Thanksgiving Day. They’ll be demonstrating a couple recipes from The New Chesapeake Kitchen — “Sauerkraut with Apples” and “Charlottetown Farm Swiss Chard and Goat Cheese Gratin.” Check in throughout the morning!

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Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

BIG TIME with John Shields

How do you know when you've truly succeeded? The answer is when the Baltimore Improv Group invites you to have your life memorialized in a series of made up, totally unprepared comedy scenes celebrating you! Come join a hand picked cast of BIG's best improvisers as they comedically revere what they’ve identified as one of Baltimore's most important movers and shakers.

John will be interviewed by host Richard Gorleck, former Baltimore Sun restaurant critic, and then the cast will act out a scene depicted in John’s responses.

At The BIG Theater 1727 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.

All BIG Shows are FREE!

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Nov
2
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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Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

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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Sep
29
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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Sep
24
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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Aug
8
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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Jun
16
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!

SOLD OUT!

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