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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 just released last autumn, and Gertrude’s celebrating 20 years, John's a very busy man!

Keep up with him here.

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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.

Earlier Event: September 24
The Chesapeake Food Summit