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Martha Stewart Honors Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen

Spike and Amy Gjerde are ranked among America’s top “tastemakers.”

The Gjerdes’ rustic neighborhood restaurant gains national acclaim. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user goodiesfirst.

It’s been a big week for local restaurants in the national media. First Del Campo made the cut for Esquire magazine’s Best New Restaurants in America. Now Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen, a constant on our 100 Very Best List since 2011, is one of the honorees in the food category for Martha Stewart’s American Made awards (take that, New York Times travel guide). Owners Spike and Amy Gjerde are included among the winning “tastemakers,” artisans in various fields across the nation who stand out for “pushing the American-made movement forward.”

Stewart credits the husband-and-wife team with using more carefully sourced ingredients than most others who claim local allegiance, using only 1 percent non-local foodstuffs. Other signs of their “farm-to-table on steroids” approach: various partnerships with Chesapeake-area growers and producers and an in-house canning program that preserves about 50,000 pounds of produce annually.

Most of the pickling and canning will soon move to Shoo-fly, the Gjerdes’ locally minded diner opening this Friday. In addition to the preserving operations, the 75-seat restaurant with serve riffs on comfort classics, such as sourdough pancakes and creamed chipped beef with air-cured-beef gravy. Stay tuned for a menu and more details closer to the opening.

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    I eat there often for brunch - it's a truly unique experience. Everything on the menu is superb (I've had most of it) and the wait staff is great. Hard to get a reservation, but totally worth it. Get the Tecate Bloody Mary. Ugh.

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