Foodie Future in PGCo: MGM, Taste of PGCo, & Heaven Sent (Demo)

MGM  is promising that there will be a mix of celebrity chefs and local restauranteurs at their resort if they get the coveted gaming license.  Now they have my attention.  As restaurant after restaurant opens on 14th Street, the H Street Corridor, I must say that I’m a bit frustrated with the offerings in PGCo.  I love authentic good food.  There are some big box restaurants that get it right like Matchbox, Bahama Breeze, and Grand Lux Cafe but we don’t even have one of those.  The sad statistic is that 70% of the restaurants in Prince George’s are fast food.  UUUUURGH!!!! How the heck did that happen? And maybe that contributes to 71.5% of the residents being obese. 
MGMHotel1From Washington Business Journal, “The Las Vegas casino giant has been talking with “an eclectic mix” of local and national restaurateurs about opening restaurants at the proposed $800 million project and has signed agreements with some of them, Gordon M. Absher, MGM Resorts International’s vice president of public affairs, said Wednesday during a visit to Baltimore.  Absher was tight-lipped about which restaurant owners the company is in talks with. He said MGM would reveal the names later this year during a site visit in October and public hearing by the state Video Lottery Facility Location Commission.  A hotel is also part of MGM’s plans should it win the right to build a casino at National Harbor.  Absher declined to disclose details other than that it would be similar in size to the hotel at the MGM Grand casino and hotel in Detroit. That property has 400 rooms and suites.”
Taste of Prince George's Food & Wine Festival 2013Now I’m no gambler but I’m willing to take a chance on attending Taste of Prince George’s Food & Wine Festival happening this September 7th at Sixx Flags America! 12pm to 6pm.   Lots of local artists, 7 Sons of Soul (Hey Cliff!), Reesa Ranee, jazz artist Marcus Turner, and Chef Huda, Chefs Donnell Long, James Robinson, Sean Robinson and master chocolatier Mary O’Malley.  Mostly I’m excited that this county, with events like this and College Park Restaurant Week is recognizing a need for some authentic eats right here.  PGC Blog will do a feature post a week before the event.  I want to let you know more about the event and how we can make it a movement.  Tickets for entry to the festival are $25; food and wine tasting tickets start at $3 each.
Heaven Sent Cupcakery Post PhotoNo tickets needed at Heaven Sent Cupcakery in Bowie Town Center’s food court.  Simply walk on up and order one of their delicious drops of cake and icing.  Ooooweee, I only had one and it was excellent.  My salted caramel was moist with a great almost muffin like texture to it that balanced the salted caramel frosting just perfectly.  The salt in the icing was very forward but not overpowering while the creamy butter cream icing atop was whipped to a balanced perfection; not too airy or thick.  Give them a try.  I’ve had Georgetown Cupcakes (umm, yuck), Crumbs cupcakes (DOUBLE yuck and *cough* dry), and cupcakes from the various trucks and specialty shops throughout DC: Heaven Sent Cupcakery is right up there with the best of them.  Check them out on Facebook HERE.

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It sounds like our largest concentration of restaurants will be in that National Harbor area if MGM is chosen. I live in the northern part of the county, but I’ll come down every so often to try a new restaurant that isn’t a typical chain (i.e, Ruby Tuesday, Fridays)

As a 30 year resident of PGC I can tell you that we have now – and have had in the past – some wonderful restaurants. Many were not supported by the community – have moved to Howard or Mont county where they do very well. I’m thinking of the little Italian place that was in Lake Arbor years back; the fantastic Bistro Francaise opened by an immigrant from France – with a very nice wine list – that was in Laurel (now in Columbia and doing very well), etc. But we do have many others..Siri’s ‘Chef’s Secret’ Thai, as well as New Deal Cafe (lite American fare + live music) in Greenbelt; authentic regional Italian at Pasta Plus in Laurel where the pasta is made fresh daily; the several regional Mexican (mostly Oaxaca and Guadalajara) establishments including 2 bakeries along Kenilworth Ave in the Little Mexico section of Riverdale…and the list can go on and on. Perhaps people need to get out of their subdivisions and explore a little?

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