Last night a good friend invited me to go to Pizzazz Tuscan Grille (711 Eastern Ave.) for an evening filled with wine tasting and cupcakes.
I wasn't really sure what to expect. All I knew is that I needed to eat dinner.
When we walked in, wines from all around the world to Maryland's own Boordy Vineyards were there. All of the cupcakes looked freshly baked from Emily's Desserts, a vegan bakery with locations in both Baltimore and Towson.
Some of the pairings throughout the evening included:
This looks just like one of the cupcakes I had.
But I did shove vanilla and chocolate chocolate cupcakes down pretty quickly, despite the fact that I hadn't had dinner yet. For some reason vegan desserts always seem to be softer, richer, and more flavorful. Emily's didn't let me down.
Between digging into the cupcakes a majestic golden harp caught my eye. Later it was played by none other than the "Charm City Harpist," (Rachel Harkins).
After looking into it a little bit more, apparently last night was the first time that Baltimore has hosted a "Wine & Cupcake Bar" event. New York City and San Francisco have been doing it for quite some time.
It probably won't be the last for Charm City either. For those that plan to go in the future, it might be best to dress up a little since people there were pretty dolled up. My girlfriends and I were there a bit more casually dressed, but we didn't care.
It also wasn't just a "girls only" type of event. There were plenty of men there, the crowd seemed evenly mixed. It should be pretty interesting to see how this event evolves in the future.
Carrie Oleynik is a writer based in Baltimore, Md.
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