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Governor Hogan Announces Local Menu for the Annual Buy Local Cookout

Photo from 2015 Buy Local Cookout courtesy of the Governor’s Press Office.

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan announced today the 18 recipes that will be featured at the 9th Annual Buy Local Cookout, which celebrates Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge Week, July 23-31, and encourages all Marylanders to eat at least one locally grown, made or harvested product each day. Recipes for the event, submitted by teams of Maryland chefs and producers, were selected for their availability of ingredients, geographic representation, maximum use of local ingredients and creativity. The cookout, which be hosted by Governor Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan, will be held at Government House on Thursday, July 21.

“The Buy Local Cookout is a great opportunity to showcase the many businesses that support our farmers through buying local – from grocery store chains, to distributors, restaurants and institutions,” said Governor Hogan. “Buying local gives consumers fresher, more nutritious and better-tasting food, and it helps to keep Maryland’s agricultural industry strong, diverse and sustainable. I thank all of the talented chefs who submitted recipes this year.”

Earlier this year, Governor Hogan invited teams of chefs and producers to submit original recipes that highlight the diversity of local products. Some 45 recipes were submitted; and 17 were selected. First Lady Yumi Hogan and Government House chefs will provide an entrée and dessert for the cookout.

All recipe submissions will be published in the 2016 Buy Local Cookout Recipes, which will include wine, beer or spirits pairing recommendations from the Maryland Wineries Association, Brewers Association of Maryland and the Maryland Distillers Guild. The cookbook will be available online when completed next month.

The following recipes were selected to be prepared at the cookout:


  • Chesapeake Chevre Deviled Egg in Arugula Nest, submitted by Nancey Veldran of Caprikorn Farms in Washington County with producers Alice Orzechowski of Caprikorn Farms in Washington County for Chesapeake Bay Blend Chevre; Tom Cunningham of Mary’s Land Farm in Howard County for eggs and bacon; and Steve Goertemiller of Big White Barn in Frederick County for arugula and chives.
  • Tomato and Manchego Crostini, submitted by Chad Sargent of Chad’s BBQ in Anne Arundel County with producer Marco Ridge Farm in Anne Arundel County for tomatoes.

Salads/Side Dishes

  • Grilled Peach & Pecan Salad with Orange-Citrus Vinaigrette, submitted by Gwyn Novak of No Thyme to Cook in Calvert County with producer Bernie Fowler, Jr. of Farming 4 Hunger in Charles County for lettuce and Joe-Sam Swann, Swann Farms in Calvert County for peaches.
  • Watermelon Salad with Feta, Thai Basil, and Chile-Lime Vinaigrette, submitted by Alan Morgan of Whole Foods Market in Anne Arundel County with producers B and K Farm in Dorchester County for watermelon and Koinonia Farm in Baltimore County for Thai basil.
  • Fingerling Potato Salad with Charred Sweet Corn and Dill, submitted by David Murray of Chesapeake Culinary Center in Caroline County with producer Wayne Cawley of Plain Wayne Farms in Caroline County for fingerling potatoes, dill, and sweet corn.


  • Apple Berry Pork Slider with Roasted Jalapeno Slaw, submitted by Aaron Bessick of Union Hospital of Cecil County in Cecil County with producers Shane Hughes of Liberty Delight Farms in Baltimore County for pork shoulder; Vic Priapi of Priapi Gardens in Cecil County for raspberries, honey, jalapeno peppers, cabbage, and carrots; and Ilene Milburn of Milburn Orchards in Cecil County for Granny Smith apples.
  • Beef Bulgogi with Romaine Lettuce and Napa Cabbage Mixed Salad, submitted by First Lady Yumi Hogan with producers Mike Brannon of Roseda Black Angus Farm in Baltimore County for beef coulotte; and Tim Field of Baywater Greens in Wicomico County for romaine lettuce.
  • Seared Rockfish with Seared Red Corn Polenta Cake and Succotash, submitted by Kurt Peter of Azure/Westin Annapolis Hotel in Anne Arundel County with producer Vint Lawrence in Kent County for Floriana Red Corn; Shlagel Farms in Charles County for corn; Hummingbird Farms in Caroline County for tomatoes; Baywater Greens in Wicomico County for fresh herbs; and local watermen for rockfish.
  • Slow-Cooked Pork Taco with Watermelon Salsa, Arugula and Crema, submitted by Sabrina Sexton of Sabrina In the Kitchen in Kent County with producers Theresa Mycek of Colchester Farm in Kent County for watermelon, arugula, cilantro, chili peppers, and honey; and Kim Wagner of Black Bottom Farm in Kent County for pork.
  • Thai Turkey Meatballs with Asian Slaw, submitted by Justin Key of Dawson’s Market in Montgomery County with producers Mark Mills of Chocolates & Tomatoes in Montgomery County for cabbage, onion, carrot, basil, cilantro, and ginger; and B.J. Radhe of Maple Lawn Turkey Farms in Howard County for ground turkey.


The Brewers Association of Maryland, Honest Tea, Maryland Distillers Guild, Maryland Wineries Association, Roseda Beef and Greenstreet Nursery are also donating products to the cookout. In addition, dairy farms on Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail are donating ice cream. Musical entertainment will be provided by Robbie Booth, a country recording artist from Southern Maryland.

In its 2010 and 2012 Policy Choices Survey, the University of Baltimore Schaefer Center for Public Policy found that more than 78 percent of Marylanders said they want to buy produce grown by a Maryland farmer. The goal of the Buy Local Challenge is to raise awareness about the benefits of local farms and food so that Marylanders will become more familiar and more frequent consumers of fresh, local products. The Buy Local Challenge was created in 2006 by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission and has grown into a statewide initiative.

Buying locally preserves farmland, protects the environment, bolsters local economies, and provides wholesome, nutritious, great-tasting fresh food.  To learn more about Maryland’s Buy Local Week Challenge and sign up to take the pledge to eat local, visit the official website. Find local Maryland products, locate a farmers market and more online at Maryland’s Best. Sources of local seafood can be found at the Maryland Seafood website.

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Notes to reporters and editors: 

  1. The Governor’s Cookout on July 21 is by invitation only. Press is invited, but must RSVP to gain entry.
  2. The full recipes will be made available no later than July 21 by press release, recipe book or via the Maryland Department of Agriculture website. If your deadline requires access to the recipes prior to July 21 for publication over the weekend or other nearby date, please call Julie Oberg at 410-841-5888 to discuss embargoed release of the recipes. Thank you.


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Contact Information

If you have any questions, need additional information or would like to arrange an interview, please contact:
Jessica Hackett
Director of Communications
Telephone: 410-841-5888