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Tony Foreman

Host, Foreman and Wolf on Food and Wine

Tony Foreman is the founder and co-owner of Baltimore's premier restaurant company, Foreman Wolf, comprised of six restaurants and two retail wine stores.  The combined staff is over 350 employees and has been a major driving force in putting Baltimore on the map in the world of fine wines and dining.

Foreman's first venture was Savannah, which he started with his business partner chef Cindy Wolf.  The restaurant opened in Baltimore's Fells Point in 1995.  Savannah transitioned to a new location re-opening to what is now Charleston, Baltimore's premier fine dining establishment.

Petit Louis Bistro soon followed, a French restaurant in Baltimore's Roland Park neighborhood.  In 2001, BIN 604 Wine Sellers was added to the portfolio; an innovative wine shop in downtown Baltimore, that was named Best New Wine Shop in the Country by Food and Wine magazine in 2002.

In 2004, PAZO opened to great fanfare.  This magnificent downtown restaurant serves southern Italian cuisine in a stunning converted 1880's machine tool shop.  Cinghiale, which means wild boar in Italian, opened in late 2007.  The restaurant celebrates the richness and style of the modern Italian table.  In 2009, Bin 201 Wine Sellers opened in Annapolis, Maryland.  Johnny's opened in the fall of 2012 and serves west coast cuisine, serious coffee, and fine whiskey.  Petit Louis Bistro on the lake in Columbia opened in late 2013.

Tony is both a chef and Sommelier, holding a Sommelier Certificate from the Colmar School in France.  He also has a B.S. in Restaurant and Hotel Management from Widener University in Pennsylvania.

Ways to Connect

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How are those New Year’s resolutions going? We won’t ask if you’re still making it to the gym every morning. Enter the judgment-free zone! From exploring new types of drinks (Cognac, in particular!) to prioritizing travel, Tony and Chef Cindy take time to indulge in some guilty pleasure resolutions.

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From the humble chickpea to lavish saffron rice. Tony and Chef Cindy talk about their favorite types of beans and peas and some delicious preparations for grains and rice. 

If you are interested in exploring some heritage varieties to cook at home, you can check out Anson Mills for some great ideas.

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On today's episode, Chef Wolf and Tony dive into the world of fried foods: How to do it correctly and what to drink with it. 

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Tony and Chef Cindy run through some last minute tricks and tips to make sure the holiday goes smoothly. And Chef provides some simple recipes that are fun for the whole family.

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Tony and Chef Cindy take time to answer some of the most commonly asked wine questions...Yes, it is totally OK if you don't know how to pronounce the name of that Château in France.

Briaising

Dec 11, 2017
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This week offers a step-by-step guide to selecting product, using the right amount of care, and choosing the right wine. Plus, an interesting Chef's Challenge! 

Today's show is all about the wild ride of opening a restaurant. 

Guests 

  • TV Star and multi-Michelin-starred Chef Gordon Ramsay. Ramsay recently opened a restaurant inside the Horseshoe Baltimore Casino. 
  • Irena Stein of Alma Cocina Latina, a Venezuelan restaurant in Canton. 

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Tony and Chef Wolf talk about some of the chefs and writers influential to their food and wine philosphies. Chefs include Georges Blanc, Michel Guérard, Julia Child, Edna Lewis and Alfred Portale.  

Thanksgiving

Nov 20, 2017
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Chef Wolf and Tony tackle Thanksgiving preparation and cooking. Plus, a chef's challenge that Chef isn't quite prepared for! 

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Can you roast a chicken? Can you sear a piece of fish? Can you make a grilled cheese? Tony and Chef Wolf teach you the basics of cooking simple food. Click on the photo for recipes.

This is a rebroadcast. 

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Artisanal. Local. Free Range. Small Batch. Our markets get saturated with these buzz words. Some of these trends reflect the smart progress we’ve made with our foods and some are just that, trends. Tony and Chef Cindy take a look at trends past and present as well as some predictions for the future - and how we should not always be concerned with what’s new as much as what’s good.

Weird Foods

Nov 1, 2017
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Chef Cindy Wolf and Tony explore the weirdest things they've tried to cook, interesting wine and food combinations, and Tony tries to get Cindy to tell a turtle story...

This is a rebroadcast. 

Bin 201

This week take the 30,000 foot view of the wine industry over the past 20 years. Tony and Chef Cindy discuss how production and tastes have changed and how those two have interacted with each other. We hear from Dwight Chew of James River Distillery in Richmond Virginia. Chew gives some perspective on how things have changed for the spirits industry. And, of course . . .  a chefs challenge where Cindy has to tackle a pineapple.

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Tony and Chef Wolf give some advice on beef braising, cuts, production, plus what to do drink with red meat. And a Chef's Challenge, of course!

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As the weather begins to chill, Tony and Chef Cindy talk about soups and the challenge of matching them with wine. We hear from Eva Dehlinger of Dehlinger Winery about her favorite soup and wine pairings.

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It is one of the most efficient and cost effective (not to mention delicious!) ways to get your protein. This week it’s all about beans. Tony and Chef Cindy explore what is and isn’t a bean, they share some recipes and chat Ian Seletsky of Richfield Farms in Carrol County, MD. Ian grows a variety of beans on his farm and shares some first-hand insights on these lovely legumes.

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On this Pledge Drive edition of Foreman and Wolf on Food and Wine, it’s a cocktail party! Tony and Chef Cindy share some ideas and recipes for the booze and food you need to keep your guests in high spirits. They will also give some tips on party logistics to keep the flow moving and easy to navigate so you spend less time worrying  and more time enjoying relaxing with your friends and neighbors.

Back to School

Sep 18, 2017
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We're devoting this week's episode to going back to school and the changing of the season. We're talking summer adventures, our experiences with school lunches, and for adults--fall wines. And of course, a Chef's Challenge! 

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Tony and Chef Cindy interview 3 passionate amateur chefs. They tell us what inspires them, why they love to cook, what their favorite dishes are and what tools of the trade the love to use. 

Summer Wrap

Aug 31, 2017
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As we enter into the last weeks of summer, Tony and Chef Cindy discuss they're favorite recipes and products for the end of the season.

Ice Cream!

Aug 28, 2017

Tony and Chef Cindy help you get through the dog days of summer with a conversation about ice cream. They share their favorite flavors and some childhood memories of the delicious dessert. They also chat with Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams out of Columbus, Ohio, and David Alima of The Charmery right here in Baltimore - two ice cream makers with very creative takes on the frozen treat.

France vs. Italy

Aug 21, 2017

Tony and Chef Cindy face-off with a discussion about French vs. Italian cooking styles.

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Tony and Chef Cindy take time to answer some of the most commonly asked wine questions...Yes, it is totally OK if you don't know how to pronounce the name of that Château in France.

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Can't get any time off work to take that dream vacation? Travel to your favorite location while never leaving your kitchen! Tony and Chef Cindy discuss the dishes and dinners they would make to replicate the feeling of some of their favorite travel destinations. We also hear from Wolfgang Raifer of Colterenzio in the Alto Adige region of Italy. Wolfgang tells us about the history and production process of the wines made on their picturesque estate.

Rose Roundup

Jul 31, 2017
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This week, we take a look at the world through rosé colored glasses. Rosé has experienced an explosion in popularity recently. As we enter the peak time to enjoy this refreshing pink potion, Tony and Chef Cindy take a moment to check in with three rosé producers for different regions around the world. They give insight into their production process and shed light on why this wine has become so popular. We’ll hear from Brad Potter of Airfield Estates in Prosser, Washington - Justine Soard of Domaine de Fenouillet in Beaumes de Venise, France and Francesca Vaira of Varja of G.D. Varja in Barolo, Italy.

Tony and Chef Cindy go live and turn the airwaves over to you. This week’s episode is all about developing good eating habits in you kids. We take your questions and hear your stories about how your parents got you to eat your veggies and how you’ve carried on or improved those traditions with your children. 

Simple Foods

Jul 18, 2017
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Can you roast a chicken? Can you sear a piece of fish? Can you make a grilled cheese? Tony and Chef Wolf teach you the basics of cooking simple food. Click on the photo for recipes.

Picnics

Jul 10, 2017
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Tony and Chef Cindy discuss what to pack for your picnic. And Cindy tells us how she makes pickles!

 

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On this week's menu

-Braised rabbit

-A market report 

-Salad greens with white peaches and lobster

-Homemade cocktail cherries  

-Wines that go with what's in-season 

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On today's episode, Chef Wolf and Tony run through the vegetables you'll be seeing at local markets and give some ideas about what to do--and what to drink--with them. Plus, a Chef's Challenge. 

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