Maryland Day: Good Eats, Good Fun and Educational

Hey Cuties,

Last Saturday was the 19th annual Maryland Day at the University of Maryland, College Park. It was a family-friendly open house filled with interactive activities and events that teach and inspire future innovators.  I initially was going to cover the event and ended up on a stage with a mic in my hand. Ha!

I was compensated for participating in the cooking demonstrations.

They had exhibits all over the campus. They were educational and a lot of fun. As an adult, I was geeked about a few of them. I’m just saying. I can’t share them all but I will share a few.

Maryland Day

Man-Child & LittleCuteLips

The weather was summer like, not sure where spring went for the day. It was 90+ degrees outside.

Maryland Day

We do good….

Have you done anything good today?

Maryland Day

Grapefruit Creme Brulee Recipe


Maryland Day

Grapefruit Creme Brulee Recipe


Maryland Day

Doing what I do best… running my mouth.

I had the honor and pleasure of being the MC for two cooking demonstrations. Oh, you want me to talk about food? Not a problem.

Maryland Day

Executive Chef, Chef George

Chef George is the Executive Chef of 251 North location, we kicked off the first demonstration of the day with a Grapefruit Creme Brulee.

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ManChild & LittleCuteLips tasting the grapefruit creme brulee

The session participants had a chance to dine on each recipe after the demonstration. The ManChild loved it, LittleCuteLips liked it until it began to melt.

My squad was on the front row, the ManChild was my videographer/photographer and he did an amazing job. LittleCuteLips was a great cheerleader. She told me she was worried for me but they were surprised I did a good job. No room for a big head in this family I tell you. Glad I could impress the unimpressed, they clearly need to Google me. Whateve!


Maryland Day

Kentucky Bourbon Burgoo Recipe


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Chef Rob Fahey getting ready

Chef Rob is a veteran at Maryland Day and in the kitchen. We eased into the second cooking demonstration with Kentucky Bourbon Burgoo. This was a hearty dish, filled with fresh veggies, and includes pork, beef, and chicken. This is something I would be more inclined to make during the fall and winter months.

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Chef doing his thing…

The mirror was a smart touch, it allows the audience to see what the Chef is doing and how he does it.

The University has a farm (Terp Farm) and they grew basil and turned it into pesto. They grew tomatoes and turned them into smoke marinara.  They served their grown beets at Beet Fest.  The Universities dining services, in general, served 20% farm to table.

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Jamming on the mic…

When you speak in front of a crowd, you never know how they are going to respond. Both of our crowds were amazing. They engaged, asked questions, laughed at my commentary and played along with my antics.  You can plan what you’re going to say you just wing it. Thankfully I’m good at winging it.

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Executive Chef Rob Fahey

We were a good team and had a lot of fun. The kids tore this meal up, LittleCuteLips said that was her favorite of the two.

Maryland Day

Although I had an amazing time with Chef George & Chef Rob there were two more cooking demonstrations later in the day.  The Chef’s made Cider & Guinness Braised Wye Angus Beef and Chesapeake Wild Blue Catfish Thermidor. They both sound delicious, I’m sad I couldn’t stick around for a taste test.

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What Book, Movie, TV Show, taught you how to love the planet?

This sign was so cute, the Man Child wrote Happy Feet. That was the first movie we took him to see, it came out around his second birthday.  I never thought about all the environment lessons that were in the movie. For me, it was Fern Gully, it was a movie about the rainforest.

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Terp Farm

The Terp Farm was an integral part of Maryland Day. They had a fun game that the kids insisted on playing. The first card we had was Brussel sprouts and you had to put it on the board under the season they should be planted in. It was more educational fun. The four of us did well with our cards so each of us took home a prize.

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LittleCuteLips selected a tomato plant. ManChild selected a basil plant.  Babe and I went for the Crab Kit. It included a wooden mallet, a bottle of Old Bay seasoning and a cute crab bib.

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University of Maryland Swag

Huge thanks to the staff that I worked with. They were amazing, and they hooked me up with some amazing swag. I can’t wait to rock it.

Maryland Day

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Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. ejnosillA/RedefiningHERstory

    Oh my… it looks like this was a great event. The food looked good as well… thanks for sharing!

  2. Jay Colby

    Sounds like an amazing event. I’ve always wanted to try Grapefruit Creme Brulee it looks easy to make and delicious.

  3. Evelyn Reese

    This was great idea and informative event for all who visited the area. Mimi you look great!

  4. Courtney CJ

    Ahhh that sounds so dope. A food event? Count me in. I will Google the proper terminology just to sound like I know what I’m talking about lol. I need to check out more events like this in Dallas.

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  6. Joyce Brewer

    I’ve got so see if there’s something similar here in GA. We have Atlanta restaurant week which seems similar.

  7. Ivelisse

    This looks like so fun! I wish there were more things like this in my area. I love how hands on everything was.

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  8. Ra'Nesha

    Omg what an amazing day I miss experiences like this swag, food, fun, and so much more. Go MiMi I love the hair cut and thanks for sharing this motivates me to get back in the community.

  9. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    That sounds like so much fun! There’s nothing better than a day filled with fun and food. And more food… 😉

  10. Cacinda

    This looks like an awesome event! The grapefruit creme brulee sounds like it would be delicious!

  11. Joely Smith

    What an absolutely WONDERFUL event!! I would love to have been there myself. Oh and Creme’ Brulee yes please!!!

  12. Ali Rost

    What a fun day! I’ve never heard of Creme Brûlée with grapefruit. Sounds interesting enough to give it a try

  13. TIm B

    We tend to drive through Maryland just to visit family that lives in DC and northern Virginia. I’d really like to take some time during one of our upcoming trips to just explore Maryland for awhile.

    • MimiCuteLips

      You totally should Tim, I grew up in Northern Virginia and I work in DC. However now living in Maryland, it has so much to offer.

  14. Karissa @WithOurBest (@withourbest)

    Looks like a great day and a great event! Glad you got to be a part of it!

  15. Jennifer

    My sister currently lives in Maryland! Her husband is stationed there. I love that you took your children to the Maryland Day event. It’s a great way to introduce them to college at an early age. The food and demonstrations look like they were tasty and a lot of fun. I think more colleges need to have community events like this. It’s a great way to connect with the community!

    • MimiCuteLips

      I totally agree Jennifer. This was their second time on this campus. My daughters gymnastics came here a couple months ago to watch the college gymnast compete. They are really soaking it all up.

  16. Tiffany Hathorn

    This sounds like a really fun day. I miss living in Maryland.

  17. Victoria Heckstall

    Wow! I’m pretty sure that you had fun experienced! I’ve never been in any event like this. I wish there is also near in my area.

  18. Rebecca Swenor

    This sounds like it was a great event and you all did a great job. I have not heard of Kentucky Bourbon Burgoo but I am going to have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe and a great event.

  19. Amanda Farris

    I love going to community events. We went to one this past weekend and my kids had a blast. We live rurally, so we have to drive forever to do fun things like this.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Community events are always a good family friendly time. Although its far, I’m glad you guys get a chance to get out and have fun.

  20. Shirley Martinez

    This sounds so fun! I LOVE the Bow Sunglasses. The prizes sounded awesome and I know my sister would’ve loved the crab kit.

  21. uprunforlife

    This sounds like a fun event. That is awesome that the college is able to grow and use the food on campus.

  22. ricci

    What an awesome event! Maryland Day sounds like something fun I would love to go to!!

  23. Lily@militaryfamof8

    The food looks so delicious! I’m sure this event is so successful!

  24. Jennifer G

    That food looks really darn good! It’s so neat that the college is able to grown and use the food grown on campus!

  25. Kiwi

    So fun there is a Maryland Day. This looks like a really great event I wish there was an Atlanta Day!

  26. Lynndee

    Gotta love the swag. 🙂 And glad you all had fun! I love attending events like that – so much to see and learn.

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