Executive Chef Melanie Molinaro, known to Baltimoreans for being top toque at Robin Haas’s restaurants ; The Nickel Taphouse, Birroteca and Encantada. One of the few women chefs in the region, Molinaro has built a name for herself especially at the seasonal inspired, locally-sourced, vegetarian driven Encantada. She has now partnered with Urban Pastoral. A high-tech hydroponic growing facility in East Baltimore to open the 2nd announced food stall on the first floor of the 50,000-square-foot historic automobile showroom and garage in Remington – Seawall Development’s $12 million food and drink emporium, R. House.
“With subtleties and creative composition, I’ll be elevating vegetable-centric dishes into the main attraction,” Molinaro said. “I compose my dishes based first on what plants are in season, what colors they are, and then what I think would look beautiful paired together. Using a very visual approach, from there I will add delicious grains to complement each menu item and present each as a work of art. As someone who is not a vegetarian, my guests can trust the food served at Stall 11 will be so satisfying they’ll never realize they didn’t eat any meat.”
Founded in 2013, Urban Pastoral™ (UP) is a next generation real estate development firm that uses food as a tool to regenerate cities—building environments that integrate producers, consumers, institutions, and community organizations into closed-loop business ecosystems around food. By strategically placing economic food hubs in the heart of depressed urban areas, UP creates environmentally efficient supply chains, robust localized commerce, and targeted job creation in places afflicted by socioeconomic issues. The network of relationships that fuel these ecosystems minimize waste and promote self-sustained profitability. Learn more at http://www.urbanpastoral.co. Stay connected with Stall 11 on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Stall 11 is the second food vendor out of ten that be a part of the R. House’s cutting edge food and beverage emporium. The first booth was announced in February, Ground & Griddled by chef Dave Sherman, owner of Hampden’s Café Cito. “Ground & Griddled will be a destination where both the food novice and super foodie can come and enjoy unpretentious breakfast and brunch cuisine with ridiculously warm hospitality,” Sherman said. “My mission is to make people feel completely comfortable asking questions about different coffees, techniques, and menu ingredients so that they can really enjoy their experience. I just want to share my love for coffee and eggs with everyone in Charm City.”