Well, it’s a case of “The King is Dead, Long Live the King”: Baltimore’s Chameleon Café is no more. The Hamilton neighborhood hangout is now “Maggie’s Farm,” as in Bob Dylan’s “I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s Farm no more.” You’ll recall I wrote about Chameleon Café HERE and HERE.
Here is Jeff Smith’s goodbye letter: Being the chef of The Chameleon, I found myself behind the scenes of the celebrations of people that walked by the cook’s line in the past eleven years. It inspired and humbled me when people would tell me that it was their ten year anniversary and would put trust in me to make things right for them. I always tried to do my best. As ten year anniversaries became fifteen, I watched young kids graduate from high school, celebrating their graduations in the restaurant. I always felt great to be included and thank you for letting me be a part of that.
It wasn’t always a happy occasion when people came in, and these were the times I felt the most pressure to be at my very best. The people who before going into a major surgery gave me the honor of cooking what they thought might be their last meal, the people who looked to me to give them and their loved ones strength when their health was failing, these are the people I’ll always remember. I always felt I was undeserving of such a task, but these are the moments of being a chef that I will miss the most.
As some of you already know when my wife Brenda and I came back to Baltimore from our attempted trip to Alaska it was supposed to be a temporary. We had everything we owned in a small two door Honda Civic ready for our next adventure. The adventure we found in Baltimore lasted a lot longer the we thought. We were in our twenties back then and it’s hard to remember the two kids who said to each other, “Why not,” when the opportunity came to open a fancy French restaurant in a neighborhood that people said would never support something like that. Anyway it worked, and now we live in a neighborhood full of life and great people. We never would have made it without the support of our neighbors and I will always be grateful for their loyalty.
And here, info on Maggie’s Farm: Greetings from your friendly neighborhood restaurant!
As you all most likely know by now, The Chameleon is no more. In its place, however, resides Maggie’s Farm, a restaruant with the same love of local, seasonal food. We are also still commited to providing you with the same service and care you came to expect from The Chameleon. We know you may not have signed up for the Maggie’s Farm mailing list — so if you’d like to be taken off, please let us know, and we’ll take care of that immediately.
Maggie’s Farm will now be open 7 days a week! Starting this Monday we’re having a “Grand Opening” of sorts. Mondays (5:30-9:30pm) we will be offering a prix-fixe menu that’s a complete departure from our normal Tuesday-thru-Saturday menu. Mondays will be a night that Andrew and his crew can show off and have a little fun.
So we hope to see you this Monday — and many more Mondays after that!
GMOwner, Maggie’s Farm
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