Visitors to the National Aquarium can make even more of their experience thanks to the opening of the Harbor Market Kitchen, a newly renovated dining experience offering fresh, local and delicious fare that is in perfect harmony with the Aquariums green business practices and conservation education mission. Using sustainable and local products including seasonal produce, artisanal cheeses, grass-fed beef, humanely raised chicken, sustainably-harvested seafood and shade-grown coffee, the Harbor Market Kitchen is an extension of a visit to the National Aquarium operated by Sodexo Leisure, premier food provider to cultural destinations around the world, for dining, catering, and special events.
By supporting local farming, Harbor Market Kitchens menus are designed to feature the seasonal ingredients and celebrate the farmer profiling the bounty that Baltimore has to offer in one of its most notable landmarks, says Sodexo Leisures National Director of Culinary Development Chazz Alberti. Harbor Market Kitchen pays tribute to the authentic and diversified culture of the neighborhoods of Baltimore, creating a comfortable ambiance, relaxed enough for families during the day, yet transforming itself in the evening into the perfect backdrop for celebrations and events.
Recent menu favorites include:
– The Chesapeake Farm Salad, with the seasons first tender lettuces, local spring peas, butter radishes, potatoes, asparagus and grass fed flank steak tossed with a green onion vinaigrette,
– Sustainably-harvested Blue Crab Chowder with smoked bacon, potatoes, tomatoes and sweet Chestertown corn,
– A Reuben Sandwich fashioned with house-cured corned beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and gruyere cheese, along with White Oak Pastures Beef Brisket BBQ.
Finally, visitors will enjoy an upscale, relaxing dining experience with a choice of seating at high stools or traditional tables, set in a backdrop of ocean-themed colors.