Fresh Friday

It’s officially Summer, which is our favorite season because we can pick up fresh vegetables at local farm stands in the area and incorporate them into our dishes.

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We are featuring Asparagus from Godfrey’s Farm through this weekend at Stanford Grill. Godfrey’s Vegetable Farm, located in Sudlersville, MD has been around for at least three generations providing hand-harvested produce to the community!

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We believe in using local, fresh produce as often as possible. Summertime gives us the perfect opportunity to bring a taste of the community to our tables. Follow along on Facebook to learn more about the fresh and local produce we feature each week!

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Kale Chicken Caesar Salad, and more facts about this trendy superfood

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As spring and summer approach, we all aspire to eat a little healthier. But why sacrifice flavor in your search for nutrition? This week at Glenarden & Gaithersburg, we are featuring a Kale Chicken Caesar Salad that offers sustenance AND taste! Chopped kale is tossed in our creamy housemade caesar dressing, fresh French bread croutons, grated parmesan cheese and topped with a chicken breast that has been pounded out thin, dredged in panko, and pan-seared to golden brown perfection. With fresh ingredients that your body naturally craves, this kale salad is sure to please!

We all know that kale is the health-food fad of the day, but what else do we know about this dark green leafy vegetable? Here are a few facts about the ever-popular kale:

  • One serving of kale has more calcium than a small carton of milk and, gram for gram, more than twice the the amount of Vitamin C as an orange.
  • Kale was popular in Europe during Roman times and the Middle Ages, not arriving in the US until the 17th century.
  • The same nutrient that gives kale its trademark color, lutein, promotes healthy eyes and vision.
  • When grown in cold weather, kale grows a higher sugar content, making it taste better.

We’re pretty sure kale is here to stay, especially after eating this delicious salad! What do you think?

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This week at Stanford Grill, we are featuring the deliciously cheesy Chicken Parmesan dish we talked about last week on the blog. So, Columbia, it’s your turn to try this Italian specialty!

Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram at @ccgrillamerica or @stanfordgrill to see more foodie photos throughout the week!

Weekly features: Prime Rib & Chicken Parmesan

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Can you believe we are already into March? It seems as though we were just celebrating the New Year, and now here we are looking forward to spring. While the cool weather slowly gives way to sunshine, we at Stanford Grill will continue to create a warm and friendly place to bring the whole family, right down to the flavorful and decadent entrees.

This week at Stanford Grill, we’re featuring Prime Rib with mashed potatoes, expertly seasoned and roasted to a perfect medium rare, served with au jus and horseradish cream sauce. Pair this dish with your favorite bottle of red wine for a scrumptious evening! With our extensive wine list, you may just find a new favorite! Need a recommendation? Just ask one of our staff members and they will be happy to help.

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This week at Copper Canyon, we’re going a little bit Italian. If you are a lover of cheese, and we have to admit we are, you just might need to visit our ‪‎Glenarden‬ location to try out this week’s feature: Chicken Parmesan! Hand breaded chicken breast is pan fried to perfection and topped with housemade tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. Served with a side of linguine topped with marinara and a side of sautéed spinach, this dish offers a little bit of everything. Have a friend who loves Italian food? Bring them along! Share a bottle of wine or your favorite cocktail, and make an evening of it. Available at Glenarden only until Sunday!

Ultimate Comfort Food: Chicken Fried Steak

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You know we are all about comfort food here at Copper Canyon, so this week’s feature comes as no surprise: one of the ultimate comfort food dishes, chicken fried steak! Breaded and flash fried to chef-preferred medium, this 6 oz sirloin is topped with decadent sausage gravy and served with mashed potatoes and collard greens. We are passionate about using simple ingredients to create unforgettable dishes, which is exemplified in this traditional dish.

A dish sure to bring back good memories, be sure to order this flavor-packed dish at #SilverSpring through Sunday!

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Even though we are all pining for spring a bit, we can’t help but get excited about our favorite winter comfort foods. When the weather gets freezing, there is nothing more comforting than a favorite meal and a glass (or two) of red wine. From the classics you grew up loving to the dishes still to discover, cold weather brings on cravings for hearty, warm, delicious plates. This week at Stanford Grill, bundle up and bring the whole family in to try our Housemade Meatballs with Garlic Bread! With slow-cooked sauce and buttery, warm bread, this is a feature you don’t want to miss. Available at Stanford Grill until Sunday!

We want to know–what are your favorite comfort foods? When the weather gets chilly, what do you crave to warm up? Share in the comments or on social media with @StanfordGrill or @CCGrillAmerica!

Pork Chops, Bacon, Scallops, & More: This Week’s Features!

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If you watched our ‪#‎AskChefMichael‬ video on Monday, you already know what Chef Michael’s favorite ingredient is: bacon! So it’s no surprise that it shows up on this week’s feature: Grilled Pork Chops with Bacon & Spiced Pecan Butter. Available at Silver Spring & Woodmore until Sunday. And if you haven’t watch our most recent #AskChefMichael video yet, click to watch it below!

“I had a chef friend while I was living in Miami who shared the same passion I have for bacon. We would always spend time on the phone swapping stories and sharing recipes with one another. He was experimenting with bacon candy and found a great match with pecans and cayenne pepper. Once I had a chance to visit him at his restaurant, he gave me a sample of this unique candy that was salty, spicy and sweet. I was very intrigued by this combination that I wanted to recreate this flavor profile into a savory dish. There are some dishes that I try to compose that will literally hit all of your taste buds. Sweet, salty, sour and bitter are all showcased perfectly in this beautifully matched combination of winter flavors.
Join us today at Copper Canyon, where I will be showcasing a Hardwood Grilled Pork Chops topped with a Bacon & Spiced Pecan Butter. The salty, spicy, sweetness of this butter perfectly complements these juicy smoky chops. Staying true to Copper Canyon Grill’s fresh seasonal concept, I paired this dish with braised red cabbage which delivers a roundhouse kick to this plate.” – Chef Michael

Scallops with Cous Cous

When your products are perfectly fresh and high-quality, you don’t need any fancy ingredients to dress it up. For this week’s feature at Stanford Grill, Chef Michael creates an elegant scallop dish set off with roasted cauliflower and cous cous that you’re guaranteed to love. Available at Stanford Grill through Sunday!

“What is most important about this Scallops dish is the pristine quality of the scallops themselves. We are using a Diver scallop that is caught off the coast of Massachusetts and flown in daily to Copper Canyon. We have paired couscous to accompany the scallops which includes roasted cauliflower. By roasting the cauliflower, we are adding this surprising nutty flavor which transforms this simple vegetable into something more exotic. To complement the scallops, we are pairing a sauce that does not overpower the delicate sweet flavor of this delicacy. Just a little drizzle of an elegant lemon butter sauce is all it takes to round out this simple but complex dish.” – Chef Michael

Don’t forget to #AskChefMichael your cooking questions! You just might hear yours answered, like this week’s question. Watch below for more!

A Trip Down Memory Lane with Chef Michael: This Week’s Features

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This week at Gaithersburg, Chef Michael is recreating a childhood memory. We all have a dish that goes hand-in-hand with our childhood; one that we remember waiting for every week. Maybe that was your grandma’s cinnamon rolls, or your dad’s chili, or your aunt’s peach cobbler. For Chef Michael, it was Sundays when his mom prepared “the Best Meatballs in the World,” which he has recreated for you in this week’s special at Gaithersburg! Try his Housemade Meatballs with Garlic Bread this week, available until Sunday, and you just might be reminded of the dishes you loved as a child, too.

“As kids we were so excited for Sunday mornings. We knew Mom was in the kitchen all day cooking a special treat for the whole family. We waited all week in anticipation for the best meatballs in the world. We would gather around the dinner table with a large bowl of meatballs in tomato sauce and of course, it had to be accompanied by garlic bread. She used such great ingredients like Italian Sausage, Ground Turkey, Pecorino Romano and Extra Virgin Olive Oil which all complemented each other beautifully. I wanted to share this special family recipe with my extended Copper Canyon Grill family for everyone to enjoy. We are featuring this dish at Gaithersburg all week so come on in and join us.”

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If you missed it at Copper Canyon last week, you have another chance to try Chef Michael’s delicious Rib Eye Steak with Potato au Gratin! Sometimes there is nothing like a classic steak-and-potatoes dish—especially when Chef Michael puts his spin on it. With housemade steak sauce, perfectly cut meat, and potatoes set off with heavenly parmesan cheese and heavy cream, this is comfort food at its finest. Available at Stanford Grill until Sunday only!

Treat your Valentine to an evening they won’t forget at your favorite restaurant! To add to the romance, the first 200 guests at the Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, and Woodmore locations will receive a lovely long-stemmed rose. Make your reservations now by clicking your desired location:

Silver Spring: http://bit.ly/OTSilverSpring
Gaithersburg: http://bit.ly/OTGaithersburg
Woodmore: http://bit.ly/OTWoodmore

Stanford Grill: http://bit.ly/OTStanfordGrill

Make sure to #AskChefMichael for any of his tips in the comments!