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The Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association launched a $60,000 public relations campaign to try to reinvent the city as a diverse culinary destination for out-of-town foodies _ not just a place to get a good crab cake.

With the rapid development of the Harbor East entertainment district and national attention garnered by chefs such as Cindy Wolf and Timothy Dean, city officials are set on showing tourists the tasty side of Baltimore.

Last month, the city spent $10,000 to fly 10 journalists and their guests to Baltimore, put them up in a fancy hotel and rent a limousine to shuttle them between the city's best and newest restaurants, including Lebanese Taverna, Cinghiale, Timothy Dean Bistro, Pazo, Lemongrass, and Rocket to Venus, as well as several older stalwarts, including Gertrude's and Café Hon.

"What the city has done is very smart," said Tony Foreman, husband of chef Cindy Wolf and co-owner of the Charleston, Pazo, Petit Louis Bistro and Cinghiale. "I've spent the last 12 years trying to get people to come to my hometown and dine."

Foreman played host to the journalists for tasting of a dozen Italian wines at Cinghiale in Harbor East.

Information from: The (Baltimore) Daily Record, http://www.mddailyrecord.com

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