Monday, April 08, 2013

Mari Luna Bistro to Host Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament

The Mari Luna Bistro, the newest member of the Mari Luna Restaurant Group’s family of restaurants (, is set to be the home of the 2013 Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament.

Renowned for filling the void of authentic Mexican food in the Baltimore region, each of the Mari Luna Restaurant Group’s three area restaurants are family owned and operated by the Luna family, which includes executive chef Jaime Luna, his wife Alba, and their daughters.

The roots of the Mari Luna Restaurant Group reach back to the City of Mexicali in Baja, California where Jaime Luna was raised on traditional Mexican cooking. When he came to the United States in 1984 he began a 20-year career in the culinary field working with nationally acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore markets, including Michel Richard at Citronelle and Steve de Castro at Babalu Grille. In 2004, he opened his first namesake restaurant, Mari Luna Mexican Grill. Today, the Mari Luna Restaurant Group consists of three restaurants, the Mari Luna Bistro in Baltimore, and the Mari Luna Latin Grille and Mari Luna Mexican Grill both in Pikesville, Maryland.

Combining the warmth of the Luna family with sophisticated and delicious food preparation for a unique dining experience, the Mari Luna Bistro is the perfect place for the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament. The Bistro brings authentic Mexican food to the city╩╝s cultural district. Highlights of the menu include seven styles of guacamole, each served in a traditional stone mortar called a molcajete, extensive taco offerings made with fresh corn tortillas, and house made white and red sangria. The basement of the Bistro called the Luna Lounge is a unique private party room with a built in bar and dance floor.

The Mari Luna Bistro is conveniently located right in the heart of Baltimore’s cultural district, just steps away from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Joseph Meyerhoff Hall, and the Cultural Center stop of the light rail.

Tickets for all 15 dates of this summer-long single-elimination chef competition are available for purchase at:  Tickets for most matches are $25 for general admission and $45 for judging experience (including all taxes). In addition, the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament donates 10% of the net proceeds of each ticket sold directly to their charity partner Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland (

Competition Dates (5:30pm – 9:00pm):
June 17, 18, 24, 25
July 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
August 5, 6, 19, 20, 27

Event Timeline:
5:30 p.m. – Happy Hour with Complementary Appetizers and Wine Tasting, plus Drink Specials
6:30 p.m. – Cold Prep Begins for the Competition
7:00 p.m. – Chef Competition
8:00pm – Judging Begins

For more information about the events, go to the Tournament's Web site:

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