Welcome to Baltimore’s Inn at the Black Olive, a green hotel with luxury suites and two restaurants that embrace farm-to-table, organic and the raw food movement. With the additional help and guidance of the new owners Jack Dwyer, founder of the Capital Funding Group and award-winning actor, known for his iconic role on Cheers and most recently for True Detective and Hunger Games, Woody Harrelson - the vision of the luxury, ecological full service inn continues being managed by Dimitris Spiliadis.
A dinner was held to kick off this new phase of the Inn at the Black Olive with a multi-course dinner at their rooftop Olive Room Restaurant that benefited Great Kids Farm. Being able to sit down with the new owners one got the sense of respect both Dwyer and Harrelson held for Spiliadis and his vision
At the press conference it was made clear that Spiliadis’s vision of a green hotel and organic, farm-to-table restaurants would continue with Dwyer guiding where needed. Harrelson would be more behind the scenes and when his schedule permits visiting the Inn at the Black Olive. Harrelson was quick to let us know he loves the Fells Point neighborhood, likes the cobblestone streets and when in Baltimore, riding his bike through the city. Harrelson practices raw Veganism, and is a strong proponent of saving the environment which makes sense of his partnership in the inn. One of key components for the draw for the sold out dinner naturally was Woody Harrelson.
During the press conference, Woody’s friend showed up to ooohs and aaahs. It was the world-renowned illusionist David Blaine who had just flown in from Paris. Silly me, I didn’t know who he was; I had to ask a friend. Go ahead laugh at me but magicians aren’t my thing although a one-on-one card trick with the illusionist left me holding “the card” and my mouth hanging open – I know him now.
It was a fun evening for all and Harrelson gave a great little off-the-cuff talk about getting older. Check out the YouTube video attached to this story. But the real message of the evening was keeping the vision for the Inn at the Black Olive alive and thriving. To share that vision through their hospitality; food and drink at both the Agora Market Café or the Olive Room lead by Dimitris as the top toque.
What was extremely apparent throughout the entire evening was the service; the level of service and caring from the staff was another star of the evening. I got the real sense that as a guest at the Inn at the Black Olive; everyone would know your name, your likes and dislikes and do all that they could do to make sure your visit to the Inn at Black Olive and Baltimore would be memorable.
Inn at the Black Olive – 803 S. Caroline Street – Baltimore, MD 21231 443.681.6316 www.theinnatblackolive.com @InnatBlackOlive