This Howard County historic gem bordering the Patapsco State Park and overlooking Deep Run stream is visually stunning. Circa 1744 the Elkridge Furnace Inn was resurrected by Chef Daniel Wecker when it was a shell of itself back in the 1980s. Since that time the Elkridge Furnace Inn has grown under the keen eye of Chef Wecker. The restaurant is steeped in French culinary technique utilizing “organically” grown produce from their multiple gardens on their 10 acres.
Along with the multiple gardens, there are fruit trees and a smokehouse where charcuterie is created by chef’s deft hands. The building itself has been resurrected into formal dining rooms and a small tavern area, each with its own personality and charm. The linen tablecloths, subdued lighting and service staff who know when and where to be seen create an evening of intimacy – quite romantic.
The Elkridge Furnace Inn is not only known as a restaurant it is known for weddings and wedding receptions. An outdoor wedding arbor and gardens are brides visual dreams reflecting the seasons for a picturesque setting for their ceremonies. Special occasion parties and wedding receptions are hosted under the spacious, all-season tent which overlooks the gardens. Weather permitting; panels of the tent open out on to the well manicured lawns.
In the past, I have had lunch at the Elkridge Furnace Inn, part of a women’s organization get together. Last week we dined as guests of Chef Wecker. We were given an extensive tour of the grounds and the gardens. Chef Wecker is definitely a man with passion, vision and great follow through. A book could be written about him alone. Dinner was spot on; I chose the red pepper and crab soup and the scallop entrée with pickled peaches and basil risotto. My husband, a bit of a traditionalist, enjoyed the French onion soup and the crab cake entree. We split a Caesar salad which was expertly divided on to our individual plates. The salad consisted of full romaine leaves, organically house grown yellow tomatoes, anchovies and a quail egg - it was dressed to my taste.
The Elkridge Furnace Inn is offering a limited time coupon available through Living Social applicable to lunch or dinner. Take advantage of this to do your own tour at The Elkridge Furnace Inn. Be sure to check out our slideshow from our evening.
Afternoon Teas – seating between 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Thursday September 26th, Weds, October 9th and Thursday, October 24th - $28.50 inclusive of service and tax
Gourmand Dinners - the next a tribute to French Chef Michel Beaupin on Thursday, November 21st.
Wine Tasting – Friday, October 25th German & Alsatian Wines $31 plus tax and service
Adult Interactive Cooking Classes: Tuesday evenings 7 to 10 p.m.; October 22nd, November 5th, November 19th, January 7th, January 21st, February 4th and Feb 18th. Class includes materials and tax.
Murder Mystery Dinner on Friday, November 1st starting at 7 p.m. patrons enjoy a seated dinner, listen to the story of the victim and the suspects, then hunt, scavenger hunt style, through the manor home. Dessert and coffee are served as the murderer is revealed and clues made clear. Prizes are awarded to the best costume/character and for the group who solves the mystery first. Cost per person is $59.50 includes service and tax.
Elkridge Furnace Inn – 5745 Furnace Avenue – Elkridge, MD 21075 (410) 379-9336
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