Featured Expert: Executive Chef Mark Timms
Venue: The Inn at Perry Cabin [St. Michael's, MD]
Venue History: The Inn at Perry Cabin was featured in the movie “Wedding Crashers” as the primary reception in the movie, but its history surpasses much more than popular culture.
There is minor irony that Chef Mark Timms, born in England, was asked to assume the role of Executive Chef — the history of the Inn at Perry Cabin dates back to the colonial era with its property being provided under an original land grant from the English Crown to the New World.
Built in 1816, the original inn (now the north wing of the manor house) was designed and built by Purser Samuel Hambleton, a War of 1812 Navy veteran and aide-de-camp to Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Perry famously declared, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours,” thus Perry Cabin was built to resemble the Commodore’s cabin on the U.S.S. Niagara flagship.
After serving as a private home, a working farm was established, which later became a riding academy.
In 1980, the Myerhoff family of St. Michaels converted it into a lodging facility for the first time.
In September 1989, global entrepreneur and co-founder of Laura Ashley plc, Sir Bernard Ashley, bought the property and began a two-year expansion to transform The Inn at Perry Cabin into a 41-room luxury hotel.
In May 1999, Orient-Express Hotels purchased The Inn at Perry Cabin. In 2002 and 2003, the company completed a $17 million improvement program which included three new buildings to raise the total room count from 41 to 80.
In this video you’ll learn about Chef Mark’s signature vegetarian dish, inspired by Chef Raymond Blanc, advisor to the Orient-Express Hotels Group.
1.1 min – Setting the stage
3.0 min – Kitchenless Chef Featured Entree (Beet Salad with Horseradish Ice Cream)
1.2 min – BONUS: Exploring Chef Mark’s private garden
1.5 min – BONUS: Tasting the Beet Salad